Andy C ft. Tonn Piper, Bedouin, British Murder Boys, Catz ‘n Dogz, Charlotte de Witte, Colin Benders, Eatbrain League: Teddy Killerz b2b Jade b2b Fourward b2b MC Coppa, Modeselektor live, Monolink live and S.P.Y ft. MC LowQui join the group of confirmed artists of Audioriver 2019 line-up.
The third Audioriver 2019 artists’ announcement is a mixture of worlds, trends and means of expression escaping the genre’s frames. And it is not even the halfway of the announcements of this year’s edition of Poland’s largest electronic music festival.
Electronic music full of contrasts
One of the key Audioriver headline acts, Modeselektor, shows how wide electronic music is. On the one hand, Sebastian and Gernot have collaborated with Thom York several times and remixed Radiohead and Björk. On the other hand, electronic music fans from the whole world know their labels Monkeytown and 50Weapons, and love albums produced together with Apparat under the name Moderat. After more than two years of touring together as a trio, Sebastian and Gernot have returned to Modeselektor and have just released their latest great album “Who Else”. The album contains a lot of different sounds of electronics, and the two previously published singles promoting the album, “Who” and “Wealth”, are productions strongly referring to the hip-hop style thanks to the vocals of Flohio and Tommy Cash.
Emotional electronic music beyond genres
“Music not genres. Friends not judgement” is a manifesto by Catz ‘n Dogz, one of the most famous Polish electronic projects on the international scene. Grzegorz and Wojciech claim that emotions are the most important in music, they are not affected by categories or genre divisions. In live sets they freely reach for house, techno, disco, and even vocals from jazz productions. This year the duo will release another album entitled “Friendship” – the title refers to the friendship between the artists, which had a huge impact on the success of their joint project. The album promotes the recently released hit “Friendship”. “New Love”.
Charlotte De Witte, the revelation of the techno scene in recent years, emphasizes the emotional side of the music. During her live performances, the Belgian artist guarantees the audience a lot of dancefloor energy every time, and as a producer she likes to reach for a bit darker and deeper sounds, which she combines with her vocal. “Making music really gives me a chance to reach the more emotional side of electronic music that I love. Music that has this melancholic side, I just find it much more interesting – whether it’s played live, in the studio or just listened at home.”
Collin Benders, a jazz and hip-hop connoisseur from Utrecht and the artist behind The Kyteman Orchestra, has already given concerts in Europe, South Africa and Indonesia as a 17-year-old trumpeter. At the age of 22, he founded the Kyteman’s Hiphop Orchestra, and then created another project, The Kyteman Orchestra, which presented a series of improvised concerts. Some time ago Colin decided to go a step further – he creates and performs with an orchestra hidden in several boxes filled with (mainly analogue) synthesizer modules, with which he tells complex musical stories.
Steffen Linck (Monolink) comes from the environment of widely understood “guitar music”. The guitar has always been his faithful companion, but the sounds composed with the use of this instrument did not fully fulfill their function. Hence his interest in other sounds, including electronic music and its currents. As it turned out later, the combination of guitar, vocals and electronics gave an unexpected effect in the form of musical journeys, which are able to delight the most demanding audience. After last year’s great solo performance at Audioriver, the artist will return to Płock with the band.
The British Murder Boys were created by Regis and Surgeon, two producers and giants of the international techno scene, who are loved by dedicated, long-standing fans of the genre, as well as younger, conscious audiences. Both artists started working together a few years ago and although they are both busy with solo projects, they return to it from time to time. This year they released their new live album “Fire In The Still Air”, a record of last year’s Atonal festival performance. British Murder Boys’ work is a classic, strong and industrial techno, but with the influence of the British scene – Regis and Surgeon are called pioneers of the characteristic sound called “Birmingham sound”.
Tamer Malki and Rami Abousabe, or Bedouin, is a Brooklyn production duo and DJs, creating characteristic sounds, full of mystical melodies and rhythms. They share an eclectic sound vision, which, thanks to the Middle Eastern heritage, Western upbringing and travels around the world, draws from various influences. Their common musical roots and constantly evolving taste allow them to create productions full of sensitivities, which at the same time are not devoid of dance influences. Tamer and Rami are also great DJs, which was confirmed by their performances at Ibiza, Mexico and Tomorrowland Festival.
Extra-class drum and bass scene
Andy C, who has won more than 40 awards throughout his career, is called the phenomenon of the world’s drum and bass scene. He sold out the Alexandra Palace and Brighton Academy halls with solo performances. His Ram Records label presented talents such as Chase & Status and Wilkinson to the world, and remixes for Major Lazer, Rudimental and London Grammar made him recognizable among fans outside the electronic community. Heartbeat Loud” and “Haunting” are some of the most acclaimed compositions.
After moving from São Paulo to London, S.P.Y. quickly established his position on the British drum & bass scene thanks to his production talent, which resulted in his debut release on the Metalheadz label. Now the artist is constantly working with Hospital Records, where he has released albums: “What The Future Holds” and “Back To Basics”, and in March he will publish the latest material on the album “Dubplate Style”. During his performance at Audioriver he will be accompanied by a long-time friend of the festival and a great vocalist – MC LowQui. The British man proved himself on many musical stages, where he performed with such artists as Goldie, Andy C or Benga.
Eatbrain is currently one of the most interesting labels specializing in drum and bass neurofunk music production, founded by a Hungarian producer named Jade. The head of the label and its representatives will present at Audioriver a special joint performance – Eatbrain League: Teddy Killerz b2b Jade b2b Fourward ft. MC Coppa. Such a line-up suggests that it will be one of the most lively drum and bass performances at Audioriver 2019.