An ultrasonic mammoth of a lineup, packed with dreamlike jazz, vast math rock, ambient precision and mesmerising polyrhythmic beats, at Rich Mix in the heart of Shoreditch.
£14 on the door
mouse on the keys (Japan)
The extraordinary trio are back from Japan, armed with fresh material from their new album ‘Out Of Body’, out last January via Topshelf Records.
This is a pristine example of blending minimal phrased piano and dynamic drumming, while creating a live experience composed of visual and audio elements. Formed in 2006, with elements of jazz, funk, post‐rock and electronic music, mouse on the keys fits into a genre of their own. The trio consists of two former members of the influential Japanese underground band Nine Days Wonder, Akira Kawasaki and Atsushi Kiyota. They teamed up with Daisuke Niitome, who has played drums as well as composed music for countless jazz‐funk and hip hop bands. Their unique sound, comprising two pianos, two keyboards and drums, continue to stand at the forefront of the Japanese music scene.
Stream the album on The A.V. Club here.
“Time signatures run amok amid the discordant jittery jazz” – London In Stereo
“Loaded with leftfield time signatures, eerie horror synths and skewed electronics” – Exclaim!
Mutiny On The Bounty (Luxembourg)
A quartet bringing a torrent of groovy rhythms, guitar acrobatics and joyous melodies our way. These guys have been showcasing their unique brand of math-rock and instrumental music throughout Europe and have played close to 500 shows supporting bands such as Biffy Clyro, And So I Watch You From Afar, TTNG and Maps & Atlases as well as playing some of the biggest festivals like Roskilde, Primavera and Fusion festival.
Following on from their album ‘Trials’, released in 2012 and recorded by producer Matt Bayles, Mutiny On The Bounty released their latest album ‘Digital Tropics’ via Small Pond, which encompasses facets of their personalities ranging from rock, to electro, 80’s pop and even hip-hop.
A reverb-infused, pop groove-laden feast of staccato guitar melodies, loops and math rock beats.
“Very crisp and dynamic, at times being floaty and ambient enough to be immersive and hypnotic and at others, heavy enough to hit you with impact” – Vanguard News
“Mixing indie and electronic vibes with clever rhythms and syncopation.” – It Djents
This triangle of electrified polyrhythms, spaced-out synth jams and off-kilter beats will open the evening.
Featuring guitar and synth-work by Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers), drums by Joshua Backmore (Troyka) and keys by Dan Nicholls (who has collaborated with Squarepusher and Matthew Herbert), the trio flickers effortlessly between the worlds of electro-improv, minimalist polyrhythm and distinctively original hooks. Like a twisted love child of Aphex Twin, Brainfeeder and Battles, Strobes have been heard individually with the likes of Squarepusher, Matthew Herbert and Three Trapped Tigers. Built from collective composition, studio production, live sampling and improv jams, the band smashes out exhilarating odd-tempo loops, polyphonic synth soundscapes and big headnodding beats.
Their new album ‘Brokespeak’, out via Blood And Biscuits, is a true work of genius.
“Takes you to places that you weren’t expecting.” – Louder Than War Magazine
“The sheer volume of ideas on show is staggering.” – Clash Magazine