It's the second round of a back-to-back at the Hi-Dive for me tonight. The Hi-Dive will be hosting three bands; two imports with a laid back but danceable chillwave style of music and one local experimental dreampop band. It'll be a smooth way to start out the week and a great way to polish off a Monday night.

The headliner tonight is Active Child. Active Child is the product of Patrick James Grossi, a singer/producer from Los Angeles who has a very unique choir inspired vocal style that accompanies his R&B meets chillwave beats - a genre he self describes as "hymntronic". Active Child's vocals have a lofty chamber choir characteristic to it that comes from his time spent singing as part of a chorus. Coupled with his silky newage meets ninties R&B instrumentation, Active Child's music sounds like slow jams from the future. Check out "Hanging On" and "Playing House".
Active Child: 'Hanging On' by Ragged Words
Active Child - Playing House by FBi Radio

Chad Valley comes to Denver from Oxford, UK. The alias of producer Hugo Manuel, Chad Valley is one of the premier names in the currently burgeoning chillwave movement. Chad Valley is all about making airy and ethereal dance tracks with catchy melodies and striking reverberated vocals. It gives his music a retro pop meets late night smooth R&B character, a combination sure to raise the temperature on the dance floor. Chad Valley also lends his signature sound to a growing list of remixes, giving the sexy treatment to every song he touches. Check out "Now That I'm Real (How Does It Feel)" and his remix of Foals' "Spanish Sahara".
Now That I'm Real (How Does It Feel) ft. Rose Dagul by chadvalley
Foals - Spanish Sahara (Chad Valley Remix) by chadvalley

King Mob is a local experimental dreampop group, made up of Ben Martin, Sam Martin (of Flashlights) & Charles Kern. I haven't been able to find much of their music online to really get an idea of their style, but it seems like they lie somewhere in between chillwave and dreampop but also do a lot of unique things that defy those categories. Check out a video made from their first live performance below.

The Show starts at the Hi-Dive tonight at about 9:00PM. The show is 18+ and tickets are $10 at the door.

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