4 Live Acts you should not miss

Third Side

Third Side is the collaborative project between militant hardware enthusiast’s The Analogue Cops and Panorama Bar resident Steffi, the lady also behind ubiquitous House anthem ‘Yours’. The project was  born out of a mutual respect for each other’s work, shared musical vision and of course a strong attachment to the use of analogue equipment, . Their music is raw, groove oriented and laden with hooks and intricate rhythms that belies the fact it is recorded direct to tape after a single live session. Having just recently released a LP on the Analogue Cop’s own Restoration imprint and blown the roof off Boiler Room Berlin with little but their 909’s and 303’s in tow, you can be sure to hear a lotmore of Third Side in the coming year.

Pheek

For an artist with such an extensive back catalogue of releases it’s surprising how Montreal native Jean-Patrice Remillard’s music manages to be stylistically diverse yet still retain that quality which is markedly Pheek. From the playful glitch and gurgles of 2009’s Giggle to the narcotised  undulating rhythms of Magda Had a Little Troll his music encapsulates the best of mid noughties Minimal, whilst transgressing the confines of the genre. For his live show, Remillard combines stunning VJ’s ranging from cyborg dancers to a geometric grid of fluctuating lights that converge and diffuse in time to the music. Halfway between a rave, and a installation, Pheek’s live shows offer a multisensory aesthetic experience, that is both evocative and visceral.

XDB

Kosta Athanassiadis is a veteran of the German party scene, having DJ’d since the early 90’s, yet it has only been in the last decade that he has become a producer of note, having released a handful of prolific records and edits on labels as wide ranging as Echocord,Sistrum, Clone Basement Seriesand his own imprint, Metrolux. Most recently he teamed up with fellow beat smith and countryman Kassem Mosse for a split12 inchon Diamonds & Pearls. The result is a thoroughly intricate thoroughfare of a record, poised between cautious experimentalism and the driving momentum of a dancefloor filler. Aside from his studio and DJ work, Athanassiadis has taken to performing his material in a live setting bringing the magic of his records to life, injecting new life into them, coaxing the machines to create rich sonic textures while firmly keeping the dancefloor in full swing.

Skudge

Gustaf and Elias aka Skudge, have been honing their idiosyncratic take on sparse, driving Techno since  2009, when they first debut with Depth Buffering on Butane’s alphahouse imprint. Since then the Swedes have gone on to release over 17 records, can count the likes of Marcel Dettmann and Boddika as ardent supporters’, and have repeatedly played at Techno mecha  Berghain,  firmly establishing themselves as a household name in the underground dance scene. Operating out of a basement somewhere in the expansive suburbs of Stockholm, Skudge manage to craft immaculate  dancefloor stompers, drawing on disparate influences such as the cloudy pads of late 90’s Dub, and the booming cavernous sound design so beloved of the Ostgut Ton roster. Amalgamating their eclectic influences into a sound that is truly their own,  while remaining true to the basic Techno blueprint, they simultaneously bring depth and refinement to a genre in sore need of  a makeover.

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