Tonight, Club to Club and Field Day are hosting Hyperdub’s Laurel Halo and Fatima Al Qadiri alongside Italian upstarts Vaghe Stelle and Ninos Du Brasil at the Village Underground in London.
We’re based in Berlin, so we’re gutted to miss a stellar lineup like that—especially Ninos du Brasil, the intensely percussive duo comprised of Nicolo Fortuni and Nico Vascellari, who released an excellent LP on Hospital Productions last spring. In an attempt to console ourselves and create some virtual form of this evening’s show, we contacted the pair and asked them to name their five favorite tracks from Laurel Halo and Fatima Al Qadiri.
Fatima Al Qadiri “Shanzhai” (Hyperdub 2014)
This one reminds us how we use lyrics with Ninos Du Brasil. Most of the time, when we like a melody, we associate it with invented words.
Laurel Halo “Light + Space” (Hyperdub 2012)
It’s increasingly difficult to live moments “suspended” by listening to a song. Here’s a rare example of time dilatation, dream, and the feeling of lightness.
Fatima Al Qadiri “Shanghai Freeway” (Hyperdub 2014)
This is the best example of contamination between musical styles and cultures. The result is a monster of a track with three heads.
Laurel Halo “Carcass” (Hyperdub 2012)
It goes without saying that the title of this song is very interesting to us, because it’s a tribute to a metal band of great importance. We particularly like the effect on the vocals, in a perfect and dreamy melody.
Fatima Al Qadiri “Vatican Vibes” (UNO 2011)
There’s a lot in the word “Vatican” that interests us and motivates us—both positive and negative.
Laurel Halo “Thaw” (Hyperdub 2012)
This track seems to be a revelation. The atmosphere is positive and bright. It goes through a very nice change from beginning to end. The listener can breath deeply, and in extreme intimacy, as after an amazing dive.
Fatima Al Qadiri “Hip Hop Spa” (UNO 2011)
A great tribute to Western culture, in which precious objects are transformed into sadness and loneliness. A sort of luxurious solitary confinement. A lesson, rather then a song.
Laurel Halo “Oneiroi” (Hyperdub 2013)
Very interesting use of a variety of samples and effects to create a dense web of sounds and rhythms. We have a very similar approach to this type of work: refined, meticulous, surgical.
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Published September 18, 2014. Words by EB Team.