Wednesday 6 May 2015, 8pm
Yong Yong are a duo from Lisbon, Portugal comprising Rodolfo Brito & Francisco Silva. Beginning their recorded career with abstract drone music, Yong Yong have since widened their scope; communicating a slanted perspective of a whole slew of contemporary musics. Samples and degraded electronics, the aesthetics of crumbling form, and pop music turned in on itself are mixed into a vortex which still manages to be underpinned by a melancholic sense of melody. Both experimental and populist, 'Love' is the result of high and low culture smelted down into a miasmic, evocative mercury. A fluid experience where nothing is at seems and that's how it should be.
Since seeping out from the Lisbon underground in 2012 Yong Yong have re-assessed their sound, experimenting with near-dancefloor-bothering beat making, warped samples on degrading loops and a much deeper exploration of the frayed atmospherics that they only hinted at previously. On "Greatest It’s" Yong Yong have further embraced the ethical rectitude of the mistake, further opened the crack in the mirror that popular culture perpetually presents to the consumer. Making a virtue of their limitations, "Greatest It’s" was recorded on decaying machinery and obsolete software but with an enhanced sense of electronic dynamics than previous work: still glorifying in the skewed and broken, but now with new depths and emotional response.
Klein is a lowkey force to be reckoned with. A liveset on Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura’s first NTS radio show of 2016 preceded a video for ‘Arrange’, shot in parts in a blood red monochrome bedroom and taken from her debut album ‘ONLY’. The latter stage of the track courses through with off beat filtered percussion leading up to the “that heavy bit coming up”; awash with hums as the London based artist surfs the melodies of the introduced lighter tones. On ‘gaz city’ she nails in a mention of ‘WORTH’ before torching preconceptions of what fits inside what box with her singing, similar to her irisdescent adlibs on ‘babyfather chill’; a reference to Dean Blunt’s alias. Other influences range from brandy to kirk franklin. Hard to place, her capacity to surprise (even with one LP out so far).Not every artist is unique enough to change a landscape, or has to do be successful. However, with Klein, you get the sense she’s already made a head start on both. All at 18(?). In Bieber words ‘shes the fucking one.’