James Holden & The Animal Spirits and Los Pirañas have been added to the line-up and will appear at Kino Šiška on Saturday, 26 May.
James Holden arrives in Ljubljana with a new band, the Animal Spirits, and a critically acclaimed album that made many people’s Best of 2017 lists. Holden is perhaps best known as one of the world’s most innovative trance producers. His new project, however, which he’s dubbed ‘”folk trance”, sees him lead a band for the first time. His current sound is a kind of trance bacchanal – and while his synth still leads the melody, harmony and rhythm, the Animal Spirits’ improvisational skills give his creations a new dimension.
Los Pirañas are the next new addition to the Druga Godba line-up. These tropical psychedelic eccentrics situate their sound at the meeting point of Andres Landero’s dark cumbia, Konono’s twisted trance and Ceramic Dog´s sophisticated rawness, with a hefty dose of tropical Afrobeat and an out-of-control computer thrown in for good measure. Hailing from Colombia, Los Pirañas are nothing if not eclectic, with other South American genres, such as Vallenato, Peruvian chicha, Colombian raspa and champeta, jostling for headspace with cumbia in all its forms. It all slips down very easily with the help of rock, improvisation and an absurd musical humour. Slightly insane and definitely danceable, this is tropical noise you’ll want to surrender to.
Druga Godba is one of the most prominent music festivals in Central Europe, with a concept and approach that sets it apart from other festivals in this part of the world. For more than three decades, its mission has been to rediscover and introduce less well-known musical styles and traditions, alongside big-name acts on the world and indigenous music scenes, and to explore the intersection between old and new. Druga Godba celebrates its 34th edition this year.
Organisation: Druga godba in coproduction with Kino Šiška.