Nicolas Jaar (live)

The Arches and Highlife present

Nicolas Jaar (live)

Valentin Stip // Highlife afterparty

Fri 29 Jul 2011 | 10pm - 3am | £8 + bf

Nicolas Jaar plays the Arches, Glasgow on Fri 29th July 2011 with support from Valentin Stip and an afterparty featuring Highlife DJs and special guests.

21 years old, living in New York, in the midst of his university education whilst making music and managing his own production company… Nicolas Jaar appears to have the world at his feet.

His name has been on the lips of those seeking alternative post-dubstep experimentalism for a while now, with first EP The Student out in 2008, and Time For Us creeping onto the dancefloors way before its release at the start of last year. But the release of debut album Space Is Only Noise seems to have finally sparked the beginning of the press hype proper – from the usual blogosphere suspects to BBC Music, Pitchfork and a whole myriad of articles in The Guardian.

Comparisons to the atmospherics of James Blake, Jamie Woon and Mount Kimbie are expected, and a little tired, but still essential; he channels the same respect for a beautifully sung line or snatch of melody, adding the kind of distorted vocal idiosyncracies Matthew Dear would be proud of to found sounds and occasionally glitchy electronics and satisfying drum beats, all sealed off from the external world by a sheen of silk-smooth production.

There’s also a definite nod to 20th century composers such as Satie and Cage in his use of dissonance and harmony – and an almost academic approach to experimentation with the two – but the result is anything but dry. As he told the Guardian last month, “everyone who goes to a club is heartbroken”, and, similar to Blake, it’s this Morrissey-esque anguish which drenches his electronics and so successfully creates his contained world.

His live show, which has already received rapturous praise from crowds at Fabric and Berlin’s Bar 25, immediately sets him apart from aforementioned comparisons. With Jaar on piano, vocals and electronics accompanied by drums, saxophone, keyboards and guitar, the limitations of the recorded tracks are opened up in what has been described by the band as “something akin to a wheel… We explore everything through the lens of a profound interest in human creativity.”

Support comes from Montreal-based 19-year-old electronic musician Valentin Stip, and Jaar’s set will be followed by a Highlife afterparty with special guests and unique production from local set designer Aoife McKim. Returning to Glasgow from the success of their beach party at this year’s Sonar festival, Highlife is brought to you by promoters Huntleys & Palmers and Brian D’Souza. Taking place bi-monthly, Highlife focuses on ‘future afro-beat’ sounds from the across the black Atlantic diaspora, treating Glaswegians to jackin’ music from unexpected corners of the planet. For a taste of what they offer, download their brand new mixtape for free or stream it below.

Highlife Mixtape 001 by Death Disco Glasgow

Please enter through Argyle Street entrance