Opening Performance from 22:30 – 00:00 @ Globus by: Dance of Urgency: African/American Sonic Resistance – a UR special audio-visual project by Cornelius Harris and Mark Flash
On the Globus Floor: formed by DJ/producer Mark Flash and musician Michael Banks, Depth Charge, like the name implies, is a Detroit made explosion of sound. Hard-edged techno with electro elements, Depth Charge blends classic sounds with the new and unreleased tracks from UR and beyond. This is not music for people to sip cocktails – this is only for people who like to move! Detroit techno is a worldwide phenomenon, and one of the undoubted architects is John Collins, a legendary international DJ, producer and historian. His work with Underground Resistance and Submerge is a testament of his place in the genre’s history. Among John’s activities is hosting a monthly radio show for the esteemed Red Bull Academy. Most days, Collins is also stationed at the Submerge Records headquarters in the North End on East Grand Boulevard, selling records and giving tours of the group’s Detroit techno museum, Exhibit 3000, to intrigued visitors. Sharing the Globus decks tonight is Sydney’s Aybebatonye, founder and executive director of the newly relaunched Irregular Fit, a collaborative interdisciplinary arts platform, led by Indigenous, Bla(c)k and POC (persons of colour) artists + collectives working towards creating a more equitable and sustainable future for marginalised folk in arts and cultural industries. Aybebatonye has played at some of Australia’s best festivals, events, parties and arts institutions alongside some of the world’s finest selectors. Natascha Kann has been involved in the clubbing scene since 2000. smelts nineties house music, Detroit-techno and Chicago-house, and oxygenizes them with a hint of acid, there’s always a fleeting, melancholic resonance. Her blunt directness goes straightforward: her techno not too tough, her house not too soft. Clear and simple, no detours, old mixed with new. And every once in a while some soul vocals, giving away Natascha Kann’s love for black music and the 80’s.
Downstairs in Tresor: returning artist Anthony Arcana is Ayarcana from Italy, producing some very powerful techno on the Vae Victis Records, S.L.A.M. and Parachute Records labels, among others. Ayarcana is in love with the strong language in music. Hard sounds and dark matter have real importance. in just a few years Ayarcana has had several collaborations with many underground artists of Europe and his productions have been supported by most top names of the underground electronic scene. Arcangelo is a resident DJ at Macao, a Milanese squat today considered one of the main European hubs for progressive electronic music. There, he also curates two of the most diverse and boundary-pushing events in Italy, Saturnalia and Dance Affliction. Risen to prominence from the Lisbon’s underground scene as a resident of mina’s infamous raves, marum has crafted a unique and hybrid artist practice: half relentless rave DJ, half community utopian-researcher. Instigator of the queer rave mina (Lisbon), co-founder of the label and artist agency suspension (Lisbon/Berlin), a knit-tight collaborator of the hybrid dance & sex party Lecken (Berlin) and community radio Quântica (Lisbon), marum holds a refined and thoughtful sonic and political signature that moves entire communities and dance floors. Parallel to DJing, marum is also a visual and performance artist, curator, and writer, working with the experimental platform XenoEntities Network and Rabbit Hole, focusing on gender, queer and feminist theory, technology and digital culture, electronic music and club politics. Raised on a strict diet of beats and swag, KILLA is a vinyl-only DJ whose sensitive ear for the more unconventional crossovers between groovy techno, high-brow electronica and the B-side oddities of dance music is helping her flesh out a sound uniquely her own. KILLA came to Berlin in 2010 and started mixing publicly a few years ago, earning a quick-fire reputation for the uncompromising musical integrity of her selections, frequently served with a dash of diva sass. In the +4Bar: Forbidden Planet brings two artists, Mas569 with a live set and a DJ set from Yanling. The Mechta label invites Pasha Dankou aka Margotika from Minsk. Fellow Minsk artist Elena Sizova also shares the decks, as well as Warsaw artist SDS and Finnish live artist Kim Rapatti aka Mono Junk on Dum Records.