breakandenter and Suma Halloween w/ Alex Smoke, Adam Marshall, Komodo
Calling all creatures of the night …
Arise from your crypts and coffins, emerge from your lairs and dungeons, hop on your brooms, the Eve of All Hallows is almost upon us and the frightening chill you feel in the air can only mean …
It’s time for breakandenter and Suma’s third annual two room Hallowe’en spook-tacular rave from the grave!
We’ve assembled a truly scary lineup for what promises to be a ghoulishly good time. We’ve resurrected some fan favourites and hometown heroes to reanimate your undead body with monster beats.
So freaks and freakettes join us as we get …
Featuring the macabre melodies of …
Alex Smoke (Soma, Vakant) – LIVE PA – UK/DE
Adam Marshall (New Kanada, Cynosure, Dumb Unit) CA/DE
Nature of Music (Equaria) – LIVE/DJ
Martin Fazekas (breakandenter)
Mike Lambert vs. LeeLee Mishi (Suma)
and the beastly beats of …
Komodo (Sambal Records) – LIVE PA – CA
Jonak K (Teknotribes.com)
Vicious visuals, by Siren Sativa, Jaxamuse & ZumOne
First 200 tickets $20
Next Block of Advanced Tickets $25
Earth & Fire – 489 Queen Street West
Shanti Baba – 546 Queen Street West
Play De Record – 357 Yonge Street
Grindhouse – 281 Augusta Avenue
About the Artists
Alex Smoke – Soma Records/Vakant – UK/DE – LIVE PA
Alex Smoke is a Scottish talent making electronic records that blur together European minimalism, pop structures and emotional strings and pads. He has released two full length albums, ‘Incommunicado’ and ‘Paradolia’ [Soma Records] and a slew of singles and remixes, many of which have arrived on Soma and German label Vakant.
His debut release ‘Random As’ came out in January 2002, but Smoke has always been immersed in music. In his youth he sang in a choir for four years (a far cry no doubt from the mournful tones on his ‘Don’t See the Point’ or ‘Never Want to See You Again’), his parents are involved in classical music, and he has classical training in cello and piano.
Smoke’s own productions are often described as moody, a reputation he doesn’t shy away from. His debut on Soma was the euphoric ‘Chica Wappa’, described by Smoke as “undoubtedly the most optimistic track I’ll ever write. My music will never be this upbeat again.” His wish might have come true: recently Smoke’s remix work on Vakant and especially his reedit of Junior Boys ‘In the Morning’ have focused heavily on melancholic electronica, although Smoke has a noisy, brash side too, evidenced on big tracks such as ‘Meany’ and ‘Brian’s Lung’.
Smoke both performs live and DJs, and his agenda as a spinner is perhaps well represented by ‘Sci-Fi-Hi-Fi Vol. 3’ from 2006. His debut DJ mix combined a fascination with dub techno, classic Detroit (Smoke is not averse to playing old records at all) and new European minimal techno.
Alex was recently named as breakandenter’s best headliner by fan poll and we’re pleased to have him back for this auspicious occasion.
Adam Marshall – New Kanada/Cynosure/Dumb Unit – CA/DE
It has become de rigeur to talk about boundary-hopping artists, but in Marshall’s case, he’s earned his reputation as a trailblazer. Born and raised in Toronto, and now based in Berlin, he’s been active as a producer, DJ, promoter and label head for some 10 years now. But, at a point in his career where other musicians find themselves slowing down and settling into their comfort zone, Marshall seems refreshingly unencumbered by his past achievements—and equally unconstrained by the limits of the scene around him. Marshall has long been a top-notch producer, but the past few years have seen his work getting more inspired, more experimental and more confident in its own path.
It’s hard to put a name to the music Marshall is making these days. Although rooted in house and techno—particularly in its lush chords and rich, analog feel—it has just as much to do with contemporary mutations in bass music. See, for instance, his masterful “North at Night,” released in 2009 on Cynosure, which filtered resonant dub techno through skippy UK garage rhythms, featured one of the most lyrical synth leads in recent memory, and took the bold step of all but subtracting the kick drum. In his DJ sets, Marshall makes even more explicit the link between precision-tooled techno and bass music’s rhythmic trickery, playing fast, tight and dexterous. And a new sub-label, NKLTD, promises to focus even more intently on music falling outside the confines of house and techno as they’ve come to be known.
Komodo – Sambal Records – Montreal –LIVE PA
Komodo is a Montreal-based composer, musician and DJ who specializes in playing fast dub basslines on the Australian didgeridoo, producing heavy beats and bass, and playing an assortment of other instruments such as Turkish flute and frame drum. His DJ sets feature live performance on his instruments and showcase many of his original tracks produced specifically for his live shows.
In Montreal, Komodo currently runs a bass music night called Komodo Dubs that has been graced by such international electronic music luminaries as N-Type, Shackleton, Goth-Trad, Benga, 2562, Sukh Knight, RSD, and Caspa. Komodoâ€™s brand new full-length album, entitled Shadow Dance, was released on May 24th, 2011.