The Rinse FM Showcase took place as part of Selector Live series and provided an impressive report on the current state of British dance electronic music, produced by experts who know it inside and out. Founded in 1994 as a pirate station, Rinse FM is one of the most influential UK radio stations that plays dance electronics and defines its modern landscape.
The showcase starred recognized classics of British electronics like the famous DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall, Glasgow-based musician Auntie Flo and grime intellectual Mr. Mitch. Festival attendees were able to hear the St. Petersburg-based shoegaze band Pinkshinyultrablast and a B2B DJ-set by Rinse FM residents – The Menendez Brothers and FBR.
Our Selector Live programme is dedicated to showcasing the most exciting new British music. For several years, Selector Live has introduced contemporary British musicians and DJs to Russian audiences. The performers are chosen by the hosts of the Selector radio show, who broadcast their selections from London to an audience of over three million listeners in 40 countries around the world.
Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra, Matthew Herbert, Ben Khan, King Midas Sound, Dean Blunt and Plaid are just some of the artists who have performed at Selector Live events over the past years.
PRESENT PERFECT FESTIVAL
The fifth edition of the Present Perfect Electronic Music and Contemporary Art Festival was held in St. Petersburg from 26 to 28 July 2019. The anniversary version of the festival was held for the second time on the territory of Sevkabel Port, a cultural space that boasts industrial flavour and the best view of the Gulf of Finland from the beautifully furnished embankment.
This year a rich programme of the Present Perfect events was again stretched for three days: a concert opening, an educational programme, a pre-party series, a twenty-hour Saturday event and an after party at the waterfront.
Andrew Weatherall, pioneer of the British electronic sound, began his DJing career at the legendary Shoom and Spectrum clubs, which inaugurated the acid house boom in the UK. As a DJ and producer he collaborated with British rock heroes Happy Mondays, New Order and Primal Scream and was one of the people responsible for bringing this underground sound to larger audiences in the 1990s . In his own projects, Sabers Of Paradise and Two Lone Swordsmen, Andrew Weatherall was experimenting with sound and various hybrids of idm and downtempo, postpunk, psychedelia and dub. This Century, Andrew is far from slowing down. He still continues to release intriguing albums, remixes and play eclectic sets that merge the rock classics with the latest techno.
Along with Four Tet and Caribou, Auntie Flo is one of the most prominent contemporary producers, always in pursuit of new electronic dance ideas from different nations’ traditional music. In 2018, the Glasgow-based producer and DJ released a brilliant full-length album Radio Highlife with Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings label. This record is a skilful hybrid of highlife and deep house, recorded with musicians from Havana, Cape Town and Senegal. Many music publications included the album in their lists of the year’s best releases.
Londoner Miles Mitchell has earned the reputation of an intellectual in instrumental grime (a subtype of dance music with British origins). Resident of the established label Planet Mu and founder of his own label Gobstopper Records, Mr. Mitch has released numerous intricately arranged minimalist compositions since 2010. His music merges the crazy pressure and power of grime with unexpected sound discoveries and compositional elegance.
The St. Petersburg-based band continues to build on the musical aesthetics originated by Seefeel, a euphoric shoegaze band, which slowly dissolves into majestic electronic noise. Pinkshinyultrablast debuted in 2014 with a full-length album Everything Else Matters, favoured by international critics, which opened up the band to foreign audiences.
Seefeel, made up of guitarist Mark Clifford and vocalist Sarah Peacock, began by making dream pop influenced by My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins, but gradually became more and more experimental and abandoned traditional song structures in favour of meditative and repetitive electronic compositions. Their debut album, Quique, released in 1993, was ahead of its time and anticipated the future popularity of idm and post-rock. Its ground-breaking sound influenced many musicians and producers, including Boards Of Canada and Aphex Twin amongst others. In 1995, Seefeel took a sabbatical that lasted almost two decades; their sequel to the Quique album was released in 2011, after which the cult group acquired a new fanbase.