Dave Sumner returns on Tresor Records with a new Function record, entitled ‘Awakening From The Illusory Self’, which follows on from ‘Existenz’, his last full-length album released in 2019. An enduring fixture in the techno and electronic music landscape, Sumner continues to step through new terrains, reinforcing his spike and vision. ‘Awakening From The Illusory Self’ finds him as ever delivering the goods.
One of techno’s true underground heroes, Function (Dave Sumner) has been DJing and making music for over 25 years, he is a founding member of the Sandwell District collective and owner of Infrastructure. In 1996 he met Regis (Karl O’Connor) & the two worked as Portion Reform, releasing uncompromising music on Downwards. He later moved to Berlin in 2007, still working with Regis and now Silent Servant (Juan Mendez) putting his focus on Sandwell District.
Headlining festivals worldwide, his sets at Labyrinth, Japan from 2009-2011 became things of legend; Sandwell closing Sonar’s main stage in 2010 proved their impact, with regular Time Warp, Awakenings and Dekmantel appearances to name a few, combined with appearances at Berghain, Fabric, The Bunker, New York and other key techno clubs/parties around the world, Sumner’s status as one of techno’s most important figures became evident. Function has also been part of the techno supergroup LSD in collaboration with Luke Slater and Steve Bicknell, in 2017 the trio debuted on Ostgut Ton with ‘Process’ EP, too much acclaim, in conjunction with mesmerising performances at both ADE and Berghain which led to them playing headline shows ever since.