After a summer break Progress Bar returns to Amsterdam on October 15th with special talks, live performances and DJ-sets. You can expect futuristic club music performed live by Amnesia Scanner (new AV show), pop and ambient experimentalism by Bordeaux-based, Angola-raised artist Malibu and DJ sets by Staycore producers Toxe, young computer artist ALX9696 and Mechatok and resident Juha. Spatial design by Marco Broeders (Co2RO). There will be talks by Michael Oswell (art director and graphic designer), Toxe, Alx9696 and Mechatok (Staycore) and a lecture by Ash Sarkar about Brexit, the borders crisis, and Trump vs Clinton.
creates futuristic club music that crosses boundaries. Their debut release AS LIVE 
blends fresh rapidly changing rhythm patterns found in bass music subgenres with dramatic outbursts of mangled samples. Amnesia Scanner will be performing a new live AV set during Progress Bar.
“Amnesia Scanner are meanwhile likely to be one of the cornerstone acts in 2016’s electronic underground.”
If there are any barriers left between mainstream pop and ambient experimentalism, Malibu
is passing through them like water. With a quiet, gauzy intensity that finds emotional power in angel choirs, rushing winds and Auto-tuned vertigo, Malibu’s productions (under that name as well as her side project DJ Lostboi) bask in an otherworldly sincerity that sidesteps nostalgic irony. Streamlining teen pop and video game soundtracks into the Brian Eno tradition has proven to be a rich vein of creativity for the Bordeaux-based, Angola-raised artist: A pair of early 2016 mixes, The Doomed Life of a Lie
and The Magic Key
, reveal a deep knowledge of aesthetics to play with and the promise of a wide star-field of genres to sink into.
is a central figure within Staycore – a new ground-breaking label from Stockholm. The talented producer from Gothenburg crafts tracks sounding like the journey through a stone-cold cave as portrayed in the video for her track Determina
. It’s scary and seductive at the same time. The Swedish artist has so far released just one EP on Staycore and a collection of mixes but their quality make you beg for more and there’s certainly more to come from Toxe in the following months. Her recent insane Slipknot edit
shows that you can expect just about anything.
Young computer artist, DJ and web intellectual, Alex Dabo aka ALX9696
, who represents the upcoming Stockholm label Staycore alongside his peer Toxe, prefers ‘music that feels like running through a forest crying’, according to Stockholm-based alternative R&B podcast Jenny & Vänner. Rather than tying himself to one particular style, Alex ‘Killuminati Burnbabylon’ Dabo describes himself as ‘an individual in constant evolution, deconstructing myself, going through identity crises daily’.
Timur Tokdemir aka Mechatok
hails from Munich but now calls Berlin his home. This rising producer is a crucial member of Staycore – Stockholm’s groundbreaking crew disturbing the order of the music industry. Mechatok is also a regular at Bala Club – London's notorious club night and label run by Uli K and Kamixlo.
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Progress Bar #5
Date: Saturday 15 October 2016
Venue: Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin Amsterdam
Times: 21:00–04:00 (doors open 20:30)
Tickets: €10,00 presale / €12,50 at the door (card only)