Jeremy Spellacey

Lost in music and neck deep in the world of records, Jeremy caught the bug during the late 90s in his native Wellington, NZ. Following a move to London in 2000, he spent the next ten years loitering in Soho’s record stores, DJing at East End parties and running with local music crews, this left an indelible mark.

A move to Melbourne in 2000 and a partnership with Jamie Bennett lead to the birth of Crown Ruler’s online record store. Showcasing his expansive musical knowledge and knack for trawling forgotten music from across the globe, the unearthing and celebration of music goes deep. It has lead him to consult on a number of acclaimed reissues, curate and source records for a wide variety of local and international clients and launch the Crown Ruler record label. This all culminated in 2017’s Crown Ruler SoundCompilation for London based label, Space Talk. In 2018 Jeremy’s hard work and keen ear saw him start work for Soundway records, working alongside label boss Miles Cleret curating and licensing releases for the esteemed London based label.

A former broadcaster for Melbourne’s PBS 106.7fm and playing events with the likes of Larry Heard, Theo Parrish, ESG, Greg Wilson, Horse Meat Disco, Idjut Boys, Awesome Tapes From Africa and more, Jeremy’s musical gauge is set directly to the heart, head and ears. Expect his genre bending sets to have no rules, you’ll hear the unheard and obscure right next to stone cold classics.

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.

Loods

Raised in the coastal, industrial Australian town of Newcastle (better known as the Steel City), Loods is an understated character with a fun, raw take on dance music.

The last two years have seen Loods go from strength to strength. 2018 began with a relocation to London, before the release of two sell-out records on longtime friend Mall Grab’s Steel City Dance Discs label, a Boiler Room set at London’s iconic Southbank Centre, and mixes for Rinse FM, NTS, Netil Radio and Triple J, amid touring extensively throughout the UK and Europe.

2019 saw the release of another sell-out Steel City Dance Discs EP, as well as summer anthem ‘Walking Away’ on Classic Music Company, which earned Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’ and regular rotation on BBC Radio 1.

With no sign of slowing down, Loods has an arsenal of releases loaded for the next 12 months, including the launch of his own label, and will certainly be one to watch through 2019 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.

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).