Dutch born, New Zealand raised and currently London based, Air Max ‘97 is a singular artist in the electronic music landscape. His affect-focused productions are rich with atmosphere, texture and percussive impact. Building on momentum gained in 2019 with acclaimed EPs on DECISIONS and Timedance, 2020 began with the debut of A2A, Air Max ‘97’s collaborative project with Aya, on Local Action records.
A magnetic presence as a DJ, Air Max ‘97 forges sonic trips alive with energy and dynamism. His sets contrast dark and light, hypnotism and rupture, made all the more special with the inclusion of countless unreleased tracks, edits and blends. Air Max ‘97’s live set is a laboratory of rhythm and sound design, splicing reimagined versions of tracks from his back catalogue with brand new on-the-fly experiments. Combined with a visceral visual reel, the result is a daring, imaginative take on how a dancefloor can function.
Azu Tiwaline is the name of a producer inspired by the need to explore her origins. A call for a different sound, organic and raw, vibrating in the great spaces of the African desert where trance music resonates. Like an ecstatic ritual, synthesizing her Tunisian heritage and her techniques, those of minimalist and repetitive electronic music.
Her first album is an exploration of her multifaceted identity. ‘Draw me a silence’, produced by I.O.T Records in 2020, unravels the links between Berber music, dub culture, and tech- no hypnosis, inviting us to refocus on our senses and primal nature. This composition, a kind of mysterious polyrhythmic chiaroscuro playing with the contrasts between the visible and the invisible, has attracted all the lights of the alternative electronic scene.
Accompanied by this new warm and dense blast, Azu Tiwaline was invited to prestigious English labels like Livity Sound or Houndstooth, and to animate podcasts for Dekmantel, Crack Mag, Ilian Tape, or Boiler Room. Recognized by her peers and diggers from all over the world, she has been playing in the best clubs and festivals in Europe, North America, and, soon, Australia.
Her EP ‘Vesta’, to be released in June 2022, marks the time of her first return to I.O.T Records, her historical label. A project born from her encounter with a fragment of an asteroid, where the organic, the mineral, and the astral are bound and collide. From the depth and density of matter to space and its lights, Azu Tiwaline’s music weaves, this time, bonds between the earthly and the celestial.
Pavel Milyakov is an electronic artist and music producer from Moscow, whose contributions have seen him rise as a formative figure of Russia's electronic music scene.
Summoning the pseudonym Buttechno for his extensive research and hyper-focused framing of rhythm-based music, he has performed at venues such as De School, Bassiani and Berghain.
2019 saw the artist confirm his position on the international scene, gracing esteemed festivals like CTM, Terraforma and Berlin Atonal, where he showcased an outstanding exploration of sound and light.
Recently his focus has shifted toward experiments released under his birth name Pavel Milyakov. Here he finds a more experimental angle, creating abstract and freeform pieces that reflect his desire to create complex conceptual works, where sound sits alongside visual artwork representing the music across varied spaces using the possibilities of both sound and light.
Milyakov's most recent work is the forthcoming double LP "MASSE MÉTAL" on Will Bankhead‘s Trilogy Tapes label, a record which best embodies his current sound and approach to music.
DJ Plead is a Melbourne/Naarm producer based in Berlin and making percussive club music. Drawing on his Lebanese background, DJ Plead makes tough, functional, and percussive tracks. His unique style references the rhythms, scales and timbres of Lebanese pop and traditional Lebanese wedding music, blending them with contemporary RnB, Club and other dance styles. DJ Plead released his debut EP ‘Get in Circle’ through air max 97’s DECISIONS label in March 2018 and has since toured Europe and China. DJ Plead is also half of the drum-workout duo Poison, a member of high-energy trio BV, and founder of the SUMAC label. His music is consistently played by the likes of Four Tet, Madame X, Anthony Naples, Joy O, Batu and many more.
With his latest 12" for Nervous Horizon, DJ Plead has created stark, skeletal, snare heavy drum tracks to frame his signature palette of Lebanese flutes, Mijwizz, vocal samples and subtle pads. Pleats Plead takes DJ Plead's distinctive sound and pushes it in a UK centric, minimal, dance-floor oriented direction. Under the guidance of label heads TSVI and Tommy Wallwork, DJ Plead has stripped back his sound to create an EP of frenetic yet refined and emotive tracks.
Ehua is a London-based Italian-Ivorian producer and DJ. Creative at heart, her lifelong interest in electronic music materialized in her debut EP, Diplozoon, in which she combined dark and playful soundscapes inspired by dreams, nature, and childhood memories.
The release, which came out in November 2018 via Femme Culture, followed New Moon, a single characterized by “its percussive trail, but taking an atmospheric turn with its reverberating, short vocal chop and lush, wavey synths” (DJ Mag), and Tiger, a drum-focused track which is part of the first Femme Culture x UNWomen’s HeForShe Compilation. In October 2019 Ehua released Ruby on New York label Orphan. Records as part of their Or.VA1 and in November 2015 she made her first appearance on the Nervous Horizon roster with Meteora on NH V/A VOL.3
Music is just one of the creative forms through which Ehua channels her creative flair. Being really close to the art world, she also composes soundtracks for films and artistic performances and she co-runs an online media platform and creative collective focusing on arts from Africa and the global African diaspora called GRIOT.
Facta is the primary moniker of Oscar Henson - a musician, producer and DJ from London, and co-founder of the celebrated electronic record label, Wisdom Teeth.
His music joins the dots between the upfront, bass-heavy sounds that he grew up within London - dubstep, grime, UK funky, house, and techno - and broader influences drawn from ambient, jazz, dub, pop, experimental electronics and beyond. As such his music typically marries the groove, functionality and the physicality of dance music with more challenging, esoteric ideas drawn from further afield, contrasting bright, colorful and melodic elements with layers of manipulated noise and bleeping electronics.
His records have been released on a host of definitive electronic labels including Livity Sound, Tempa, Idle Hands, Ancient Monarchy, Houndstooth, and Dr Banana (as Reverend Slippy), as well as on his own label, Wisdom Teeth, which he cofounded in 2014 alongside friend and collaborator K-LONE (Josiah Gladwell). The label has grown to become a globally recognized and respected imprint, releasing contemporary club music, experimental, ambient, and downtempo from a roster of leading innovators including Lurka, Parris, Minor Science, Don’t DJ, AYA (fka LOFT), Hodge, and Steevio.
In 2021 he released his debut LP, ‘Blush’ - an innovative and distinctly contemporary album that moved a good few steps beyond his work to date: loosely rooted in UK dance music but taking added influence from ambient, modern classical, dream pop, Balearic, folk music and beyond. The record marked the second long-form release on Wisdom Teeth, following neatly on from K- LONE’s debut LP, ‘Cape Cira’. Both albums received widespread critical acclaim.
Facta has performed extensively across Europe and America; broadcast live from the Boiler Room; played at Freerotation and Glastonbury Festival; made radio appearances on Radio 1, NTS and Rinse FM; and been featured in Pitchfork, Mixmag, Resident Advisor, The Quietus, Crack Magazine, FACT and beyond.
Since 2016, London based Forest Drive West has been building a rapidly growing catalogue of releases, receiving critical acclaim for records on labels such as Livity Sound, Hidden Hawaii and Rupture London.
His music has created a stir across the UK underground and beyond, resulting in a Resident Advisor ‘Breaking through..’ feature and an XLR8R mix to coincide with his superlative debut long player ‘Apparitions’ on Livity Sound in late 2018.
As fluent in jungle as the atmospheric techno of his earlier releases, his 'Jungle Crack and 'Set free' ep's show a stunning command of sound design and complex rhythms. They remain some of Rupture London's most sought after releases.
K-LONE co-founded Wisdom Teeth in 2014 with Facta, putting out records from seminal producers such as Simo Cell, Hodge, Lurka, LOFT & Don't DJ. Since then K-LONE has released an eclectic breadth of his own music spanning from UKG on Dr Banana, sultry Dub Techno-inspired tracks on Bristol's Idle Hands and Parris' Soundman Chronicles to his latest percussion-lead Sine Language EP on Wisdom Teeth. His DJ sets flit between the sounds of the UK and has seen him play in NYC, Europe, Japan and Australia. He currently has a 4 track EP of UKG coming out soon on Dr Banana and has an album forthcoming in 2020.
Kia’s speedy rise to notoriety is no surprise. Although young, Kia plays with the confidence and experience expected of a DJ with many more years under their belt. With a keen ear for bass heavy rhythms, idm and the deeper shades of techno and trance, Kia glides through genres and emotions in exciting and often unexpected ways.
Her talent for weaving musical narratives has been recognised by local and international labels, having already constructed revered mixes for Nous’klaer, Truants, c- and Patterns of Perception. Whilst the popularity of these mixes clearly proves her ear for telling stories with music, it’s her bubbly presence behind the booth that really makes her stand out. Kia is an open-eared music digger, searching tirelessly for lost obscurities to pair alongside modern finds and hidden gems by local artists.
She wields together her intimate knowledge of local music and attuned ear, bringing it all to a masterful fruition in her record label, ‘Animalia’, with an ambient sub label ‘Cirrus’ on the way. Beginning in 2019, Animalia is now home to a highly reputable powerhouse of releases, mixes and events which pave the way forward for the future of electronic dance music in Australia. Bringing underground and DIY sounds to the forefront, Kia encourages experimentation and nuance in every release.
Bookings at Amsterdam Dance Event, De School, Sustain Release and Monument festival are a part of a growing list of impressive gigs Kia is being booked for. As she relocates to Europe in the early new year, with a number of exciting shows on the horizon and solo productions in the works, Kia is without a doubt one to keep tabs on.
Kikelomo is a London born, Berlin based DJ, presenter, producer, curator and Boiler Room Host. She hosts her own radio show 'Pass The Aux' on Cashmere Radio, showcasing the very best in UK influenced and underground club music. She is a former member of the collective No Shade, a club night series and DJ training program for femme, trans and non-binary DJs, and is actively involved with broader industry initiatives pushing for diversity and inclusion in the music industry as a co-chair of the Association for Electronic Music’s workstream on Diversity and Inclusion.
Her eclectic sound stems from many influences in her life, including her home city London and her Nigerian roots. As a result, her low end heavy high energy sets are packed full of everything from techno, house, garage, bass, deconstructed club, jungle, jersey club , electro, hip hop and more. This sound has become renowned for its ability to get crowds moving.
Since starting out in September 2017, Kikelomo has experienced an explosive growth, playing across multiple continents alongside industry heavyweights, from Objekt to DJ Stingray to Skepta. She has launched t-shirts in collaboration with Adidas and Keep Hush, played and regularly hosts at Boiler Room, as well as continuing to showcase her sound at events like Splash! Festival, the infamous Fusion Festival, opening the internationally renowned CTM Festival at Berlin’s prestigious Berghain/Panorama Bar, in addition to being given the honour of playing to a crowd of 100,000+ people at the Brandenburger Tor national monument, broadcast on national television to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Running the club night and monthly NTS show ‘re:lax’ with re:ni, Laksa has been consistently pushing bass mutations since his early EPs on Beneath’s Mistry label. A Bristol bass bobbler at heart, his hybrid sound has found a home on many respected labels such as Ilian Tape and Whities, cementing his place amongst the latest UK talent. With three EPs now under his belt for Batu’s Timedance he is a key player in the label’s family, helping push forward its signature sound.
Laksa’s DJ sets and radio shows effortlessly blur styles and genres with a UK rudeness. His work outside of music as a social worker helps him to provide those comfort blanket feels through sound as well, exemplified in his lauded Blowing Up the Workshop podcast. With an EP lined up for another of the UK’s most respected underground labels in late 2020, Laksa continues to reach new heights.
If you have so much as a little finger on the pulse of south London’s unfuckwithable club scene, chances are mi-el needs absolutely no introduction. Emerging as co-booker of south Bermondsey institution Venue MOT after her time as one of the driving forces behind the live stream and party series Late Night Shopper, as well as the brains behind the reliably incredible design for both organizations, mi-el’s impeccable sonic and aesthetic tastes have been instrumental in setting the tone throughout the pandemic and post-plague celebrations. All these following stints in Leeds, where she had her first radio show on Sable Radio, and Leipzig, where she fell in with the Music Of Color collective, playing on Radio Blau, at the Institut fuer Zukunft, and at various queer and BIPOC squat collectives across the city. More recently she has lit up Corsica Studios, Keep Hush, NTS, and HÖR Berlin during a whole host of exceptional sessions, regularly appearing alongside her partner-in-crime Allecto.
Shapeshifting DJ MSJY continually changes form. After dark, a two-piece yellow tracksuit unleashes a frenzy of electric beats. When the sun is up, her gentler touch is at play: fusing unthinkable combinations of genre into alluring, deliberate provocations. Born from OOST club of north NL, she shapeshifts through a range of roles. By night, she’s routinely vibrating the dancefloor of Amsterdam’s De School: delivering bass-heavy, midnight selections that are unafraid to provoke. By day, her conceptual side is unearthed: brought to life in strongly thematic, cross-genre explorations. Unposed is her latest manifestation: a release series exploring the emotive nature of a club night's final hours. Though the shapeshifting persona can be hard to pin down, her DJ sets are rarely off the mark: willing to unwind the norms and push the narrative. A character who both owns and shifts the script.
Nick León’s dystopian club music samples the sounds of Florida’s diverse ecosystem, but his style has varied fearlessly along the way. Finding his way into the rap world at a young age, he collaborated with some of the biggest underground rappers in South Florida. He also gravitated early towards the Latin sounds coming out of Puerto Rico and Colombia, and as a self-taught producer and DJ in Miami, he felt compelled to shift his focus to his own work. After pivoting towards textural elements and buried melodies, Nick released a handful of projects, one of them being his Aguacero EP under Mexico’s celebrated NAAFI imprint. It encapsulates the growing anxiety in a city threatened by the very things that help make it beautiful, inviting you to dance through the impending storm of uncertainty ushered in by climate change.
As of recent, Nick released his highly anticipated Xtasis EP on TraTraTrax which featured DJ Babatr and remixes by Doctor Jeep and Pearson Sound. He also started 2022 on a high note, claiming a production credit on one of the most well reviewed albums of the year – MOTOMAMI by Rosalía. With coveted spots on Miami’s III Points festival, various film scores, and further production for a slew of artists, Nick León’s hands are full and his music is teeming with real life.
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Perila is a St. Petersburg-born, Berlin-based sound and visual artist, DJ and performer exploring sensitive borderlines and depths of subtle matter. Her sets are thick narratives drifting through rich sound palette immerging a listener into pretty personal trip. Constantly shifting moods and textures of mixes create comfort space for emotions to float, merge, evaporate and ride in a deep context.
Apart from sound practice and research Perila constructs intimate visual, textual, contextual, performative layers to affect a listener on many levels. Practice is aimed to challenge and overcome boundaries and share this expansion with the Other.
Stay in presence. Impermanence and balance.
Pessimist, real name Kristian Jabs has been releasing music since 2010. Previously one third of the Bristol trio Ruffhouse, his constant development over the years has gained him a respected reputation throughout the electronic music industry. With firm roots in Drum & Bass & Jungle, Pessimist has not only made an impact within the Drum & Bass scene but also the wider electronic music community. With his critically acclaimed debut self titled album released on Blackest Ever Black turning many heads and garnering a clear non-conformist vision, Pessimist has carved out a stand-alone status and has influenced a whole new generation of experimental Drum & Bass producers and DJ’s.
Whilst running his own imprint Pessimist Productions and co-founding UVB-76 music, Pessimist has also released on labels such as Blackest Ever Black, Osiris Music, Ilian Tape & legendary Drum & Bass labels such as Cylon Recordings & Renegade Hardware.
You can expect a hybrid of Drum & Bass / Jungle, Techno, Ambient Interludes and back-to- the-90’s TripHop all within his DJ sets, a true translation of his productions and influences.
AD 93 / Whities is a London label run by Nic Tasker. What started with the intention of providing a platform for off-kilter techno has, in its four years, morphed into something looser and more eclectic while remaining committed to dance music.
The label has been lucky enough to find a space deviating between the compelling, floor-friendly offerings of Avalon Emerson, Lanark Artefax, Minor Science, Giant Swan, Tessela, Kowton, Terron, Koehler and SMX, and distinctive sounds of Jules Venturini, Quirke, Reckonwrong, and Coby Sey. Connecting all of them is a sense of musicality and peculiarity, and a commitment to emotion and rhythm. Whities has formed lasting relationships with many of the artists, working together on events and projects in art, film and fashion. Designer Alex McCullough, the man behind most of Whities artwork and beyond, has been equally as intrinsic to the label’s identity.
Records aside, Whities has been known to throw a good party. Establishing a solid grounding at The Yard in Hackney Wick, the parties have since gone worldwide, with DJs including Vladimir Ivkovic, Call Super, Bambounou, Courtesy, Skee Mask, Rroxymore, Galcher Lustwerk, John Talabot, Beatrice Dillon and Willow joining the regular label artists.
Incienso is a New York based label founded in 2017 by Anthony Naples and Jenny Slattery.
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