MONTICELLO – Sustain-Release takes another deep dive at Camp Kennybrook with YEAR FOUR, September 15-17th 2017. As ever, the programming courses between warm enveloping grooves, bold techno and homegrown NYC mayhem with tons of North American talent in the mix.
On Friday’s Main stage, coder-turned-hitmaker and P-Bar regular AVALON EMERSON brings a burst of hypercolor, original edits and boss-mode surprise twists. Closing the night, collaborators DJ QU & JOEY ANDERSON go head 2 head for an extended set of stoned, emotive house and techno. Having been serious house dancers during New Jersey’s heyday, they both channel that perspective into startling & addictively supple new shapes. Charismatic rare disco/boogie selector & producer JAYDA G joins from Vancouver via Berlin, where she runs the Freakout Cult label with Sex Tags Mania’s Fett Burger. Setting it off is local loft favorite TURTLE BUGG.
At the Bossa Stage, new directions in Brooklyn & Ridgewood’s underground trade notes with EU emissaries STENNY & ANDREA. The duo is quintessential Ilian Tape both separately and together, making moody, heavy, breaks-y techno with an epic streak. Young BK legend-in-the-making AKANBI closes the stage; his Groovy Groovy parties & DJ sets mix up everything fast, crazy, and infectiously new. Earlier in the night, we get a double dose from the Ridgewood, Queens scene: EXOTIC DANCE label heads J. Albert & Person of Interest open, followed by the white-knuckle junglisms of DEEJAY XANAX (aka DJ Wey, Luis, Python, etc). RELAXER, the new project of Ital, plunges head on into a live set of lacerating, psychologically-charged techno.
The pool party is at it’s most playful this year. Headlining is Tokyo’s POWDER, who began making music as an escape from a dreary high-rise office job. Oozing with a heavy psychedelic groove, her DJ sets & recent EP H on Berlin’s Cocktail D’Amore are joyous descents into the stranger corners of house. OCTO OCTA has recently experienced an artistic and personal transformation – she’s come out as trans and released her most resonant work to date. She’ll join for a live set after fellow Honey Soundsystem labelmate JUSTIN CUDMORE, whose chunky acid cuts harken back to the glory days of Chicago House.
Saturday Main is a 12+ hour techno tunnel.. #1 Annihilator HELENA HAUFF takes the helm with a rare appearance in the states. Her vision is unmistakably nasty, melding pounding electro, rare EBM, and jaw grinding lost rave. Texan astral wanderer CONVEXTION touches down with a live set of gorgeous, searching electro. He’s followed by the slow burning cosmosis of Japanese newcomer WATA IGARASHI, protégé of DJ Nobu, whose productions have been twisting into ever-deadlier & dreamier formations. RANDOMER brings a late night dose of take-no-prisoners pounding, where UK futurism meets L.I.E.S. nihilism and Berghain-sized power. The night opens with an unfurling ambient session from Tokyo-based CHRIS SSG, of MNML SSGS fame. He’s followed by S-R residents THE LONG COUNT CYCLE, who stir the cauldron from evocative interludes to a rolling boil. Discwoman’s VOLVOX & UMFANG split the closing, bringing us home with one last blast of NYC mischief.
Steering deep into the night at Saturday’s Bossa stage is UK rising star JOSEY REBELLE. A Rinse FM resident with a genius for eclectic mixing, Rebelle cuts from I-F, Xosar and Drexciya to drum ‘n’ bass, ghettotech, Chicago house, boogie and beyond with an effortless narrative flow. Acting Press boss & MPC ninja PLO MAN returns for an extended closing set, mixing buoyant bombs and languid melters with winking b-sides and classics from the vaults. ROMANS, the duo of Tin Man & Gunnar Haslam, dose the room with improvised live modular acid. Also live, Cititrax rising star MARIE DAVIDSON opens the stage with raw, knowing vocals and lean, propulsive synth & drum machine badassery. Resident AURORA HALAL plays a DJ set of immersive, darkly tripping techno.
The campfire & ambient teepee are open all weekend, and this year will feature a 4-hour journey from Unter’s PURE IMMANENCE at dawn on Saturday morning. After Saturday’s nightfall, FLUCT conduct a specially commissioned dance piece in the forest grove across the bridge.
As always, both stages will be equipped with sound by SUBBASS SOUND SYSTEM and hand-built lighting by NITEMIND. Food is provided by the same teams as last year – SODA CLUB in the canteen and vegan-focused REMEDI FOOD in the cafe. The hot tubs, Ambient Tent and campfire are all returning. Full lineup announced with Round 2 tickets.
Year Four tickets are limited to 1,000. Due to limited capacity, S-R uses a membership system, where previous attendees can buy a ticket for themselves during the first round, and one for a guest in the second round. Entrance at the camp will start at 3PM Friday and close Sunday 3PM.
DJ QU & JOEY ANDERSON
STENNY & ANDREA
MARIE DAVIDSON live
OCTO OCTA live
VOLVOX & UMFANG
THE LONG COUNT CYCLE
FLUCT dance performance
LIGHTING BY NITEMIND
SOUND BY SUBBASS