Electronic music has expanded infinitely over the years, spreading into regions that we never even could have thought possible. There’s been an incredible amount of creativity and thought plugged into the genre. This Saturday, April 5th, we have the opportunity to witness one of the most spectacular electronic performances there is. London musician, producer and DJ Simon Posford will be making his way to the Electric Factory here in Philadelphia to unleash his latest creation: the Shpongletron 3.0. While Shpongle is, in a studio setting (and the occasional live performance), a massive band featuring up to 28 members, Simon often tours solo, performing the group’s music in a DJ environment. It is this massive input from so many musicians that gives Shpongle its truly unique and deliberate sound, one that is unmistakable and mind-shattering. Spread deeply with elements of psy-trance and live instrumentation, Shpongle’s work has the characteristics of electronic music, while still maintaining a large amount of detail in its instrumental aspects.
Over the passed few years, the Shpongle tour has made its way through America, each time building the performance into a increasingly special event for its fans. With a multitude of stage setups and visual artists on board, the Shpongletron has undergone several generations. The 3.0 setup is incredibly spectacular, and that’s just based on what we’ve seen in the promo videos; the real thing is sure to be something else. The visuals for the night will be supplied by visual artist, and visionary, Zebbler, who has also accompanied EOTO on previous tours, while further providing visuals for the Zebbler Encanti Experience, and even is perhaps most well-known for his participation in the 2007 Boston Bomb Scare. Below, you can hear Shpongle’s latest full work, Museum of Consciousness, in its entirety, as well as the promo video for Zebbler’s intricate new stage design.
Sounds great doesn’t it? Well the fun doesn’t end there. Accompanying Simon on this tour are the deep psy-dub duo Desert Dwellers, and psychedelic dance duo Schlang, which consists of Philadelphia’s own Space Jesus and Boston’s Supersillyus. The night is packed with a wide diversity of detailed and intensively constructed grooves, all sharing one common element: psychedelic. Of course many fans arrive at shows late, occasionally missing some of the opening acts. This is rather unfortunate, as many of the opening acts are there for a reason, and Simon Posford is one whose judgement we not only can respect but trust. I can not stress enough how much you will be missing out on if you miss a single one of these acts. The Shpongle experience is not a common occurrence, and to be welcoming it here in Philadelphia is beyond a true honor for our city. Not only do Desert Dwellers and Schlang offer their own unique perspectives, but what excuse could you possibly have for standing up one of our most talented and successful producers, Space Jesus? If you still need further convincing, be sure to check out further previews of all the artist’s music below.
One last thing, which I’m sure you’ll be glad I mentioned. Funkadelphia is giving away a pair of FREE tickets to the show. You can view complete details and enter HERE!! Winners will be announced this Friday (April 4th) at 1:00PM EST. Best of luck!
Shpongle – Museum of Consciousness — Buy on iTunes
Desert Dwellers – “Live at Cervantes (Denver, CO) [12.27.2013]”
Schlang – Little Information Deposits EP — FREE Download!!!
Zebbler Studios – “Shpongletron 3.0 Visuals”
Zebbler Studios – “Shpongletron 3.0 Teaser”