On 20 June Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design hosted one in a series of Selector Live Beefeater Sessions, traditionally featuring cutting edge British music.
The upcoming party featured three collectives: classics of intelligent electronic music Plaid presenting their new album, bass music stars King Midas Sound and Elephant, a young British duo with dreamy romantic pop tunes.
This year of Selector Live parties has enabled Moscow’s public to get to grips with the modern British music scene in all its diversity. At Selector Live parties, Ital Tek’s deep electronic music alternated with Egyptian Hip Hop’s guitar psychedelics, Troumaca’s buoyant dance style accentuated Dean Blunt’s avant-garde noise, and Wild Beasts’ airy art rock was followed by Young Knives’ melancholic indie pop.
With Beefeater, a fashionable and dynamic brand with a true British character, the new season of Selector Live Beefeater Sessions is set to be even more powerful.
You can see phtos from the partie on our Flickr.
Duo Plaid comprises Ed Handley and Andy Turner, who are veterans of ‘intellectual dance music’ or IDM and along with Squarepusher and Boards of Canada are signed to the important British label Warp Aphex Twin. For more than twenty years these dedicated techno geeks have been experimenting with synthetic engineering of melodic sounds.
Bjork’s friends, Plaid toured with the singer in support of the album Post and they used her voice in their recordings. The duo have also worked with Unkle, Goldfrapp, Orbital and Radiohead. 2006 saw the DVD album release of Greedy Baby, a collaboration between Plaid and video artist Bob Jaroc. In 2008, Plaid recorded the soundtrack for a Japanese remake of the German movie Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.
In May 2014 Plaid released its tenth album Reachy Prints, which was named as «one of the most outstanding electronic albums to come out this year» by Popmatters and «a nine-song reminder of their talent» by In Your Speakers.Plaid are returning to Moscow after a three year break in great shape and joined by a guitarist.
KING MIDAS SOUND
In the late 80 s Kevin Martin recorded screamy jazzcore under GOD in collaboration with Justin Broadrick, formerly of Napalm Death and later of Godflesh. In the 90 s Kevin produced six albums with industrial hip-hop and ambient-music ians Techno Animal and in the 2000 s he created an influential dubstep project; The Bug. The Bug’s albums were released on Rephlex Records owned by Aphex Twin and on independent electronic label Ninja Tune. Bug projects have included collaborations with reggae artists and MCs including Cutty Ranks, Flow Dan, and Warrior Queen.
King Midas Sound is a musical crossover project, composed by Kevin Martin and poet Roger Robinson. Sparse, ghostly music is wrapped around quiet and soft, cottony singing reminiscent of the early days of Bristol’s trip hop scene (Massive Attack meets dubstep). King Midas Sound’s first two albums were released on Hyperdub, a leading electronic music label of the last ten years headed up by Kode9, for the third album the band moved over to Ninja Tune known for its experiments with bass music.It is no wonder that «Afisha» wrote that ‘if bass had its ministry [Kevin] Martin would have been the head of it».
Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck met at a house party, the next day Amelia went round to Christian’s flat with a 10 Casio and didn’t leave for 3 days. This rendezvous led to an entire demo EP imbued with romantic resonance.
With their debut full length record Sky Swimming released in 2014, Elephant was marked by The Guardian among the new bands of the year. Dreamy charming Elephant songs reference psychedelic pop music of the 60 s, showcasing Amelia’s tremulous voice and featuring hip hop beats.
Produced by the British Council, Selector is broadcast from London to an audience of over three million radio listeners in 40 countries. The Guardian named Selector as «the most curiously programmed music radio show in Britain. «Since April 2013, Selector has broadcast weekly shows on radio Megapolis 89.5FM.
Apart from the radio show, Selector presents a series of parties that are «as educational as the show», according to Kommersant. Selector parties involving some of the most interesting modern British artists take place at the hottest Moscow venues and introduce Moscow’s public to various modern music styles.