Melodic, densely atmospheric, at once minimal and psychedelic, production trio Darkstar have found a fitting home on both Hyperdub and Warp Records, and will be well at home in the dark, snug confines of Sneaky Pete’s on 13 August. With vocalist and songwriter James Buttery joining in 2009, their second album, 2013’s News From Nowhere, signalled a new direction, leaving their choice of tunes for a DJ set even more open. So, we asked for a heads up – here’s a few we might just hear on the night, as chosen by the group’s James Young.
Nochexxx Ft Sensational – Sinbliss
Actress put this out on Werkdiscs a while back and I've been playing it for going on four years now. It's off kilter and lopsided in an interesting way – kind of like bashment, I suppose.
Again, nothing recent – he gave it away a couple of years ago. It sits right between something I'd listen to at home and something I’d play out, and the way it's been put together and how sonically striking it is makes me keep going back to it.
Gwilym Gold – Muscle
This has just come out and was made in Konk [Studios, managed by the Kinks], where our studio is – I've done some work on parts of his forthcoming album. *3Muscle*2 is the first thing he's released in about two years and gives a good indication of what the album sounds like.