Here’s an eclectic triple bill for you, spearheaded by Zürich collective Klaus Johann Grobe. With grooves as sweet as Swiss chocolate, their warm electro funk could be compared to late-era Tame Impala, but there’s more to them than that — coming as they do from a distinguished lineage of Teutonic electronica (Teutonica? Surely we’ve coined a new genre there).
Over three albums, their sound has evolved from off-kilter (and we apologise for using the K word here) krautrock to laid-back disco floor-fillers, and we can expect a more synth-dominated sound than they brought along with them last time they were in Brighton, three years ago.
The headliners are on at 10pm, while support comes from the erotically-charged love machine that is Smoota (8.30pm), who threatens to loosen a few collars with his “love songs about sex, and sex songs about love”. If you’re doubting his seductive credentials, look him up on Google images — he’s the guy with the leather trousers and… the snake. Plus there’s locked-in, cosmic psych-rock from new Brighton band Melt Plastic Group (9.15pm), playing just their second gig. Something for (almost) everyone there, surely.
Hope & Ruin, Thursday 5th December 2019