Rewire Festival returns to The Hague on 1 and 2 May, customarily rewiring the networked circuitry of our aural (and visual) perceptions of music for 2015. There’s a leaning toward mechanization and the vague territory where automation meets human intervention, while also pitting such conceptualism against pure aestheticism. The new plexus of musical vessels is dissected across contemporary electronic music, sound art, experimental pop, and various neo-styles. In an attempt to distill all of that into a single overview, we’ve handpicked 6 Rewire acts to initiate your reconfiguration.
Formerly guised as the now obsolete alias Cracksmurf, which was credited for wayward dance mashups, TCF’s algorithmic sound designs are similarly blazing and even more intense. Following last year’s crucial 415C47197F78E8… LP on Liberation Technologies, the recently released 10” on Ekster entitled NLeZ7tnzzjTXBsMtD1OO0xPEZ0MmnSKsGZA/yHfSV1gfKH+//xR9oW+uUJO4i3N0lRghdsuEoRSOKjJMZApfoA== came packed with 15 grams of Shiu Xian tea. Expect dynamic textures and all-consuming rave-infused mayhem forever.
TCF performs in Korzo I at 23.00 on 1 May
Holly Herndon is set to release the highly anticipated Platform LP on 4AD and RVNG Intl., featuring mouth-watering collaborations with Amnesia Scanner and digital artist Mat Dryhurst. On 2012’s acclaimed full-length Movement, Herndon effectively exhibited the vast malleability of the computer as a musical instrument in support of her voice. Since then, a teasing succession of projects including a microsite and 10” record has only heightened expectation of this event.
Holly Herndon unveils her new Live A/V set in Korzo I at 23.45 on 1 May.
Diagonal Records boss and UK producer Powell has built up a considerable reputation for skewing the expectations of club enthusiasts. His practice reassembles established mechanisms of mixing, composing, and arranging sound for the dancefloor. Aside from releasing music on his own label, Powell has hooked up with imprints Liberation Technologies, The Death of Rave, and XL Recordings – most recently for his 2015 12” Sylvester Stallone. Generically, his music is inspired by no-wave, industrial, noise, and club music alike.
Powell and his Diagonal accomplices Shit & Shine and Bronze Teeth take on L.I.E.S. founder Ron Morelli and associate Svengalighost in Korzo II on 1 May. Powell performs at 03.30.
Dance Noire mindworker Aïsha Devi’s music reverses any antonymy between animalism and spirituality. Her dubbed-out visions – constructed of distorted bass awash with serpentine vocals and percussive mantras – wound up on last year’s Hakken Dub/Throat Dub with righteous effect. The release featured stand-out remixes from Hieroglyphic Being and IVVVO, the latter of whom follows Devi in Saturday night’s Korzo program.
Aïsha Devi kicks off the late night programme in Korzo Studio at 00.30 on 2 May.
The balaclava-clad Sherard Ingram, a.k.a. DJ Stingray, is renowned for his trademark black headpiece; ironically, his music – a dark derivative of Detroit electro – is completely uninhibited. His weighted catalog includes collaborations with Carl Craig, Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir, and Kenny Dixon Jr. as Urban Tribe, as well as 2013’s Psyops For Dummies – a USB flash release on Lorenzo Senni’s Presto!? label.
DJ Stingray headlines the Phuture West x Wichelroede Rewire Club Night at Hoop on 2 May. He performs from 03.00 to 04.30.
RP Boo is known to many as the founder of footwork. While more obscure than Traxman, DJ Rashad, or DJ Spinn, landmarks like 1997’s “Baby Come On” (the “original” footwork track) and 99’s “11-47-99” (a.k.a. “the Godzilla track”) affirm the importance of Boo’s legacy. Boo was featured numerously on Planet Mu’s acclaimed Bangs and Works compilations, alongside his fittingly titled 2013 full-length Legacy and this year’s Classics Vol. 1.
RP Boo closes the Rewire Clubnight in Korzo Main on 2 May. He plays from 03.00 to 04.00.
For more information and tickets, visit RewireFestival.nl.