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Part of the Farr Festival 2017 takeover
Equal parts italo-disco and acid house, the music of Red Axes comes with lashings of psychedelia, bubbling basslines and a well-placed organ or two. The only other artist inhabiting a similar sound right now is Moscoman who, surprise surprise, is a regular collaborator. Both Red Axes and Moscoman are adept at making seemingly ordinary elements sound deeply psychedelic when placed in the context of one of their twisting, undulating tracks. They also both have a thing for cowbells…
After travelling Europe and living and working in Amsterdam, Dori Sadovnik and Niv Arzi returned to their hometown of Tel-Aviv and began putting on “Break It!”, a party which combined psychedelia and electronica in an entirely idiosyncratic manner. In 2009 they released their first EP as Red Axes and last month they announced their debut album, The Beach Goths.
The music the duo makes simulates the tropical, without ever straying over into fetishising the sound of the sea and sun. Just when a track risks spilling over into the pastiche of tropical tech-house, a cut-up vocal or unidentifiable sound creeps in, keeping things weird.
Their live show is a sprawl of blinking equipment, maracas and acid-house – it’s a must see for electronic music fans who crave live shows to rival the intimacy and intensity of traditional, organic rock performances. Their shows are a sight seldom seen in electronic dance music. Unsurprisingly, Sadovnik and Arzi played together in Red Cotton, a post-punk/new wave band, before they began to DJ together. Below they pick out four suitably psychedelic tracks setting their dance floors alight.