Le Guess Who? reveals curators for 2019 edition

Utrecht’s Le Guess Who? is gearing up for its 13th edition, running from 7-10 November this year, and the first big announcement of 2019 is here.

Every year, Le Guess Who? invites a few artists as co-curators, to help shape and enrich the festival with hand picked selections which reflect their own interests. Today, the organisers have revealed their guest curators for this year. Fatoumata Diawara, Jenny Hval, Patrick Higgins, The Bug, Moon Duo, and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed, will all be involved in programming, with free reign to invite their own favourite and like-minded artists. With the exception of Iris van Herpen and Salvador Breed, all the curators will also be performing themselves. They join an impressive list of past Le Guess Who? curators, which last year included Shabaka Hutchings, Devendra Banhart and Moor Mother.

Known as one of Mali’s most inventive artists, Grammy-nominated musician Fatoumata Diawara is not only notable for her talent as a singer, songwriter and guitarist but also as an actress, activist and defender of women rights and social justice. Involved in a variety of projects, Fatoumata has recorded and performed with a multitude of artists, including fellow Mali artists Amadou & Mariam and Oumou Sangaré, Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn and Herbie Hancock, amongst many more. Her music draws from her roots while looking to the future. The festival notes that artists related to Afrocubism and Afrofuturism will be the core of her curatorial selections.

Jenny Hval’s performances and artistic output embraces a variety of arts forms and vehicles for expression, from poetry and music, to performance art, and film. As a true multidisciplinary artist, who has previously graced Le Guess Who? stages, it is fitting that in 2019 the Norwegian musician and writer should curate her own programme.

Following his colossal performance with the string ensemble of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra at Le Guess Who? in 2017, avant-garde composer, guitarist, and producer Patrick Higgins returns to the festival as a guest curator. A creative visionary, known for his membership in New York noise-rock band Zs, Higgins has an impressive solo and collaborative discography under his belt, having also composed for several renowned ensembles and soloists. We’re looking forward to seeing what his line-up will be.

Prolific British musician and producer Kevin Martin aka The Bug is a legend in his own lifetime, counting a plethora of musical projects. With a career spanning over twenty years and more than 150 recordings in many different genres, The Bug came to existence in the 90’s, first as a dub-oriented project before turning to Jamaican dancehall and similar genres like grime and dubstep.

Psych-kraut stalwarts Moon Duo first came into being in 2009 in San Francisco as a side project collaboration between Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson and keyboardist Sanae Yamada. Ten years on, the duo have released several studio albums, EPs and singles. The duality between light and darkness is central to their most recent album, Occult Architecture, a double cosmic voyage that sees them exploring new textures and sounds.

A trailblazer in the world of fashion, Dutch designer and couturier Iris van Herpen has her foot in the future, mixing fashion and technology, in particular 3D printing to create her own garments. Together with her partner, sound artist Salvador Breed, they will curate a programme reflecting their aesthetics.

We’ll have to wait a little longer for the curated picks and the full festival line-up to be announced but if past editions are anything to go by, we can already be sure of one thing: it will be unmissable!



Le Guess Who? 2019 takes place from 7-10 November, in various idyllic venues throughout the city of Utrecht. 4-Day Festival Passes are currently available until May 2nd for €123,00. Find tickets and more information at www.leguesswho.com. Read our review of last year’s edition.

Efrim Manuel Menuck and Kevin Doria set to release first collaborative album are SING SINCK, SING

After last year’s release of his second solo album, Pissing Stars, Efrim Manuel Menuck enlisted Kevin Doria to help him transpose the album from the studio to a live setting. A year in, out of touring and collaborating, Menuck and Doria became SING SINCK, SING.
As a duo, their first material is coming out in the shape of an album called are SING SINCK, SING. “An antifascist poetics of sound that unspools across five crushing, keening tracks driven by thick sweeping drones, battered by inscrutably searching, ricocheting vocals”, describes the press release. “Anguish, yearning, and desperate conviction combine in these saturated survivalist electro-hymns, for as long as the power stays on to overload the amplifiers.”

Menuck and Doria had already shared the first single ‘We Will’ and now they have let loose another cut from the album, ‘Fight The Good Fight’. Take a listen to both below.

are SING SINCK, SING is out on May 10th through Constellation

Cate Le Bon announces fifth studio album Reward

There´s a new album on the way from Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon entitled Reward. With DRINKS, her duo with Tim Presley, she released Hippo Lite last year but she hasn’t released a full-length since 2016’s Crab Day. Slated for a May 24th release through Mexican Summer, Reward came into being after Le Bon spent a year living by herself in the Lake District. “There’s a strange romanticism to going a little bit crazy and playing the piano to yourself and singing into the night,” she says of her time there.

Other than the Lakes, Reward took shape later in different locations, including LA, Brooklyn and Cardiff, and saw Le Bon assemble of cast of musicians including Khouja and fellow co-producer Josiah Steinbrick, Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa on drums and percussion, Stephen Black (aka Sweet Baboo) on bass and saxophone and Huw Evans (aka H.Hawkline) and Josh Klinghoffer on guitars.

‘Daylight Matters’ was the first single to be lifted from Reward, followed by ‘Home To You’, both with accompanying videos. Casey Raymond directed ‘Daylight Matters’ and the latter was directed by visual artist and filmmaker Phil Collins.

Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek set to release debut album Kar Yağar

Fronted by Turkish singer and multi-instrumentalist Derya Yıldırım, and with members hailing from Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain, psych-pop quintet Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek are gearing up to release their debut album Kar Yağar. Translating as “Snow Falls”, Kar Yağar marvelously blends a mixture of influences and genres, from Anatolian roots music and 70’s jazz to early prog rock. The record, and as the press release describes, “has the dynamics of an epic journey through the Anatolian highlands where deep-rooted folk effortlessly switches to sparkly improvisation or dancy pop tracks.” Comprising original songs and instrumentals, Kar Yağar also features Turkish folk songs re-arranged by the band.
Ahead of its release on May 24th through Catapulte Records, Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek have shared a string of singles. Take a listen to the stunning and hypnotizing opening track “Üç Kız Bir Ana” and the album´s closer “Oy Oy Emine”. The latter, a cover of a traditional Turkish song, comes with a video by Agnieszka Gasiorek and Marcin Dominiak.

Snapped Ankles share video for ‘Tailpipe’ and announce new UK Autumn tour

Released last month through The Leaf Label, the feast of awesomeness that is Snapped Ankles‘ second album Stunning Luxury keeps on giving. The London outfit have shared a video for the album track ‘Tailpipe’, filmed and edited by Marnie Hollande and featuring Nissa Nishikawa. Check it out below.

In other related good news, and in addition to a bunch of live dates starting in May and throughout the summer, Snapped Ankles have announced a new UK tour this Autumn. Check out the full set of dates below:
8th October – The Haunt, Brighton
9th October – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
10th October – Picture House Social, Sheffield
11th October – The Crescent, York
12th October – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
15th October – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
16th October – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
17th October – Metronome, Nottingham
18th October – Boileroom, Surrey
25th October – The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
29th October – Village Underground, London

Listen to black midi’s new single ‘Crow’s Perch’

South London 4-piece black midi have been making waves as of late, and with good reason. Their debut single ‘bmbmbm’, released last year, was a beast of a song, and they followed it earlier this year with ´Speedway’. Now, signed to Rough Trade Records, the enigmatic quartet have let loose another tremendous single called ‘Crow’s Perch’. It comes with with an accompanying video by susan_creamcheese and you can watch it below. If you suffer from photosensitive epilepsy, just listen to it loud.