RAW SILK

RAW SILK is the alias of best pals Grace and Steph, an ode to one of their favourite 80’s boogie groups. After meeting & spending one glorious year of dance in Melbourne in 2016, back in London these two are rapidly making a name for themselves by digging deep and voyaging to all four corners of dance.

What began as a monthly party in Peckham has now led the duo into raw territory. Grace works at record shop The BBE store in Hackney’s Institute of Light, a dusty treasure trove of soul, jazz, house, disco & electro cuts, and as a result RAW SILK are becoming known as eclectic selectors that play across the board. They know how to add in a few surprises and always keep you moving.

Grace and Steph have been residents for much-loved London boogie crew Percolate since 2017, supporting the likes of Horse Meat Disco, Bicep, Maurice Fulton, Todd Terje, CC Disco, Greg Wilson, Dan Shake, Honey Dijon, Derrick Carter, Nabihah Iqbal, Seven Davis Jnr. + many more.

They bring their left-field grooves & dance-floor sounds to their Netil Radio show every month. 2018 saw them play at clubs and festivals across the UK from fabric & e1, to Sub Club, Gottwood and beyond.

Kiwi

Alex ‘Kiwi’ Warren’s passion for music has been a fire that has long burned within. From humble beginnings as an in-house photographer for the world-famous DURRR club-night, started by Erol Alkan’s much celebrated Trash team, to the runaway success of his own club nights, it’s his prolific productions and genre blending extended dj sets that are now catapulting him into the spotlight.

Warren’s success as a one-man promotions company, cultivating his ever popular club-night, Orlando Boom and its disco-focussed sister night, Kate Boss, caught the attention of The Columbo Group who swiftly appointed him as their booking and promotions manager for The Nest.

Kiwi soon realised that he had more to offer than just his promoter skills and he began to channel his energy into playing and creating music. Releases on Days of Being Wild, Jack Savidge and Edwin Congreave’s highly acclaimed Deep Shit, DFTD, Optimo, Moda Black, Sneaky Music and Virgin EMI followed, and in 2015, his track Short Tail was nominated for Song Of The Year at the DJ Mag Best Of British awards. He’s produced an abundance of remixes for high-profile artists such as; Who Made Who, Locassolus, Paramida, Is Tropical, The Klaxons and more. This incredible output has earned him a wealth of support from some of the scenes biggest names including; Andrew Weatherall, DJ Harvey, Gerd Janson, Daniel Avery, Erol Alkan, Optimo, Rob da Bank, Annie Mac and Skream.

2017 saw the release of his Orca EP on Bristol’s Futureboogie imprint with the title track receiving rave reviews in Mixmag and topping the dance charts on Juno and Beatport for seven weeks. This was swiftly followed by releases on Dusky’s 17 steps, and a vinyl-only release alongside Joakim on DJ Tennis’ Life and Death. As well as being busy in the studio, Kiwi has also been out on the road touring Asia twice, North America and Europe. Add to that a packed festival season and holding down his residency at XOYO in London, Kiwi has carved out a name for himself with his all night long DJ sets that effortlessly blend balearic, disco, house, Detroit techno and everything in between.

2018 has already been a big one for the DJ Mag nominee, with a string of releases gaining notoriety on the likes of Moscoman’s Disco Halal and a new one for 17 Steps, as well as a return to Correspondent and releases on Cin Cin and Toy Tonics to come. With imminent plans for a label of his own, and his uncompromising ability as a selector earning him a solid reputation across Europe, Kiwi is one to watch.

DJ D.DEE

Derek Duncan aka DJ D.DEE is one of the key players in Vancouver’s burgeoning house scene. In addition to being a well-loved local DJ, he’s a record store proprietor, label boss, designer and promoter. Duncan has made his biggest mark with Pacific Rhythm, an online record store and distributor that was started with the aim of making European dance music vinyl more widely available and affordable in North America. Pacific Rhythm eventually grew into a short-lived but internationally recognized brick-and-mortar shop in the heart of Chinatown, a neighbourhood that has since become the hub for Vancouver’s house music scene.

Pacific Rhythm is also a record label that proudly represents its hometown. Helping introduce the world to Vancouver artists like D. Tiffany, Flørist, Neo Image and Slim Media Player, the critically-acclaimed label has been instrumental in establishing these artists worldwide. His deep bond with the city defines his DJ sets, where he mixes the laid-back house of Vancouver with ebullient disco, funk and techno selections for a failsafe, feel-good recipe. It’s no surprise that he remains one of Vancouver’s most sought-after DJs even in the town where he plays the most.

Adriatique

What’s in a name? For Adrian Shala and Adrian Schweizer, it’s a decade – and counting – of joint creativity. After getting to know each other in Zürich in 2008, Adrian & Adrian became inseparable, not just as friends, but also as artists. The two men carved out a career as one of the most consistently delivering DJ/producer duos in the house and techno scene: Adriatique.

The key to an enduring partnership is, of course, to complement each other, and the two Adrians do so admirably. Music-wise, their various tastes combine into one unique sound, and their respective preference for studio work and performance means that both aspects are equally well covered. Adriatique’s DJ performances as well as their productions are long, meditative, relentlessly building affairs, ever challenging the listener with subtle twists interrupting their hypnotic groove. There is more to the duo than just a well-oiled electronic music machine, however. They also live together, draw plans together, and support art in all its forms together.

After almost a decade of joint work, 2016 saw the fulfillment of Adrian and Adrian’s long-held wish: the founding of their very own music label annex platform for the arts. Called Siamese, their imprint releases Adriatique’s own music as well as productions by others, as long as it adheres to the Adrians’ creed: that music should be meditation. Going above and beyond the average for a label, Siamese also supports visual and performance artists, organizing club nights that place these collaborators in the spotlights just as much as the musical stars.

Drawing from their own experience as strangers turned fulltime partners, Adrian and Adrian know that it is the bridging of differences that breeds creativity. This is why, in the future, they plan on expanding their network of collaborators as well as the creative scope of Siamese’s activities. They may be a decade in the business, but Adriatique’s true mission has only just begun.

Nyra

After a five year hiatus to concentrate on a career in professional cycling, Sheffield born artist Nyra who is now residing in London is back with a bang. Having launched his own imprint, already gaining masses of support from Jackmaster, Midland, Optimo, Denis Sulta, The Black Madonna, Gerd janson and more, he is heading back out on the road again.

Nyra, aka Ryan Davis, first emerged in 2008. In the years after he soon amassed a solid discography of no frills house and techno that was expertly designed to turbocharge dance floors. His effortlessly effective, inventively rhythmic style found favour with bosses at esteemed labels like Never Learnt, Elastic Dreams and Secretsundaze and saw him play high profile gigs all over Europe from Fabric London to Sonar to ADE.

At the same time, he founded influential Sheffield warehouse party Downlo at Dan Sane and welcomed a who’s who of underground heroes from Marcel Fengler to Norman Nodge to Ben UFO and Baby Ford. That party paved the way for the city’s now celebrated Hope Works venue, whilst Ryan himself went on to pursue a career in cycling. It was something he started to fall in love with and he soon ascended through the ranks, getting signed by ever better professional teams. Reaching the top of the sport in the UK, he started getting the music itch once more so is now back with a vengeance and plenty to offer.

2016 saw him make an immediate impact with sets at Carl Cox’s Music is Revolution party in Ibiza as well as an appearance on the Terrace for Sundays at Space. Now he proudly launches his own label Canoe.

Loods

Raised in the coastal, industrial Australian town of Newcastle (better known as the Steel City), Loods aka Elliot Struck is an understated character with a big, raw and uncomplicated take on house music.

Having relocated to London and released a sold-out debut record on good friend Mall Grab’s Steel City Dance Discs label, Loods can now be found playing energetic and heartfelt sets all over the UK and Europe. Not one to take things too seriously, his DJ performances are built on pure hands-in-the-air house feelings. A slightly more refined sample of his palate can be heard on the monthly Steel City show on Netil Radio, which he co-hosts with label mate Salary Boy.

A collaborative follow-up release with Mall Grab, QUAALUDES001, featuring two anthemic house epics, sold out immediately after its mid April release and continues to make waves. With bigger things on the horizon, Loods is already one to watch in 2018 and beyond.

Retiree

Retiree is the musical project of three Sydney/ Melbourne mammals: Matt Crowley, Tori Holleman & Marco Vella. Retiree have steadily congealed their broad influences into a unique emulsion of strongly rhythmic and emotional music. From two releases, they’ve been described as “pared back 1980s comfort pop for all occasions” by NOISEY, having “a whole lot of criss-crossing rhythm” by The FADER and containing “swirling synth flourishes, languid wistful vocals and strutting drum machine funk” by The 405.

Retiree have released two 12″s both locally & internationally; Retiree EP (2013) on Plastic World followed by This Place EP (2015) on Rhythm Section International/Plastic World. Following the release of their single Jan in 2017, 2018 sees their return with House Or Home, released by Rhythm Section International.

The album’s songs explore the theme of “house or home” and what that means in present day Australia for different people. They journey from an aboriginal tent embassy on the south coast of New South Wales, a retirement village, a one room flat in Ringwood and a sleepless 17 hour stop over in Malaysia. Their live set throws all their keyboards, guitar pedals and woodblocks on stage, resulting in long-legged convulsing to a drum machine under honest lyrics.

Retiree have teamed up with director Joey Knox and cinematographer Jesse Gohier-Fleet to create a series of interconnected film clips. Unraveling an intricate web of stories, the visuals pair seamlessly with the songs.

Justin Strauss

Few DJs could adequately represent the last three decades of New York nightclub history – no less do so with such iconic credentials as Justin Strauss. Since he was 17, when his first band was signed to Island Records, Justin has had a career that reads like a Who’s-Who of the music scene, spinning at nearly every dance club that you’d ever want to go to. Starting as DJ at New York’s legendary Mudd Club, he spun his way through The Ritz, Limelight, Area, Tunnel, M.K., Life, Centro Fly and more, pioneering his own distinctive sound, and becoming one of the most sought-after remixers and producers not just in New York, but in the world. He has worked with the gamut of artists – Depeche Mode, Sergio Mendez, Tina Turner, Jimmy Cliff, B-52s, Luther Vandross, Malcolm McClaren, Skinny Puppy, Goldfrapp, LCD Soundsystem to name a few and on over 200 records!

Much of the new dance crowd that goes to hear Justin DJ today, doesn’t necessarily know his history; they simply love his spinning because he always keeps them dancing and surprised, seamlessly mixing between choice classics, delectable rarities and innovative beats. For Justin, no genre or style is off-limits – he can and will mix anything, so long as he can keep the crowd enthralled. His self-proclaimed mission is “connecting the dots” between what might otherwise seem disparate musical periods and styles, while introducing exciting new sounds. He does so with infectious passion, subverting preconceptions about what’s old and new, and inspiring young DJs with his masterful skill and ever-youthful spirit.

But Justin Strauss doesn’t stop there. As half of the production duos, Whatever/Whatever and A/JUS/TED, he continues to produce and mix records, working on remixes for the likes of Hot Chip, William Onyeabor,LCD Soundsystem, Blood Orange, Holy Ghost!, Franz Ferdinand, Beyonce. Working on new projects with Joe Goddard of Hot Chip & Marcus Marr, as well as Moscoman and Lauer and Soulwax. Touring the world Dj’ing at Panorama Bar in Berlin, Robert Johnson in Frankfurt, Zunkunft in Zurich to name a few. In fact, he doesn’t stop at all.

Route 8

Gergely Szilveszter Horváth has been making a name for himself under a number of guises such as Route 8, Q3A and DJ Ciderman for labels such as Lobster Theremin, Nous, Fabrwechsel and Delsin for a number of years.

The Hungarian producer has dipped his toes into a number of genres in this time touching on lo-fi through to electro, breakbeat, techno and anything in-between but always heavily leaning towards his love for house. With his most recent release as Route 8, Lobster Theremin’s 50th, a sprinkling of disco and balearica has been added for his most assured productions to date which shows as an artist who continues to make music perfect for the dance floor.

With both his DJ sets and live sets he has travelled the world playing at some of the most respected clubs such as Bassiani, Concrete, Sub Club, Blitz, Corsica Studios, Panorama Bar, Le Sucre and Robert Johnson. With more releases planned for 2018 under both Route 8 and DJ Ciderman and his debut Route 8 album planned for 2019 the future looks very bright indeed.