Roberto Lange doesn't hold any grand ambitions for the biweekly party he throws with Chris Devoe at Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge. Heck, the party doesn't even have an event name, a promise of frenzied debauchery or high-concept antics. For the two DJ/producers, it lends a much-needed spotlight to two talented but relatively unknown artists.
Devoe often spins at Eyedrum and the Earl, and issued a CD-R of his click-hop tracks, Attics and Inventory, last fall. He has also produced soundtrack material for Cartoon Network's "Immortal Grand Prix." Lange produces records under several aliases, including ROM (with Matt Crum), Boom & Birds and Epstein. Like Devoe, Lange makes experimental and melancholy instrumental hip-hop.
Lange released two albums this year, Boom & Birds' Camino de Manos Chuecas and Epstein's Gente sin Pueblo, for Arepaz, a sub-label of the experimental-electronic label Beta Bodega Coalition. And more records are on the way. Unfortunately, little of his music is available in the States and is instead released in Japan and Europe. "It seems that people overseas care about it more than people over here," Lange says.
The theme of the party, he says, is inspired by Beta Bodega Coalition, a label that promotes awareness of Latin American culture and leftist politics. But there are no activists handing out flyers or giving speeches, just good music. Lange spins everything from Beta Bodega artists like Climber and Seven Star to Los Ángeles Negros and Serge Gainsbourg, while Devoe mixes up college radio styles like Stereolab, Arthur Verocai and Rammellzee vs. K-Rob.
"A lot of times, I'll play things by my friends [on Beta Bodega], and people will come up and ask me what it is," says Lange, an Ecuadorian who moved to Atlanta from Miami two years ago. "And that's one of the main reasons why I [do the party]: to build a community of peers that have never heard this music before."