When: Sun., June 2, 9 p.m. 2013
Local experimental pop producers The-Drum, aka Jeremiah Chrome and Brandon Boom, started that duo in late 2010 with the intention of making R&B, but before long they segued into moody, spaced-out psychedelic tracks equally indebted to The-Dream and Throbbing Gristle. But it was probably only a matter of time before Chrome and Boom gravitated back to R&B, and in early March they dropped Magique, their first collaborative EP with Chicago vocal group Jody—David Robertson, Khallee Standberry-Lois, Jeremiah Meece, and James King, aka the GTW. The two outfits click, especially on “Echoes” and “Floodin’,” which meld The-Drum’s warped nocturnal beats with splashes of sleek, bulbous synth straight out of early-90s R&B and slinky, sometimes drowsy whispers about sweet nothings and fragile hearts. Jody are just getting started—this is the group’s first show—but judging from their first post-Magique tune, “The Long Goodbye,” they’ve got a bright future; though it’s a breakup song about infidelity, the way The-Drum’s gauzy production ever so slightly obscures Jody’s vocals makes it sound so sensual and sweet that you’ll want to cozy up to someone. —Leor Galil Inc. headlines; Jody and Leek open.