As 'minimal' has become increasingly central to club music over the last two years, the word itself has become ubiquitous; it's now a hefty signifier that has expanded to include sounds-of-the-moment, engorged and clumsy after swallowing everything in it's path.
Tonight we move away from the unwieldy and over-heated centre of mnml
and into the cooler periphery where there are a multitude of expansive plateaus, each with a different but equally impressive vista. This evening's artists engage with some of the more classical elements of minimal: limited sound palettes, variations on a theme, repetition, and move (us) beyond them. Out of the stripped structures spread endless timespaces, grains of sand we can see the world in, the momentum building to stretch into forever. These artists re-inhabit space to seamlessly transform it into the infinite.
The Vulva String Quartett
plays swinging Minimal House exquisitely crafted from samples of classical music – silky vocals, chopped off basslines and slightly off-beat rhythms. Echoes of old Transmat
will be heard through the reverberating beats of Lawrence
's dancier alter ego, Sten
. His metronomic basslines will propel you through an atmosphere of delicately melancholic strings and chimes, opening up clear new territory in a search for the perfect moment. The sharp edged groove and sprawling structures of Uusitalo
will throw you into a subaquatic world of reverb and beats that explore the intricacies of infinite repetition; the sparse beats and wide-open plains of Dapayk
is tonight’s ambassador of Vakant
, the label structured around the absence between beats, emphasising the wide open and breathing while maintaining a driving momentum with the movement of bass and kicks. Özer's funky and dark sound glints across the warm expanses that he conjures with rubbery and staccato beats.
will create a new world, stripped back to reveal the spaces in-between, deterritorializing atmospheres with looping bleeps and clear lines of flight to open up a deep sub-scape. The fundamental thumping logic of building space in timelessness will go on (and on) as DJ Pete
takes us through to the neverend.
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