Disco Biscuits, RJD2, Prefuse 73 Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Jan. 24, 7 p.m. 2009

Indie-rap producer Rjd2 kicked off his 2002 debut, Deadringer, with “The Horror,” a cut that exemplifies everything he does well: it piles maxed-out analog synth, sampled dialogue, and movie-score strings atop a crackly drum loop, creating an air of anxiety so thick it seems to have actual physical weight, then resolves into a funky cut-and-paste bridge that, like Dr. Dre’s best work, tempers its hazy vibe with a touch of paranoia. Like DJ Shadow—to whom he’s often compared—Rjd2 has refused to revisit the formula of his early successes, so for those of us who loved that material his post-Deadringer adventures (while perfectly respectable) have been a little frustrating. On his latest, 2007’s The Third Hand (XL), he wrote actual songs with actual vocal parts—personally, though, I prefer the instrumental version of the album. The Disco Biscuits headline and Prefuse 73 opens. —Miles Raymer

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