The Catalyst



Memba, Ghost & the City

Sat, February 2, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Catalyst

Santa Cruz, CA

$20 in advance / $25 at the door

This event is 16 and over

Dame Fortune is the deliciously eclectic sixth album from veteran producer and crate digger extraordinaire RJD2, out March 25th on RJ's Electrical Connections. It's a wondrous beast, recorded over the past year while living in Philadelphia, before returning to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Streaked with Philly's rep for deeply felt soul music while maintaining a playful sense of adventurousness, Dame Fortune features guest vocalists Son Little (aka Aaron Livingston) and frequent collaborator Phonte, while also presenting the bombastic hip-hop sound that marked RJD2's breakthrough album, Deadringer, and even an orchestral composition for the societal unrest experienced in this day and age (called "PF Day One."..the PF standing for "Post Ferguson").

"Living in Philly provided a context for a lot of soul music that I had liked," RJD2 says on the city's influence on Dame Fortune's sound. "I didn't have any cultural context for this music that I liked -- it was just music that I had stumbled across as a beat making nerd. Philly was a place where there were enough people who had the same musical vocabulary that I did, which made the music more than something I had just discovered on my own."

The debut single, "Peace of What," features Jordan Brown and draws inspiration from 1990s rap legends Main Source's 1991 single "Peace Is Not the Word to Play." "When I hear people talk of peace in America, the discrepancy between our words and our actions can get fatiguing," he says on the inspiration behind the song. "I was trying to reflect the experience of people I know, which often feels like 'We're not ACTUALLY trying to do anything about this problem in our country.'"

Thought-provoking and undeniably entertaining all at once, this latest exhibition of musical virtuosity is a crystal-clear reflection of RJD2's cinematic aspirations, reminding listeners that it's always rewarding to expect the unexpected. RJD2 will tour throughout 2016 in support of Dame Fortune and his 20-year-plus-career.
MEMBA was unearthed by New York based production duo,
Ishaan Chaudhary & Will Curry, conjuring electronic music that is
propped up by a backbone of ancient world influenced rhythms.
2018 has seen a slew of successful releases from MEMBA, due in
part to support from BBC Radio 1, Diplo’s Revolution, Run The Trap,
Earmilk,, Tribal Trap, Trap Nation and Trap City. that
have totaled over 10 million plays across all platforms. From label
releases with Monstercat, Cloudkid, and Lowly Palace, to
independent releases “O.D.”, “Middle Man”, and “SAGA-I”, 2018
has proven to be a busy year for MEMBA.
MEMBA has also used 2018 to dive even deeper into their craft,
taking their release “SAGA-I” and transforming it into a
multi-sensory experience. Based a fictional planet, MEMBA
coupled each track of the EP with relics from the planet that
would allow the listener to taste, smell, feel, and see the music. To
further the experience, MEMBA hosted a sold-out event that
allowed fans to experience SAGA-I first-hand.
For all of MEMBA’s live performances, which include a headlining
set on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Festival, along
with sets at Priceless Festival, and ADE, the duo are involved in all
aspects of their performance. This includes building their own
instruments, finding the proper smells, and creating their own
visuals, all serving to enhance the community feel within the
electronic music community.
Ghost & the City
Ghost & the City
With spectral grooves, caressing textures and luminescent melodic hooks, Ghost & the City’s new EP TIME captures cool blue light in a bottle with a sensuous trip-hop jazz sound. Emerging from Oakland’s thrumming underground music scene, the ensemble melds the alluring vocals of soulstress Kia Fay, the elastic beats of drummer Will Jenkins, and the lyrically charged keyboard and synth work of Ash Maynor, who also writes most of the material. Featured trumpeter Ross Eustis offers a burnished brass foil to Kia Fay’s buttery voice, all enfolded in luscious sound design by Aki Ehara, a sought-after studio wizard who’s produced tracks for innovative Bay Area acts such as Bell Atlas, Trails and Ways, and Make Under (while also playing bass for Oakland’s esteemed neo-soul outfit The Seshen).

The DNA for Ghost & the City’s new sound is evident on the group’s 2015 EP Patchwork Soul, which led to gigs opening for heavyweights like Hiatus Kaiyote, The Internet, and Shabazz Palaces. But the songs on TIME represent an evolutionary sonic leap, with intricately crafted soundscapes that evoke the excitement and dismay of a region undergoing cultural tectonic shifts. While the group’s sound emanates from tomorrow, timeless musical values are embodied in the EP’s sole cover, a riveting rendition of Bobby Womack’s late-career masterpiece “Please Forgive My Heart.”

Rapidly gaining notice as a signature West Coast musical force, Ghost & the City continues to hone a sound that embraces a multiplicity of styles while melting away from superficial labels.
Venue Information:
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060