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You could spend lifetimes analyzing the fabric of Modeselektor’s combined influences. Their miscellany of electronic and club music manifests itself in preposterous newfangled ways, sometimes it can feel downright overpowering. Nevertheless, you can simply resign to the fact that whenever the duo of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary come together to make a record, it’s not just out of some joyous creative awakening; there’s always an urgency, a threshold that needs to be overridden. It’s all hands on deck again on Modeselektor’s latest LP Who Else, enlisting firebrands such as FLOHIO, OVS, and Tommy Cash to fan the flames of their already cutting-edge production values.
The duo of Hudson Mohawke and Lunice appeared taken aback as much as all of us regarding TNGHT’s ascension: what started out as a fun little side project mushroomed into a generation-defining landmark in electronic music, blending the DNA of EDM, mainstream pop and hip-hop with rapturous and inquisitive glee. In 2012, TNGHT more or less became the humongous squid clenching its myriad tendrils across the full spectrum of pop music, influencing both the mainstream and the fringes in equal measure. Now with a brand new decade upon us, the time feels right for HudMo and Lunice to continue their storied creative alliance: not by treading paths well-traveled, but once again rocketing to new stratospheres like the swashbuckling sonic cosmonauts they are.
After pushing his craft as a jazz musician and composer to its utmost limits, Colin Benders reinvented himself this past decade as an absolute marvel in the world of modular synthesis. Benders broke new ground by unlocking the instrument’s capacity for full-on polyphonic performance, an achievement that catapulted him to authority in his field. Despite his achievements, Benders remains a roving soul who never stops crusading for new possibilities, endlessly curious about the possibilities of modular synths. Moreover, the Dutchman’s infectious enthusiasm circumvents the sometimes esoteric nature of the instrument, bringing forth a dazzling physicality and joie de vivre to all that knob-twiddling goodness.
There’s a method to the madness of Brussels-based rapper Zwangere Guy. On his much-lauded LP Wie Is Guy?, he doesn’t exactly treat his trauma with kid gloves or cushy metaphors. Quite the contrary: the often graphic imagery his music evokes, which extends to his music videos, grants his audience a front row seat to the deeply-troubled chapters of his life. Zwangere Guy himself, however holds the unfurnished – and often tragic – nature of his work in a playful and absurdist light, like a court jester of his own absurd stage production. In a nutshell, a show unlike any other where even the most discomfiting morbid truths can ooze out in celebratory and yes, joyous fashion.
A good tune isn’t just something to fill the scenery, a good tune can be a life compressed in words, melody, and pulse. It’s with this high-stakes understanding that Georgia Barnes takes the stage, where she becomes a one-woman show-stopping force, using her prowess behind the drums to work crowds into a frenzy. Being the daughter of Leftfield’s Neil Barnes, the London-based producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has an inborn appetite for the pioneering sounds of dance music, be it the Cybotron-movement or early Chicago house. On her excellent breakthrough LP Seeking Thrills, Georgia exuberantly molds these many sensibilities into the framework of contemporary pop.
Integrating the word ‘radical’ into the British-Ghanaian musician’s moniker is an obvious sign of his overall mindset and many, many talents. Kojey Radical’s supercharged hybrid of rap, spoken word and gritty productions is tailor-made to blow any defense mechanism or emotional void to smithereens, bursting with life and light. Kojey Radical’s performances tend to routinely compel audiences to engage in heady fist-pumping fracas, as he continues to reach for new enterprises, straddling the realms of fashion, philanthropy, visual art and poetry with that same piercing conviction. A superhuman in every sense of the word.
Jamaican-American artist Zebra Katz infiltrated the mainstream with ‘Ima Read’, a bonafide banger of a song that shrewdly subverts hip-hop tropes. Ojay Morgan is as adept at acerbic noise-laden incursions as the pop iconography of Grace Jones, Little Richard, Nina Simone, and James Baldwin. With his new album LESS IS MOOR announced, Zebra Katz continuous his well-earned reputation as a mercurial performer who reconfigures genres into his own nascent vernacular.
Amsterdam-based musician/producer Ricky Cherim – aka the Meetsysteem – manages to sound both familiar and strange, intersecting many different sensibilities. “Geen Signaal” is an engrossing record that reinstills the notion that Dutch pop has plenty of surfaces left to scratch. Meetsysteem melts elements of techno, Dutch hip-hop and eighties new wave together into infectious cinematic pop: a sound that brings fans of Radiohead and Ronnie Flex together on the front row.
Russian artist Kedri Livanskiy spent much of her adolescence rippin’ and roarin’ in a sludge metal band until film school changed her perspective on music entirely. Similar to the way movies are edited to devise a certain narrative, Livanskiy realized you can achieve the same with music. This eureka-moment sparked her own idiosyncratic plunge into the world of electronic music: an expressive whimsical concoction of synth-pop, deep house, 90’s jungle and dub.
TSVI is an artist whose productions are very intricately informed by a certain doctrine, state of consciousness and divinity. More specifically, he grew up in a family that avidly practiced Hinduism, which wired him in this unique way. It’s part of the reason why TSVI’s latest album Inner Worlds seamlessly brings together hermetically-sealed digitized productions with organic harmonies, chants and beats, serving as a chronicle from his salad days to his current path of self-discovery. It’s the kind of music you need to hear in order to believe it.
As one of the most talented burgeoning Dutch DJ talents, Jasmín Hoek nabbed a residency at Amsterdam’s latest hotspot Noorderling, as well as frequenting all the other important clubs. Her highly innovative, super dynamic sets draw from both the familiar and the fringes, from Missy Elliott to jazz obscurities. Though tribalistic percussive elements could be considered a defining trait in her work, Jasmín is equally inclined to plunge into more the more ambient, meditative territories. It’s basically about going wherever the spirit moves her, and luckily, the spirit is always high whenever Jasmín takes place behind the booth.
You better believe it: Noonah Eze can heat up a dancefloor faster than the late Kobe Bryant could heat up the hardwood in his prime. The Ghent-based DJ unleashes her unmistakable flavour of R&B, hip hop and myriad global sounds. She can shake and bake with a nimble alchemy of beats that’ll put even the most suave partygoers on skates, and has a knack for going with a slam dunk classic with endorphin-raising opportunism. Rock Werchter, WeCanDance, Encore Amsterdam, Lokerse Feesten, Sphinx Mixed, and now CATCH: the Black Mamba puts ‘em all in the blender.
Whether they employ more slinky African influenced grooves or ascend to synth disco’s seventh heaven, the craft of Ghent producer duo Asa Moto – Oliver Geerts and Gilles Noë – is as ingenious as it is fun. Having played shows with Bolis Pupul, Charlotte Adigery and Emmannuelle, the gospel of Asa Moto is spreading rapidly, never mind the perks of being signed to DEEWEE, the label founded by the Dewaele brothers aka Soulwax aka 2ManyDJs. Those are all the seals of approval you need.
Amsterdam born and based Rachel has more than 10 years of experience on her name, Rachel’s DJ sets, Radio Shows and Club Nights celebrate all sorts of leftfield electronic music.Hosting a bi monthly show on Operator Radio and guest mixes for NTS, Footwork Jungle, Radar Radio, Redlight and Reprezent – Rachel has become known for her unusual selections and on point mixing. Her releases on Saturate and Through My Speakers are played by artists such as Noisa, Anna Morgan, Sarah Farina and Posij. Growing up on Hip Hop, Dubstep, Funk and walking amongst all musical paths throughout the years while combining them in her sets. Constantly evolving her musical spectrum Rachel has become one of the most multi faced dj’s around.
Within the electronic music scene of Utrecht, Lisa Molle is a vital catalyst on multiple levels: as a music programmer at EKKO and as a member of Stranded FM. Under the DJ-moniker Latoya, Molle exudes that bustling spirit from behind the booth, speed blitzing between the wormholes of future club, footwork, hiphop, UK garage, dub and breakbeat. The constant of Latoya’s sets is this jolting energy, always raising eyebrows with her selections and juxtapositions.
It’s common to blast dancefloors into oblivion within the rigid confines of the four-to-the-floor, but Belgium-born DJ Cabasa approaches club music almost like solving a Rubik’s cube. Discount his music as cerebral at your own peril, however: his tribalistic productions prompt as much impulsive movement as anything, making heads spin in search of where the floor begins and the ceiling ends. When Cabasa runs the show, you could probably discover the fourth dimension by accident.
Having become somewhat of a mainstay, Stranded FM celebrates and shares music from all over the globe, becoming the designated Utrecht-based bastion for discovering fresh sounds. These devoted heads will shape and spread the vibe in and around CATCH. During their five-year run, the Dutch underground radio station is built on a sense of community, a fertile DIY-mindset and a wholehearted love for cutting-edge sounds.†
Anything goes in the quirky headspace of Utrecht-based DJ-collective 030303: here’s no such highbrow taste or lowbrow taste… maybe call it a unibrow taste? Never mind. Furthermore, these cats make no discernible distinction between Eurotrash classics of the late nineties and the more bleeding-edge sonics of tastemaking labels such as Hyperdub or Warp. 030303 can somehow straddle the biggest extremes of electronic music and blast it skyward into a full-blown euphoria. From acid house freakouts to chart-topping delights, 030303 are eclecticism personified!