Topic: 24/11 Chunk, Leeds w/ dälek // AlgernonCornelius // Cattle
Pyre Climber // Discordant Sun Shirts // Destroy All Monsters // CHUNK
Nov 24th // Chunk, 275 Meanwood rd, Leeds
8pm Doors // £10 Entry // No Bigotry
tix - skiddle.com/e/12873578
Conceived in New Jersey from its emerging DIY scene from the late ‘90s, cult hip-hop trio DÄLEK were known as pioneers over the last fifteen years for their intriguing sound which fuses a blend of progressive hip-hop artistry supported by a rhythmic backdrop consisting of sonic experimentation through noise music and dark ambient gaze. Their singularity would be highlighted in five groundbreaking full-length albums: Gutter Tactics (2009), Abandoned Language (2007), Absence (2005), …From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots (2002) - all released on Ipecac Recordings - as well as Negro Necro Nekros (1998) on Gern Blandsten. DÄLEK supported those albums on tour for over a decade and have shared stages with influential artists such as KRS One, Tomahawk, The Melvins, TOOL, Grandmaster Flash, Jesu, Dillinger Escape Plan, Pharcyde, RJD2, De La Soul, Prince Paul, Lovage, ZU, Black Heart Procession, Gaslamp Killer, Earth, Flying Lotus, The Bug, Mastodon, Fantomas and more. In 2011, DÄLEK quietly went on hiatus for an undetermined amount of time, as the members needed a break from the rigorous schedule on the road.
Fast forward to Spring 2015, mastermind and producer MC Dälek (a.k.a. Will Brooks, with the blessing of ex-member/co-producer Oktopus) revived DÄLEK with a new lineup which now includes DJ rEk on turntables and co-producer Mike Manteca on samplers and effects. The trio have returned with their signature mind numbing, genre bending blend of beats, noise and lyricism and are preparing to release the highly anticipated first official DÄLEK release since their last full-length, 2009’s Gutter Tactics. Titled Asphalt For Eden, this new album sees a new creative peak for DÄLEK and will bring a new awareness for this cult hiphop entity now resurrected and ready to show a formidable display of true hip hop artistry and experimentation. Asphalt For Eden also marks DÄLEK's first collaboration with progressive music label PROFOUND LORE who will release the album on April 22nd.
Following Asphalt For Eden's release, DÄLEK will hit the road in support of it. Their live performances are known as intense events that often end in a shoved mic stand and sonically assaultive layers of sound. Witnessing DÄLEK live is like coming face to face with the bastard child of Public Enemy and My Bloody Valentine; an amalgamation of the heaviest noise that the Velvet Underground or Merzbow ever unleashed and the knowledge spit by the likes of Rakim. The trio leaves you in a trance, sends shivers down your spine from the haunting beats intertwined with ambient textures and noise scales, and hits you with a powerful raw flow from one of the most charismatic MC's of his, or any, era.
Over the past 2 years Yorkshire bred beat-maker AlgernonCornelius has been prolific in producing “emotionally-infused”, “drugged-out and unsettling” beat-tapes, garnering comparisons as flattering and diverse as DJ Shadow, Oneohtrix Point Never, Dälek, Radiohead and The Chemical Brothers.
Debut single ‘Blind’ (2015) was a stuttering soul track, re-workinga classic Minnie Riperton sample to create something beautifully unique and tentative. It served as a perfect introduction and was shortly followed by the ‘Happiness’ mixtape (2015) - released as a A/B-side on bandcamp.
In April 2016 he dropped the ‘Sarni Deli’ EP, which saw the traditional soul of ‘Happiness’ replaced with dissonant loops, distorted breakbeats and booming sub-bass. The ‘Sarni Deli’ EP is the first of a sci-fi trilogy, set to be followed up by its sequels (‘Botanical’ and ‘Love/Relic’) later this year, along with live dates - having already supported the likes of Jennifer Herrema (Royal Trux), Lady Leshurr, Algiers and Blood Sport.
AlgernonCornelius’s musical philosophy is rooted in the art of the DJ, and thus an infinitely eclectic and boundless approach to sampling has produced some of the most disorientating music you’re likely to hear this year. Prepare to be recontextualised.
“Impressive… Definitely one to watch.” - Now Then Magazine
All screaming, all dancing noise-groove wall of sound, stomach churning riffs, double drumming and tripped out noise from the belly of the LS D.I.Y scene. Feat ex members of Khuda and current members of Super Luxury, Zozo, Groak and Clenstch.
New album "Natures Champion" out on 12' this month!
Poster by Steve Myles Illustration