Move in Party @ Mills Record Company: Night Two
Punk and hip hop make unlikely bedfellows–unlikely but not entirely out of the question. Both genres take stark political stances, both have been claimed to be dead, revived, dead again, revived again. In any case, night two of Mills Record Company’s Month Long Moving Celebration will feature some fine examples of both and more. This Saturday’s show will double as the second Shuttlecock Showcase and will show off some newer Kansas City talent. From the smooth RnB of Deaton Chris Anthony to the ambient electronica of tidecruz, from the trap-influenced hip hop of [explicit content] to KC punks Narc Parade, the night will surely give you more than one new act to hook you.
Deaton Chris Anthony is equally parts The Weeknd, Prince, and Destroyer. Landing somewhere between mundane irony and lonesome sincerity, the Kansas City RnB artist, whether posturing ironic or sincere, knows how to beat a beat into a smoothed out jam. But even at its smoothest, Deaton Chris Anthony’s music has that je ne sais quoi that calls the body to dance. Under the singer’s staggering falsetto, his electronic and synthy beats hit the floor hard. Deaton Chris Anthony makes music perfect post-break up or pre-hook-up–no matter which is more pronounced, it is undeniable the passion he pours into his music.
tidecruz is a disciple of the lush electronica that gives bands like Slow Magic, Astronautica, and Clams Casino their hooks. Slowed down, ambient, and melodic, tidecruz’s american teen2 is an all-enveloping ocean of sound. Amorphous textures drip from the minimal yet crystalline percussion that builds each song’s backbone. Subtle leads surface briefly before diffusing under the aural murk. tidecruz’s music is a dance party on Ambien, an Ambien party on Daft Punk, a Daft Punk on Grouper, a Grouper at fokl. Confused? Just listen, it’ll make sense; I promise.
Moving away from the atmospheric tones, [explicit content] is Kansas City rap at its most fantastic. The trio shares verses for highly varied yet stunningly cohesive songs. One mc’s flow bleeds into another’s and so on, making for songs that go hard without waxing repetitive. [explicit content]‘s music is half club banger and half coming of age narrative. Navigating the pressures of filling roles, trying drugs, and discovering one’s individuality, [explicit content] makes growing up sound simultaneously fun and harrowing–which, for most, it is.
Following [explicit content]‘s flex, Narc Parade makes music as unforgiving but definitely noisier. Sludgy and messy, Narc Parade is frenzy embodied. With a clipped mix, Narc Parade’s music sounds loud even when played at its softest. That said, I don’t know why you would want to play this band at anything less than maximum volume. With near rhymes that are nearly criminal (“I drink muscle milk / you can go fuck yourself”), theses punks make music as visceral as it is clever.
Whether you like ambient soundscapes, slick RnB, overdriven punk, or dance-fueling hip hop, this Saturday at Mills Record Company will have an act for you. Night two of the the month long Move In Celebration starts at 6pm, is all ages, and is completely free. Combine that with 5,000 newly arrived used records and you’ve got a recipe for one great party.