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Counterflows Festival Clubnights 2020
Glasgow’s premier experimental music festival Counterflows present their infamous clubnights this year at the Glee Club. Extra PA will be loaded in and experimental club sounds take over the dance floor.
Counterflows present Gabber Modus Operandi (live) + AKUMU (DJ) + RIBEKA (DJ) Friday 3rd April 2020 11pm-3am – £6 advance / £8 on the door
Promising potent, unusual fusions of “the sacred, the stupid, and the fun,” Indonesian duo Gabber Modus Operandi exhibit a penchant for all things outrageous. After cutting their teeth at local parties and punk gigs in Denpasar, the duo banded together to experiment with and amalgamate the evil energies of gabber, driving rhythms of footwork, percussive patterns of funkot (an Indonesian dance music subgenre), and wildness of jathilan (a traditional Indonesian trance dance in which spirits possess a dancer’s body, challenging one to become more animal and more wild). They bring their infamous live show to the UK for the 1st time on the Counterflows dance floor.
Glasgow based, but of half Japanese origin, DJ AKUMU caught our attention with her thunderous mixes, reflecting her love of survival horror videogames. Hard drum and new experimental dance sounds weave together for a full-frontal dancefloor onslaught.
Over the past few years Becky Marshall, AKA Ribeka, has emerged as a key figure in the Scottish electronic music scene. By day she juggles work as a freelance documentary producer, with a role as an A&R for pioneering independent label Mute Records and a weekend job at Glasgow institution RubadubRecords. By night, she has steadily built a reputation as one of Glasgow’s most exciting DJs. Although she is well known for her love of industrial, post punk and minimal synth (co-running cult Glasgow night So Low alongside Optimo’s JD Twitch, artist Katie Shannon and composer Iona Fortune), she is equally at home delving through house and techno’s weirder fringes. She is a regular fixture at renowned Glasgow club, La Cheetah, where she runs experimental dance party LT and frequently plays back to back with friend and fellow Glasgow selector Sofay. Over the past year has comfortably warmed the room for some of dance music’s biggest hitters – from Call Super and Objekt, to DJ Stingray, to Vladimir Ivkovic.
Counterflows present I-Jahbar & Bokeh Edwards + Mother & Nova Saturday 4th April 2020 11pm-3am – £6 advance / £8 on the door
Duppy Gun’s prime MC I-Jahbar and Bokeh Version’s head honcho Bokeh Edwards (DJ) team up to bring their twisted, futuristic dancehall and dub soundsystem music to the UK for the first time. Born in the Truro District, Westmoreland (Jamaica) I-Jahbar started DJing, MCing and dancing in his local communities in the mid-90s. He first teamed up with Duppy Gun (LA/Jamaica based experimental dub/dancehall collective) after a meeting with The Congos in 2013, and to this day continued a strong relationship with the collective; collaborating internationally and toasting over various producers beats, as well as working to foster other local Jamaican artists in his community. Bristol-based Bokeh Versions have been solid supporters of I-jahbar and Duppy Gun productions, releasing the stunning ‘Miro Tape’ last year alongside constant slews of genre-bending soundsystem music. We can’t see what they come up with together on the Counterflows dance floor.
Opening night will be a special elector/MC session by the Kingpin of the experimental and underground dance community Mother with mic-work by Nova.
Mother (aka Mark Maxwell) runs the Heated Head label, Concrete Cabin night and is one of the main cats at Glasgow institution Rubadub. Having cut teeth as a teenager working on the late John Peels legendary radio shows, he’s gone on to become one of the most important figures in the Glasgow music scene . An impeccable DJ and selector, he can bang out techno, grime, dubstep, dancehall and experimental sets better than most international overpaid goons on the Silicon Valley touring circuit. The real deal.
On MC duties is Nova: a rap vocal project, a way to vent frustrations, boast achievements and express wants for the future. Over selected beats of a grime, bass and hip-hop nature, Nova’s debut release, Risin’ Up mixtape, featuring singer Theta, is out now on all major platforms. The tape is made up of nine tracks, three originals produced by Demonize, Mumbla and Nova Scotia out now, with lyrical content covering race, gender, class and the struggles that exist within these identity politics.