Function

Function (US)

WHO: New York-born, Berlin-based Dave Sumner (also: Sandwell District, Richard Harvey, Portion Reform)
STYLE: Ominous, refined, subterranean, cinematic techno
LATEST: Berghain 07 mix (2015) with Vatican Shadow, Games Have No Rules (2014), Odeon/Rhyl EP with Inland (2014)
LABELS: Ostgut Ton, Sandwell District, Downwards, Synewave, Infrastructure, Hospital Productions
MORE: Luke Slater, Function and Steve Bicknell reveal a live project later this year; not so secretly loves house music

Dave Sumner is one of modern electronic music’s most cultish (anti)stars, his productions as Function and a member of Sandwell District helping set the exacting and expansive tone that characterizes much of the dark, immersive, head and body bending tendencies of contemporary techno. As a DJ for more than 25 years, his particularities in the mix paired with his devotion to driving the dancefloor have made him a revered source of both orthodoxy and variance.

From teenage-basement-disc-jockey to a residency at the Limelight when he was still only 18, the club was his academy – a library of all of the rapid genre mutations of the early 90s, where he brushed up on disco, house, rave, industrial, gabber – and significantly, Jeff Mills, who also held down a Limelight residency. Mills’ style galvanized a techno epiphany and in 1996 Function started releasing futuristic, brooding, bloopy tracks with three-dimensional textures and modulating kicks, and hanging out with Karl O’Connor – Regis – his future accomplice in all things Sandwell District. After a series of cryptic, underground defining EPs and live appearances, the willfully obscure collective (which also included Silent Servant and Female), left one full length album in its wake, the seminal Feed-Forward (2010), before a tumultuous split in 2013. Already ensconced in Berlin, Sumner became the first “outsider” to join Berghain as an Ostgut Ton resident and released his first solo album – 20 years in the making – that same year.

A relative newcomer to completely original live sets as Function, and rarely seen in North America, Sumner’s master-craftsman approach to sound and rhythm promises to send Métropolis into overdrive.

MÉTROPOLIS 1 presented by Red Bull Music Academy
MUTEK 2016, montreal

MTELUS
04/06/2016

WHO: New York-born, Berlin-based Dave Sumner (also: Sandwell District, Richard Harvey, Portion Reform)
STYLE: Ominous, refined, subterranean, cinematic techno
LATEST: Berghain 07 mix (2015) with Vatican Shadow, Games Have No Rules (2014), Odeon/Rhyl EP with Inland (2014)
LABELS: Ostgut Ton, Sandwell District, Downwards, Synewave, Infrastructure, Hospital Productions
MORE: Luke Slater, Function and Steve Bicknell reveal a live project later this year; not so secretly loves house music

Dave Sumner is one of modern electronic music’s most cultish (anti)stars, his productions as Function and a member of Sandwell District helping set the exacting and expansive tone that characterizes much of the dark, immersive, head and body bending tendencies of contemporary techno. As a DJ for more than 25 years, his particularities in the mix paired with his devotion to driving the dancefloor have made him a revered source of both orthodoxy and variance.

From teenage-basement-disc-jockey to a residency at the Limelight when he was still only 18, the club was his academy – a library of all of the rapid genre mutations of the early 90s, where he brushed up on disco, house, rave, industrial, gabber – and significantly, Jeff Mills, who also held down a Limelight residency. Mills’ style galvanized a techno epiphany and in 1996 Function started releasing futuristic, brooding, bloopy tracks with three-dimensional textures and modulating kicks, and hanging out with Karl O’Connor – Regis – his future accomplice in all things Sandwell District. After a series of cryptic, underground defining EPs and live appearances, the willfully obscure collective (which also included Silent Servant and Female), left one full length album in its wake, the seminal Feed-Forward (2010), before a tumultuous split in 2013. Already ensconced in Berlin, Sumner became the first “outsider” to join Berghain as an Ostgut Ton resident and released his first solo album – 20 years in the making – that same year.

A relative newcomer to completely original live sets as Function, and rarely seen in North America, Sumner’s master-craftsman approach to sound and rhythm promises to send Métropolis into overdrive.

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