With inner city electronic 2019 just around the corner, we’ve highlighted 10 artists we’d recommend you catch sets from that you might not yet have come across.
We hear the phrase ‘unsung hero’ often slung around, but if ever there was a true unsung hero in electronic music it would be Carl Finlow. Active since the early 90s Finlow has produced a prolific catalogue under the pseudonyms Voice Stealer, Silicon Scally and Random Factor on revered labels including Warp, Klang and Novamste.
Andrew Weatherall - "For quite a number of years now I have been convinced that Mr Finlow is a conduit for musical transmissions beamed from a parallel universe, sometime in the future”.
Maceo Plex - "Carl has produced some of my favorite electro tracks of all time, and successfully occupies the most space in my record collection. And he's possibly not human”.
Keith Tucker / Aux 88 - "Carl Finlow has been to the Electro movement a breath of fresh air. When ever visiting Europe and playing clubs , I would always hear some music that always stood out from the rest, and caught my ear. Viewing the dj's record would always show a Carl Finlow moniker or production. Carl Finlow's vocoder work was amazing and inspiring!”.
The long-time Birmingham scene staple Adam Shelton has switched his sound up in the last year or so. Though he and his One Records label have been releasing tech house records since the late 2000s, he's created a new moniker, A-Future, to explore darker, more leftfield breaks and electro.
R&S Records recently welcomed emerging UK techno producer Yak, a.k.a. John Randall, on board with a blistering 5 track EP of rugged, broken beat techno. The release follows up outstanding EPs on Berlin's Version and Martyn’s 3024 imprints, and VA releases on UK labels Le Chatroom and Brotherhood Sound System.
A classically trained instrumentalist with talents on the oboe, saxophone and guitar, Randall is from Surrey originally but has more recently been based in Sheffield and first started making a name for himself as a resident DJ at the city's seminal Pretty Pretty Good parties. He soon picked up the production bug though and in the last couple of years has put out a number of certified heaters, most notably the propulsive, percussive techno of 2017’s Mido EP on Version, which reached the top of Phonica’s illustrious 'Singles of the Year' list. Finding a kinship with the off-kilter grooves found on UK labels Swamp 81, Hessle Audio, Livity Sound and Timedance among others, Randall’s releases have been heavily supported by just about everyone, including the likes of Ben UFO, Midland, Joy Orbison, Objekt, Call Super, Or:la, Laurel Halo and Roi Perez, and have marked him out as a big name to watch.
Randall’s attention to detail and sonic craftsmanship, paired with his irresistible rhythms, are a key part of what makes his music so alluring and unique. “I think the music I make is always underlaid with a strong percussive foundation first and foremost,” Randall explains “I think interesting and groovy percussion makes the difference between a track that’s cool to listen to and a track that makes you move your body.” With loads more lined up in 2019 and beyond, now seems to be Yak's time.
Bobby is the host of pleasure club, founder of needs (not-for-profit) a label which since it’s inception has served up releases from Peggy Gou, Juju & Jordash, Jonny Rock & more. Booby was also recently selected by Fabric London to be one of their new faces for 2019.
Bouncing from quirky electro to darker techno Imogen is already seen to be shaping the next generation of electronic music.
Pushing her unique sound, which has to be heard to be understood, she has created a platform with her Radar Radio residency to showcase rising & already legendary producers and illustrate her own talent. Her shows are a good insight into how she captures an audience, moving between genres and building a unique narrative.
Marinella Constable aka Mariiin holds a strong interest in the world of electronic music for many years, a passion that has enriched until now of the most disparate musical influences. All her favourite artists have a common factor: the feeling toward all kinds of music. After running the successful night “L’Appuntamento”, a series of events taking place every Friday at Salotto 22 in Caserta, she has become resident DJ of Nice To Be, an important event organisation based in Naples. Thanks to her residency she played alongside Miss Kittin, Nastia, Ellen Allien, Margaret Dygas, Avalon Emerson proving to have an unwavering determination and exceptional taste in music. After moving in Leeds to start her PhD in Architecture, she is assimilating the artistic fervour that reigns in the English city, leading to increase her strong passion.
Often playing different events in Leeds, holding her residency in Naples, and together with other talented artists, she is part of Equaliser, a project aimed to promote the talent of cis-women, trans women, non-binary and trans people. In 2018 Mariiin has become resident also for a London based organization, Pleasure Club which is giving her the possibility to perform in the capital on a regular basis. In January 2019 she also made her debut at Fabric in London, proving her strongly eclectic style. Moreover, she runs a monthly show called Melted Beats at KMAH radio, an independent radio focused on electronic music.
Resident and co-founder of Kontra Leeds, Natalia has built a name for her-self with regular outings in both Manchester and Leeds. Natalia has also recently featured on Rinse FM mixing breaks, house, electro and lots of bits in between.
Manchester Based Techno DJ/Producer 'Kerouac' originally came on to the scene with his debut EP Ancoats, which reached dizzy heights charting 7th in Beatport’s (Techno), (Tech House) and (Deep House) charts, as well as 20th throughout all of Beatport’s Releases.
Since stepping out into the world of DJing 'Kerouac' has performed alongside the likes of Floating Points, Joy Orbision, Peggy Gou, KiNK, Helena Hauff, and many more holding his own amongst some of the biggest names in the industry at venues throughout the U.K and festivals including; Bluedot, Kendal Calling, inner city electronic and Parklife.
With releases on labels including; Flymusik, LOVEDOSE, Chapter 24 and 20/20 Vision Recordings Kerouac’s output has seen him recive support from the likes of received support from the likes of Richie Hawtin, FEEL MY BICEP, Danny Tenaglia, Marco Carola, &ME, Steve Lawler, Edu, Imbernon, Agoria, Ralph Lawson, Franco Bianco, Nick Warren, Inxec, Sacha Robotti, Anthony Pappa, Chris Fortier, Luca Agnelli , Alkalino and more.
He has also received support from Chicago legend ‘Larry Heard’ who opened a 2018 mix with Kerouac’s track ‘Nighthawks’, the mix was then featured by ‘fact mag’ as their mix of the week. Kerouac has also been a regular fixture on Manchester’s Reform Radio where he held a monthly residency with his show ‘Last Dance Is Ours’. He has also recently performed on Amsterdam’s Redlight Radio with his LOVEDOSE partner Efenar, as wll as performing regularly as a resident at their LOVEDOSE parties in Manchester.
Lost Colours Nightshades:
Lost Colours Nightshades is the solo live performance from Lost Colours ‘Marty David’. Since its inception, the Lost Colours project has gone from strength to strength, after the creation of their debut album Talking In Technicolour, Lost Colours have gone on to play some of the countries biggest festivals including Bluedot, Kendal Calling, Secret Garden Party and Bestival, had their music used to back up Brian Eno’s amazing Psychedelic visual show, bagged remixes for Public Service Broadcasting and Reverend and The Makers, released their debut single, had notable support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and also BBC Introducing resulting in BBC Introducing labelling Lost Colours their “favourite new act in 2018”.
The Ghost are the DJ duo behind Berlin’s first mobile record shop.
Josh Tweek and James Creed have a combined 15 years of experience in varied corners of dance music - most significantly, the vinyl corner, where a history of feverishly sourcing obscure tunes has blossomed into a full-time job.
The vintage Mercedes bus-turned-shop takes them just a short distance around Berlin, feeding the voracious appetites of the city’s most discerning taste-makers and DJs. The musical journey contained therein is a much longer road, exploring three decades of house, techno and various other strains of underground electronic music. The end-product is a couple of ultra-refined record bags, traversing genres and styles with a zesty and unique approach…