Azari & III have a knack for crafting instant classics. Though far from the category of ‘retro’, these trailblazers make it seem as though they have been producing menacing bass-lines and eerie choruses since the beginning of House music itself. Imagine yourself at an underground rave or a fabulously adorned 5-star hotel: and that’s the spectrum of Azari & III’s music. All at once you can be trapped in their upbeat 80’s reminiscent vocals or their haunting, 4-on-the-floor rhythm and not even question the undeniable fluidity of these seemingly contrasting elements.
Originally signed to Tiga’s House saturated label, Turbo Records, the group has recently (as of Thursday, September 13) joined forces with the infamous Dim Mak Records. With this new marriage of record label power the group will be releasing their self-titled album in North America for the first time! The album will include every ominous favorite from the more recent, “Reckless (With Your Love)” to their darkly glamorous hit, “Manic” Most fittingly the album is set to drop this Halloween Eve, on October 30th.
But if the news of this forthcoming release does not make you manic (pun intended), their impending North American tour should get your blood going!
The Sonar Tour, which begins its North American circuit this Fall, will feature Azari & III as well as other producers of sinister sounds: Tiga, Die Antwoord, Gesaffelstien and Seth Troxler. This will surely be an event to summon out the night dwellers and House fanatics.
SONAR TOUR DATES
10/31/2012 Chicago @ Congress Theater
11/02/2012 New York @ Roseland Ballroom
11/01/2012 Toronto @ Sound Academy
11/03/2012 Montreal @ Metropolis
11/04/2012 Boston @ House of Blues
11/07/2012 Denver @ Sonar Music Festival – Fillmore Auditorium
11/09/2012 Oakland @ Fox Theater*
11/10/2012 Los Angeles @ Shrine Expo Hall*
** Gesaffelstein will play Denver, Toronto and Chicago dates only
* Tiga will not play these dates
via Dim Mak Records
More information on the ‘Sonar North American Tour’ is available at www.sonarontour.com , on Twitter @sonarfestival and the official Sonar page on Facebook.
By: Shea Kopp