New Geographic

YAAM I, An der Schillingbrücke, 10243 Berlin Map
Tickets: 22 € (includes YAAM II & III)


23:00 07:00

23:00 Lex Lugner
23:45 Igor Botur
00:15 Easter
01:00 Gaika
02:00 Night Lovell
02:50 OG Maco
03:40 mobilegirl

CTM’s second Saturday moves over to YAAM. On the main stage, co-curated with Temp Affairs, acts from the UK and North America ranging from mainstream to niche are interspersed with Berlin locals whose work broadens the geographies of hip-hop and world rhythm at large.

Lex Lugner, the beat chef for Austrian cloud rap names like Yung Hurn and Crack Ignaz and a member of the Hanuschplatzflow crew, warms up the stage followed by Berlin-based Igor Botur, whose style behind the decks unites “sparky house, vivacious, new school rap, vital post-internet world music, and dominating 808s” for a “performative, pervy presence and pure, vigorous body music.” Max Boss and Stine Omar are the post-human, post-gender Berlin campus cool kids Easter. Boss creates imaginative, promising instrumentals tracks, and Omar delivers nonplussed lyric poems in expressionless recitations. Although they have been releasing material together since 2011, their latest New Cuisine Part 1 (2014) and subsequent Beige Eyes mixtape offer the richest palettes of sonic textures and obscure references.

Brixton native and Warp Records affiliate Gaika converts the hyper-real urban chaos of London into glitchy, otherworldly collages. His combinations of the UK tropes of grime and garage with dancehall, hip-hop, and R&B are all set against a gothic, fetishistic, streetwear-oriented visual aesthetic. Night Lovell recently added fuel to cloud rap culture with his catchy, melancholy mixtape Concept Vague. His music combines titanic instrumentals and sluggish, no-nonsense utterances. 23-year-old Atlanta rapper Maco Mattox or OG Maco, whose name exploded after the 2014 single “U Guessed It”, commands a muggy, sparse sound and grandiose statements.

An affiliate of STAYCORE, a label launched by Stockholm-based producers Dinamarca and Ghazal favoring dancehall, dembow, kuduro, and soca grooves, mobilegirl shifts tempos and adds triplet bleeps and bloops, metallic crunches, or reggaeton kicks to turn R&B classics into post-internet-friendly dance tracks. Her own sparkly productions tidily whip up a playful, sweet, and introspective elixir. The evening continues in the other two rooms.

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