Making her US debut, South London-based musician Klein will be performing at Pioneer Works to culminate a week-long music residency. The evening will feature additional performances by rapper Quay Dash, choreography duo FlucT, and polyrhythmic techno producer Umfang.
One of the UK’s most unpinnable emerging producers and performers, Klein has an often playful and unruly approach to composition which is instantly alluring. Samples of obscure Nigerian B-Movies clatter into jagged beats; distant piano loops lurk in the haze whilst beguiling vocals fade in and out of the sensory world she has created.
This year she released her debut album Only (self-released online and later on heart-shaped diamond USB stick by DIY label Howling Owl Records) and more recently the Lagata EP. She has been featured in Wonderland, Dazed and Confused Magazine, and Wire; i-D magazine premiered the beautiful video for ‘Marks Of Worship‘ (dir. Akinola Davies JR), a stunning five-minute piece of murky ambience dominated by a Whatsapp sermon sent from a Nigerian Aunt. You would expect nothing less from Klein.
“What makes Klein’s unapologetic mess so engaging is an overall sense of playfulness. From her internet-informed aesthetic to the wildly varied influences that permeate her work, everything seems ordered, and purposefully enigmatic. It’s a playfulness that seems symptomatic of modern times, an adverse reaction to harsh, sincere posturing. Klein and her peers are pulling out the rug from the pompous art world. About time too.”
– Billy Black, Crack Magazine
“Juju. Piano Voodoo. Whatever kind of music Klein is making, we’re brainwashed.”
– Lily Walker, Wonderland Magazine
Quay Dash is a rapper and a solo artist from the Bronx, New York City. Her work looks into her experiences as a black transgender woman living in modern day America. Quay has performed and DJ’ed at nightclubs, concert venues, and art galleries across the United States and Canada and her first project, her EP “Transphobic” was released in September 2016. Quay promptly joined Peaches for her North American tour after the release of her EP and she currently lives on the Lower East Side, in Manhattan.
Fluct is the collaborative work of two artists addressing issues in the capital obedience of American culture through choreography and performance. Creating original narrative soundscapes linking a manipulated pop music psychosis with violently intimate dance, their composition is a projection driven to expose the psychology of social paradigm. Fluct’s work has been reviewed by FADER, Vice’s Creators Project, Purple Magazine, Topical Cream, among others. Their work has been shown at the Queens Museum, MOMA Ps1, and their first solo exhibition was held at Platform Gallery, Baltimore, MD in January of 2016. They produce their own large scale choreographed productions [Solar Solipsis,TransValue, ModelHome], collaborate with touring musicians including Pictureplane and MNDR, as well as run Otion Front Studio, a performance/dance space in the neighborhood of Bushwick in NY. More info
Discwoman co-founder Umfang was born in the Bronx, grew up in Kansas and has been living in Brooklyn since 2010. She holds the monthly residency Technofeminism at Bossa Nova Civic Club focusing on emerging local talent and an affection for vinyl. Recently she has played break out parties Sustain Release, Fine Time LA, and a 7-hour open to close set at Hot Mass in Pittsburgh. Her amorphous polyrhythmic techno productions have been released by 1080p, videogamemusic, and Phinery. More info