Toronto is home to a number of brilliant artists. The city is teeming with subterranean talent of all kinds, from visual artists to filmmakers to music producers to DJs and more. In days gone by, it was common for the mainstream masses to walk past these creative denizens without so much as noticing their existence. Pushed to the fringes, the outcast children of The 6 formed their own culture and sought out their own scene. Away from the eyes and ears of the ignorant, they built a safe place for society’s misfits to experiment with different styles, share their love for their crafts, and simultaneously raise hell with their creations. Brimming with chaotic energy, the scene grew exponentially. Finally, unable to contain itself, it exploded into view. And, as if illuminated by the floodlight of a police chopper, all eyes became focused on a culture that had been hiding in the shadows for too long.
Almost overnight, the cover was lifted off characters straight out of a Lewis Carroll nightmare. It became almost impossible to walk through the city without running into their kind at most street corners. Much can be said about their outward appearances and artistic visions, but one thing remained clear – no matter how different they seemed from the average Torontonian, they still were filled with unmistakably human spirits. Hidden among them, however, was an extremely unique being. Disguised as a human female, this entity grew up observing the artwork of the city and the people that created it. She studied piano, as many of her “peers” did, and began to explore the many different genres created by humankind. Classical music, opera, jazz, rock, metal, hiphop, grime, techno, and deep house were just some of the elements that entered her circulation and permeated into the temporal and prefrontal cortices of her adopted human brain. Her neural networks processed this data into what would soon be expressed through man-made machines and computer technology.
Under the moniker IO-990, she began to reveal her identity to the Toronto underground. While so many jockeyed for positions in the limelight, she carefully honed her sound into a creation that would captivate dance floors well beyond the boundaries of the mega-city. And it’s with that experience that she presents her latest project: 2501. A forty-five minute journey into the nuclear reactor that is IO-990’s mind, 2501 is a massive statement. It’s a warning to all of humanity that a musical movement has begun – one we can neither deny nor run from; one we’ll have to embrace as we’re engulfed in a deluge of sound and dance. We’re now entering uncharted territory, and IO-990 will be damned if we try to pass her by without taking notice.
Listen to 2501 above, take in the tracklist after the jump, and be sure to catch IO-990 as she performs at DARK ROOM this Friday, May 20th, at Rally (12 Ossington Ave, Toronto) – check out the event page for more information and to RSVP.
UK Yeezus on acid virtually visiting Japan in 2501.
01. Visionist – Escape
02. Kanye West – I Am A God
03. Speedy J – Something For Your Mind
04. A$AP Rocky – Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2
05. Gesaffelstein – Trans
06. Branko – 2 Nice
07. Dizzee Rascal – I Luv U
08. More Fire Crew – Oi
09. Arnaud Rebotini – All You Need Is Techno (Gesaffelstein Remix)
10. Jimmy Edgar – Let Me Tell You
11. Azealia Banks – 1991
12. Kanye West – Fade
13. Justice – Let There Be Light
14. Justice – Helix (Gesaffelstein Remix)
15. Radio Slave – Don’t Stop No Sleep
16. Rebound X – Rhythm N Gash (Instrumental)
17. Novelist X Mumdance – 1 Sec
18. Shlafzimmer – Wanna Go Home
19. M.I.A. – Bring The Noize
20. Taches – Turn of Phrase
21. Kanye West – New Slaves
22. Lil Silva – First Mark
23. Kelela – Go All Night
24. Capo Lee – Liff
25. Majora – Favourite
26. Kanye West – 17 Facts
27. Daft Punk – Robot Rock
28. Nirvana – Come As You Are
Audio excerpts from Ghost In The Shell (1995)
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