Opening last night's Beat Connection show at Chop Suey was Blood Vibes, a heretofore unknown act which turns out to be the new house-ier alias of local bass music guy and Car Crash Set label head Ill Cosby. His tracks perhaps didn't get the best possible mix on Chop Suey's sound system last night, but even muffled they sounded promising, mixing disco bass lines with filtered synths, kicks, and female vocal samples derived as much from house as from Cosby's scholarship of UK bass, garage, and its outliers like Burial and Four Tet. Keep an eye out for this one.
In other new band/genre/line-up news gleaned from last night's show hopping: Beat Connection's expansion to a four-piece has them moving perhaps unavoidably away from the shimmery, Blondes-y house jams of their days as a duo and towards electro-pop as played by a trad band (drums, guitars, keyboards, vocals)--think of them as the UW's own baby Cut Copy. Also: slipped down to Neumos only in time to catch a few of indie pop band Throw Me the Statue's new songs and line-up (girl bassist! same drummer as before!), but am stoked to see (dreamy!) Scott Reitherman and crew back in Seattle and playing shows and looking forward to hearing more new stuff.