Le Graciés is a collaboration in the truest sense between Paris-based sound artist Gaël Segalen and Deepblak co-founder Afrikan Sciences.
Segalen’s experiments in electroacoustic sound met the wider world this year via a debut LP for Erratum, an arresting work that showcases her ability to merge hypnotic murk ala Angus MacLise with the hard concréte of Parmegiani & Reibel. Segalen’s IHearU imprint / organisation is a platform for her various doings, including psychogeographical audio works and multi-media collaborations, as well as servicing as a reference point for other contemporary female artists working across various mediums. Eric Douglas Porter aka African Sciences has been deconstructing and re-building forms of contemporary Black music since the mid-2000’s, through releases on Deepblak (the label he co-runs with Aybee) and PAN. His musical universe is one of warping cadences and celestial melody, referencing the bold work of percussionists like Milford Graves & Art Jenkins, the dissonant chords of Motor City Techno and stripped back essence of early Chicago House matched with broken Hard Bop sentiments: all tied together with an aesthetic that sits somewhere between Sun Ra’s omniverse, Jean Giraud Mœbius and Dogon cosmology. Together as Le Graciés, Segalen and Porter make a wholly unclassifiable strain of music that, while containing recognisable elements of each individual’s work, also creates a third entity in the process, which can be heard to stunning effect on their forthcoming debut LP for Firecracker Recordings.
Live support on the night will come from the Yorkshiremen Pitt & Pitt, literal brothers-in-arms and mainstays of the Glasgow underground whose multiple talents can be heard on their involvement with groups such as Golden Teacher and Ultimate Thrush, not to mention countless other collabs with a diverse range of artists.
DJ duties will be supplied by Mother & DJ Crud, who are known together for their Concrete Cabin night – a soundclash of various forms of post-jungle musics and forward-thinking electronics. Apart they have loaned their talents to acclaimed underground institutions of late: Crud dropping recent mixes for Going Good and Slabs of the Tabernacle, and Mother for The Trilogy Tapes and Long Island Electrical Systems.
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