Vessel (Bristol, UK)
Seb Gainsborough's own definition of Vessel as "physical music to be played loud on sound systems", has similarly framed his work in terms of bodily experience. His debut, Order Of Noise, released in 2012, was exactly that: a series of bruising, concessive takes on techno and dub. That physicality has also come to inform the creation of Punish, Honey. Speaking to the Quietus' Rory Gibb in The Wire last year, Gainsborough described the liberating nature of switching off his computer and recording live with no overdubs. Within dance music, the rejection of software for hardware has become a firmly entrenched narrative, suggesting a return of the repressed. But here the liberation Gainsborough ascribes to working with physical instruments comes from an instinctive need to experiment by introducing more variables rather than any fetishism for components.
Cube (Oakland, CA)
Last year Cube’s tape only release Medium unleashed Adam Keith’s harsh acid-cinged, industrial soundscapes to the world. Twisted, tormented, destroyed, and then brought back to life, Cube’s bleak and cinematic crunch-scapes offer up a shapely shock to the nervous system.
Sets from Surface Tension residents
Nihar Bhatt | Justin Anastasi | Chris Zaldua | Damon Way