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Portland, Oregon artist YACHT aka The Blow’s Jona Bechtolt heads up this special summer party at Cargo.
His songs are wide and warm-hearted. What makes them so accessible – apart from their undeniable vigour, or their fractured, crystalline pop sensibility – is the strength of their objective. Behind the beats and the choruses, which come from left-field and bloom into frenetic dance breaks, are big ideas about how positive thinking, optimism, and luck can replace blind faith in a world without a lot of white gloves, or magic.
Bechtolt has been a promiscuous genre-smasher since his adolescence, when he decided that playing drums in the touring punk band he formed with his older brother was more worthwhile than attending a single day of high school. He has plied his unique breed of laptop wizardry and grunge intuition to endless collaborations, both as drummer and producer, with west coast mainstays like Devandra Banhart, Panther, Mt. Eerie, Bobby Birdman and E* Rock. Yacht shows are uncluttered inspiring sessions of improbable dance moves and synchronized crowd-waving; the songs shudder happily into the air, and any relation-ship to ‘laptop music’ is shattered by Bechtolt’s own strain of shamanistic bombast.
“YACHT smells wonderful. I must say, all the time he spent in our bus, it was as if a cool breeze was blowing through my mind. and good songs, too!” – James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem
“YACHT = megaphysical.” – Devendra Banhart
“Positive energy rainbow dome music from a next-generation west coast healer.” – Dave Longstreth, Dirty Projectors
“YACHT is a true renaissance man, feel his magic zap you with its lightning bolt made of awesome.” – Architecture in Helsinki
“The energy they brought, the aerobic choreography, the propelling beats, and the catchy repetitive mantras were irresistible.” – Vanity Fair
“A more modern take on Suicide, Sonic Youth, Bush Tetras and ESG.” – Variety
“Being indie rock’s Timbaland ain’t easy.” – VIBE Magazine
“Oh, man, we love this kid.” – NME
“No one combines giddy bubblegum melodies with clinically precise programming quite
like Bechtolt.” – Entertainment Weekly
“After spinning Yacht’s new one, I Believe in You. Your Magic Is Real, we are prepared to echo the album title’s assessment with respect to the artist himself.” – Time Out New York
Gramme’s last release was at the end of the millennium, hosted by Trevor Jackson on his Output label and was celebrated for it’s energy and immediacy, with splintered grooves and dub menace. We’re lucky enough to have the punk funk pioneers are back with their sonic assault.
Pardon me, I feel some freaky dancing coming on.” 4/5 – DJ
Rapidly gaining a reputation as two of London’s brightest and most talented up-and coming producers / DJs, Sam Willis and Steve Nolan, AKA Allez-Allez play sets that are a mixture of all things weird, wonderful and danceable – think krautrock / minimal / industrial / house.
Their blog / podcast series (located at www.allez-allez.co.uk) features exclusive weekly mixes from Allez-Allez, plus carefully selected guest mixes from the likes of Hot Chip, Four Tet, Andrew Weatherall, Lindstrom, Optimo, Ewan Pearson and Joakim amongst many others
They have hosted parties for and played alongside the likes of James Holden, Michael Mayer, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Optimo, Four Tet, Shackleton, Hercules & Love Affair and Gui Borrato amongst others.
ADVENTURES CLOSE TO HOME DJS Ill Will and Choaf have played their acid house, acid rock, acid disco, fantasy rhythm, cosmic melody & mutant BASS records at all manner of clubs, parties, festivals, gigs, aftershows, launches, corporate sellouts and circumcisions including: DJs for Bloc Party, The Strokes, Interpol, Muse and spinning alongside the likes of James Murphy, Herve, Skull Juice, Riton, Radioclit, Simian Mobile Disco & Paul “Phones” Epworth amongst many others.
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