Straight outta LA/USA comes Amanda Brown’s prolific dance/not dance imprint 100% SILK, a boutique label that bounces glitz with ghetto and warped basement aesthetics with boogie antics.
The vibe will be good for this as 100% SILK hits the dance-floor, the odour of erotic jacking house will mingle with glitter ball good times and deep sweaty sonics will be slipstreamed within post-noise possibilities.
As well as Amanda’s LA Vampires this non-stop SILK party will be joined by three other label mates – Ital, Maria Minerva and Magic Touch – with special guests Heatsick and Bill Kouligas.
L.A. Vampires | Make Me Over
LA Vampires are the dark musical brainchild of former Pocahaunted member Amanda Brown, co-founder of California noise and drone label Not Not Fun. Inhabiting a world of chopped-up beats, DJ Screw-style warptronics, and eerie drones, Brown’s hallucinatory sound, dripping with cough syrup and mystique, was first heard on a split 12″ with the Bay Area’s Psychic Reality.
Frequently cited as a contributor to the 2010 “witch house” movement alongside the likes of oOoOO, Salem, and White Ring, Not Not Fun was regarded as the sonic vanguard of this experimental and bold sound as well as an important vehicle for pushing female musicians to the fore.
Ital | First Wave
Before he was Ital, Brooklyn’s Daniel Martin-McCormick made poisoned synth-pop under the name Sex Worker. Prior to that, he was a member of brutal dancepunk band Mi Ami, and yet before the lead singer of hardcore punk band Black Eyes. A colorful history indeed, but as Ital, Martin-McCormick now makes delirious DIY dance music cobbled together from an array of samples and warped synth sounds.
Last year he kicked off Not Not Fun’s dance-oriented sublabel 100% Silk with “Ital’s Theme”, a charmingly catchy slice of makeshift house that overrode purist reservations with its sheer sense of joy. Since then his sound has grown steadily more confident– marked by a shift from freeware software Audacity to the more professional Logic– and he’s moved from the outsider dance of 100% Silk to respected UK tastemaker institution Planet Mu.
Maria Minerva | California Scheming
Considering her biography, it’s surprising that no one saw it coming. Maria Juur, or the artist known as Maria Minerva, was born in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn a few years before the country achieved independence from the USSR. The daughter of an Estonian music critic, she gravitated to the more theoretical side of the arts, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Tallinn University. Like many a member of the post-communist generation, Maria eventually grew restless in her hometown. A year ago, she moved to London to pursue a Master’s in Aural & Visual Cultures at the city’s prestigious Goldsmiths college.
Maria did not begin making music until fairly recently, but her distinctive and zeitgeist-embracing lo-fi disco-pop quickly piqued the interest of the blogosphere when MP3s like “Disko Bliss” and “California Scheming” started circulating in early 2011. On the heels of a 12″ on 100% Silk and her Tallinn At Dawn cassette on Not Not Fun, Maria recently dropped her first proper LP, Cabaret Cixous. Two more Maria Minerva releases are also on the way: a second EP on 100% Silk called Sacred and Profane Love, and a collaborative effort with Amanda Brown’s LA Vampires.
Magic Touch | I Can Feel The Heat
Magic Touch is the new solo project by Damon Palermo, well known around town for his role in two of our favorite SF live acts, Mi Ami and Jonas Reinhart. With Magic Touch, Damon explores his love for classic underground house and techno while busting out refreshingly fun and contemporary grooves strictly for the dance floor.
Polymorphism #1: 100% Silk w/ L.A. Vampires, Ital, Maria Minerva & Magic Touch LIVE
With special guests Heatsick and Bill Kouligas
presented by Kater Konzerte & CTM festival
Friday, 01 June 2012 | 21:00 CET
Kater Holzig | Michaelkirchstr. 23 | 10179 Berlin/Mitte
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