Electro and re-edits from a Galaxy far, far away.

18:30 - VIENNA DITTO (Replace HART)

Former guitar-tutor-and pupil duo Hatty and Nigel twist Blues, Gospel, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop and psychedelia into a dark, electronic rock ‘n’ roll cocktail of their own concoction, with primitive synths and Nigel’s echoey surf guitar offsetting Hatty’s haunted vocals. Their oft-demented live shows hotwire the sound, creating a vibe akin to squat rave at a prayer revival meeting.

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Bloodflower is a collaboration between two long-term friends; artist, Jonnie Owen and producer, Tom Manning. What started out as a creative experiment has progressed into a long-term musical partnership, bolstered by a full live band setup.

Building on the foundations set by early offerings (Indigo, Horizon), 2015 saw Bloodflower release their debut, 'Noise EP' to critical acclaim receiving support from the likes of Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1/BBC Introducing, John Kennedy and Eddy Temple Morris on XFM, Chris Hawkins on BBC Radio 6, Jim Gellatly & Shell Zenner on Amazing Radio, with features in Music Week, the405, Artrocker and D.i.S.

The 'Noise EP' campaign culminated in a sell out Club NME headline slot at Koko in London to 2000 people, and a sell out gig with Bombay Bicycle Club at the Garage. Bloodflower were also invited by Edith Bowman to support Lucy Rose at her book launch. Bloodflower are currently at the beginning of the campaign for their 2nd EP, 'Piano Songs'.

First single 'Help Me Out' has already gained early radio play with Huw Stephens on Radio 1, Bethan Elfyn and Adam Walton for BBC Introducing, Shell Zenner Amazing radio. 'Piano Songs' will be released in April with a music video for 2nd single 'Silence.'

20:00 - TWIN SUN DJ

Twin Sun are electronic production duo Pete Wheeler (Cubed) and Jamie Willcox (Pure Reason Revolution). The pair are attracting a lot of attention with disco heavyweight Greg Wilson featuring one of their edits in his first live mix of 2016 and house music blog SlothBoogie releasing a free download of another. Their debut live gig this February (supporting Maribou State) was described as "being inside a cartoon spaceship", expect a colourful genre-hopping DJ set from Twin Sun at AYL?

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20:30 - NZCA LINES

NZCA LINES began the year by releasing their new album Infinite Summer. It's the first release on their new label home Memphis Industries (Poliça, Field Music, Dutch Uncles).

The follow up to 2012’s well-received self-titled album, Infinite Summer sees main man Michael Lovett joined by Charlotte Hatherley (Bat For Lashes, Ash) and Sarah Jones (Hot Chip), to create a record that marries sci-fi futurism to personal intimacies.

Recorded over the last two years with Charlie Alex March as studio co-conspirator, and mixed by David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Super Furry Animals), Infinite Summer is an emotional and dark LP, refracting Lovett’s personal life through the guise of a concept album.

Musically, Michael looked to Daft Punk (Discovery/Interstellar 5555), Sebastien Tellier, Genesis (Lamb Lies Down on Broadway era), and Prince - and bringing Hatherley and Jones on board was a natural step for Lovett as he pushed to evolve the NZCA LINES sound.

The new album has received critical acclaim and we are excited to see them bring their live show to AYL.

22:00 - BOXED IN

Oli Bayston has worked as engineer and assistant to producer Dan Carey (Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip, Bat For Lashes, Toy) and played keyboards on Willy Mason's and Steve Mason's most recent LPs. However now he brings this wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project Boxed In.

As his list of credits suggests, he can draw on a wide breadth of musical knowledge. Oli grew up in Berkshire and then Essex in a musical family, the son of a piano teacher and an opera singer. He was surrounded by classical music from a young age, and while he’s now grown to love and draw inspiration from the repetition of composers like Steve Reich at first he rebelled against classical composition.

Boxed In is that project, and it brings together Oli’s two greatest musical loves: Krautrock and house music. “The album has a bit of both of those two things combined,” he says, “But the principle focus is always the songs. I’m a slave to the songs and I try to incorporate my love of specific genres of music into that.”

Inspired by the motorik rhythms of Can, Cluster and Neu! as well as house producers, like Pépé Bradock and Theo Parrish, Oli nevertheless emphasises that the art of pop song writing is right at the heart of Boxed In. “Often within electronic music the vocals are an afterthought,” he points out. "I wanted to maintain an equal focus on each aspect of the songs, particularly the lyrics.”

There are themes of love, longing and loss that run all the way through his debut album, although he’s quick to point out that it’s “not a concept record.” He describes it instead as an “outer monologue, a small document of someone’s life over the last few years.”

The record features a guest appearance from Anita Blay, also known as CocknBullKid, who duets with Oli on a track called ‘Lo Life’. “We wrote that together when we were working on her album two years ago,” he says. "It’s a song that resonates with me and by coincidence the lyrics had an element of prophecy in them."

Since the album was released in January 2015 it’s enjoyed unanimous critical praise and ended up in many 'album of the year' lists. 

Having made a name for himself as a producer and songwriter, Oli has now also proven himself as a live performer after a sold-out UK tour and eight shows at Austin’s SXSW festival. We are extremely happy to welcome Oli and his band to AYL for what will be a special performance.

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