On Friday 9th November, team Supersonic were thrilled to present another night of leftfield oddities in the name of OUTLANDS, the UK’s new touring Network of experimental music, a tour curated by Fuse Art Space in Bradford. Taking place at Vivid Projects in Digbeth, we were treated to an experimental dancefloor experience like no other, with silky electronics from infamous electronic German label Raster artists Kyoka and Grischa Lichtenberger, plus support from creative technologist collaboration wetgenes and acid rave project YTAC.
Part club, part installation, part immersive environment- YTAC (aka Rough Fields/ James, co-founder of Fuse Art Space) kicked off the night with a set filled with hypno-chaotic grooves and an introduction at full impact to the unique, all-consuming audio-visual environment. The installation-esque surroundings were mesmerising, and with rave-centric sounds that have been launched as the first releases in pirate-like parties on the EIS HAUS label, set the tone for the night.
YTAC’s set left us exhilarated, ready for electronic music producer, visual and installation artist Grischa Lichtenberger.
Grischa’s music tumbles between funky, highly energetic beats and trembling melodies. His set at Vivid packed the room with a pulsating mix of electronica. It’s a personal, intelligent play with sound, intriguing and beguiling in equal measure, placing him firmly within the context of Aphex Twin or Autechre. His immersive performance oscillated between abrasive, aggressive compositions and intricate structures of beat and melody.
Kyoka is known for her direct, chaotic musical approach to sound. Joining the Raster stable in 2012 as the label’s first female, her set was as enticing and individual as her signature broken-pop beats suggest. Playing a daring fusion of chopped up, scratched, rolling beats she kept us going well into the night, treating us with a rotated extra set with Grischa where the artists showed off their rawest, most experimental sounds.
Huge thanks to all who joined us, to Vivid Projects for having us and to OUTLANDS & Fuse Art Space for their extraordinary curation and for making this happen.
OUTLANDS Tour 3 continues until Saturday 17th November. Be sure to check for TICKETS via. the OUTLANDS website for an unmissable dancefloor experience.