Riobamba and Ikebe Shakedown will take the stage to close out our Third Annual Press Play Fair. Dance Press Play 2019 to a close at this free performance.
Riobamba is an Ecuadorian-Lithuanian producer, DJ, and cultural activist based in Brooklyn. Riobamba’s rowdy, deeply researched live sets reflect back nightlife’s power as a site of joy and resistance. She is a member of techno-feminist booking agency Discwoman’s roster, and is founder of record label APOCALIPSIS, a platform celebrating works by those “ni de aquí, ni de allá.”
As a self-made bridge between música urbana’s underground movements and pioneers, she has recently shared the stage with Ivy Queen, Tego Calderón, Nina Sky, DJ Playero, Maluma, and DJ Blass, with performance highlights including Panorama Festival, MoMA PS1 Warm Up, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Boiler Room, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Red Bull Festival Chile. Riobamba previously led A&R for Fania, was Music Editor at Remezcla, and prior to moving to NYC, she was the first Colombia-based Fulbright-mtvU researcher, studying the power of digital music as a subversive tool for healing the legacy of civil conflict and displacement.
Ten years ago, Ikebe Shakedown began pushing the boundaries of instrumental music. Each new track and live set has sent them deeper into combining the foundational elements of ’70s soul, raw psychedelic style, and cinematic Western soundtracks with powerful grooves and soaring melodies.
With their new release, Kings Left Behind on Colemine Records, the band is giving listeners more mystery and majesty than ever before. The album features the entire group writing together, allowing each instrument and element to shine through.You’ll find rhythms that punch you right in the gut, even as dreamy guitars and lush horn melodies and string arrangements capture your imagination.
Kings Left Behind was recorded by Ikebe’s bassist, Vince Chiarito, at Hive Mind Recording, a Brooklyn studio built from the ground up and co-owned in part by Vince and the band’s saxophonist, Michael Buckley. Since it opened in 2017, Hive Mind has become a home base for the band, giving them the freedom to experiment with the textures and sounds of a genre they define as Instrumental Soul.
No matter how much things have changed over the past decade, Ikebe Shakedown has been a consistent, driving force. The band has gone from local clubs to the stages of Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, playing with some of the biggest names in music. They continue to stretch their capabilities and add to their worldwide following. And with no signs of slowing down, fans can only imagine what comes next.