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).

The 2 Bears

It may seem a strange proposition but perhaps there is a collective consciousness that can leave one club flat and makes one club fly; a presiding force that guides people through the peaks and troughs of a DJs record selection. So, what’s the magic that makes one night legendary and another just a bad hangover?

It’s a question that The 2 Bears – Raf Daddy and Joe Goddard – have long mulled over in the studio whilst in the extremely commendable pursuit of trying to create the perfect party record.

Solar

When Solar began Djing in the early 90’s, San Francisco’s Clubs and Raves were places where musically, anything could happen. To be a DJ in this time and place meant having a fierce dedication to the craft of creating electrifying music for people to dance all night. A deep record collection and bold creativity were what people valued in the Djs they would go hear every weekend.

In 1994, Solar and a couple other Djs began bringing a sound system and a generator to the Berkeley Marina for free gatherings to dance and watch the sun set behind the San Francisco skyline. As these Sunset parties grew from dozens to hundreds, and now thousands of attendees, Solar become one San Francisco’s best loved DJs. Known for his eclectic sets, blending Techno, Disco, House, Electro and electronic music with the energy of Punk and Psychedelic Rock, Solar has built a loyal following among a discerning crowd of dancers and party goers used to hearing every touring DJ you’ve ever heard of. Nearly twenty years of playing music for crowds large and small has evolved a style of Djing that seamlessly fuses the best of classic and modern dance music. More recently as resident and co-creator of the No Way Back parties, Solar has earned the reputation of a DJ devoted to the art of mixing and selecting music without regard to ephemeral fashion, trends or fads.

ItaloJohnson

Berlin based trio ItaloJohnson like to keep themselves to themselves. Despite this, the raw analogue music they have released on their own eponymous label has won them many fans in recent times. And it’s easy to see why, because it bulges with charm be it a loopy techno banger, bouncy house cut or something more cerebral, exclusively released on vinyl 12″ and 10″s. As DJ’s their ears are as well attuned as they are in the booths of the most respected clubs in the world, where the three of them excel at lacing together pumping, dancefloor wrecking DJ sets over extended periods of time that lean on the best that house and techno has to offer.

The Juan MacLean

The dance world way too often privileges the new, and not many dance artists write albums as good as In A Dream, the third full-length album by The Juan MacLean, this far into their career. The Juan MacLean have weathered electroclash, disco- punk, electro-disco, techno, house, deep house, and whatever we can call the sound of today. They never feel totally in step with the moment, but somehow always feel right and necessary. Put differently: there’s always something exciting to say about the music, regardless of the release date.

Sleep D

From the southern fringe of Melbourne, Sleep D are quickly establishing themselves as the axis of the Australian electronic subterranean. The duo send dancers around the bend with their weekly DJ sets and compelling live performances that have transposed riverside amphitheatres, Boiler Room, Inner Varnika and Golden Plains Festival. Founding the coveted Butter Sessions imprint, the best bits of these cerebral showcases have been soldered down into multiple EPs, as well as an ambient album on Analogue Attic.

Not only a vehicle for their DIY productions, Sleep D also use the Butter Sessions platform to prop up their peers, releasing all quality tangents of outsider house, squelching funk, hard techno and smoked out dub from locals including Tuff Sherm, Booshank, Dan White and Cale Sexton. Teaming up with Sex Tags co-creator DJ Fett Burger and Vancouver’s Jayda G on the Velvet Vortex release, the label crew now extends continents.

Always at the coalface of discovery, they’ve recently launched Domestic Documents in collaboration with Noise In My Head – a series of compilations surveying independent artists who are living and producing electronic abstractions in Australia.

Raphaël Top-Secret

When he isn’t trawling the flea markets and records stores of his native Paris, discovering those obscure party hits that never were… Raphaël Top-Secret can be regularly heard rocking some of the best underground parties around the world as far as Sao Paulo, Melbourne or Vancouver.

Not afraid to push the boundaries of club music, as a DJ Raphaël can be heard moving effortlessly between everything, from Boogie, Downtempo, Rap, Reggae, Afro-Caribbean synth bangers, Ambient or Industrial dance to the deepest late 80’s and early 90’s House.

Tapped up this year by heavy hitters such as Music From Memory boss Jamie Tiller to co-curate the sublime ‘Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe, 1980-1991’ compilation, as well as giving in to huge demand and finally signing perhaps the most legendary of his floor destroying edits to Hunee’s forthcoming ‘Hunchin’ All Night’ compilation, as well as keeping it tight and working on further projects with his Parisian Antinote crew, it’s going to be hard to keep things secret for much longer.

Friendly Fires (DJ)

“We try really hard to focus on making everything sound as spontaneous and fun and off the cuff as possible.”

LOR

In a LOR mission, a main spacecraft and a smaller lunar lander travel to lunar orbit. The lunar lander then independently descends to the surface of the Moon, while the main spacecraft remains in lunar orbit. Only the main spacecraft returns to Earth.

Jungle (DJ)

Many people will already be aware of Jungle in their full band form: a central creative core of exceptional London-based producers, songwriters and frontmen J and T, who would expand to a thrilling seven piece band to perform live. Their one (eponymous) album to date was released in 2014 to huge acclaim – a mesmeric, future-facing, modern soul record that was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize while selling over 100,000 copies in the UK alone. At the same time, Jungle have built a parallel burgeoning career as exemplary DJs and impeccable curators.

It’s a direction which has allowed J and T to explore a whole world of more club-focused sounds, showcasing a kaleidoscopic away of electronic influences while absorbing the wide eyed euphoria of the dancefloor.

Initially building their name on the DJ scene by throwing a series of parties over the last two years with much respected London promoters Percolate, Jungle have since shared DJ line ups with a who’s who of contemporary club culture including Leon Vynehall, Ben UFO, Midland, Henry WU, Hot Chip and Young Marco. Meanwhile, the duo have released mixes for Giles Peterson and Solid Steel, and helmed an influential Spotify ‘In Residence’ series to widespread acclaim.