On Friday 27th November, DJ Mag will take over South London radio station foundation.fm for five hours.
Hosted by our own digital tech editor Declan McGlynn, the show will highlight our staff’s favourite tracks of 2020, alongside mixes from up-and-coming UK talent from across the electronic music spectrum.
Launched in November 2018 by Becky Richardson, Ami Bennett and Frankie Wells, Peckham-based foundation.fm puts inclusivity at the top of the agenda — showcasing essential new music and underground talent, with a particular focus on supporting women and LGBTQI+ creatives.
The station runs from 10am to 10pm every day, with resident DJs such as Ellie Prohan, Kamilla Rose, Heléna Star and femme culture co-founder Saint Ludo.
DJ Mag’s takeover is part of a series taking place every Friday from 2pm to 7pm on foundation.fm, which has so far included the likes of Mexican collective NAAFI, Berlin station Hör, Black Bandcamp and Keep Hush.
Tune in to foundation.fm on Friday 27th November from 14:00 - 19:00 for the DJ Mag x foundation.fm takeover.
Read on to find out about our four special guests.
Sheba Q is one of London’s fastest-rising junglists. Running her own party Jam in the Attic at the Ritzy in Brixton, a DJ on Hackney’s Subtle Radio and a resident for the Clashmouth drum & bass record fair, she’s gained support from revered veterans of the scene like DJ Flight and Chris Inperspective. Covering everything from tearout Amen bangers to rolling jazzy numbers and everything in between, Sheba Q prides herself on her eclectism, aiming to show have versatile jungle can be, while highlighting its surrounding genres like dub, reggae and hip-hop too. “Jungle is the mother of grime and the sister of hip-hop,” says Sheba Q, adding that when she steps up to the turntables, she “aims to take you on a cosmic voyage that'll leave you feeling inspired.” This year has seen Sheba Q focus on her radio show and making her own tracks, often alongside BK Balance and No Nation, and her own vocal work.
Check out this mix from Sheba Q.
Boss of the renowned Nocturne after-hours events and label, Jordan Nocturne hails from the Northern Irish capital, Belfast. He also runs (or ran until COVID lockdown), The Night Institute party with Timmy Stewart and is an aficionado in all things house, disco and Italo. Having cut his teeth as a student in Leeds, it’s back in Belfast that he’s really built himself into the respected name he is today, a fact reflected in his association with AVA Festival, where his is a staple among the local bookings. In June, Jordan released the second of his ‘Nocturne Edits 002’ EPs, the follow-up to his highly sought-after first edition, which garnered acclaim from the likes of Gerd Janson, Midland and Bicep. “I have years of samples on a hard drive, and about five soft synths I use to write music on a daily basis,” he told us earlier this year, so we’re expecting that demand to only continue.
Revisit Jordan Nocturne’s On Cue mix and interview here.
If you want to know what’s hot in UK rap, look no further than South London-born Nammy Wams. An affiliate of drill crew The Brigade Network and a regular on radio stations like Rinse, NTS and Croydon FM, he’s a fierce selector and aims to spotlight lesser-known artists and tracks that he feels can get overlooked by the big rap YouTube channels that dominate the scene. He’s grabbed the attention of stalwarts like Marcus Nasty and Slackk, the latter of whom invited him to play seminal club night Boxed last year and released Nammy Wams ‘Yellow Secret Technology’ compilation for on his Grime Tapes label. This year, Nammy Wams also dropped the 32-track ‘Choppers X Screwers’, a collection of chopped and screwed reworks of drill tracks produced collaboratively with First Circle and Ony, proving once again just how versatile and inventive an artist he can be.
Revisit Nammy Wams’ Fresh Kicks mix and interview here.
A new school star at the bass-heavy end of the UK dance music spectrum, Bristol-based Sherry S delivers hyper-charged sets that jump from garage to dubstep, bassline and beyond — “anything that falls under the umbrella of so-called ‘UK bass’ music” as she puts it — in one mix for Redbull even managing to cram 150 tracks in 25 minutes! Alongside partner Fish she was named a new resident at London institution Fabric last year, and while that’s on hold she’s turned her energy towards her label Cocobolo Sound, which launched in 2019 and has since put out nine releases from the likes of Pharaoh K, Lijah and SWR. Sherry’s own productions are as sonically diverse as her sets, and have appeared on highly respected labels like Roska Kicks & Snares, Tumble Audio and 1Forty, the latter of which recently released her and Fish’s long-awaited, Dizzee-sampling club hit ‘You Get Bun’.
Check out Sherry S on Soundcloud.
Back in July, foundation.fm appeared as part of DJ Mag's Radio Silence feature, written by award-winning radio presenter and proponent of the diversity-focused Radio Silence movement, Kay-Lee Golding, which explored the lack of Black representation in mainstream UK radio