We can't believe it has been 7 years since Alien Jams started as a radio show on NTS Radio
. We have organized two events this summer to celebrate, showcasing artists from our recent compilation/ radio shows throughout the years.
SHAKEY (Wilted Woman + Silvia Kastel)
acolytes x Alobhe
+ Copy Corpo (visuals)
Gary the Tall
£8 advance/ £10 OTD
SHAKEY (Wilted Woman/ Silvia Kastel)
Starting their collaboration at an improv event in Berlin called Thalamus, Wilted Woman and SIlvia Kastel have been working together on their new project «SHAKEY» Each with their own distinctive musical careers. Kastel started at young age in Italian duo Control Unit alongside Ninni Morgia. In 2009, she founded the Ultramarine label, focusing on abstract and improvised sounds. Her most recent release called Air Lows came out on Blackest Ever Black earlier this year with much anticipation. Wilted Woman shares a similar affinity for unorthodox sounds, touring extensively in the US and Europe, her self proclaimed «anxiety rhythm» has been released our own Alien Jams label last year under the name 'Home Listener' alongside a recent release on Container's Plastic Bags.
acolytes x alobhe
Alobhe is the alias of enigmatic Berlin based, Hamburg raised producer Iris Bauer. With her debut EP State Space on London's Tobago tracks, Alobhe has made an impact with her blunt driving dj sets for Warsaw's Intruder Alert and Tobago Tracks. She is joined live in the UK for the first time in collaboration with fellow misfit, London based Denesh Shan who works under the alias Acolytes.
Having met in Berlin in 2017, the duo found common ground in a shared vision of lo-fi broken rhythmic music, typfied by lurching, often out of time compositions and shredded electronics. This culminated in their frantic one take recording «idk demo» on Alien Jam's «Nervous System» compilation.
Rachael Rosen Ltd Ed. is a transmedia artist from the UK who makes use of sound environments and possible play spaces to explore the fissure between author/ reader and online/offline environments. Rosen is known for her atmospheric live sound collage, as well as her ongoing project pOrtals, a world-building and storytelling exercise, which began in 2014 and has included collaborative output with Quantum Natives and Werkflow. She has been an artist in residence at Rupert, Vilnius LT (2017); performed commissioned work at Issue Project Room, New York (2017), New Forms Festival, Vancouver (2016), and the ICA, London (2015); and presented work created during residency at The Banff Centre as part of group show, Vaporents at VOIDOID Archive, Glasgow (2016).
xname is a solo project by Eleonora Oreggia, a London based conceptual electronic artist from Milan, currently fully funded PhD candidate in Media & Arts Technology at Queen Mary University of London. She makes performances and interactive installations. Her live compositions transform light and other electromagnetic frequencies in sound waves through self built synthesizers and complex semi chaotic machines. She is also the founder of Nebularosa, a record label promoting music that challenges the established modes of music production.
Brood Ma is the musical alias of artist James B Stringer, co-founder of Quantum Natives, and Werkflow, a games engine focused, digital arts studio. Brood Ma is a fractured, cybergothic nexus of tropes from weird literature, dystopian rave and high technology, presented in longform performances and recordings that resemble crisis scenarios as much as electronic mixes. The music tends to be oppressively psychedelic, evoking fourth-world entropy, embattled tax-havens, and the aesthetics of simulated combat. As well as a number of digital musical and visual releases on Quantum Natives, Brood Ma has released on labels such as Tri Angle records, Hemlock and Mantile records.
'pounds like hardcore (of the drum and bass variety) injected with Xenomorph DNA' — Pitchfork
'casting distorted ripples through a bruised stretch of time' — The Wire
FOQL is the alias of Polish artist Justyna Banaszczyk who crafts heavy, elegant and hypnotic music, standing somewhere between obscure synths and the darker, more industrialized fringes of techno and cold wave/ post-punk influences. Detaching herself from the occasional boredom of techno, she also employs the best elements of the genre to shape her own unique sound — one that is as
danceable as it is sonically adventurous and atmospheric. Wavey synths and analog rhythmic patterns float into dense soundscapes or become immersed in lo-fi noise shards or melancholic soundscapes. Her association with such labels as Enfant Terrible, Pointless Geometry and Alien Jams also illustrate the vast scope of her activities.
Darek Pietraszewski also known as Copy Corpo is an improvisor and promoter of independent music, co-founding the cassette label Pointless Geometry. He creates music on electronic and electroacoustic objects. Together with Justyna Banaszczyk he organizes the Warsaw concert series focused on experimental music — «V / A — Various Artist». As VJ Copy Corpo, he creates visualizations based on feedback and video materials from VHS cassettes working within the aesthetics of analog glitch and psychedelic color structures. In his improvised sets he uses analogue video mixers, video cameras and other peripheral devices.
Steadfast at the fringes and fronds of UK electronica since the late '90s, Dave Henson a.k.a. NOCHEXXX has previously done the do for Ramp Recordings, Actress' Werk Discs, Type and Alien Jams over the last few years, forging a sort of eldritch, radiophonic cyberpunk that frankly sound like f**k-all out there. OK there are plenty of artists working with cranky, heatsick synth and drum machines right now, but few others do it with such an unhinged grasp of groove and feel for intricate sequence derangement. It's a fever dream of clattering yet deft machine funk, serving saltiest styles running the gamut from Drexciyan tics to the apocalyptic Shangaan Disco deviation, thru to combustible garden shed techno experiments and rudeboy salutes. Expect a dubplates set on the night with visuals from Plastic Horse.
rkss is an alias of Robin Buckley, a London based sound artist. They hold German and UK passports. Their releases on UIQ, Alien Jams, Where To Now? and more have explored the materiality of film sound, YouTube and EDM sample packs through the lens of house, ambient and computer music.
Buckley also runs a radio series for Resonance Extra called Lossless Communication, which explores sound discovery in the internet era. Other recent work includes a live improvised performance with Claire Tolan in Berlin, sound design for the art website clubdead.io
and Brostep in the Style of Florian Hecker, a multi-channel composition available for download with limited edition lanyards and a game which offers a virtual environment for listening to the composition.
Gary the Tall-
Gary the Tall is well known in the East London scene for his passion for obscure and often overlooked sounds. His long running NTS show, the Reign Set shines a light to the environs of outsider artists, paying particular attention to post-punk, synth, no wave & much more.