It might not be summer anymore, but festival season is far from over. After the success of last year’s DRILL:BRIGHTON, Mutations emerges as similarly forward-thinking music-event, welcoming a crop of cutting-edge artists from across the globe who will play at an assortment of venues. Read on for our highlights from this year’s bill, and make sure you find time for some fish and chips on the beach before bedtime.
He’s collaborated with Axel Boman and The xx, and boasts favourable comparisons to Four Tet and Caribou, yet Oriol Riverola remains admirably humble. Seamlessly joining the dots between indie and dance, Riverola’s specialities lie in delicate, introspective electronica, epitomised by the naming of his imprint Hivern - Catalan for winter - a deliberate response to those who’ve lumped his melancholy, dancefloor-leaning sound into the category “tropical house” over the years. Joining Brighton house-don Leon Vynehall behind the decks for a special back-to-back show, we’re expecting an expertly-curated set of delicate yet dark numbers from Barcelona’s finest.
Listening to Chelsea Wolfe’s nebulous hybrid of doom-drone metal, it’s easy to feel the influence of a childhood spent living next to a cemetery, where overhearing funerals became a daily occurrence. Dense, brooding and - at times - downright eerie, Wolfe’s gothic-edged sound grows even darker when brought to life onstage by the often-veiled singer. Informed by her bizarre experiences of sleep paralysis, recent full-length Abyss promises to make for a chilling live set. Prepare to immerse yourself in their unsettling beauty during the LA-based singer’s show.
For a band who are yet to release their debut full-length, All Tvvins have whipped up quite a storm solely off the back of formidable singles ‘Thank You’ and ‘Darkest Ocean’. The Irish duo - whose sound is littered with influences as far-reaching as Todd Terje and Pearl Jam - have recently adopted a poppier aesthetic following their rougher-edged indie roots playing in Adebisi Shank and No Spill Blood. Judging by their headline slots at Ireland’s Longitude and Castlepalooza festivals, it’s their vocoders and synth-laden hooks which have made them one of the most sought-after live acts of the year.