120 MINUTES Presents:
GAIKA (soundsystem) & Yves Tumor w/ special guest Russell Butler
Elbo Room | 647 Valencia St. | 9pm-2am | February 23rd | 21+
GAIKA is the underground artist making music fresh from Brixton, where he was born and raised. With a warped, electronic blend of grime, dance hall, garage, hip hop and R&B, Gaika takes the sonic textures of the streets and crafts them into brand new, glistening shapes. "I like the idea of putting these organic sounds into a weird, mechanical space," he tells me, and in his debut mixtape Machine you can feel it – the hyper-real sound of South London being transformed into something alien-like and digital, and in turn, utterly unique.
Yves Tumor is the inspired, enigmatic and conflicted persona of Tennessee-raised producer/performer Sean Bowie, a conduit for a distinctly bold personal aesthetic that has wrought the entrancing Serpent Music LP (out now on PAN), and a burgeoning reputation for bruising, invigorating live performance.
Evolved from a diverse and prolific creative history under an expansive plethora of covert aliases, plus strong ties with forward-thinkers such as NON and Mykki Blanco, Yves Tumor emerges as Bowie’s most personal and matured incarnation to date, with Serpent Music his strongest recorded statement.
Russell Butler is an experimental artist and DJ based in Oakland, California. Originally from Bermuda, Russell has developed a process of improvisation that draws from a rich cultural of history rooted in their island and the black, queer diaspora.
For the past few years they have been making a brand of stripped down machine techno that has evolved rapidly with each successive release. Transplantation, evolution, and healing are themes in Russell’s music. They based their 2015 album, “God is Change”, on Octavia Butler’s Parable series of novels, in which these are central tenets of the philosophy that the books explore. Since its release “God is Change” has received major acclaim, with NPR naming it one of their top 10 favorite electronic albums of 2015. In 2016, Russell released Visions of the Future on Jacktone Records, which is a collection of improvised modular synthesizer sessions. A month later, Russell’s follow up to “God is Change”, “The First Step”, was released on Black Opal. “The First Step” is dedicated to the “…black, brown, trans, queer, and gay folks of Oakland” and posits that “…sometimes to resist oppression, all we must do is simply exist. That is the first step. Let us strive to walk without fear.”
Russell's newest record, I'm Dropping Out of Life is set for release on January 30th via CGI Records.
Fact track premiere
Club Chai Compilation
Physically Sick Compilation
120 MINUTES (WΞ Pι4Ŷ B∀ŞΣĐ-ĞØŦĦ )
120 MINUTES is an audio-visual experience. a dance club which focuses on the dark & bass heavy... atmospheric and enveloping, we bring you late night dreams.
All night residents will spin absolute darkness; exclusive remixes as well as custom videos and visuals... and an insane light show and shot tons of fog from our friends at FUTUREWEAPONS (https://www.facebook.com/FutureWeaponsLighting)
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