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Wishmountain Live

After decade-long hiatus, Matthew Herbert brings his Wishmoutain alias back from the dead. The prolific British producer utilises musique concrète-style sampling of real-life sounds – tanks, crematoriums, coffin lids, arms fairs and, most recently, the noise of industrial machinery used in coal mining – to construct commentaries on late capitalism. If this conceptual underpinning seems a little out there, then rest assured – Wishmoutain’s take on instrumental techno is as cerebral as it is danceable. Probably best known in the zeitgeist for scoring the cult film Human Traffic (1999), under his own name and various other monikers (Doctor Rockit, Radio Boy, Mr. Vertigo, Transformer), Herbert's influence reaches far and wide. It’s a true honour to welcome this living legend back to Dekmantel – his first appearance at the festival since 2015 – for a performance that’s been a long-time coming.