Berlin still is an important center for experimental music. A whole bunch of exciting contemporary artists and labels are based in town, amongst them label Blackest Ever Black that just moved from the UK to Berlin. One of their latest signees is vocalist and multi-instrumentalist SILVIA KASTEL who is about to release her debut LP on the label. As one half of Control Unit (with Ninni Morgia), she has worked with the likes of Smegma, Factrix, Gary Smith, Aki Onda and Gate (Michael Morley of The Dead C). Hailing from Italy via Brooklyn, NY but with a predilection for the bleak and jarring sounds of the UK’s first industrial wave, Kastel’s confrontational yet sensual work incorporates voice, rhythm, synths, tape echo and dub influences.
This Friday, Silvia will provide DJ duties when mysterious Argentinian producer NGLY returns to Berlin to support his most recent release (“Psychosis” EP) on Brooklyn’s L.I.E.S. label. The night will be opened by Grammar of Movement, who has recently released his debut EP on London’s purveyor’s of abstract, heavy techno/house. Lobster Theremin is the second DJ of the night. For ACUD blog, Silvia gathered a playlist with her most fav tunes right now.
Lil Noid – Load My Clip
“This whole release is essential. Proper Memphis biz”
Clarence G – Cause I Said It Right
“Ruthless James Stinson alias, everyone understadably goes nuts on the dancefloor with this one”
Zahgurim – New Flesh
“Eeerie and classy 80’s gem, can’t pin it down. Industrial vibe, electro beat, flanging guitars… I love Zahgurim so much”
Haruomi Hosono – Body Snatchers
“Obsessed with Hosono-san, he’s a total genius. ‘Techno-pop’ is what he calls this”
Inhalants – There Are Cops Around
“I’m a sucker for those beeps in the fog”