Bert on Beats
Year 2011 got a kick-start in Estonia – the country is the first out of former Soviet block to join Euro and Tallinn took hold of the title of European Capital of Culture in 2011. Estonian bands have been busy in 2010 and the start of New Year will bring indie-rockers AIDES and the dance-floor mogul BERT ON BEATS to EuroSonic!
To celebrate the occasion and bring the Estonian euphoria to Groningen, the Estonian team - European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011, Tallinn Music Week, Rabarock and Raadio 2 have joined forces with friends from Latvia and are throwing a celebration party in Groningen on Friday, 14th January at the legendary Café Knarie at 19:00 – 20:00. I will be a perfect occasion to wish Estonia happy 2011 and happy Euro and run off to the venues of Groningen and catch the hundreds of fantastic bands and artists, out of whom 2 being Estonian:
Aides – Friday, 14 January, Huize Maas, front 21:30-22:15
They are three guys, who mix together their influences from rock, ambient, punk, indie, metal and jazz backgrounds. In 2010 the band known for their painful perfectionism finally released their eponymous debut album, wrapped in soft white moleskin, packed with 11 tracks of their very own so called intense-rock sound. Influences by Kings of Leon, Porcupine Tree and Radiohead have been mentioned, but Aides gallantly just keeps on doing what they do best: writing inventive rock music and giving impressive live shows. TODAY they are presenting their brand new video for the hit song “Unbelievable” on Estonian national TV www.etv.ee/eestitop7 and rumors tell it will be a piece of art in its own right to set new standards on video-making in Estonia. “It’s a multi-layered story, revolving around a lonely man, living in a lonely basement, whose head is replaced by a bulk of wires and cables,” comments the band’s Estonian-Russian lead singer Kostja. Check out the teaser for video
Bert on Beats – Friday, 14 January, Simplon, up 01:15-02:00 & Bert on Beats dj-set at unofficial EuroSonic afterparty, Draaibar @ Drie Gezusters 03.00-04.00! Bert on Beats, a.k.a. DJ Critikal is the hottest new artist to release on Berlin-based label Man Recordings. He fuses the rich legacy of UK bass science with the beat alchemy of Angolan Kuduro and other New World genres, establishing a trans-national, hyper-hybrid sound that directs towards the future. In between his single releases, remixes followed for Buraka Som Sistema, Ku Bo, Gotan Project or Sekta. His tracks currently get support from world class DJs such as Sinden, Brodinski, Feadz, Foaomo or Douster amongst others. BBC Music Reviews has recently commented on the Man Recordings compilation: "One of the highlights is Zuluairlines by Bert on Beats which perhaps best sums up the clash of schizophrenic rhythm structures as a kalimba fades into a dizzying bin-busting bass which writhes manically in and out of 4/4 rhythms.” Enjoy a mixtape by Bert on Beats, especially made for EuroSonic in Soundcloud and have a look at his video to get an idea of the kind of mental beats he has crafted for you.
Bert On Beats “Antenna of Tallinn” album release is scheduled for February/March 2011.
Happy 2011 and see you all at EuroSonic!