::: Disco :::
Peter Van Hoesen (live)
::: Bar :::
Switchdance invites Simple Symmetry
PETER VAN HOESEN
Capable of threading the most delicate ambient or unleashing the most overwhelming techno bulldozers, Peter Van Hoesen is the kind of artist that every movement needs if it wants to keep its sights wide and mind open. The truth is that the Belgian was never content to follow the canons of the genre in which he moves. Van Hoesen has always answered a resounding YES to questions that many producers and DJs might not even dare to ask. Should we make 100BPM techno? Yes. Should we set the bass to define the whole melody line of this track? Yes. And what about blending Belgian New Beat and UK grime influences in the same tune? Obviously, YES. On labels like Tresor and Dekmantel, or his own Time To Express and Center91, it is clear that Peter Van Hoesen's greatest talent lies in being able to dare to merge so much stuff, and yet everything comes out so clear, defined and full of purpose. The flying Belgian can take us from A to Z, of course, but what will be demonstrated tonight at the Lux, is that he goes through all the other twenty-something letters of the alphabet of techno, without a single spelling fault.
There is a pseudo-scientific theory of creation, which states that the human species was placed on Earth by a race of ancestral astronauts from another planet. Listening to Marco Shuttle, not only as a DJ, but even more as a producer, leads us to think that these kinds of theories surely have some real background. Another easy concept to associate with the work of Italian Marco Sartorelli, is that of "microdosing", because his music is often able to pick up on familiar everyday things and surrealize them. For instance, is a spoon even really a spoon if we're listening to tracks like Sing Like A Bird, The Moon Chant or The Vox Attitude when we look at it? In short, what Marco Shuttle does seem to be rooted in millennial rituals, as much as in extraterrestrial transmissions from a distant future. One thing is certain, nothing in him sounds like coming from this exact plane of reality that we inhabit. The invitation to listen to Shuttle at Lux is not only an invitation to open the doors of perception, but to change perception itself.
From the streets of Moscow to Moscoman's record label Disco Halal; Simple Symmetry's trajectory sounds.. simple. The music, however, is rich and structured, following a long line of dance music that descends directly from the cosmic edges of disco and 80s electronics: dreamy but muscular arpeggios, expressive melodies, simple and eternal rhythms and lots of passport stamps. Since their debut in 2013, on Chicago's Glenview Records Inc label, that the releases of brothers Sasha and Sergey Lipsky draw spaces between hypnotic dancefloor rhythms and a kind of syncretic psichadelia that takes from different latitudes to dream up a future of hedonism without borders. Come April the 12th they'll be joining our own resident adventurer Switchdance for another journey around the globe that only ends with the sunrise hitting the Lux balcony.