Echt! (Sdban Ultra/BE) *live*
Sean Steinfeger (Opening DJ-Set/D)
ECHT! explore the format of a DJ set as a band and take a journey through the sound world of electronic productions with real instruments.
In a society geared almost exclusively toward the technological, ECHT! forges a different path, one that instead replaces the mechanical with the human. At the heart of their creative process made up of actual skin and bone, the influences of electronic and hip-hop music burst forth through their expert playing of real instruments.
The Brussels-based quartet call upon their jazz training to serve a number of musical influences, from the vapor of the constellation ‘Stones Throw’ (J Dilla, Jonwayne, Madlib) to the sound of the galaxy ‘20/20’ (Ivy Lab, Deft). ECHT! is known for their explosive live performances. Inspired by the DJ set format, the band proceeds from beat to beat, exploring transitions' s detour, building a non-stopping ascension. Since 2017 they have crystallized their innovative style and sound on the Brussels scene.
Releasing their debut EP ‘DOUF’ in 2019, the following year, ECHT! finished third in Red Bull Elektropedia’s ‘Fresh on The Scene’ category and the EP was nominated for ‘Best EP’. ECHT! released three sublime live studio sessions titled the BREWmixes in 2021, which received support from tastemakers including LEFTO, Worldwide FM and Belgian national radio station Studio Brussel (StuBru).
ECHT! are set to release their sophomore album ‘Sink-Along’ on the 5th May via the groove-obsessed Sdban Ultra label. Receiving critical acclaim from the likes of Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 6 Music) and Mixmag for their debut release ‘INWANE’ (2021), ECHT! takes the best of Jonwayne, DJ Rashad, J Dilla, Ivy Lab, Tsuruda and Aphex Twin, resulting in an unrivalled sound. ‘Sink-Along’ showcases a rawer and more straight-forward approach than their debut. "For this album we wanted to make strong and opposite emotions coexist: a dark and intense apocalyptic tendency, and a life and dance impulse that runs through everything. A paradox that is reflected in the wordplay of the title 'Sink-Along'."
ECHT! - MSMSMSM (SOPHIE)
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