Loving electronic music in every sense is mad miran aka Miran Belhanafi, the newest addition to our SSFB family. While she’s gearing herself up for her SSFB debut coming June, here’s a proper introduction to this multifaceted newcomer in the form of a playlist filled with obscure and overlooked gems from far-out corners of the sonic underground.
For the third consecutive summer, SSFB will descend on the green terrain of the waterfront-facing Noorderlicht in Amsterdam North. To accommodate an expanded line-up this season, the festival will be spread across June 23 and 24 for a full-weekend experience. A preliminary wave of line-ups released earlier last month gave festival goers a first hint at what they can expect this year. As we embark on preparations for our very first weekender, we’re pleased to reveal that the finishing touches to 2018’s line-up have finally been added.
Similar to the previous two instalments, the weekend’s performances will be played out across three stages. On Saturday, The Rest Is Noise and Red Light Radio will each host a stage. On Sunday, Rush Hour can also be found by the waterfront of the Noorderlicht alongside The Rest Is Noise and Red Light Radio.
In addition to artists announced last month, these are the latest and final names:
Dopplereffekt have long been staff favorites at SSFB HQ. Gerald Donald – the man behind the genre-defining electro of Drexciya – has teamed up with To Nhan Le Thi since 1995 to dose audiences in cold, masked-up and sci-fi injected electro. Come 23-24 June, these living legends have a single task at hand – to electrically overcharge the grounds of NDSM.
Father and son Saeid and Naghib Shanbehzadeh are some of the most consummate proponents of their region’s Southern Iranian music. With Shanbehzadeh Ensemble, expect a whirlwind tour of traditional Persian Gulf instrumentation and percussion, augmented by myriad influences picked up from their region’s location on the Silk Road for thousands of years.
The unapologetic and boundary-shattering pursuit of self expression by poet, activist and performance artist turned indie rapper Mykki Blanco is undeniable throughout his work; the wholly individual aesthetic winning him praise from the likes of Björk and Flea, and has seen him partner with Berlin’s K7! for his own DOGFOOD Music Group imprint. It’s the breeding ground from which he kicked off C-ORE, a confrontational compilation with Yves Tumor, and carried to term the 2016 eponymous LP Mykki – an album he considers his strongest output to date.
Alessandro Adriani is bringing his superb Mannequin label for a never-before showcase, teaming up with French electro-techno-EBM veteran The Hacker for a special back-to-back set. A true extension of Alessandro himself, the legendary imprint is devoted to uncovering synth wave and other dark obscurities. This recently culminated in a fortnightly Mannequin Records Nacht at Säule – Berghain’s ground-floor sanctuary for experimental music. Pairing up Adriani and The Hacker for a set seemed like a no-brainer: a dig through their back catalogues finds two complementary, but noticeably different styles. The Mannequin showcase will also feature Giant Swan and JASSS, two previously announced artists on this year’s line-up.
Congolese troupe Konono Nº1 were formed in the 70s by Mingiedi Mawangu, a kalimba player and truck driver. The band has lived through several generations now, but their philosophy has always been the same: play killer shows with DIY instruments you’ve made yourself. Likely to accompany the troupe are junkyard items, scrap metal and microphones stuck inside horns for amplification. Expect to hear why jazz great Herbie Hancock and dub techno pioneer Mark Ernestus requested to collaborate with them.
Rabih Beaini has been around the block a few times. From curating Indonesian music in Berghain, running Morphine Records and band-leading the Upperground Orchestra to exploring raw analog techno, distortion-colored drone and his native Lebanon’s folk – Beaini is an avant-garde compass whose polarized point is his own taste and intuitions.
Lanark Artefax embodies a hard-hitting yet emotional approach to experimental electronica, which has won praise from Aphex Twin and Lee Gamble’s UIQ labels. His understanding of ambient harmonics is just as complex as his IDM drum programming. We expect big things from this artist in the not too distant future, and this festival season will see Lanark Artefax deliver a breathtaking A/V show.
DJ Kampire is increasingly breaking out of her native Uganda to bring her hybrid sound – dance music interpretations of traditional East African music – to the world. Through her collective Femme Electronic, she’s leading the region’s fight for gender equality by providing underrepresented female artists a platform in the electronic music industry. Expect powerful, speaker-shaking soundwaves and fierce energy when she lands at NDSM Noordelicht.
DJ Paulão will be arriving from his native Brazil – Sao Paulo to be exact – to play some of his favorite Brazilian gems that he’s spent most of his life unearthing. Whether it’s throwing parties, founding radio stations, or running Patuá Discos, one of the city’s best record stores, Paulão proudly champions his local scene and his country’s musical culture.
Maryama started her African Acid Is The Future party four years ago in the iconic Herz bar in Neukölln, Berlin. Later joined by partners Romain and Dauwd, the parties are starting to become some of the most talked about in the city. Known for their electric atmospheres and tolerant clime, it features an open-minded music policy centering on psychedelia and influences from the Nile Delta to the Cape of Good Hope.
German duo Die Wilde Jagd have brought a fresh take to 70s krautrock for just two years, but it’s already making a splash. Hamburg label Bureau B were their first champions, who they rewarded with a striking self-titled album – recalling Hamburg heroes Kraftwerk and DAF but further electrifying the sound and sliding deeper into entrancing grooves. Their upcoming album Uhrwald Orange is slated to be one of 2018’s highlights; expect to hear material from it at the festival.
A strong case could be made that without Young Marco there ain’t no Amsterdam party! Having already paid his dues for well over a decade in the city’s dynamic underground scene, the quirky party starter has more knowledge than almost anyone when it comes to how to bust one up on any given dancefloor. We’re grateful he’s taken the time out of curating his excellent Safe Trip label to have a dig through his bag and present us with whatever weird gems he chooses to. Marco played at SSFB’s very first edition, so we can confidently say you’ll be in safe hands with this returning Dutch hero.
Izabel Caligiore is the head of one of Amsterdam’s most forward-thinking labels: Lullabies for Insomniacs. It started off as a radio show on Melbourne’s PBS Radio, and when she relocated to Amsterdam she quickly revived it on Red Light Radio and transformed it into an expertly curated label. Izabel’s taking time out from her busy schedule this year to delight at SSFB once more.
Oceanic’s productions and influences are impossible to narrow, probably inspired from his work at the stacked shelves of Rotterdam’s Clone. Currently holding a residency at De School, the DJ and producer is one of the country’s finest talents with a long, multifaceted production career ahead of him.
Pascal Pinkert, Rens Ottink and Timothy Francis are behind Dollkraut Band– a hybrid setup incorporating obscure analog gear and traditional instrumentation. They’ve found homes for their strange krautrock electronics on labels like Permanent Vacation and Tape Records Amsterdam, but they thrive on performing live – the original reason for the band’s formation. The trio will also be performing songs from De Ambassade, a Dollkraut side project for their new-age and synth-pop leanings.
We’ve discovered that Fenna Fiction has one of our favorite music collections, and naturally had to invite her to play it at our festival. Expect obscure takeaways from the corners of windswept ambient, Indian classical and folk that she’s spun on NTS Radio, Red Light Radio and Stroom.
At the cusp of breaking into the big leagues is Amsterdam-based Merel, a young artist who has been making her rounds in the local circuit. Absolutely fearless in her selections and uncompromising in her music policy, we think she’s going to be the talk of the Netherlands soon. Expect expertly curated electro oddballs and other dark corners of electronic music when she makes her SSFB debut this summer.
Take the countries used to make up the Ottoman Empire, multiply them by their music scenes and add a boatload of cassettes from this corner, and you’re pretty close to understanding Osdorp Tapes. Baris Akardere and Jurriaan Pots – from Osdorp, incidentally – use the Mediterranean basin as a conceptual starting point for collecting an incredible cassette collection, which they will no doubt tap into at the festival.
Performing as Randstad is DJ, producer, and contemporary artist Thomas van Linge, who co-owns Rubber and BAKK, the last of which has quickly become one of the Netherlands’ best imprints, scoring releases by heavyweights such as Legowelt, Aurora Halal and SFV Acid.
Rush Hour family member Satoshi also runs a homonymous blog as one half of the DJ duo Okonkole Y Trompa. A seriously musically aware individual, Satoshi will open up the Rush Hour stage with an ambient set which is going to feature incredible records floundering in the genre’s dusty and forgotten archives.
A fixture at Utrecht’s online radio station Stranded FM, Tala Drum Corps has walked alongside us through several milestones. He featured at our 2016 magazine launch party at De School, wrote for our magazine, and last year, he joined us to Marrakech for our very first overseas stage hosting at Atlas Electronic. It’s already an open secret that we consider him a part of the SSFB family, and this summer, he will finally lay claim to the stage officially as one of our own.
Making their third appearance at the festival are two friends who have carried the torch for SSFB since its inception. As residents twice upon a time, Lounes Doulache and Stefan Hagesteijn are never quite satisfied with simply churning out dancefloor fillers, preferring to blur the boundaries between genres and toy with the expectations of their audience. The two have come a long way in the last few years: from running an events agency, to DJing across the country, to now holding down Traumgarten – a conceptually brilliant show on Red Light Radio.
The festival will take place once again on the green grounds of Noorderlicht by the banks of the River IJ. Surrounded by repurposed warehouses and located right next to the NDSM – a former shipyard turned cultural and creative hotspot, the unique location doubles as an ideal backdrop for an SSFB event.
Line-up per day:
Die Wilde Jagd (live)
Equiknoxx feat. Shanique Marie (live)
Lanark Artefax (live)
Les Filles de Illighadad (live)
Lulu & Mata Hari
Mannequin Records showcase: Alessandro Adriani & The Hacker, Giant Swan (live) & JASSS
Mykki Blanco (live)
Nurse With Wound (live)
Orpheu The Wizard
Tala Drum Corps
African Acid Is The Future
Die Orangen (live)
Dollkraut Band (live)
Konono No. 1 (live)
Leroy Burgess (live)
Shanbehzadeh Ensemble (live)
twice upon a time
Early-bird Day tickets and Weekend tickets are on sale now.