Fresh into the New Year, Sequencer and Redux join efforts to present an evening of no holds barred techno.
ISRAEL VINES // los angeles (borrowed language, eye teeth)
For over two decades, Israel Vines has challenged and embraced listeners by recontextualizing sounds from a wide range of genres and eras. A product of the ’90s rave scene in the US midwest, Vines’ early interest in industrial and left-leaning electronic music readily merged with his exposure to Chicago house and Detroit techno, and that mix of influences is felt in his DJ sets and productions.
Despite years of dedication to DJing, Los Angeles-based Vines remained relatively unknown until he launched his now-retired label, Borrowed Language, in 2010. Through his collaborations with Jeff Pietro, he honed his sound prior to releasing his own solo material on respected labels such as Cult Figures and Semantica, while stepping into the world of remixing for the likes of Erika, Makaton, and Stave. Now, he has found a more permanent home on the Eye Teeth imprint — an offshoot of Detroit’s long-running Interdimensional Transmissions label, where he released the well-received (and regularly caned) WWKD EP. Vines has also released collaborative material with Chicago’s Kit Geary under the KGIV guise on Horizontal Ground, with another EP forthcoming on Eye Teeth.
KAMAL NAEEM // berlin (blank slate)
Berlin-based Kamal Naeem is the owner of Blank Slate, an independent record label devoted to providing a range of musical voices, from techno to afrobeat. He has been a music lover ever since his mother blared Nausat Fateh Ali Khan, his father introduced him to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and he listened to Louis Armstrong’s rendition of Disney songs. Established in 2012, Blank Slate was founded during his time in Ithaca, NY and is continuously putting out heavy hitting records.