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.

Taraval

Taraval is a San Francisco based producer of underground house and techno music. His debut EPs quietly appeared on Four Tet’s iconic TEXT records and were shortly being rinsed out in Panorama Bar, cutting edge US underground parties, BBC Radio 1, and festival main stages the world over.

Taraval tracks are a colorful, mutated and personal take on dance music that is none the less precisely constructed for maximum dance floor intensity, evidenced by support from mainroom house DJs to aficionados of the experimental operating in strobe lit backrooms.

His journey to solo music making has been long gestating in between stints as secret-weapon sideman for a beloved Canadian electronic act but looks set to accelerate as he accepts invitations to play at beloved US underground club nights as well as iconic techno institutions from London to Berlin.
Catch him in a club near you soon.

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.

John Gómez

John Gómez is one of the most exciting new voices emerging in London’s music scene. Originally from Madrid, John has for a long time been admired by those in the know. Dubbed “one of London’s best kept secrets” by Boiler Room, he is trusted by essential tastemakers and has close ties to key Amsterdam institutions Rush Hour and Music From Memory. His excellent criteria as a selector has earned him the hot seat on the Rush Hour show on NTS Radio, where he has hosted guests like Hunee, Soichi Terada, Sassy J, and Volcov.

We also know John for having a good nose for incorporating musical sounds that have yet to be explored into his repertoire. Proof of this is his compilation Outro Tempo: Electronic and Contemporary Music from Brazil, 1978-1992, released in 2017 on Music From Memory. This album was hailed by Gilles Peterson as the compilation of the year and featured highly in many end of year lists, including Wire, Resident Advisor, FACT, Vinyl Factory, and Phonica.

John is not, however, just a digger or Brazilian specialist, he is a versatile DJ whose collection enables him to pack a bag that is always dance-ready and, should it need to be, can be traceable to a particular period, place, or style. This has secured him invitations to play around the globe and at parties as diverse as Dekmantel Festival, Rhythm Section, or Sofrito. However, John feels very much connected to London as a DJ and for the past three years he has also run Tangent with esteemed DJ and digger Nick the Record. Tangent is one of the city’s most joyous celebrations of after-hours dancing, a unique place to journey into the deepest corners of disco, afro, and house.

Pional

Pional aka Miguel Barros – multi-instrumentalist, empyrean vocalist, top- drawer DJ, composer and producer – was at one time Spain’s best kept electronic underground secret. His prodigious talents came to the fore in 2010 with releases over two years via close confidant John Talabot’s Hivern Discs and Munich’s Permanent Vacation.

Sprawling across the washed house and disco spectrum, they traced a line between Moodymann, Matias Aguayo, Caribou and Grizzly Bear. 2012 also saw Pional grace Talabot’s acclaimed debut album “Fin” on the tracks ‘Destiny’ and ‘So Will Be Now’ – the latter, another gem in an ever expanding catalogue that has won the approval of James Holden, James Murphy and Tim Sweeney (Beats In Space) to name a few.

Not content with success on wax, Pional was an integral part of Talabot’s celebrated live show that opened for The xx and toured the US & Europe throughout 2012 with the performance featuring prominently in Resident Advisor’s “Top 20 live acts of 2012”. Now firmly an electronic mainstay and top- billing DJ in his own right, Pional returned to his Lost Scripts alias with Talabot to release his debut EP on Young Turks in 2014.
The same year he wrote a song for the Divina Pastora Marathon in Valencia (Spain); released a collaborative EP with Henry Saiz; and unveiled a slew of edits of Little Dragon, Rosie Lowe, Jessie Ware, Empress Of and more, including Jamie xx the following year.

2015 saw something of a homecoming with Pional headlining Boiler Room’s showcase at Primavera – something of a local legend nowadays, he’s annually found closing out the festivities. In 2016, with another Lost Scripts 12” on the way he’s also released a new track on Counter Records (home to Howling, Maribou State and David August).