‘SAFE’ a new film / performance from Darkstar and Cieron Magat performed in Berlin in August 2017 as part of Pop-Kultur Festival

August 24, 2017
Credit Leah Ellis

Credit Leah Ellis

Darkstar were commissioned to create a new work with long term collaborator Cieron Magat for this years Pop-Kultur Festival.
The film was premiered with a live score from Darkstar at Berlin’s Palais in August.
Read More (http://www.pop-kultur.berlin/en/modules/darkstar-cieron-magat-safe/)

Darkstar perform ‘Dance Unity’ at The Royal Festival Hall

July 17, 2017


Darkstar were commissioned to write a new piece of music with organist James McVinnie as part the 2017 PRS New Music Biennial. Entitled ‘Dance Unity’ the piece was inspired by Hull as a city and the Dance Unity parties that were held there in the early 90’s, with a focus on trying to create a piece that oscillates through a series of movements and emotions. Dance Unity is an appropriate reaction to the positivity galvanised in the recent election and the context draws parallels in trying to display a unified front in times of adversity.
Listen to the piece here on BBC Radio 3 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p058ymyf)

Watch a short film made by Darkstar in South Africa

April 19, 2017


Darkstar travelled to South Africa in June 2016, interviewing local people and putting together a new live music and film show from what they’d heard, as part of the Encounters Documentary Film Festival, in partnership with the British Council Connect ZA programme, and directed by Cieron Magat.

Performances took place in Cape Town and Johannesburg on June 11 and June 12 respectively; the recordings of interviewees were woven into the tracks to form a powerful combination of audio documentary, electronic music and political statement.

Click here to read more at The Fader.

Darkstar live score a performance for ‘Abide’ at Convergence 2017

March 29, 2017

Darkstar collaborated with choreographer Holly Blakey and musician Gwilym Gold to create ‘Abide’ at Convergence Festival 2017. The performance combined elements of contemporary dance with live music from both artists. You can read more about the process here.

Darkstar’s ‘Bed Music – North View’ featured in new Gucci advert

February 8, 2017

Darkstar’s track ‘Bed Music – North View’ has featured as the soundtrack for the new Gucci campaign for ‘Bamboo’.

Click here to watch the advert.

Darkstar’s ‘Timeaway’ x Voices Of 4 on Channel 4

November 28, 2016


Darkstar’s ‘Timeaway’ has soundtracked the new ‘Voices Of 4’ diversity campaign on Channel 4. You can watch a clip here and listen to the original on Spotify.

Darkstar & Zomby – “Quandary”

July 27, 2016

Darkstar join forces with Zomby on new song ‘Quandary’ for Zomby’s upcoming album ‘Ultra’ out on September 2nd via Hyperdub.

Listen over at Pitchfork


Darkstar’s ‘Made to Measure’ EP is out now!

July 15, 2016

Darkstar’s new EP ‘Made to Measure’ is out today via Warp.

“‘Made to Measure’ is us making beats again, working with guests and us doing what we do. It gave us a chance to collaborate with artists with different approaches and responses to what we wanted. It gives a good barometer of life post Foam Island.” – Darkstar

Download the EP HERE

Darkstar recently sat down with DAZED to talk about Brexit, their new EP and their next album

July 8, 2016

You can read the full feature and stream the EP HERE

Watch Darkstar Perform ‘Black Ghost ft. Gaika’ Live At Maida Vale

July 7, 2016


“A couple weeks ago we went to Maida Vale to perform a few tracks from the new EP for BBC Radio 1. We asked GAIKA down to perform our new collaboration with him ‘Black Ghost’. It was our third live session for the BBC and it was great to have a guest performing new material there.” – Darkstar

Tune into to darkstars Radio 1 Residency live in session tonight

June 30, 2016

Darkstar have recorded a new live session for their Radio 1 Residency at BBC Maida Vale, which includes a new song feat GAIKA and more from the Made to Measure EP.

Listen live HERE from 10pm.

Watch Darkstars Official Video for ‘Reformer’ Featuring ‘Empress Of’

June 16, 2016


Taken from Darkstar’s new EP ‘Made To Measure’, out 15 July via Warp Records.

Preorder on iTunes HERE
Preorder on Bleep HERE

Darkstar announce new EP ‘Made To Measure’

June 16, 2016

Darkstar have announced a new EP Made To Measure, the duo’s first release since their 2015 album Foam Islands. The new EP will feature collabs with GAIKA & Empress Of plus more new tracks from from the duo.

Made To Measure EP will be released on July 15th via Warp Records.

See the full tracklist below.

01. Reformer feat. Empress Of
02. Black Ghost feat. Gaika
03. Deltaskelta
04. Through The Motions (Shimsung Edit)

Darkstar are heading to South Africa for a string of special performances next week

June 3, 2016


Darkstar will be heading to South Africa next week forEncounters festival, in partnership with British Council Connect ZA . They will be playing some special performances of their last album ‘Foam Islands’.

During their time in South Africa, the band will transpose the central concept of the album to a South African setting – recording the voices and experiences of young people and reworking this into two live shows in Cape Town & Johannesburg.

Find information and tickets HERE

Darkstar Remix The Invisibles ‘So Well’

May 12, 2016

Listen to Darkstars remix of ’So Well’, the latest single from the Invisibles forthcoming album


“Darkstar’s version is evidence that songs can withstand interpretation… Dark by name, dark by nature. Big up the north!” – The Invisible