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Above the clouds: experimental electronica comes to The Old Blue Last

It’s not often that you get to soak up some of the finest electronic music out there while helping out a really great cause, but fortunately for Londoners that very opportunity is rolling around this Thursday. To raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity that provides practical, medical and financial support to sufferers and their families and pushes for better cancer care, the Above The Clouds event series will bring live experimental, alternative and generally titillating electronic sound to London’s masses. Thursday sees the first of the series, with an absolutely cracking lineup in Shoreditch’s The Old Blue Last.


Multi-instrumentalist and experimental electronic producer Memotone released his debut album I Sleep. At Waking on The Black Acre a few weeks ago and it’s a thing of fragile beauty. His live show is mesmerising, incorporating MPC wizardry with loop pedals and live instrumentation — take a look at the video below to see what we mean.

The classically-trained producer and DJ Raffertie needs little by way of introduction. Never settling into a comfort zone of just one genre or style, Raffertie has had releases on Planet Mu, Ninja Tune and his own label Super. His live set, only recently debuted in London, will no doubt be phenomenal. Check him out live at the legendary Maida Vale Studios:

Also from the always-brilliant Black Acre label is Romare, whose Meditations on Afrocentrism is a strong contender for EP of the year, an intricate and expertly produced sound collage that addresses African and African American cultural discourses via footwork, bass and hip hop. His live set promises to be an unpredictable, exciting and supremely funky experience. An impeccably selected mix for Concepto Radio is below.

Pedestrian’s releases on Brownswood, 2nd Drop Records, Push & Run and Metalheadz are testament to his versatility, while the quality of his DJ sets are renowned in the scene. He made a killer mix for Hyponik a month ago, which you can download free below.

The event’s on Facebook and Resident Advisor, and you can read about the great work Macmillan Cancer Support do here. It’s entry by donation, so please give as generously as you can, and get down early as it’s expected to be a sellout. Charity never sounded so good.

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