TIME AND PLACE:
@ Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ
Tickets: £12 book online
Under the moniker SOPHIE, reclusive London-based musician Samuel Long made a huge, fizzy splash on the underground dance-pop scene during the mid-2010s with a series of singles that contorted elements of giddy Eurodance, Japanese and Korean pop, and experimental sound design into blindingly neon-colored pop-art gems.
Often associated with the similar-minded PC Music label, SOPHIE’s sophisticated, hyperkinetic productions typically feature high-pitched female vocals, sugary synthesizer textures, and beats drawing from underground dance music styles such as U.K. garage as well as mainstream pop and hip-hop.
Instead of utilizing samples, he constructs his inventive tracks from waveforms, creating bizarre noises which resemble bubbling water, inflating balloons, elastic bands, and other non-musical sounds, adding to the surrealist, blatantly artificial quality of his music.