Join our series of Selector Live parties, that will present the first Moscow showcase of the British online radio station and music platform NTS. Founded in 2011, NTS merges the ideology of a pirate radio station with classic radio formats and new technologies. Over the years it has grown into an international brand with studios in London, Manchester, Los Angeles and Shanghai, featuring a highly engaged family of over 600 hosts and resident DJs who search for and broadcast the most interesting underground music. Working with the motto ‘made by music lovers, for music lovers’, the NTS founders proudly state that for more than half its air time, the station broadcasts tracks unavailable on streaming platforms.
The NTS Showcase will consist of live performances and DJ sets by British musicians, NTS residents, and Russian musicians selected by Strelka and NTS curators:
Beatrice Dillon (UK)
London’s Beatrice Dillon is a producer, artist and NTS DJ with acclaimed solo releases, remixes and collaborations across Hessle Audio, The Trilogy Tapes, PAN, Boomkat Editions, Timedance and Where To Now?. Recent performances include MUTEK Montreal, Dekmantel, Documenta Athens, Masåfåt Cairo, Moscow Save, Borealis Norway and Barbican Centre, London. She has collaborated with award-winning visual artists at ICA, Tate, Lisson Gallery, Southbank Centre, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Nasher Sculpture Dallas and Mona Tasmania amongst others. Dillon was the recipient of Wysing Arts Centre’s artist residency in 2016 and is a resident at Somerset House Studios, London.
Born in St. Petersburg, Lisa spent a few years in Cologne, where she began her musical practice. Lisa collaborated with local radio dublab and – remotely – with St. Petersburg-based TESTFM, after which she returned to her hometown and became a resident of the local Club. In her sets she uses compositions of diverse genres, from experimental abstractions to dance music avant-garde.
Mårble is a musical project from St. Petersburg. The only permanent member is Anton Glebov: an artist and multi-instrumentalist, founder of the label Hair Del. Records and a member of the Siberian community Echotourist. His music is born through improvisation sessions, which Anton records on a four-track cassette recorder before editing it, creating psychedelic sound collages that send the listener's imagination to the non-existent music of the “fourth world”. Anton merges exotic traditional instruments, brass, percussion and vintage synthesizers, layered with field recordings and other elements. His records and cassettes are released on domestic and foreign labels including Sacred Phrases, Not Not Fun and Natural Selection.
Ol & Low808
Ol & Low808 are a duo from the conceptual Moscow label GOST ZVUK, which has built an excellent reputation in Russia and abroad during the five years of its existence. Producer Oleg Buyanov, under the pseudonym Ol, became an active figure in Russian bass music by the end of 2000s, but soon went beyond the genre: now you can find dub-techno, deep house and abstract electronics in his discography. His label GOST ZVUK has released two of his own albums, which seek to transfer house music onto Russian soil. Low808 is the pseudonym of the GOST ZVUK founder and its ideologist, producer and curator Ildar Zainetdinov. In his DJ sets, Low808 uses various novelties and rarities from the GOST ZVUK roster, playing music that can’t be found anywhere else.
Ruf Dug (UK)
The producer, DJ, label boss, radio host, and record store owner Ruf Dug should need little introduction to those on the scene. Between his residencies at Pikes, Gottwood and NTS radio the Manchester-via-Ibiza computer game freak and renowned vinyl digger has found time to meld his wide range of influences in the studio, spanning balearica, street soul, 16-bit and everything in between.
Space Afrika (UK)
With their slow-stepping, spacious urban dubscapes, Space Afrika harness ambient, Detroit techno and shades of early nineties Sheffield with a fresh and open approach to composition – this is dub techno stripped-down, sealed in a time capsule and sent back from the near future. Driving, echo-laden deep beats form the bed for a heavily subaquatic sound palette with undercurrents of cybernetic dread. Friends for almost two decades, the two Joshuas formed Space Afrika after years of listening to music together, sequestered by harsh Northern winters. Heavily inspired by the industrial architecture of Northwest England and notions of travel, their sonic framework evokes images of rust and disintegrating concrete, and sensations of movement and redemption – exuding a distorted analogue soul offering escape into their overcast skies. Closely associated with Brighton/London label, Where to Now?, who slink along a vintage axis of post-punk, On-U Sound, minimal and no wave influences, Space Afrika's diverse and creative radio shows (notably their residencies on NTS and Reform Radio) also display a breadth of curiosities in experimental and avant-garde music, old and new.
Vlad Dobrovolski is a sound artist and improvisational musician. He focuses on the experimental territory between improvisational, electronic and electroacoustic music. In his unique approach to sound making, he uses synthesizers, modular synthesizers, DIY devices, recordings, tools of musique concrète and collage. Under the nickname of Fitz Ellarald he was published by the Japanese label Amorfon and the American imprint Squiggle Dot. In 2017, his vinyl records were released by Moscow-based labels Kotä Records and Udacha. In 2019 Vlad plans to release his solo work “Non-deterministic Polynomial Poems” with Klammklang, complete his collaboration with Sugai Ken, and make two vinyl releases S A D with the labels Muscut and 12th Isle.
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.