Avant Garde 1st Birthday with Kompakt Records

  • The month of March marks our first birthday; a full year of bringing our favourite DJs, live acts, friends and inspirations to London. To that end, we have decided to throw tradition to the wind and give, rather than receive, a birthday present to our fellow music lovers; a showcase of artists from one of the standout electronic labels of modern times, Kompakt. The Cologne powerhouse is renowned for its mix of minimalism, melody and melancholy, for beautiful music, for variety, but more importantly, for being home to some of the leading electronic musicians of our times. We are hugely excited to bring three of our favourite forward thinking Kompakt artists to one of the most intimate venues, Corsica Studios; a venue that held our sold-out party alongside We Concur in October. Dauwd, the Kompakt and Ghostly electronician, is renowned for his complexity; his sounds are thickly laden with multi-timbral synths, vocal and instrumental stabs punctuate organic and evolving passages all underpinned by the warmth that is his signature. His latest remix of Fault Lines on Ghostly is a perfect showcase for the above, and having toured extensively, headlining club shows all around the UK and Europe, Dauwd has also won over the likes of Nick Hoppner (OstGut Ton) and Kompakt label boss Michael Mayer, who included Ikopol on his mix for Faze Magazine. Patrice Baumel was, until the venue's untimely closure, the lead resident for legendary Amsterdam club Trouw, running his 'Black Magic' and 'HiFi' nights and showcasing his unique style of thought-provoking music, or as he calls it, "techno for grown ups". This, as well as releases on Kompakt, My Favourite Robot, Diynamic and Get Physical, plus crossover projects involving classical music such as his rendition of Steve Reich's "Drumming" at the Concertgebouw during ADE, makes us extremely happy to have Patrice playing at Avant Garde. Weval are relative new-comers to the Kompakt label, yet have arrived with some style, with their remix of Gui Borrato's 'Take Control' hitting #1 on Beatport's Electronica Top 100 chart. This was followed up by their own debut EP on Kompakt, as well as shows all over Europe. We welcome both the guys to London for their debut live performance; not to be missed. We welcome back Rabota for another live performance of melodic techno after impressing at Village Underground in December. He'll be joined by enigmatic melodic guru The Troubador, collaborative project Modulism off the back of their warm up for Fritz Kalkbrenner, resident Freddie Laws, AG friend and We Concur resident Tom Law, 'Warm Up' head honcho Aidan Doherty, and Gus Emmett.
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