Arjuna Oakes

21-year-old New Zealand Jazz/Soul wunderkind Arjuna Oakes’ star continues to rise in 2020. Following the release of his debut EP in 2019 with a combined 200,000+ Spotify listens, Arjuna and his band have spent a jubilant summer impressing crowds at New Zealand’s most important music festivals including Rhythm and Vines and Tora Bombora.

With an act comprising some of New Zealand’s most exciting young jazz musicians, Arjuna and his band present a euphoric live experience, with his charismatic soul vocals and robust sonic palette serving as a connective thread. Decorated by cinematic soundscapes, hypnotic grooves, creative improvisation and catchy melodies, Arjuna’s recordings and performance display a musical sensibility well beyond his years.

With tracks from his EP playlisted by tastemakers as diverse as Tokyo’s influential DJ Taro of J-Wave FM, as well as Vogue Paris’ 2019 selection, Arjuna’s appeal is truly international.

Rahaan

Hailing from Chicago, the city which gave birth to House music Rahaan has been spinning house and disco since the 80’s when he started playing at house parties across the city.

In the 3 decades since Rahaan has become a Chicago legend, a DJ who is widely recognised for his exceptional skills behind the decks and his exquisite taste in music. Lately he has also been earning plaudits for his production skills with some truly outstanding releases.

Recently he has released on some key labels including Lumberjacks In Hell, Street Edits and Dopeness Galore. His tracks are steeped in dancefloor groove, music made by a DJ with the sole intention of moving that floor.

Rahaan is a producer who has clearly learned his trade via many hours behind the decks studying the flow of the dance-floor and the tracks which have the power to excite and enthral.

Starting off playing from cassette tapes with a group of friends under the moniker ‘Chuck Brothers’ he started to build an extensive house and disco collection in the 90’s after a move to Wisconsin. A return to Chicago in 1996 saw him start to build his stellar reputation as one of Chicago’s stand out house and disco DJs with residencies at ‘The Spot’ and one of Chicago’s best clubs ‘Buddha Lounge’. A reputation he would cement with gigs all over the globe in the proceeding years.

ELLES

ELLES is an artist, DJ & producer from London. Her first official release came as a celebratory string of female-only covers of acid house classics with Lisbon artist & DJ Violet for International Women’s Day in 2016 and she has since gone on to release on Love On The Rocks, Naive, Fade to Zaire, Ears Have Eyes and Super Drama.

Her acclaimed debut solo EP emo_ecstasy_everything was released on Naive sub-label Naivety in 2019, a predominantly beatless dreamscape encompassing delicate noise and field recordings, her own emotive vocals, oneiric pads, cascading harps and arpeggios – all informed by icy coldwave and lo-fi influences in a multi-layered sensibility. Setting her stall out as an artist with breadth that spans way beyond the dance-floor. Further musical projects for 2020 see her expanding into even more intriguing stylistic avenues, including a concept piece about a love-affair with technology that fuses pop with more experimental sounds.

A Rinse FM and Netil Radio resident, in DJing as in production her influences are eclectic and far-ranging from experimental and ambient to post-punk, Riot Grrrl, UK garage and acid, with the ability deliver long emotionally charged, atmospheric sets as deftly as sweat-dripping club bumpers on respected dance-floors internationally including Lux, about://blank, Wilde Renate, KALT, Corsica Studios and many more.

Public Possession

Public Possession was founded in 2012 by Valentino Betz and Marvin Schuhmann as an outlet to channel their various interests. The idea was to emphasise the relationship between music, text, graphic design and happenings. This process being a continuous stream, constantly evolving. The record label and shop (physical & online) were added in 2013. Since then both give platform to various artists from around the globe.

The effort of Public Possession is driven by the fun of creation and an urge to combine data – to create news. Its output is variable and includes commissioned work for clients from the field of culture and business as well as original work shown in various exhibitions and self organised events. Next to that, Public Possession regularly travels to DJ in cities around the world.

Bell Towers

Bell Towers is no stranger to the night. Moving curiously through dance music as a DJ and producer since 2009, BT has had four years of fun with cult Melbourne party Bamboo Musik (RIP); a successful relocation to the Northern Hemisphere (finally landing in Berlin) and gigs all over the world; a long-standing NTS residency and dibs on the name ‘Dance Music Show’; an ever-evolving discography; and credits for show music at New York, Paris, London and Shanghai Fashion Weeks that has further shaped his musical sensibility.

BT’s DJ sets flirt with 4/4 basement house, flimsy synthetic pop, cheap and chic funk, and emotional sunrise burnouts. He connects the dots and gives the floor his own idiosyncratic interpretation of ‘dance music history’. You might’ve heard the tracks the first time around, but the point here is that you haven’t heard them played like this.

In his eight years as an artist/producer — an output he self-describes as “file under 12”, intentionally laconic — BT has wriggled on various shades of house, 80s influenced pop and sample disco, released across respected labels like Public Possession, Internasjonal and Cocktail D’amore – the latter also being an infamous party series now serving his DJ skills as a regular new home. No two of his eleven singles sound the same, but there’s a long-play LP on the way that’ll make these styles stick like an entry stamp to your wrist on a Monday morning.

Luke Solomon

Luke Solomon build his foundations in the early 90s starting off behind a record counter at Stop on By in Barnet. Moving on to the legendary Freetown Records and then on to Narcotic Records for Roger Sanchez he worked in PR and promotions. During this time, he gained a residency at London’s ground breaking pirate radio station Girls FM where he met his dearly departed friend Kenny Hawkes. Together they set up the London mid-weeker Space where they invited people like Chez Damier and Derrick Carter.

Meanwhile Luke had become close to Derrick Carter and together they set up the Classic Music Company which is currently enjoying a huge renaissance. Amongst all of this Luke began his studio career forming the house music duo “Freaks.”

Fast forward over 25 years where Luke Solomon has been guiding the good ship Classic through a seminal year and working closely as A&R with Simon Dunmore at both Glitterbox and Defected.

Over the last few years he has been cementing his position as a Producer, working with Horse Meat Disco on their forthcoming album on Glitterbox, and with Honey Dijon on her second artist album forthcoming on Classic in 2020 and writing with the legendary Kathy Sledge on brand new material.

Luke has also kept his London residency status holding court at the sadly closed Savage Disco @ Metropolis and moving now to a permanent residency at XOYO in London.

He also continues to work on solo music, currently enjoying success with his studio band “Powerdance.”

Marcel Vogel

Marcel Vogel begged his mother two decades ago to buy him those belt driven second hand turntables and a Gemini mixer, so he could waste all his money on vinyl and work in clothes stores rather than becoming a doctor or whatever normal people do for a living. Lucky for us that obsession eventually turned into his label Lumberjacks in Hell with a loyal following across the globe. While Lumberjacks leads a secret life of it’s own with an ever surprising catalogue of summer filling anthems, Vogel shares his time between touring, being a father and surprisingly much time in the studio with his production partner Tim Jules working on remixes for the likes of Phenomenal Handclap Band, Hans Nieswandt or Girls of the Internet. While his own productions combine throwbacks of R&B, Disco and Detroit House. And as if the label, production and DJ work wasn’t enough, he also put together a compilation and mix CD for BBE titled The Sound Of Lumberjacks in Hell.

Little Gay Brother

Little Gay Brother was born in the mud pits of The Secret Garden Party in 2012, with the express purpose of creating a sexy and safe space for LGBTQ+ revellers to party without prejudice. It proved so popular, they started regular nights at East London’s infamous queer disco, Dalston Superstore. As we grew we moved to the legendary Heaven Nightclub in London’s West End. We now run bi-monthly parties across London, at venues including fabric, FOLD, Hangar and O’meara. Little Gay Brother are a 100+ strong crew, made up of performers, dancers, drag artists, show offs, DJs, set designers, lighting specialists, production managers and more. We’re a mix of gay, straight, queer, trans and gender non- conforming, 100% authentic humans. We’re family. Come join us.

Nimmo

NIMMO are two best friends from London, a queer pop duo, event curators and a fully independent female partnership. They work with a DIY ethos that is rooted in the foundations of community and the power of collaboration. 

NIMMO have independently become an integral asset in the platforming of queer female talent, presenting to a wider audience. Combining punk roots with strong influence from the mid-90’s euphoria of their childhoods, NIMMO’s music reflects a nocturnal escapism.

At the end of 2018, NIMMO released their first EP featuring a collaboration with Maya Jane Coles and a remix from Shura. This in turn lead to the release of their debut album “The Power” in June 2019. NIMMO exhibited their new stripped back, high energy and extremely intimate live set at a sold out headline show in London. This new set up will be taken on tour globally over the up and coming months to support the album and future single releases.

NIMMO became the first artists chosen by prolific clothing company VANS to curate their own event at House of Vans in London which they used to platform the work of female and queer artists. VOGUE selected NIMMO as part of pop’s most influential new stars, featuring them in their January 2019 issue to discuss the role of LGBTQ+ visibility in the mainstream. 

As DJ’s, NIMMO are club circuit regulars in London and beyond, performing at some of the UK’s best clubs such as Fabric and Ministry of Sound, whilst also having a strong presence within London’s queer club scene – regulars at Savage Disco, Sink The Pink, Dalston Superstore, Little Gay Brother and He.She.They.

The Reflex

The Reflex has captured the world’s attention and built an impressive army of fans along the way by taking remixing and audio editing to new heights with his “Revisions”. This motto describes accurately the expert craftsmanship involved in turning stems into brand new versions combining creative mixing skills with the connections to track down exclusive multi-tracks.

Having earned the respect of music lovers and DJs worldwide, The Reflex has gained the trust of many of the original artists he has remixed including music legends such as Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Rod Temperton to A-list rock stars like Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller.

Support has been gathered from virtually every corner of the music industry: DJs such as Gilles Peterson, Joey Negro, DJ Harvey, and Dimitri from Paris to hip-hop alumni such as De La Soul and Jazzy Jeff, artists like Skream and Disclosure to the original remix/edit pioneers such as Francois K, Danny Krivit and Greg Wilson to ground breaking producers Patrick Adams, Jimmy Jam and Leroy Burgess. The list continues to grow after every release and with huge radio support he’s now the most played remixer on BBC6 Music.

YouTube phenomenon (youtube.com/thereflexedits), in-demand remixer (50+ official remixes under his belt), London based French native Nicolas Laugier is a DJ that has gained a reputation by spinning sets full of unreleased material through an impressive mix of disco, cosmic, funk, boogie house, rarities and much more. Off the back of his DJ sets his ‘Mastertapes’ mix series has now been picked up by Rinse FM for monthly broadcast showcasing his remix work to fans around the world.

His tour schedule continues to grow every year playing clubs and festivals in numerous countries and with an ever increasing output he is certain to be hitting more and more very soon. Constantly reaching new audiences, The Reflex has created a catalogue of remixes that will be played for years to come. More than an edit, it’s The Reflex Revision!