Three Must-See Acts This Week

Flight Facilities on Wednesday and Thursday at Mezzanine, Blood Orange on Thursday at the Fox, and Nora En Pure on Saturday at Mezzanine.

Flight Facilities

Electronic pop

Flight Facilities

9 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 19-20, at Mezzanine. $40; mezzaninesf.com

Shining bright with sunny pop hooks and disco rhythms, Australian duo Flight Facilities produce the exact brand of radiant and irresistible dance anthems that we have come to expect from the land down under. The duo, composed of Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell, started producing together in Sydney in 2009, scoring a home run with their 2010 debut single “Crave You,” a chilled-out yet catchy track that topped electronic charts in Australia, setting Flight Facilities’ career off to a trailblazing start. 2014 proved to be a watershed year for the duo, with a well-received set at Coachella and the release of their debut album, Down to Earth, to critical acclaim that fall. The album displays their natural ability to write intriguing pop, along with some excellent production chops, and earned a nomination for Album of the Year at the 2014 ARIA Awards. Recently, Flight Facilities have been releasing a string of singles, including an exciting Broods and Reggie Watts collaboration “Stranded,” and the duo appear to be ready to enter the next phase of their career. 

 

Nora En Pure

Deep house

Nora En Pure

9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at Mezzanine. $30; mezzaninesf.com

Inspired by her own travels around the world, Nora En Pure’s radiant, melodic brand of deep house serves as the perfect soundtrack for an elegant vacation in Bali or a daydream during your commute. Born in South Africa and raised in Switzerland, Daniela Di Lillo saw a lot of the world while growing up, but she had music wherever she went, playing instruments and singing from an early age. After graduating college,Di Lillo discovered electronic music production through her circle of friends, producing and releasing tracks under the Nora En Pure moniker in 2010. In 2013, she dropped what is now her signature single, “Come With Me,” a hypnotic house banger that set dance charts and nightclubs around the world into a frenzy. The success led Nora En Pure to embark on a world tour, playing her euphoric DJ sets at top clubs in Ibiza and international mega-festivals. Last year saw the release of the EP Conquer Yosemite, an exhilarating and lively dance trip appropriately named after the beautiful national park. Whether it is through her magical DJ sets or equally enchanting studio releases, Nora En Pure is bound to take her listeners on a journey no matter where they be. Of her upcoming Mezzanine show, Di Lillo tells SF Weekly, “Bringing Purified to San Francisco this week came quite naturally, as all the shows I’ve played here have been so great. I’m looking forward to the funky sounds of Tensnake and seeing many familiar faces that always come and support my shows there!”

 

Blood Orange

Funk/R&B

Blood Orange

7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, at Fox Theater Oakland. $35; thefoxoakland.com

Far from the dance-punk days with the short-lived Test Icicles, Dev Hynes’ funk-infused experimental R&B project Blood Orange has captivated tastemakers, and he’s established a prolific production discography since taking up the moniker nearly a decade ago. Born and raised in East London, Hynes played instruments and sang from an early age, beginning a solo career as Lightspeed Champion when he was 21 after Test Icicles’ demise. While Hynes’ folk-tinged brand of indie rock as Lightspeed Champion found some success in the two albums released under the name, Hynes would retire the project completely in 2010 to focus his efforts on an entirely new sound under a different name. The result was Blood Orange’s 2011 debut Coastal Grooves, a synth-laden dream of an album with elements of post-punk and soul that would serve as the basis for what was to come. Blood Orange’s 2013 sophomore album Cupid Deluxe continues where Coastal Grooves left off, expanding sonic influences with tinges of funk while retaining the pop tendencies from previous work. Hynes’ next two releases, 2016’s Freetown Sound and this year’s Negro Swan, would go on to receive enthusiastic praise from the music community, lyrically deconstructing issues related to race, gender, and class. Speaking to NPR regarding Negro Swan, Hynes says, “I really want it to be the most me and the most enjoyable thing that I can do. Then, that is doing something for someone, somewhere.”

 

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