British producer Seamus Malliagh is one of the biggest up-and-coming stars of the current electronic scene. His debut album Neō Wax Bloom was released under Flying Lotus’s own Brainfeeder label. Iglooghost has played many prominent festivals and clubs all over Britain and the US. He is playing the legendary American Bonaroo this summer… and also Flaam in August!
If you like Bon Iver or Ben Howard, you’ll love Low Roar. Multi-instrumentalist Ryan Karazija is originally from California, but his most successful project Low Roar began in Iceland. His first album Low Roar (2011), that was recorded in a kitchen with just a guitar, a borrowed microphone and a laptop, has over 9 million listens on Youtube. Ryan is coming to present his intimate solo show with just guitar and piano.
LOW ROAR solo (US)
Punk. Folk. Avant-garde. Freedom. The Spanish group Seward fights against all the rules of music industry – you won’t find them on Facebook or Instagram, and their Spotify portfolio is just random snippets of their songs. Seward is simply a spontaneous and energetic havoc you need to see with your own eyes. They had some unforgettable performances at Pohoda and Czech Beseda u Bigbítu a few years back.
Katarzia and producer Jonatán Pastirčák have composed music for the play Antigona at the Slovak National Theatre and released an album of it with the same name. Before releasing the album, they received the Dosky Award for best scenic music. Antigona is going to have its first live premiere in Nitra at Flaam this summer. After all, Kata is a born and raised Nitrančanka.
KATARZIA & PJONI (SK)
Combination of catchy melodies and noisy improvisation for all the fans of Mac DeMarco or Ariel Pink. Members of Fenster are from different parts of the world, but their base is in Berlin. Their experimental display is a smooth mixture of indie, dream and 60s pop. Their last album Emocean is a 67-minute soundtrack to their own movie, filmed in a VHS tape style.
Jesus, men are such assholes, naana… Mucha is a pseudo-punk formation from Brno formed around singer-songwriter Nikola Muchová, who made her name with rude stage-performance, weird hairstyle, but mostly her provocative songs celebrating the incompetence of men, gender inequality, and so on.
According to reviewers, the saying “good... for Slovak music” loses its meaning with these guys. In 2017, Bad Karma Boy released their world-class album Prekrásny nový svet with the help of producer Pišta Kráľovič (nvmeri, FVLCRVM), and the newly discovered singing and writing potential of Adela Tihláriková. They added more electronic music to their psychedelic sound. Their music slows stuff down, lyrics are deeper and the band is more synergic than they’ve ever been.
BAD KARMA BOY (SK)
The most exported and popular Slovak producer of today. The single “Hi!” has put FVLCRVM in a position of a singer-songwriter. Spotify included the song among the 100 best songs of 2017 in their playlist “Fresh Finds”. He was later caught in the spotlight of tastemakers such as Mary Anne Hobbes (BBC6) or producer Machinedrum, and was signed under the Austrian Universal Music branch Mom I Made It.
What used to be freshoutofthebus is now Luvver. The well known trio – Tom, Mišo and Zajo are returning to gig with a fresh sound and identity in 2019. Luvver is a project which presents a cohesive club sound with pop influences such as The Weeknd or The Neighbourhood worn on their sleeves.
Slovak folklore and lo-fi techno combined. Fragile and brilliant arrangements, synthesizer, looping and various instruments in the solo act of Katarína Máliková will bring new, intimate and intense experience with the critically acclaimed album Pustvopol.
KATARINA MALIKOVA (SK)
Dance soundtrack to a chess game? The production of this Romanian duo is inspired by dance synth-pop, oriental melodies, but most of all… chess. Karpov not Kasparov have played gigs in 39 countries in the past years, and they’re coming to Flaam with their special show, where they will play a soundtrack for two of you to accompany your game of chess – which will be projected on the stage.
KARPOV NOT KASPAROV (RO)
This is what hip-hop and soul sound like in 2019. The Czecho-Slovak foursome The High Corporation have surprised their local music scene with a unique sound and original songs on their debut EP When I Went to School. Broken beats and mastered arrangements are dominated by the distinctive voice of frontwoman Ashley, who grew up in Texas, where she gathered her first experience with music in a local church choir.
THE HIGH CORPORATION (CZ)
The biggest talent of the Slovak electronic scene whose live performance grabbed attention of prestigious festivals such as Eurosonic and Ment. Isama Zing’s production is a reflection on variety of linked genres of modern electronic music. The combination of modulated field recordings with industrial beats and fragile melodies indirectly depicts a reverbation of civilizational voidness that organically diverges and converges into a body of compositions.
ISAMA ZING (SK)
An urbanized lad and a bored guy from Brno! Live drums with guitar, synthesizers and raw sound show us the dark side of live electro music. 1flfsoap create unique live dance sets with unpredictable endings. Janík & Palán whose cycles have synchronized long ago… thanks to a midi cable. Duo that wants to banish the smell of electroswing from our towns. Let’s help them banish it from Nitra.
One of the ground-breaking bands of Prague’s guitar scene. They released two singles last year which were followed by an album – Art Star. It’s full of intelligent and refined sound, in which they merge post-punk aesthetics with saxophone and synthesizers.
Slovak DJ, presently living in Prague, where she is a resident to the club Ankali. She became a part of the Czech music scene thanks to the phenomenon MUAH. She is a music explorer, pumping from the echoes of UK bass and different faces of natural dance music. Eva plays on Czech Rádio 1 and she is one of the first performers of Boiler Room Prague.
EVA PORATING (SK)
ManMachine is life! The best gig of our February explorations at Ment showcase festival – Foran Uroić and his inseparable coworker Roland XP50. The first one screams into a microphone, dressed in a suit and sunglasses. The second one is a synthesizer. Their music is full of dark echoes of 80s synth pop – just like in the action movies.
Talented Prague DJ who we had the pleasure to see in Stalin, Ankali, Cross or in Bratislava’s Nová Cvernovka. She is a resident to Vlkova 26 bar and, together with Eva Porating, organizes the Girls Gone Wildt evenings. Ariana’s selection of techno comes off strong in a chamber environment as well as on bigger dance floors.