Hyperdub's premier experimental night brings together GAIKA and the Club Chai cofounders.
GAIKA & Rob Heppell
“LAMBORGHINI COPZ” - GAIKA & ROB HEPPELL, 2019
The year is 2120.
The breakdown of the European Union led to far-right nationalism across the continent that brought about the end of Western Capitalism as we know it. Following decades of nationalist terrorism, London declared itself an autonomous city state propped up by the Sino-Russian Federation. London has become a fortified economic zone, governed by an all-powerful mayor, with a population complicit in their own surveillance, enforced by a militia who maintain a monopoly on violence in armoured supercars.
As a part of his Spectacular Empire canon of multi-format work, GAIKA and Rob Heppell have joined forces to present Lamborghini Copz - a spatial consideration of the cybernetic relationships between law, race and and power. An immersive and satirical vision of London a century after Brexit. If this is the national interest, it’s already crumbling.
Enter the Citadel.
GAIKA is a multidisciplinary recording and visual artist, working across genres and platforms to create compelling audiovisual experiences. The technically complex worlds GAIKA creates merge the futuristic with contemporary culture shifting the paradigms of what it means to be a black musician in Britain today. A polymath by nature GAIKA’s creative output has always straddled different worlds, taking influence from academia, philosophy and political theory, culture as much as the influence of fellow musicians. On his debut album BASIC VOLUME, these themes intersect with meditations on his own identity. GAIKA has never chosen a linear path in his creative outputs.
Rob Heppell is an artist who works with vision politics and VFX technology. He develops video, animation, installation and text work that creates experimental sites for narrative and experience. His work has been commissioned by Warp Records, Adult Swim, the Government Art Collection and the Institute of Physics.
FOOZOOL (aka Lara Sarkissian) is a DJ, producer and co-founder of CLUB CHAI in the Bay Area; a record label, radio show, event series and curatorial project that focuses on the artistic hybridization of non western sounds with electronic music. Under the moniker FOOZOOL, she produces forward-thinking club-focused edits, remixes and collaborations and has contributed mixes on Boiler Room, Rinse FM, NTS Radio, Red Bull Radio and more. Her debut EP 'DISRUPTION' under Lara Sarkissian was released via CLUB CHAI December 2018.
8ULENTINA is a DJ, producer, and interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, California. 8ULENTINA is the co-founder of Club Chai, an event series, curatorial project, record label and radio show that hybridizes non-western sounds with electronic music. 8ULENTINA’s work focuses on creating diasporic spaces through the use of sound, sculpture, garments and video. Their sets include a wide range of BPMs and genres, piecing together different percussive styles, combining non-western dance music with club, techno, rap and RnB. 8ULENTINA’s debut EP ‘EUCALYPTUS’ was released February 2018 via Club Chai and has a forthcoming EP 'BODYGUARD' which will be released March 15th with London based label TT fka Tobago Tracks.
IMAABS is the producer alias of the Chilean artist Cristo Gavras. During the past years, his music has gained worldwide attention leading to a world tour and releases with multiple labels including PTP (USA) and Trax Couture (UK). Most notably he is a core member of and has released with Mexico’s N.A.A.F.I. Crew who have set a strong imprint on global contemporary club culture with their deeply rooted yet radically genre-bending releases, parties and image. He has been around the world the last three years, playing in festival like Sonar, Mutek, Warm Up (MOMA PS1) Creepee Teepee, EDC (México), also playing in Europe, US, Latinoamerica and Asia.
Imaabs’ music finds and redefines the experimental in new club music, a new electronica sound that naturally blends futuristic electronic rhythms with echoes of their Latin heritage, but in an altogether unconventional way. "Laboratory" is a key word to understand the proposal, a combination from laborare, work and experimentation, opening a windows about to think in the dance floor and the club music like a experimentation zone.