Regis and RP Boo have been added to the line-up of Skaņu Mežs festival for adventurous music in Riga, Latvia. Both will perform at the music hall „Daile” on October 13. Tickets: ticketservice.lv
As co-founder of the influential Downwards Records, Karl O’Connor aka Regis, alongside his label-mate Surgeon (aka Anthony Child), was one of the originators of the Birmingham sound, forging a sound that blended Chicago house with darker European electronics. It is also highly probable that he propagates other pseudonyms. This has only added to the greater mythology surrounding Downwards label that he has run with fellow art terrorist Peter Sutton (Female) since 1993. Unconventional and single-minded to say the least (what label can boast a back catalogue free of the industry standard cash cow remix) by decentralising the focus on the dj/producer personality, he remains one of the more highly regarded creative forces within the British techno/electronic scene.
RP Boo a.k.a. Kavain Space is a man who is revered and respected amongst the dance music cognoscenti. He’s cited as one of the originators of Footwork, the fast, repetitive, rhythmically syncopated music & dance style that’s a grandchild of Chicago house and which has been brought to the wider world via releases from Planet Mu and others, alongside internet archaeology from fans, experts and enthusiasts. In 2018, RP Boo returned with „I’ll Tell You What!”, his third album, of which Pitchfork.com wrote the following: „On his first album of all new material, the Chicago footwork pioneer pushes at the outline of the genre, playing with convention and keeping listeners thrillingly off balance. [..] I’ll Tell You What! is a masterful album of precision and imagination, one where footwork resounds with the potential of a rewritten rule book.”
Stay tuned for further announcements of Skaņu Mežs 2018. Tickets to the festival can be purchased here: ticketservice.lv. Advance sales ticket for a single concert night costs 15 EUR. Meanwhile, the first 100 two-day passes are currently available for 20 EUR.
Skaņu Mežs festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Latvia, State Culture Capital Foundation, the Municipality of Riga, Trust for Mutual Understanding as well as iRobot, Valmiermuiža and Red Bull Music Academy. Skaņu Mežs is also a member of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, supported by the „Creative Europe” program of the European Union, and I.C.A.S., an international network of festivals, devoted to adventurous sound.
Skaņu Mežs happens on October 12 and 13 at music hall „Daile” with an opening event on October 6.