Sandwell District set for Glasgow's Animal Farm
- Henry Northmore
- 15 April 2010
This article is from 2010.
Also known as
Regis (aka Karl O’Connor) and Function (aka Dave Sumner, pictured)
The record label and live incarnation of the aforementioned techno duo.
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Regis and Function are respected producers in their own right. Regis has been producing dark intelligent electronica and harsh industrial since the 90s, went on to set up Downwards Records, and is also half of another formidable techno double act, British Murder Boys (alongside Surgeon). New Yorker Function has had two underground hits with his Isolation and Anticipation EPs, and has been DJing/producing for the last 15 years.
And what exactly is Sandwell District?
Following on from the success of Downwards, Sandwell District is at the cutting edge of underground techno. A mysterious organisation with no formal structure, MySpace or even website, it specialises in dark Detroit sounds and downtempo hypnotic beats (hovering around the 120bpm mark) that take techno in a new direction. Boasting releases from names such as Kalon (another Regis alter ego), Female, Silent Servant and Ian Richardson, Regis and Function are now heading to Glasgow to represent the label.
No MySpace? No website?
How can we hear these Sandwell chaps? By picking up any of their rather splendid 12”s, or of course you could head down to Animal Farm at the Sub Club to experience their techno excellence firsthand.
So what should we expect on the night?
‘For our second outing at the majestic Sub Club we thought we’d keep it nasty, after Ben Klock ripped the roof off in December,’ explain the chaps at Animal Farm. ‘We welcome techno overlord Regis with partner Function for a live performance. Armed with laptops, controllers and drum machines, it’s going to be an all-out audio assault.’
Animal Farm at the Sub Club, Glasgow, Fri 23 Apr.