ARCHETYPE performing as part of DEVOLUTION with LAL, DANIEL LUI, RAHIM, Ill Fitness Crew, Moonstarr, Dialect, FRANKIE GUNNS and ASHWIN TUMNE at the Blue Moon Cafe (725 Queen East), Friday (July 20). $10 door, $8 with valid TTC transfer. 416-410-3475.
Seconds into the most recent recordings that Charles Noel, aka Archetype, has been developing for release on his 21/22 Corporation sub-label, Glyph, it's clear there's something very different going on with the beats.
Instead of the regular pulse of the minimalist drum 'n' bass and hiphop he's made before, the latest creations have an unusual cadence. It's an off-beat syncopation that recklessly bounces along like some futuristic kind of soca. Tech-alypso, maybe.
"That's the Toronto influence coming out of me," laughs Noel from his home in Columbus, Ohio. "It's just about impossible to get any kind of soca or calypso music around here, but I've been going to Toronto quite often and listening to the radio there. Hearing what the DJs are spinning has been very influential.
"There's a lot to discover in Toronto because so many different cultures meet. Most people I've encountered working within the Toronto scene have absorbed that cross-pollination concept, and it shows up in the way they produce tracks and the records they play."
Adding further interest to Noel's upcoming Toronto appearance as part of Public Transit Recordings' Devolution party is the fact that he'll be performing in a live PA collaboration with LAL, accompanied by a dance piece created for the event by local choreographer Rahim Ladha.
"We had similar kinds of concept parties, where there'd be a DJ spinning hiphop and then a band would start playing simultaneously on the other side of the room. They'd react and make connections in unexpected ways.
"When you bring together artists from different disciplines and turn a party into an event, it's bound to be a more exciting experience than watching someone play their records."