Shortly after the Primavera Sound Festival 2016 announced that legendary dreampop outfit A.R. Kane will be performing two shows at the prestigious festival in June, the band has announced that they are gearing up for further shows throughout 2016, including at summer festivals.
Last summer, A.R. Kane made several festival appearances with the new line-up featuring original ‘Kaners Rudy and Maggie Tambala, as well as a new member – Andy Taylor. In their coming festival repertoire, they will be performing classic A.R. Kane songs, alongside a handful of new songs. Apart from that, they will also be recording new material for release in 2016.
Critic Jason Ankeny of AllMusic describes A.R. Kane as “arguably the most criminally under-recognized band of their era” and an important progenitor of such musical developments as shoegaze, trip hop, acid house and post-rock. The Guardian has called their work “some of the 80’s most extraordinary music” and noted their influence on subsequent artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Seefeel, Slowdive…
Rudy says “We are still firmly entrenched in Dreampop; from psychedelic folk to trip hop, from shoegaze to electronica, dub and experimental noise … we are focused on live performance more than ever before”. Their performance now combines 3 voices, 3 guitars, effects-drenched noise intervals, beats, loops and live synths, creating a fresh space for their structured Dreampop songs.
“We have a bunch of new songs and are going to start recording this spring – we’d like to release something soon”. In the meantime, the band are also going to be remixing several forthcoming tracks from Canadian-Ukrainian dreampop duo Ummagma.
East London duo Rudy Tambala and Alex Ayuli originally formed A.R. Kane in 1986, disrupting the UK music scene by combining groove-based music with indie rock. Refusing to being categorized, they coined the descriptor “Dreampop”, with the term being widely adopted by music critics thereafter. They are widely recognized as one of the most influential bands of their era, and acknowledged as the germ for many musical genres that came to dominate the alternative music scene.
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After releasing their debut EP on the One Little Indian label, they moved to 4AD in 1987 and issued the Lollita 12″, produced by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins. Alex and Rudy would go on to release through Rough Trade and David Byrne’s own label Luaka Bop. During their brief stint on 4AD, A.R. Kane collaborated with label-mates Colourbox to produce the sample-heavy dance track ‘Pump Up The Volume’, released under the name M|A|R|R|S. They blew the top off the UK charts, reaching number one. To this day, this is the biggest single to ever have appeared in 4AD’s history.
Recording highlights include A Love from Outer Space, the two albums 69 and“i”, and M|A|R|R|S Pump Up The Volume/ANITINA. In 2013, One Little Indian also released a double CD ‘Singles Collection’ to great critical acclaim.
“Embracing dub, soul and paisley pop, A.R. Kane pushed boundaries most of their contemporaries completely ignored” – Pitchfork
“English art music of the best quality from a band continually suspicious of what England exactly is” – The Quietus
“Ambient, psychedelic… a love-struck fugue… they were greeted as the herald of rocks “new golden age” – Spin Magazine