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.

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).

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.

The Juan MacLean

Juan MacLean is a Brooklyn based DJ and producer who has been a mainstay and defining fixture of the New York cub scene, as well as maintaining a rigorous international touring schedule, since the release of his first records on his DFA record label in 2002. While maintaining residencies in various New York clubs over the years, Juan has graced the decks at legendary venues like Berlin’s Panorama Bar, Tokyo’s Womb, Sao Paulo’s D-Edge, Lisbon’s Luxe, Fabric of London, and countless others in between. He quickly established a reputation as an eclectic and adaptive DJ, utilizing years of music making and performance experience to develop a finely tuned sensitivity to quality selection and reading a room. Never much of a genre purist, Juan’s sets can feature the gamut from Disco to House to some Techno, with detours into Electro or proto-House along the way, often in the same night. He has also produced an extensive catalog of 12”s and LP’s, mostly for the record label established by his old friend James Murphy, DFA Records, including the seminal dance floor hit ‘Happy House,’ first released in 2009. In 2010 Juan was recruited to contribute a mix for the legendary DJ Kick’s series, helping to spread House music to a wider audience on the cusp of the resurgence of House as a world wide phenomenon. Juan has also released on Classic Music Company and New York City’s Let’s Play House, as well as Get Physical, Defected, and Razor N Tape.

Most recently, in 2017 Juan released the most latest EP of his Peach Melba project on the stalwart record label Classic Recording Company, an EP that featured in the Traxxsource Top 10 techno chart and the Juno top 20 Deep House chart. He also released his latest The Juan MacLean 12” on DFA, ‘Can You Ever Really Know Somebody,’ the latest in a long line of dance floor hits featuring vocalist Nancy Whang.

2018 Has been a big year of releases for Juan, with the release of ‘What Do You Feel Free About’ on DFA, the ‘Panic In Fort Greene Park’ EP on Razor N Tape, and ‘Just Once More’ on Classic Music Company.

Currently, Juan is finishing production on his 4th LP, slated for release on DFA Records.

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.

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.