Everyone’s jumping on the decks at the moment. Last Friday, Björk, Icelandic singer-songwriter, producer and all round everything-threat, played a surprise DJ set for Tri Angle Records’ 5th year birthday as part of Red Bull’s New York Festival.
So did she play bangers? Björk played a set consisting of some singers and producers worldwide that she’s really enjoying at the moment, as well as some from the Tri Angle Records roster, namely Death Grips. The show followed the release of her latest album, Vulnicura, which she produced alongside the likes of Arca, who has produced a lot of stuff for FKA Twigs. It’s this sort of production and mixing that really dominated the mix, and you can peep a listen below.
The New York Times gave the set a rave review, calling it “A euphoric culture crunch: unveiling fervent voices, like the Pakistani singer Abida Parveen or the Queen of Portuguese fado, Amália Rodrigues, then piling on beats, electronics and noise. It was all over the place in the best way”.
Björk had this to say about it on her website:
“I would like to wish tri angle label an incredibly sublime birthday and thank for having been invited to DJ at their party. Couldn’t possibly been more honoured than to play in that company !!! The mix I played was my present to them: merging together some of my fav beats last year with some of my fav vocalists doing some of their best songs.”
Hopefully she jumps back on it soon, it’s a sick change of pace to what sort of sounds would usually get played in a set.
Of course, we’re all experiencing pretty serious FOMO, but if you want a closer look at the actual event, head to Red Bull for some beautiful photos of Björk in action.