Slagwerk at Horst Club: cyber aesthetics in post-club realms
On November 24th, Horst Club is welcoming Slagwerk for a night of contemporary club sounds and post-pop music with Jam City, Toxe, Liyo and Otis & Phillip Jondo.
Slagwerk operates as a platform primarily focussing on contemporary music and art. The events which ranged from intimate settings to outright club nights have always aimed for the intersection of sound and scenography and presented a wide range of significant artists such as James Ferraro, Amnesia Scanner, Oli XL, Klein, Crystallmess, Varg2™, Rabit, SKY H1 and many others. Besides organizing events, they present themselves as a music label. Their aesthetic ranges from metamodern internetculture to endeavours into spiritual ambiences contaminated with strikingly dynamic club environments. Striving for an eclectic body of work is the main intention. On November 24th, Horst Arts & Music and Slagwerk are joining forces for an unforgettable club night in the recently opened Horst Club.
"A decade ago, Jam City played a pivotal role in influencing the scene that encompasses Slagwerk, and his ongoing significance is underscored by his latest album. The timing to bring him over for this collaboration is impeccably fitting." — Otis Dehaes, Slagwerk founder
Night Slugs inspirer: Jam City
Jam City embarked on his career in the London club scene, gaining acclaim with the revered 'Classical Curves' in 2012. Taking a creative turn, he released the dreamy and socially inspired 'Dream A Garden' in 2015, a stark contrast to his previous work, yet equally celebrated as a classic.
Concurrently, he delved into collaborations as a producer and writer, starting with Kelela's 'Cut 4 Me' mixtape in 2013 and progressing to executive produce her debut studio album, 'Take Me Apart' (Warp 2017). Positioned at the forefront of innovative RnB and Pop, his production prowess became highly sought after, contributing to hits for artists such as Troye Sivan, Conan Gray, Olivia Rodrigo, Joji, Lil Yachty, Bad Gyal, MØ, Mallrat, Allie X, Killy, Deb Never, Perfume Genius, and David Byrne.
Safe to say Jam City is a versatile and incredibly hard working producer and DJ, constantly challenging himself and the scene he operates in while striving for nothing but high quality output.
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Sweden's sonic revelation: Toxe
Swedish producer Toxe has swiftly risen through the challenges of the club scene, earning acclaim from the outset. In just a few years, she has unveiled three EPs and provided music for renowned fashion houses like KENZO and Acne. Toxe emerged as a compelling force in experimental club music, establishing herself as a key figure in Stockholm's innovative STAYCORE crew. Her unique sound seamlessly oscillates between hi-tech futurism and human emotion.
Following the success of her debut EP, "Muscle Memory," released on Staycore, Toxe's career has consistently soared, gracing lineups at club nights across Europe and undertaking global tours. A digital native with a design-friendly aesthetic, Toxe also crafts her own artwork and music videos, integral to her artistic vision.
"Blinks," her 2018 release and debut EP on PAN, reflects Toxe's inclination to articulate a simultaneous and unstructured array of experiences through a fractal burst of sweet melodies and subtle laments, set against a backdrop of frenetic rhythmic scenes. In 2019, Toxe collaborated with German musician Mechatok to form the duo Emiranda, delivering the EP "My Face" on Berlin label Yegorka. Her latest release, a 12-inch split vinyl with French producer and DJ Crystallmess, marks her second venture with PAN.
"Our aesthetic ranges from metamodern internetculture to endeavours into spiritual ambiences contaminated with strikingly dynamic club environments. Striving for an eclectic body of work is the main intention." — Otis Dehaes, Slagwerk founder
NTS resident and longtime Horst affiliate: Phillip Jondo
After his presence at Horst Arts & Music Festival in 2018 (see below), we're more than happy to welcome longtime Salon des Amateurs resident and London’s NTS Radio Phillip Jondo again.
Approaching club music with a global outlook that entails its unconventional niches and pathways, Phillip embraces the DJ's role as a conduit for a lifetime of influences. He deconstructs the essence of dancehall, R&B, jungle, rap, and bass-heavy techno, skillfully reassembling this musical multiverse into sets that are both challenging and highly impactful. Operating under his SPA label, Phillip releases a diverse array of styles. As a producer, he is currently exploring innovative approaches to channel his music for films and video games. Simultaneously, he collaborates on gritty club meditations with Melbourne's DJ Plead and composer/double-bass player Maxwell Sterling, contributing to labels such as Dekmantel and SPA.
Co-founder of HE4RTBROKEN, a Belgian collective promoting parties and hosting a radio show on NTS, Liyo conceives her sets as sonic storytelling, meticulously stitching together music from all over the spectrum into a unique and sentimental narrative. She's a regular at Slagwerk, and on November 24th you'll get to experience exactly why.
Slagwerk at Horst Club is taking place on November 24th in Asiat Park, Vilvoorde. Tickets are available here. This club night will be elevated with an intervention by Wang Consulting, invited by Ula Sickle. Think clubbing garments and party outfits. Come, see, and wear for yourselves! More info on Slagwerk can be found here.