Forest Swords (UK)

It’s been 4 years and a lot has changed since Pitchfork posted an article suggesting Matthew Barnes was part of a new generation of producers / composers, alongside James Blake, Mount Kimbie, Burial, and Four Tet. His last album, Engravings, released via Brooklyn label Tri Angle, saw Barnes refine and streamline his unique ​​sound to huge critical acclaim, and perform at festivals including All Tomorrow’s Parties, CTM and​ ​Unsound.

Liverpool’s enigmatic Forest Swords makes textured, gauzy music as indebted to the​ ​region’s rich musical heritage as it is the windswept and beautiful coastal environment ​from which it was born. Rokolectiv Festival welcomes Liverpool’s chilling and blurred soul in its most acclaimed take on electronic music of the past years. Clattering beats, thunderous grooves and cavernous melodies shall rub shoulders with hip-hop and​ ​R&B shuffles, in propulsive soundscapes with visuals and live bass.