Finally, last night saw the brand new, long expected, new edition of Brussels-based dj Darko’s Statik Dancin’ party concept. Lovely people being there for one thing solely : music; a unique location being the cellar floor of cultural institute Bozar and last but not least headliner Donnacha Costello (wouldn’t be much of a party without a proper headliner, would there?).
Dublin-based producer Donnacha Costello has been paving the road for warm, heartfelt & exciting electronic music in all of its forms for the past decade now with releases on labels as diverse as D1 Recordings, Mille Plateaux/Force Inc. (’Together Is The New Alone‘ - 2001), Raster Noton (’Isol‘ as Modul - 2004), Kompakt and, of course, his own label Minimise launched in 2004. The Color Series, first released in an edition of 10 stand-alone releases and later re-issued & compiled on CD with alternate versions, are to this day a milestone in contemporary electronic music, recorded live on analogue gear without overdubs. These releases (including highlight ‘Cacao’) have a unique trademark sound, blending hypnotic rhythmic and melodic patterns (with elements of the past - think the ‘Leeds Warehouse’ sound) into something infectious, clever as deep.
Curious? You should be.
Donnacha Costello - Looking Back, Facing Forward Mix (Link)
Donnacha Costello - Live in Dublin (Youtube)
Donnacha Costello - Myspace
Donnacha Costello - Minimise website (being reworked for the moment)