Over the weekend of October 26th and 27th, BIME once again served up an essential selection of forward facing electronic acts from the vanguard of the scene.
Taking place every year since 2013, BIME boasts incredible production, and is surrounded by a beautiful city of Bilbao, which is brimming with culture. With dance events taking place at Guara and the rest of there show at the Exhibition Centre Bilbao, it paired indie names like MGMT, Kurt Vile and Editors with vital DJs and producers, including Jon Hopkins, GusGus, Four Tet and more.
While it was a weekend full of memorable performances, these five impressed more than the rest.
The NTS host and influential creator of hard-to-define sounds has released on the likes of XL Recordings, and put out a killer FabricLive. He was in fine form at BIME, dropping banging techno from Blawan as well as cheeky classics from Josh Wink. He got good reactions form the crowd and his high tempos and furious electro kept the floor pumping.
This Swedish charmer has a playful, adventurous take on dance music. He draws on anything from Mariah Carey tunes to his own invented 'trancehall' sound and his sets are colourful and unpredictable affairs. He dropped a wide range of house, kinked grooves and vocal tunes that kept us on our toes and provided relief from some of the darker and harder sounds elsewhere.
Playing on the Friday, Daniel Avery did a fine job of taking us deep into his shadowy, drone-heavy techno world., Melody lifts you up while perfectly-crafted synths keep you locked to the floor. He is a master of long mixes and building a sustained mood, and his performance here was no different.
By now one of the most celebrate dance acts in techno Nina Kraviz has truly honed her own unique style these days. It's one where icy minimalism, hypnotic drums and flashes of acid all add up to a very real trip. Speaking of trips, She drew heavily from from her incredible TRIP label during her set. As always she was as animated as her music, which went todn
Who else draws fans as devoted and manic as Aphex Twin? They were out in full force, pressed up against the barriers to get as close as possible to their idol. The electronic master repaid them with a dizzying set that went from drum blizzards to ambient beauty via complex IDM that locked us in his own musical matrix, with lasers and visuals adding to the whole occasion. It was an undoubted highlight.