Psychotherapy Sessions - PTS presents…
at The Old England
Oli XL (dj set)
(Bloom / PAN / posh isolation)
Stockholm’s Oli XL has emerged as one of the most intriguing new artists in underground club music via his work as a producer, DJ, visual artist, and as head of the now defunct W-I label and its successor Bloom. As a producer who released his first record at the tender age of 19, Oli has always been an artist to watch (FACT Magazine named him as such officially at the beginning of 2018). Perhaps it was his track on the PAN label’s celebrated 2017 ambient compilation ‘Mono No Aware’, or his appearance as part of VARG2™’s Nordic Flora showcase that year at Berlin Atonal (alongside Sky H1, Swan Meat, Ecco2k, and VARG2™ himself). Or maybe it was his contribution to Posh Isolation’s ‘I Could Go Anywhere But Again I Go With You’ compilation, released in January, 2018.
But it was his 2018 EP (his third) ‘Stress Junkie’ which featured the crystallisation of a sound hinted at previously: unconventional yet funky rhythms and a pop sensibility. He describes it as somewhere between Source Direct and Basement Jaxx. You could also call it speculative club music that “hits that sweet spot between crushing, syncopated drums and serene, reverb-soaked ambience.” That vision was fully realised in the summer of 2019 with his debut album ‘Rogue Intruder, Soul Enhancer’, the most cohesive and expansive statement of his intentions yet. Pitchfork rightly called it, “an almost uncomfortably gorgeous piece of work.” And as the inaugural release for his new label concept Bloom, it’s an auspicious beginning building on W-I’s legacy of experimental formats and cutting edge sounds.
As a DJ, Oli incorporates all of that nuance with an affinity for the UK’s hardcore continuum, filtered through a zeitgeist aesthetic for an eclectic array of dancefloor euphoria. Anyone who hasn’t seen him in a club (yet) can get a sense of that via his eight-month Rinse FM residency, which spans the end of 2018 through mid-2019.
Gage is a London-born producer of jagged and forward thinking dance mutations. He is fresh off of soundtracking Rick Owens' SS20 TECUATL soundtrack with a 4 track EP on the horizon.
His PIFFD/FLYTNURSE 12" with Scratcha DVA contains 2 exciting grime experiments recorded in the hours following an afterparty. 2017 STAY PARO’ relayed a complex web of abstract ideas and radical, blistering sounds influenced by the subject of disillusionment. Mercury EP was firmly established as one of 2016's most incendiary entries. Gage's take on grime, ballroom and technoise is at a thrillingly urgent new juncture of UK / US dance music and deadly-focussed sound design.
His music now offers terminal escape velocity for a swelling UK scene that's too often overly self-referential.
'Celebrating otherness, E B U casts a universe of her own both sonically and visually. Defying any one genre, she refers to her distinct sound as ‘Swamp Pop’. Unnatural sounds and pitches exhale in melodic chants, ominous baselines resound and eerie loops fixate in this macabre ensemble. You are captive in her world. Moments of haunting clarity keep you wondering where she will take you next whilst strange narratives unfold. Her chameleonic visual display is charged with emotion, keeping you suspended in a state of flux as she orbits through the spectrum. Stimulated by human behaviour and existence she questions the very nature of being, and invites the audience to explore through her cathartic performance.'