After listening to a lot of jungle, dub and breakcore, Eduardo Ribuyo had his brains blown when he met NHK, aka Kouhei Matsunaga. The ensuing metamorphosis brought us C_C, master of handmade beats and analogue feedback loops. Taking k7 tapes as his primary material, and sourcing sounds from anything and everything, C_C produces heavily textured music breathing, repetitious, and deep. Live performances envelop, soupy and treacly, moving incognito through his signature improvised flow.
Dead Fader construct savagely abrasive dance tracks from molten blocks of noise and distortion. Intelligently distressed synths and deteriorated samples tap into your innermost cerebral hemispheres; unapologetic dread noise blasting through your core and assassinating dance floors across the world.
“Your average Dead Fader track is a masterpiece of control, prying open a porthole into the yawning void whilst keeping a few toes carefully planted on the dancefloor.” – The Quietus
“We once again find ourselves with his trademark sound between stabbing hip-hop and industrial-sounding bass music… a feast of abrasive textures” – Playground
“Sometimes you discover a track that makes you pound your desk and shriek “SICKKKKK” into the sky, to whatever god or ceiling fixture will listen.” – Electronic Beats
DJ Scotch Bonnet is the new solo project of Shigeru Ishihara, aka DJ Scotch Egg. A maverick, crazed with energy and excess creativity, Ishihara’s chance meeting with Matsunaga Kouhei spurred an isotopic explosion of activity and inspiration; the result was new dope style distorted bass and beats now championed by offshoot label, Small But Hard.
Swapping GameBoys and 8-bit limitation for a hefty distortion unit, Ishihara delves deep into the world of bass-driven hip-hop breaks. DJ Scotch Bonnet melds dense distorted beats with his signature pop sensibility, referencing Scorn, NHK, and the dance music culture of new home-town, Berlin.
Ishihara is prolific in his output, and has collaborated with E-Da (ex Boredoms) in epic psychedelic outfit DRUM EYES; works with Bo Ningen’s Taigen Kawabe, and Dokkebi Q’s Gorgonn in dub distortion unit DEVILMAN, and also plays bass in newly reformed electronic pioneers, SEEFEEL.
Kathy Alberici is an experimental violinist with a love for analogue electronics and deep listening. Following a childhood of intensive classical training, Kathy followed a chaotic path through jazz and noise music that led her to the experimental underbelly of Brighton, UK, and more recently, Berlin.
Her solo work as Bocca al Lupo yields inhabits a tingling space between noise, soundscapes and drone; evocative 'sonic portraits' which twin hallucinatory string and synth shivers around grainy industrial skeletons. Alberici's 'Sonic Portrait of the Funkhaus Nalepastrasse' premiered at CTM 2014, and has also been featured on Deutschland Radio Kultur's Klangkunst program.
She is best known for her role in psychedelic kraut-doom outfit, Drum Eyes (Upset the Rhythm), and her collaboration with Jan St Werner in his electronic opera, Miscontinuum (Thrill Jockey).
Paul PM, the founder of the now legendary PupetMastaz, has contributed widely to the underground Hip Hop scene across the globe with the likes of DHR, NHK’Koyxen, Devilman and Dj Scotch Bonnet, Paul’s most recent collaborative project is called Brotherhood of Ra, a duo with Shigeru Ishihara (Dj Scotch Egg, Scotch Bonnet, Devilman etc)
The shadowy figure at the center of the WordSound multiverse who masquerades as Spectre, The Ill Saint, (among other aliases) is none other than Skiz Fernando, a singular figure in the media/arts community. After graduating from Harvard and the Columbia University School of Journalism, he began his career as a music journalist for The Source magazine. He parlayed his knowledge and expertise in the field of hip-hop into the critically-acclaimed book, The New Beats: Exploring the Music, Culture & Attitudes of Hip-Hop (Anchor/Doubleday, 1994), which has become an important document of the culture behind rap music. The New Beats has since been published in England, France, and Japan.
Not content to just write about the music he loved, Skiz, a long-time deejay and producer, borrowed $1000 from legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and started WordSound Recordings in December 1994--a self-described “guerilla think tank” dedicated to continual creation and constant elevation. WordSound’s no-compromise, D.I.Y. approach and unique, artist-first agenda is responsible for 65 full-length releases over the last 21 years (10 produced by Skiz himself), including a handful of seminal singles on WordSound's vinyl-only, sub-division Black Hoodz. Running the gamut from dub and hip-hop to drum 'n bass and electronica to world and just plain weird, WordSound boasts an eclectic catalog, known and respected worldwide for its innovation, experimentation and creativity.
Tenshun’s (real name Jon Calzo) is an eclectic turntable/electronic music artist and beat maker from San Diego CA, head of Skrapez label and part of the Creatures and Kilowattz crews.
In recent years, he has performed concerts in Los Angeles, San Diego and all over Europe backing up Gonjasufi. Calzo is also a member of an electronic music duo called Skrapez who released numerous recordings on their own label and the group Obscuricon. For the past two years, Calzo has been blurring the lines of musical genres with his extensively wide range of influences, mixing his own music with hip-hop, funk, polish jazz and scratch-dub. A very brief list of his influences include David Tudor, John Cage, The Executioners and QBert.
Master of deconstruction and reappropriation, Walter Gross’ no-rules approach to freak-noise experimentation has led to collaborations with artists such as K-the-I???, Skrapez (Tenshun & Psychopop), Anticon’s own Pedestrian (Anticon) and Sole (Anticon co-founder, Fake Four Inc). Nowadays, oozing from the cracks of his claustrophobic sound lab, Walter Gross bleeds percussive mayhem and grungy vocals; his constant reinvention informed by a chequered history of debilitating aural impairment, cinemania, and relentless ambition. Gross presents a slice of Baltimore’s psych scene through a mosaic of work that is systematically re-constructed, broken down and reassembled with an affronting intensity that will bend your ears and your mind.