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Urban Animals Unite!



Contemporary urban life can be suffocating. Within the many subcultures and social strata, the Urban Animal searches for release. Not in the vast, unpopulated great outdoors, but in heaving warehouses, seeking solace in the liberating beats of the kick drum. They are bound not by association, but through a shared experience of primal relief felt in those shadowy, dance floor corners swelling with the sounds of low end frequencies and brazenly sculpted grooves. This is the Urban Animal’s jungle.

dirtybird pioneer Claude VonStroke unleashes his ‘Urban Animal’ upon North America this September, his third artist album, released 24th September, will be accompanied by a 20 date tour, kicking off October 4 on his home turf of San Francisco, and taking in a Halloween stop in Detroit. Throughout the tour VonStroke will be supported by the fast rising dirtybird player J.Phlip.

Those who have caught VonStroke over the summer; hosting his own stage at HARD, subverting the EDM complacency of Las Vegas during EDC week, or maybe at dirtybird’s Ibiza residency at Sankey’s, have heard powerful glimpses of ‘Urban Animal’. The forthcoming album tour is to be a gathering of like-minded escapists, a dancefloor menagerie brought together by its thirst to push through the platitudes of everyday existence.  

After releasing the single ‘Can’t Wait’ a few weeks ago, VonStroke unveiled the first glimpse of ‘Urban Animal’s’ second release ‘Dood’. ‘Dood’ is inherently dirtybird, and already proved its worth as the peak time choice for its creator. The heart-squeezing booty bass line smacks instantly, while the rumbling drawl of the vocal sample perfectly encapsulates VonStroke’s witty spirit.

 Have a listen to a preview of ‘Dood’ below:

‘Urban Animal’ embodies the singular sound that Claude VonStroke and his dirtybird crew have perfected over the last nine years. Touching on all spectrums of house, moving from booty bass to d’n’b, ‘Urban Animal’ is rich and diverse, stoic and playful, tough and tender. VonStroke has pieced together a rugged arrangement of the most discordant, unlikely parts, into something brimming with beauty and human appeal. It’s a record wide in scope, yet one that could only have been birthed by VonStroke.Urban Animal’s artwork reconstructs photography of derelict city architecture from Detroit, and the Midwest into three compelling animal portraits. Out of these fractured snapshots of urbanity emerges a cohesive organic whole, it’s a fitting theme for VonStroke who sampled sounds and snippets of his busy and sometimes frantic work and family life to create his ‘Urban Animal’.

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Tour dates (more to be announced):

04/10/2013        –          San Francisco CA The Regency Ballroom 05/10/2013        –          Los Angeles CA Exchange 12/10/2013        –          Boston MA The Sinclair 13/10/2013        –          Burlington VT Club Metronome  17/10/2013        –          Miami FL Grand Central 18/10/2013        –          Toronto ON The Hoxton 19/10/2013        –          Montreal QC SAT 24/10/2013        –          Austin  TX Kingdom 25/10/2013        –          Asheville  NC Mountain Oasis (without J.Phlip) 30/10/2013        –          Phoenix AZ Monarch Theater 31/10/2013        –          Royal Oak MI Royal Oak Music Theater 01/11/2013        –          Buffalo NY Rendezvous 07/11/2013        –          Eugene OR WOW Hall 08/11/2013        –          Portland OR Branx 09/11/2013        –          Denver CO City Hall 13/11/2013        –          Washington DC U Street Music Hall 14/11/2013        –          Tampa FL The Kennedy 15/11/2013        –          Philadelphia PA Union Transfer

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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