Eskmo heats up Mezzanine 

click to enlarge San Francisco-incubated Ninja Tune artist Eskmo, playing The City on Saturday, is preparing his sophomore release. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • San Francisco-incubated Ninja Tune artist Eskmo, playing The City on Saturday, is preparing his sophomore release.

Sizzling electronica artist Eskmo, aka Brendan Angelides, heats up the Mezzanine on Saturday during a headline spot atop Sunset Promotions’ $15 “Bridge” event.

Using Mezzanine’s booming funktion1 system hooked into his own custom, dual-laptop audio-video rig, Eskmo will drop huge beats embroidered with musique concrete-style found sounds — all a prelude to a highly anticipated fall sophomore release on the sterling U.K. label Ninja Tune.

“It’s definitely physical and you can dance to it, but I also like playing with the audience and playing with their expectations,” Angelides says. “I don’t really write party music stuff. It can get abstract at parts and bounce around between different tempos. It’s more about messing with sound and the experience of playing. I just have a few controllers up there and I try to do as much on-the-spot stuff as possible.”

Angelides likes to find random junk before the show such as bottles, pans or paper: “anything that I know will sound good if recorded, then I integrate that into the show, and do percussion live-looping and singing on top of it,” he says.

Similar environmental manipulations can be found on his contributions to the new release “Outliers, Vol. I,” composed of Icelandic field recordings such as children’s choirs, rain, ice and mud. Sounds found in China and Mongolia appear on a prior Angelides project, under the name Welder.

Angelides’ omnivorous appetite for sound began young. The 31- year-old Connecticut native grew up on “bad hip-hop” and then the progressive rock of Primus before Prodigy, early Moby and Aphex Twin took him down the electronic music path. A lover of drum and bass, he skipped college to make music, eventually moving to San Francisco in 2006.

Two self-releases and slew of EPs led to the 2010 LP “Eskmo,” his first on a big label, Ninja Tune. A mix of downtempo, dubstep and glitch, it’s music that listeners can nod their heads to, while repeated headphone sessions yield a richly textured universe. Angelides does all his own vocals as well.

San Francisco lost Eskmo in September when Angelides moved to Los Angeles. “The ceiling was just set at a certain height in San Francisco,” he says. Settling in nicely in the balmy city of  more than 3 million, he adds, “San Francisco was an incubator for me to find my own sound.”

Eskmo with Love & Light, Dials, U9lift

Presented by Sunset Promotions

Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $15 to $18
Note: 21-plus

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