Photography from Einas Sreih

Whilst waiting in the wierdly horizontally elongated venue that is XOYO, I was pleasantly surprised to discover, that swedish duo Air France were DJing. While pretty much nobody in the venue was paying them the slightest bit of attention, and they were playing much quieter than I would have liked, as well as not really pretty much effort into their set, it was nice to see them there! They certainly played some nice stuff, and made the wait much more tolerable.

After half an hour, Air France left us for the first time, and a large, young, bearded man walked onto the stage, and started playing with a laptop and a deck. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Star Slinger, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. Pounded out of the speakers was a heavenly mix of soul music, and electronica. Comparable to The Avalanches, but still carving out his own sound, Star Slinger was simply very good. Ducking and weaving as he endless twisted knobs, his set flew by. Already having released an album, as well as an EP, despite only having been around for a about a year, Star Slinger is one of the most promising young artists I've come across in a long time. Highly recommended that you take a look.

Air France came back and continued to play to a completely disinterested audience, that was filling up with chatting people. Star Slinger attracted quite a few new fans over to talk to him, and it looked like everybody was having a good time. Part of this was facilitated by what Air France were playing, not really attempting to attract an audience, but rather provide perfect background music, and it's certain that they succeeded in their task.

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Memory Tapes arrived to an attentive and buzzing audience, and began to play without much of a word. It would be difficult to say they weren't enjoyable, as they played a wealth of good material, but I was largely dissatisfied with them as a live act. Half of what we heard seemed to be pre-recorded (as it couldn't all be played by a trio), and while that's fine, it takes all the fun out of seeing a live performance. It also completely restricts the band to playing along to the track, rather than giving a spirited live performance. Memory tapes just didn't seem especially committed in their performance, remaining static throughout, and barely talking to the audience. The new material from 'Player Piano' came across all-right, but older tracks from 'Seek Magic' were both played better, and were, understandably, received by the audience very well. They were also lit very well, by a projector, rather than stage lights giving off an interesting effect.

It's difficult to say that Memory Tapes were bad, because they weren't, but they were pretty far from excellent. An enjoyable set, but ultimately forgotten. In my experience of the gig, Star Slinger completely outperformed, and out-shined the headline act. Which was a nice surprise, but not exactly what I came for. Memory Tapes left without an encore, imploring us to stay for Air France's final DJ set. Most didn't, and Air France sadly played to an emptying room, of people who didn't seem particularly interested.

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