If seeing a bunch of superheroes assemble this weekend doesn’t appeal, hopefully Deviation’s gathering of electronic all-stars will. With Hyperdub records overseeing a packed line up of fresh sounds in Peckham's Bussey Building, Thor’s hammer itself would struggle to hit harder than this.
Leading the cavalry is Detroit don Omar S — Ford factory worker by day, techno pioneer by night. Omar’s DIY approach to his music gives each of his numerous releases a humane touch. His mix for Fabric is already feted as a dance classic and his frequent singles sell out in no time. While modern-day Detroit acts as a neat metaphor for the country’s continued economic decay, Omar’s FXHE record label keeps the city’s musical heritage aflame, an electronic cottage industry maintaining the motor city at centre stage.
Playing alongside are a host of heavy hitters from Kode 9’s Hyperdub, without doubt the most esteemed record label to emerge from the UK’s bass music scene. The label behind Darkstar, Zomby and rave auteur Burial will tonight showcase sets from their funkier side, bringing some crucial summer vibes to our miserable wet city. Scratcha DVA will air tracks from his great new record, along with London producers Ill Blu, Funkystepz and Cooly G. Kode 9 himself will man the decks too. With new releases by Hype Williams and Laurel Halo on the label, expect a hint of avant pop alongside the bass-heavy sounds.
Another must is Martyn, the Flemish renaissance man whose second album Ghost People was a highlight of 2011. Emerging via drum and bass before dalliances with dubstep and techno, he now crafts a powerful house hybrid. Tracks like the ballsy “Masks” highlight his transformation into a main-room star.
With Radio 1 host Benji B and 4hero’s Dego adding depth to a packed line up, tonight’s event at the lovely Bussey Building offers a festival bill in one tidy package.
Deviation x Hyperdub Warehouse with Omar S, Kode9, Benji B, Martyn and more at Bussey Building, Peckham SE15 3ST. Friday, 27 April. Tickets are available here.
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