East End Social's 'Last Big Weekend' with Hudson Mohawke
Optimo, Numbers, Jeff Mills, James Murphy, Jackmaster, SOPHIE + More
SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST 2014
1.00pm - 10.00pm
The East End Social is brought to an emphatic, celebratory close with input from two very special Glasgow institutions: serial Monday-destroyers Optimo and fellow party-specialists Numbers. Sunday at Richmond Park offers up the very best homegrown and international DJs alongside some extraordinary practitioners in the art of electronic music…
Kanye calls on him for production duties; Drake calls on him for beats. He is Hudson Mohawke, alias HudMo, aka LuckyMe ally Ross Birchard, who was the youngest ever DMC finalist and who later collaborated with Mike Slott under the moniker Heralds of Change. A Glasgow-born, globally-lauded electronic producer and DJ, Hudson Mohawke’s Warp-issued debut LP, ‘Butter’ (2009), was a restless, neon-flaring masterpiece that refracted hip-hop, electro, day-glo melodies and R&B. Since then, he’s signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music imprint, bagged myriad co-writing and production credits on Kanye’s ‘Yeezus’, and collaborated with the likes of Drake, Pusha T and Azealia Banks, establishing himself as one of the brightest and most adventurous producers of our time.
One of the biggest names in US techno, Jeff Mills has explored, evolved and defied the boundaries of electronic music since the 1980s. The DJ and producer co-founded the mythical Detroit collective Underground Resistance with “Mad” Mike Banks, and used now-classic UR releases like Seawolf and Punisher to define his stripped-back, industrial aesthetic.
Mills had a legendary residency at New York’s Limelight in the 1990s, has issued typically brilliant, unrelenting techno through Berlin’s Tresor label, and he currently operates Chicago’s Axis records. As his recent soundtrack work has shown, Mills remains a tireless pioneer for experimental, ingenious music.
New Jersey’s James Murphy – singer-songwriter, DJ, producer – wrought havoc upon gig venues and dancefloors alike with his disco-punk trailblazers LCD Soundsystem and tracks like ‘Losing My Edge’, ‘Give It Up’ and ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’. Murphy has also worked with with Gorillaz, OutKast, Arcade Fire and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and his DFA Records imprint has released music by Hercules and Love Affair, Factory Floor, Hot Chip and Liquid Liquid (among others). Contrary to what he might tell you, Murphy’s never lost his edge.
Sunday’s co-curators Optimo are DJs JD Twitch and JG Wilkes, best known for their legendary Sub Club residency which ran until 2010. The duo DJ all over the world and, through their label and event promotion, continue to champion the brand of left-field eclecticism that made them such a respected and influential presence on the international club scene.
Glasgow dancefloor hype-man Jackmaster (aka Jack Revill) is a co-founder and linchpin of Glasgow’s Numbers crew, and a DJ whose hi-octane record box spans Whitney Houston, Rustie and Inner City among its techno, grime, electro and 90s dance-pop delights. A former BBC Radio 1 resident, Dress 2 Sweat label boss and Rub-a-Dub records alumnus, Jackmaster has led Numbers’ incandescent party charge across the globe (and round the bend), releasing the excellent, frenzied Fabric Live 57 compilation – which veered from Model 500 to Radiohead via Thomas Bangalter – and bagging DJ Magazine’s Breakthrough DJ of 2010 laurel along the way.
One of the co-founders of Glasgow’s Numbers, Spencer started young. In his teenage years, he embarked upon what is now almost a decade of party planning and record releasing. From early beginnings working in Glasgow’s world-renowned record store Rubadub, honing his DJing skills with schoolfriend Jackmaster, and co-hosting Detroit techno legend Claude Young’s radio shows, to working at Warp Records and now living in London; Spencer has been a key player in aiding the city’s recent rise to fame as an essential exporter of electronic music.
London-based SOPHIE is as enigmatic as they come, as hilariously evinced in a BBC Radio 1 interview last year, during which the producer spoke at length with a helium pitch – “my music's dance-pop, just like everything else, that's the only music that exists”.
What we do know is that Numbers released last year's excellent, hyper-colour single 'Bipp / Elle' (it was lauded by Boomkat, Popjustice, Pitchfork and FACT) and that there are rumours of new material soon. If you saw his shows at SXSW then you are in for a treat.
Nozinja (Shangaan Electro)
Record producer, label kingpin, former mobile telephone salesman: Richard “Nozinja” Mthethwa (aka Dog) is rightly lauded for all of these things. But perhaps he is best known and loved for spearheading the Shangaan Electro craze – a dazzling South African street-dance phenomenon, and 21st century local folk reboot, whose ultra-modern frenzied sounds fuse kamikaze MIDI keys, electro-chaos and pitch-shifting vocals. Shangaan Electro has found avid fans in The Knife, Caribou/Daphni and Damon Albarn (whose Honest Jon’s imprint released an excellent compilation in 2010). Little wonder, then, that the Shangaan superstar recently signed to electronic powerhouse Warp.
Glasgow voodoo-groove deviants Golden Teacher started as a studio tryst between noise-punk triad Ultimate Thrush and analogue-house duo Silk Cut. Their tribal, pop-spattered sleaze soon besieged Optimo’s discerning ears, and the Glasgow label has since issued the brilliant ‘Bells From the Deep End’ and ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’ EPs. Their third, groove-lubed dispatch, ‘Party People / Love’ was unleashed a couple of months back to righteous acclaim, but despite the record’s characteristic industrial disco brilliance, nothing can prepare you for Golden Teacher’s machine-clad orgies live.