Another week, and another list to dig your teeth into. This time the focus is on the finest DJs, who we will definitely be going out of our way to see in the coming year. Packed with Boileroom and Keep Hush sets, check out our pics below.
Australian born, but London-based, DJ/Producer HAAI was known for hosting parties in Dalston a few years ago. With EPs like ‘Systems Up, Windows Down’ though, this never seemed the long term plan; sets at Lost Village, Gottwood and AVA festival have solidified her as one of the best tech DJs out there. Her ability to blend heavy baselines with acid-lead melodies is quite incredible, so we are hoping for a few more projects and parties this year.
A few months ago we had the pleasure of seeing Octo Octa and Eric Drew selecting all night at the Wire club in Leeds; it was easily one of the best times we’ve had since moving up north for uni. ‘Move Your Body’ is an infectious tech banger, and it does what it says on the tin. You will be instantly grooving along to the rhythm of this track, hopefully with a cheeky red stripe in your hand if you can afford such a luxury. We’re anticipating some more incredible sets from the Chicago native in 2020.
Toronto DJ Bambii has made waves with her aneurism-inducing sets at raves all around the world. Dancehall, Afro-bashment, house and trap are just a few genres that tend to creep into her performances; perfect for the summer really, so hopefully she graces a few U.K. festivals this year. Her 'Bass and Percs' Boileroom set was one of our favourites last year, and the Benji B guest mix she graced Radio 1’s airwaves with had us permanently on shazam. Check out her Boileroom below.
One of Boileroom’s highlights of 2019 was definitely DJ Swisha’s NYC underground party in collaboration with Half Moon. Dropping tunes in the calibre of AceMo’s ‘Where They At?’, the American tore through an impressive mix of house, tech and club anthems. His own releases are worth digging in to as well, ‘Goes To Bossa Once’ in particular stands out. Hopefully he can sail over to our shores with a USB firmly in his palm and play a few dates across the country in 2020.
You may have heard Soundbwoy Killah’s tracks subconsciously at a Mall Grab rave, or whilst watching one of his Boileroom sets. ‘Burning’, one of the producers many breakbeat infused tech bangers, got played by a few DJs at Lost Village; the sound of nossies cracking rattled around the air simultaneously when the tune was played - this is the calibre of song and producer we are dealing with. He DJs too, and with a new album under his belt, 2020 could be a big year on the festival circuit for Soundbwoy.
If you haven’t heard of 6 Figure Gang, we recommend you have a read up about the collective and come back to read about Fauzia. One of the group’s most lauded members, the Londoner's eye for jungle, footwork and drums has been hailed by the likes of Benji B, and allowed her to solidify regular sets on NTS Radio. Below you can watch her B2B with fellow 6 Figure Gang member Sherelle.
Skin on Skin
Signed to Mall Grab’s record label, Skin On Skin’s joint EP with Jordan Alexander was one of our favourite industrial electronic projects of the year. ‘Multiply’, which samples Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2, also surfaced in 2019; the likes of DJ Seinfeld have been keen on playing the track around Britain’s clubbing circuit. Mall Grab’s recent run of U.K. tour dates were supported by the Australian, but hopefully a few self-headlined shows will transpire this coming year.
Frantic acid production and crushing rhythms make up much of Boneyard's work, and we're loving it. Also from Australia, there's evidently a great scene popping up in the outback, the enigmatic DJ evidently takes influence from Berlin's hardcore underground-sphere, but solidifies a unique sonic with spooky vocal sampling. Listen to his 'Dance Trax, Vol. 22' below.