Tuesday 26 April 2022, 8pm
“Foodman - aka Takahide Higuchi - is a truly singular Japanese producer linked to the local footwork scene, though his music is often detached from the genre’s conventions. He strives to transcend the rules of dance music, through various risk-taking experiments with rhythm and timbre, clever juxtaposition and bright, colourful sample pallettes that make his music cheerful and accessible, despite radical deconstruction techniques.” – Unsound
食品まつり a.k.a foodman a.k.a Takahide Higuci is an electronic music producer and visual artist based in Tokyo. His renaissance-like take on and knowledge of music is probably the most positively disconcerting trait of his work. He actively deals with several types of song forms, techno, house, pop, raw electronic percussion, concretism, footwork, ambient, with an incredibly creative, musical and wild take on melody, harmony, timbre and syncopation. Having said that, his work is not about variety as fetish or gratuitous imposition, but a profoundly cultured, intuitive and open take on the possibilities of all vocabularies that he observes and masters and deals with with precision.
Neo Geodesia is Saphy Vong who was born in a Thai refugee camp after his parents fled the Khmer Rouge, and grew up in the suburbs of Nancy, northeastern France. His unique musical outlook fuses the experimental and DIY ethos that can be found in both the local Nancy punk and grindcore scene that embraced him as a teenager, and the sounds broadcasted from Cambodia into his home through his parents pirated tapes and videos of Khmer pop, karaoke, monk chants and movies.
His recent project has been dedicated to fusing experimental electronic processes with traditional Khmer music and exploring the far edge of sonic expression to include noise, folk, ambient, metal, Bek Sloy, funeral Smot, Khmer karaoke love songs and Roam Vong.
Over the years, however, he has focused his approach less upon heaviness than slipperiness, granular textures and head-spinning polyrhythms.
Active for more than a decade under the alias Lafidki, he has produced, composed and released electronic music for Orange Milk Records. He and his music has been featured in Resident Advisor, NPR, Mixmag, The Quietus and Bandcamp Daily. He currently lives in London and runs the multidisciplinary Asian platform and record label Chinabot, on which he released his latest album 2562 Neon Flames.
Silvia Kastel started performing live in 2008 with a main focus on experimental electronic music and extended vocal techniques. Evolving into DJing in 2014, first on radio and then in clubs, and now based in London with a monthly residency on NTS, her sets fuse unashamedly pop melodies with the bass-heavy polyrhythms of regional club sounds from Latin America, the Caribbean, the US and the UK (dembow, dancehall, grime, jungle, techno, footwork).