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Essential Listening: South West Four 2016

Essential Listening: South West Four 2016

Andrew Kemp | Features & Interviews

Marking the last weekend of August, South West Four will wave goodbye to summer with one final stint outside, as Clapham Common hosts a large bill of in demand DJs on the 27th and 28th of August. Having invested heavily in the festival’s sound and visual production, organisers will hope that they’ve booked the acts to match, with some of the best names in house, techno, garage and more invited to play out in the sun for the 13th year of the festival. With plenty to choose from, we’ve picked out five picks from the final day to help you plan for the last Sunday of August 2016.

Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons
In 2015, Crosstown Rebels lynchpin Damian Lazarus released Message From The Other Side, an album featuring slick experimental tech house with sounds from Guinea and Pakistan. Music for hot weather, the music is shrouded in a dehydrated fogginess, evoking images of wavy mirages and shimmering hallucinations.

Black Coffee
One of a burgeoning crop of South African house producers and DJs, Black Coffee is a soulful selector with a keenness for vocal hooks and deep rhythms, and it is this that has earned him a place on our list. Bringing big beats and a warmness that many can only dream of, he’ll fit in well at SW4.

Four Tet
Few are bigger in the game at the moment than Keiran Hebden, who’s put in more than enough graft over the years with an unending stream of high quality releases. Sometimes floating like confetti in a gentle wind, sometimes banging like a firework in a kick drum, Hebden’s tracks are some of the most creative in the business. Running the fantastic Text Records and releasing mainly on Domino, Four Tet has earned himself a huge following, collabed with some of the best producers going and become revered for his genre-spanning DJ sets, making him an instant highlight in any festival lineup.

Lauren Lane
Having earned her stripes on the New York circuit, LA based Lauren Lane has grown to specialise in the sort of warm, stompy tech house that Nic Fanciulli, her mentor on Saved Records, is synonymous with. Playing alongside a whole catalogue of big names from the house and techno spheres along the way, Lauren has become one to watch this summer, with tunes like this made for the big day outdoors.

Number 2 in RA’s Best Live Acts 2015 poll, Recondite understands the dancefloor better than most, and knows exactly how to control it. An immaculate performer, Recondite takes minimal techno and makes it growl, adding acidity and crushing percussion when necessary to make some of the darkest party music you could dream of. Introspective and engrossing, his musical landscaping is an inspiring journey.

These acts and many more can all be found at SW4 on Sunday 28th of August, with artists such as DJ EZ, Shadow Child, Kidnap Kid, Armand Van Helden and Dizzee Rascal also booked for the Saturday. Head here for tickets, the full lineup and more.

Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of South West Four 

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