SANDWELL DISTRICT PARTY
1/8/2011 @ Daikanyama Unit
Sandwell District Label and "Feed Forward" Album Launch Party--
Sandwell District playing all-night!
Unit Floor -
SANDWELL DISTRICT (dj+live)
Saloon Deep House Lounge Floor -
C_OLVRIN (Continental drift)
YOSA (Drumpoet Community / Compost)
SO (Mindgames / Labyrinth)
MOCA (Freerange tokyo / 702)
Entry: 4,000 yen
Function、RegisのふたりによるプロダクションとしてのSandwell Districtは、互いのラップトップをデジタルで同期することなく、アナログ機器によってのみ接続し、それらをデジタルコントローラーを駆使してイン タラクティブに演奏し合う、という非常にユニークな手法である。
Mindgames, the organizers behind the annual Labyrinth outdoor festival, are returning to Unit for the first time in over a year. To begin 2011 with a bang, Mindgames is bringing Function and Regis for a special Sandwell District label night and album release party. Sandwell District—a label and production collective run by Function, Regis, and Silent Servant—is currently the most important and distinctive techno label in the world. No one defined the sound of techno in 2010 more than Sandwell District.
Sandwell District the label is Function, Silent Servant, and Regis. Sandwell District live is Function and Regis playing together. Using two laptops and controllers that are not in synch, together with a host of analogue gear, they play off each other in a unique way that combines digital control with chance and chaos.
After a run of successive singles, Sandwell District released their debut album “Feed Forward”, produced by all members of the collective. “Feed Forward” is without a doubt the techno album of the year. To celebrate both the excellence of the label and the release of the album, Mindgames has invited Function and Regis to play all-night.
Karl O'Connor is Regis, and Regis means “King”. With Peter Sutton (aka Female), this regal joker has been the force behind Downwards, a label with a lion’s share of mythology behind it. Downwards pushed, and continues to push, the boundaries of electronic music, with releases that range from hard industrial experimentations to drones and fragile downtempo reflections. Best known for the pummeling sound of Birmingham techno, an industrial sound he helped pioneer, Regis also worked a stint with Surgeon as the British Murder Boys, an outlet for certain tendencies--punk, post-punk, and otherwise. And his favorite color is gold.
また、Labyrinth当日のプレイにおいても、Daniel Bellの後、夕暮れから夜の3時間に渡って、彼自身のテクノのヒストリーの表現とも言うべくセットを披露。レンジの広さ、完成度の高さで聞く者の期待を 大きく上回ったことは印象深い。また、4時間半に渡って、ローランドTR-808、TR-909、SH-101を自由に操る姿は、ステージ上でその様子を 見ていた他のアーティスト達をも感嘆させた。
Dave Sumner has been an underground techno legend in New York for over a decade. The mix that brought him to Labyrinth for the first time in 2009, a live recording from the Bunker, hinted at a serious talent, someone who could plumb delicate psychedelic depths but also bring a hammer. But nothing prepared us for that memorable day as he took over from Daniel Bell at sunset and took the party into the night. For three hours, Function played his personal history of techno—from the toughest and hardest beats to soulful highs—that ranks as one of the greatest sets we’ve ever seen. Other artists watched in wonder from the stage, as he casually layered live programming from a Roland TR-808, TR-909, and SH-101 over an Ableton dj set. And then in 2010, he did it again, this time in a 4.5 hour epic that established Function in the highest rung of techno. This night will be Function’s first appearance in Tokyo.