In anticipation of this year’s New Forms Festival here in Vancouver, curator Michael Red has put together an hour-long mix of music exclusively from artists that are performing, including international favorites such as Kode9, Sinjin Hawke, Kuedo, Canblaster, Actress & Teebs, but also tracks from locals such as Max Ulis‘ new project Larry James, Evy Jane, recent Alpha Pup signees Falcons & several from Jellyfish Recordings artists including HeadSPace, Jolin Ras & Nick Wisdom. The mix has reached its maximum number of downloads on soundcloud, but you can download it directly here.
Michael Red’s collaborative live dub project Chambers will be kicking things off on Saturday night at the Great Northern Way venue before an all-star cast of producers take over for the night – check the schedule out so you plan your weekend accordingly – the free Sunday at New Brighton Park should be legit as well, if the New Brighton Special earlier this summer is any indication.
Aside from this being my first time seeing Kode9 (I’m also curious to check out his “Unsound Histories / Martial Hauntaologies” conference presentation on Saturday afternoon) , I am really excited to see Sinjin Hawke’s hardware-based live set – his New Forms appearance will be one of only three live sets booked on his summer-long North American tour – out of over 25 DJ sets. “I decided to leave the computer out and limit myself to an MPC and some analog synths, effects, and drum machines,” he explains. “It took me a few months to put the whole thing together—write the songs and program the synths” (via XLR8R). The first live set of this tour was broadcasted live back in July via Boiler Room Los Angeles, do yourself a favour & check that out below. Weekend-long festival passes are on now for $60, or you can get yourself a $30 ticket just for the late night vibes on Saturday here – again, do yourself a favour & sort yourself out.
Also, just earlier today, festival headliner DJ Stingray of Detroit’s Underground Resistance crew offered up a promo mix made specifically for the festival, released via XLR8R’s podcast series – grab that and check the write up here.