There’s just over one month to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.
Performing Saturday 9th November at Janskerk
The compositions and soundscapes of Bremer/McCoy offer a space for contemplation. Melodic, tranquil and utterly engrossing, their music is infused with emotion. Childhood friends Morten McCoy and Jonathan Bremer formed the duo in 2013, first as a reggae group before morphing into a jazz, dub and neo classical outfit, intensified by the handbuild soundsystem they use when playing live. They are soon to release their fourth album, Utopia, and leading up to their performance at Le Guess Who? in November, we asked them what artists they were most excited to see. Read on to find out.
Jah Shaka Sound System
Performing Saturday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by The Bug
“Jah Shaka has always had an deep and spiritual vibe in his works during the last 40 years. Both as a soundsystem operator, record producer and chanter. We very much look forward to experiencing the mystical vibration of a Shaka dance once again.
A proper soundsystem dance is not about getting wasted but about meditating to the conscious sounds. If its on his own soundsystem one can look forward to one of the most special sounding operating systems out there… it sounds like thunder & lightning and with harmonic distortions that can make the bass reverberate in a whole different key. If not, I really hope that we will still experience Shaka on a proper deep soundsystem. He should not be allowed to play on a standard club PA. This is spiritual music, but when the bass hits, it needs to hit you in the physical realm too.”
Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force
Performing Friday 8th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by The Bug
“This is a very original blend of Ernestus’ Basic Channel roots and African rhythms and instruments. Formless, deep-sounding, partly handplayed and partly programmed. There’s something mystical about their sound and style. We very much look forward to seeing how they approach a live performance. “
Le Guess Who? will take place 7-10 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.