Since its inception as an informal night for friends at Corsica Studios nearly a decade ago, the Krankbrother brand has undoubtedly become synonymous with the very best dance music the capital has to offer. The interim years have seen the brothers host parties in warehouses, clubs and streets aplenty; and this weekend will see the launch of their first festival. Under the moniker ‘Re-Textured’, the four day, multi-sensory arts and music festival will take place in some of the capitals most iconic concrete structures; a celebration of the often neglected school of Brutalism alongside a carefully curated lineup of the best in the techno, ambient and experimental genres.
The festival aims to celebrate the intrinsic link between the fringes of the dance music culture and their surroundings and is representative of the changing tastes of the promoter to favour more niche and increasingly exploratory soundscapes. Lighting and visual installations will also play an integral role in paying tribute to London’s ‘misunderstood’ architecture, alongside marginalised genres such as drone, wave and industrial electronic. An emphasis on off-kilter party locations has always been a defining feature of the Krankbrother ethos, and, as Londoners themselves, Re-Textured encapsulates this spirit.
The schedule commences with Trevor Jackson and Cabaret Voltaire (live) in the renovated, turn of the century warehouse that is Village Underground. Artist and DJ Jackson has worked on remixes for Massive Attack and U2 and played alongside the likes of Kraftwerk, as well as founding Output Recordings. The multi-faceted aesthete is a cross-discipline creative force, and his uncompromising and diverse blend of genre-traversing and often obscure sonics make him an artist that alines strongly with the festival’s principles. With a name originating from a Zurich Nightclub that served as the centre of the Early Dada movement, Cabaret Voltaire, formed in Sheffield in 1973, helped to pioneer industrial music in mid 70s post-punk rock Britain. The band, comprising just Richard Kirk, is known for its experimentation with sound creations and DIY electronics, as well as performance art influenced by Dadaism. Kirk’s first show in 20 years took place at Berlin Atonal in 2016, consisting solely of machines and multi-screen projections, and his performance on Thursday is sure to explore all realms of electronica, against a backdrop of fittingly mechanised visuals.
Friday will bring a lineup of Nina Kraviz and Blue Veil to the Walthamstow Assembly Hall, a striking Art Deco concert hall turned club, built during World War II and renowned for its acoustics. Kraviz needs little introduction, and the setting is sure to lend itself to an electric and singular trip through some of the artists more obscure records; from 70s electro-funk, acid disco and industrial techno. Her own Trip label showcases are set in weird and wonderful locations around the world, which in the past have included an Icelandic cave and the San Diego Air & Space Museum; Kraviz is no stranger to the importance of setting in enhancing and purveying an audio experience. She will be supported by Blue Veil, an alias of Krankbrother’s own Dan Clancy, best known for his heady and heavily textured deep techno and ambient, released on his London based label Dichotomy. The label aims to release refined and niche techno, allowing artists to explore dichotomies through their work, spanning pure ambient to techno, and other abstract dance sounds in-between. The label is also known for its strong visual representation, again encapsulating Re-Textured ethos.
Other highlights of the weekend include pioneering dub techno artist Moritz Von Ozwald alongside other key figures in left field techno, such as Alva Not and Andy Stott, supported by Krankbrother themselves. Blawan, Volvox, Objekt, Aurora Halal and Kassem Mosse will be among the host of names performing at E1, and the festival will close at The Silver Building, a Brutalist Building with a history of illegal raves. Music by Shackleton, Silvia Kastel will traverse EBM, electro, industrial, dub and wave, and the buildings boiler rooms will play host to artwork from visual artists, including Ruben Spini.
More info and full programming at https://re-textured.com