From the Liz Fraser indebted King Felix to the brutalist sound architecture of debut album Quarantine, Laurel's carved out a strange and compelling sort of home for herself as a jewel in the crown of the Hyperdub empire. Effortlessly diverse, her live shows are a treat for ears, sure to feature anything from crushing beats to oneiric live synth, soaring vocals to mind-bending drones.
Laurel Halo Boiler Room: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFwJKMPDF-Y
Demdike Stare is a collaboration between Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker, two childhood friends from the North of England with voracious appetites for record collecting. After years spent mining vinyl bins for source material, the pair started working in earnest back in 2008, re- appropriating sounds they had spent a lifetime cataloguing into weird and immersive music of their own. Demdike have so far produced a trio of albums (Symbiosis, Tryptych and Elemental) loosely themed around the occult and the rich heritage of Library music, while a number of intriguing mixtapes released over the last couple of years have indicated that the project is headed in new and unexpected directions.
Demdike Stare Fact MIx: http://www.factmag.com/2010/05/21/fact-mix-151-demdike-stare/
Co-ran the Skull Disco label from 2005 to 2008 with Appleblim. Shackleton’s take on the sparse template of minimal techno, originally showing heavy influence from Muslimgauze, evolved over the course of the label’s lifespan to a sound that resembled something closer to a skeletal, emaciated take on the drop structure and sepulchral sound design of dubstep. Since minting his Woe to the Septic Heart! imprint in 2010, Shackleton’s output has become considerably more colourful. This is especially evident in his massive Music for the Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ triple LP, in which he infuses bright organ tones into his longstanding brand of mystical minimal techno, replete with incessant polyrhythms, cavernous sound design, and vocal manipulation reminiscent of the early phasing experiments of Steve Reich.
Shackleton Electronic Explorations Mix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q29jOHrtXk
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