Hype Williams + Raime + DJ Chris Farrell + Hacker Farm + Hesomagari + Willderbeast
with DJs Young Master + The Janitor + Mingpirate
Hype Williams – Wonderful mystery sounds from Hackney/Russian/Berlin. A boy/girl duo trading in disorientating visual art (just youtube them), sepia-faded echoes of bling, withered Sade covers and submerged synth pressure … proudly and without doubt evoking the ghostly green vapours of Bristol trip-hop past. Currently the talk of trendy town but they are rising up their own way. “One Nation” album out in March.
“What do we actually know about Hype Williams? … an obscure, lo-fi form of dub-inflected half-pop as much akin to the post-industrial funk of 23 Skidoo and early Cabaret Voltaire as the scratchy psych of The Skaters et al … music which fascinates largely because of its refusal to commit” The Wire
Raime – a London-based duo seeking to re-establish electronic composition as a physical and emotionally inquisitive force, drawn into the dark by early European goth, minimal dance and synth wave. Having released two phenomenally well-received EPs on sharp new London label Blackest Ever Black, Raime are now bringing their vast waves of sound – both beautifully intricate and artfully industrial, all woven around gut-shaking rhythm cycles – into lucky live rooms.
“This is not dance music, at least not as conventionally rendered: there’s no 4/4 kick, no handclap; it creeps instead of bouncing. But it still feels like techno, just sliced open and turned inside out; it’s ambient with pulse, with teeth” Resident Advisor
Hacker Farm – one of the various heads of Kek, a Yeovilian stalwart of the weird and true whom Qu has known in the past as part of Ice Bird Spiral. Improv-y electronics, wonky riddims, plenty of bottom.
Hesomagari – Bristol super-duo. The pair of Yoshino from Zun Zun Egui and SJ Esau emit longform, semi-improvised pop shapes that hover above chaos and billow with psychedelic colour.
Willderbeast – Will Edwards (aka Strange Billy the Saint) indulges his love of instrumental ambient music … a dreamy swirl of Mountains, Labradford, Eno, Global Communication and more, with extra Reich-esque clapping and live contemporary dance.
Plus a special guest to be announced, and DJ support from Chris Farrell – custodian of broad-eared Bristol electronic imprint Idle Hands, and the saviour of Bristol’s record shop movement (please check out and support his new premises on Stokes Croft).