Last month, Philadelphia-based producer, DJ & music theory professor at the University Of Philadelphia – Starkey – dropped his third album, Orbits, via Civil Music. It’s a bit of a concept album, highly inspired by science fiction films – incorporating cinematic influences as much as musical influences, which is a quality that has always been present in much of Starkey’s output.
In comparison to his previous full-length efforts that came out on Planet Mu, Pitchfork‘s review states that with Orbits, Starkey “manages to draw all his influences together into something more consistent, an actual streamlined signature sound that makes perfect sense given the records that preceded it.” Mixmag also featured it as album of the month for January, & gave it a 9/10.
The single “Command” included remixes from UK-dubstep king Plastician & rising young producer Pedro123, and is a great example of the sci-fi inspired, synth’d out stutter funk sound that he’s perfected with this release. Other favorites from the album include “Lzr,” “Thugs,” & “G V Star (Pt 2)” – his sound design really has reached a sublime level, each track bending your mind distinctively, transporting you to different dimensions of outer space.
Starkey returns to Canada this week for two shows, Thursday January 10th at TEN Nightclub in Calgary alongside Megalodon (event page) & the following Friday January 11th at The Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver with Max Ulis, Michael Red & dj Dubconscious (event page). We’ve got two pairs of guestlist spots for both Vancouver & Calgary shows up for grabs – all you have to do is email me at firstname.lastname@example.org & tell me the name of one of Starkey’s previous two albums that came out on Planet Mu – also please specify which city you are in. For the Calgary show, the contest will be open until Wednesday January 9th at 8pm, at which point I will randomly select two correct answers as the winners & notify them by email. For the Vancouver show, the contest will be open one day longer, entries accepted until Thursday January 10th, at 8pm.