Niche’s own Hold Tight! series returns to Oxford Art Factory with a killer triple bill to mark the new year, featuring Kode 9, Tokimonsta & Mark Pritchard. Continually providing Sydney audiences with the most cutting edge electronica, January’s Hold Tight! is again no different, this time headlined by Hyperdub label owner Kode 9.
Kode 9 vibrates parts other DJs can only dream of. Originally from Glasgow, but based in South London since 2000, Kode9 set up the record label Hyperdub in 2004, infamous for unleashing artists such as Burial (and countless others) on the world. He has recorded 2 albums of his own with vocalist Spaceape; Memories of Future (2006) and Black Sun (2010) and released 2 DJ mix compilations, Dubstep Allstars vol.3 (Tempa 2006) and DJ Kicks (K7 2011). Kode9 has also released tracks on Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label, and remixed for Lee Scratch Perry for On U Sound, the Junior Boys for Domino, Battles for Warp, and Dabrye Feat. Doom for Ghostly.
Returning to Australia is Los Angeles native, TOKiMONSTA, well known for her unique take on indie electronic/r&b/dance music. Her classical upbringing and eclectic music taste allows her to create vast textural soundscapes—a reverberation that fuses vintage sensibilities with progressive inclinations. Her new album ‘Half Shadows’ is out now on Ultra Records, flanked by the first single ‘The Force’ featuring Kool Keith. Half Shadows reflects the multiple faces of TOKiMONSTA. Sonically, she alchemically mingles ethereal electronic moods, while adding R&B flavour and the right amount of hip-hop bounce. The thirteen songs comprising Half Shadows reveal a detailed story.
Rounding out this January’s Hold Tight! bill is the ever influential Mark Pritchard. There are few producers who can rightfully lay claim to having impacted the electronic and dance music scenes across decades. Mark Pritchard is one of those few. From jungle to ambient, techno to hip hop his musical appetite and talent led to acclaimed releases on respected labels such as his own Evolution, LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking Records, Kode9’s Hyperdub and, of course, Warp Records. Infamously most of this work was released not just across labels but also aliases, both solo and in collaboration, leaving only the most dedicated of preinternet music trainspotters able to complete the puzzle.
Niche presents Hold Tight! feat. Kode 9 + Tokimonsta + Mark Pritchard
Saturday 4th January – Oxford Art Factory – Sydney
Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday 19th November