DESIGN WEEK FESTIVAL 10 #BORDERLESS
MILANO 14-19 aprile 2015
PROGRAM | Thursday 16 April 2015
TEATRO FRANCO PARENTI
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Teatro Franco Parenti welcomes quite a notable lineup of four, which blades from rhythm to contamination through synthwave, finally landing on electronic underground. Here they are: The KVB, Populous, Bob Moses and Machinedrum.
Machinedrum is handily the most well-known alias attributed to Orlando, Florida-based artist Travis Stewart, who has also released material as Syndrone, Neon Black, and Aden. Although initially conceived as an outlet for Stewart's drill'n'bass meanderings, Machinedrum's first public release was a hazy, skittering melange that owed more to hip-hop and ambient than to early Squarepusher. Indeed, the bursting "Izey Rael" proved to be the template for Machinedrum's early output. In 2001, the brilliant Now You Know was released to underground acclaim and firmly established the 19-year-old producer as one of IDM and left-field hip-hop's brightest hopes. After four additional albums for the Merck label, along with one-offs for the Inside and Normrex, Stewart's sound became more frenetic and incorporated a number of styles, including house, dubstep, and juke. He hit another creative stride during the 2010s, a period that included Room(s) and the conceptual Vapor City, as well as productions for rapper Azealia Banks and R&B singer Jesse Boykins III. In 2014, after he produced the majority of Boykins' Love Apparatus, he released Vapor City Archives.
Formed in 2010 by Nicholas Wood and Kat Day, the KVB got started with a number of limited cassette and vinyl releases before their first full-length, Always Then, arrived in 2012. Two more albums, Immaterial Visions and Minus One, arrived the following year, Minus One being a proper release of material that had surfaced before in the form of digital downloads and extremely limited cassettes. In 2014, the duo ventured to Brian Jonestown Massacre mastermind Anton Newcombe's Berlin studio to track what would become their Out of Body EP, released later that year on Newcombe's own A Records label. This session would mark the KVB's first recordings made outside of their own home studio as well as the first time they'd work with drummer Joe Dilworth, best known for his work with Stereolab.
Populous is Andrea Mangia’s stage name, a musician and producer born and raised in Italy in the 90's and 2000’s. He made his debut in 2002 with the album Quipo, with Morr Music, a german label which welcomes his sounds hovering between IDM, pop and abstract beatmaking. Morr also produced his later recordings, Queue For Love  and Drawn In Basic . Both were well received by international critics and combined the precision of digital sounds and the analog warmth coming from soul music and shoegaze. A cross-section that is closely reflected also in a number of side-projects that see him involved over the years, from Girl With The Gun to LIFE & LIMB.
Night Safari is the title of his new album, which will debut in September of 2014 for Bad Panda Records e Folk Wisdom.
Brooklyn based canadian duo Bob Moses are Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance. They’re like a boiling magma where a perfect harmony seems to converge. Sounds recall first Massive Attack, rhythmic deep house, soft guitars and atmospheres that would fit a taxi ride, while you speed in the night with the neon glows hitting your eyes.
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