Inspired by Dutch electro, minimal Detroit dance music, Nigerian disco, and punk rock, Hive Mind—Ital’s first full-length release—plumbs the depths of house music to unearth ambient interludes and dance-floor jams that are much less in-your-face than in-your-head. Ital is the current moniker of D.C. native Daniel Martin-McCormick, formerly of wild post-punk quintet Black Eyes and still a member of the intense Mi Ami. These days, both Mi Ami and Ital explore Martin-McCormick’s love for electronic dance music. (Mi Ami’s other half, Damon Palermo, performs as Magic Touch at this show.)
Intriguingly, Martin-McCormick’s most distinctive quality—his shrieking, high-pitched singing voice—is absent from his Ital jams. “My voice is rather particular and I didn’t want to do some Jamie Lidell shit, or whatever, and attempt some kind of weird, art-dance-pop crossover bullshit,” Martin-McCormick says. “I felt like I wanted to make it more about a larger sonic exploration or something like that.”
A new Ital record, Dream On, is out in November. The title comes from a place of despair, Martin-McCormick says: “If there’s something that you’re hoping for in life, then you should just dream on because it’s probably not gonna work out so hot.” With Laurel Halo, Magic Touch, M Geddes Gangras, and Future Times DJs. $14.