FUJIYA AND MAYIGI
Formed in 2000 as an electronic duo of David Best (guitars and vocals) and Steve Lewis (synths, beats, programming), Fujiya and Mayigi released Electro Karaoke In The Negative Style two years later, a minimal electronic set that hangs eerily on Best’s distinctive whispered vocal. Adding bass player Matt Hainsby in 2004, a series of ten inch EPs gathered together these parables of personal injury, both physical and mental, to make up three quarters of the well-received (Pitchfork, NME, MOJO, amongst others) landmark album Transparent Things in 2006. Using old synths to punctuate their beautifully-observed anecdotes on romantic triumphs and disasters, heroes and villains and the world at large, the now cult band’s wonderfully constructed rhythms palpitate to produce modern symphonies of electronic music. The band have now emerged with their much anticipated fourth album Ventrilioquizzing, a co-production with Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhardt, Silver Jews, Vetiver), to be released in January 2011 on Full Time Hobby records. The LP finds the band at their strongest and most inventive yet, with early single “Sixteen shades of Black and Blue” already receiving rave reviews, hinting a taste of what’s to come. Notably the California sun under which the album was recorded has not injected Surf City spirit – this album finds them moodier, darker and deeper than ever before. In their own words: “We wanted to make a record that was musically darker and had more going on than our previous LPs,” says David. “This record is its own thing. It's far less indebted to any past influences than our previous records and in my opinion is all the better for it.” This date sees a special return to the live arena and an opportunity to see new material and a now extensive back catalogue with a one-off headline date at the hallowed Institute of Contemporary Art.
“Not that we want to glorify violence but when F&M fronman David Best (alas Miyagi isn’t his real name) growls, I beat you black, I beat you blue” on the thrusting Gainsbourg –meets-Stereolab first cut from forthcoming record “Ventrilioquizzing” thre’s something quite sexily wrong about it. The best kind of sexy, I think you’ll agree.”
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BRANDT BRAUER FRICK
For Brandt Brauer Frick, the drums, strings and pianos that have long been the bedrock of Western music serve as the common thread between the classical past and their techno present. But while devoted to the rich tones and timbres of orchestral instrumentation, the German trio's rousing tracks are rhythmically focused and rendered with the mechanical precision of four-to-the-floor club tracks. Their singular vision of acoustic dance music springs to life in their engaging live performances and on their debut LP, You Make Me Real. "We had felt for years that most instances of combining techno and classical music lack an authentic approach," says Paul Frick. "Instead of using only the typical epic orchestra or piano sounds, we love to explore the dirty and percussive sides of those instruments, adapting techniques from composers like John Cage or Helmut Lachenmann: preparing our piano with screws and rubbers, knocking against every single part of an instrument, until we find that one great sound." Given that techno has long been the provenance of synthesizers and drum machines, Brandt Brauer Frick perform their classically influenced productions with the exactitude of automation. The sharply dressed trio looks past the man-machine obsessions of Kraftwerk to the technical sharpness required to play Steve Reich's pulse-patterned compositions. A hugely exciting new German group, this is the group's first UK appearance and sees them performing as special guests to Fujiya and Miyagi.
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DJing this show in between acts is exciting new electronica-pop kids I CHING
Doors are at 7.30pm and
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