Darkstar first coalesced in the underground, electronic thrum of London’s nascent grime and dubstep sphere in the middle 2000’s, growing from attending the now-fabled early FWD club nights to releasing a pair of game-changing 12” singles on Kode 9’s fledgling Hyperdub label. These were marked departures at the time, fusing unique sonic futurism with an avant-garde pop sensibility that immediately set the duo of Aiden Whalley and James Young apart from the glut of producers emerging at the time.
What followed was a fitful and productive period culminating in the release of their debut full-length ‘North’, to wide acclaim. By this time Darkstar had aptly been framed as a very intriguing proposition, one of the first proper “bands” to rise from the UK’s current electronic underground. This was further cemented by their subsequent signing to the legendary Warp Records and the release of their follow up, ‘News From Nowhere’, to critical acclaim in 2013.
Their 3rd album is out on Warp in October. Come see them at RMH the following month.