February 15 Solyanka club in Moscow will host the 4 th Selector Live party featuring the most exciting modern music the UK has to offer selected by Selector radio programme editors. The headliners of the Selector Live party will be Young Knives, an English indie rock band from Oxford, as well as Boxcutter — an electronic musician, whose work is often categorised as IDM, varying from dubstep to Electro funk.
YOUNG KNIVES (UK)
Post-punk revivalists Young Knives initially started out playing in their hometown of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire and having changed the name of the band several times a move to Oxford eventually gave them their big break. The band featuring Henry Dartnall (vocals/guitar), Oliver Askew (drums), and Thomas Dartnall (bass) broke into the music industry in Oxford after performing at Truck Festival — an annual independent music festival in Oxfordshire and releasing their debut mini-album.
So far, Young Knives have collaborated with the legendary Andy Gill — a founding member and guitarist for the English rock group, Gang of Four, and played with Hot Hot Heat. All of their six singles have made it into the UK Singles Chart Top 30. The band was also nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
For Young Knives’ fourth album, the band chose to work independently of a label, crowd-funding the recording through Kickstarter and receiving four stars from Mojo and Q Magazine.
Barry Lynn is an example of the classic English school of «intelligent dance music» — it was in England in the early 90 s that the IDM style was founded and is now represented by labels such as Reflex, Warp Records and Planet Mu. These labels cooperated with all the important British electronic musicians from Aphex Twin to Venetian Snares and Burial.
Boxcutter, who released four albums on Planet Mu Records, experiments with deep bass and jagged rhythms, varying from 2 step to drill’n’bass. In spite of the fact that Boxcutter is often categorised as dubstep, he easily goes beyond these boundaries, sometimes playing Electro funk or jazzcore.
Selector Live is produced by the British Council and broadcast from London to more than three million listeners in 40 countries. The Guardian described Selector as «more radical in its programming than all music radio in Britain». Since April 2013 Selector has been broadcast on Megapolis 89.5FM.
Besides the radio program, Selector presents a series of parties, which according to Kommersant «are as educational as the radio programme itself». Selector parties are traditionally held at major venues in Moscow featuring well-known British artists and introducing Moscow audiences to various modern musical genres: from guitar psychedelics in the style of Egyptian Hip Hop and deep electronics Ital Tek Troumaca to dance and art-rockers Wild Beasts.