Ahead of his upcoming performance at the SHAPE showcase of MUTEK Montréal (June 4), English producer Spatial has prepared a mix for radio station NTS Live. The mix features some pieces by Spatial as well as tracks by the likes of Foodman, Nomine and Lakker.
An unconventional artist in the turbulent realm of bass music, Spatial approaches low frequency vibrations with a minimalist’s scalpel, carving out space for snare grooves and tech house glitches.
As the UK dubstep scene raged on in the late 2000s, Spatial offered a welcome subversion: a minimalist techno aesthetic that invoked mutated ravey synths and garage drum patterns. In 2012, Spatial moved outside the club realm with his home coded opti-sonic performance and installation Primitives, a project he’s continued to alter and present at festivals. He followed that with last year’s Breaching Transmissions, an audiovisual collaboration with expanded cinema artist Sally Golding. The influence of his A/V explorations into repetition and chaos is obvious on his latest releases, the Emergence series of 12”s: conceptual and detailed minimalist drone-and-bass tracks augmented by generative visual designs online.
Spatial’s live set at MUTEK will span purely abstract material to lead into rhythmic elements shaded by an industrial heaviness and techno eccentricities.
Spatial vs Makenoise Cartesian – Live Intro
Foodman – Dddance
v1984 – Birth of Venus
Nomine – Nomine’s Path
Lakker – Maeslantkering Gating
Jammz – Keep It Simple
Cevdet Erek – Abluka Final
Ross Manning – Led Vert
Gage – Turbulence
Atlas – Calm
Lamont – Titanic
Spatial – Reanimator
Etch – Yo Yo Riddim (Gantz Remix)
Kamikaze Space Programme – Clickers
Sculpture – Side Effect
Spatial vs Makenoise Cartesian – Live outro
For previous collaborations between SHAPE and NTS, click here.