Soundcrash have an ear for finding the more forward-thinking music out there and giving artists a London stage to present their creations, with their residency at XOYO attracting electronica fans with a soft spot for hip hop. Wagon Christ, aka Luke Vibert, headlined the night, taking a break from his usual dancefloor acid and amen breaks to revisit his hip hop alter ego to celebrate the launch of new album Toomorrow with guests Ceephax, dÉbruit, Infesticons providing support.
!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/4d93abd5ee9587270c000163.jpg!XOYO has been creating a lot of noise since its launch last year, rapidly becoming the go-to venue for promoters and though it’s still lacking in visual impact, it’s soundsystems being treated to quality output. For this Soundcrash night, there was an air of excitement as the basement was packed to the brim. Arriving to see dÉbruit in full-flow, Parisian Synth Magician Xavier Thomas stood in the middle of the stage flanked by two screens and a pair of guitarists. Wearing white lab coats and with visual including two eyes starring out into the audience, their show was like watching a trio of scientists midway through an audience brainwashing session. The mindbending electronica of Thomas bordered on the psychadelic while the driving guitars ensured the bodies moved as they were hypnotised.
Vibert took a break from his usual dancefloor acid and amen breaks to revisit his hip hop alter ego.
!(feature_r)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/4d93aba5ee9587270c000162.jpg!Meanwhile, upstairs I Love Acid and Keep Up! were providing the tunes with Planet Mu’s acid queen Doubtful Guest, and I Love Acid regulars the AGT Rave Cru gleefully pumping out the rave classics including “The Vamp”. Images of celebrities and dubious-looking characters were projected in their glory on the wall with variations of the phrase “I Love Acid” specific to them – oddly freakish at times. The more eclectic range of tunes from Keep Up! made for a break from the old skool moments, but it was time for Ceephax downstairs who’s wide range of equipment was emitting fast-paced acid and whipping the crowd up into a frenzy. The brother of Squarepusher once seemed destined to live in the shadow of his sibling’s grasp of the guitar coupled with drill and bass but while Squarepusher seems to have been caught up in his own prolonged improv obsession, Ceephax’s acid is as entertaining as ever.
!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/4d93ab40ee9587270c000161.jpg!The last slot of the night went to Wagon Christ, slowing the music down to hip hop pace. Vibert’s releases under the Wagon Christ name adopt a mash up of beats, samples and styles, and he continued the theme into his this live set taking swigs at his bottle of beer, wiping his forehead with his t-shirt and generally looking relaxed as he mixed old and new together. “Lover’s Acid” got a look in to rapturous approval and the material from his Toomorrow album on Ninja Tunes was warmly received. Vibert’s haunched stance starring into a laptop may not be the most exciting stage show, but thankfully the music is always top drawer.
Photography by Freya van Lessen.