Actress and Evian Christ are two of the most inventive acts in experimental electronica right now. They don't share much genre-wise. Actress' fragmented noise suites are nominally rooted in minimal dance music, while Evian Christ's foggy, jittery samples come from hip-hop.
But while they've planted flags on the fringes of their genres, they're pleasing high-profile ears. Evian Christ contributed in the production of
Actress' most recent album, "R.I.P.," earned a best new music nod from Pitchfork and won accolades from major media outlets like NPR.
Together, it's a powerful double bill of electronic music that isn't quite danceable but is clearly influencing its way up the totem pole of pop, rap and club music. If you're not enjoying the silence at Staples on Saturday, and you have an itch for progressive, hazy noise, Complex is where you should plant your own flag.