The Rapture + Gold Chains




Currently regarded as one of the finest new acts to emerge from America in the past ten years, The Rapture are set to bring their iconoclastic blend of punk-house-funk-disco to Birmingham. Following a series of highly acclaimed lo-fi singles, EPs and 12″s on respected indie rock and dance labels like Sub Pop, Gold Standard Labs, Output Recordings and DFA, the band have signed a new worldwide deal with ??Vertigo???/// Mercury Records to release their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Echoes’ on 8th September 2003.

The album will be preceded by the release of their seminal classic, ‘House Of Jealous Lovers’ on August 25th, which will be available commercially for the first time, since its limited and highly acclaimed vinyl outing last year. Heralded by club kids, loved by rock fans and embraced by the international music community, the Rapture have found favour from DJ Hell to the Sex Pistols, from Beck to Daft Punk. Their sound is a hybrid of a classic rock’n’roll Molotov, angular guitars and punk rushes, twisted funk and bass pounding electronic experimentalism. The Rapture are a vital, fresh and the only really unique genre-bending force in 2003. The release of ‘House…’ will follow a highly limited edition 12″ version of album standout ‘Killing.’

“Blam! Bodyslamming thunderbeats send you spinning, diabolical elektro-bass knocks you flat, then a devil-dog rapper spits blood, piss and shit and spunk all over your face.
“I’ve got my bass degree, its my phD/ I come from Mental Hard Beat University…”

Gold chains, aka Topher LaFata from San Francisco, has rocked the mic with techno vandal KID606 but he’s clearly bursting with his own ideas. “Hypno babes rules my pants!” he roars oddly, over grimy ragga dub distortion grooves: I’m the bedroom commander/king of love!”

Surfing a toxic sludge wave of steroid pumped laptop funk, beatbox scuzz, porno-rap, bruising dubtronica, rasping punk-metal guitars, Armenian goatherd bagpipes and even a drone-rocking sterolab sample. Lafata is hiphoping mad to the max. He raps about trading rhymes for arms in Chechnya and “kicking it with JC” in ancient Palestine – genius.”

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kid 606 + gold chains + iacon


gold chains

where to start with kid606? some would say that simple words cannot describe him but seeing as he is too lazy and/or busy to make a quicktime movie of his life story words will have to suffice. When not working on more emo-jungle-digital-indie-trashy-punk-noisy-wicked- electro-techno-hardcore-IDM-soul and fuck hits to follow up his “don’t sweat the technics” full length, in his spare time kid606 likes to do remixes for other people or get other people to do remixes for him.

Kid606 like to namedrop (in no particular order)godflesh, the misfits, swans, sex pistols, throbbing gristle, techno-animal, cramps, napalm death, ice, neurosis, eyehategod, joy division, jesus and mary chain,richard devine, stuff on mego like fennesz and farmers manual, mouse on mars, twisted science, vomit lunchs, autechre/gescom, coil, public enemy, v/vm, ambush, I-sound, christoph de babalon, pole, wutang,mase, chain reaction stuff like porter ricks, sonic subjunkies, lexuanculpt, warsaw, good electro like schematic, romullo and his brother, main, heroin, NWA, scala, merzbow, locust, mark van hoen, the crimson curse, lowfish,solvent, gentle giant, the rapture, david kristian, sensational, Dj pure, to roccoco rot, the jungle brothers, matmos, ken ishi, photek, puppy, somatic responses, minor threat,michael nyman, steve reich and gavin bryars.

to find out more about kid 606 and his record label check:

Everybody is talking about this new rap music,” proclaims Gold Chains (a.k.a. Topher LaFata) over some dubby beats on his self-titled EP, soon to be put out by Kit Clayton’s Orthlorng Musork label. No doubt! The San Francisco mic master garnered a mention in Spin before releasing a single track. Maybe its because they had nothing to else interesting to write about that month. But more likely it’s because once the rapper lets his rhymes loose over his bass-thumping, techno-damaged beats and blends them with hip-hop, dub, and a touch of bittersweet pop, babes start dancing and people start feeling good about themselves. What does Gold Chains have to say about this?

“I’m just a normal cali punk rock kid living one day at a time trying to fill the world with beauty, love and revolution.”

Looks like he is doing a good job so far.

iacon dj collective combine their unique blend of visuals with an ecclectic mix of samples played through a distortion pedal. They have played at several capsule events under the name of wonderland, and has included the chicks on speed night as well as being the first sonic visual commission at capsule.


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