This year’s annual electronic music festival, MEME, is set to take place at various locations downtown Winnipeg in only a few days! Here are my recommendations as the festival welcomes a variety of interesting local, national and international artists.
Deadbeat, Berlin (June 22nd, Winnipeg Art Gallery – 12am-1:30am)
Though now living in Berlin, Scott Monteith moved to Montreal in 1995 where he quickly became a part of the city’s growing electronic music scene. He released his first 12″ as Deadbeat in 2000. Twelve years later, Deadbeat has accumulated a prolific resume composed of collaborations, festival appearances and releases on multiple labels. His creations are mainly composed of hypnotic, pattern driven ambient techno, big room 909 techno or laid back electronic dub.
My Favorite Robot, Toronto/Montreal (June 23rd, The Manitoba Museum – 1:30am-4am)
MFR is a label but also a trio of music makers and djs. Voytek Korab, James Teej and Jared Simms run one of Canada’s most exported electronic music products. With regular gigs in Ibiza and recent releases on Visionquest and Crosstown Rebels, 2012 should be a thriller of a year with plans to release on Berlin’s BPitch Control amongst others… This is Canadian house music!
Anenon, Los Angeles (June 24th, Old Market Square – 2pm-3pm)
Founder of esoteric west coast label Non Projects, Brian Allen Simon aka Anenon, first came to my attention with his split LP with Asura in 2010, a release that I often revisit to this day. Anenon and co are firmly rooted in L.A. beat culture, but their post hip-hopism clashes in dissonant harmony with many I.D.M. ethos of yore. Make sure to check out Anenon’s debut LP issued in May, Innerhue. A record Boomkat described as “personal, patient an thoughtful music to live inside of, or rather the music that lives inside of us, aching to get out.”
Pearson Sound, London U.K. (June 24th, Old Market Square – 10pm-11:30pm)
Co-Founder and curator of the much lauded Hessle Audio imprint (home of James Blake), Pearson Sound aka Ramadanman aka Maurice Donovan aka (real name) David Kennedy is without question a key player of the British post-dubstep bass scene. Do not miss.
Don’t forget to check out some home grown talent on Friday June 22nd at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in the Skylight Room as a succession of some of our local favorites will perform. The night will start with Woven Record’s own FmSea and Beauchamp, followed by our friend Aaron Bragger. Don’t miss the return of JNL aka Get Famous at 2am! JNL recently released a pre LP record: “I’m releasing my favourite goodies to you as a way of raising funds to work on my upcoming FIRST OFFICIAL ALBUM. ” Purchase here!