"There's something wrong with my ass; I need to shake it." This was the bound-for-immortality quote delivered to me by a friend the first time we heard Solovox performing at last year's Elysium Festival, his dirty earworm funk snaking its way through the trees and over our last lines of defense.
For anyone who's never heard him, Solovox (aka Carlton Tietze III, a name that assures him a career as debonair European gangster if this whole music thing doesn't work out), is the most fun electronic artist I've seen live. Building ass-kicking grooves from a Hammond organ, piano, synths, and a crate-digger's love of classic rock, his sound is sometimes reminiscent of "Play"-era Moby, if Moby gave up veganism and started selling acid out of his Camaro. Check out Turn On The Light, or his remixes of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and The Who's "The Seeker." Welcome to the fan-club, bitchez.
Luckily at Area 33 tonight, he's making the trek down from Portland to play at Pocket Underground's all-night rager Back To Basics. It's going to be an embarrassment of riches in there, with the likes of Pumpkin, Jokton and The Do Lab's Idiot Savant delivering dancefloor mayhem. The theme is 1971, so feather your hair, rock your muttonchops, and borrow your dad's old coke-spoon necklace (don't let him tell you he didn't have one.) As a great man once said, "If this don't make yo booty move, yo booty must be dead."
(Note: Area 33 is a 21+ membership-only venue; a ticket bought online gets you membership, as there will be no tickets sold at the door. And remember, the password is "pocket.")