PHEX TWIN HEADLINES #C2C18
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
The musical range of Club To Club expands further to include 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. Part of another well-known duo (The Knife), Karin Dreijer is the eclectic Swedish artist who has now released two solo albums under the Fever Ray pseudonym: her most recent ‘Plunge’ is a journey through dark atmospheres, evocative imaginary, electric notes and thinned lyrics. Styling himself as Blood Orange, Devonté Hynes has carved a reputation as one of the scene’s most sensitive and inspired musicians. Following collaborations with the likes of Solange and Sky Ferreira, his third full-length album ‘Freetown Sound’ documents a number of issues including race, sex, sexism, and religion.
As one of the most significant bands in the contemporary rock scene, Danish quartet Iceage offer a powerful and irresistible mix of apocalyptic post-punk and hardcore energy. Their fourth album, ‘Beyondless’ with its characteristically unique and gloomy sound was met with unanimous critical acclaim.
Josiah White aka Serpentwithfeet is equally unusual in his approach to sound: bridging the gab beetwen 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 hoptimistic tones and a human aesthetic, continuing to uncloak hidden inner paths as in his latest work ‘DCXXXIX A.C.’, embracing ambient music while connecting with his Italian roots.
Nigerian-born/London-dwelling Obongjayar is an experimental new artist who blends free-form spoken word with hip-hop prose and soulful singing, his music is soaked with the multitude of influences and cultures on London life presented by a unique èpoetic voice.
Skee Mask is a versatile producer from Munich. Influenced mainly by “old” techno labels, his music also draws on ambient and experimental music in order to achieve fresh sounds, 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 sets for Panorama Bar, Boiler Room, and NTS Radio demostrate a penchant for blending styles that push the boundaries of dance music.
DJ Nigga Fox is a Portugal-based artist who’s born in Angola, and his dark and tribal musical hybrid creates some of the most invented music we’ve heard in recent years. In March 2018 he released ‘Crânio’, his debut EP for Warp Records, to much funfare.
London-born DJ Josey Rebelle proved herself as an artist that can seamlessly ride countless genres with a raw and brutal underground energy. 2017 was a standout year for her with a host of appearances at clubs and festivals across Europe and Asia, a debut US tour, and accolades a plenty for her club sets and radio shows. Last but not least, The Italian New Wave artist Bienoise returns with his electronic productions that straddle the space between contemplation and clubbing, with a deep fetishism for instruments pushed to their limits and mash-ups between musical genres.