TOTD // 14/08 // Dark Sky

Published: August 14, 2017, words by Oli Katz

Part of the Deep South takeover


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Dark Sky are a duo that is synonymous with the UK’s underground scene. Having met at Secondary school, Matt Benyayer and Tom Edwards formed Dark Sky in 2009 out of a mutual love for the ever evolving London electronic music scene.

Fast forward nearly a decade and their contribution to this scene is impressive to say the least. Their music has found its way on esteemed labels such as Mister Saturday Night, 50WEAPONS, Tectonic and MonkeyTown records. MonkeyTown records has become a home for their longer releases. In 2014 their debut album Imagin was put out on the imprint. This year they returned  their sophomore LP Othona, which was recently remixed by Roman Flugel, Zenker Brothers and Danny Daze.

Their numerous studio productions have inspired the duo to recreate the magic through a finely-tuned live set. Already performing this at Glastonbury, Percolate, as well throughout Europe, they’re bringing it to Deep South. Last year we featured them in Tracks Of The Day, where they picked out recent additions to their record bag. The selection was a testament to their insane curation during DJ sets, and intricate electronic music knowledge. We’re very happy to have them return to the series a year later as part of the Deep South takeover. This time their focusing their attention on their favourite live acts at them moment.

“We’re excited to head to Deep South festival this year to check out the wicked lineup, and also to perform live on the Saturday night. Our live show is something we’ve been developing a lot over the years and it currently features an all hardware setup with two drum machines, a host of synths, guitar pedals and an analog mixer. The setlist is always evolving but we’ll be dissecting new tracks alongside old ones for good measure!”

via soundcloud

Moses Boyd

Rye Lane Shuffle

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“Was lucky enough to catch Moses and his band play live at Corsica back in March this year and the whole performance was really something special. When they played Rye Lane Shuffle the crowd lost their minds! It feels like a great time for new live music right now especially in London, with artists like Swarthy Korwar, Shabaka Hutchings, Youssef Kamal and many more all really pushing things forward in the jazz world. What’s really exciting is how this new wave of artists are taking influences from grime, house, techno and hip hop and fusing it with classic jazz elements.”
via youtube

Knxwledge

Jstowee

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“Some of the most interesting contemporary hip hop production has been coming from this guy, Knxledge. His live performances are full of great energy, skew-whiff grooves and warped beats aplenty.”
via soundcloud

Afriquoi

Can I Know You (ft Kakatsitsi)

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“Seeing these guys perform on the West Holts stage at Glastonbury this year was a highlight. Really loved how they brought so much energy to their performance. It was a real treat to see and hear instruments I’d never seen before used live like the Kora. This new beauty of a record is a collaboration between Afriquoi and Kakatsitsi, a group of drummers from the Ga tribe of Southern Ghana. There is quite a few elements in the mix but the balance between all of them is perfect. Excited to catch their set at Deep South.”
via youtube

The Heliocentrics

The Uncertainty Principle

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  • Wonky

“One of my favourite bands to listen to right now, their music is a fluid mixture of genres like hip hop, jazz, krautrock and psych. Their recent live performance I saw in London to celebrate the release of their new album and a previous collaborative show with The Gaslamp Killer were other-worldly!”

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