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    DJs Dillinja (mid-90s set) Lord Tusk SHERELLE Installation John Akomfrah and the Black Audio Film Collective The Last Angel of History
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  • This month, for the 7th episode of Ø we’re delighted to screen the highly influential 1995 sci-fi documentary on afrofuturist music, The Last Angel of History, and to select a DJ line-up which resonates with its themes. Dillinja We interviewed Dillinja (with his partner Lemon D) on the Hyperdub web mag back in 2001, and we’re delighted to have him down at Ø for a mid-90s set, from the peak period of drum’n’bass. There are few producers in that scene who are as respected and revered as Dillinja. With his trademark combination of dirty stomach-churning basslines and tighter than tight beats, his reputation has been secured as one of the most influential producers in drum'n'bass history, releasing also under the aliases Trinity, Capone, Cybotron and The Specialist on key labels such Bryan Gee and Jumpin' Jack Frost's V Recordings and PhillyBlunt labels, Hardleaders, Prototype and Goldie's pioneering Metalheadz imprint, as well as his own label Valve with he runs with Lemon D. He was also one of the scene's most called-upon remixers, having worked with everyone from David Bowie to Bjork and Basement Jaxx. A true connoisseur of sound, Dillinja's mighty 96k Valve Sound System is recognised the world over as being second to none. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNO-vUknDMU http://primarytalent.com/dillinja/ Lord Tusk Lord Tusk works have explored every type of electronic/dance/experimental music under so many pseudonyms that it is sometimes difficult to develop a full picture of the vast scope covered. He has released music on Apron, Levels, Sounds of Universe, Ultra Wave Visions, NTS and many more. https://soundcloud.com/user451387179 https://lordtusk.bandcamp.com/album/day-trippers Sherelle Sherelle is a Footwork and Juke DJ from London. Starting her Reprezent Radio show a year ago, as well as having done a footwork takeover on beats 1. She has had support from the likes of Teklife's Boylan, EQ Why, Iberian Juke, Juke Bounce Werk and Polish Juke and recently played in London alongside Teklife’s Taso. https://itunes.apple.com/us/curator/takeover-third-man-soundsystem/id1039974769 https://soundcloud.com/iamsherelle/sherelle-presents-the-160-extravaganza John Akomfrah and the Black Audio Film Collective Black Audio Film Collective was formed by seven undergraduates in Portsmouth in 1982, and was based in Dalston, East London from 1983 to 1998. In response to the civil disturbances in Brixton in 1981, there was a concerted effort by Channel Four Television, the local metropolitan councils and the films and television unions collectively to provide financial and structural support to black media and cultural makers, in order to promote a black cultural presence in the British media and arts. One of the workshops that negotiated the workshop agreement between the media institutions and cultural makers was the Black Audio Film Collective and, in the sixteen years in which they worked as an artist’s atelier, they produced a rosta of groundbreaking and award winning creative documentaries, non-linear feature films, tape-slide installations, film programmes and screenings that examined the diasporic African and Asian experience in Britain’s and across the continents. Characterised by an interest in memory, history and aesthetics„ the collective created a series of defiantly experimental works that engaged with black popular and political culture in Britain. The group were also instrumental in bringing an awareness of avant-garde film from Africa, India and South America to the UK. Artists, filmmakers and writers associated with the group include John Akomfrah, Reece Auguiste, Edward George Lina Gopaul, Avril Johnson, David Lawson, Trevor Mathison and Claire Joseph. The Last Angel of History The Last Angel of History is a sci-fi documentary about Africa, history and memory. Legend has it that in the 1930s itinerant blues man Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in order to play the blues. What Johnson got in return for his soul was a black secret: technology which would produce the history of black music. 200 years into the future another itinerant figure, the Data Thief, sells his soul for the knowledge of his future. He has been told to go to the past (our present) and unearth black culture’s speculations about the future. Piece together these speculations and you will find the secret of the black secret technology which will unlock your future…. The Last Angel Of History takes us on a voyage, from the margins of black culture to its interstellar heart. The film charts a new interface, striking up connections and dialogues between diverse black interstellar parties who have so much in common, and yet for the most part remain unaware of each other’s existence from Sunra to Nichelle Nichols, George Clinton to Lee Perry, A Guy Called Gerald, Goldie and Underground Resistance. Black Audio Film Collective’s exploration of the chromatic possibilities of digital video is embedded within a mythology of the future that creates connections between black unpopular culture, outer space and the limits of the human condition." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYe_nj7xfQM&t=18s
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