HRBR is glad to invite Sbire, the Swiss based record label run by Isolated Lines and Gaspard de La Montagne. DJ Ouch! will join his fellow citizens in the booth to warmup the place.
⎈ HRBR – Harbour
⎈ ISOLATED LINES (Sbire / CH)
Though Isolated Lines is still a relatively new project, the man behind the moniker has been involved in band projects, sound engineering jobs and Switzerland’s underground music scene in general for some years. Coming from a background of listening to and playing in rock, indie and noise groups, his tracks are as much informed by the energy and dynamics of live performance and sound science as they are by the endless possibilities of electronic production. So far, they have found a home on established Swiss label Creaked and been picked up by CLR and Stroboscopic Artefacts artist Tommy Four Seven for release on his 47 imprint.
Isolated Lines productions are warmly textural and full of subtleties, usually favouring trippy, hypnotic grooves over outright aggression. Whilst most of the detail is consciously designed, Isolated Lines makes music in a way which leaves space for randomness and organic elements; listen to the off-kilter swing of ‘Raze’ or his remix for Gaspard De La Montagne, for example. Especially through a decent sound system, the layers evolve and interact with an exciting air of unpredictability.
As with his studio gear, the live setup is subject to constant change and development. Certain characteristics remain within the sound and the way it is presented though: ambitious arrangements, soaring, euphoric pads and hard-hitting drums. His material is versatile enough for pitch-black basements and early morning festival sets alike.
⎈ GASPARD DE LA MONTAGNE (Sbire / CH)
He impressed with his debut ‘Pôle’ EP in 2013 and again with both ‘Stallion’ and ‘Thot’ a couple of years later, as his focus shifted from synth-led euphoria to bassy, hybrid techno. Today, his tracks bring the two directions together with seldomly-heard originality. ‘Spectres’, Gaspard’s first EP for his own label Sbire, exhibits this balance as well as any of his music so far. Dark, functional tracks shot with beams of light, where shards of sound react with one another and melody reflects from the edges.
His DJ performances are an eclectic mix of records old and new, usually ones more dancefloor-orientated than his own. Techno, bass, broken-beat and house tracks flow side-by-side, each containing a certain something that relates to Gaspard’s sound. Unafraid of the occasional left-turn, obscurities or unusual rhythms, his sets offer plenty to discover and dance to.
Whether live, on record or through his exciting new platform Sbire, Gaspard de la Montagne embeds an almost post-club aesthetic into his soundscapes. He treads the fine line between calculated dance music and pure experimentation with guile, giving a highly distinctive character to his output.
⎈ DJ OUCH! (HRBR – Harbour, Heart Beat / CH)
Hailing from Switzerland, DJ Ouch! started to play records in the late 90s. Moving to Madrid in 2000, he discovered deep house and techno and naturally started digging these styles in the numerous records shops of the city.
Travelling back to Switzerland in 2001 he attended SAE in Geneva until 2003 and started producing deep house, D&B and hip hop. He founded the Swiss drum and bass crew ‘Insane Drumsounds’ and started his collaboration with the label Urban Sound, alongside residencies in the renowned Paradox Club and L’Etage.
He moved to Saigon, Vietnam in 2012 where he is now regularly spinning in venues such as The Observatory, The Lighthouse and Broma and recently joined the Heart Beat and HRBR gang.