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Be sure to come hang out with us. Should be an amazing day.

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new year for Harmonic. Los Angeles’s recent warm winter weather has offered up the likings of an off-season BASK party at The Standard rooftop in Downtown LA. Set to go off at a time while many may be returning battered from Playa del Carmen, Harmonic gives a valid reason to dance off the BPM Blues with two seriously talented up-and-coming musicians in the electronic music scene.

San Francisco producer DEAD SEAL brings a glimpse of real musicality to the underground tech house and house scene, something rarely experienced on the dance floor. Although versed in all the instruments found in his recordings, and owning a stage presence reminiscent of Iggy Pop, it’s his sense of bravado and daring that blurs the line between traditional live performance and the microprocessor obsessed futurism of the house scene. Recent releases and remixes on Crosstown Rebels, My Favorite Robot, and Items & Things have gotten him charted by Maceo Plex, Troy Pierce, Davide Squillace, and Alex Niggeman, as well as acclaimed reviews from DJ Mag, Ibiza-Voice, Data Transmission, and Gary Springs Hunting Club. Look forward to 2.5 hours of the future.

The next post-futuristic musician on the bill is LA’s own NIKKO GIBLER, one of the most “overall” musically gifted people in the industry. His proficiency in over 10 instruments, his ability to deliver perfectly-pitched vocals effortlessly, his profound connection with music and what we like to call “Constant Flawless Improvisation” on his main instrument, the piano, has quickly placed him as a highly sought-after studio asset within the who’s who of today’s most prolific and forward thinking artists, producers and djs. Nikko’ original music is extremely varied and timeless with extreme attention to detail. Particularly, focusing on the often-forgotten lyrics and harmonic/melodic progressions of our yesteryears; bringing back a certain classic charm to the scene. What he likes to call “Turning tracks into songs” has landed him multiple releases on Culprit, Leftroom, and Petfood, and a boatload more to be released in 2012.

Opening up this off-season offering will be Harmonic’s own DELINQUENT FREQUENCY, and Making Shapes founder, JENILUV.

The forecast is set for 70 degrees and mind-blowing, so come out early to enjoy the weather and sound, and receive free admission before 2pm ($10 after with RSVP to rsvpharmonic@gmail.com). 2012 will prove to me an incredible year for all, so treat yourself to some music from the future, and come celebrate under the sun during the “off season” with Harmonic!



Season Closing Party

As this beautiful Los Angeles Summer wraps up, Harmonic will host their BASK season closing party at the Standard Rooftop in Downtown on Sunday September 25th with impeccable talent from all over the globe.

Headlining the event will be house and techno powerhouse BUTANE of Berlin/US. How busy can one man be? Let Butane tell you. He’s running 2 successful record labels, producing EP’s, albums and remixes for some of the most respected labels in the business, and touring extensively across the most renowned clubs in Europe, America, Asia and beyond… all without breaking a sweat. A firm believer that the long hours of studio work keeps a musician grounded, he’s produced 14 EP’s, two albums, and countless remixes to date, on highly respected labels like Crosstown Rebels, Dumb Unit, Foundsound, Alphahouse, Rrygular, Mo’s Ferry, and Hallucination Limited. Licensing original tracks to mix compilations such as Matthew Dear’s Fabric mix, Luciano’s HiFi SciFi on Soma and Damian Lazarus’ Get Lost mix shows that his peers in the industry hold his music in high regard. He is also the sole creative mind behind Alphahouse Records, one of North America’s premier underground electronic music labels. His latest label project, recently embarked upon with his long-time friend Sean O’Neal (Someone Else), “Little Helpers”, is already making waves and popping up in playlists all over club land. As a DJ, Butane uses vinyl, Traktor Scratch, samplers, effects and whatever other new tools are available to craft his sets. Plenty of experience as a headline performer as well as an after-hour favorite enables him to play with an incredible range, and his remarkable sensitivity to the energy of the crowd is the rare trait of a seasoned and perceptive musician. His skillfully developed sets are both classy and elegant, but surely never predictable; thanks to his huge collection of new and old tracks alike, expect anything from seamlessly blended groovy, sexy, peak-time techno to warm, deep, heady house music. Butane certainly makes a strong case for himself as one of the true talents in today’s music scene.

Sharing the stage on this glorious day of beats will be SLOW HANDS, hailing from New York City’s underground house scene, Slow Hands, aka Ryan Cavanagh, makes deep house music to dim the lights to. His tracks are sultry, laid-back affairs, with atmospheres as balmy as midsummer rooftop parties. Behind the decks, he keeps it deep and weird, bumping through subtle but epic sets that have made him a favorite at Wolf + Lamb, the dark and soulful Brooklyn label that Resident Advisor ranked #3 of 2009. With only a handful of releases to his name, Slow Hands is one of house music’s newest virtuosos. Resident Advisor hailed his productions in 2009 as “make-out disco that sorely longs to be played outside”. What a fantastic setting to exercise that statement.

Another pair of acts from the US and EU will be opening the event during the peak time sun hours. Harmonic is proud to host a super hot London group at the moment – WILDKATS. With releases on Lower East, Niem, and an upcoming EP on Hot Creations, two-thirds of this production trio will be freshly arriving from destroying a 5 show tour in Mexico. These guys absolutely killed it at Burning Man, and are guaranteed to do the same on the 25th. Opening the show will be their close Los Angeles counterpart JAKE PATRICK of Harmonic and Music Savages. Now this is a serious day of music to bask in. Please arrive early and spend the day celebrating and truly enjoying this beautiful season at the Standard rooftop.


Date: September 25th, 2011

Time: 1pm-8pm

Venue: The Standard Rooftop
550 South Flower @ 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Talent: Butane, Slow Hands, Wildkats, Delinquent Frequency

Discount List: RsvpHarmonic@gmail.com



New Years Eve Los Angles 2011

The festivus maximus is looming large on the horizon, threatening to sweep all common sense, reasonable behavior and last year’s resolutions out the door. ‘Tis the season of a million parties and, seemingly, of a million dollars flying out of wallets in all directions. We at Culprit, along with our friends at the Standard Hotel in Downtown LA, decided to buck the holiday fleecing trend and throw a… ready for it… free party on New Year’s Eve. What a concept!

On the night of many choices, we offer one of our favorite settings, a pair of familiar and hugely entertaining DJs, a champagne toast – free too! – and our affable and enormously likable selves as hosts 😉

Tanner Ross and Sergio Santos were two of the four DJs responsible for our closing party at the Standard this past October, as SECT. You, our peoples, and the Standard Hotel loved their set so much, their presence was requested yet again. In the spirit of the drunken NYE camaraderie, the Boston boys will open up their record boxes and vaults and whip out the best of their eclectic stylings. Be ready for disco, pop, classic house and all kinds of other unmentionables.

To ensure easy entry, please RSVP here and come early – for a free party might prove a popular ticket in our double-dip recessionary times.