Cafe Oto hosts the first ever residency by purge.xxx, a label celebrated by The Wire magazine for its ‘disregard for the music industry, self-promotion and prevailing cultural norms,’ and an ‘ability to elevate distinct works and the obscure artists behind them.’
Thursday 23 November 2023, 7.30pm
Nkisi + Maggie Nicols Feat. Ellen Freed (New Noveta) + Adam Christensen With Tom Wheatley And David Aird (Vindicatrix)
Friday 24 November, 7.30pm
Trevor Mathison + Charles Hayward & John Smith *premiere* + Dubmorphology (Trevor Mathison & Gary Stewart) + DJ Susu Laroche
Saturday 25 November, 7.30pm
Bruce Gilbert *launch* + Dirk Schaefer *launch* + Viltse (TBC) (performing the music of the Mykolaiv Singers, women’s folk music from Ukraine) + DJ Augenblick Press
Launched in Portugal in late-2018 with a concept album about the back of David Bowie’s head (by filmmaker Chris Petit with Mordant Music), purge.xxx has spent the past five years challenging the conventions of major and independent record labels: issuing the Black Industrial ‘signals’ of ‘unheralded pioneer’ Trevor Mathison; commissioning Nkisi’s score for Europe’s oldest and largest stone circle; releasing unique collaborations between Jocelyn Pook and John Smith (on the demolition of artist housing at the city perimeter), and Jason Williamson and Alan Moore (the Sleaford Mods frontman channeling Moore's Pagan’s voice in the fire), along with soundtracks by Takashi Inagaki (for Takashi Ito), Dirk Schaefer (for Peter Tscherkassky, and for Matthias Müller), and Frans Zwartjes; Jarett Kobek’s intensive study of filmmaker and magician, Kenneth Anger, and the Communist Manifesto read, in full, by an eight-year-old boy from Croydon (and the Book of Revelation read, in full, by an nine-year-old girl from Shropshire [drawn from Stanley Schtinter’s year-long Whitechapel Gallery initiative: Important Books, or, Manifestos Read by Children]).