When you see the likes of Ben UFO, Shanti Celeste, Madlib, Moses Boyd and Roy Ayers all on the same lineup, you expect them to be spread across a few days, so it’s no surprise that Sunfall Festival is considered one of the best single-day festivals in the country. Bringing many of the best DJs and electronic live performances to Brockwell Park on Saturday 12th August, the festival doesn’t offer a single artist that wouldn’t draw a large crowd of well-informed dancers by themselves, so choosing between them might prove a tricky task. Always aiming to makes things a little easier, we picked out five who we’ll be making bee-lines for.
As head of one of Amsterdam’s biggest record labels in Rush Hour, Antal is one of Europe’s biggest tastemakers. Less well known than frequent partner and good friend Hunee, Antal adopts a similar style and has become known as somebody that even DJs consider a notch above, such is his prowess at uncovering seemingly lost musical artefacts. Working his way through music from all continents but with a particular penchant for highlife and afrobeat party-starters, he’s one of the best around.
Chicago birthed house, and Larry Heard is one of the pioneers who earned it its reputation. Attributed with taking house music away from the mechanical sounds of much of the city’s initial produce and towards the soulful ‘deep’ tones of disco, Larry Heard and his multitude of aliases were known for groundbreaking music, not least the acid house that he put out as Mr. Fingers. Returning to London after two years away, Heard will present new material at Sunfall, with a first new album in 15 years set for release in 2018.
Talk about Detroit techno and house, and especially that of Theo Parrish, and you’re talking about emotion; about history; about soul. Producing with a heart laid bare and the essence of himself and his home poured into his music, a few recurrent beats and a couple of synth chords on loop can somehow carry the Theo Parrish’s message better than any words could. Offering the diversity that comes with decades upon decades spent breathing in the music around him and giving life to masterpieces of his own, Parrish’s music is as human as electronic music, or any music for that matter, can get.
Few DJs in any genre are as in form as electro maestro Helena Hauff, who’s been storming through sets with frightening intensity over the last few years. A collector of all the best electro, breakbeat and techno records with a distinctly analog sound, the former Golden Pudel resident offers racy moments of unabridged delight as well as stimuli for more introspective dancefloor moments. Tough and industrial it may be, but Hauff’s music shows that machines can have their human side too.
One of the en vogue DJs at the moment, Berlin-based South Korean selector Peggy Gou has been making waves as a producer of excellent house and techno, a party specialist DJ and a fashion icon all at once. With a reputation that seems to be rising at record pace, she’s definitely one to catch at Brockwell Park.
Sunfall takes place at Brockwell Park in London on Saturday 12th August, with the likes of Mafalda, Move D, Palms Trax, Motor City Drum Ensemble and The Black Madonna also appearing.
Photo courtesy of Dan Medhurst
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