Bristol has a new radio station, SWU.FM.
Focused on electronic music, the station has been in the works for a couple of years and previously ran test transmissions before now going official on Bristol's local FM airwaves as well as online. Locals in Bristol can tune in at 103.7 FM, while those further afield can listen via the worldwide online stream.
HØST is up next on NAINA and Sherelle’s Hooversound.
Om Unit will release his new EP, ‘Submerged’, this Friday 31st January.
The Bristol-based Cosmic Bridge boss and DJ Mag favourite is on top form across these six tracks, traversing the 160 spectrum with in a typically expert fashion. Stirring a heady mixture of dub, d&b and even a touch of techno, ‘Submerged’ swerves from depth-charge half-time toward full-throttle groove, with a deep, spacious atmosphere tying the whole thing together beautifully.
Brighton club Patterns has shared its programme for early 2020.
As well as live listings from January through to March, the venue has also announced the club listings, which kick off on the 3rd January with weekly party Foundations taking over for a free liquid party. Throughout the month, Patterns will also welcome DMX Krew, who plays a live set, HAAi, and later in January, K-Lone, Jossy Mitsu, Pangaea and re:ni will all perform at the club.
Later in 2018, Coles introduced Mahakala, an outlet to keep his jungle cravings sated. Launched via a live streamed DJ Mag Bunker party, in which Coles systematically dismantled the dancefloor with savage break-led combinations, the first Mahakala release came in October as two tracks: unadulterated slammer ‘The Exodus’ and the more subdued, smoky vibes of ‘Desert Road’.
Coles' most recent delivery was his ‘Violet’ EP, a hazy world of lumbering dub bass and sporadic drum work centred around the 160bpm mark. It’s a tempo Coles is no stranger to, and the style he says interests him most at the moment: “That’s kind of what I’m exploring now, which is a little slower, and yeah, I’m inspired. I think there’s certain people out in the field doing stuff that is...
The mix also features multiple offerings from rising Russian talent A.Fruit, who Coles describes as “really driven and very talented”. Recently appearing on Coles’ Cosmic Bridge label, she delivered ‘Nocturnal’, a four-track EP marking the second edition of a new series titled Earthbase, which focuses on club tracks.
Throughout our conversation Coles is considered in his responses (though, conversely, admitting to being “a bit over-caffeinated”). It’s well-known he’s a philosophical, spiritual kind of guy, humble as they come and always open to exploring both sides of an argument. In a previous interview he even casually referred to himself as “a total hippy”.
DJ Stingray ‘Sphere Of Influence’ [Naked Lunch]
Jodey Kendrick ‘Item 3 [Rephlex]
Lewis James ‘KIT 5000’ [forthcoming Astrophonica]
CRZKNY ‘Futuro’ [Atomic Bomb Compilation]
ReDraft ‘4real’ [Depth Range]
Client_03 ‘Hope Repeater’ [forthcoming Astrophonica]
Om Unit ‘Untitled’
Sun People ‘Give It UP’ [forthcoming Rua Sound]
Philip D Kick ‘Bleach’ [forthcoming Astrophonica]
Mel G + Nikes ‘Bounce (A.Fruit Remix)’ [Black Marble Collective]
Captivate ‘Shimmer’ [Sublimate/Noctilux]
Om Unit has shared a note on Instagram discouraging clubgoers from bothering DJs while they are playing.
It's not clear if an exact incident triggered the post, but the note specifically addresses clubgoers who request different music to what is being played and repeatedly bother DJs while they are playing.
‘I make a bunch of different kinds of music’ reads the description on Doctor Jeep’s SoundCloud page, and that pretty much hits the nail on the head. Real name: Andre Lira, the New Yorker works within the bassier end of the club music spectrum, but is hard to pin down to a particular sound.
After an outstanding set at AVA Festival, Armagh’s own Holly Lester has emerged as one of 2018’s most noteworthy names to watch. Bequeathed with a pair of CDJs at 14, Lester cut her teeth on electro and progressive house before bouncing between jungle, d&b and hard dance amongst other fast-paced cuts over the years.
Miss Red is an outsider, descended from an immigrant Polish family who “were getting shit ‘cause they were Jewish” when they lived in Morocco, but also for being North African while living in Israel. Eventually leaving Israel, the fierce MC spent time in London and Berlin and became a regular part of The Bug’s touring line-up. For that reason, he has produced her debut album, ‘K.O.’, which does indeed deliver many knockout punches.
The electro-techno contortions of Solid Blake are generating shockwaves deep in the underground. The creation of Copenhagen-based Glaswegian Emma Blake, it was when she moved to the Danish capital (after several years working at Glasgow’s Subcity Radio) that she became emboldened to make her own material and begin playing out more.
Snapped up by Med School, Flexout Audio and Beat Machine relatively early on in his career, Lynch Kingsley has been thrust into the limelight with a sound that manages to artfully combine psychedelic d&b with a juke/jungle aesthetic to create an atmospheric, almost cinematic quality to each of his tracks.
New York’s Abby Echiverri only released her first solo EP in June, but you’d be hard pushed to find a more accomplished debut. Arriving on The Bunker — after a track on the label’s 15 Years Of compilation earlier in 2018 — all four hardware-based tracks reimagine broken beat, techno and electro in refreshing new ways. They swing low, with booming kicks and modulated percussive lines that are all masterfully de ned and pack a visceral punch with equal cerebral clout.
“One of my favourite emotions is surprise and, for me, a good DJ is a master in the element of surprise,” says The Netherlands’ rising DJ Merel, to explain her wildly diverse but always cohesive sets. “This is my ultimate goal when I play music.” Originally from the small city of Leiden, but now Amsterdam-based, Merel ten Braak has generated hype thanks to her appearances on Red Light Radio and rapidly increasing schedule of gigs across Europe.