ISAN's Robin Saville and Antony Ryan have created some of the most beautiful electronic music of the past ten years. It's the sort of geeky stuff that tends to attract maledominated gatherings, and that is certainly the case tonight.
Behind a sizeable tangle of wires and all manner of equipment, ISAN tinker studiously with their laptops, creating serious yet playful electronica. To begin with, it sounds like a drunken auntie playing your cheap Casio at Christmas, but thankfully gets better - bleeps and swooshes inspired by vintage keyboards wash in and out of truly lovely minimal analogue tones like a gentle, barely perceptible tide.
Curiously, it feels like incidental music from Play School circa 1974 at times - imagine Brian Eno remixing Arovane or Boards of Canada and you're halfway there.
Promoting stunning new 4AD album Maritime, Minotaur Shock's David Edwards - who bears an uncanny resemblance to Keith from The Office - is joined by mysterious multi-instrumentalist Emily, and I'm smitten as the sublime tones of an old Korg synth cut through the stale air.
There's an endearing, almost unexplainable quality to Minotaur Shock. Although not quite escaping their folktronica tag, tonight's joyfully charming instrumentals offer more depth than 2001's introspective Chiff Chaffs & Willow Warblers album, and it's refreshing to hear someone taking such a distinctive approach to electronic music.
Unless you have a full band, this type of music is difficult to perform without a laptop and backing tracks, but to Edwards' credit he eclipses any semblance of artificiality.
The beautifully structured songs resemble the finer points of Four Tet mashed up with references to the Junior Boys (whose Last Exit album from 2004 is well worth checking out), and we're even treated to a brand new and rather impressive array of live visuals into the bargain. Unmissable.
Velimir Pavle Ilic