Christian AIDS Week
For those of you that have missed the aforementioned underground dance phenomenon from Manchester, I am not referring to the religious charitable organisation, although I’m sure their work is also fantastic. Chrisitan Aids is a shadowy producer/group from Manchester who in a similar vein to fellow mysterious Manc’s, WU LYF, don’t give any personal details, don’t really give interviews (although when he/they do they’re pretty weird), and go as far as to never fully show his/their own faces in any of their videos or pictures.
Their sound can be likened to a dark, minimal version of mid 90s ambient techno that they describe themselves as being ”Doom Wave/Creep Rave”. There is clearly an impact from the history and landscape of the area which heavly influences the music and its hard not to draw comparisons between Christian Aids’ style and the house and rave culture which developed in 80s and 90s Manchester.
The underground rave culture references are further emphasised by the homemade videos which accompany the tracks, which also include some entertaining sarcastic comment. Indeed the videos alone offer an interesting look at how youth culture is currently consuming the internet and could be said to have its own artistic merit as a social commentary.
Tomorrow marks the start of Christian Aids week, and after performing what was said to be an absolutely amazing set at The Great Escape (which included sending out a coded message to all of their twitter followers inviting them to join the on stage for their performance in Brighton) last week they should be fully warmed up for their impending performance at The Old Blue Last on Thursday as part of The Stagg and Dagger mini festival. I can’t recommend this enough, so you should all come down and join the crumble crew who’ll be raving at the back of the room sporting their favourite 90s t-shirts.
You can grab the 7” of ‘Stay +” and ‘Young Luv’ here.