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dÉbruit + bAnd (FR) SENSATIONAL meets KOYXEи (US/JAP) DJ SCOTCH BONNET (aka DJ Scotch Egg/ JAP)
dÉbruit + bAnd (FR)
Parisian Synth Magician dÉbruit´s style is a no holds barred sonic assault filtered through dark Congolese sound systems, Downtown L.A. block parties gone wrong, haze filled Kingston recording studios and freaky Tunisian backstreet souks all powered by a fat hip hop engine.
Clark, DE:Bug, Dazed and many more tagged him as one to watch in the near future. XLR8R were early supporters, picked 2 of his tracks in their top 50 of 2008 and recently noted he was their their most downloaded artist with 4 out of the top 10 tracks featuring his trademark synths. Along with Hip-House alter ego KeeCLAC he’s been remixing Architeq, Zero7, Lee Scratch Perry, Kotchy, Meanest Man Contest, Man Like Me, Konono#1 and more.
dÉbruits productions combine freewheelin synthlines, wobbly loops with Middle Eastern instrumentation, chopped, angular African beats, wild bass and some of the heaviest wonky fusions you will hear all year!.
The night at Festsaal Kreuzberg is gonna be a very special occasion because for the first time in Germany dÉbruit will perform in a live set-up with a band backed by a mindblowing show of hallucinogenic visuals. If you don´t believe us check out the link below!
dÉbruit´s new album will come out in early May on London´s CIVIL MUSIC!
SENSATIONAL (US/ WordSound/ Skam/ Matador)
Equally hallucinogenic is the futuristic, Afro-psychedelic enigma they call Sensational. After proving his mettle on the mic by rhyming to records by German avant-garde composer Karl-Heinz Stockhausen the Jungle Brothers took him in when he was only 15 years old. His legendary performance on their album „J Beez Wit Da Remedy“ was way ahead of their time and is still blowing minds.
In 1995 he came to the attention of WordSound through producer Bill Laswell which resulted in Sensational´s solo debut „Loaded With Power“, an album like no other in the annals of hip-hop. CMJ called it: "The most bold and experimental hip-hop record of the last decade! ". The tripped-out flows, broken beats, and lo-fi ambience all created an epic event in hip-hop that unfortunately went largely unnoticed by the Puff Daddy-worshipping masses.
Unlike most rap producers, Sensational has never been one to sample, but plays all his sounds live. Upgrading to an 8-track and using a real microphone instead of recording vocals through his headphones resulted in his sophomore effort „Corner The Market“. Still wowing heads with his blunted, poetry-in-motion sickness, he then released two singles for the popular indie rock label Matador before dropping his third full-length „Heavyweighter“ which continues on a trajectory for outer space. As Timeout NY noted, Sensational is "underground hip-hops number one upstart-in-waiting."
Hip-hop abounds with eccentric personalities such as Kool Keith or Old Dirty Bastard (R.I.P.) and just recently the genre is experiencing a new wave of younger artists like Odd Future or Death Grips breaking boundaries with their sonic explorations. As groundbreaking as it may seem though, for Sensational those boundaries have never existed to begin with.
His abstract flavor defying all explanations, his off-the-wall lyrics and his curiosity destroying all preconceived notions as to what music is simply make him one oft he most unique musicians oft he past two decades.
In reggae, we were blessed with the maniacal genius of Lee Perry, in jazz we had Sun Ra and in hip-hop no one even comes close to the one they call Sensational, a visionary sent by the future and just like the other two, luckily, he hasn´t arrived in the present yet.
KOYXEи aka KOUHEI MATSUNAGA (JAP/ Mille Plateaux/ Raster Noton/ Flying Swimming)
In 2005 Sensational started collaborating with Kouhei Matsunaga, Japans doyen of noisecore.
Until then Kouhei had already collaborated with the likes of Merzbow, Autechre and Conrad Schnitzler.
It was a match made in heaven. Their first album „Sensational meets Kouhei“ was recorded in only one day while being on tour and is nothing less than a mindbending masterpiece of raw, bouncy and chest-caving beats, spectral textures, gruff, marble-mouthed self-aggrandizement and unparalleled grit. Their equally outstanding second release „Sensational meets Koyxeи“ followed in 2010.
We are extremely proud to have both artists performing together at Festsaal Kreuzberg tonite since it is a rare chance to see two legends in progress.
DJ SCOTCH BONNET (aka DJ Scotch Egg/ JAP)
A maverick, crazed with energy and excess creativity, Shigeru Ishiharas chance meeting with Kouhei Matsunaga spurred an isotopic explosion of activity and inspiration. The result was the new dope style distorted bass and beats of DJ Scotch Bonnet.
Swapping GameBoys and 8-bit limitation for a hefty distortion unit, Ishihara delves deep into the world of bass-driven hip-hop breaks, melding dense distorted beats with his signature pop sensibility and references Scorn, NHK, and the dance music culture of his new home-town, Berlin.
Ishihara is prolific in his output, and has collaborated with E-Da (ex-Boredoms), plays in the epic psychedelic outfit Drum Eyes as well as with the newly reformed electronic pioneers Seefeel.
He has performed at major festivals including Roskilde, Glastonbury, and Primavera and has shared bills with a diverse selection of artists including Devo, Lightning Bolt, and MF Doom.
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