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No Bounds 2020 Virtual 3D: five key performances

With all of us consigned to our homes again and club doors shut for the foreseeable future, we pick out five of the best live-streamed shows from last October's No Bounds festival.


MYNA, a member of Sheffield’s GRL. collective, provides a masterful exercise in world-building, coaxing brooding atmospheres and slow-building textures out of Gqom and other new sounds from South Africa.

Groundwork B2B Porter Brook

Porter Brook, aka local lad Peter Murch, and Jamie Roberts from the Groundwork collective spin trippy techno and rhythmic rollers in the Hope Works courtyard. For more where that came from, check our Porter Brook’s solo set on New Year’s Eve.


Saturday’s session concluded with a headline performance from Neighbourhood founder and label boss TASHA. Over a 70-minute set, funk-infused electro gives way to loose-footed breaks and driving bass, peaking with Pearson Sound’s thundering ‘Alien Mode’.

Melly D

GRL.’s Melly D sets the tone for a defiantly feel-good set with an edit of Sylvester’s ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’ kicking off a whirlwind tour of disco history. Look out for the enormous version of ‘I Feel Love’ that sneaks into the mix at the midway point.


TÆT has long been a mainstay of Sheffield-based ‘exploratory music’ label Audiobulb and this modular synth performance shows why. Far-off drums meld with jittery synths to give the noirish quality of a film soundtrack, all imbued with the same creeping dread as recent Boards of Canada.

by Sam Gregory (he/him)

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