For Swansea area fans of drum’n’bass and dubstep at its most neon and frothy, boy does Sin City have a night for you this month! Promoters Bassline rescheduled this one (Koven and Something Something) from its original date in late September, though probably not for the purpose of us running a preview of it… but thanks all the same.
Koven are a London two-piece of Max Rowat (music) and Katie Geraghty (singing), and their rise up the ranks is more or less exactly concurrent with that of EDM as a scorned genre name, then billion-dollar industry. Releasing through Monstercat, perhaps EDM’s definitive label, the duo bring a sort of power ballad aesthetic to electronic music: tearjerker vocals, swelling keyboards and ruthlessly crescendoing explosive basslines.
Also on the Swansea night bill with Koven is the aforementioned Something Something – UK-based German DJ Steffi Schulz, relatively new on the circuit but whose breakthrough moment, winning a competition with the Hospital label, gives a clue to the vocal-heavy buoyancy of her sets.
Bassline: Koven, Something Something @ Sin City, Swansea, Sat 20 Nov. Tickets: from £10. Info: here
words NOEL GARDNER