(Liv).e — pronounced “Liv” — has an otherworldly sound. The vocalist and producer hails from Dallas, Texas, and combines gospel spirituality with blurry synth-work to create immersive, outlier musical environments which are bluesy and beguiling. Her deconstructed productions vary from dwell sounding jazz skits to deconstructed R&B, with romantic and lo-fi instrumentals and smeared vocals, loosely tumbling drums and a late-night sense of woozy soul all drawing you into her imagined and hallucinogenic world.
She has emerged from the continuously evolving collective Dolfin Records and launched numerous mixtapes and EPs which are as gritty as they're beautiful. We’re instructed a brand new album is on the way in which in 2019 and it might effectively make her one of many breakout stars of the yr. Much just like the brilliantly extraordinary Erykah Badu, additionally from Texas, (Liv).e is totally distinctive.
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2018 was a landmark yr for Lina Jonsson, aka SPFDJ. The Swedish- born, Berlin-based DJ launched her very personal Intrepid Skin imprint, introduced techno to the forefront on Rinse FM together with her month-to-month residency, and has turn into one in all Herrensauna Berlin’s most integral new residents. Her label’s first launch, ‘Self Will’, got here from VTSS, a good friend she met at a Brutaż occasion that they performed collectively in Poland over two years in the past.
“Coming up subsequent on Intrepid Skin are releases by two different girls I actually admire, however the label is on no account a ‘women-only’ initiative, I simply occur to have come throughout their music on the proper time,” says Lina. “The first few releases all characteristic music by comparatively new producers — it’s thrilling if you discover music that you simply really feel strongly sufficient about to launch on vinyl, with out counting on the promotional worth of an even bigger identify. Saying that, there'll hopefully be some appearances by increased profile artists in future too although.”
Rest assured you’ll be listening to loads extra from SPFDJ in 2019.
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A loyal resident of Oslo’s Jaeger nightclub, Øyvind Morken has over time turn into one in all Norway’s most treasured selectors. His weekly Untzdag residency has seen him play alongside the likes of Young Marco, Prins Thomas and Hunee, and Jaeger’s open-minded crowd have fallen in love with Øyvind’s units. Whether it's within the out of doors yard in summer season or cosy basement in winter, Øyvind has a 12” file for each event, throughout a world of genres.
He’s mastered the artwork of unusual the group whereas protecting them enthralled; don’t be stunned should you hear a hip-hop file alongside some dub techno, earlier than diving into some jazz. His productions, nonetheless, maintain a equally eclectic vibe — take his EP on Mysticisms for example of his quirky machine-led deep home and electro. His present EP on Moonlighting is simply as its identify suggests: a ‘Magical Carpet Ride’ by way of drum machines and glimmering synth- strains. Last month he ventured out of Oslo to play with Todd Terje at Phonox and will likely be making a debut look at Kala Festival in Albania this summer season.
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Over the final yr, Imogen’s astonishing trajectory throughout the UK’s digital circuit has earned her true breakthrough standing. The London-based DJ/producer wields a sound that’s unimaginable to field off into one class. Dimensions and Printworks had been on 2018’s agenda for the 19-year-old, and looking out forward stints at Junction 2, Fuse and competition’s YTA and 8bahn are all marked on her 2019 calendar. Considering she’s earned a wealth of assist from true masters of the craft together with Nina Kraviz, Sunil Sharpe and Mumdance, it’s fairly doable Imogen is without doubt one of the most enthralling artists in at the moment’s youthful era of producers.
A look at her discography contains two vinyl releases as a part of VA comps on Earwiggle and Shared Meanings, showcasing tones which bounce between squelchy acid, fuzzy electro and punishing techno. Chin-stroking isn't an possibility right here.
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The worlds of hip-hop and home, as soon as seen as so separate, are more and more suitable — take a look at artists similar to Kaytranada or Andres, and their easy mixture of the 2. Snips is one other identify so as to add to that illustrious record, a former Londoner and now New Yorker who helped begin the UK’s long-running Livin’ Proof club-night.
As a DJ, Snips is famend for enjoying a mix of soul-infused kinds, drawing from his crate-digging background, whereas his productions for his personal Barbershop Records nod as a lot to his style for increase bap beats as they do his appreciation for soulful cats like Masters At Work or Brooklyn labels like Henry St.
For a style of his NYC-infused type, test the album ‘The Barbershop’ for Houseology, which skips nimbly from the sample- laden home of ‘Love Jockey’ to the moody piano cut-ups and dusty breakbeats of ‘Spirit Of June’. Even higher is his ‘Edits Vol 1’ EP, that includes a very sturdy storage lick that fuses Jill Scott vocals and Fela Kuti samples. Snips is a reduce above the remainder.
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Sweetpea’s expertise for DJing has given her entry to platforms like the enduring Rude FM, however now she’s firmly rooted in manufacturing as a result of she feels “it was wanted to progress my music journey”. A self-confessed “massive lover of a rolling bassline”, her earlier appearances on Dispatch Recordings, Addictive Behaviour and Terabyte present that her type is rooted within the murkier facet of the scene. Producing excites as a result of “you by no means know what you’re going to make, typically you go within the studio with an concept of what you need, however come out with one thing fully completely different,” she says.
This angle lends itself to versatility, one thing prone to be evident on her forthcoming re-appearances on Addictive Behaviour. But crucial factor? “Always be a part of the scene since you like it. Music isn’t and shouldn’t be a chore. When you cease loving it, you want to have a phrase with your self.”
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