Oliver Ho, White Visitation, Witness, AxFx
Industry of Machines presents:
Oliver Ho (Death & Leisure | Blueprint || London)
White Visitation US LIVE DEBUT (Blank Slate | LIES | Styles Upon Styles || Mexico)
Witness (LA01 || NYC)
AxFx (Industry of Machines || NYC)
Six years is a long time even for legends, so after months of hard work Industry of Machines announces the return of Oliver Ho to New York for a very rare set in good company. We’ve been massively enjoying his return-to-form in recent years since the launch of Broken English Club and Ho’s revival of his own name as an artistic project, both storming back and sounding as excellent as we’ve heard from him in years. Another artist we have worked for some time to bring to NYC, we are also overjoyed to present the U.S. live debut of White Visitation, the Mexican producer who is hitting hard on Blank Slate, LIES Records, and Styles Upon Styles. Joined by Witness and resident AxFx, expect ferocious techno, darkened sounds and an uncommonly deep international bill for this night at Bossa Nova Civic Club.
As far as proper techno legends go, few have the range or depth of Oliver Ho, the UK original who first emerged in the mid-90s alongside a few other unmatched techno talents on James Ruskin’s BlueprintRecords. His early work had much in common with Regis, Surgeon, and the 65D Mavericks, whose Surface Records he also contributed to. But Ho has always followed his own model mostly, and with the founding of Meta and his inimitable minimal ‘jungle sound,’ he reached a level of distinction few have matched since. Like many of his peers, the middle-2000s minimal period proved difficult, but he remained creative, spinning off his house-leaning Birdland and Raudive aliases while slowly quieting down his harder techno output. By 2010, Ho was back with a fascinating transition period, finally fully embracing industrial sounds with the 2014 debut of Broken English Club, now one of his main projects, and the more noise and experimental-leaning ZOV ZOV. Returning to roots, remaining entirely himself, and breaking new ground all at once, Ho also released a new Blueprint EP in 2016, his strongest techno record in over a decade, and launched his new Death & Leasure imprint. What happens next is anyone’s guess; as we welcome this legend to IofM, we have the highest possible expectations amidst this fertile period for his work.
Quietly making a first appearance on one of the earliest Styles Upon Styles catalogue numbers, White Visitation drew attention early on, but he has retained the admiration of the underground since as his music has moved forwards. From Mexico City, Nicolas Guerrero’s early releases put him both outside of the major centres of techno creativity and in the realm of the ‘outsider techno’ still making waves in New York and elsewhere. It was perhaps too quick of a judgement: early DJ sets in New York indicated a far harder, purist take on techno, and his 2015 and 2016 Blank Slate records hammered the point home without losing the subtlety and texture the earliest work earned accolades for. Guerrero seems possessed of an idea very much his own, one well-researched in his predecessors but clearly the work of an artist intent on finding his own voice and ground. IofM has been continually impressed with the results from his studio, so he makes his US live debut for us in NYC after closely following his work since the start.
Although he’s seen a number of shifting aliases, from the initial Muke, briefly to LA01 and now to Witness, Michael Overton is one of a few Brooklyn techno DJs who has grabbed IofM’s ear for both tastes and abilities. He handily carried an opening slot for Patricia and Todd Sines and appeared again in January with Mono Junk and 2AMFM, and now he is a resident of the Childhood Industries night, which so far is responsible for bringing DJ QU & DJ Stingray to Bossa Nova, an admirable record for a newly-forged event. He’ll be splitting opening duties with IofM resident AxFx; we’re leaving all genre and other details to-be-determined, with a definite eye towards the vast range and abilities of the talent on board for the night.