Hyph11E b2b Scintii
Hyph11E b2b Scintii
Heavy, mutilated strains of electronic music are at the core of Laurel Halo’s work, which ranges from live performance and DJing, to composing albums and scores. The Michigan-born and Berlin-based artist has been a mainstay of the London-based label Hyperdub, which released her debut album Quarantine in 2012. The record – with its strong juxtaposition of raw vocals and cold electronics – received critical acclaim, and was named Wire Magazine Album of the Year.
Two instrumental long players followed – 2013’s Chance of Rain for Hyperdub and 2015’s In Situ for Honest Jon’s – in conjunction with extensive touring. Both albums were developed from Laurel Halo’s live sets during those years — geometric, rhythmelodic dancefloor material made with a hardware setup.
Throughout 2015 Halo composed the soundtrack for Still Be Here, a collaborative installation piece starring the Japanese virtual popstar, Hatsune Miku. The piece debuted in 2016 at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt, followed by the Barbican in London in 2017. Her most recent long player, Dust, was released in 2017 by Hyperdub, again to critical acclaim; it combined the hardware machine funk aesthetics of previous releases with loose, languid songwriting, and featured a number of collaborators (including Eli Keszler, Julia Holter, Lafawndah and Klein).
In the last year Halo composed the score to the 2018 feature-length experimental documentary Possessed, directed by the Dutch design group Metahaven. Her next release is the mini-LP Raw Silk Uncut Wood, a collection of classically-inspired instrumentals, featuring percussion work by regular collaborator Eli Keszler, as well as cellist Oliver Coates. Raw Silk Uncut Wood is out in 2018 on the Parisian label Latency. Halo can be heard DJing once a month on the London FM station, Rinse, following on from years of hosting a wide-ranging and eclectic program on Berlin Community Radio.
SCRAAATCH is the sound and performance art duo of MHYSA and lawd knows. Originally from Maryland and based in Philadelphia, SCRAAATCH has performed and exhibited sound and media experiments at venues including MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, MoCADA and the New Museum in NY, Various Small Fires in LA and Little Berlin and the ICA in Philadelphia. Using the chaotic and energetic hybrid DJ/live PA style they’ve come to be known for, they’ve played sets for Boiler Room, MoMA PS1 Sunday Sessions and GHE20G0TH1K among many others. They’ve shared the stage with musical likeminds including Elysia Crampton, NGUZUNGUZU and SHYB0I. SCRAAATCH’s history in the growing URL/IRL electronic music scene of the last few years includes throwing wildly experimental and inclusive nights as part of ATM and contributing their sounds and socially critical voices to earliest outings of NON Worldwide in North America. In addition to their monthly show on NTS Radio, the future for them includes projects on Halcyon Veil and other labels.
Taiwanese producer/vocalist Scintii (aka Stella Chung) emerged via a diverse background in studio composition and pop music, both of which she studied whilst living in London. Since her move to Shanghai in 2017, Scintii has become a core member of the city’s thriving club scene. She has been featured in i-D, Diskotopia on RBMA Radio Tokyo, NTS & Radar Radio. ‘Mica’, her first release, is inspired by the form and body of minerals, pensively underpinning dark, elusive, cut-up pop vocals with crystalline synths and rhythms from UK grime to dembow. Her second EP is due later this year.
Shanghai based Tess Sun,aka Hyph11e, is a member of Genome 6.66MBP and has released on SVBKVLT and Country Music. As well as a regular DJ at ALL Shanghai, she has performed all over China as well as www in Tokyo and CTM Festival in Berlin.
- Laurel Halo