This weekend will prove to be an electro-pop, disco-infused dance party as three groups will showcase their talents Saturday night.
Awful Arthur’s will be hosting Two Fresh, Mux Mool and Body Language, three groups that will bring an array of electronic music to Blacksburg this weekend.
Two Fresh consists of fraternal twins Sherwyn and Kendrick Nicholls out of North Carolina. Now 22, the brothers first started mixing beats together in high school as an interest that evolved into the musical career they have today. Working within several genres, Two Fresh is heavy on the hip-hop, but mixes jazz and soul into electro songs.
Taking a step in a different direction with its sophomore album, Two Fresh describes the new sound as more upbeat and easier to dance to. Energy is added to the live performances by accompanying drummer Colby Buckler, who joined the twins in 2008.
Two Fresh may perform as a trio, but Mux Mool is the alias of one man — Brian Lindgren. As someone who experiments with array of genres and sounds, Lindgren’s pseudonym name is reflective of his eclectic style.
Born in Minnesota and currently based out of Brooklyn, Lindgren has been experimenting with music since his childhood. Today he has released numerous EPs, remixes and his first album under the name Mux Mool. Like Two Fresh, Mux Mool also mixes a base of electronic music with beats from other genres such as disco and hip-hop.
A few of his early hits were released in compilations under his label before his full-length debut, Skulltaste, was released in 2010. Called an eclectic masterpiece by critics, Skulltaste showcases what Mux Mool does best. In it, Lindgren blends music from any genre to create an ever-changing mix of samples and beats to his audience.
Also working out of Brooklyn is Body Language, a quartet that has grown from creating weekly dance party mixes to touring with groups such as Passion Pit and La Roux. Body Language is under the same label as Mux Mool and has contributed to the same compilations as Lindgren. The group merges synthesizers, vocoders, the glockenspiel and vocals to entertain packed venues.
Matthew Young, Grant Wheeler, Ian Chang and Angelica Bess make up the interesting group from New York. Initially, the group consisted of Wheeler and Young creating mixes with the soulful vocals of Bess. With unusual instruments such as a glockenspiel, the group began performing to great demand at parties and local events. The group eventually released an EP in 2009 and toured, including a performance at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas. Body Language then added fourth member and drummer Ian Chang.
Together the three groups have been touring, starting in the Deep South and working their way up the East Coast to Chicago. Their performances in Blacksburg are bound to be a lively stop on their tour.
This lineup calls for an energetic night. The three music groups will be performing at Awful Arthur’s as part of the Air Mail Tour on Saturday, Feb. 12. Tickets are $15.