Live - Electro / Pop
SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2014
Feet grounded in the London dubstep scene, but head facing North, Darkstar belongs, just as Mount Kimbie, to the new Warp wave called “post-dubstep”. Acclaimed from the start by the Anglo-Saxon press, the formation hit the headlines with Aidy’s Girl Is A Computer,
Designated by the prestigious Guardian as one of the best singles of 2009. Courted first by Kode9’s label Hyperdub, the formation joined the prestigious Warp stable in 2013, signing one of the best albums of February 2013, News To Nowhere, according to the legendary record store Rough Trade. After touring a lot these last two years in the United States, Asia and Europe, Darkstar will offer the public of Geneva an opportunity to attend one of his too rare performances in Switzerland at the Présences Electronique Geneva festival. Simply unmissable.
Darkstar, an electronic trio formed in 2007 by James Young and Aiden Whalley and very much impregnated with grime and dubstep at its beginnings, takes a synthetic electro-pop turn with the arrival of singer James Buttery in 2010. But it’s with its second album, News To Nowhere, that the British formation definitely freed itself from the melancholic ambiances to give pride of place to the analogue sound of old synthesizers and vintage machines. Preserving however the originality of its beginnings, the group now combines the original energy of dubstep with a synthetic and ultra efficient dream pop. For fans of the Warp label and new sensations like Mount Kimbie!