Time for another Mountain from Qu Junktions: shrinking to four core acts but expanding to two venues, gaining massive physical presence, electronic magik and bass weight.
The huge, all-enveloping King Midas Sound is UK bass music legend Kevin Martin (The Bug, Techno Animal) with dub poet-turned dark falsetto angel Roger Robinson, plus bittersweet backing vocal accomplice Kiki Hitomi. With releases on Hyperdub (home of Burial) and Soul Jazz, KMS started as a calmer excursion for Martin away from the blistering toxic dancehall of The Bug, and emerged as a slow, haunted hybrid of dubstep and dancehall fit for dark, expectant rooms. While Martin tweaks the distortion down and lets the echo ring, Robinson’s revelatory croon calls to mind classic heartbreak reggae, albeit calling out from adrift within a dread vortex of disorientating sonics and elemental blankets of bass.
One of the defining figures in the post-milennial sprawl of electronic music, New York synthesiser chameleon Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never has rescued his chosen form from rhythm and placed it in a free state of being that’s equally past, present and future. Last year’s “Returnal” album on Editions Mego overwhelmed with its vast, beatific plains of sound, shining a beacon light upon a whole canon of modern producers plugging in to play with time, memory and space. But there is only one Oneohtrix… essential for ears previously glazed by Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream or Boards Of Canada.
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Then dance with all your hearts to Games, Lopatin’s more rhythmic vent, along with Joel Ford, his friend since sixth grade. Together they reconfigure the music of their shared youth, bottling the synthesised emotional truth their young ears heard and releasing it as vapour trails of gleaming, pop-informed electronic soul that contains satisfying textural overlaps with the beatless drift of OPN. Total recall disco.
Games – “Heaven Can Wait Vol. I” mixtape
Games will play from 11.30pm at Start The Bus.
Setting us moving is new artist Some Truths, who presents a totally live modular synth performance, no computer no midi no presets … joining the psychedelic dots between John Carpenter soundtracks, Mika Vainio’s pioneering early work and Sun Ra’s moog space missions . Each performance is unique – written at the soundcheck, evolving and changing like some rogue AI in a radiophonic factory.