Endo I

YAAM I, An der Schillingbrücke, 10243 Berlin Map
Tickets: 25 € (includes Endo II & Beta II)


23:00 07:00

23:00 Soda Plains
00:30 Born in Flamez
01:30 18+
02:30 E.E.K. feat Islam Chipsy (German premiere)
03:45 Whitearmor (DJ)
04:30 Gravity Boys live
05:00 Yung Lean live
05:30 Yung Gud & Yung Sherman (DJ)
06:30 Opium Hum

For CTM's second Saturday, YAAM will act as a playground for a massive range of boogie-inspiring forces, from postinternet wave-riders to purist house devotees to fringe, mad-science experimenters. The list of Endo I artists in YAAM's largest room is a testament to the growing post-gendered, globalist,  presence in dance music.

Yung Lean and his crew similarly have the internet to thank for their highly aestheticized and stylized approach to music, but don't share the same interest in the promise of anonymity (do any young hip-hop stars?). 18-year-old Jonatan Leandoer Håstad aka Yung Lean hails from Stockholm but the cult following he’s garnered has until now mostly been scattered through North America and other parts of Europe. Earmarked as “a pit bull in a fun-house mirror of hip-hop mannerisms” by The New York Times, he is the ringleader of a clan of beatmakers and producers that goes by the name, Sad Boys. Blasé rhymes portraying suburban ennui and isolation over trappy hihats and melancholic, aimless bass lines are backed by an aesthetic rigged with early 2000’s paraphernalia and consumer trash references, Japanese characters and bucket hats, a penchant for cough syrup highs and self-pity, and the explicit worship of the last decade’s rap heroes.


18+'s tunes rely on this same ability and were pumped up almost exclusively via the platform of the web, but differ from Soda Plains' music not only in the specifics of the stylistic approach but in the richness it offers in sexual and political connotation of the interplay between female [avatar] and male [avatar]. 18+ is hyper-real, plasticized, alienated hip-swinging; the duo's approach is as body-recalling in its slimy R&B leanings as it is sleek. In conjunction with their new album, Trust, on Houndstooth, they’ve begun to emerge from their shells as recognizable, live-performing artists, or at least to meld this blood-and-flesh identity with the anonymous and perplexing Internet presence that had come to be associated with 18+. Both members drizzle listless words over sparse but compressed, gem-like motley beats, resulting in music that dizzily walks the line between playful seduction and the apathetic sexual oversaturation that might also be seen as a potential byproduct of the internet in our lives.


Appearing in support of their album, Live At the Cairo High Cinema Institute, E.E.K. feat Islam Chipsy are perhaps the evening's strongest representatives of a localized sound. Their music is borne out of “electro chaabi," an Egyptian musical trend associated with wedding celebrations, which in the tightly controlled society constitute an opportunity for freer musical expression. In the collaboration, the hyper-activating sound of E.E.K. combines Islam Chipsy’s freewheeling Shaabi keyboard blazes with a percussive maelstrom produced by Islam Ta’ta’ and Khaled Mando frenetically bashing away on two drumkits. Connecting the Arab underground with a Western YouTube sound world, the trio creates something that sounds “like Aphex Twin taking over the decks at your boring nephew’s wedding.” (The Quietus)


Like 18+, Soda Plains' popularity as a musician has risen in spite or because of a void of information about his/her identity and parallel to the promotion, as a filler for this void, of a plasticized, flex-gendered avatar as a facade and symbol for the music. Soda Plains' tunes depend on the internet's ability to stretch, synthesize, and obliterate categories of race, gender, nationality, and musical genre.

CTM curator Michail Stangl aka Opium Hum will inaugurate the evening with a broad-paletted set.

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