MIKE SLOTT :: LIVE SOUNDTRACK for THE RETURN - Andrei Zvyagintsev (2003)
This year, as part of Ten Tracks exploration of the CineConcert format, the LuckyMe collective bring Mike Slott to the Fringe to perform his alternative soundtrack live to the award-winning Russian film 'The Return'.
Mike Slott is an Irish producer who now operates from New York City. Slott's productions are characterized by layered dark hip hop beats complemented by haunting melodies, adventurous electronica and jazzy roots, carving out a unique spot in the LuckyMe family alongside Warp peers such as Rustie and Hudson Mohawke.
His trademark as a hip-hop producer is largely due to his project with Hudson Mowhawk called Heralds of Change, as his solo material is more varied. The inimitable, often dubstep drenched beats are catchy but his adventurous style makes sure that Slott never makes the obvious dance floor hits. It's his musical intelligence that makes the man one of the most distinctive in the current field of producers.
Slott's choice for The Return (2003), the debut film by Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev, therefore seems apt. At its release the film surprised many filmlovers and earned global praise for its beautiful cinematography, art direction and great acting.
Accolades for The Return: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0376968/
When a father suddenly returns after twelve years he takes his two sons Andrey and Ivan on a adventurous and impressive journey through the Russian wilderness. The beautiful nature and the minimalist narrative provides plenty of scope for a subtle rendition of the soundtrack and that is exactly where the power of Mike Slott's work lies.
A video of the performance and interview
Mike Slott on Ten Tracks:
Support comes from two of Scotland's most promising producers Asthmatic Astronaut and Dam Mantle, with visuals from Edinburgh's Somni Collective.
About the venue:
Edinburgh EH9 1QH