Synthpop, mutated bass and techno experimentation are the order of the day at this year’s ADE.
Playing host to 2200 artists from around the globe, and with a programme of 450 events across 150 venues, Amsterdam Dance Event sees the city’s already vibrant electronic music scene go into overdrive over the course of five days. Incorporating conferences alongside an array of performances, the event is one of the biggest of its kind in the world, featuring the very best in electronic music talent.
Amongst a line up of literally thousands of acts, finding it difficult to decide what to see at this year’s ADE will be an issue for most attendees, so we’ve done the hard work for you and selected five artists you simply cannot miss.
ADE 2016 will take place October 19-23. Get tickets for the various events here.
1. Jessy Lanza – ADE LIVE Day 2, 21 October
Jessy Lanza’s winning strain of synth-laden pop, R&B and electronica has been released via Hyperdub since her 2013 debut album Pull My Hair Back, and she followed that up with the excellent Oh No earlier this year. Jessy’s live shows are a sight to behold, walking the line between intimacy and all-out sonic attack, as she performs with an assortment of synthesisers and hardware alongside drummer Tori Tizzard.
2. Aurora Halal – Breakfast Club ADE, 22 October
With a career that spans creating visual art for a range of musicians, heading up Brooklyn’s party-turned-label Mutual Dreaming, and masterminding New York’s innovative Sustain-Release festival, Aurora Halal’s talents reach far and wide. Her own music is a blend of expansive club sounds, moulding the frameworks of hazy techno and screeching electro. Halal’s sets see her throw down potent hardware-fuelled jams that are bound to keep devotees old and new fully engaged on the dancefloor at ADE.
3. Actress – Resident Advisor Night, 22 October
Since debuting the groundbreaking Hazyville back in ’08, the mysterious Darren Cunningham has continuously dared to delve into the unknown. Referencing, yet at the same time breaking all the rules of contemporary dance music, Cunningham has managed to carve out a truly individual voice with his lo-fi experiments. A recent collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra, as well as an endless push to release innovative music via his own Werk Discs imprint, makes Actress one of the most treasured figureheads of electronic music today. Not one to miss.
4. The Bug – Dub Explorations, 22 October
Kevin Martin has been experimenting with sound in various guises since the early ‘90s, but it’s the alias of The Bug where Martin really honed his craft as a bass mutator. Blurring the lines between dancehall, grime and dub, The Bug’s menacing style relies on low-end pressure and frequencies tweaked to their extremes. His frequent work with vocalists often means special guests for his live shows, and let’s be honest, you haven’t really heard dread until you’ve heard The Bug dismantle a sound system.
5. Dasha Rush – 909 Invites Triangle, 22 October
Fullpanda Records owner Dasha Rush’s innovative strain of techno and electronica has garnered acclaim since 2005 with a string of worldwide tours and LPs, most recently last year’s Sleepstep which landed on Raster-Noton. Seamlessly veering between minimalist ambient melody and thumping club-ready distortion, Rush’s performance at ADE should take listeners on an immersive journey through her deconstruction of the dance music template. Just check out her storming set at St. Petersburg’s Present Perfect Festival for an idea of what you can expect.
Featured image (L-R): Dasha Rush, Jessy Lanza (Hollie Pocsai), Actress