Hailing from Central Sudan and now based in London after fleeing the fundamentalist takeover in that region, the Scorpios are a septet that melds Arabic rhythms and guitar chops (and a kind of swooning cyclical ecstasy) with a raw Eastern funk feel, properly dismantling cultural barriers in pursuit of a unifying rhythmic bliss. Heavy bass, synths, horns and percussions drive through traditional Sudanese forms to create a sound that owes as much to Detroit as it do to Khartoum.
To date they’ve only released one 7” (Yaelhajarok/Yadob Yadob on the Afro7 label) and this is their first date in Belgium as they still establish themselves in their new home country and we don’t doubt they’re going to help make this Saturdaynight pretty magical, and look out for their first album due out towards the end of this year.
+ dÉbruit (B)
Débruit is a musical explorer who imagines alternate worlds and the way they'd sound. He plays with time and disparate sounds, molding static dimensions and geographical borders into new asymmetrical audio-forms. His music is electronic but with a human feel; it explores complementary culture clashes, combining elements that have never existed together before.
2015 will be a busy year for Débruit. He is currently working on ambitious creative experiments with a team of subversive accomplices. There will be new musical, visual and multisensory kinetic releases soon, however the details are unintentionally mysterious at this point.
+ Julian Sartorius (CH)
The beat has always been the defining element in the life of Julian Sartorius. Born 1981 in Thun (Switzerland), he began his first drum lessons at the age of five. With his rhythms pushing the boundaries of new music, hip-hop and a unique form of abstract electronica, Sartorius reveals the endless possibilities and range of his instruments. He often prepares his drums, works with unusual, unprocessed acoustic sounds and develops, beat by beat, an unheard environment of sound.
Julian Sartorius was taught by musicians such as Fabian Kuratli, Pierre Favre and Norbert Pfammatter at the Jazz Schools in Bern and Lucerne. He has collaborated with Matthew Herbert, Shahzad Ismaily, Sylvie Courvoisier, Dimlite, Merz, Fred Frith, Sophie Hunger, Rhys Chatham and many others, and has toured throughout Europe, South America, Canada and the US.
With his solo show he has toured widely throughout Europe, playing on bills with the likes of Deerhoof, Faust, Marc Ribot, Jaki Liebezeit, Arto Lindsay, and has released several solo albums, including the 12-LP-Box set «Beat Diary», consisting of 365 beats and a companion photo book. His video installation «Schläft ein Lied in allen Dingen» was shown in several art galleries. The web-project «Morph», is another audiovisual work: Sartorius, on a daily basis, adds an element to his collage and modifies an 8-second-audioloop. He has won several prestigious awards and in 2014 was nominated for the inaugural Swiss Music Prize along with a selection of the most influential Swiss musicians.