Break Science and Paul Basic tear up Underground Arts in Philadelphia
On Saturday, January 25th the city of Philadelphia warmed up under the sonic guidance of two of the electronic music scene’s heavy-hitters, Paul Basic and Break Science, at one of the city’s hottest and largely undiscovered venues.
Underground Arts is a sprawling 12,000 square-foot venue that not only plays host to music acts, but also offers a home to ALL visual artists, from painters and sculptors to photographers, videographers, and installation artists. UA is giving art a new home here in the heart of the Loft District in the center of Philadelphia, 1200 Callowhill street to be exact. If you have a chance, I highly recommend catching a show at this up and coming venue. Why? In addition to the insane amount of space that is set up to invite you in and the spacious roaming/standing room, they also make sure to provide plush seating and couches for your tired legs after dancing all night. The atmosphere, the staff, and the food also make this spot the place to be on a Friday evening, or in my case, a Saturday event.
Paul Basic and Break Science are both artists on the Pretty Lights Music label. I couldn’t have picked two better artists to set the mood in UA on that cold Saturday night. As I arrived, Paul Basic was about to hit the stage. Within ten minutes, he was laying down the necessary musical groundwork to get peoples’ bodies shaking and primed for the main act’s acclaimed, explosive stage show. 30 minutes into Paul’s set, you could smell the must of sweat in the air; you knew you were in for one hell of a warm night. The crowd continuously filtered into the space for the show, and the room was nothing short of packed.
Right after Paul went off stage, I began to hear what I thought was the collective sound of the the attendees’ heartbeats pitter-pattering in anticipation of what Break Science was about to drop on them like a tomahawk missile. With a quick smoke of a cigarette and a refreshment refill, this writer found his way to the center of the pit to catch a few opening tracks of the Break Science set.
The power duo that make up Break Science, Adam Deitch (drummer for Lettuce and Pretty Lights’ Analogue Future live band) and Borahm Lee (also in the live Pretty Lights band), bum rushed the stage and jumped right into their refreshingly original take on electro hip-hop bass music. These two guys seamlessly blend live instrumentation with electronic perfectionism like it is nobody’s business. Any music snob or live show critic at this set wouldn’t have had a chance to gain their composure enough to coherently form an argument against these two breakout musicians.
As if that wasn’t enough, at one point I literally bumped into Griz, an electro-soul artist, coming right from his performance at Drexel University’s homecoming and getting down intensely to the music of Break Science. That speaks volumes to the magnitude of Break Science’s musical appeal to not only fans, friends, and crowds, but also to their industry peers. To be quite honest, I am not even sure how I made it home. I pretty much stopped caring about anything real life related about half way through the Break Science set and just basked in the glory of the fleeting moment in front of me.
If you ever have a chance to not only hit Underground Arts but also catch two Pretty Lights Music artists on a lineup there, you better make sure you seize the moment… or else you might just be stuck reading about it again.
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