CMW 2014 Preview: Electronic
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CMW 2014 Preview: Electronic

Free n Losh. Photo courtesy of CMW.

If there’s one style of music CMW has a history of doing well, it’s electronic—and this year is no exception. Here are just a few of the standout acts that will be playing over the next few days.

Free n Losh

When: Friday, May 9, 9:30 p.m.
Where: Tattoo (567 Queen Street West)

This Toronto duo started life as hip-hop producers before moving on to their current style, which doesn’t fit neatly into any category and is based around samples from old jazz, soul, and psychedelic rock records. These samples are then shaped into everything from lush, atmospheric soundscapes to pulsing, dancefloor-ready trap and dubstep numbers.

Mozart’s Sister

When: Wednesday, May 7, 1 a.m.
Where: The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West)

We’re always a little hesitant to call an act a “must-see.” There are a lot of great acts in town this week, and you’re an adult who can make your own choices. That being said, we’re not sure what you’re going to see on Wednesday night that’s going to be better than the mixture of glitchy synth pop, soulful vocals, and insightful lyrics provided by Montreal’s Mozart’s Sister.

Adi Ulmansky

When: Wednesday, May 7, 10 p.m. (Gladstone); Thursday, May 8, 1 a.m. (Detour); Friday, May 9, 8:30 p.m. (Garrison)
Where: Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West); Detour (193 Baldwin Street); The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West)

Israeli singer/rapper/producer Adi Ulmansky is best known for lending her vocals to dubstep star Borgore (the man responsible for our favourite album title of the past decade, Borgore Ruined Dubstep). Her own music is a sort of warped electro-rap that’s equal parts Die Antwoord, Robyn, and circuit bending.


When: May 7, 11 p.m.
Where: Painted Lady (218 Ossington Avenue)

Noisy, distorted, and just a little disturbing, yet also really, really danceable, Vire is probably one of the more interesting electronic acts of the festival. His burst-of-white-noise percussion, dark, lo-fi synths and disembodied vocals borrow equally from industrial music and ‘90s rave.

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