London’s Anu is an infectious kind of personality. Her un-dogmatic DJing and illustrations reflect the world around her in all its diverse glory. On her regular radio shows at both the BBC’s Asian Network and NTS, Anu can rope together stretches of progressive house and UK funky with a Wings track, or rub a vintage Bollywood singer like Asha Bhosle up against Gucci Mane. Nothing’s off limits. Her illustrations similarly comprise scribbled meditations on the people and moods that surround her on the street and the TV; a multimedia diary of Anu’s rich day-to-day.
“When I rack my brain to think of famous South Asian names in mainstream music,” says Nabihah Iqbal, “the only two I can think of would be MIA and Zayn Malik. That’s it.” Sitting outside of Peckham’s Rye Wax, Iqbal is about to DJ at the first edition of No ID, a new party created by More Time Records founder and DJ Ahad Elley, better known as Ahadadream.
A new London club series, No ID, aims to spotlight South Asian DJs and artists, kicking off with a Wednesday night offering at Rye Wax on 27th March.
NTS Radio bi-weekly host and Ninja Tune releasee Nabihah Iqbal will headline the event, which aims to platform young, aspiring artists from the Asian diaspora. Reprezent Radio and Beats 1's NAINA is also set to play.
As both producers and audiences have opened up more and more cross-pollination between sounds in recent years, the possibilities for the album format have become endless in electronic music. And the results in 2018 have been pretty astounding.
From harrowing bass music, dissonant IDM, pulsing electro, engulfing jungle, bubbling ambient and beyond, the year has seen a raft of more esoteric works garner widespread acclaim.