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Friday night: Leaving Records presents Matthewdavid, Asura, and an Exclusive MP3

January 21, 2011 | 11:54 am

-1 It's almost antithetical to brand anything related to Leaving Records as "exclusive," considering the experimental local imprint projects a total air of inclusivity (provided you have a tape deck).

The music of its founder Matthewdavid  (also signed to Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder) gravitates toward warm, ambient washes of sound, his beats more auroral haze than aggressive mind-melt. But he and his roster of artists achieve a gentle psychedelia that strikes a perfect equilibrium of futurism and nostalgia. Hence the Space Invaders-like video for Friday night's "Leaving Records Presents Show" at the Public Fiction Gallery in Highland Park.

With performances from Matthewdavid, Asura, M. Geddes Gengras, DubKnowDub and a special video installation, the evening will likely explore interstellar space as seen through the prism of psilyocibin and Serrato DJ software. In honor of the event, Leaving Records is offering a votive consisting of the "MD Ragamix" of Dem Hunger's "Mosque Vibrations," one of last year's most wooly, weird and unsung beat records.

The label is asking for $5 donations at the door. Those looking for a glimpse at the sort of cosmic wandering that will go down tonight would be well served to first check out David's "Open-Wide" mix for Dublab. Sun Ra would surely approve of it, or at the very least, Ras G.

--Jeff Weiss

MP3: Dem Hunger-"Mosque Vibrations (MD Ragamix)" (Pop & Hiss Exclusive)

MP3: Matthewdavid - "Dublab Open-Wide Mix"