￼When Eric Estornel, now best known as techno titan Maceo Plex, was just three- years-old, things in his native Miami started to change. From April to October 1980 more than 100,000 Cubans reached Florida by sea, often in dangerously overcrowded boats, where they sought exile from Fidel Castro’s rule. The Cubans traveled from Mariel Harbor, 25 miles west of Havana, in what became known as the Mariel boatlift, an event that marked a milestone in Cuban- American history.
Jensen Interceptor is one of the brightest lights on the booming electro scene that’s seen a renaissance in the recent years.
Melas also started his own International Chrome imprint in May with long-term collaborator, Assembler Code, with the pair having put out two releases on the label so far. “We have so many amazing friends around us making incredible music — as well as our own never-ending output — so creating International Chrome was a no brainer,” he explains of the label. “The focus is weaponised electro for the club. We may explore other genres in the future but for now we’re happily locked into the Drexciyan realm.”
The end of the year also sees Melas put out his debut album on Maceo Plex’s Lone Romantic. Featuring collaborations with DeFekT, The Hacker and, of course, Assembler Code, the ten-track LP is an ode to his mum, titled ‘Mother’. One of the strongest albums of the year so far, it’s a relentless showcase that fleshes out his signature sound over nearly an hour of club-focused electro, with highlights coming from the mechanical electro weapon of ‘Drip Freq’, and the dusty, Detroit-esque production styling heard on cuts like ‘Ufology’.
As Lord of the Isles, Neil McDonald has always made music that strikes a perfect balance between otherworldly and grounded, feeling simultaneously mythical and pastoral. Cosmic disco and house synths and basslines fuse with heady, earthy grooves have served to make his tracks stand out in whatever set they may appear in while never feeling out of place or brash. Listening to Lord of the Isles can, in the right moment, feel as natural as breathing.
Since The Subdermic released her first record back in 2001 (the ‘Nymph’ EP) the experimental, acid and electro DJ/producer – real name Lilly Phoenix – has had cuts on labels including Kosovo’s TMM Records, Bass Agenda, and her own imprint.
Annie Hall makes her MUSAR debut with her ‘Statics’ EP. ‘Linium’ opens up with lush ambient swells, drifting into a mesmerising analog jam…
Spanish minimal electro innovator Annie Hall is set to debut on MUSAR on 21st September with the release of her ‘Statics’ EP.
With 13 years production experience behind her and releases charted on labels such as CPU, Detroit Underground and Semantica, Hall has cut a distinct niche for herself, always veering deftly from melodic and bassy IDM complexity to sprawling electro grove.
Denis Sulta has launched a new imprint of his Sulta Selects label in the form of Silver Service. First up on the new branch is Berlin-based former Belfast club stalwart Cromby, who delivers three peak time club huts that cast a devoted eye to classic house and electro sounds forms.
Ellen King has been at the forefront of Ireland’s ever-changing electronic music community for a couple of years now.
Both within and outside the crucial conversation around representation, ELLLL is pointedly aware of the challenges and changes that still must be confronted in the Irish scene.
In case you weren’t aware, Sheffield’s Central Processing Unit (CPU) is one of our favourite UK labels here at DJ Mag HQ. Since launching in 2012, the label has time and again knocked it out of the park with its releases, effortlessly fusing incendiary electro, industrial techno and UK bass styles with the city’s influential Bleep sound.
Marshall Applewhite describes his sound as “Detroit Sludge”.
Crafting a style that is indebted to his hometown’s bassy and industrial electro legacy, the illusive DJ/producer has released under numerous monikers (OktoRed, Cocky Balboa, Star Machine and Secret Shower) on numerous labels including Detroit Underground, How To Kill and Clan Destine. With a slew of releases on his own labels YoSucka! and Junted as well, the producer has been nothing if not prolific in recent years, always delivering with a style that is harrowing, hypnotic and irresistable.