EDM fix: The Hi-Yahs, SwaggleRock and BeazyTymes play the Blue Moose Tap House this Friday

The Hi-Yahs
The Hi-Yahs are coming to Iowa City as part of the The Cold Flex Zone Tour. — illustration by Jordan Sellergren

The Hi-Yahs w/ BeazyTymes, SwaggleRock, Electrocity

Blue Moose Tap House — Friday, Jan. 16 at 9 p.m.

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has become one of the most vital scenes in American music today. Easy access to the entire recorded history of music has opened up new possibilities in this genre, and the rising artists of today can find inspiration in basically anything.

The Cold Flex Zone Tour makes its way to the Blue Moose on Jan. 16, featuring three talented, up-and-coming DJs and producers who represent an internet-driven renaissance that’s taken place in electronic music. All three of the co-headliners — The Hi-Yahs, BeazyTymes and SwaggleRock — are pushing electronic music in a new and exciting direction.

Hailing from Dallas, Texas, the Hi-Yahs describe themselves as, “a music duo that has traveled through space and time and descended from the heavens to make everyone dance.” Fans of trap have likely come upon the Hi-Yahs’ work in the past, but their music spans a much wider range of genres, including moombahton, electro and deep house.

2014 was a huge year for the Hi-Yahs. Starting with “So Much,” a collaborative track with producer Alex Young that was featured on the influential BBC Radio 1’s Diplo and Friends, the group blew up and began playing at festivals worldwide. The Hi-Yahs have since capitalized on that notoriety, producing a constant stream of noteworthy new tracks and remixes.

Chicago’s BeazyTymes also had a breakout year. The group gained wider exposure among music press and fans with a series of remixes of the indie-pop band The xx. “Unsound Mind”—a collaboration with Woolymammoth and released last month by record label Mad Decent—has also received a great deal of well-deserved attention. SwaggleRock from Buffalo, N.Y. is comprised of producers Buzz Trillington and Shooter McNappin and is also an act to watch in 2015.

It should come as no surprise that all three of these artists are either influenced by or directly born from hip hop just as much as they are dance music, a trend that can be seen throughout the North American EDM scene. While, over the past decade or so, EDM and hip hop have primarily existed as separate entities (with notable exceptions, of course), in recent years the two styles have begun to find new influence in one another—the influx of new ideas revitalizing and reinventing both genres as the boundaries are redrawn.

Update: This show preview originally appeared in issue 169 of Little Village. In the mean time, Iowa City’s Electrocity has been added to the lineup.

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