Analogue presents ZOMBY (Hyperdub, Werk)
Twisted Pepper, 11pm March 19th
Tickets €8 presale, €10 on the door
Never one to be tied down by the boundaries of any scene or genre, Zomby’s catalogue so far has unfurled in all sorts of weird and remarkable directions. From the dark bubbling atmospherics of his early Dubstep releases on the influential Hyperdub label, through the twisted, molten klaxons of his hardcore-influenced ‘Where were you in -92’ album on Werk, to the serpentine psychedelic chip-tunes woven through his recent output on Ramp, Zomby has defiantly marched to the two-step beat of his own drum.
While Zomby chooses to cloak himself in anonymity – notably obscuring his face with the pyramid eye of providence in his most used publicity shot – his musical output has created serious ripples both inside and outside of Dubstep circles. His album and EPs garnered rave reviews on websites such as Pitchfork (who describe him as ‘one of those crucial producers who can trace his lineage back though a youth of garage, jungle and rave’) and Resident Advisor (who proclaim that he ‘blew the bloody and stumped doors off the dubstep rule book’). It’s no surprise that every forward-looking new release from the influential producer is leapt on by a legion of DJs and dance music fans alike.
It’s not only critics who’ve taken notice of Zomby’s singular talents. Sharp-eared festival goers would have heard the unmistakeable bomb-scare sirens of -Euphoria’ dropped into Aphex Twin’s live sets last summer, and, more recently, none other than a certain Lady Gaga has blasted a cut or two during the interlude of her recent -Monster Ball’ tour.
In spite of the white-hot hype surrounding his musical output, Zomby only rarely makes live appearances. -Where were you in ’92?’ Zomby asks in his giddy love-letter to the mashed up days of hardcore; where will you be on Friday March 19th?