It’s clear from fliers around town that J-Davey, made up of producer Brook D’Leau and Jack Davey’s gilded throat, are headlining. The duo hasn’t issued a long-player as of yet, but the digitally disseminated “Evil Christian Cop: The Great Mistapes” recently made the rounds garnering attention, in part due to the inclusion of a reimagined version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Along with that track are a handful of productions vaguely referencing Flying Lotus and the rest of Los Angeles’ electronic and hip-hop field of underground talent. Nu Soul might be an applicable tag, but the duo ostensibly sounds like a spacey soul hook from the last Raekwon album, just extended to four minutes. That’s not good or bad, but pointed towards a pretty specific listenership.
Perhaps a touch more commercially relevant, Blu functions here as a support act even as the world continues to wait for his major-label debut, “NoYork!” It’s been in the works for something like three years at this point. Granted, the LA MC has busied himself recording instrumental tracks under the name GODlee Barnes, producing work for East Coaster Sene and talking about the wealth of projects he’s almost finished. His set’s sure to include a bit of his pending album, all electronics and heartfelt flow, as well as some of the now-classic “Below the Heavens.” Exile isn’t on tap to provide DJ assistance, but Blu’s ability to talk about church life and unwanted pregnancies in rapid succession doesn’t require the most adroit musical backing. The $400 VIP seating, accompanied by bottle service, seems a bit haughty for an MC openly referencing a Godlee upbringing in his rhymes, but even the blessed need a dollar. (Dave Cantor)
April 9 at the Shrine, 2109 South Wabash, (312)753-5700. 9pm. $25.