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GOOD SAD HAPPY BAD

Previously known as the moniker Micachu and The Shapes, Good Sad Happy Bad named themselves after their last album Good Sad Happy Bad. Things have changed a bit, Raisa Khan is leading the bands vocals and songs, and they now have the addition of CJ Calderwood contributing a minimum of vocals, saxophone and recorder.

Their record is called Shades. Shades is made up of 12 songs. Like the band name the songs are either good, sad, happy or bad and sometimes either slow, fast, heavy or light, and sometimes cold, hot, warm or freezing, and sometimes tasty, nasty, bland or spicy.

Good Sad Happy Bad

17 Feb 2022

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4, 5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£13.50

STRAWBERRY GUY

Strawberry Guy is a Welsh-born, Liverpool-dwelling singer-songwriter with a knack for catchy dream-pop tunes.

Strawberry Guy

27 Nov 2021

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£11

LE PETIT ORB

As the UK’s second lockdown was imposed, Alex Paterson The Orb’s founder, knew that he needed to find a way to get back out there and reconnect with his fans as soon as possible. So Dr Alex decided what better time than now to revisit 'Le Petit Orb', an Orb capable of touring the entire UK and Ireland, playing smaller venues and providing the intimate setting to truly reconnect with the Orb fans Dr Alex has so greatly missed.

Originally born in the 90’s as The Orb reached the stratosphere and headlined Glastonbury but never wanted to lose touch with their intimate club roots, ‘Le Petit Orb' not only provided a smaller unit to perform intimate shows but also spawned the album “Pomme Fritz”, considered to be an Orb classic by the cognoscenti.

So now it’s time for 'Le Petit Orb' again as Alex Paterson, along with Michael Rendall and Deepvisual Lighting, head out across the UK and Ireland this Autumn to perform a selection of The Orb’s finest recordings as voted for by YOU, the fans! (voting information provided to ticket holders).

And, as a real treat for Orb fans, each show will begin with an Alex Paterson interview and curated question and answer session as Dr Alex looks back over his amazing career, using his biography ‘Babble On An’ Ting’ as the reference book. Followed by a set of Orb classics and rarities.

THE ORB presents Le Petit Orb (Live)

06 Nov 2021

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£27.50

SNAIL MAIL

On her 2018 debut album Lush, seventeen-year-old Lindsey Jordan sang “I’m in full control / I’m not lost / Even when it’s love / Even when it’s not”. Her natural ability to be many things at once resonated with a lot of people. The contradiction of confidence and vulnerability, power and delicacy, had the impact of a wrecking ball when put to tape. It was an impressive and unequivocal career-making moment for Jordan.

On Valentine, her sophomore album out November 5th on Matador, Lindsey solidifies and defines this trajectory in a blaze of glory. In 10 songs, written over 2019-2020 by Jordan alone, we are taken on an adrenalizing odyssey of genuine originality in an era in which "indie" music has been reduced to gentle, homogenous pop composed mostly by ghost writers. Made with careful precision, Valentine shows an artist who has chosen to take her time. The reference points are broad and psychically stirring, while the lyrics build masterfully on the foundation set by Jordan’s first record to deliver a deeper understanding of heartbreak.

Snail Mail

23 Feb 2022

+ special guests

O2 Forum Kentish Town

9-17 Highgate Rd
London
NW5 1JY

7pm

£18

LUNAR VACTION

Lunar Vacation is an American band based in Atlanta, consisting of Matteo De Lurgio, Connor Dowd, Maggie Geeslin, Grace Repasky, and John Michael Young. They've been making moon tunes since 2016 (and are making more as you read this)

Lunar Vacation

11 May 2022

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£12.50

MICHELLE

The kernel of inspiration for what would eventually become MICHELLE started in the spring of 2018 when Julian and Charlie were both in their second semester at separate colleges, both wading through bad breakups and looking for something to pull them out of the mire. “We wanted to be doing something instead of proactively destroying ourselves,” explains Julian. “So we started FaceTiming all the time.” Both trained multi-instrumentalists with self-taught production chops, the pair had been orbiting one another since their mid-teens at house parties and onstage at all-age event spaces like 7eventytwo. So they came up with this: write and record a one-off, quasi-concept record about growing up in New York… and do it in two weeks.

Michelle

09 Feb 2022

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

LOS CAMPESINOS

Los Campesinos! couldn’t bear the thought of a calendar year without playing a gig so here they are, back in London to play a headline show this coming December at Village Underground. It’s the ten year anniversary of Hello Sadness so maybe they’ll play more from that album, they’re not sure yet, but they’re very excited to be back and spending time together, and hopefully with you too?

Los Campesinos! / Fortitude Valley

14 Dec 2021

Village Underground

54 Hollywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£20

SQUIRREL FLOWER

Squirrel Flower’s heart-rending sophomore album Planet (i), following her 2020 debut I Was Born Swimming, is exactly that. A singular planet, a world entirely of artist Ella Williams’ making. The title came first to her as a joke: it’s her made-up name for the new planet people will inevitably settle and destroy after leaving Earth, as well as the universe imagined within her music. “Planet (i) is my body and mind,” Williams says, “and it’s the physical and emotional world of our planet. It’s both.” Buoyed by her steadfast vision and propelled by her burning comet of a voice, the record is a love letter to disaster in every form imaginable. Tornadoes, flooding, gaslighting assholes, cars on fire—these songs fully embrace a planet in ruin. As Williams rides from melancholy to jubilance to complete emotional devastation over the course of twelve songs, she carves out a future for herself and those she loves. Planet (i), out June 25, 2021 on Polyvinyl and Full Time Hobby, is at once a refuge, an act of self-healing, and a musical reflection of Squirrel Flower’s inner and outer worlds.

Squirrel Flower

21 Apr 2022

+ special guests

Lafayette

11 Goods Way
London
N1C 4DP

7pm

£13.50

THE HORRORS

The Horrors present Metal Rain at London's Electric Ballroom this winter. Joining the band is an incredible supporting bill featuring Mandy, Indiana, PC Word and DJ Proteus.

The Horrors / Mandy, Indiana / PC World / DJ Proteus

03 Dec 2021

Electric Ballroom

184 Camden High St
London
NW1 8QP

6pm

£25

MATTHEW E WHITE

Matthew E. White never expected to see his name in the bright lights. By the time White released his solo debut, Big Inner, in 2012, he was already a decade deep into the tightly knit creative orbit of Richmond, Virginia. He had cofounded a series of polyglot bands with his closest pals and jumped at any compelling collaborative invitation; Big Inner wasn’t a lark, per se, but it felt at first like a new thread within an already rich tapestry. But the album was rightly lauded as a triumph, a modern reappraisal of classic American songcraft that unified gospel, jazz, and incandescent Brill Building pop in seven rapturous tunes. At 30, White inched toward stardom, while Spacebomb, the production house and label he founded, emerged as a mighty new imprimatur. By his own admission, though, White stumbled through this unexpected success, rushing a second album, Fresh Blood, that somehow felt both on the nose and timid, as if he were still trying to fan the same flame that had powered Big Inner.

K Bay, White’s first album in six years, is the astounding record he has forever aspired to make. A bold reclamation of independence and identity, K Bay establishes White as one of his era’s most imaginative and audacious songwriters, composers, and bandleaders. These 11 pieces are retro-futurist magic tricks that feel instantly classic and contemporary, the product of a musical mind that has internalized the lessons of his idols and used them to build a brilliant world of his own. You will immediately recognize White here, singing softly of his big-hearted cosmography of love and wisdom and botanical metaphors; you will be stunned, though, by the dazzling density and relentless wonder of his ideas, from the swaggering hooks of “Electric” and “Let’s Ball” to the fragmented symphonic sway of “Fell Like An Ax.” K Bay moves with the absolute freedom and force of a debut thrillride; it exudes the sophistication and subtlety of a revivified veteran who knows exactly what he wants to hear and just how to get it.

Matthew E White

22 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper Street
London
N1 2UD

7pm

£22.50

SOMEONE

Someone is the moniker for multi-disciplinary artist Tessa Rose Jackson. As Someone, she releases cosmic art and psychedelic pop music. The British born artist, based in Amsterdam, finds great joy exploring the intensity with which art and music can be fused in a way that they enhance each other fully.

Someone

10 Nov 2021

+ special guests

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£9.50

HUGAR

Þórisson and Jónsson have forged a musical path all of their own since meeting as children. Combining a shared passion for music and an impressive resume, working alongside fellow Icelandic luminaries Björk, Sigur Rós, Ólafur Arnalds and Johann Johannson, the longtime friends first began writing music together in 2013, recording and releasing their independent self-titled debut ‘Hugar’ the following year.   Signed exclusively to Sony Music Masterworks, they then released their second record ‘Varða’ and the soundtrack album ‘The Vasulka Effect - Music for the Motion Picture’, which got them a nomination for the Nordic Film Composer Awards 2021. The ‘Þjóðlög / Folk Songs’ EP marked their first release on Sony’s new post-genre instrumental label XXIM Records, with their third full album, slated for release early in 2022, due to be their second on the label.

Hugar

03 Mar 2022

+ special guests

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd
London
NW1 1UL

7pm

£12.50

GODFORD

Nostalgia for the present.  Much like the emotionally intricate work of contemporaries such as Bob Moses and Jamie xx, the music Godford creates evokes the romance of late nights, last nights, and the memory of what just came before.  His debut record NBP captures that lightning in a bottle, peaking feeling where life is never the same since.  A place that withstands time, the chance to revisit only by pressing play. 

NBP is a record that longs even further for a past none of us will get a chance to experience.  In a time where terms like “influencer” and “reality” are intertwined with multiple meanings, Godford’s music lends itself to the moment where the world was seen through open eyes as opposed to the lens of a camera.  While social media can feel like an inescapable hall of mirrors, the producer prefers to remain anonymous not to dredge up any sort of industry hype, but instead offering up a direct line to his true self through the exploration of the real emotions of his music, a language beyond borders. 


Fashioned together on a shoestring budget with limited access to phone and internet between the countryside in France and Godford’s home studio in Paris, the record reflects these differing environments, and the real people within them.  Without projecting any sort of chosen identity online, NBP takes a deep dive through an immersive world of characters from his own life.  “An album is a way to propose a journey,” he recalls, and every vocal featured on the record is an electronically distorted memo that flits between the artist’s own narration and that of his friends.  “Everyone feels comfortable at the end because it’s not their real voice,” Godford explains, allowing in that small window an opportunity to convey and reveal their truest selves.  Indeed, this purposeful obscurity also allows listeners to forge the strongest connections of all: drawing their own associations of songs from NBP to soundtrack the world they live in.  “My biggest wish would be for my songs to be a time marker of someone's life,” Godford emphasizes, to build that close relationship that is based on sentiment, rather than perception. 


Godford’s search for belonging has always extended to something greater than himself, as well as exploring the fact that in between spaces is where he feels most at home.  One such safe haven remains the club, where being alone still means coming together (“I saw you alone”), but he’s part of a new wave of musicians who adhere to the notion that party music doesn’t discount emotional vulnerability: “I consider my music as electronic but which is not directly intended for clubs.”  Instead, he shines a spotlight on the concept of the “indie rave”: with more than a passing indebtedness to the alternative scene and it’s acceptance of freely expressing emotion, Godford utilizes his ability to interweave different dimensions of sound to build past the skeletal elements of behind-the-scenes production to something more fully-formed and unmistakably present. 


From the fluttering future garage of title track “Non Binary Place” to the trance-imbued, stuttering synthesizer of previous single “Blue” and soaring, hands-in-the-air pop of “Fear”, there’s a patchwork of call-and-returns that culminate in ultimate track “Saw You,” a flickering, understated last song of the night anthem that recalls the hopeful exposure as all the lights come back on.  These not quite human echoes that trace footfalls throughout the record resonate like steps on the dance floor, eventually leading back to one another.  There’s romance in this auto-tuned melancholy:  a strange comfort in the company of strangers, the idea that there’s something greater out there, despite everything: a better world, one that transcends explanation.

 

Godford

04 Dec 2021

+ special guests 

Peckham Audio

133 Rye Ln
London
SE15 4ST

7:30pm

£12

MODEL MAN

Model Man are brothers Mark and Rob Brandon making waves with some of dance music's biggest players. With every song built around the upright piano, they fuse ambient electronics with elements of bass culture. Their creative stance pits the physical against the cerebral, often with striking results.

BBC Radio 1, Defected, Majestic Casual, Alan Fitzpatrick, Clash Mag, The Fader and so many more showed love and exposure, pushing the releases to a worldwide audience.

Model Man's live show launched in 2020 with a four-piece band and projections at the centre of a unique live dance act.

With remixes and more klavier ambient releases on the agenda, Model Man are more than just a dance act, they're a band making primal, organic, ethereal dance music uniquely tuned to each city.

Model Man

04 Nov 2021

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4, 5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£10

NOGA EREZ

"loud and bombastic, full of energy" Loud & quiet
"Noga Erez boasts razor sharp beats and a heart of pure pop" The Quietus
"The songs are energetic and energising, a sonic punch right in your face." Clash

Noga Erez

05 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St London
London
SE1 1TE

7pm

£17.50

MARLOWE

Marlowe is a collaborative alt-rap project from North Carolina-based hip-hop producer L'Orange and rapper Solemn Brigham. Their unique blend of quick-fire vocals and dusty breakbeats is most well-known on tracks such as 'Lost Arts' and 'Tales From The East'.

Marlowe

09 Oct 2021

+ special guests

229

229 Great Portland St
London
W1W 5PN

7pm

£17.50

YEULE

yeule is the manifested reflection of Singaporean artist Nat Ćmiel. Their music is angelic, but pierced by shattered distortion and sharp interference.

Their first full length release, Serotonin IISerotonin X a collection of remixes.

Though Ćmiel grew up and attended school in Singapore for most of their life, their family travelled often, developing emotional connections with places far from home that left them unmoored. As such their creation is in constant metamorphosis.

Obsessed with tinkering and discovery, Ćmiel began building their own synths. With a launchpad, keyboard and microphone they morph their original cinematic classical compositions into electronica.

As a practicing visual artist, their paintings also translate a deep connection to the process of mark-making, both visually and sonically.

yeule’s name was initially inspired by Final Fantasy XIII-2, where a character dies in a thousand timelines because of a break in the fabric of time itself.

She is born again eternally, and always meets the same fate. yeule relates as they destroy the older parts of themself, reinvent, and are born again from memories both real and fabricated.

yeule is forever trying to chip away at their own identity so that they might absorb something different.

The (n)secure show is also accompanied by an AI-integrated installation which runs during the day.

Yeule

05 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Purcell Room

Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

7.30pm

£12.50

BABA ALI

Though most debuts are the culmination of a lifetime of influences and experiences, few artists succeed in mapping their musical journey quite as vividly as Baba Ali has on Memory Device. Tracing his Nigerian heritage, an adolescence absorbing No Wave and the hip hop on NYC’s Hot 97, time immersed in the techno scene in Berlin, and the experimental punk spirit of his current base in London, Memory Device is an enthralling introduction to a musician who resolutely defies pigeonholing.

Written during lockdown, and recorded with Al Doyle (LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip) in East London, Memory Device is both a dizzyingly inventive exploration of Baba’s complex musical DNA, and a thought-provoking treatise on the collective angst of modern existence; a dance record dealing in small ‘p’ politics that, spiritually, has been three decades in the making.

Baba Ali

19 Nov 2021

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£10

MORLY

Katy Morley's soft, swooning strain of storyteller pop has distilled across the past half decade into an increasingly hushed and heartfelt private language, as lived in as it is lyrical. 'Til I Start Speaking, her long awaited debut, took shape slowly during stints in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and London, stripping back the melodies to their essence, driven by a yearning to “reach ‘the other side,’ to live in and be art and music.” The songs that emerged are time-worn, aching, and acoustically rich, like hymns or traditionals, traced in piano, voice, and percussion. She describes the creation process as almost a “subconscious exorcism,” casting out old ghosts and outgrown loves.

Morly

22 Nov 2021

+ special guests

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£9.50

HOLLIE MCNISH

Hollie McNish is a writer who loves writing. She will be reading from her new collection, Slug, and much more at EartH this October. Tickets for the performance are on sale now.

Hollie McNish

23 Oct 2021

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

6pm

£15

Returning to smash after-hours on the Alternative Stage at Reading & Leeds for another unmissable year of a decade-plus streak that has seen first appearances at the festival from the likes of Kojey Radical, Loyle Carner, Disclosure, London Grammar, Two Door Cinema Club, Metronomy, Kelis and many more, independent music company Transgressive Records curate and present another massive, exclusive line-up to ensure that the party continues long after the headliners finish.

The Takeover will once again occur at Reading on Friday and Leeds on Saturday and Sunday night. With an added sense of celebration for the restart of live music and being together again, the theme this year will be 'house-party’, live and direct from the Alternative Stage - boasting a host of unmissable, exclusive performances from major acts and brand new names.

Friday night at Reading will continue the collective's now long established special DJ 'battle' set-up, featuring a number of talented artists and the team's resident DJs pitted against each other in who can get the biggest sing-alongs of the weekend during a silent disco. A packed stage each and every year, this year will see the likes of BBC Radio 1's JACK SAUNDERS, JESS ISZATT (BBC Introducing), Transgressive signings LET’S EAT GRANDMA, recent number 1 artists INHALER, TRANSGRESSIVE SOUNDSYSTEM, BLESS, ROCKFEEDBACK DJS and more behind the Decks all night long.

Saturday night in Leeds will be a huge Transgressive House Party line-up featuring a live set from progressive indie-dance quintet SQUID, fresh from a breakthrough year with a top-5 debut album, bringing their frenetic live show to the late night stage. The band will be followed by a special “Battle of the Bands” themed double DJ set-up, fresh from 2019’s memorable tent-filler, with Transgressive Soundsystem and BBC Introducing’s Emily Pilbeam pitting the likes of Oasis against Blur, Arctic Monkeys against The Killers and more, in an all-out classics party till (near) dawn.

Sunday night will feature one of the most exciting new acts in UK hip-hop, FLOHIO, appearing live in another exclusive late evening set for the festival, for what will be surely a huge closing party. Capping the final day action will be a return of the two station battle DJ sets pitting the UK against the US in a rap showdown, ensuring that iconic bangers from Jay Z vs Skepta, Stormzy vs Drake, and more ensuring the singing and dancing will continue long into Monday morning.

Specially commissioned live visuals will be provided throughout the weekend, as well as more surprise appearances no doubt.

Transgressive at Reading and Leeds

27 Aug 2021

Feat. Flohio, Squid, Let's Eat Grandma, Inhaler, Nova Twins, Jack Saunders, Jess Iszatt, Emily Pilbeam, Transgressive Soundsystem, Bless and more

Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park
Reading and Leeds
LS23 6ND

Late Night

PORIJ

Eggy (vocal and keys), Tommy (vocal and guitar), James (bass) and Tom (drums) are all currently studying in Manchester. They write, record and produce their modern alternative pop sounds in their student house - each member recording parts in their separate studios/bedrooms and then merging the sounds together meticulously, to form their distinctive “oats” sound.

Porij today return with new single Ego as well as unveiling details of their debut EP Baby Face, which drops September 17th on their own Oat Gang Records label. Baby Face will be their first release since the Breakfast mixtape which came out at the end of 2020. Hotly tipped by the likes of The Guardian, Dork, The Daily Star, Evening Standard, NME, DIY, Clash - the band were also part of the recent British Music Embassy SXSW performance. The band's last four singles have all been playlisted at BBC 6music with recent single Nobody Scared making the A-list. There has also been consistent support from BBC Radio 1, Radio X and BBC Introducing.

The debut EP takes the band's influences and manages to create a sound unlike anything else in 2021. Nobody Scared (A-listed at 6 Music) demonstrated a tender side, highlighting the serious and prescient message of the Reclaim The Night movement. Other songs on the EP such as Can't Stop fuse U.K. garage with unshakable pop hooks. Heaven Knows shows their mature side while Divine embraces self-love. Each song effortlessly brings you deeper into the world of Porij.

Porij

17 Nov 2021

+ special guests

Electrowerkz

7 Torrens St
London
EC1V 1NQ

7.30pm

£10

PEAKES

The sound of PEAKES has always been steeped in isolation, crafting hymnal electro-pop that floats, weightless and suspended, over the world they move through. Using the lens of nostalgia as a kind of refuge, their synth-led dreamscapes defy any sense of time and place: their sound is both current, yet transportive like a memory.

Since their formation in 2017, vocalist Molly Puckering, synth-player and producer Max Shirley and drummer Pete Redshaw, have been solidifying what it means to be PEAKES. With a smattering of EPs and singles laying out their statement of intent, each one a run-up growing in momentum, their trajectory was clear: get into the studio and bring the music to the stage. This was the plan for the Leeds-based trio in 2020 – until the world stopped. No one could have predicted that touring and recording, an artist’s lifeblood, would grind to a global halt, and PEAKES could never have predicted that in a year defined by impossibilities, they would make their debut album, Peripheral Figures.

“I think last year, when you had everything taken away from you, it made it easier to try something new,” says Molly. Having released their four-track EP ‘Pre-Invented World’ on the cusp of the COVID-19 pandemic, amidst the world’s disorder, their music fell into a void: the appetite for new music had understandably dried up, and there was nothing PEAKES could do to change that. So rather than dwell on it, they took a step back and returned to the drawing board and went back to basics, learning to fall in love with music again through the purest sense of creation.

Yet despite the logistical hurdles they had to overcome during the pandemic, where ten minutes might as well have been ten thousand miles away, Peripheral Figures is their most personal, hands-on project yet – and it’s entirely their own. Molly recorded her vocals in the wardrobe of her bedroom, while Pete’s drums were sent in a file-sharing back and forth over email: a departure from the sessions they’d had with producers in fully-fledged studios. “This is the closest that we wanted everything to sound like,” Max says. “Whereas before, it was someone else’s vision too, this time, we’ve had the final say, and it feels great.”

Peakes

08 Dec 2021

+ special guests

Peckham Audio

133 Rye Ln
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£8

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

STEREOLAB

Stereolab were formed in London in 1990 by Laetitia Sadier and Tim Gane. Since the release of their debut 10″ disk via their own record label [Duophonic Super 45s], they have released 10 studio albums and 4 compilation albums of rare tracks.

In 2019, after a 10 year hiatus, the band reformed to tour the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia in support of the reissue of 7 remastered and expanded albums.

GIRL BAND

Prolix. Album opens to unsteady breathing. Slow at first, unwanted and out of time. Breathing shallows and discomfort deepens over the sustained heartbeat of a soon to be familiar A chord. This is Dara’s breath, this is his panic, a momentary, one-off lapse of control recorded and transmuted into a rhythmic, off-beat moment of disquiet to unlock Girl Band’s crucial yet quietly anticipated second album: ‘The Talkies.’

Recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, Ireland, “a few pay grades above what we’re used to!”, the alien construction of Ballintubbert and its corridors help to navigate Girl Band’s cataclysmic sound within a world of its own.
“In many ways the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the house.“ And this enigmatic manor becomes Girl Band’s sonic playground: to place yourself within a space, and to work with that space harmoniously. Dan continues, “We recorded all the drums twice: once on the landing and once in the cellar” -The Well of Souls- “and during production we could actually cut in between both these sounds”. The Talkies vacillates between being big, ambient, and atmospheric to suddenly terribly intimate and up close.

BEAK>

Beak> are Billy Fuller, Geoff Barrow and Will Young. Hailing from Bristol, UK Beak> have released 3 albums on Invada Records – 2009’s ‘Beak>’, 2012’s ‘>>’, and 2018’s ‘>>>’ – as well as the soundtrack to the award winning film ‘Couple In A Hole’ (2015).

The trio craft dense and atmospheric music inspired by experimental bands such as This heat / Can / Soft Machine

Since forming Beak> have played worldwide, with headline tours around Europe and US, and supporting acts such as Chris Cunnigham, Savages, Mogwai and Arcade Fire.

ANA ROXANNE

Ana Roxanne is an American musician based in New York. Her self-released EP was later reissued by Leaving Records before signing with Kranky for her official full-length debut, 2020’s Because of a Flower.

Working at the interzone of electric meditation, dream pop and ambient songcraft, her inspirations span the secular (R&B divas of the 1980’s and 90’s) and the spiritual (catholic choral traditions in which she was raised), synthesized into a uniquely intuitive sonic language, equal parts atmospheric and ancient, healing and hermetic.

FOLLY GROUP

On stage, Folly Group is the sum of drums, percussion, bass, guitar, vocals and a sampler. Elsewhere, Folly Group is an amorphous creative entity, encompassing a group of friends whose practice spans various disciplines. Its members have all played with each other in various projects over the last three years, now Folly Group is a way to mess with form, structure and signifiers. Folly Group attempts to interrogate the job of the band; it’s an allergic reaction to stasis and complacency.

MARTHA SYKE MURPHY

After the release of her transcendental debut EP ‘Heroides’ in 2018 and the single ‘Black Eye’ in 2019, Martha Skye Murphy returned in 2020 with two critically acclaimed EPs, ‘Heal’ and ‘Yours Truly’ that once again showed Murphy’s ability to interweave genres from indie to experimental and baroque choral music. Tied together with unexpected vocal deliveries and song structures – the voice is the instrument, the songs the experiments with form, texture and space.

KYNSY

Kynsy understands the unique romance of isolation. The freedom of writing, arranging and producing her music has given the singer a sense of control and self sufficiency that has enabled her to focus on the minutiae of every song. The Dublin based artist has developed her own songwriting rules that have given her the ability to experiment, push her own boundaries and avoid being pigeonholed into any one genre. Her music moves from the metallic lurch of a nightclubbing Iggy Pop, the icy cool of St. Vincent to the futurism of Julian Casablancas’ solo output.

Through Kynsy the twenty three year old has constructed her own world. Taking her cue from classic songwriters such as Irving Berlin as well as the abstract puzzles within David Byrne’s lyrics and the detached nonchalance of Damon Albarn, there is a spirited wit to her songwriting that singles her out from her more earnest contemporaries. Her louche almost rakish delivery is half world-weary lounge singer, half astute soothsayer. Although there is no ironic posturing at play here, there is a deep sincerity to her words that belies the devil-may-care execution.

Stereolab - Pitchfork Music Festival London

14 Nov 2021

STEREOLAB / Girl Band / Beak> / Ana Roxanne / Folly Group / Martha Skye Murphy / Kynsy

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd, Chalk Farm
London
NW1 8EH

5pm

£37.50

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

MOSES BOYD

For Moses Boyd, it’s been a remarkable journey already. A multi-award winning drummer, producer, composer and BBC 1Xtra resident, fiercely independent and powered by a vast array of influences and experiences, he’s ready to step up onto another plane altogether.

Growing up in Catford in south London, Moses’s childhood was soundtracked by his parents’ collection of gospel, soul, funk, reggae – as well as Bjork, Debussy and Youssou N’Dour. At the time, he says, this eclectic selection seemed normal, “but now I think about it, that’s quite a range for a first generation West Indian woman”.

His first CD was a gift his older brother brought back from a school band trip to Canada (musical talent runs in the family). That CD would “set the tone” for his teens: it was Fly or Die by N.E.R.D. “It’s my favourite record ever. Here’s this black skateboarding punk band, and I was an aspiring skater too.”Moses fell in love with southern hip hop like Outkast and Master P, as well as Tupac, Nas and Jay-Z – and he was also growing up immersed in the uniquely London sound of Grime. “I was surrounded by it. It was normal, because my friends and I were making beats and swapping them via bluetooth, using the ringtone composer on the Nokia 3310, or cheap software like FruityLoops. It was a lived culture, it was right in front of me,” Moses says.

NILÜFER YANYA

Nilüfer Yanya is a London based singer-songwriter whose debut album “Miss Universe” was named one of the best albums of 2019 by Pitchfork, Billboard, The Guardian, MTV, Noisey, The Independent, Dazed, and many more. Since the release of Miss Universe, she has performed an incredible Tiny Desk concert for NPR, on Later with Jools Holland, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Kimmel as well as headlining London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and selling out shows across Europe, Australia, Japan and the USA. Pitchfork – who raved about Nilüfer’s latest Feeling Lucky? EP – wrote “Nilüfer Yanya’s melodies have a pull so strong they almost necessitate their own law of physics”.

EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY

Bandleader, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Emma-Jean Thackray was born and raised in Yorkshire but is today a resident of Catford, south-east London. Her 2020 EPs Um Yang 음 양 and Rain Dance marked Thackray out as standard-bearer of a spiritually-minded, dancefloor-angled take on jazz that stood at a slight remove from the broader UK scene. But Yellow – released on Thackray’s own Warp Records-affiliated imprint, Movementt – feels like a further step into a fresh and distinct space. Its 14 tracks bloom with brass and strings, choral segments and ecstatic chants. But this deeper, richer sound is not at the expense of immediacy. “The groove is the most important thing,” says Thackray. “Even if it’s a tune that’s really mad and free, all kinds of crazy shit happening, there’s usually a groove there – an anchor, locking it down.”

CKTRL

Cktrl has a tune for every occasion: as content making beats by himself at home in Lewisham as he is amongst this generation’s fashion and cultural vanguards. Music has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember: from clarinet lessons throughout his school life to fond memories from his NTS days, to his highly regarded masterpiece Robyn which has led to props from; Vogue, Dazed, and I.D.

Though he uses ancient computing systems – all his production software is housed within a now-vintage Windows XP computer from his secondary school, his sound is far from it. With a catalogue straddling everything from freestyle contemporary-classic duets to electronic R&B to dark, moody instrumentals, his approach to creation is decidedly renaissance. In fact, where sonic descriptions might fail to encompass the breadth of cktrl’s scope, three words surface when he unpacks his musical aims: freedom, range and feeling.

Moses Boyd - Pitchfork Music Festival

13 Nov 2021

Moses Boyd / Nilüfer Yanya / Emma-Jean Thackray / cktrl

Hackney Church

St John at Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Road
London
E5 0PD

5pm

£25

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

TIRZAH

Devotion, the debut album by Tirzah, is the sound of contemporary contemplation: morning-after party rhythms, hazy melodies, hands-on instruments and the private space between them. Amid these post-Grime beats are hallucinatory songs from the emotional interior.

KORELESS

Glasgow-based Koreless is part of the new generation of young producers rising fast through the net-fed bass community. Despite his age his music exudes maturity, nesting in the ever-expanding dubstep lexicon somewhere between softened 2-step and soulful electronica.

GOOD SAD HAPPY BAD

Good Sad Happy Bad is CJ Calderwood, Marc Pell, Mica Levi and Raisa Khan. Previously known as the moniker Micachu and The Shapes, Good Sad Happy Bad named themselves after their last album Good Sad Happy Bad. Things have changed a bit, Raisa Khan is leading the band’s vocals and songs, and they now have the addition of CJ Calderwood contributing a minimum of vocals, saxophone and recorder. Their record is called Shades.

LUCINDA CHUA

London-based singer-songwriter, composer, and cellist Lucinda Chua started music lessons at the age of three. She’s since performed and collaborated with a range of artists, including GAIKA, Ben Vince, Helm and KÁRYYN, as well as kranky-signed groups Felix and Stars of the Lid. More recently she’s performed as part of FKA twigs’ live band, notably accompanying the avant-pop star in a special live performance video for “cellophane”, filmed at The Wallace Collection National Art Museum in London. Last year Chua self-released her debut EP, ‘Antidotes 1’, exploring the liminal space between R&B.

NABIHAH IQBAL

Many musicians like to speak of versatility, but Nabihah Iqbal has better grounds than most. She boasts an MPhil (focused on African history) from Cambridge, experience working in human rights law and a black belt in Karate. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, she’s ditched that moniker to embrace the name she was born with. Readying her debut album for Ninja Tune, ‘Weighing of the Heart’ is a big statement in two ways: first, because she’s taken her real name to stand proudly as a female British Asian artists making music and, secondly, because she’s moved her music in a bolder, more expansive direction.

At a time when dance music is embracing cross-pollination and eclecticism more than ever before, it’s a prime moment for Nabihah’s increasingly all-embracing approach. Re-connecting the worlds of introspective, innovative guitar bands with the rhythms and club-born structures of dance music, there’s a wealth of different tangents she’s managed to unpack. Informed by a well-traveled (and well-researched) perspective on music, she finds whole, uncovered pathways left to explore.

KAREEM ALI

Growing up, Kareem Ali wanted to be a rocket scientist. He never actually made it into the space program, but his passion for the cosmos remains intact—in fact, it’s at the core of his artistic vision. Future Black Music, We Are Stardust, Black Science… these are just a few of the many releases he’s dropped in the past two years, each one mapping out a utopian future in which humanity—and Black people in particular—can finally carve out an existence that’s free of injustice and oppression.

L'RAIN

Brooklyn-born and based experimentalist and multi-instrumentalist Taja Cheek, aka L’Rain, is mapping the enormity of how to change. Her forthcoming second album, Fatigue, demands introspection from ready ears with an array of keyboards, synths, and hauntingly delicate vocals that create a genre entirely her own. Cheek has dipped her toes in every corner of the arts, through her work at some of the most prestigious art institutions in NYC and collaborations with the likes of Naama Tsabar, Kevin Beasley, Justin Allen, and others in contemporary arts.

HARVEY CAUSON

Inspired by artists ranging from Mount Kimbie, Louis Jordan, Delia Derbyshire through to Aphex Twin. Harvey also finds influence from the city of Bristol – where he is now based – with hints of Massive Attack and Portishead resonating through his sound. A thoughtful and considered lyricist, Harvey finds inspiration across themes of philosophy, physics, anthropology and architecture, adding further texture to his sound. Growing up near Slough, Harvey’s depth and integrity came from a creative childhood, his dad a musician and his mother a dancer performing in a circus throughout her younger years.

HAICH BER NA

It’s difficult to know where to place Haich Ber Na. From Depeche Mode to D’Angelo, self taught producer and singer songwriter Haich Ber Na has quickly become the weirdos’ favourite.

One of the UK’s most forward thinking pop acts, his debut and sophomore EP’s ‘Unbalanced’ and ‘Everywhere’s Home’ have paved the way for what is to be his cataclysmic third and finest project ‘From Then ‘Til Now’.

A truly mutual admiration with contemporary artists has seen Haich Ber Na championed as multi-disciplinary producer, singer, writer and director. Forever and always carrying a torch for his origins in grime and rap, Ber Na has expanded and gone on to create genre-bending sonic masterstrokes, taking influence from an assortment of music like plucking fruit from a tree.

TIBERIUS B

Original, unfiltered and radiating tenacity, Tiberius b is a singer and producer adept at both emboldening audiences and offering them catharsis through diaristic songwriting.

Raised in the woods on a remote island in Western Canada, Tiberius’ take on pop music is as raw and electrifying as these early surroundings. After relocating to their birthplace of London, England in 2017, they traded the synths for a borrowed B.C. Rich Warlock guitar and swaggering downtempo beats, calling on influences from their parent’s CD collection like Portishead, Massive Attack and Blur for debut EP Stains.

Tirzah - Pitchfork Music Festival London

13 Nov 2021

Tirzah / Koreless / Good Sad Happy Bad / Lucinda Chua / Nabihah Iqbal / Kareem Ali / L'Rain / Harvey Causon / Haich Ber Na / Tiberius B

Oval Space

29, 32 The Oval, Cambridge Heath
London
E2 9DT

6pm

£25

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

REMI WOLF

Streaked in neon, 25-year-old California musician Remi Wolf’s songs are anchored by powerhouse vocals, psychedelic pop instrumentals, and lurid lo-fi imagery. With her debut EP You’re A Dog! and its major label follow-up EP, I’m Allergic To Dogs!, earning rave reviews from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, TIME, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, and more, all eyes are on Remi Wolf as she has quickly cemented herself as an unpredictable, genre-bending star in the making.

GABRIELS

Digging sensitively into the past but also looking defiantly ahead to the future, echoes of vintage soul and R&B coast alongside the warmer, more human fringes of electronica and the spacious experimentation of ultra-contemporary alt pop in Gabriels’ vast vision. All that and they can serve up a stunningly simple but devastating piano ballad, too. As perfectionists, everything Gabriels do they do to the highest of standards. “As technology becomes quicker and faster, the craft is disappearing out of everything,” explains Hope. “Things are banged out in this fast mass-produced way – but we’re moving in the opposite direction. We’ve taken our time, focussing on things that are going to stand the test of time.” He’s not wrong. Hope, Lusk and Balouzian have spent the past five years refining their sound, putting in the work to create something not just sonically spectacular, but important too. This is music that transcends the mere every day and at its core is about bringing people together – one nation, under a groove.

JOVIALE

"London-based artist Joviale makes her confident debut on new song "Dreamboat," an impressionistic and alluring introduction that asks as many questions as it answers." The Fader

Remi Wolf - Pitchfork Music Festival London

12 Nov 2021

Remi Wolf / Gabriels / Joviale

Oval Space

29, 32 The Oval, Cambridge Heath
London
E2 9DT

7pm

£17.50

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

ICEAGE

A decade on from New Brigade, an instant punk record made by four Danish teenagers that came out of nowhere and inspired total devotion around the world, Seek Shelter — Iceage’s fifth LP and first for Mexican Summer — is proof that their lives are still happening through their music, and that they remain determined to harness it. Enrolling Sonic Boom (Pete Kember of Spacemen 3) to produce, Seek Shelter sees Iceage’s propulsive momentum pushing them in new, expansive, ecstatic directions. The sound of an emotional core unwound, Seek Shelter radiates warmth and a profound desire for salvation in a world that’s spinning further and further out of control.

DEATHCRASH

deathcrash are a rock band from London. They have toured nationally with Black Country, New Road, and shared stages with the likes of Sorry, Squid and Lost Under Heaven. They have been championed on BBC Radio 6 Music by Steve Lamacq and on Beats1 by Matt Wilkinson, and featured in Celine’s AW20 advertising campaign.

deathcrash write personal songs that remain firmly hopeful despite their darkness. Focusing often on dynamics and slowly-developing pieces, deathcrash make heavy slowcore music that is powerful in its directness and sincerity.

Their last headline shows at St. Pancras Old Church and St Matthias sold out within hours of being announced, as did their vinyl EP release ‘People thought my windows were stars’, which has recently been re-pressed in the UK, alongside a Japanese edition announced with Big Love Records in Tokyo.

THE UMLAUTS

The genesis of The Umlauts resides in Stroud, where the group’s song writing duo Alfred Lear and Oliver Offord grew up and started writing together in the Gloucestershire town’s SVA Artspace. Treating the space as something of a refuge in which they could experiment, the pair delved deep into synthesisers and record collections alike, drawn to The Fall and other first generational post-punks like X-Ray Spex, as well as the likes of Bjork and The Knife.

However, it’s at art college in London and the addition of lyricists and vocalists Annabelle Mödlinger and Maria Vittoria Faldini that’s crystallised them as a band. Their debut EP is a tightly hewn mix of mechanical synth-pop, spiky no wave and bristling post-punk, with Mödlinger and Faldini’s multilingual lyrics giving it a razor-sharp focus. On Um Politik’s rough-edged electro splatter, reminiscent a little of the Units, they rip apart the binary nature of 21st debate, for instance; while Energy Plan’s foreboding electronic kosmische is centred around multi-disciplinary artist Joseph Beuys’ quote “Energy plan for the western man” and laments our eroding empathy for one another.

Iceage - Pitchfork Music Festival London

13 Nov 2021

Iceage / deathcrash / The Umlauts

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

6:30PM

£18

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

DENISE CHAILA

The Irish rapper came to international attention last year after the release of her debut mixtape Go Bravely caught the attention of media across the world from NPR (“a limber lyricist”) to The Guardian (One To Watch) (“turning heads from the outset”) to NME (“the name Denise Chaila holds regal status”) and France 24 (“Known initially as a rising star of Irish hip-hop, Chaila’s mixtape ‘Go Bravely’ has now propelled her to the top of the firmament”). In Ireland, she was the highest-charting female solo artist in 2020 and Go Bravely won the Choice Music Prize (Ireland’s equivalent of the Mercury Prize) album of the year award – making it the first time an artist had received the award before releasing their debut album.

LEX AMOR

Lex Amor is a Rapper, Producer, Engineer, Sound Designer and DJ from North London. Lex is building her reputation as a musical connoisseur and purveyor of soulful, warm- groove laden hip-hop and thoughtful lyricism. Amor first surfaced in 2016 with her characterful slant on descriptive hip-hop. The calm yet powerful cadence of her delivery is already cultivating a cult following; whether they first heard her as part of the SXWKS Collective, her monthly radio show; Mellowdic – or indeed her music.

CARLA PRATA

Carla Prata is a 21 year old Angolan-Portuguese R&B artist, who sings / raps in both Portuguese and English.

Born in Brixton, she moved to Angola as a teenager, where she quickly found her footing in Kizomba, a genre of music native to the country and described as having a Latin flow with African rhythm. She is now London based and her sound has taken an influence from the crossover points between UK hip-hop, afroswing and contemporary R&B. She soon caught the attention of Colors Studios, who asked her to record a show in November last year.

Denise Chaila - Pitchfork Music Festival London

12 Nov 2021

Denise Chaila / Lex Amor / Carla Prata

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

6:30PM

£15.00

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

BLACK MIDI 

If the throbbing hellscape of 2021 is supposedly causing many young bands to whimper in existential fear and lick their numerous wounds, no one passed this bleak memo on to black midi. No second album syndrome and no sophomore slump for Britain’s most exciting and challenging young rock band, no matter what obstacles have been strewn in their path. The follow up to Schlagenheim is a dynamic, hellacious, inventive success. Cavalcade, their second studio album for Rough Trade, scales beautiful new heights, reaching ever upwards from an already lofty base of early achievements.

The meaning of the word cavalcade is a procession of people, such as a royal parade, and black midi picture their new album as a line of larger than life figures – from a cult leader fallen on hard times and an ancient corpse found in a diamond mine to legendary cabaret singer Marlene Dietrich – strolling seductively past them. The album art – again, another intricate collage created by David Rudnick – brings this idea colourfully to life, drawing the listener inexorably into this mysterious world, reinforcing the idea that Cavalcade is a glorious collection of stories just waiting to be dived into.

MOOR MOTHER

Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a national and international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator. She is a vocalist in three collaborative performance groups: Irreversible Entanglements, MoorJewelry and 700bliss. As Moor Mother, she released her debut album Fetish Bones to critical acclaim in 2016. Since then, she has released multiple albums each year, working with frequent collaborators, Olof Melander, Mental Jewelry, and billy woods. Ayewa has facilitated workshops at Cornell University, MOFO Festival, Moogfest, Black Dot Gallery, among others. She is the co-founder of the multidisciplinary collective Black Quantum Futurism (BQF), co-founder and curator of Rockers! Philly, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at West Philadelphia Neighborhood Time Exchange and WORM! Rotterdam residency. Ayewa is a Pew Fellow (2017), a The Kitchen Inaugural Emerging Artist Awardee (2017), and a Leeway Transformation Awardee.

black midi - Pitchfork Music Festival London

12 Nov 2021

black midi / Moor Mother

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

10:30pm

£22.50

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

GIANT SWAN

Inventor of the kick drum, Ringo Starr once said in an interview that all music would be better without guitars. What he didn’t expect however, was for hundreds of sub genres of music to take this concept so literally in the form of something called ‘Dance music’. Some of it really fast, some of it really slow. Whatever the tempo, it was the winning combination of a kick drum and a hi hat that began wow-ing audiences the world over for decades. Over time the clothes got smaller, the drugs got bigger and the music got louder, but it always felt like something was missing… Who was going to fill this empty void? Who would have the sheer GUTS to challenge and re interpret the standards of modern club culture. Well fear not, for we now have a saviour, two saviours in fact, in the form of Robin McStewart and Harry XCX, also known as Giant Swan.

EARTHEATER

Eartheater distills experimental digital production, a three-octave vocal range, and classical composition into works suspended between obsessively detailed sonic tapestries and almost recklessly romantic and gestural electronica. A body of viscerally emotive live performance stands alongside her recorded output, realized by her fearless physical investment and gut-wrenching vocal sincerity.

Eartheater debuted in 2015, releasing two consecutive albums — Metalepsis, followed by RIP Chrysalis. She then signed to experimental label PAN, who released her album, IRISIRI, in 2018. Following IRISIRI, Eartheater released a mixtape titled Trinity on her own imprint Chemical X.

DJ WINGGOLD

DJ Winggold is the founder of London-based party Unbound Events, a platform harnessing the power of music to spread positivity.

Giant Swan & Eartheater - Pitchfork Music Festival London

11 Nov 2021

Giant Swan / Eartheater / DJ Winggold / J Oh Zee

Fabric

77A Charterhouse St
London
EC1M 6HJ

7pm

£15

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

BOBBY GILLESPIE & JEHNNY BETH

“A decadent blend of Walker Brothers-esque chamber pop, Gainsbourg chanson and swooning folk-rock” - Loud and Quiet
“A distilled triumph” - Clash

CASSANDRA JENKINS

Native New Yorker Cassandra Jenkins writes with a singular voice and an impressionistic intimacy, making astute observations that dovetail neatly with her blend of folk and lush ambient pop. A veteran musician, Jenkins played in the touring bands of Eleanor Friedberger, Craig Finn, Lola Kirke and Purple Mountains after coming up through the East Coast folk scene playing in her family’s band.

Signing with Ba Da Bing Records, Jenkins made her label debut in 2021 with the critically acclaimed An Overview on Phenomenal Nature, an enchanting, almost spiritual set recorded with Josh Kaufman (Bonny Light Horseman, Muzz). “Filled with people, stories, and dialogue, the New York songwriter’s second album flows like an emotional breakthrough, tying together disparate observations into a serene and unified vision,” says Pitchfork, who gave the record Best New Music.

NATALIE BERGMAN

“I was raised by musical parents who encouraged their children’s artistry. My mother would recite George Gershwin on the piano; she taught me how to play my favorite standards. My father loved to sing his own renditions of Dylan and Mavis Staples. He met Mavis on several occasions, and she asked him to marry her, twice. He was drawn to music with a moral compass, a backbone. My father was a student of the Bible, and had a passion for great songwriting. He valued the importance of song itself. I often found myself in discussion with him about my own music. He liked to wrestle with words. He was a master of language. He taught me a great deal about mercy.”

Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth - Pitchfork Music Festival London

11 Nov 2021

Cassandra Jenkins / Natalie Bergman

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£35

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

MYKKI BLANCO

It's been just over a decade since the moniker ‘Mykki Blanco’ was created — first as a video art project portraying a teenage female character (inspired by Lil Kim’s ‘Kimmy Blanco’ alter ego) posting vlogs and raps on social media, but it inevitably evolved into a vehicle of self-discovery in the artist’s journey of forming their personal self-identity. The first official music release under this artist name Mykki Blanco dropped in the form of an EP entitled Mykki Blanco & The Mutant Angels in 2012. In the time since, they have pushed hip-hop to some of its most untethered bounds, melding noise and experimental elements with club and trap sounds, whilst also forging a uniquely subversive path within a genre historically entangled in a problematic ideological web of misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia. And while Blanco has been widely recognized as leading the charge as a pioneering trailblazer in the so-called ‘queer rap’ sub-genre, the music of this forthcoming new chapter of their career represents such significant musical evolution toward eradicating the confines of genre categories and mashing the previous perception of the ceiling of their potential reach.

CHARLOTTE ADIGÉRY & BOLIS PUPUL

Charlotte Adigéry, the Belgian-Carribbean artist is a consummate story teller.

Sometimes patently silly, sometimes deeply introspective, Adigéry’s ever wandering mind spins tales that are absurd, poignant and ridiculously fun.

Charlotte was taught the importance of having a sense of humour by her Martinque born mother – moreover, she learns from her the importance of rhythm and musicality – for she understands the personas are incidental to the music – the music comes first.

TYSON

Born and raised in London – via Stockholm, Spain and (briefly) New York – to a mixed musical family, singer TYSON had an unusual upbringing on the road. Her music draws from these experiences, the outcome a celestial, interplanetary R&B that is both reflective and soulful, yet futuristic.

Formerly one half of band Panes, whose self-titled 2014 EP marked a London sound of its time, TYSON has since collaborated with London-based artists such as Lord Tusk, CKTRL and Dean Blunt. She released her solo debut, the double single ‘White / Seven’ in 2019, succeeded by her 2020 ‘Moonlighting Mixtape’, produced by Oscar Scheller.

Mykki Blanco - Pitchfork Music Festival London

10 Nov 2021

Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul / TYSON

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7:30pm

£20

BOBBY GILLESPIE & JEHNNY BETH

“A decadent blend of Walker Brothers-esque chamber pop, Gainsbourg chanson and swooning folk-rock” - Loud and Quiet
“A distilled triumph” - Clash

ART SCHOOL GIRLFRIEND

Torn straight from the pages of her 2019 diary, ‘Is It Light Where You Are’ chronicles a year of seismic change for Art School Girlfriend’s Polly Mackey. After returning from a US tour supporting The Japanese House, Mackey would end her six year relationship and leave Margate, where she lived and co-owned a book shop with her then girlfriend. “The record starts with that feeling of being on the precipice of change,” she explains. “Before deciding to pull everything apart, go through it all and come out the other side.” The album’s first single, and first recorded for the project, ‘In The Middle’ was released in March. Today it’s followed by ‘Softer Side’ and a video by frequent collaborator and Margate throughline Tom Dream.

Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth - Pitchfork Music Festival London

10 Nov 2021

Art School Girlfriend

EartH Theatre

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£35

Pitchfork Music Festival makes its London Debut this winter. Find out the full line-up and get tickets here: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk

ANNA MEREDITH

Described by Pitchfork as ‘one of the most innovative voices in British music’, Anna Meredith is a genre-crossing composer and producer whose work straddles the worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock. She was awarded an MBE for services to music in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

After building an established career in the classical world and releasing two critically acclaimed EPs, she released her much-anticipated debut album, Varmints, on Moshi Moshi Records in 2016. The critical response saw 4 and 5 star reviews across the board from the likes of Wire, Sunday Times, Uncut, Q Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, DIY and the coveted Best New Music on Pitchfork. As well as being Loud & Quiet’s Album of the Year, Varmints also won the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award. In 2019 she released the Mercury Prize nominated follow-up – FIBS – to critical acclaim once again, being named Electronic Sound’s Album of the Year, featuring in Pitchfork’s Best Experimental Albums of 2019 and the New York Times, alongside many other End of Year lists including Loud & Quiet, Paste, Stereogum and receiving 4 star reviews across the board.

PVA

Since forming in the din of a house party two years ago, PVA are the genre-hopping passion project of London musicians Ella Harris, Josh Baxter, and Louis Satchell. The three-piece traverse fistfuls of genres throughout rapturous live sets, incorporating techno landscapes, Balearic euphoria, and industrial miasma within the same songs. The band’s unique energy combines with blocky synths, deadpan vocals, and motorik drum loops to earmark the group as one of the capital’s foremost new bands. The band signed to Speedy Wunderground to do one of their prestigious sessions, (following the path of Black Midi, Squid, and Black Country, New Road amongst others) selling out 250 records before any could ship and have been widely praised and played heavily on BBC Radio 6 and KEXP, with Divine Intervention being described as ‘Patti Smith fronting Factory Floor’, (Pierre Hall) with ‘that sweet LCD Soundsystem energy … God, it’s good’ (The Guardian). The track has racked up nearly 90,000 plays on Spotify within the space of a couple of months.

With a hefty list of festivals and support slots including Baxter Dury, Franc Moody, HMLTD, The Orielles and Squid, the band have quickly become the most exciting band of 2020. After playing showcases at Austin’s SXSW, they will be heading to Japan to play shows in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

GROVE

Meddling together elements of punk-infused dancehall, jungle, bass and pop, Grove is an autodidactic Bristol-based producer and vocalist whose sound is undefined and constantly morphing. Grove’s noise concoctions come from the ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ energies that reside within, filtering them through a sensuous & rave-a-licious sound. Lyrical subject matters range from the euphoria of queer rave spaces, to the toppling of the Edward Colston statue.

Anna Meredith - Pitchfork Music Festival London

10 Nov 2021

PVA / Grove

Fabric

77A Charterhouse St
London
EC1M 6HJ

7pm

£20

DUCKS LTD.

Propelled by a fondness for boundless jangle-pop, Toronto’s Ducks Ltd. (formerly Ducks Unlimited, no association with the questionable waterfowl hunting nonprofit) is a duo that operates with the dynamism of a full band: Tom McGreevy (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards) and Evan Lewis (guitar, bass, drum programming) met at a Dilly Dally show around the time they were both applying for permanent residency and playing in different local bands, quickly recognizing something in each other: a resolute love of underrated ‘80s indiepop a la Sarah Records (specifically for Tom, U.K. groups like Close Lobsters, the Marxist band McCarthy, anything on Cherry Red Records; for the Australian Evan, The Go-Betweens and Flying Nun Records). But impressive knowledge of niche pop music does not make a band: the pair started writing and recording together in 2018, taking the time to discover their musical identity: a whole EP was recorded with outside producers and scrapped, never to be released. “It came out sounding good,” Tom explains, “But not like us.” Their critically acclaimed debut EP, Get Bleak, released on Madrid indie Bobo Integral (Tim Cohen, Massage) in 2019 and re-released on Carpark in 2021 with three additional songs, was originally recorded with live drums—“We’ve had rotating members ever since we’ve been a band. We’ve got Spinal Tap-level drummers at this point,” Evan is quick to point out. That EP, too, was redone—and with a drum machine, built from demos recorded in Evan’s bedroom, revealing the key to Ducks Ltd.’s sound: simple charms, just like the music that inspired it, and a project best served when it’s just the two of them trusting the intensity of their creative relationship. It’s worked out: Ducks Ltd. have played gigs with The Goon Sax, Weyes Blood and Juan Waters; they’ve received glowing praise in publications like Pitchfork, The A.V. Club and NME. But it’s their debut LP, Modern Fiction and its masterful melodies and depressive fun that confirms it: great things are here, and sometimes, all you need is a good friend to realize it.

 

 

Ducks Ltd.

20 Feb 2022

+ special guests

Windmill Brixton

22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton Hill
London
SW2 5BZ

7:30pm

£12.50

KLEIN

Avant-garde British composer and multi-disciplinary artist Klein presents her thrilling, inimitable live show.

Klein's latest album Harmattan, recently announced on the renowned classical label Pentatone, has been described as ‘a soundtrack of epic revolt against beginnings and ends’, expanding our idea of what classical music can be.

Live, these explorations are taken further – her impulse to playfully experiment and push boundaries arrives centre stage, inviting you into her unique sound universe. Adapted instruments, uncanny vocals and distorted sonic artifacts collide to create a dizzying tapestry of surreal experimental electronics.

Klein

30 Jan 2022

+ Special guests

Barbican Centre

Silk St, Barbican
London
EC2Y 8DS

7pm

£15.00

GUSTAF

Inspired by the rhythmic grooves of ESG, the dopey drawl of Jonathan Richman, and manic energy of The Fall, Gustaf’s live set is quick on its feet, constantly in flux, and obsessively catered to the people in the room, resulting in a sound that is emotive, androgynous, and infectiously danceable.

Comprised of Tine Hill (bass), Vram Kherlopian (guitar), Melissa Lucciola (drums), Tarra Thiessen (vocals, percussion), and Lydia Gammill (lead vocals), Gustaf got its start in 2018 when Thiessen recruited Gammill to help drive her van down to SXSW. When Thiessen’s original tour fell through, Gammill suggested pulling a band together to play in their place. With little more than a name and a handful of t-shirts, they hit the ground running, playing hundreds of shows in their first two years and earning a reputation as one of New York’s “hardest working...and most reliably fun bands” (Brooklyn Vegan).

Finding early champions in all quarters, they caught the attention of luminaries like Beck and Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant - who had the band open for him at a secret loft party - and secured opening slots for buzzing indie acts like Omni, Tropical Fuck Storm, Dehd and New York no wave legends like James Chance and Martin Revv without any recordings to their name. They quickly earned acclaim from outlets such as Oh My Rockness, who touted, “Listen, if Gustaf is playing a late night basement show somewhere, or on a rickety roof, or in someone's shitty apartment, or just at some regular old music venue...you should make all the necessary arrangements and go.”

Gustaf’s debut full-length album, Audio Drag For Ego Slobs, out October 1st 2021 on Royal Mountain Records (Wild Pink, Alvvays, U.S. Girls), is a culmination of lessons learned on the stage and in the studio. The album is a collection of anxious affirmations, existential dread, and blind joy. Recorded at the Honey Jar Studio in Brooklyn with Carlos Hernandez (Ava Luna, Sneaks, Mr. Twin Sister) and co-produced by Hernandez and Gammill, it follows last year’s Mine 7-inch, the band’s first recorded material and a release that immediately garnered attention from outlets like NME and NPR who dubbed the band one of 2021’s emerging artists, as well as BBC 6 Music who added the release to regular rotation.

Both tense and loose, fluid yet uptight, Audio Drag For Ego Slobs sounds simultaneously like nothing you’ve ever heard before while channeling the spirit and energy of the old New York scene. Feeling like a cramped and secret house party, buzzing with kinetic energy and bristling with spirit, the title is a tongue-in-cheek play on classic compilation albums such as “relaxing tunes for an enchanting evening”. Lifted from the avant-garde multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, “Audio Drag” refers to Thiessen’s deepened pitch shifting voice filter, while “Ego Slob” is a self-coined phrase to describe someone who does a sloppy job of translating the outside world within the context of themself.

That “sloppy” ego slob spirit translates to the album’s controlled chaos, bursting at the seams—a performance of hyperbole and cathartic emotional gluttony, sonically winking at the listener lest you take them too seriously. Gammill’s swaggering half-spoken vocal melodies pierce through the album’s central bass groove, bleating guitars and restless drums.

After a year away from the stage, the band is eager to flex their muscles once more as a live act with plans to open for IDLES across the United States in October, as well as Pillow Queens in the United Kingdom in November, and prove why Brooklyn Vegan once said, “There are a lot of bands making arty post-punk, but very few who have a front person as magnetic, funny, and occasionally, scary as Gustaf’s Lydia Gammill.”

 

 

Gustaf

11 Nov 2021

+ special guests

Windmill Brixton

22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton Hill
London
SW2 5BZ

7.30pm

£10

DU BLONDE

Du Blonde is back with new album ‘Homecoming’ and with it, her own record label, clothing brand and all-round art house Daemon T.V. 

Written, recorded and produced by Du Blonde (aka Beth Jeans Houghton), ‘Homecoming’ is a refreshing taste of pop-grunge finery, featuring guests including Shirley Manson, Andy Bell (Ride/Oasis), Ezra Furman, The Farting Suffragettes, and members of Girl Ray and Tunng.

‘Homecoming’ began as a few songs hashed out on a porch in LA in early 2020, and as Houghton’s desire to create something self-made and self-released merged with the oncoming pandemic, Beth found herself recording the entire album in her bedroom in London, drinking coffee until 4am and chain smoking cigarettes (which she insists she has now quit).

Hear tracks from 'Homecoming', 2015's 'Welcome Back to Milk’ and 2019’s ‘Lung Bread for Daddy’ at Tuffnell Park Dome this December.

 

Du Blonde

01 Dec 2021

+ special guests

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park HIll
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£13.50

LOW ROAR

Ryan Karazija is an artist-traveler. However, his journey through life and music is not just about himself. It is also for the listeners who find in Low Roar's music the path they want to follow, or a place that they have been looking for a long time.

A journey that never ends

The story of Low Roar started at the other end of the world, in the cold, rough and absolutely magical Iceland. After moving to Reykjavik in 2010, Karazija turned to a more introverted and intimate sound. Being greatly influenced by local folk bands, the self titled debut album was released on November 1, 2011 by the independent label Tonequake Records. Low Roar was compared to such renowned bands as Keaton Henson or Bon Iver. Delicate, folk-ambient sound full of nostalgia, tenderness and longing. Today the Self Titled debut album is still listened to and discovered by listeners all over the world who are looking for music that is in its own way moving, but also subtle at the same time.

However, the best was yet to come. While in Iceland in 2016, Hideo Koijma, a living legend from the video game world, discovered Low Roar's music... while shopping. Sony then contacted Karazija, but all the musician heard at the time was that the Japanese company wanted to use one of the Low Roar songs for "their secret project". After a few months, everything became clear, Hideo Kojima personally selected the music for his game Death Stranding. Low Roar's songs were featured in the game's first trailer, released in 2016. After its premiere, the American-Icelandic project was discovered by hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world.

Low Roar

16 Oct 2021

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£16

FAMOUS

With an idiosyncratic sound that is at once sardonic and yet intensely poignant, Famous have developed a reputation as one of the most exciting and unconventional live acts on the London underground circuit. Playing shows with artists as diverse as black midi, Sports Team, Mica Levi’s Good Sad Happy Bad, GAIKA, PC Music's GFOTY as well as supporting Black Country, New Road on a full UK tour, Famous has placed itself at the centre of a new generation of boundary-pushing UK music. Their ambitious debut EP, 'England', came out in May 2019 on London label untitled (recs) (Jerskin Fendrix, deathcrash, TAAHLIAH, Horsey) to critical acclaim. Their sophomore EP, 'The Valley' is out now.

 

Famous

20 Nov 2021

+ special guests 

Peckham Audio

133 Rye Ln
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£10

PROVOKER

Despite its eminent catchiness, Provoker’s music is not for the faint of heart. The Los Angeles band pairs post-punk aesthetics with a decidedly contemporary approach to pop-adjacent songwriting, creating something that’s equal parts addictive and melancholic. Founder Jonathon Lopez, originally launched the project as a vehicle to explore composing for film, but before long it morphed into a self-sustaining entity, resulting in the 2015 cassette demo Sneak Peek!, and a double A-Sided single, Dry City Maniac.

After meeting Lopez at a horror screening, vocalist Christian Petty joined the band in 2018 for their breakout Dark Angel EP. Previously an R&B singer, the group’s music started taking on new shapes with Petty on vocals, finding the middle ground between catharsis and despondency; at the same time, they moved their center of operations from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. Stylistically, they arrived at a masterful blend of synth-forward minor key romanticism and resplendently moody R&B, animated by an electric sense of yearning. “All our songs have some sort of defeatist mentality or insecurity behind them,” said Petty. “Some deep sadness, escapism, and idealism.” On the road, Provoker are a four-piece, fleshed out by bassist Wil Palacios, and percussionist Kristian Moreno. Their debut LP, Body Jumper, arrives August 13th via Swedish imprint Year0001.

 

 

Provoker

11 Dec 2021

+ special guests

The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£9.50

LALA LALA

“I want total freedom, total possibility, total acceptance. I want to fall in love with the rock.”

That’s how Lillie West describes the theme of “DIVER,” the song she calls the thesis of Lala Lala’s third record, I Want The Door To Open. The rock in question is a reference to Sisyphus, the mythical figure doomed by the gods to forever push a boulder up from the depths of hell. To West, it is the perfect metaphor for “the labor of living, of figuring out who you are, what's wrong with you, what's right with you,” she says. “I think it’s easy to feel like we keep making the same mistakes over and over again, that we never learn, that we’re Sisyphus; but time is actually a spiral that we move up. The key is falling in love with the labor of walking up the mountain.”

Coming off of 2018’s acclaimed The Lamb, an introspective indie rock album recorded live with a three-piece band, West knew she was ready to make something sonically bigger and thematically more outward-looking than anything she’d done before; a record that would be less a straightforward documentation of her own personal struggles and more like a poem or a puzzle box, with sonic and lyrical clues that would allow the listener to, as the title says, open the door to the greater meaning of those struggles.

The result is I Want The Door To Open, a bold exploration of persona and presence from an artist questioning how to be herself fully in a world where the self is in constant negotiation. From the moment West declares “I want to look right into the camera” over a cascade of dreamy vocal loops on opening track “Lava,” I Want The Door To Open distinguishes itself from anything she’s done before in scope and intensity. The ultramagnified iteration of Lala Lala is fully encapsulated in the monumental “DIVER.” Inspired by a character from a Jennifer Egan novel, it’s a pop song of Kate Bush-esque proportions replete with layered synths and booming, wide open drumming contributed by fellow Chicago musician Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, and West pushing her vocals to the ragged edge.

West co-produced I Want The Door To Open with Yoni Wolf of Why? and reached out to various music friends to help her achieve a galactic level of atmospherics that would’ve been impossible on her own. In addition to Ogbonnaya, I Want The Door To Open features contributions from poet Kara Jackson, OHMME, Adam Schatz of Landlady, Sen Morimoto, Christian Lee Hutson, and Kaina Castillo. Former tourmate Ben Gibbard can be heard on the gentle “Plates,” a song about accepting the past regardless of whatever negative feelings accompany those memories; a necessary act for unlocking the door to the present moment West is actively seeking on the record.

Throughout I Want The Door To Open, West is fascinated with the idea of avatars: how we present ourselves to the world versus how other people see us versus who we really are when we’re alone, and how those images can change over time. “How can anyone else know who you are? How can you know who anyone else is when all these different avatars or personalities or performances are happening simultaneously, in different places,” asks West. It’s a question she poses on the cinematic “Color of the Pool,” a song about wanting to embody the characteristics of something pure and uncatchable that features stacks of wigged-out saxophone from Schatz. West revisits the topic on “Photo Photo,” on which OHMME provide a haunting medieval vocal round as West attempts to parse the various aspects of presentation and representation.

“Utopia Planet,” the final track on I Want The Door To Open, features a very special guest: West’s own Grandma Beth, who charmingly relays her thoughts on a painting West made of herself—another avatar of the artist as seen through the eyes of someone who loves her. It is the fitting end to the inner labyrinth that West maps on I Want The Door To Open, a musical quest undertaken with the knowledge that the titular door may never open; but it is through falling in love with the quest itself that one may find the closest thing to total freedom, total possibility, and total acceptance available to us on this plane of existence.

 

Lala Lala

20 Feb 2022

+ special guests

MOTH Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£12.50

STRAND OF OAKS

“When I was writing these songs, every day I would walk on the beach and I was completely alone and overwhelmed by fear...but then I realized how there really aren’t any rules for who you are, who you’ll become, or who you think you need to be. Eraserland is just that. It’s death to ego, and rebirth to anything or anyone you want to be.”

Tim Showalter had become uncertain about his next record and the shape it would eventually take. It was with the help and support of Carl Broemel, guitarist for my Morning Jacket, that Showalter reignited his interest in what would become Strand of Oaks’ sixth full-length studio release. Quickly, My Morning Jacket members Patrick Hallahan (drums), Bo Koster (keys), and Tom Blankenship (bass) were also on board.

Showalter now felt the pressure to deliver songs worthy of musicians he had admired long before and after a 2015 Oaks/MMJ tour. So in February 2018, he spent two weeks alone in Wildwood, New Jersey writing and demoing all of the songs that would eventually comprise Eraserland. And in April, he went into the studio to record with Kevin Ratterman at La La Land Studios in Louisville, Kentucky, and with Broemel, Hallahan, Koster, and Blankenship as his band. Jason Isbell also contributed his Hendrix-esque guitar work to Eraserland, while singer/songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle provided gorgeous vocals. Every song was recorded live, with all musicians playing together in one room and working to bring Showalter’s ideas to fruition. “I remember sitting next to Tim and Kevin listening to the final mixes with tears rolling down my cheeks,” said Hallahan. “From start to finish, this one came from the heart.”

It’s that first Eraserland line, “I don’t feel it anymore,” that sets a stunning precedent for the most affecting and fully-formed album Strand of Oaks has ever released. Because despite whatever doubts or reservations Showalter had going into the process, he crafted a series of songs so perfectly matched to the musicians supporting it, and so emboldened by his own doubts and insecurities, that the result is glittering, powerful, and impassioned, a moving rock and roll saga that feels substantial and deeply satisfying, vulnerable and self-assured.

 

Strand of Oaks

06 Feb 2022

+ Special guests

Lafayette

11 Goods Way
London
N1C 4DP

7pm

£19.50

AK PATTERSON

AK Patterson has been dubbed ‘a woman possessed’, disappearing to a place of fierce enchantment when she sings.

At the heart of each performance is her unique vocal style. One that evolved from her upbringing in a jazz-centric household, and influences from Bjork, Jeff Buckley, Ella Fitzgerald and Portuguese Fado musicians. Learning the subtleties and characteristics in each voice has helped her carve her own, which moves easily between sensitive to thrilling attack and moments of melismatic Eastern promise.

There is an artful process to her songwriting, which she likens to her previous experience as an oboe maker, “stooped over her instrument, fixated upon the details, meticulously crafting”. Almost as a method actor might prepare for a role, she thrives on stepping into the shoes of characters, imagined and real, testing out their boundaries and mining them for inspiration. One particular honey pot for new characters was her time spent living in Japan, during which she stayed with Monks to learn the harsh discipline of meditation and immersed herself in the life of a rice farmer by working in the paddy fields.

An accomplished guitar and fiddle player, she and her bandmates, Alfie Weedon and Nat Reading, build a rich musical world. The trio met whilst playing the Brighton music circuit and festival scene in 2015.

Weedon provides backing vocals and versatile double bass playing. He also brings an international suite of influences to the band. Classical training at Wells Cathedral School laid the cornerstone, but studying Latin with Cuban Double Bassist Michel Salazar, and two months studying with the Senegalese griot (traditional musical storytellers and poets) broadened his horizons.

Reading’s restless multi-instrumentalism meanwhile, has led him to play everything from Balearic pop to classical guitar with the National Youth Guitar Ensemble. Whether it be cello, clarinet or guitar he adds textural depth and heightened light and shade to the band’s sound.

Having spent three years growing a following in Brighton and London and supporting alt-J in 2018 for the Brits week, the band are on the eve of releasing their first single Shadows, produced by Charlie Andrew.

AK Patterson’s charged delivery cast against a backdrop of haunting and skilful instrumentation, makes every performance an absorbing experience, sucking you in with melancholic lyrics and then out of the darkness - a burst of savage, unfaltering honesty and release of untamed emotion.

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Music Venue Trust & The National Lottery = The Revive Live Tours  

Buy a ticket to this show and bring a friend for free! We’ve all missed music and mates over the last year. Now is the time to #ComeTogether to #ReviveLive music.  

The free ticket holder must just need to demonstrate you're a National Lottery player by showing either a physical ticket or one on the app at the door. This could be a weekly draw ticket or a scratch card and they must be over 18 to purchase and hold a National Lottery product. The original ticket holder must adhere to the age restrictions of the venue.

 

AK Patterson

17 Aug 2021

+ Special guests

Servant Jazz Quarters

10A Bradbury St
London
N16 8JN

7.30pm

£12.50

HARVEY CAUSON

Inspired by artists ranging from Mount Kimbie, Louis Jordan, Delia Derbyshire through to Aphex Twin. Harvey also finds influence from the city of Bristol - where he is now based - with hints of Massive Attack and Portishead resonating through his sound. A thoughtful and considered lyricist, Harvey finds inspiration across themes of philosophy, physics, anthropology and architecture, adding further texture to his sound. Growing up near Slough, Harvey’s depth and integrity came from a creative childhood, his dad a musician and his mother a dancer performing in a circus throughout her younger years.

Having previously supported the likes of Maribou State and Loyle Carner, Harvey Causon has become a memorable live performer, with remarkable attention to detail and a beautifully touching live vocal. With strong radio support including an ‘Artist Of The Week’ nod on BBC Radio 1, Huw Stephen’s also named him a ‘One To Watch’ and he’s also previously played a Maida Vale session for BBC Introducing.

Harvey Causon

06 Oct 2021

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4, 5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£10

DUMMY is an ever-evolving online and IRL platform discovering and supporting visionary artists from across the globe. For the first three Wednesday’s in August expect to find the best new artists, of all genres, no limits, at Folklore.

FAYE MEANA

Faye Meane (Meenah) is a London based producer, artist and songwriter. Classically trained on piano. Her EP, titled 'Sweeter Than Heaven' is due for release early June 2021.

PIERS JAMES

Piers James is a multi-faceted British producer, singer & rapper creating sounds inspired by J Dilla, Pharrell, A Tribe Called Quest & Andre 3000. Having been championed by the likes of GQ Magazine, Wonderland & Notion Piers is making moves as an extremely adept artist to watch.

Beginning 2020 strong he received multiple premieres on 1XTRA with continuing radio support from KISS FM, Introducing, BBC 6, Capital & Rinse FM. Whilst wrapping up sync campaigns for Flannels (featuring AJ Tracey, Raye & Kojey Radical, Cos1ma) he also wrote and featured in the latest campaign for the new Adidas Predator.

KARL BENJAMIN

It’s fair to say that Karl Benjamin’s journey into music has been a while in the making. Even before he started making his own, music was always a fixture in his life. “My sister was the person that actually inspired me. She was doing her piano and I was doing my football, which I was terrible at anyway.” But when he was young, his older sister was always “belting Alicia Keys” and it encouraged him to give it a go for himself. Eventually, the two of them even started working on covers together: a bloopers reel video does exist - somewhere - of the two performing Mario’s Let Me Love You and Benjamin struggling to nail the harmonies much to the dismay of his sister.

After gaining the confidence to explore his own voice, Karl entered a singing competition and won. From there, he worked with one of his teachers on a little four-track EP. When he relocated to Brighton for university, things kicked up another notch, singing lead in a seven- piece band: “it was like an alternative funk kind of R&B soul... thing!”

Scouted by an agent while at Secret Garden Party for a gig with the ensemble, Benjamin then began modelling for the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Nicholas Daley, Converse and more, alongside the band. Eventually moving back up to the capital for work, things with the band slowed down but his own relationship with making music remained intact. “I was really terrified, because I had never worked away from my friends. It took me a while to come into my own skin a bit.” A few years later, here we are.

On his debut EP DRIST, Standing for ‘deep rooted insecurities and shy tendencies’, Karl explains “I feel like it’s really current considering how everybody’s struggled with their own mental state during this whole experience and having to deal with their own thoughts on a much regular basis,” Drist was supposed to be released nearly a year ago, but like so many things in life, Benjamin’s plans were thwarted by The C word. “Everything just got cancelled, which is sad,” he says. “I’m fortunate. I’m trying to see the bright side that I get to grow my fanbase and get my name in people’s ears and take opportunities and just continue growing.”

Inspired by the likes of Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, Chairlift, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Smino and A$AP Rocky - naming Billie Eilish and Tierra Whack so two of his dream collaborations - there’s a clear innovation that connects his own work to his Influences.

Black-dreadlocked and adorned with jewellery, his own striking aesthetic is pretty immediate too. “My music comes with a bright energy, but definitely with undertones of darkness”, he explains and he’s full of ideas of how to convey that visually and expand even further into the future with his fashion background too: “I’d love to eventually be able to incorporate the two worlds.” Either way, in the not so distant future, it’s likely that we’ll all be passengers on a journey through Karl Benjamin’s world.

DMY x RFB: NEXT HYPE - Faye Meana

18 Aug 2021

BXKS

Piers James

Karl Benjamin

Folklore

186 Hackney Rd
London
E2 7QL

7.30pm

£12

NATION OF LANGUAGE

Brooklyn-based synth auteurs Nation of Language entered 2020 as one of the most heralded new acts of recent memory, having already earned high-praise from the likes of NME, FADER, Stereogum and countless others for their ability to blend the upbeat with a healthy dose of sardonic melancholy. Inspired by the early new-wave and punk movements, the band quickly earned a reputation for delivering frenzied nights of unconventional bliss to rapt audiences, and established themselves as bright young stars emerging from a crowded NYC landscape.

The small handful of offerings from the band that began circulating in recent years prompted unusually big reactions from the press for an unsigned and fully independent new artist, turning many a head in their direction. Stereogum labeled the band “Immediately Addicting” while the NME went on to describe Nation of Language as ‘An Absolute Blast’ and some of the ‘most exciting music coming out of New York’.

Nation of Language

31 Jan 2022

+ special guests

Lafayette

11 Goods Way
London
N1C 4DP

7.30pm

£14

DUMMY is an ever-evolving online and IRL platform discovering and supporting visionary artists from across the globe. For the first three Wednesday’s in August expect to find the best new artists, of all genres, no limits, at Dalston Roof Park.

SAINTE

Sainté; 21 year old Leicester artist is already proving himself to be one of the most impressive & original artists on the come up.

Sainté has started the year strong with single ‘Champagne Shots’ and debut EP ‘Local MVP’ accumilating over 5 million streams across all platforms.

“Good music always travels the world.” - Joe Kay (Soulection)

“Leicester’s Sainté may be in his second year of university, may have only started pursuing music recently, and yet, he raps with the grace of a seasoned veteran. His debut EP, ‘Local MVP’ home to breakout single ‘Champagne Shots’ features four tracks of luxurious bars shrouded in a hazy atmosphere. Standing apart from the raucous sounds of other rising UK rap figures Slowthai, PA Salieu and others—Sainte feels like a real wildcard coming onto the scene with a flow more reminiscent of Curren$y and writing not far off from the opulence of Westside Gunn.” - Audiomack

BAWO

Bawo is a West London native of Nigerian heritage who draws influence from all kinds of sounds to create his borderless, hip-hop based music. He sings and raps, combining complex lyrics, humour and great stories in his writing. He's just released his debut EP, "Live & Let Thrive", after a run of popular singles.

TALIABLE

TaliaBle is a rising London based Rapper and Visual Artist who is prized as thee go to underground hub to experience a world full of surplus WONDER

 

DMY x RFB: NEXT HYPE - Sainté

11 Aug 2021

Bawo

TaliaBle

Dalston Roof Park

The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St
London
E8 3DL

7.30pm

£12

DUMMY is an ever-evolving online and IRL platform discovering and supporting visionary artists from across the globe. For the first three Wednesday’s in August expect to find the best new artists, of all genres, no limits, at Dalston Roof Park.

DREYA MAC

West London Native Dreya Mac caused a stir with her debit single "Skippin" which hit over 600k streams across DSPs, while her Colors session recieved over 340k views / streams in just the first three weeks.

Dreya has garnered support from tastemakers including Annie Mac, Toddla T, DJ Target, Sian Anderson and Rickie and Melvin and Charlie.

Dreya is an alumni of the world famous Brit school where she studied musical theatre and dance from the age of 14. Since then her professional dancing background has taken her all over the world to countries as far reaching as the USA and China. She can be seen demonstrating her talents in videos and shows for prominent artists such as Stormzy, Dua Lipa and Rita Ora. She has also performed at the MTV EMAs and Brit Awards and featured in the Burberry 2020 Festive Campaign.

Her EP is due summer 2021.

CARLA PRATA

CARLA PRATA is a 21 year old Angolan-Portuguese R&B artist, who sings / raps in both Portuguese and English.

Born in Brixton, she moved to Angola as a teenager, where she quickly found her footing in Kizomba, a genre of music native to the country and described as having a Latin flow with African rhythm. She is now London based and her sound has taken an influence from the crossover points between UK hip-hop, afroswing and contemporary R&B. She soon caught the attention of COLORS STUDIOS, who asked her to record a show in November last year. ‘Certified Freak’ was released in February 2021 and began to gain momentum after the COLORS performance was released a couple weeks later – linked here.

Her latest single ‘Certified Freak’ was Clash’s Track Of The Day and premiered her new video, and she was recently featured in the Gay Times playlist ‘EnGayged’, spotlighting LGBTQ+ artists in the hip-hop space.

She has an upcoming album ‘Sex Tape’, due to be released later in 2021.

BINA.

South London songstress Bina (stylized as BINA.) first came onto the scene in 2019 with her debut EP Humble Abode. Fusing elements of alternative R&B, neo- soul and jazz, BINA. swiftly became one to watch. Inspired by the likes of Solange, Erykah Badu and IAMDDB, BINA. is representing a generation of vocalists that are choosing not to be constrained by production. Whether on a mellow hip-hop or an experimental jazz beat, BINA.’s voice will always blend perfectly.Following from the warm reception BINA. received off of her first EP, she continued to craft out her sound and collaborate with producers and musicians from a variety of genres. This led to the release of her first single since Humble Abode titled Boundaries, which was premiered by Jamz Supernova on BBC 1XTRA. The single went on to be featured by Lyrical Lemonade and a host of other press outlets including GUAP Magazine and Feat Magazine. The track was also supported by Melle Brown at Reprezent, No Signal, Balamii and Foundation FM. BINA. then released her follow-up single Dark Cloud (produced by Atlanta based Thxnkq) which was premiered by the Fader and received support from New Wave Magazine, Offie Magazine, Westside Radio and Balamii. The track was also playlisted by independent label College Music, Adidas, DLSO, Silhouettes Project, Alessio Bertallot (Italian Radio Personality) and more.

Live has always been a key part of BINA.’s identity, with her performing in several intimate showcases and gigs. The flood of support from Dark Cloud encouraged live performances including opening up for Osquello at the Hoxton Underbelly, New Wave Mag x Paddington Works and Boiler Room.

Growing up in the foster care system, BINA. speaks candidly of how this has impacted different areas of her life. Her lyrics depict the narrative of a young darkskin black woman on a journey of self-discovery and reflection. BINA. has never shied away from being vulnerable in her music and has seen this as a way to truthfully connect with her audience. A keen painter, BINA. has always ensured to incorporate her love of art with her music – whether that means drawing her own artwork or creating paintings inspired by her music. Her interest in fashion led to her modelling for several brands including Anciela London in London Fashion Week.

Supported internationally by Amber Navran (Moonchild) and Essence, as well as collaborating with fellow homegrown talent such as Lex Amor, Intalekt and KAM-BU, BINA. is continuing to be a trailblazer. Coming off a strong 2020, she is set to release her highly anticipated second EP titled ‘This Is Not A Film’.

DMY x RFB: NEXT HYPE - Dreya Mac

04 Aug 2021

Carla Prata

BINA.

Dalston Roof Park

The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St
London
E8 3DL

7.30pm

£14

THE ALTERED HOURS

The Altered Hours are a band based in Cork, Ireland. Their music explores vast psychedelic spaces, immediate post-punk tones, repetitive rhythms and propelling structures. Having released music with Anton Newcombe's Label  'A’ Recordings & Irish indie labels Art For Blind Records & Penske Recordings, the band have toured extensively across Europe. Their discography to date has shown an ever evolving style, sometimes unpredictable yet always exciting. Live, they have become known for their intense & exhilarating performances.

 

The Altered Hours

24 Nov 2021

+ special guests

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St
London
N16 0LH

7.30pm

£10

SOLD OUT

PORIJ

Eggy (vocal and keys), Tommy (vocal and guitar), James (bass) and Tom (drums) are all currently studying in Manchester. They write, record and produce their modern alternative pop sounds in their student house - each member recording parts in their separate studios/bedrooms and then merging the sounds together meticulously, to form their distinctive “oats” sound.


Porij today return with new single Ego as well as unveiling details of their debut EP Baby Face, which drops September 17th on their own Oat Gang Records label. Baby Face will be their first release since the Breakfast mixtape which came out at the end of 2020. Hotly tipped by the likes of The Guardian, Dork, The Daily Star, Evening Standard, NME, DIY, Clash - the band were also part of the recent British Music Embassy SXSW performance. The band's last four singles have all been playlisted at BBC 6music with recent single Nobody Scared making the A-list. There has also been consistent support from BBC Radio 1, Radio X and BBC Introducing.


The debut EP takes the band's influences and manages to create a sound unlike anything else in 2021. Nobody Scared (A-listed at 6 Music) demonstrated a tender side, highlighting the serious and prescient message of the Reclaim The Night movement. Other songs on the EP such as Can't Stop fuse U.K. garage with unshakable pop hooks. Heaven Knows shows their mature side while Divine embraces self-love. Each song effortlessly brings you deeper into the world of Porij.

 

Porij / Circe

22 Sep 2021

+ Circe

Corsica Studios

4, 5 Elephant Rd,
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£10

PLANNINGTOROCK

Planningtorock – aka Jam Rostron – is a Bolton-born Berlin-based singer- song writer, composer, producer and director with three critically acclaimed studio albums of left-field dance to their name – not to mention various collaborations, Opera's, film scores and remixes. A self- taught, non-binary, genderqueer musician, they’ve spent a decade plus queering sound and vision as Planningtorock.

Planningtorock debuted in the Noughties with 2006’s Have It All [Chicks On speed], finding artistic community among fellow DIY outliers and gender outlaws such as Peaches and The Knife. Their sound – tense, spellbinding dance music with classical flourishes, unexpected brass and pitched-down vocals that have become Planningotorock's signature have earned them a dedicated following.

W, Planningtorock’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut on DFA, revealed a visionary and politicised producer. It offered up deeply queered art-pop – 2 0 1 4 ’ s All Love’s Legal (“a masterclass in left-of-centre dance music”, Mixmag), released on Rostron's own imprint Human Level with banner-ready slogans (‘Patriarchy Over And Out’, ‘Let’s Talk About Gender Baby’), revealed their ability to combine pop-oriented music with a political message.

Plannintorock's new album Powerhouse is their most personal record yet: emotionally-charged, biographical anthems drawn from Rostron’s lived experiences as a non-binary genderqueer artist, experiences around family, identity and music itself. Recorded across Berlin, London, New York and Los Angeles, Powerhouse is a celebration of liberation, a groove-filled record that sees Rostron consolidating power both personal and artistic into queer pop.

Planningtorock presents Gay Dreams Do Come True

14 Oct 2021

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£17.50

SOLD OUT

NOGA EREZ

"loud and bombastic, full of energy" Loud & quiet
"Noga Erez boasts razor sharp beats and a heart of pure pop" The Quietus
"The songs are energetic and energising, a sonic punch right in your face." Clash

Noga Erez

04 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7pm

£17.50

BEYOND THE REDSHIFT

Cult of Luna are bringing Beyond the Redshift back to London for the first time in 8 years! The artist curated festival will take over O2 Forum Kentish Town, The Dome and Boston Music Room for one day only on Saturday 12th March 2022. The Swedish post-metal titan Johannes Persson explains more:

"When we walked off stage in Mexico City in early spring of 2020 we had no idea that it would be our last show for almost two years. We have since announced one tour and had to move it to the end of 2022. Now, we can finally announce a tour for early next year that will make up for all the lost time. In a way it feels like we need to re-conquer that stage and with Alcest and Svalbard it feels less of a burden. We’re more than grateful that we have such amazing, solid artists to help us retake it.

As if just going on tour doesn’t feel unreal enough, it still hasn’t sunk in that we are playing the Olympia in Paris. If there’s any such thing as holy ground in music then this venue definitely qualifies into that category.

But wait… there’s even more: eight years after our first Beyond the Redshift festival in London, we're doing it again. The line-up is curated by us and we are determined to bring you a bunch of our favourite artists and bands you didn’t know you were a fan of. Bands are being booked as I write this and we’re going to announce the full line-up later this summer. It will be la grande finale of the tour and we hope to see you there."

- Johannes, Cult of Luna

Tickets for the festival go on sale this Thursday at 9am. 

Beyond The Redshift

12 Mar 2022

+ Alcest / Svalbard and many more to be announced

O2 Forum Kentish Town / The Dome / Boston Music Room

O2 Forum Kentish Town / The Dome / Boston Music Room
London
NW5 1JY

11am

£39.50

SOLD OUT

L'RAIN

Brooklyn-born and based experimentalist and multi-instrumentalist Taja Cheek, aka L’Rain, is mapping the enormity of how to change. Her forthcoming second album, Fatigue, demands introspection from ready ears with an array of keyboards, synths, and hauntingly delicate vocals that create a genre entirely her own. Cheek has dipped her toes in every corner of the arts, through her work at some of the most prestigious art institutions in NYC and collaborations with the likes of Naama Tsabar, Kevin Beasley, Justin Allen, and others in contemporary arts.

In many ways, Fatigue is a sonic meditation on finding balance through the obliteration of binary logic. Refusing the finitude of either/or, L’Rain readily embraces the flexibility both/ and provides. “This album is an exploration of the simultaneity of human emotions...the audacity of joy in the wake of grief, disappointment in the face of accomplishment. The pervasiveness of this layering of emotions can be surprising, empowering, and discouraging; these overlaps happen every single moment, all the time,” L’Rain expresses. “I might be trying to be heard more on this record. You can hear more of the words, my vocals are louder.” This sentiment is most clearly, though subtly, expressed in the titles of the tracks. The titles can be read as a poem of 30 words and 15 lines, potentially divided into 3 stanzas. The presentation of poetic intervention brilliantly subverts our expectations of what lyrics do, where they present, the summarization of ideas, where and how marginalized people can be read or misread. “Black people, who, in the face of violence and discrimination, are often given little time to process.” The poetics of Fatigue gains even more radical momentum when we make clear how much of Black process and processing are forcibly rendered into abbreviation.

 

L’Rain

15 Nov 2021

+ Special guests

Cafe OTO

18-22 Ashwin St
London
E8 3DL

7.30pm

£12.50

KEIYAA

"The Chicago-bred singer and producer’s homegrown R&B meditates on hurt, longing, and self-protection, embracing the kind of resolute realness that can only happen outside the major label gaze." Pitchfork
"Forever, Ya Girl was one of the defining albums of 2020, but the work is just beginning. And keiyaA is more than ready." Crack
"With every move, keiyaA shines so bright, it's impossible to look away." NPR

keiyaA / Demae

18 Nov 2021

Electrowerkz

7 Torrens St
London
EC1V 1NQ

7.30pm

£13.50

MODERNLOVE

"Drogheda four-piece pop-rock band Modernlove. are well on their way to becoming one of the most popular young guitar bands in the country." Nialler9

modernlove

11 Nov 2021

+ special guests

The Social

5 Little Portland Street
London
W1W 7JD

7.30pm

£9.50

DANI LARKIN

Hailing from the Armagh-Monaghan border, Dani Larkin is a singer-songwriter and folk musician who is being heralded as one of Ireland’s finest songwriters.

2021 is set to be Dani Larkin’s breakthrough year – being added to line-ups at Folk Alliance International and The Great Escape. June 18th will see the release of her eagerly awaited debut album, with Hot Press quoting it as “promising to be one of the most exciting contemporary folk albums this year”.

She’s been artist-in-residence at Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and has shared stages with the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Lisa O’Neill and Wallis Bird. She recently appeared at Ireland Music Week, Other Voices (Belfast and Ballina), Sound of Belfast and Output. Despite restrictions, Dani focused on strengthening her team which now includes management Jawdropper Music, booking agent Midnight Mango, sync agent Plutonic Group Syncs and Irish promoters Singular Artists, and is for sure an artist on the rise!

Dani Larkin

06 Nov 2021

+ special guests

The Slaughtered Lamb

34-35 Great Sutton St
London
EC1V 0DX

7.30pm

£10

CHAD LAWSON

From his bold interpretations of the classics (Bach, Chopin) — to the piano itself, which he reimagined with an iPad, Lawson has concocted a soothing sonic cocktail to take the edge off in this Age of Anxiety.

“That place of stillness where you can heal your wounds and rejuvenate and then go back into the real world.”

Lawson’s new album, You Finally Knew, is his most ambitious work to date (“I tried to create an album where people put it on and for 45 minutes, the world stops so they can just exhale — and breathe”) and that was reflected in the recording process. For the first time, he traded his modest home studio in North Carolina for Abbey Road in the UK. But the studio made famous by the Beatles only had availability for two days last year, one of which was Thanksgiving, which gave Lawson less than a week to write an entire album. “I’ve never had a better holiday,” he attests. “Those pieces are as new to me as they are to the listener and I love that.”

The album features Chad’s heartfelt interpretation of Billie Eilish's "when the party's over." which has garnered over 15 million Youtube views since its debut earlier this year with Billboard succinctly stating that his rendition “will make you melt.”

Chad, who is also the host and creator of the acclaimed mental wellness podcast Calm It Down - is delighted to offer an exclusive and intimate guided meditation session for a small number of audience members, ahead of his performance, utilising the incredible acoustics and environment of the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Chad Lawson

04 May 2022

+ guided meditation with Chad

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road
London
SE1

7pm

£22.50

CLOUD NOTHINGS

Prolific Cleveland indie rock outfit Cloud Nothings return with new album, The Black Hole Understands, the latest in their extensive and celebrated discography.

Written and recorded during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Black Hole Understands is “a record born of this early quarantine anxiety and confusion,” according to vocalist/guitarist Dylan Baldi.

About a month into quarantine, Baldi and drummer Jayson Gerycz started sending files back and forth, with guitars, bass and vocals tracked in Philadelphia and drums and mixing undertaken in Cleveland. This remote recording process presented a new set of restrictions for Cloud Nothings, completely removing the element of interactive jamming and tightening the production around a set of streamlined summer pop songs.

Cloud Nothings

24 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£18

ELDER ISLAND

Carving out a genre-defying space for themselves in our musical landscape, Elder Island captivate with shapeshifting songs wherein textures matter as much as melodies, and lyrics are littered with crypticism. The trio’s music cherry-picks and transforms elements from genres as diverse as electronica, house, pop and neo-soul. The result is a web of sound that threads poetic lyricism and unfamiliar instruments over a backdrop of electronic elements and synth-heavy dance beats.

Elder Island are singer and cellist Katy Sargent, bassist and beat engineer Luke Thornton and guitarist and synth virtuoso David Havard. The trio met in Bristol during university and their respective studies in fine art, photography and graphic design have doubtlessly provided the band with its diverse creative sustenance.

Formed six years ago as an experiment-come-hobby, the city brought them together through house-shares and nights spent out dancing. Bristol’s genre-splicing music scene providing fertile ground for inspiration and opportunity. What began with casual jam sessions at home grew into something more serious when in 2014 an eponymously titled debut EP took off, giving reason for the band to concentrate more time on musical endeavours. In their following EP, 2016’s Seeds In Sand the band found their feet, and indeed, their sound. Where their debut EP had been an ambient soundscape of field recordings, loops and percussive elements, its follow-up was a more cohesive collection of five dance-influenced tracks.

Elder Island

04 Nov 2021

+ special guests

Oval Space

29, 32 The Oval
London
E2 9DT

7pm

£20

MDOU MOCTAR

Prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar boldly reforges contemporary Saharan music and “rock music“ by melding Eddie Van Halen pyrotechnics, full-blast noise and guitar shredding, field recordings, drums rhythms, poetic meditations on love, religion, women’s rights, inequality and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers to rip a new hole in the sky with the Afrique Victime album.

Mdou Moctar’s home is Agadez, a desert village in rural Niger. Inspired by YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen’s six string techniques and traditional Tuareg melodies, he mastered the guitar which he himself built and created his own burning style. A born charismatic, Mdou went on to tell his story as an aspiring artist by writing, producing & starring in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai – which translates to “Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It”, winning the approval of his family and his community. The word and the sound travelled across West Africa via mobile phone data cards, a popular form of local music distribution. Gruelling DIY world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds followed, including 2019’s landmark Ilana: The Creator album that earned Mdou Moctar an ecstatic international audience.

Afrique Victime is result of the combined efforts of Mdou and the members of the band that shares his name. Mdou’s crucial collaborator is Ahmoudou Madassane, who’s been his rhythm guitarist since 2008- their two guitars are an alchemical combination. As a songwriter, producer and recording artist Ahmoudou is the premier musical ambassador to Tuaregs in Niger, empowering young musicians with instruments, recording opportunities, and visas. Masassane helped form the revolutionary first woman-fronted Tuareg guitar band Les Filles De Illighadad, whose debut album and tours caused an international sensation in 2019.

The band‘s youngest member is prodigal drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, also a member of both the well-known Niger band Sultanat Star De L’air and the longest running wedding band in Agadez, Etran De L’air. Souleymane’s playing on this album ferociously sets a new standard for the “rock” drumset.

Producer & bassist Mikey Coltun flies 20 hours from Brooklyn, NYC, then takes a 28 hour bus ride to reach Agadez so the band can practice and record. With no support from a major label or a manager, they made this journey out of Niger every time they toured. In the past three years, Mikey’s played over 500 shows on three continents as Mdou Moctar’s bassist, road manager, producer/recording engineer, and friend. Coltun recorded and produced Afrique Victime around the band’s travels in 2019- in studios, apartments, hotel rooms, venue backstages, and in field recordings in Niger.

Recording and honing songs as a touring outfit forged a livewire new sound, and If Ilana was a late ’60s early ’70s ZZ Top and Black Sabbath record – Afrique Victime is mid ’70s to early ’80s Van Halen meets Black Flag meets Black Uhuru. The ferocity of Moctar’s electric guitar and the band’s hypnotic rhythm section are on awe-inspiring display on songs like “Chismiten” and the mournful yet incandescent title track. Elsewhere, Moctar finds inspiration in highlighting lesser known facets of the group: “While people have gotten to know Mdou Moctar as a rock band, there is a whole different set of music with this band done on acoustic guitars which we wanted to incorporate into this album in order to go through a sonic journey,” he says. Mdou pays homage to one of his heroes Abdallah Ag Oumbadagou, the legendary Niger musician and political revolutionary, on songs “Habibti” and “Layla”. “Abdallah was a contemporary of Tinariwen and helped to pioneer the sound of Tuareg guitar music blended with drum machines and electronic sounds”.

“From prison to Nobel prize. They ceded to Mandela / Africa is a victim of so many crimes / If we stay silent it will be the end of us / Why is this happening?“ Moctar asks on the heartfelt and rallying title track. “I want the world to know that we are making music to promote world peace and be with everyone on the same level, fighting against racism”, he says. “All colors and genders are equal. Women, Men and children all suffer in the desert due to the colonization by France and therefore there is a lack of the basics – hospitals, drinking water, schools.”

The needs of Agadez are a major part of what drives Moctar as an artist, and promoting the region’s youth through music is an especially personal cause. “I know what it’s like to have been in that position,” he says, “to not have the support of your family, or the money for guitars or strings, it’s really hard. I have a lot of support from the younger generation, because I help them out a lot. When I get back from tour, I give them gear that I bought while I was away so they can go out and form their own bands.”

Says Coltun: “In Agadez the music and feeling at Tuareg weddings is exactly like the best of Western DIY/Punk shows. It’s loud, energetic and powerful. There is a sense of everyone helping out. Tuaregs are a tight community. If you’re Tuareg you’re considered family.”

The music listeners are the beneficiaries of the staggeringly powerful do-it-yourself musical ethic of Mdou Moctar- the man and the band- who’ve worked so hard to bring the spirits of families and communities in Niger to the West. Afrique Victime sounds and feels like a Tuareg hand reaching down from the sky, and we are very lucky for this chance to get lifted.Recording and honing songs as a touring outfit forged a livewire new sound, and If Ilana was a late ’60s early ’70s ZZ Top and Black Sabbath record – Afrique Victime is mid ’70s to early ’80s Van Halen meets Black Flag meets Black Uhuru. The ferocity of Moctar’s electric guitar and the band’s hypnotic rhythm section are on awe-inspiring display on songs like “Chismiten” and the mournful yet incandescent title track. Elsewhere, Moctar finds inspiration in highlighting lesser known facets of the group: “While people have gotten to know Mdou Moctar as a rock band, there is a whole different set of music with this band done on acoustic guitars which we wanted to incorporate into this album in order to go through a sonic journey,” he says. Mdou pays homage to one of his heroes Abdallah Ag Oumbadagou, the legendary Niger musician and political revolutionary, on songs “Habibti” and “Layla”. “Abdallah was a contemporary of Tinariwen and helped to pioneer the sound of Tuareg guitar music blended with drum machines and electronic sounds”.

“From prison to Nobel prize. They ceded to Mandela / Africa is a victim of so many crimes / If we stay silent it will be the end of us / Why is this happening?“ Moctar asks on the heartfelt and rallying title track. “I want the world to know that we are making music to promote world peace and be with everyone on the same level, fighting against racism”, he says. “All colors and genders are equal. Women, Men and children all suffer in the desert due to the colonization by France and therefore there is a lack of the basics – hospitals, drinking water, schools.”

 

Mdou Moctar

14 Apr 2022

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£15

MARINA ALLEN

A voice for our times, part Joni, part Nyro. An achingly beautiful set of songs reminiscent of the commercial success of Karen Carpenter and Fiona Apple, with a side of Kate Bush.


Marina Allen glides on angelic highs, surfing the husky deep; she is one of the great new voices of her generation. Writing songs that carry notes from other realms; these are kitchen table tales about love and fear, the capturing of the wild heart,
sketching the breaking of dawn, bringing real life back to life.


Every song on stunning debut album ‘Candlepower’ is a tick box of influences, asides, inspirations, quickfire theories, storylines, and melodic progressions that galvanise a chemical reaction for each dramatic scene that unfolds on this genre traversing seven song epic.

 

MARINA ALLEN

02 Dec 2021

+ Special guests

Folklore

186 Hackney Rd
London
E2 7QL

7:30pm

£10

SOLD OUT

LUIDJI

Luidji is the story of a guy who’s sinking, but who rises again. And this first album: Tristesse Business Season 1, is in reality only the finishing line of a sinuous and dented artistic crossroads.

A dense project of 17 tracks, behind closed doors with the vaporous spirit of the offspring of south-west Paris, who also passed through Aubervilliers and La Courneuve in his youth. But before coming tothis album, Luidji groped around. It was in the mid-2010s that he started making himself heard, in the wake of his collective La Capsule (where Dinos & Beeby evolved). He will also make an appearance on the Rap Contenders series like many artists of his generation, and then capitalize on this by signing with Wagram after graduation. From this partnership came the sequence of two EPs: Station 1999 (2014) and Mécanique des Fluides (2015).


After that: 4 silent years with no releases, and this twisted feeling of drowning, of being pulled to the bottom by artistic approximations and relational torments. But this period of floating will not have been in vain, on the contrary, it has pushed him to start building the block of the continuation of his young career.


With his team they founded the evolving playlist and then label Foufoune Palace Bonjour, now signed to Universal. This is instrumental in concretiz