BRDCST: please welcome de crème de la crème of the female Chicago footwork scene
BRDCST is AB’s outstanding indoor spring festival spotlighting musical boundlessness.
The name is a direct reference to the retro futuristic electronica-pop of English band Broadcast that released inspiring albums like ‘Haha Sound’ and ‘Noise Made By The People’ over the past decade. Artists who feel strongly about musical innovation form the focal point for BRDCST. Our musical gut-feeling does the rest.
BRDCST GOES BONNEFOOI
Again this year, BRDCST has formed an alliance with the neighbours on the other side of the street – music bar Bonnefooi @ Steenstraat 8 – to offer an extra platform for exciting and innovative sounds. Rewind? Last year’s highlights were: Moor Mother (who appears at this edition with her band Irreversible Entanglements), Les Filles De Illighadad and the Icelandic postpunk of Kælan Mikla. This year we go for the African diaspora (see: SCRAAATCH) with a focus on the NON Worldwide collective (see: Nkisi and Bonaventure).
BRDCST GOES FOOTWORK
Just like techno will be forever asscociated with Detroit, hip-hop with New York and grime with London… footwork will always be linked to its birthplace: Chicago. Footwork – aside from the genre, also a form of swift streetdance in true battle style – already came into being in the early ’90s (!) with a speed of 160 bpm took along quite a few influences from house and techno on that highway. The icons are undoubtedly pioneer R.P. Boo and London label Hyperdub, that provided the genre with international recognition via DJ Rashad (also founder of the Teklife collective), but Jlin and Jana Rush also contributed with their superb albums popping up in many year-end charts of ‘17.
JANA RUSH (us)
Jlin and Jana Rush signed for the footwork albums of the past year, with ‘Black Origami’ and ‘Pariah’ respectively. Chicago born and raised Jana Rush already released her first 12” in ‘96 (!) and then – after a break of 20 years – only really made an impression in ’16 under the name JA Ru, with the EP ‘MPC 7635’. In the meantime she worked as a chemical engineer in an oil refinery, as CAT-scan technician and as firewoman. Her refined album debut ‘Pariah’ – a delicious mix of footwork with influences of jungle, acid, soul, jazz and house – instantly ended in The Wire’s Top 10 Best Albums of ’17, with the praise: ‘The best album to come out of Chicagoan footwork to date’.
Entry is free of charge according to the principle ‘First come, first served.’
This also applies to those with a Limited BRDCST Festival Pass.