There are very few acts in electronic music history with the charisma and musical pedigree of Detroit’s Seth Troxler. Recognised as one of the industry’s most-loved characters, 2014 has seen Seth return to his nightclub roots and host a series of residencies at the world’s finest discotheques. With quarterly dates confirmed at Circoloco (DC-10), Output, Trouw, Fabric, Panorama Bar, Warung, Robert Jonson and more, he has had to cut back on the number of festival appearances he is due to perform at in the process. It’s therefore with great pride that Seth has selected South West Four for his only London festival performance this year. With music from his new label ‘Tuskegee’ set to be a huge part of his sets this year, Seth will no doubt provide one of SW4 2014’s greatest highlights.
This August history will be made, as SW4 welcomes the collaboration of underground titans Matthias Tanzmann, Davide Squillace and Martin Buttrich aka Better Lost Than Stupid for their UK debut. As individual artists these DJs have graced the world’s greatest clubs and festivals for many years but as Better Lost Than Stupid their appearances are rare to say the least. This trio of talent first spontaneously found themselves in the booth together at New York’s Electric Zoo and quickly realised the potential for serious artistic collaboration. After fully launching their new project in autumn 2012 with the promise of not only live performances but also original material, Tanzmann, Buttrich andSquillace’s most noticeable performances to date have been at Ibiza’s DC-10 and Serbia’s EXIT Festival. Having established Barcelona as the centre of their creativity, Better Lost Than Stupid will make their way to London onSaturday 23rd August to demonstrate why their first ever UK performance is one you simply cannot afford to miss.
All good music should tell a story. Tales of experience. Tales of joy. Tales of love, lost and won. A Tale of Us. This is the message that Berlin-based DJ and production partnership Karm and Matteo will be delivering as they make their hugely anticipated SW4 debut. Currently re-writing the rulebook for moving and emotive electronic sounds, their sonic vision pulls together key composing elements of house, techno, nu-disco and even rock. The past twelve months has seen Tale of Us’ profile rise to staggering new heights through their electrifying Ibizan residencies at ENTER and Circoloco, as well as their incredible productions such as tracks ‘Another Earth’ and their remix of Mano Le Tough’s ‘Primitive People.’ This brilliance has helped the duo enter Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJs of 2013 at a commanding #2. Ranging from low-slung ambient tracks to more abstract compositions, Tale of Us can be regularly found in Berghain, Trouw, Robert Johnson and Watergate, clearly illustrating their dominant position within the underground scene.
With his mind-blowing Brixton Academy performance at Last Night On Earth on New Years Eve still fresh in our minds, Guy Gerber proved one of the first acts to be confirmed for the SW4 2014 bill. A natural at delivering gripping,melodic soundtracks, Guy strives towards a world of musical freedom, and absorbing the world’s intertwining cultures into his work. Over the past year, Guy has seen himself evolve into one of the undergrounds most creative assets thanks to the launch of his Wisdom of the Glove residency at Pacha Ibiza. Acting as a statement on the island, the night invited world class talent week in week out ranging from Nicolas Jaar to Four Tet to Cajmere and therefore cemented Guy as one of the White Isle’s favourite figures. Returning to SW4 for the first time since 2012, Guy’s beautifully crafted live set will deliver the most overpowering atmosphere as he once again takes our breath away.
Paco Osuna combines the dark and durable with intelligence and power through machinery and sophistication. As one of techno’s primary driving forces, Paco has seen his profile grow tenfold thanks to a series of exquisite performances as resident for Richie Hawtin’s ENTER party at Space Ibiza. As his sound continues to evolve by capturing the purest minimalistic sounds and combining them with depth and darkness, Paco’s clear passion andcreativity define him as one of the world’s greatest DJs. As an indisputable part of Plus8’s ranks and founder of the illustrious Mindshake label (home to the likes of Paul Ritch, Barem and Carlo Lio), his ravenous appetite for fresh new sounds is unrivalled in the electronic community. As another act playing SW4 for the very first time in 2014, Paco Osuna guarantees to deliver an unforgettable journey through his vision of techno.