It’s almost time for Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival (24-27 July), so that means eardrums are about to be immolated and brains mangled by the irresistable onslaught of quality music on show. It’s proving to be a very worthy companion to the venerable ATP, except instead of Butlins/Pontins you’re stuck in a Midlands hell-hole, with only Zu and some warm lager for company. Essentially, it’s the musical equivalent of being flayed, but in a good way, and for three days.
The line-up’s a superb demonstration of how it’s possible to be eclectic even within the narrow boundaries of what is supposed to be a tight genre. That above is the ‘Distant’ mix of 65daysofstatic‘s ‘…Dance Parties’, and you can download the ‘Mechanised’ version at the end of the blog.
For all you massive IDM wreckheads there’s Venetian Snares and, yup, there’s a free MP3 of ‘Horsey Noises’ here for you as well. He’s like a much more wilfully screwed-up Aphex in that there’s no real guarantee what sort of show you’re going to get – but whatever version of Venetian shows up at Supersonic, it’ll be certain to be something pretty awesomely nuts.
Kylie Minoise will definitely fuck you up quicksmart. In a good way (for proof, check the free tune blahblah blah), as will all the other bands who have graciously donated songs for your downloading pleasure. I don’t want to get too bogged down in descriptions because the point is that it should be half learning-experience and half rock the living fuck out. So take a risk, download something by a band you’ve never heard of and you might just like it.
If you’re stuck in London, there are also a couple of shows this week. Corrupted, the legendary Thorr’s Hammer and The Accused are playing the Scala on July 26, and Goblin are playing the same venue on July 27. Warning: going to both shows may induce prolapse.