British indie electronic band Vessels formed in 2005 after they reshuffled the lineup of their previous outfit, with Lee J. Malcolm (guitars, laptop, and vocals), Tom Evans (guitar, vocals), Martin Teff (bass, synth), and drummer Tim Mitchell completing the group. While a part of the Leeds-based band’s sound occupies similar post-rock territory to Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, they take influence from electronica elements in much the same way as contemporaries 65daysofstatic, and draw on the likes of Battles, Four Tet, and electronic instruments within their complex sound.
After the release of two successful albums in 2006 and 2010, they released 2011’s Helioscope, which was well received by fans and critics alike, and secured them a headlining spot on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury. In 2014 the band took on a transformation in to a brave and brilliant new sound, masterfully fusing the widescreen builds and elegant breakdowns of their previous work with altogether more physical electronic rhythms. With the release of their album Dilate, the band firmly focussed on the euphoria of the dancefloor. In 2017 they released their fourth album, The Great Distraction, including the Flaming Lips-featuring single “Deflect The Light”.
Always a consummate live act, their performances are an unholy communion, two drummers front and centre, band and audience feeding off each other’s energy. They have graced stages at legendary Berlin techno club Berghain, Beat Herder, Beacons, Glastonbury and Simple Things. Like Jon Hopkins, Moderat and Caribou before them, the band have pulled off the elusive trick of translating their intricate, sometimes epic, always uplifting studio creations to the live arena.
The English electro-Krautrock duo Warm Digits feature multi-instrumentalists Andrew Hodson and Steve Jefferis, who borrow inspiration not only from Can, Neu!, and Kraftwerk, but also from My Bloody Valentine’s dense sonic layers and Brian Eno’s wispy analogue melodies. Their third album, Wireless World, introduces the vocals of friends including Peter Brewis, Saint Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell, and Devon Sproule to their motorik-powered musings on the destructive and constructive sides of technology.