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Surefire Agency: New Roster Additions

New Roster Additions : June 2011
Demdike Stare / Jon Convex / Kangding Ray / Mark Ernestus / Rob Hall / Sigha

As constraints and boundaries within electronic music continue to dissolve, Surefire are proud to announce the addition of these extremely talented artists to our roster.

Demdike Stare [Modern Love]

Demdike Stare is the occult themed collaboration between Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker (aka MLZ). Using the stepping stones of vinyl and VHS history as inspiration, and obscure hardware as the means, Demdike Stare create ethereal music that emanates from the unconscious.

Available for Live AV or DJ sets.

XLR8R Podcast // Modern Love // Soundcloud

Jon Convex [NonPlus+ / Naked Lunch / 3024]

Making his name as one half of revered duo Instra:mental, Damon Kirkham’s latest sonic explorations have already turned plenty of heads. As Jon Convex he stands as an exciting embodiment of the state of electronic music today: no longer confined by restrictive genre boundaries, producers can allow their creativity to take over with no limits.

FACT Mix // Convex Industries // NonPlus+ // Soundcloud // Facebook

Kangding Ray [Raster-Noton]

Kangding Ray's music reflects his wide musical background, and a particular way of merging beats and textured soundscapes into slowly evolving compositions. KR combines machines with real instruments in a subtle and rythmic suite, integrating noises, walls of distortion, massive bass lines, voices and field recordings. The result is a blend of deep advanced grooves and dark atmospheres, that one could describe as abstract bass music. His third LP for the Raster Noton label, entitled 'OR', has just been released and you can listen to some clips here.

Available for Live AV solo shows or with 3 piece band.

KR solo video // KR with band video
Kangding Ray Homepage // Raster-Noton

Mark Ernestus [Basic Channel / Rhythm & Sound]

Mark Ernestus is the founder of the legendary Hard Wax record store, which in 1989 laid the foundation for Berlin's electronic club music scene. He played a key role in establishing the Berlin-Detroit nexus, and started creating music as one half of Basic Channel (aka Maurizio), with its deep, immeasurably influential hybrid of dub and techno. As Rhythm & Sound, the duo refined this signature sound alongside a range of vocalists, most extensively Tikiman, besides reggae legends like Cornell Campbell and Sugar Minott.

Ernestus’ DJ sets feature dub and reggae, mostly instrumental, from deep roots to militant steppers, roughneck electronics to digi minimalism, heavyweight doom to hardcore uptempo. Typically, Mark appears with Tikiman on the mic (as intro man, MC, singer), mixing with live effects and treatments, dubwise.

Hard Wax // Basic Channel

Rob Hall [Skam]

Rob Hall’s DJ style is unique and stems from an uncompromising passion for all things electronic; music and otherwise. The distinct and refreshing sound that is characteristic of Rob’s performances can be attributed to the breadth of his taste and his confidence as a selector. Closely associated with both Autechre and the Skam Records label, and as part of the legendary Gescom project, Rob has consistently been at the forefront of developments in music and technology for almost 20 years.

May 2011 Mix // Skam // Soundcloud // Homepage

Sigha [Hot Flush / Our Circula Sound / Blueprint]

James Shaw aka Sigha (pronounced as 'sire') is one of a small nucleus of producers and DJs at the forefront of a resurgence in UK Techno. As a member of Scuba’s Hot Flush family since late 2008, his releases on the label chart his progression into purist Techno territory, as well his outings on his own 'Our Circula Sound' imprint and James Ruskin’s seminal Blueprint label.

Mnml Ssgs Mix // Tumblr // Soundcloud // Facebook // Our Circula Sound