SHACKLETON, APPLEBLIM & BENEATH Polyrythmic experimental beats at the reopened Art School
E xpect pioneering polyrhythms courtesy of a pair of dubstep’s early experimenters plus a brand new face at this high-value triple bill, with Skull Disco founder Sam Shackleton, his long-time collaborator Appleblim (Laurie Osborne, pictured above) and newcomer Beneath (Ben Walker), whose sound explores the lost realms of UK funky in fresh new ways.
‘We met through a mutual friend who I worked with in a record shop in Camden,’ recalls Osborne of his introduction to the publicity-shy Shackleton, who’s playing a full live set here, ‘and bonded over Crass, The Fall, Steve Coogan and the club FWD>>, which was starting to showcase what would later be called dubstep.’
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Asked what we can expect from his own set here, the Apple Pips label boss says ‘a lot of new music from myself and my circle of producers in Bristol, and also a lot of the music I’m buzzing off at the moment, whether that’s experimental drone stuff, faster jungle, bonkers Dutch techno or the myriad bass house stylings around at the moment. We’re just gonna have fun and jam, basically.’ Both he and Shackleton are big fans of Beneath’s style. ‘I really like his bass and rhythmic energy, it’s different to a lot of music of that tempo these days,’ he says. ‘It seems familiar yet it’s twisted into new shapes.’ (David Pollock) The Art School, Glasgow, Fri 7 Feb.
HITLIST THE BEST DANCEFLOOR ACTION
✽ 90s Rave Return to the birth of a scene with someone who helped start it, JD Twitch of Optimo and Pure fame. The i Am at Sub Club, Glasgow, Tue 28 Jan.
✽ Din Sync A ‘free underground acid and electronic music party’, with DJs Paul Maslin
and King Rib. See Crate Digging, page 48. Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh, Fri 31 Jan.
✽ Jackhammer Techno legend Joey Beltram
(right) hits town. Caves, Edinburgh, Fri 31 Jan.
✽ Martyn Dutch by way of Washington, polymath Martyn makes his La Cheetah
debut. La Cheeta h, Glasgow, Fri 31 Jan.
✽ Karnival Two big dates with Riva Starr’s ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ tour and then a fifth
birthday party in the company of Viva Warriors (Steve Lawler and Philip Bader). Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Sat 1 & 8 Feb.
✽ Notsosilent In association with Croatia’s Dimensions Festival, Notsosilent welcomes
Floating Points to play all night. Caves, Edinburgh, Fri 7 Feb.
✽ Shackleton Dubstep and beyond from Sam Shackleton, with Skull Disco co-founder Appleblim and newcomer Beneath. See preview, left. The Art School, Glasgow, Fri 7 Feb.
✽ Moderat Moved from Edinburgh following Picture House’s closure. See preview, page
47. Substance at the Arches, Glasgow, Sat 8 Feb.
✽ ItaloBlack Italo disco action from DJ Benetti (pictured, top), aka William Bennett of
Whitehouse and industrial icons Cut Hands. Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh, Sat 8 Feb.