The first time I saw Nils Petter Molvaer playing live I thought the world was coming to an end. It was at the Voss Jazz Festival in Norway, my first visit there in 2003. The members of his band were stretched across a huge stage in a sports hall, at the back of which ran black and white images which seared into my mind. The music was urgent, pulsing, unsettling. Cutting through it was the breath of an angel – not the gentle angels of Romantic paintings – but a powerful archangel brandishing a fiery sword – the sound of the trumpet.
You’re familiar with Angel Deradoorian’s voice. As the former bassist, keyboardist and vocalist for Dirty Projectors, her levitating vocals buoyed the Brooklyn-based group. She’s been a member of Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, sang on Flying Lotus’ “Siren Song,” and has collaborated with Vampire Weekend, Bjork, Matmos, the Roots, et al.
Her first song collection, 2009’s Mind Raft EP elicited praise from Pitchfork for being “passionate and lovingly crafted.” The Fader hailed her “zen weed energy” and “moody dervish spirals.” Her debut LP, The Expanding Flower Planet reflects a remarkable creative journey.
Les sins is a side project from Chaz Bundick also known as Toro y Moi.
Jon Hopkins is a London-based electronic composer, producer and remixer. He makes powerfully emotive, instrumental music that consistently crosses genres, ranging from solo acoustic piano to explosive, bass-heavy electro. A long-term collaborator of Brian Eno, his career has remained unpredictable, taking in collaborations with Wayne MacGregor, King Creosote and David Holmes; remixes for such varied artists as Wild Beasts, Nosaj Thing, James Yorkston, Four Tet and David Lynch; and film scores for directors including Peter Jackson and Gareth Edwards.
BONUS | Four Tet remix
Depending on whom you ask, Matthew Dear (born in Kingsville, Texas, USA) is a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist, a bandleader. He co-founded both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He’s had remixes commissioned by The xx, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service and The Chemical Brothers; he’s made mixes for the Fabric mix series and Get Physical’s Body Language. He maintains four aliases (Audion, False, Jabberjaw, and Matthew Dear), each with its own style and distinct visual identity. He straddles multiple musical worlds and belongs to none — and he’s just hitting his stride.
Dear’s first single was 1999’s “Hands Up For Detroit” (co-produced by ghettotech pioneer Disco D, who performed under the name Daisha). Successive singles, such as “Stealing Moves” and the chart-topping “Mouth to Mouth” (as Audion) were issued on Spectral Sound, Ghostly’s offshoot that focuses on dancefloor music.
Matthew Dear’s 2003 full-length Ghostly debut, “Leave Luck to Heaven”, is a suite of sparse, wickedly funky house laced with Dear’s deep, distinctive vocals, and includes the much-loved single “Dog Days” (voted one of Pitchfork’s Top 100 Songs of the decade). The record was met with rapturous acclaim from both the dance-music establishment and the critical press, including a four-star review in Rolling Stone.
Clifford Price, better known as Goldie (born September, 1965 in Wolverhampton) is a British electronic music artist, disc jockey, and actor. As a musician he works mainly within the jungleand drum and bass genres, and has helped to promote these styles globally.
young and talented producer, born in salzburg now living and studying in vienna, for the first time gained some recognition in early 2013. His Track “Sunday” got many plays and views on soundcloud and youtube and so a lot of people became interested about him.
His musical background is not only electronic, as he played guitar in an indie-rock band for about 4 years, earlier in his life. About 7 years ago he first came in contact with electronic music, initially as a listener but later he started djing and producing.
Pampa is the label from old pals DJ Koze and Marcus Fink, dedicated to releasing club music that’s seriously danceable without recourse to the tried and tested ingredients. A home for house and techno tunes that will conquer hearts and take root there forever, music that’s brave and not afraid to break with convention.
By signing artists such as Die Vögel and their “Blaue Moschee”, or Jackmate & the Missing Linkx with their “Discodisco2”, Axel Boman’s “Holy Love” EP, Nathan Fake and soon Isolée, Robag Wruhme .. DJ Koze and Marcus have proven that Pampa doesn’t consecrate technical musical perfection for its own sake, but serve the purpose of giving birth to great music.