two nights at Bios

Bios turned 8 and the celebration line-up was too hot to ignore. Moderat, Autechre, Gonjasufi and Gaslamp Killer amongst others made a stop in Athens and the 30-minute-long waiting line that turned around the corner at Bios mirrored people’s excitement

Moderat with their emotional melancholic idm were the first to watch, an amazing right-on-the-moment set with  beautiful visuals and guitar soundscapes by Apparat himself, a fantastic set till the last moment. took some videos and pictures but i was having too much of a good time to do it better

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Ok, so you know who Autechre are, you have a slight idea about what they have been doing for the last 20-22 years at the forefront of digital, innovative, glitch music scene and then you hear that you have one good chance of watching them perform live. And you think “hmmmm, that might actually be something different, why not?”

But, my friend, you actually have no idea on what these guys do when they perform live. we were putting bets whether they’ll play a continuous techno set or they’ll do their own introvert thing. And they did the second: It was a 2hour-not a minute longer- show where they create right in front of you musical blankets, ‘breaking’ every single beat and drum with no sign of repeatition at all and after distorting all these electronic, scientific, minimal bits and pieces with no pattern whatsoever, they feed it to you. And the strangest thing of all?  you love it. Well, we did. We realized we’d been dancing for 2 hours straight to something we’d never heard before and we actually asked for more volume, more distortion, more time.

You step outside for a breath of fresh air but haven’t realised yet what the hell was that and why did it hypnotize you. It’s the first time rookie feeling. All you know is that you freaking loved it. You can take a taste here – only sound and no lights in this video at all.

no need to mention that Bios’ new Transformers-like soundsystem, consisting of a couple of a 3-meters-high Megatron woofers worth their money

next day the festival began with Onra playing their japanese neo-funk, full of party vibes. And then the Sufi came along. And showed us how the desert-inspired psychedelic hip-hop is made. His electric ear-piercing voice, apart from singing tracks from his debut album, couldn’t match better with Gaslamp Killer’s new-era Californian stuff that sounded something like Fly-Lo’s “Cosmogramma”.

Although i would prefer less of GLK and more of Gonjasufi – since that crazy guy with the cartoon-like voice and appearance interrupted every single track to make some noise – the show was an absolute blast and the crowd was jigging.

and for the end Ikonika was a very pleasant surprised after all this hypertension, she kept the crowds indoors and the party going.

another small video with bad bad sound but i hope you don’t mind cause Gonjasufi sings the Sheep.

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need more weekends like this one please, pretty please