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DAVID AUGUST (DE
The first shafts of morning light creep over the hilltop terraces, illuminating the ancient commune of Palestrina - David August breathes new air. Born in Hamburg in 1990, August composes and performs multifaceted electronic music with hopeful tones and a human aesthetic. “Creating music - the act of creating in general - should be free from rationalization. In the best case, relying solely on subconscious communication,” says the classically trained multi-instrumentalist. Speaking with David, one immediately realizes the value that he places upon his well-earned artistic independence and steadfast sincerity. This hard-fought pursuit can be traced clearly through the producer’s recorded works; from a string of early dance singles and remixes (2010-2014), followed by his celebrated debut album, Times (2013), to a handful of genre-defying outings on Ninja Tune sub-label, Counter Records (2016), the Tonmeister graduate (2017) continues to uncloak hidden inner paths yet to be discovered. Adorning the altars of his newly-founded label, 99CHANTS, DCXXXIX A.C. (2018), the first in a series of offerings, basks in shifting, transcendental glow. The birthplace of his mother, this highland outpost has, as of recent, casted rays of inspiration upon the young musician. “After 26 years, I suddenly feel the urgency to connect actively with my Mediterranean provenience and culture. Although always present in me, I rather kept it hidden, private and absent from my creative work. These roots have always evoked the stronger emotions within me.” While his live-show takes various shapes and forms, free improvisation lives at the core of the artist’s fascination. Whether he performs solo for the Boiler Room (2014) or a Resident Advisor Live Session (2015) recruits trusted musicians as part of his Ensemble (2015-2016), DJ’s traditionally or explores collaboration with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (2016), liberating moments of immediate expression remain a constant. After a year of introspection, David August re-emerges with a vitalizing, advanced, personal language. “Finding the courage to have a true dialogue with myself has been a challenging process. A never-ending path, I hope to explore in the most honest way possible.”
PANTHA DU PRINCE (DE)
Pantha Du Prince is the solo project of Hendrik Weber, fusing house, techno & shoegazey indie on Lawrence's introvert-techno label Dial Records. Weber started playing guitar at thirteen, first playing bass guitar in rock outfits. He later moved onto electronic based music, first via a 16-channel studio mixer, combining drones with samples and a computer. These early experiments formed the basis for both his experimental music as Panthel and Glühen 4 as well as his techno as Pantha Du Prince. Weber has released five albums and various 12” singles under the moniker, each a bittersweet take techno that 'll appeal to dancefloors as well as living rooms. The house & techno side of the equation takes its cues from Detroit, Moodymann, minimal and acid, while the indie tendencies are rooted in My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and psychedelia – he even rejigs The Chills jangle-pop ‘Pink Frost’ for the dancefloor on ‘Diamond Daze’. Weber also plays bass in the Hamburg band Stella, and the instrument is also given prominence on his recordings as Pantha Du Prince.
Raised on country and western music in the outskirts of the Norwegian oil town Stavanger, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm now lives in Oslo where he is making contemporary disco and running his Feedelity label. His first success was the jazzy “Granada”, being championed by the likes of Giles Peterson before releasing a flow of highly acclaimed EPs, singles and remixes for names like Franz Ferdinand, Killers, The Horrors and LCD Soundsystem alongside two Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas duo albums on Eskimo Recordings. Since then, Lindstrøm has gone on to release two more albums and work alongside the likes of Todd Terje and many more.
NATHAN FAKE (UK)
Growing up in Norfolk and attending a school where being into music made you an outsider, Nathan Fake’s early interest in the electronic scene came from hearing acts like Aphex Twin and Orbital on the radio and reading about the equipment they used in music magazines. Having begun to acquire and experiment with his own gear, an encounter with James Holden in 2003 led him to align with the then ﬂedgling label Border Community, releasing his ﬁrst material, the ‘Outhouse’ single, that same year. The relationship with Holden’s label continued with further EP releases - “The Sky Was Pink” and “Silent Night” - leading to his breakthrough debut album “Drowning In A Sea Of Love”, released in 2006 to widespread praise from the likes of Pitchfork and the Guardian, and hailed as one of Mixmag’s top albums of that year. Fake recorded two further albums for the label - 2009’s “Hard Islands” and “Steam Days” in 2012 - before establishing his own label Cambria Instruments in 2014 alongside former Border Community associate Wesley Matsel. Their collaborative single ‘Black Drift / Bismuth’ was followed by Fake's solo eﬀort “Glaive” EP in 2015. Throughout this time he also took on a number of impressive and diverse remixes, from Radiohead to Jon Hopkins to Clark, working for labels such as Ninja Tune, Domino, Warp and Kompakt. Extensive touring has taken his sound across the globe, including notable tours with Orbital, Four Tet, Jon Hopkins & Clark. In September 2016 Nathan announced his signing to Ninja Tune with "DEGREELESSNESS / Now We Know” 12”, and on 10th March 2017 released his fourth album “Providence”, featuring his ﬁrst ever collaborative works - with Prurient (aka Vatican Shadow / founder of Hospital Productions) and Raphaelle Standell-Preston of the band Braids. Described by FACT magazine as “A career-defning LP”, it gained high praise from publications such as The Observer, DJ Mag (Album Of The Month), Wire and Crack, was Bleep's ‘Album Of The Week' and had support throughout the year from Four Tet, Ben UFO, Helena Hauﬀ and many more. Later in 2017 Nathan released two “Providence Reworks” EPs featuring Overmono, Huerco S, Konx-Om-Pax and Olga Wojciechowsk. Nathan released “Sunder” EP, methodologically and sonically distinct from his previous work, the 4-track release arrived on Ninja Tune on 23rd February.
OBJECT BLUE (JP)
London-based, Beijing-raised Object Blue is a producer who combines experimental sounds with techno, focusing on their potential as live performances. Named as one of the 10 techno/house producers to watch in 2018 by FACT magazine, she continues to perform a diverse range of music, including live techno, experimental installations and DJ sets. Her debut EP Do you plan to end a siege? was premiered by Mixmag and released by Tobago Tracks in March 2018.
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