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And then there was music
It's been about two years since nightlife was dealt a (nearly fatal) blow by the spread of the coronavirus. Since then, mouth masks, hand gel and passes are commonplace, but there is music at the end of the smoky and sweat-infested tunnels: from 27 April to 16 May, Botanique gives its stages to emerging artists and established names again as usual. In what should be a vibrant spring edition, we hope to rediscover the feverish excitement of what carefree celebration used to feel like. Here are our four editor picks you can't afford to miss!
Text written by Raphaël Aziza Van Cappellen
Cover image: BABii shot by Iglooghost
BABii — 01 May
free for members
BABii, born Daisy Waine, is an artistic all-arounder who stands for a visionary, twisted fairy-tale vision in which dragons, demons and spacey apocalyptic visions of dreamy fairs and wastelands all have their place. From producing to designing her own video game to writing a fantasy book, she does it all. The 'BABii sound' can be described as atmospheric and brings together a collision of whispery eeriness and ethereal, fluorescent comfort. Passionate about the juxtapositions and duality of 'dark' and 'light', kindness and evil, BABii's artistic identity builds freakishly beautiful worlds around an already impressive discography.
yunè pinku — 04 May
Producer and singer of Malaysian and Irish descent, yuné pinku has quickly emerged as a leading voice in the underground electronic music scene. Experimenting with seductive synths and elements from club music past and present, pinku creates a nostalgic and avant-garde sound that is sweetly sensual and highly danceable. Singles such as 'Laylo' and her recent collaboration with Logic1000 on 'What You Like', give her velvety vocals the lead over rhythmic beats reminiscent of dance acts from the past such as Deee-Lite and other acid house and UKG inspired artists. Moreover, Pinku also lives in her own world of psychedelic and neon-lit splendour, which gives her sound and aesthetic appearance a hard to resist the allure.
Satchel Hart — 09 May
Closing off this brief preview, Satchel Hart certainly deserves a mention. Hart comes from a musical family: his American father is a guitarist, keyboard player and singer who earned his spurs with Crowded House and Supertramp; his Belgian mother was a bass player and singer in the hardcore scene of the nineties. Hart is quite the multi-instrumentalist himself; he plays piano, guitar and bass and (of course) produces his tracks. His style can be described as soaring and funky indie rock in tracks such as 'Pupils Double in Size', but also tends towards the heavier stuff in, for example, 'Listening to You'. From Tame Impala and Mac DeMarco to Oasis and MGMT: Satchel Hart's diverse but recognisable sound evokes a wide range of impressive influences and will surely give the acoustic lover a performance to remember.
Joanne Robertson — 10 May
free for members
Gliding through a handheld camera lens, desolate images of snowy mountains, gently waving high grass and dim lit studios, give a striking flair to Joanne Robertson’s melancholic and dreamy folk tones. Since her debut ‘The Lighter’ some odd 14 years ago, Roberston has been hailed as an important cult figure within the experimental femme-folk tradition. Merging poetic honesty with a brittle voice and a minimalistic musical occupation, Robertson effortlessly lures us into her quiet but reminiscent elegies. Better be prepared for an intimate and captivating spectacle in the Grand Salon.
Les Nuits 2022
27 April to 16 May
Go to BABii (01/05) for free as a Subbacultcha member
Go to Joanne Robertson (10/05) for free as a Subbacultcha member