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SATURDAY August 20th at Club Pandora we celebrate Export Quality Records first birthday!! Exactly 1 year after dropping our first release, we couldn’t be more excited to host some super fresh talent alongside some heavyweight OG’s all of whom have record releasing with us over the next 3-4 weeks.
Finding Mero (9-10pm) is the creative outlet of Indian electronic artist Gillian Kharshiing. An eccentric blend of lush chord progressions, tight grooves & effervescent ambience characterizes his distinct sound, while showcasing his incredibly versatile creative sampling prowess. His experimental nature & constantly evolving sonic palette, combined with a penchant for creating emotionally effective aural landscapes make him one of the most promising live acts in the country. A feature on Billboard’s 2021 Electric Asia VA Compilation as well as his collaborative EP “Thinking About You” with Scarr. on the iconic Monstercat Silk showcased his artistic prowess, while releases on KRUNK Culture & the acclaimed Qilla Records helped cement his visionary creativity. Focused on evolving & progressing as an artist, Finding Mero’s tenacity has led him to creating more distinct music this year, as he prepares his phenomenal live set to revitalize dance-floors everywhere.
OkeDolo (10-11pm) the Delhi-Patna duo of Rohan and Ishaan, started the way duos often do: two neighborly women fixing their introverted kids to become friends. After collaborating together as kids on a pokemon cards collection, they wouldn't see each other again until two decades later at a gig – where expectedly they sat in the corner and b*tched about everyone around them, rekindling their collaborative spirit. They have now fused together their respective identities; ‘Dolorblind’ and ‘Okedo’ to form ‘OkeDolo’. The pair harnesses their combined musical skills (or the lack of) to create the sickest dance music out there, making their parents proud.
Curtain Blue (11pm to 12am) is singer and producer Abhishek Bhatia's solo Moniker. Fusing haunting vocal melodies with electronica and brass-driven brass, he aims to create a textural blend which can uniquely be called his own. Curtain blue draws inspiration from artists such as Radiohead, Charles Mingus, Apparat, and Flume, while creating a niche for itself.
For the live setup of Curtainblue, Abhishek has collaborated with various Indian instrumentalists, putting up an ensemble with a trombone player. Over the last couple of years, Abhishek Bhatia has performed at a number of festivals in India and abroad, including The Great Escape Festival at Brighton, UK, Bacardi NH7 Weekender and the flagship edition of the Magnetic Fields Festival in Rajasthan, where Berlin/ Los Angeles-based producer Robot Koch saw him perform for the first time. Their initial meeting led to a musical collaboration between the two on Koch’s acclaimed ‘TSUKI’ EP, released via MONKEY TOWN Records earlier in 2015, and Koch's debut album 'Hypermoment' via MONKEY TOWN RECORDS again. April 2015 saw Curtain Blue release his debut EP, ‘Drones’. The four-track EP struck a brave venture into a weird, wonderful and unchartered territory of modern electronica where no Indian producer has really succeeded. Equal parts headphones listening and dance floor friendly, the EP features some skilfully produced, textural percussive elements and haunting vocals. To support the debut EP, Curtain Blue toured the country and abroad at numerous dates during April and May, covering venues like The South Bank Centre, UK, The Great Escape Festival, Brighton UK, Bristol, Glasgow, Scotland and all parts of India.
CurtainBlue is all set for his comeback with his new music in the year 2022 as a 4 track EP.
Frame/Frame (12am to close) is Nikhil Kaul. In 2015, he independently released
his first single, Pastels. Since then, his sound has evolved from its
downtempo, experimental origins to a more expansive sonic palette,
reflecting his deep understanding and respect for the subtle possibilities of a dance floor.His skills as a selector were informed by playing long, genre-hopping sets, often into the morning, at secret after-hours locations. It’s a style that encompasses a diverse musical grammar, a collage of house, acid, techno, disco and breaks girded by seamless transitions. Storytelling in motion, propelled by the collective flow of moving bodies. Nikhil used the pandemic-enforced slowdown in live performances to concentrate on his production, and the output has already featured in sets by DJs on platforms like NTS, Mixmag, NARR Radio and the BBC. All of that lays the ground for the release of his debut album, a carefully crafted distillation of his experiences and experiments with electronic music and beyond. It is an invitation to move, to breathe, to smile, to see the world with the clarity that only a 4 am dance-floor epiphany can provide.
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