Sun 08.04.18

James Holden & The Animal Spirits (Live) + Irreversible Entanglements feat. Moor Mother + MDC III

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BRDCST: mesmerizing electronica with live band approved by Thom Yorke

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.

After only three years, it has already become BRDCST tradition: we round up BRDCST with a true mini-festival. Our closer will be none less than producer James Holden. The rest of the line-up will be made known soon.

BRDCST notches up a formidable electronica high-flyer in the form of JAMES HOLDEN & THE ANIMAL SPIRITS. Even though the word 'high-flyer' is entirely applicable (Thom Yorke took him along with Atoms For Peace on tour through the US and Holden has worked on remixes for Mogwai, Depeche Mode and Radiohead), we’re short-changing Holden with the term 'electronica'. It was namely jazz icons like Don Cherry and Pharoah Sanders who inspired his search to assemble an ensemble that would be the equivalent of ‘a spiritual jazz band playing folk/trance music’. He renamed this ensemble – which includes drummer Tom Page (RocketNumberNine) – Animal Spirits. Holden considers them to be his fellow travellers.

MDC III is the outright superb project of Nordmann saxophonist Mattias De Craene, who has himself assisted by no less than two drummers: Simon Segers (De Beren Gieren, Stadt, Black Flower,...) and Lennert Jacobs (The Germans, Hong Kong Dong,...). Echoes of John Coltrane’s ‘Interstellar Space’ album from ’67, with drummer Rashied Ali, are never far removed. Their first EP will be released on the eve of Record Store Day, with a striking guest appearance by Sylvie Kreusch (Warhaus/Soldier’s Heart).


If, as he says, James Holden's latest album reflects his love of Moroccan gnawa, then it is the task of BRDCST to dig deeply into the Moroccan musical landscape. Enter Boussiphone Records. Founder Mohammed Boussif launched the label in the early ’50s and is considered to be ‘het Marokkaanse equivalent van Alan Lomax die het muzikale erfgoed van de Maghreb vastlegde.’ (Gonzo Circus)

DJ/programmer/obsessive musician Gerd De Wilde has immersed himself in the label that sent an estimated 3,500 releases out into the world. Ready for Si Daty Et Mounina, Aisha El Khadem & Amar El Moki, Robert Saghir and Farkat Ali on the turntables? Then we can confirm Gerd De Wilde as your musical host for the entire festival day.

This visit to BRDCST is also the Belgian live-première of Holden's brand new album, which he says is bursting with ‘synth-led folk-trance standards'and reflects his love of Maroccan gnawa.

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