Tuesday 24. 5.
Tony Simon—aka Blockhead—has been making and releasing utterly distinctive, funky and emotive music for the last two decades. Blockhead grew up in downtown New York City. As the son of an artist, surrounded by visual culture, he early on found that his passion was for music, for the sonic. A fan of a whole range of sounds, especially hip-hop, Blockhead steadily built a tremendous collection of tapes and later CDs from innumerable artists, a quiet accumulation of knowledge and know-how. After a brief stint as a rapper, he realized his calling was behind the boards and not on the mic – and from there began to produce beats. Since making that decision, he's kept pretty busy: carving a niche as a sought-after underground beatmaker that people call when they want something special. Blockhead produced nine tracks on Aesop Rock's critically acclaimed album Labor Days. Additionally, he produced half the tracks on Aesop Rock's follow-up EP, Daylight. He has also worked with other indie giants Atmosphere, Murs, Mike Ladd, and Illogic. In between, he found time to complete a break beat album entitled Blockhead's Broke Beats, with 10 hard-hitting instrumental tracks, which was released on Mush Records.
ARMS AND SLEEPERS
Arms and Sleepers is the electronic music act founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2006, formerly comprising Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic. In recent years, Lewis has become a less active member leaving Arms and Sleepers to continue with Ramic as the sole official member. Over the years, the group has amassed over 30 releases, 2,000 live performances, and countless TV and Film music placements in their 15-year history. 2020 was Arms and Sleepers’ busiest year yet, with the release of a 6-part conceptual music series that included 3 full-length albums and 3 EPs. In 2021, Arms and Sleepers celebrated its 15th anniversary with a slew of re-releases and anniversary editions. 2022 will see the release of a new full-length record, Arms and Sleepers’ 13th official studio album.
il:lő- difficult to capture or hold permanently, having wings de Paris et Berlin
il:lo was born from the meeting of Dejan Dejado and Andreas Schütz in Prague in 2010. These two French producers, aged 29 and 31, shared common interests and they decided to collaborate in 2012. After six months of to-ing and fro-ing between the two musicians, they released their first EP, Distances. Coming together in Paris, they released Places in 2015. In 2020, after the release of their Sloh EP they embarked on national tours with Blockhead (Ninja Tune) and released official remixes for Emancipator and CloZee. The story continues in 2021, with remixes for Mt. Wolf, Panama and Jerro, and releases on Bitbird and Anjunadeep.
Their composition method remains unchanged. One spends his time looking for samples to give the other material for his cuts and edits. The duo takes inspiration from their travels and takes the names of their tracks from valued moments. il:lo's music is an invitation to take flight, to let go.