Best of Vancouver Music 2013

photo by Daniel Lins
photo by Daniel Lins

Neu Balance

Electronic duo Neu Balance have really stepped up their live profile during the final quarter of 2013. Their appearances have ranged from sets at the New Forms Festival and Offline 1 (presumably there will be an Offline 2) to guest DJing a night at Dunlevy Snack Bar.

Although Neu Balance have yet to release any media beyond scattered tracks on Soundcloud, that could change in 2014. The questions are through which labels (if any) and in what formats? More Than Human Records perhaps? MTH has already released the Lay Doe EP by Plays:Four, an electronic trio that includes Neu Balance’s Sam Beatch. Or maybe Neu Balance will align with Kingfisher Bluez, whose subscription-based Single-Sided Singles Club would accommodate Neu Balance’s trickling output.

Whichever way Neu Balance choose to release music, Vancouver’s electronic scene could be receiving an invigorating jolt in the new year.

Neu Balance will close 2013 with a “minimal, techno, acid, etc.” New Year’s Eve show at the 88 event. Other performers include Ben Soda and Bobby Draino. Location to be announced.