Kneebody & Daedelus
Sunday 22 May
Following game-changing releases from Thundercat and Kamasi Washington in 2015, Brainfeeder once again dips into LA's crucible of jazz and deep electronics to shine the spotlight on instrumental quintet Kneebody’s collaboration with veteran beat scientist and serial innovator Daedelus.
A multi-headed beast straddling rock, jazz, and electronic music, the ten-song set titled Kneedelus explores the theory of technological singularity - the notion that humans and computer technology will increasingly blend together - in spirited and enterprising style.
‘melding the intensity of early-70s Miles Davis with the melancholy of Radiohead’ Chicago Reader on Kneedelus
‘A supernova of a record’ Pitchfork on Kneedelus
Like his mythological namesake, Daedelus is an inventor, a creator of sonic labyrinths. He recombines sounds from an eclectic palette into an innovative genre all his own.
He has remixed, been remixed by and produced with all of his LA scene peers, including Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, The Gaslamp Killer, Baths and Madlib, who used Daedelus’ accordion parts on 2004’s Madvillain record.
In addition, singles and EPs under his own name have come out with Brainfeeder, All City, Magical Properties (the Daedelus home-imprint), Alpha Pup, Warp and Stones Throw.
His 2005 album 'Exquisite Corpse' on Mush featured the likes of TTC, Mike Ladd and MF DOOM.
A ‘resolutely un-pindownable band’ (The New York Times), Grammy-nominated quintet Kneebody generates explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level chamber ensemble playing, and highly wrought compositions balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising.
Made up of keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood, Kneebody draws upon influences spanning D’Angelo’s Voodoo to music by Elliot Smith, Bill Frisell, and Miles Davis. Their live shows are known for intense sonic landscapes of the Radiohead ilk, for the rhythmic bombast of a Squarepusher or Queens of the Stone Age show, and the harmonic depth and improvisational freedom experienced at a Brad Mehldau concert.
‘Kneebody has honed an expansive sonic palette wedded to a menagerie of circuitous grooves unlike any other band.’ KQED on Kneebody
Performance runs: c. 90 minutes (no interval)
All events starting after 10pm are suitable for ages 14+ only
14 to 17 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult
Visit Kneebody's website here
Visit Daedelus' website here