It's banging techno with a side of silliness. Catch Surgeon and Lady Starlight's electrifying live show in action, alongside playful weirdness from Ceephax Acid Crew and Mike Paradinas' µ-Ziq.
Surgeon & Lady Starlight (live)
STERAC aka Steve Rachmad
Ceephax Acid Crew (live)
Sex of Insects (live)
THE PLAYGROUND comes of age celebrating a decade behind the helms of underground music presenting a night of 10 acts, spanning 10 hours until the late hours of the morning. Headlining the event will be an exclusive 2017 performance from techno duo SURGEON & LADY STARLIGHT HARDWARE LIVE with support from legendary artists GARY BECK, STERAC aka Steve Rachmad, a live show from Sweden’s techno outfit SHXCXCHCXSH alongside IDM and Acid originators µ-ZIQ, Ceephax Acid Crew, Bochum Welt, Mamiko Motto and Sex of Insects.
► SURGEON & LADY STARLIGHT HARDWARE LIVE- Recently dubbed by Fact magazine as “arguably the finest techno DJ in the world”, Surgeon is also naturally one of the most in-demand, with DJ mixes for Warp and Fabric and a schedule spread across Europe and Japan. Lady Starlight establishes a basic pattern of drums and synths and gently twists the arrangement as she goes. It's a style Starlight honed in the live environment. After she was finished messing with Lady Gaga fans (she supported the pop megastar on her ArtRave tour), she went on to forge a solo career and has been playing improvised live shows with Surgeon.
► GARY BECK- As a regular fixture at the world's top clubs and festivals, Glasgow born producer and DJ Gary Beck has long been established as a primary figure in techno. Known and respected for his unique sound, he has gained support from the best names in the business and released music on some of the genre's leading labels, institutions such as Drumcode, Cocoon and Saved as well as his own BEK Audio imprint.
► STERAC aka Steve Rachmad- One of the main characters living on Planet Rachmad has always been STERAC: a side of Steve’s musical personality that’s not easily described. STERAC’s focus has always been on the no-nonsense, darker, and deeper side of techno. The STERAC discography consists of classic tracks on labels such as M-Plant and Tresor. This year, STERAC releases appear on Klockworks and Delsin, while his schedule takes him on a tour past the world’s finest clubs.
► SHXCXCHCXSH- live- From their unpronounceable name (which sounds like white noise if you sound it out) to their equally incomprehensible song titles to their complete disregard for the rigid structure of the genre, the Swedish duo don't adhere to the kind of faceless aesthetic we usually see with secretive acts.
► µ-ZIQ AKA Michael Paradinas is one of the premiere names in the field of electronic music and founder of Planet Mu Records. μ-Ziq released his first records via Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin) and his label Rephlex Records. Following a string of remixes of Aphex Twin’s work, Mike Paradinas and Richard D. James also release an ambient-techno album together entitled MIKE & RICH in 1996, also known as Expert Knob Twiddlers.
► CEEPHAX ACID CREW- Renowned for his dynamic and extravagantly wild sets, Ceephax Acid Crew AKA Andy Jenkinson mixes British acid house and Drum & Bass. The younger brother of Squarepusher, his formidable presence live will bring a hint of his screwy, antic approximation of acid house.
► MAMIKO MOTTO- Moving things up a notch with NTS Radio presenter, composer and GASS Record label owner Mamiko Motto, expect abstract and intense techno beats and soundscapes. An international touring DJ, Mamiko produces and composes under various monikers including Wednesday Nite, with previous releases on Warp and Big Dada.
► SEX OF INSECTS- Kicking off the nights proceedings is Russian duo Sex of Insects made up of Anatoly Ylotana (Guitars) and Alexandra Bartashevich (Vocals) who will be bringing their complete improvisation of guitar sounds and vocals mixed with vibrant electronic grooves. Anatoly lists their influences as Frank Zappa and more recently Underworld, Daft Punk and Danny Tenaglia.
Stay tuned for imminent updates as THE PLAYGROUND kicks off another audio-visual spectacular until the late hours of the morning.