Dark Time Sunshine, the Opus, Void Pedal, DJ Pratt | The Abbey | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

Dark Time Sunshine, the Opus, Void Pedal, DJ Pratt Soundboard

When: Mon., March 14, 8:30 p.m. 2011

Chicago-based producer Zavala and Seattle rapper Michael Martinez (better known as Onry Ozzborn of Rhymesayers act Grayskul) have been collaborating as Dark Time Sunshine for just a couple years, they've already developed a distinctively insinuating sound: though their soothing, soulful grooves sound like they'd make great background music in a dim, noisy bar, the darkness simmering under their hypnotizing surfaces helps the songs stick in your brain. On the duo's first album, Vessel, and the subsequent Cornucopia EP (both released last year on Fake Four), Martinez raps with almost carefree ease, but his densely narrative lyrics touch on everything from zombies to acid attacks. The humor and optimism in their bleak, eerie songs comes out in part thanks to Zavala's psychedelic-inflected instrumentals, which blend classic breakbeats, avant-garde blasts of noise, and funky samples into a dreamy tableau—Dark Time Sunshine manage to be both corrosive and comforting. —Leor Galil

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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