When: Sat., July 8, 8 p.m. 2017
Samurai Del is the stage moniker of Alex Lawrence, a producer who’s originally from Spokane but currently resides in Seattle. Lawrence founded the Seattle hip-hop collective Northern Natives, featuring such independent artists as Zach Taylor and MistaDC, who will be performing with him at Terrain on Saturday night. (This will apparently be Lawrence’s first full set in his hometown.) Scanning through Lawrence’s SoundCloud profile, you can hear the sheer breadth of his influences: The hip-hop track “Safe Travels” sprinkles airy electronics atop thick, bottom-heavy beats; “Cold Hearted Killa” is a pulsing, energetic disco tune; “No Time” is a sultry, saxophone-tinged R&B song that recalls early TLC. And true to his name, Samurai Del does give the occasional nod to traditional Japanese music.