If youve been yearning for some more sweet beats lately, then A-ux is your man. Under the aforementioned alias, Tae Kims the man behind one of New Yorks most thrilling electronic/shoe gaze live acts today! Filled with abstract break beats and soothing ambient hooks, A-ux captures the best qualities of hip-hop, techno, experimental, rock and electronic music, all with an added twist of that inner-city Brooklyn flava.
Kim started working the club scene back in 2004, when he released his stunning debut album Duotone. Although the record received a lot of praise A-ux didnt pop up again until this year with two bumpin new albums and an E.P. on the way. And thank goodness hes back, because electronica has been needing a fresher sound for awhile now.
A few years ago, A-ux sounded reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails (particularly around the time of Pretty Hate Machine), with dark and chaotic industrial undertones mixed with abstract ambiance. Nowadays however, the artists music has evolved into something that’s more science fiction meets Nancy Drew. Its mysterious, its spacey and its constantly keeping you on your toes with mood-changing rhythms that are both fun to dance or relax to.
From the soothing ethereal mix of NY Dreamer to the pumpin trance-induced Miss Bytes, A-ux hooks us one by one with intelligent and unique tracks. And its impossible to not get wrapped up in the fresh ’80s electro beat of Journey to New Hope (which would make a perfect addition to the already killer score from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension)! Also, dont miss the catchy Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock (Remix) or Neon Generation, with its video game feel, invoking memories of fictional adventures in alternate universes.
Overall, A-ux is something you just dont want to pass up. Besides the mans got a wicked reputation for out of this world stage shows! So, if you happen to be stuck up in the freezing Northern states any time soon, be sure to check this cool cat out. Hes sure to please.