Polydor / Female Energy, UK
CYAN VIDEO: http://bit.ly/n6RlnR
GEE UP VIDEO: http://bit.ly/yHb93l
POP & KIDS VIDEO : http://bit.ly/J6thTp

Tigersushi / Versatile Records, France
FOREVER YOUNG VIDEO: http://bit.ly/PezoG7
FIND A WAY VIDEO: http://bit.ly/tNtRb5
IN THE CAVE VIDEO: http://bit.ly/A4qToe

with FLASH residents NORDIC SOUL (Decibel) & RECESS (Shameless)


Kindness, a one-man indie disco-funk band comprised of Adam Bainbridge, made its commercial recording debut with the "Swingin Party" single on Moshi Moshi Records in 2009. Splitting his time between London and Berlin, he cites influences that include American disco icons Arthur Russell, Larry Levan, and Leroy Burgess. The commercial recording debut of Kindness, "Swingin Party," a disco-punk cover version of the Replacements song, was an MP3 blog favorite in 2009, as was its B-side, "Gee Up." Promotional videos were released for both songs, and numerous comparisons were drawn between Kindness and Talking Heads. LCD Soundsystem and the DFA label were also frequently drawn comparisons. In late 2011, Kindness released a second single, "Cyan," on Terrible Records in the U.S. and Female Energy in the U.K. The band's first full-length followed soon after in the first quarter of 2012. World, You Need a Change of Mind was issued by Female Energy/Polydor and featured all the previously released singles as well as an unexpectedly lovely and dubbed-out cover of Anita Dobson's "Anyone Can Fall in Love," a song best known as the theme to the popular U.K. television show Eastenders.

Joakim is one of France’s foremost electronic musicians, but remains, stylistically, hard to pin down. With a background in classical music, indie rock and mid 90s electronic music it becomes apparent that his lineage has much to do with his breeding.

Our story starts at University, where Joakim found himself the surrogate father of a synthesizer after a departed campus mate callously left it in his room. The debut album ‘Tiger Sushi’ was composed entirely of free-jazz samples in a cheap studio setup, before moving into more personal territory with 2003's sophomore album ‘Fantômes.' In 2007 we saw the release of the ambitious Monsters and Silly Songs’ [2007], combining post-punk, disco, electronics and, well, silly songs.

From here Joakim went a short road of discovery through the media of the Remix, enjoying a prolific period remixing artists such as Goldfrapp, Friendly Fires, DJ Mehdi, Cut Copy, Tiga, Fisherspooner, Late of Pier, Max Berlin and Zombie Zombie amongst others. The former informed Joakim's latest album 'Milky Ways' (2009) which combined the charm of Kosmische with the efficiency of Pop Music. "Making a pure dance album would almost be like composing an album entirely in F major,” says Joakim. “I jump from one idea to the next. I simply have to try everything and see where it leads, to find my way."

In 2011, Joakim released his 4th album entitled "Nothing Gold" on Tigersushi, going further into Pop explorations. 2012 was the time to sit in the producer chair, recording and mixing albums for Zombie Zombie, Montevideo, Acid Washed...

Every Friday FLASH will be exploring the vast world of underground dance music spanning the late 80's to the present. Produced and curated by two of Seattle's most respected electronic music collectives (Decibel and Shameless) FLASH will host internationally known DJs and producers, whose work has been shaping underground dance music over the past 20 years. FLASH residents Recess and Nordic Soul will be setting the tone each week with expert selections spanning their vast music collections and over 30+ years of combined experience as professional DJs in the Northwest.

$10 advance tickets are available at: http://bit.ly/dbticket

Doors at 9pm / 21+

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