Since upsetting the techno multiverse with ‘Man With Potential’ last year, ex-Yellow Swan Pete Swanson has tirelessly continued his exploration of the form, quickly breaking it down and moulding it in his image. ‘Pro Style’ is the result of those experiments, and finds Swanson at his most explosive, with his archetypal searing synthesizer blasts directed over warehouse kicks worthy of the Downwards catalogue. This is possibly Swanson’s most technoid investigation to date, but any ‘mainstream’ form is peppered with more than enough failure to put a smile on the faces of unconvinced Yellow Swans fans. ‘Pro Style’ is far from Berlin’s precise minimalism, instead taking a raw, hands on direction that we haven’t heard in the genre for many years. Whether you’re in the club or in the basement, Swanson’s pounding kicks and (surprisingly) booming basses should keep the apocalypse at bay, for now at least.
Lakker are Dublin based musicians Dara Smith and Ian McDonnell (aka Eomac). Formed in 2001, they began writing electronic music in line with labels such as ‘Rephlex’ and ‘Warp’. Processed and chopped up electronica, noise, breakcore, techno and jungle gradually filtered into their own sound; a balance of organic sample-based productions and synthetic, processed electronic beats, creating a breadth of hauntingly beautiful melodies and foreboding techno which continues to receive support from Surgeon, Lucy, Phon.O & Aphex Twin. Their AV show (designed by Dara) marks their next stage of development, alongside 12″ releases and remix projects.
Simon Bird is a 22 year old independent, Dublin based producer (originally from England’s South West). Between November 2010 and October 2011 he independently released 5 EPs. His fifth and most successful EP ‘V’ was also re-released in early 2012 in a limited run of 12″ Vinyl.
Over the last year since the release of ‘V’ he has been working on his first full length album, which is due to be released in the coming months.
Skinny Wolves Presents : Pete Swanson (USA. Type Records / Blackest Ever Black) Lakker Simon Bird The Twisted Pepper Thursday 10th January Doors 8.00PM