Following the release of the timetable for the Rewire 2021 online edition, over the next few days we’ll be providing some ‘Festival Routes’ to follow through the programme, giving you an idea of what to expect. Firstly we begin with the heavier side of things, for those with an affinity for intensity, hard, fast-paced rhythms, ruptures of noise and dark, brooding lyrics.
A groundbreaking and intense fusion of hardcore punk, death metal, extreme noise and rapid-fire breakcore, Duma's music exists in its own artistic vacuum. At Rewire 2021, the duo will be presenting a one-off collaboration with visual artist and animator Jesse Kanda. Check out Duma’s self titled debut below, released last year on Uganda’s Nyege Nyege tapes:
Johanna Hedva creates sonic alchemy that boils mystical doom, intimate metal, hag blues and cave music into a unique alloy. Their latest album ‘Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House’ pulls influence from Korean Pansori singing, which demands rehearsal next to waterfalls, and fans it with the fumes of Diamanda Galás, Keiji Haino, Sunn O))) and Sainkho Namtchylak. Listen to the album here:
Dreamcrusher has been pushing the boundaries of noise, industrial music and performance for almost two decades. They collaborate with Colombian filmmaker Andres Baron for Rewire 2021 in presenting a brand new audiovisual work. Listen to Dreamcrusher’s stunning ‘Another Country’ released on New York label PTP last year:
Hailing from Indonesia, duo Raja Kirik transpose Jaranan Buto folklore and the myth of the King Menak Jinggo (the Dog King) into present day, exploring music and dance as a vehicle for protest. Developed from extensive artistic research into the history of Java under Dutch colonial rule, Raja Kirik muses on the island’s legacy of violence, war and oppression – and the ritualistic Jaranan Buto dance that evolved as an expression of resistance. Listen to their last release ‘Rampokan’ here:
On Japanese experimental Rock band OOIOO’s last album Nijimusi, the drum tones fluctuate powerfully through the air, while sounding as if they are being observed under a microscope. Bass notes and electronic bursts are so dense that they sound like they’ve been vacuum-sealed. The music shows the full spectrum of the unique sound they have crafted throughout the years, which can only be described as ‘OOIOO’ Listen to ‘Nijimusi’ here:
With her debut album ‘Push’, released this year on Leaving Records, Los Angeles-based producer and DJ Maral underscored a distinctive take on club music, mutating Iranian folk music samples and injecting them with raw energy and heavy dub elements. She collaborates with MSHR’s Brenna Murphy at Rewire 2021 in presenting 'Ground Groove', a mind-bending audiovisual piece. Listen to ‘Push’ below:
Part of our film programme, Flight of the Giant Swan was shot by the band's manager Joe Hatt, who paints a personal portrait of two close friends on tour who make dancefloor-focused electronic music that's as visceral, reactive and electrifying as heavy metal or extreme noise.
Following a string of hard hitting singles for L.I.E.S. in 2014 and 2015, Shanghai-based Taiwanese producer and Shelter club resident, Tzusing, blew the dance music community away with his debut LP 東方不敗 in 2017. With his signature blend of techno, industrial/EBM and world music in peak form, it stands as a genre defining statement for techno. He performs as part of Rewire's collaboration with Club Qu on the Saturday night of the festival.
Check out the full line-up here.