Leeds Town Hall will host a quite stunning arrangement of electronic music on Sunday 28th May, with live performances from Floating Points, Yussef Kamaal, Nao and more across a full day of cutting edge music. Also boosted by official afterparties at Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House, the gig is looking like it’ll be the highlight of Leeds’ May bank holiday.
Making use of one of Leeds’ finest music venues, a nearly 160 year old, grade I listed hall with as much grandeur as it has history, World Island will showcase eleven hours of masterful performance, with the experimental programming marking it out as one of the most thoughtful events that the city has to offer this month. Arranged by the good folk at Super Friendz, the event boasts Badbadnotgood, Submotion Orchestra and Romare as well as the aforementioned names, and with Jordan Rakei, Anna Meredith and Charlotte Day Wilson completing the bill, there appears to be absolutely no weak link on a superb list of artists.
Revered by many as a true genius, neuroscientist and jazz encyclopedia Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points demonstrated his extraordinary ear for subtle, moving compositions with debut album Elaenia, and will show why his stock is so high as he delivers a solo live set in Leeds. Consisting of Rhythm Section International compadres Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams, better known as Henry Wu, Yussef Kamaal have changed the face of UK jazz with their extraordinary productions, hurtling into underground dance music to freshen it up and remind everyone that it isn’t just thundering basslines that work on the dancefloor. Blessed with silly amounts of talent, the pair have enjoyed the support of Gilles Peterson among other huge names. Having collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Ghostface Killah and some of the Odd Future crew, BadBadNotGood have a similarly lofty reputation.
A cinematic feel to the evening seems assured, and London producer Romare and Submotion Orchestra will both fit the bill perfectly with their emotive, textured compositions. Romare’s patchwork collections of samples create music which is steeped in emotional content, nearly all of his music weighing heavy with original soul. Falling on the same line between jazz and electronica, The Cinematic Orchestra make an overdue return after a few years of relative silence. With Nao also performing, we can think of no better place to be in Leeds at the end of this month.
Photo courtesy of Floating Points
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