Monday 16 May 2022, 8pm
Quelle Chris is a New York-based producer/lyricist/artist making some of the most idiosyncratic, critically-acclaimed and exploratory hip-hop today.
His music explores themes that are both grave and humourous, satirical and deadly serious…where some artists saturate the market, hoping that a hit here or there will buoy their commercial profile, each Quelle Chris album is distinct and fully-realised: see 2017’s Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often, an off-kilter probe into the ways we see ourselves, or see 2018’s collaboration with Jean Grae, Everything’s Fine, which was biting satire for the dawn of a new dystopia and was adored by critics, being named to ‘best album of the year’ lists by countless publications, including Pitchfork, The Wire, and Bandcamp, who dubbed it the best album of 2018. On March 16, 2020, Tennille his seventh solo album Innocent Country 2 and released it on April 24. It features guest appearances from Earl Sweatshirt, billy woods, Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus, Denmark Vessey, Homeboy Sandman, Pink Siifu, and Josh Gondelman.
“…a large-scale reaction to America’s current political climate…” - The Needle Drop
"Guns is an album made for the uncertainty of modern America, looking at the world from a kaleidoscope of viewpoints to paint a holistic picture of the chaos..." - HipHopDX
“Guns isn’t just about the devastation we see with our eyes…it’s also about the journey to reconcile internal havoc and re-emerge with a stronger sense of self.” - Pitchfork
Since recording the Chopped and Screwed Mixtape with Micachu and the Shapes and the London Sinfonietta, Brother May has worked with a varied cast of sonic pioneers, including Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, Matthew Herbert, Ben Vince, Kwes, Moor Mother, Tirzah and Kate Tempest while supporting visionary artists such as Ryuichi Sakomoto, Arca, Charles Hayward and Mount Kimbie at sold-out London dates: his endeavours haven’t gone unnoticed either, with publications like FACT Magazine and The Fader paying close attention, as well as radio support from NTS and BBC Radio 6. Brother May has also worked with prestigious London venues the Barbican and Camden Roundhouse. Brother May is a founder of the CURL Collective and performs with his – CURL - label mates Mica Levi and Coby Sey at international festivals such as CTM Festival, Earth – BBC Radio 3 – Late Junction and Rewire Festival. After proving his talents as a sought-after collaborator. He released his debut LP, Aura Type Orange – an album produced by Mica Levi with support from AWAL, Dazed and Mix. Brother May is mesmerizing, electrifying and thrillingly distinctive and he can clearly exhibit his talent as a lyricist, producer and creative talent.