scar’s second release on Mike Skinner’s label. Tottenham’s finest, loved by Skepta, Professor Green and George The Poet. A regular a the Tonga club night. Looking forward to shows at Bestival, Glastonbury, Berlin and Paris as part of the Tonga Balloon gang.
Emika’s status as one of the most captivating, innovative and ambitious artists in electronic music is cemented further with the release of her new album DREI – one of two LPs the Berlin-based, Anglo-Czech talent is releasing in 2015, and her fourth in as many years.
With a musical vision that’s equal parts Blondie and Kraftwerk, romance and sci-fi, her two albums with Ninja Tune ‘Emika’ and ‘DVA’ garnered widespread praise and marked her out as one of the most exciting names amidst the new generation of DIY artists. Producing, singing, songwriting, performing live and curating her visuals, she is an artist truly in charge of her own destiny. Along the way she’s landed an iTunes No. 1 in Canada and No. 2 in the USA with her stunning cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, been sampled by The Weeknd on his track Professional and had her compositions used by McLaren, Gucci and Paramount Pictures (for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). Her performances continue to grow in stature, having wowed crowds across the world from Russia to Madiera, China to the US and all across Europe – and making for a memorable Boiler Room session.
After her eponymous debut’s tense fusion of her native Bristol bass and her new home’s techno heritage and the bristling frustration of the much lauded, uncompromising follow-up DVA, DREI embodies the sound of an artist now truly comfortable in her own skin. Released via her own imprint Emika Records, the album was written in just two weeks and completely written, performed, produced and mixed by Emika herself. It’s the product of a flurry of creative energy which saw her embrace Ableton, learn to DJ, compose a symphony for a 70-piece orchestra and set up the new label.
Hot Since 82 continues to push the boundaries of perception with his Knee Deep In Sound imprint. Following on from his impressive inaugural mix album ‘Knee Deep In Sound’ and uncovering exciting new talent such as Several Definitions.
The Yorkshireman now turns his attention to a name that the new generation of house-heads may not recognise, but those of us who are, shall we say rather longer in the tooth will remember fondly. The Scumfrog came on to the scene in the early 00’s with records like ‘Watersong’ and ‘We Love You’. He then went on to remix the likes of Kylie Minogue and Missy Elliott before collaborating with David Bowie, Sting, and Cyndi Lauper culminating in a Grammy nomination.
‘Send Wave’ is a real beauty, a chugging, percussion-heavy hypnotic groove that holds a Balearic undertone primed for summer 2015. Mendo turns in what is probably the best remix to date on Knee Deep In Sound. It’s been a main stay in Hot Since 82’s DJ sets for some time. He uses the original vocal magnificently whilst turning up the tempo ever so slightly cementing the mix as an archetypal warm up into peak time segue. Get Physical’s Fabio Giannelli pulls no punches, using driving percussion and haunting strings to turn Send Wave into a 4am Techno monster!