Little Raine Band Confirms 6th Annual Day After Christmas Show December 10, 2018 21:21

Words by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

Photo by Charity Ponter

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Birmingham favorites Little Raine Band will continue their post-Christmas extravaganza this year, as the 6th Annual Day After Christmas Show has been confirmed. The band began this concept in 2012, and the tradition has quickly become one of the Alabama jam scene's favorites. Joining LRB this year will be Atlanta jamtronic act Space Kadet, as well as local producer Devonte Hutchins

We've been on the LRB bandwagon since the inception of Live & Listen in 2014, as the band has played many events we have promoted, such as The Blueberry JamCukoRakko Music & Arts Festival, Jam in the Ham, and multiple shows at ZydecoWorkPlay, and Bourbon Street Bar (Auburn). This show will be a special one, as the band has been hard at work in the studio for their next release in 2019. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.

We recently caught up with Little Raine Band frontman Davis Little to learn a little more about what the band has been up to, as well as the concept behind this particular occasion:

"The Day After Christmas Show is a very special tradition for us. It always marks our last show for each year. There’s no better way to wrap up the year than getting down with the hometown crowd. This has also become a way for us to get together with friends and fans who are back in town for the holidays. It’s hands down one of our favorite shows to play each year, and it never disappoints. 

This year’s show is going to be the best one yet (in our eyes). We’ve got Space Kadet from Atlanta joining us. We love these guys, and they put on an kick ass show. Also, our brother DeVonte Hutchins, who will be running lights all night, is going to open up the night with a solo set. There are plenty of sit-ins lined up. Needless to say, it’s shaping up to be a very special night for us, and we are really looking forward to getting down with everyone. 

We're currently finishing our second album, which we are extremely excited to release next year. We’ve put in a lot of time into making this album and can’t wait to get this new material out there." 

Davis Little of Little Raine Band

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Check out the videos below for a little taste of what you can expect from this year's lineup!

Watch footage from LRB's 2016 Day After Christmas Show here:

Watch Little Raine Band & Friends performing "Cortez The Killer" here:

Watch Space Kadet's recap video from Imagine Festival (2018) here:

Space Kadet Releases Funky "Return of the Mack" Remix July 20, 2018 17:47

Atlanta's Space Kadet continues to turn heads across the electronic / jam scene, as their persistent instrumental exploration never fails to deliver a fresh, upbeat variety of sounds. Having shared the stage with the likes of  The Floozies, Russ Liquid Test, Zoogma, Sunsquabi, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and The Werks, the eclectic three-piece has built notable momentum over the past year. This has led to an impressive run of festival appearances, including SweetWater 420 Festival, Imagine Festival, Purple Hatter's Ball, and Zen Awakening. 
If you're looking for a fresh addition to your summer playlist, you're in luck. Today, Space Kadet has released their latest studio work, which comes as a remix of Mark Morrison's 1996 hit, "Return of the Mack," which can be streamed in full below. We recently caught up with drummer Rohan Prakash, who gave us the inside scoop on the band's new release: 
"When Thomas Garret (guitarist) joined the band in July of last year, he would mention from time to time that we should write a remix to Mark Morrison's classic, "Return of the Mack." We never really thought much of it until earlier this year. I happened to find the acapellas for the track one night and remember spending that whole night toying with different sounds and writing different ideas on Ableton etc. I was mainly going for a housey/spacey sounding vibe, but I wanted to stay true to the originally intended R&B/funk feels of the track.
The original "Return Of The Mack" is a classic, and I was pretty nervous to drop this remix at first.  We played it live in Atlanta opening for The Floozies back in February, and it got an amazing crowd reaction. Since then, this has been one of our favorite remixes to play live. Over the past few months we have brushed it up, and we recently got to spend some time in the studio, where Bambi and Thomas would finalize their bass, synth and guitar parts. Our good friend Josh Bell helped mix and master the track for us. It's safe to say that we are quite pleased with the final product. We figured that this would make for a great summer time release."

Space Kadet's New EP 'Ultra Funkular' Hits On All Cylinders September 1, 2017 12:52

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Words by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

Atlanta-based jamtronic act Space Kadet has just released its latest studio work in the form of a five-song EP titled Ultra Funkular. Mastered by Papadosio's Anthony ThogmartinUltra Funkular perfectly captures the atmospheric, jazzy funk that this four-piece has become known for since its inception in 2014. One of our favorite elements about this band is its ability to navigate between improv jam and electronic boundaries, making way for a uniquely diverse final product. 

The EP's title track features Louisiana-based trumpet player / producer Ryan Viser, who provides some additional adrenaline into an already impelling dance tune. Ultra Funkular's first single, "French Elevators," has an funky, old school Sector 9 to it, and the vocal samples from The Temptation's "I Wish It Would Rain" will undoubtedly catch the attention of any potential listener. Drummer Rohan Prakesh and percussionist Phil Ordonez hold down a wildly tight beat throughout "Junsuina," and Thomas Garret's jazzy guitar influence certainly shines throughout the track. The final track, "BTSD," seems the most electronic of the bunch but still maintains a notably melodic, groovy bass line (via Alex Etheridge) at its core.

Overall, Ultra Funkuluar more than lives up to its catchy title, and there's no doubt that Space Kadet offers something that just about any music fan can get down to. See below to stream the EP in its entirety. Space Kadet's next show will be at Imagine Festival at Atlanta Motor Speedway (September 22nd - 24th). More dates will be announced in the near future, including an STS9 after party in St Augustine, FL on October 7th with Artifakts at The Elk Lodge.

Listen to Space Kadet's 'Ultra Funkular' here:

Space Kadet explores many genres on the electronic instrumental spectrum with a deep emphasis on creating a spacey funky atmosphere and sound, always leaving the listener in a trance. The band taps into a variety of genres ranging from high energy driven electro-funk to hip hop infused drum and bass into trap, deep dub, house, break beats and more. Recently, the band has shared the stage with praised acts such as The Russ Liquid Test, Zoogma, Sunsquabi, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Werks, Govinda, Higher Learning as well as playing acclaimed festivals such as Purple Hatters Ball, Imagine Festival, Sweetwater 420 festival and Zen Awakening. Space Kadet came together to form an always changing, never ending, groovy space odyssey. 

Space Kadet is: Rohan Prakash (Drums and Production), Alex Etheridge (Bass and Production), Thomas Garret (Guitar) and Phil Ordonez (Percussion).