Dropping on the Majestic this Thursday, Nov. 19 are the frenetic beats of Two Fresh, a duo out of Nashville that combines elements of all sorts of musical styles into electronic, bass-centric instrumentals.
If the scores of digital beatmakers could be compared to classical composers (which, for the purposes of this blog, they will be), it’s hard to say where Two Fresh would fit in. Samplers like Girl Talk and Milkman are more or less analogous to Chopin, for their ex-ploration of new artistic borders as a result of developments in musical technology. Basement Jaxx could be Beethoven for reasons of pure heaviness, and Benny Benassi might as well be compared to Rossini (very bombastic, and Italians love him).
Two Fresh, however, is hard to put a finger on, tenuous analogies aside. The thirteen tracks off Baker’s Dozen, released online in September, exhibit strong variety; some-times fast and sometimes slow, atonal in certain sequences while at others tremen-dously consonant, briefly sampling Ol’ Dirty Bastard only to come back with a barrage of original bass. Numerous tracks off Baker’s Dozen could be described as chopped and screwed versions of old Super Nintendo themes, and equally as many combine music you’d find on the Weather Channel with hard-hitting bass loops.
As is the case for any DJ, the live performance is the best way to experience a group like Two Fresh. The live venue affords the attendee not only the opportunity to enjoy the music alongside hundreds of others who came to party, but also the chance to see the call-and-response technics of live spinning. Don’t forget your glowsticks.