In the words of Green Velvet, who performed at last year's Decibel fest to a frenzied crowd: "I like electro, I like retro, I like

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2007 Decibel Fest Line-up Announced

This September, techno takes over!

In the words of Green Velvet, who performed at last year's Decibel fest to a frenzied crowd: "I like electro, I like retro, I like ghetto, house and techno!"

And that's what's up for the 4th year of the NW's most awesome electronic music festival, happening Sept. 20-23. When the line-up was released last week, my first reaction was 'hmm.'  But after researching the acts I wasn't familiar with (Guns 'N' Bombs), or who I'd only heard as a presence on compilations (3 Channels), I realized that Decibel organizers are pretty much way ahead of the curve this year, bringing hottness from all over. They haven't booked artists we necessarily know, but those we should know. A bold move that can be rewarded with trust-- if some of these names don't ring a bell, I believe it'll be worth your while to once again get the pass and blindly forge into the night(s).

Otherwise, I'm ultra impressed with the range of styles this year--party-rockers Simian Mobile Disco, Switch, and Diplo will bring the hipsters around; our best locals are all signed on (Lusine, Caro, Truckasaurus, Jacob London, Jerry Abstract, Nordic Soul, and Jeff Samuel back from Berlin); and no less than ambient pioneers Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie will perform. (They require no preview link. You will see them, and you will cry).

Reactions to the solid bookings/wishful thinking from local electronic music mailing list, Division:

"Chemical Brothers lunchtime DJ set at the Cha Cha."

"Keoki Vs. the Nachos outside Club Lagoon."

"Boards of Canada. FSOL Vs ORB Cagematch Fight. Richie Hawtin's Gym Socks Live PA."  

"Bob Moog. Rare Instructional Demo. From Beyond the Grave."

Maybe next year, guys!

 
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