#6Club Night presented by Cologne Sessions
23:00 – late, Studio 672
• Sarah San (Good News / Cologne), DJ-Set• Klein (London / UK), Live• DJ Marfox (Lisbon // Angola), DJ-Set• DJ Lag (Durban / South Africa), DJ-SetThe club night showcases the connections between 21st century Africa and 21st century Europe in the shape and form of some of the most exciting electronic dance music currently to be found on the planet. In addition to DJ-sets from DJ Marfox and DJ Lag, there will be a live-set by upandcoming experimental gospel-artist Klein from London and a warm-up from Cologne’s own Sarah San.
Producer and DJ, Marfox is a downright urban, suburban and ghetto legend in Lisbon, as well as a renowned name on a worldwide network of dedicated seekers of new directions in electronic social music. Having also released on Lit City Trax, Warp Records and delivered commissioned remixes for artists such as tUnE-yArDs or Panda Bear, he is undoubtedly one of the figure-heads of Príncipe. He returned last year to the Lisbon based dance label with his EP Chapa Quente, lauded by FACT Magazine as “practically perfect” or distinguished as “Album Of The Month” on Mixmag.
History may remember DJ Lag as a pioneer who propelled the quintessentially Durban Gqom sound beyond the confines of the coastal city, straight into the capitals of the international electronic music industry. DJ Lag’s superb production skills have played a big part in transforming a sub-genre of house that began by soundtracking taxi trips around Durban to an innovative participant in the global scene. He has played major South African events and released a his self-titled EP in 2016. After his Johannesburg-Boiler Room session, The Fader wrote: “DJ LAG stepped up to the decks to show exactly why everyone’s going crazy for Gqom. The minimal house genre born from the coastal city of Durban is dark, heated, and easy to lose yourself in.”
South London based musician Klein is an artist whose neoteric vision has seen her quickly become one of the UK’s most intriguing and unpinnable producers and performers. Her often playful and restive approach to composition is instantly alluring. Samples of obscure Nigerian B-Movies clatter into jagged beats. Distant piano loops lurk in the haze whilst beguiling vocals fade in and out of the sensory world she has created. While her first releases have gained her early fans like Björk, Laurel Halo and Dev Hynes, her Hyperdub debut Tommy marks Klein’s deepest plunge yet into the “deep, dark ocean“ of her musical imagination.
“[…] a feast of urbane imagination, coining a naturally complex, nuanced style of collaged composition that feels something like a more modern, London-based example of Matana Roberts’ travelogues hacked up by Mica Levi and D/P/I, or what might happen if Laurel Halo and Dean Blunt made a record together. […] highly distinguished, instinctively original stuff.” – BOOMKAT