FaltyDL, Strategy, Ben Tactic, Lincolnup, D Poetica
315 SE 3rd Ave.
[U.S. GARAGE] As a teenage junkie, Drew Lustman didn’t have much going for him other than his music. After going through rehab and getting tired of the bands he was working with, he set out on his own, at age 19, as FaltyDL. In a cascading series of good fortune, he was signed to IDM and dubstep powerhouse Planet Mu in 2009, and then to Ninja Tune for 2011’s Atlantis EP. Though FaltyDL is certainly inspired by U.K. garage, house and IDM, Ninja Tune is a good fit for the young beatmaker, as its roster is as varied as the directions FaltyDL seems to be heading. His first full-length for the label, Hardcourage, features a chamber choral sample and bits of funk, jazz and lounge. It’s no mistake he has been signed to two major indie labels in the U.K.—finding American artists to compare him to is difficult. Brits Four Tet and Bonobo channel his positive, dance-y sound and incorporate much of the same jazz riffs. The only mystery then is how FaltyDL crossed an ocean and back without ever leaving his N.Y.C. home.
Address: 315 SE 3rd Ave.