Friday, 15 May 2009

"Stick your enemies in front of daytime TV"

is Mark E. Smith's advice this year via his annual missive to his fans, which in the wake of the public's disgust with our political nomenklatura could result, if we all accepted the advice, in the erection of an enormous outdoor screen in Westminister broadcasting Jeremy Kyle's bile 24 hours a day. I don't know for sure, but claiming expenses for their kit kats while "and now for those DNA test results!" reverberates like thunder across SW1 will probably be more difficult.

My own advice this weekend is to stick your friends in front of Zomby, playing live for the first time in Manchester this Saturday (16 May) at Club Underground as part of the anually (usually naff) Futuresonic Festival. Zomby's superb genre-shifting debut LP,
Where Were U in '92?, merged elements of dubstep, hardcore rave, piano house and, on standout track 'Tears in the rain', dialogue samples from Blade Runner.

Zomby, along with other ace producers like Rustie, Hudson Mohawke and Joker, has been lazily fenced into a genre called "wonky", the fans of which according to
former clued-up music journalist, Simon Reynolds', recent ill-conceived theory are all ketamine users. Clearly annoyed at the article, Zomby thankfully provided a short riposte (found here) to the Guardian's anachronism, who's evidently not been to a club since people stopped shouting "oo-ee, oo-ee!"

Support comes from a bunch of people I've never heard of and headlined by dubstep stalwart Kode9. More info for the night can be found hither.

Zomby - 'Tears in the rain'.mp3

Zomby - 'Float'.mp3 (YSI)

also check out Zomby's amazing 'Back to '92' Mix for Dazed & Confused magazine.

Words: SS

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