Go electro till you puke at the Revolver party when Miami's favorite digital sound lab, the Schematic Music Company, invites you to Gorge! Binge! Purge! And if you don't know about the duo behind Schematic, take note: Romulo Del Castillo and Joshua Kay have been flicking off the music industry since long before progressive Euro-trance and deep, fabulous house intruded on what used to be Bass City. Miami's own electro alchemists, who've gone by the name Phoenecia for six years now, were once Soul Oddity, the first of this town's underground bass experimentalists to be signed by a major label (by techno standards anyway): Astralwerks, home to Fatboy Slim and the Chemical Brothers. Back then the Astralwerks jerks wanted to tweak Soul Oddity's spacey bleeps into a party-oriented sound reminiscent of bass mechanics like Dynamix II. But these electro vanguards took the route we only hear about in underground fairy tales, proclaiming, "Fuck the money, it's all about the music." This Friday night in the Design District Phoenecia will be all about you as the duo performs a live and improvisational set capable, Del Castillo claims, of "curing the sickest people in the world."
Just what kind of purgative does Del Castillo have in store? "We brought out the big guns and we're gonna show off!" he brags. Almost every act is a headliner and all are must-see. There's Atlanta's Richard Devine, the facial contortionist who also happens to be producing Trent Reznor's next album. Otto Von Schirach, the Cuban-German beat master who promises Tom Jones-style that he will ask for panties to be thrown at him during his show (maybe this time he'll get a few). For beats sure to bounce butts, and brains too, look to resident Miami electro vets Salim Rafiq, who used to be DJ Wreck, and Push Button Objects, signed to Schematic's Godfather label, Warp. And there are sure to be pyrotechnics when Brooklyn's Hearts Of Darkness brings on what Del Castillo promises will be "screaming and brutality." Get your frequency on from dark, despairing IDM to bumping, thumping alien bass or any of the stuff in between. Rest assured, music addicts won't catch a lineup like this again for a while. Now you know.