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Coldcut announce a very special live date


Story by Jack Foley

EVER since Matt Black and Jon More started VJing back in the mid-nineties, Coldcut’s live shows have been legendary for combining cutting edge visuals and start-of-the-art music.

Now, based around the music of their brand new album, Sound Mirrors, they have designed a whole new set, with brand new, interactive video footage so that it looks every bit as good as it sounds.

But sometimes it’s good to see people, too, so for one night only, at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on February 25, the Sound Mirrors album will be brought to life by a veritable gush of special guests.

Jon Spencer, best known for his Blues Explosion, will be wielding his axe and yowling and yelping like there ain’t no tomorrow, while Robert Owens, one of the true legends of house music, will also be joining in the fun.

Owens began life as one half of Fingers Inc in Chicago in the ‘80s, and is responsible for classic tunes including Tears, I’ll Be Your Friend and Ordinary Son.

Another guest is Mike Ladd, whose Infesticons/Majesticons project is one small part in a body of work that touches on everything from punk to avant garde jazz and opera. Unsurprisingly, pitchforkmedia have described him as “hip-hop’s strangest operator”.

Juice, meanwhile, is well known for his work with New Flesh and Gamma, but has also collaborated with Hexstatic, Adam Freedland, Telepopmusik and many more.

John Matthias is the fragile, ruminative presence at the centre of the beautiful Man In A Garage, as well as a solo artist in his own right and sometime collaborator with Matthew Herbert’s Accidental Records. He will be bringing his guitar as well as his voice.

Last, but by no means least, is Mpho Skeef, whose credits and collaborations include Bugz In the Attic and Ty. Her album is due to drop soon.

If that wasn’t enough to guarantee a fantastic night out, everyone who comes to the gig are being invited to get their cameras or phones and get filming, so that they can upload their footage to

All footage will be streamed in this section and once a week, the supplier of the best footage will receive a goodie bag.

Next summer, Coldcut will work through all the footage and cut together everything they like into a unique collaborative documentary of the tour which will appear on their Sound Mirrors DVD.

If you bring a Bluetooth-enabled phone you can receive ringtones, videos and other whizzkid shit.

The night takes place on February 25, 2006.