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The all-night-long XL edition of AB’s electronica concept is back!
braindance_ offers a platform to cutting-edge DJs, bedroom producers and groundbreaking live electronica acts in the spirit of the infamous Boiler Room Sessions. Expect a night of mind-blowing musical discoveries that will get both your dancing legs and brain cells working.
On Saturday 17 December, braindance_ breaks out far beyond the walls of the AB Club. For one night, the entire AB Complex turns into a hot nightclub in the heart of Brussels. Think all out, all night long, with heavy hitters in the main hall and a playground for new, unknown electronica in the AB Club. Ready to reach higher realms? Our line-up certainly is.
For a long time, Fatima Yamaha was shrouded in mystery and we thought she might be a young woman with a Japanese father and a Turkish mother. We now know that it’s the Dutch producer Bas Bron, known for De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig and others. He really broke through internationally in 2015 with the single “What's a Girl To Do”, which we still hear a lot today, from coffee bars to nightclubs.
In 2018, HAAi beat the likes of Four Tet and Avalon Emerson to win the BBC Essential Mix of the Year Award. A year later she released her first EP on the legendary Mute Records (New Order, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Apparat etc.): “Systems Up, Windows Down”. It’s clear that this Australian does not lack talent. Teneil Throssell – her real name – currently lives in London and travels the world playing thumping DJ sets full of dark and trippy sounds.
Daniel Avery calls himself a late bloomer. As a youngster, he grew up listening to the guitars of The Stooges and My Bloody Valentine, later becoming increasingly fascinated with the wonderful world of electronic music. Later this year he releases his fifth album, “Ultra Truth” on Phantasy Sound (the label of Erol Alkan, Connan Mockasin and others), on which we can trace the influences of those darker teenage years. Deftones, Portishead, Nick Cave and the films of David Lynch are all mentioned as sources of inspiration.
Things are moving fast for the Brussels-Ghent duo Aili. After winning Studio Brussel’s De Nieuwe Lichting, they appeared at a number of festivals and their debut EP “Dansu” was a hit. Live, they present a catchy, danceable mix of electronica drenched in Japanese vocals.
Since their first EP was released in 2016 via Soulwax's DEEWEE label, things have been going fast for Asa Moto. Shows all over Europe and a 2-monthly radio show on the Brussels KIOSK Radio. At braindance_ they give us a taste of a DJ set that can range from experimental Jazz to cutting edge electronica... .
Best Breakthrough Producer of the Year 2020 (DJ Mag), Breakout Star of the Year 2020 (BBC Radio 1), Best Producer of 2021 (NME), Best Track of 2020 (Resident Advisor),... these are just a handful of the awards that I. JORDAN have won in recent years. They are one of London's most promise-filled producers, signed to Nina Tune (Bicep, Bonobo, Maribou State,...) and go for 1 thing: high-energy, high-emotions!
Logic1000 (cancelled) is guided by her intuition when writing songs, and the Australian DJ and producer has benefited a lot from this tactic. Spontaneous releases and impulsive tracks created buzz online, and now it's impossible to imagine the club scene without her. Collaborations and remixes for Glass Animals, DJ Tennis and Groove Armada, among others, prove this all the more.
yunè pinku (live)
She’s only nineteen, but according to NME Asha Yuné is already “electronic music’s most exciting new prospect”. She’s not a big fan of wild nightlife and throbbing basses, preferring more chilled-out electronica. Happy music, ideal for early drinks, a sordid after-party or the taxi home at 8 am.
DIANE is a Brussels based sound engineer and DJ, with a strong focus on exploring the essence of sound and the impact it has on us. She's always confronting the status quo, making not settling her daily mission. Dark, heavy low end hits of emotions while paying bits of tribute to the genres that shaped her and tracks which surprised her and everything that pushes her forward will be part of her DJ sets.
Maarten VX is an emerging Ghent-based artist balancing danceability and musical profoundness in his edgy electronic music. Bred in the lockdowns of 2021, Maarten VX has since released two EP’s, finding their way to airplay on Studio Brussel. On top, he dropped a remix for DJ Seinfeld and was voted the winner of Cellini's remix contest. Live, he experiments in the gray zone between a concert feeling and a club experience.
Some of these shows are Liveurope concerts:
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