In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week, Rainer gives us the scoop on London, England. Rainer’s new EP, Hope/Satin/Glass/Dreams, is out now via Kissability Records.
We live in opposite ends of town, both in the East. Between Peckham and Elephant and Castle in the South, and Shoreditch to Dalston and Stoke Newington in the North, a lot of music happens. There is a bunch of post-burial, hard-to-dance-to night bus music in the South and there are new bands playing in Dalston every week. There are at least three underground late night clubs in Stoke Newington where you can dance to anything from techno to ’90s indie and get really drunk until 4 a.m. Peckham is finally up-and-coming, with new bars and little pop-up places coming out of the woodwork, which is great. Fun things like local hairdressers getting turned into a club for the night and the very local pool hall now hosting club nights alongside the regulars playing pool and drinking cheap pints.
We feel really lucky because everyone you could want to see play live ends up playing here, but there are so many venues and nights going on it’s just not possible to go to everything. It’s good to see more leftfield British production getting recognition: the Night Slugs crew on the Kelela mixtape, Hudson Mohawke and Evian Christ appearing on the Kanye album, and the producers on the BANKS London EP. It’s also a great place to follow London singers like FKA Twigs, Rosie Lowe and Laura Groves.
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