Looking beyond our Bristol launch in a few weeks, and we have a treat in store. Architects of two of the best dance music albums of 2018, genre-bending talents Martyn and Skee Mask join us for live and DJ sets respectively. Motion and Simple affiliate Em Williams provides the backup, lets go
~ Martyn (3024, Ostgut Ton, Dolly Dubs, Ninja Tune)
Beginning his career in the mid-90s as a drum and bass DJ and producer, in 2007 a dubstep-techno-garage release on Marcus Intalex's Revolve:r label would launch Martyn alongside the likes of Pevererlist, 2562, and a nascent Hessle Audio into the midst of the post-dubstep sound emerging out of the UK at the time. A vital exponent of this sound in its early days, over the ensuing decade Martyn continued to take this core, multi-genre sound in new directions, through his own imprint 3024, as well as Berghain’s in-house Ostgut Ton, Brainfeeder, Ninja Tune, Hyperdub, Warp, Aus Music, and Steffi’s Dolly Dubs.
His latest record, released this year on Ostgut Ton, was prompted by a near-fatal heart attack suffered last year. The result – ‘Voids’ – is an explorative and atmospheric work that documents the intersection between inspiration and recovery, in doing so looking back to the formative late-2000s sound that re-defined his artistic career. Fluently merging UK Garage, dubstep and techno with dreamy atmospherics, Voids is a dancefloor record to get lost in. Expect as much as he brings a rare live set to the basement.
~ Skee Mask (Ilian Tape)
In many ways, Skee Mask’s new album – ‘Compro’, on Ilian Tape – is very similar to Martyn’s. Their sounds intersect in their multi-genre approach, expanding the parameters of techno to adopt elements of jungle, UKG and so on. Both albums are similarly psychological, suited to club but that are able to involve you in a way beyond just dancing.
Compro is the logical follow-on from Skee Mask’s previous work - hazy, atmospheric, but incredibly detailed: a drummer from the age of 6, rhythm and breaks feature heavily, attended to with a probably unmatched craft. As a DJ, he’s been making a name for himself over the past year for game-changing festival sets, connecting seemingly unconnected genres such as ghetto house, UK drill, juke and IDM with ease. If you haven’t seen him yet you can’t miss out
~ Em Williams (Simple)
Resident DJ for Oxford’s Simple parties for over 10 years, Em Williams is well-versed in the art of party starting. Having provided support for DJs such as DJ Stingray, Objekt, Ben UFO and more, she operates over a variety of different styles spanning all corners of dance music. Now based in Bristol, Em is a Motion regular, as well as a mentor for Bristol Women in Music’s ‘Mix Night’ Sessions: a platform for aspiring female DJs to get to grips with the ins and outs of DJing technique and wider issues via mentors such as Em.
This event is strictly 18+, ID required.