In today’s world of dance music, the beatmaker-by-way-of-jazz-enthusiast is a slowly dying breed. The upcoming generations of beatmakers have never known a musical landscape that didn’t include hip-hop—and it shows. It is clear that an older artist like Kenny Dope or even someone slightly older like Four Tet is cut from a different cloth than new jacks like Diplo. In recent years, musical cross-pollination has exploded into a dense labyrinth so convoluted that the sincerity and subtlety of older forms is easily lost on new generations of music listeners. While one set of influences isn’t better or worse than the other, the fact remains that our sounds, by virtue of the shifting influences, are changing, and at a more rapid pace all the time. However, if you are looking for yesteryear’s producer, Kevin Yost is one such musician. He makes beats to suit the magic of jazz and its various offshoots, not the other way around. He’s a classically trained graduate of the Berklee College of Music who produces for the mega-soundsystems of the world as well as your cozy home stereo and his live shows and DJ sets bear the mark of a veteran who’s been at it for over a decade. Artists like Yost remind us that every now and then, despite the exciting, shape-shifting new movements of our music, a trip back to where it all came from is always good. (Jarrett Spiegel)
Kevin Yost performs with Orchard Lounge featuring Ben Silver, Bethany Briscoe and Spencer Lokken, residents Sativa, Chris Santiago, Dysqo and E&G and the Chance. Local Chicago Lounge at Zentra, 923 West Weed, (312)787-0400 on July 14. Rsvp to zentranightclub.com for free cover 9-10pm, $5 from 10pm-midnight, and $10 12-1am.