Wrecked: Erika / Ron Like Hell / Davis Galvin / Ryan Smith

August 5, 2023

BASEMENT: Erika / Ron Like Hell
STUDIO: Davis Galvin / Ryan Smith

Wrecked cruises into the end of the summer with a pair of guests who epitomize the wide vistas and timelessly grimy attitude of Midwest electronic music: Erika and Davis Galvin. Though they represent different generations, they’re aligned in their uncompromising spirit of soulful machine funk exploration. Erika headlines BASEMENT. The Detroit artist has been at the center of some of America’s most vital techno, full stop. In her own solo productions, Erika bridges the cerebral, the aqueous and the thrillingly paranoid. Hers is a deeply personal approach to the genre that refuses to give up a single ounce of the defiant dreaming that fueled so many foundational records and put her hometown on the map. The road widens with the inclusion of Ectomorph and Interdimensional Transmissions, two seminal projects in which Erika is a key player. There’s a place of sonic dreaming, where glistening chrome, shattered concrete, funked-up electro bass, floating echoes and melting, slow-burn techno meet. Erika will meet you there. Ron Like Hell is ready to match her energy. Using the power of the groove to draw out the strange and joyfully evocative, Ron sets the standard for Wrecked.

Davis Galvin makes their STUDIO debut. The Pittsburgh artist revels in uninhibited sonic play, bridging the delirious, riotous and edgy in a perfect balance. There are parallels to be drawn to mid-2000’s minimal at its most sprawling and psychedelic, early ‘80s post punk at its dubbiest and the feverish urgency of Drexciyan electro, but Galvin ties it all up in a way that is all their own. Their productions and sets ooze personality and ride heavy, unstoppable grooves as waves of rippling sonics cascade overtop. Ryan Smith opens up the room. Ever the maestro, Smith’s own history presages and mirrors aspects of Galvin’s. Like many of the greats, his wide range, years of experience and thoughtful selection pay homage while connecting the dots of overlapping and intertwined secret histories of dance music.

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