APHEX TWIN HEADLINES #C2C18
Aphex Twin, one of the most iconic, innovative and influential musicians of the past 30 years, headlines #C2C18, the 18th edition of Club To Club Festival.
Born in Ireland and raised in Cornwall, Richard D. James aka Aphex Twin first found fortune with his imprint Rephlex and subsequently with cult label Warp Records, on which he released a plethora of records that went on to become contemporary classics: his productions have touched many different genres yet they remain unclassifiable, just like his logo (and his face) have become pop icons. While his ironic, media-shy approach cultivated a legendary aura, Aphex Twin’s musical legacy, broad as much as it is indisputable, has paved the way to new sounds and approaches, changing the history of music forever.
TODAY’S MUSIC STARS
Already among the stars in the 2015 edition of Club To Club, after his Southern Italy summer dates for the ‘Ma Ogni Giorno Il Sole Tramonta Tour’, Jamie xx is back.
During the last decade the London musician, dj and producer has become one of the most important figures of the international musical scene, both as a member and “driving force” of The XX (whose three albums have conquered fans of indie-pop and electronic music all over the world) and for his solo work. In the wake of collaborations such as those with Gil Scott-Heron and Radiohead., his critically acclaimed album ‘In Colour’ was also nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and Grammy Awards.
The musical range of Club To Club expands further, and includes dream pop with Beach House, the duo of vocalist/keyboardist Victoria LeGrand and guitarist Alex Scally which, after achieving the ethereal perfection of albums such as ‘Bloom’, have now released ‘7’, their heaviest and most immersive-sounding of their career.
Among the most sensitive and inspired musicians in the scene, since the beginning of this decade Devonté Hynes styles himself as Blood Orange: after collaborating with the likes of Solange and Sky Ferreira, ‘Negro Swan’ is his fourth album, an exploration into many types of black depression, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of colour.
Iceage is one of the most significant bands in the contemporary rock scene. The Danish quartet offers a powerful and irresistible mix of apocalyptic post-punk and hardcore energy. Welcomed by unanimous critical acclaim, ‘Beyondless’ is their fourth album, with a unique, gloomy and recognizable sound.
UNUSUAL AND UNHEARD SOUND PATHS
After ‘Music For The Uninvited’, the second album by Leon Vynehall is titled ‘Nothing Is Still’. It’s further proof of the Portsmouth artist’s eclectic nature: defiantly atmospheric and textural, it finds him harnessing his passion for early contemporary minimalist composers.
With a surprising debut album released in 2016 and through its follow-up ‘Colon Man’, Jamaican duo Equiknoxx has reinvented dancehall thanks to a mixture of danceable grooves and a minimal creative approach to production.
The sound attitude of Josiah White aka Serpentwithfeet is similarly unusual: his songs bridge R&B, gospel, classical, and electronic music, and his debut album ‘Soil’ is bound to surprise many listeners.
German musician David August composes and performs multifaceted electronic music with hopeful tones and a human aesthetic, as on his new album ‘D’Angelo’, recorded in Italy and inspired by the life and work of the baroque painter Caravaggio, and fusing a laidback pop sensibility with moody cinematographic soundscapes.
Nigerian-born/London-dwelling Obongiayar is an experimental new artist who blends free-form spoken word with hip-hop prose and soulful singing, proving he has soaked up the multitude of influences and cultures in his city to form his own poetic voice.
electronic composer Sebastian Gainsborough) is back. With releases for
labels such as Tri Angle and Blackest Ever Black, the versatile
Bristolian musician has shown to be equally as ease with synthetic and
A NEW GENERATION OF DJ’S AND PRODUCERS
Korean born and residing in Berlin, Peggy Gou has built a sterling reputation for herself via a handful of standout 12”s on Rekids, Phonica White and Ninja Tune, such as her recent ‘Once’ EP. The combination of her own profoundly groove-led musical output partnered with her passion and flair in the DJ booth playing week in, week out across the globe, from Glastonbury to Panoramabar, De School, and Dekmantel Festival.
Avalon Emerson is from the desert. While she currently lives in Berlin, the music she produces comes from the dreamlike expanse and abstract textures of the Sonoran landscapes of Arizona. She’s just getting started, and continues to outdo herself with original productions released on Whities, Shtum, and other labels.
Skee Mask is a versatile producer from Munich. Influenced mainly by “old” techno labels, his music also draws on ambient and experimental sounds in order to achieve a fresh result, as in his new and acclaimed album ‘Compro’, released on Ilian Tape.
Courtesy is a DJ, label owner and journalist. She was born in Greenland but grew up mostly in Denmark. Her penchant for blending styles that push the boundaries of dance music has been recently confirmed by her sets for Panorama Bar, Boiler Room, and NTS Radio.
DJ Nigga Fox is a Portugal-based artist who’s born in Angola, and his dark and tribal musical hybrid creates some of the freshest music we’ve heard in recent years. In March 2018, he released ‘Crânio’, his debut EP for Warp Records, to critical acclaim.
With appearances at clubs and festivals across Europe and Asia, a debut US tour, and accolades for club sets and radio shows, 2017 was a standout year for London-born DJ Josey Rebelle. She proved herself as an artist that can seamlessly ride countless genres with a raw and brutal underground energy.
Both solo (as in her recent debut album ‘Air Lows’) and in her work with others, Silvia Kastel explores the outer limits and inner workings of no wave, industrial, dub, extreme electronics, free rock and improvisation.
Last but not least, Bienoise is an electronic musician whose productions are balanced between contemplation and clubbing, with a deep fetishism for instruments pushed to their limits and mash-ups between musical genres.