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Inspired Flight

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Rooted in hip-hop with branches of indie rock, electronica, downtempo, dub, and dance, Inspired Flight gives life to a hypnotizing and influential new musical experience that listeners are finding refreshing and authentic. iF’s use of turntablism and sampling along with live instrumentation and vocals, all centered around innovative songwriting, has given birth to an independently-released debut album featuring high-profile MC’s and sparking global attention, and a live show that has compelled audience members to scream, “Where have you been all my life!?”

Gold Panda

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Hailing from Chelmsford in Essex, but newly located to Berlin, Germany, Gold Panda started writing beats and collaborating a few years ago, working with the likes of Infinite Livez and Shuttle (both Ninja Tune) as well as creating his own material. Since then, Gold Panda been nominated in the BBC’s sound of 2010 poll and won the Guardian newspaper’s prestigious First Album Award 2010, following inaugural winners The XX.

In October 2010 following 2 further EPs, Gold Panda released his debut album Lucky Shiner. A culmination of years of work spent refining his sui generis sound, the record was released to huge critical acclaim. An artist at ease traversing genre boundaries in search of new auditory frontiers – whether mixing dissected Hip Hop beats or the pulsating flourishes of minimal Techno – this apropos release will cement the foundations laid by previous output and visions whilst expanding his canon to unparalleled limits. As electronic music gradually arcs into a period of unprecedented successes, Lucky Shiner pits GP firmly at the forefront of a new wave of artists unafraid to challenge preconceptions of what music can be.

Bonobo (DJ Set)

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Over the last couple of years, Bonobo has become one of the premier artists on the Ninja Tune imprint and certainly one of the most listened to, with over 16 million plays recorded on LastFM. His combination of superb live shows and studio wizardry means that he is now perfectly placed to push on into a yet bigger league. With “Black Sands,” Bonobo has made the record to achieve it. Simon Green was born and grew up in rural Hampshire, escaping to Brighton aged eighteen. There he fell into the jazz/hip hop/funk/soul scene centred around Rob Luis and nights like phonic:hoop. An accomplished musician as a teenager, he began producing his own tracks, pushing at the template established in the sweaty little venues studding the Lanes.

Beats Antique

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Acclaimed experimental world fusion and electronic music trio Beats Antique are set to release their fourth full-length album Elektrafone on October 4 on the band’s own Antique Records. The new album follows their 2010 album, Blind Threshold, which debuted at #2 on iTunes electronic charts and was praised by MXDWN as “meticulously crafted with an array of sounds and a variance of melody.” Earlier this year, Beats Antique premiered their latest video for the song “Revival,” off their latest album Blind Threshold, on the YouTube Music Homepage. Created by director and animator Ivan Landau, who called the experience, “a collaborative dream” and illustrator Leighton Kelly, the short film travels through surreal landscapes meeting mythical creatures that depart on a far-reaching journey to revive dance from the dead. Landau comments, “This video started as a little dream. It’s been amazing watching it materialize from subconscious to screen.” Formed in San Francisco in 2007, Beats Antique is the musical alliance of producers David Satori, Tommy Cappel and world-renowned belly dance performer and producer Zoe Jakes. Satori and Cappel both trained classically before venturing to locations including Bali, West Africa and Serbia. With extensive backgrounds in multicultural music production, they command the spectrum of live and digital instrumentation with skills born of hip-hop and jazz. Jakes adds a third dimension as the multi-cultural and disciplinary dance counterpart, with her professional experience in two major Bellydance troupes. All of this sets the scene for the group’s stage show which has impressed audiences at festivals including Bonnaroo, All Good, Wakarusa, EDC Las Vegas, Outside Lands and Electric Forest. Beats Antique is best imagined as an innovative creature built from the cumulative heritage of the world’s music chasing its tail. However vivid that image, when a marching band groove crashes into bluesy folk chords only to be accompanied by heavy bass, electronic beats and Middle Eastern melodies, you’ll still be surprised.

Claude VonStroke

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Claude VonStroke does not scowl and look mean while he DJs. He does not pretend to know everything and he will be nice to you and your friends. He is grateful to be doing music for a living and he knows that the reason people go to parties is to shake their ass and have fun. If you want to act cool and not have any fun then please do not book him. VonStroke created dirtybird records in 2005 and has been running everything from A&R to daily operations ever since. The name “Claude VonStroke” was a joke that caught on after he released a series of quirky tracks under the moniker in order to help kick start the dirtybird label. His very first record, “Deep Throat,” used a strange vocal sound effect as percussion to make a sleeper hit selling tens of thousands of copies. The follow-up track, “Who’s Afraid of Detroit?” was the catalyst that changed his career from bedroom producer to touring DJ. He has been blessed with similar success stories ever since. Claude’s real name is Barclay, a guy raised in the suburbs of Detroit who wanted to be a filmmaker but always had a knack for music. After several different film careers of varying success he moved to San Francisco and started dirtybird records. Since 2005, dirtybird has carved out a niche as a premiere American dance imprint and has released over 50 EPs. The label is mostly known for dirty house music with distinct hip-hop, funk and drum ‘n bass influences. VonStroke has released two artist albums as well as a Fabric mix and countless remixes for a wide range of commercial and underground artists from Indy rock group “The Rapture” to Detroit techno legend Kevin Saunderson. In an effort to give something back to the community VonStroke unveiled a new sub-label “mothership” in 2007. A large percentage of the label’s proceeds go to a music school for children in Detroit, Michigan. Tour wise, Claude has headlined almost every major club, festival and basement after-party in the world. The outdoor dirtybird parties in San Francisco’s scenic Golden Gate Park have also become a legendary summer destination point for both locals and international travelers. But like we said at the start, Claude VonStroke is only coming to see you if you want to enjoy yourself and get sweaty and nasty. If you want to wear a sweater and frown in the VIP section, he is not the right DJ for you.

Dillon Francis

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I’m Dillon Francis, I’m from Los Angeles and I’m 24 years old. If you want to know more about me you can follow me @DILLONFRANCIS or go to Facebook or my Tumblr 666fuckingdie.tumblr.com. I probably won’t do an interview or photo shoot but here is an amazing picture of a cat. http://instagr.am/p/ZIgPg/ I love the Internet and pissing off your Mom and Dad (especially if they’re hippies). Love You.

Holy Fuck

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If opposites really do attract, it makes perfect sense that Holy Fuck would chose a barn in rural Ontario to record a series of dynamic electro-noise pop that compose their latest full-length release, titled Latin. Where Holy Fuck in the past were a rotating cast of musicians, Latin showcases for the first time their consistent touring line up. Drummer Matt Schulz and bass player Matt McQuaid provide a complex rhythm foundation that at times feels like an invisible hand leading you through a dark hedge maze. Perhaps an excessive feat for most, but this provides the ideal underpinning as Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh merge a twin effects/feedback tangle that is equal parts entrancing and inspiring. The band had an absurdly busy touring schedule in 2008/2009 and Latin undoubtedly benefited from the near nightly shows. There is an added dimension of song craft on the album – Latin brings noise and melody together with an uncanny sense of optimism – but at the same time Holy Fuck have not lost the chaotic and euphoric energy that they are known for. When it came time for Holy Fuck to record, songs were cut live off the floor during their brief downtime at home. Delivered in trimesters, Latin was engineered by Graham Walsh and mixed by Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene), D. Sardy (Johnny Cash, NIN), Eli Janney (GvsB, Wilco,), Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Primal Scream) and Holy Fuck themselves. It’s the follow up to 2007’s simply titled LP which Filter described as “nine perversely noisy, mind-bogglingly ferocious freakouts” and Spin said of it “Holy Fuck play the sort of id-gripping dance rock that’s best experienced in person. Luckily (LP) retains the raw energy of the live show, even without the visual barrage.” With high praise from peers, critics, big name endorsements and ascension on festival bills, Holy Fuck have the divine right to be profane. And with respected music luminaries Thom Yorke and Lou Reed passing on kind words about studio recordings and live performances, it’s no wonder Holy Fuck have become sought after.

Emancipator

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To some, it must seem like this young electronic producer came out of nowhere this year, but those in the know have been following Emancipator since he self released his first album, “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough,” at the age of 19 in 2006. His agile melodies layered over headnodic, immaculately;produced beats captivated fans across the internet and across the world. “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough” was picked up by Japanese superproducer Nujabes, pressed in Japan and sold 5,000 copies in the first six months. Emancipator landed a Puma sponsorship, gave an interview to Rolling Stone Japan, and even had his song “Maps” played at the Bejing Olympics. His latest album “Safe In The Steep Cliffs” blends new instrumentation and organic samples with the signature Emancipator style of clean production, silky melodies and addictive drums. Dense layers of choirs, horns, American folk instruments such as the banjo and mandolin, violin and some distinct Asian influences make for a playful but refined album built out of intricate tracks listeners can enjoy on as many levels as they want. Dance to it, chill out to it, immerse your mind in it.

Paper Diamond

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Forward is not just a direction, it’s a way of life for Colorado based producer Alex B who is rolling out big tunes under the new guise of Paper Diamond in 2011. The new project finds the trusted producer moving into previously untraveled musical territory. The Paper Diamond sound has raw energy and the kind of dramatic anticipation only a seasoned producer can incite. Driving beats and bass grab on tight while deep, rich tones rumble under layers of spacey synthesizers, sweet melodies, and catchy vocals. One thing is for sure. The energy is high. In keeping with the way of the future, Paper Diamond’s debut EP “Levitate” was made available for free download from PRETTY LIGHTS MUSIC and ELM&OAK RECORDS on January 25th, 2011.

Scuba

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Scuba is the production and DJ alias of Paul Rose, the curator of one of the original dubstep labels, Hotflush Recordings, which released some of the most important tracks of the genre’s formative period and has grown into a leading player in the wider world of electronic music. A celebrated and influential DJ, he was voted #25 in Resident Advisor’s 2011 poll of the world’s Top 100 DJs. Originally from London, Scuba relocated to Berlin in 2007, a move which (according to some) influenced his critically acclaimed debut album, A Mutual Antipathy (2008). The stylistic synergy of the album cemented his position as one of the most forward-thinking dubstep producers. The project was subsequently completed with a series of remixes by Surgeon, Substance, Jamie Vex’d, Martyn, Marcel Dettmann and the artist himself under his SCB guise. His second album, Triangulation, was released on Hotflush in March 2010 to universal plaudits, and was recognised in numerous end-of-year best album lists including Popmatters, Resident Advisor, and Data Transmission. An amalgamation of disparate styles, from house to experimental drum n bass, the album has been noted as a landmark in the genre-blurring trend of contemporary dance music. Something of a studio obsessive, he has also recently remixed artists including Sistol, Fever Ray and Will Saul, and developing the house/techno focussed SCB project under which he has released several remixes and original tracks, including Down Moment on Ostgut Ton’s landmark Funf compilation, and a forthcoming 12” on the AUS Music label. In addition to A&R and production duties, he also runs the massively successful SUB:STANCE night at the legendary Berlin club Berghain, the sound of which he committed to plastic in a DJ mix released on Ostgut Ton in January 2010.

Star Slinger

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Star Slinger is an Electronic project created by Nottinghamshire born Darren Williams. It all started in April 2010 when he re-ignited his love for record-shopping in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The name Star Slinger was born when Darren sampled BT Express’ instrumental B Side “Cowboy Dancer”. He often names his creations with word association towards the sample he uses. By June 2010 Darren had pieced together his first LP “Volume 1”. Some tracks were reportedly made in the comfort of his own bed in the early hours. Others made not long after waking. Darren believes that routine and weekend culture aren’t his forte, and creating music at any given moment is how he approaches this project. Meanwhile that summer, Darren began collaborating with ambient producer Teams (Knoxville, TN). Together they worked on an EP, sending stems via soundcloud and were approached shortly after by the popular Brooklyn-based label Mexican Summer to release a 12” as Teams vs. Star Slinger. The self-titled EP was released early 2011 to much acclaim and kick-started the long queue of artists looking to make use of his remixing and production talents. Before that, Small Black had championed his remix of their song “Photojournalist”, while the blogosphere championed his unofficial remix of Deerhunter’s “Helicopter” and has since been approached for official remix work from some of his longtime favourite bands, including Air France, Toro Y Moi, Gold Panda, Broken Social Scene, The Morning Benders, The Go! Team, Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks, Foster The People, Alex Winston and Childish Gambino. These remixes and other production work has kept him busy in the studio through 2011. Outside of it, he has been playing out his huge hip hop and dance orientated sets to festivals across Europe this summer at the likes of The Big Chill, Benicassim and Glastonbury. Alongside that, there has been touring and shows with Washed Out, Memory Tapes and the Go! Team, plus shows with Caribou and Battles amongst many others. Most recently Slinger produced the new Air France single, which went big on the likes of Hype Machine. Pitchfork, Stereogum and Fact, adding a brilliant production string to his bow. The second half of 2011 sees Star Slinger gearing up for a full assault on the live and recorded arenas. A fall North American tour, which takes place in over 30 cities is set, and there has been the recent announcement of the release of his debut single. The eagerly anticipated track ‘Dumbin (feat. Reggie B) – the first fully released original production from Star Slinger since the Teams vs Star Slinger EP is set to move him further along the stratosphere.

Sepalcure

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Hot on the heels of their sophomore EP Fleur (January 2011) and their Love Pressure Remixed EP (August 2011), the two New Yorkers known as Sepalcure released their highly-anticipated debut full length through Hotflush Recordings at the end of November 2011. Working together in what can only be described as a joyous collaboration, Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma utilized the broader canvas of the album format to take their collaborative process to a new level, incorporating a strikingly diverse and, it must be said, very American set of influences into the bass-based framework of their sonic delights. The duo have long been at the forefront of an ever-expanding bass music scene in New York – not only through their DJ and live performances, but also through Praveen’s community-oriented bass music website Percussion Lab (which also presents events). Additionally, the duo have been prolific on solo projects. Stewart now spends significant periods of time in Berlin. This summer he released a much heralded Machinedrum album Rooms on Planet Mu. Over on our side of the Atlantic, proud New Yorker Sharma (who, by the way, has no plans to move to Berlin) let loose a flurry of EPs under the alias Braille on Hotflush and Rush Hour. Both the Machinedrum and Braille releases reflect the impact of the frenetic, paranoid rhythms of the modern Chicago and the return to vogue of music deeply embedded in the core of his city – House music. Together as Sepalcure, both artists add a crucial sense of emotional intelligence, melodic sensuality and a dynamic passion that defines their unique sound. Their music is caught between detailed and intelligently gathered histories of dance music movements in New York, Chicago, Berlin and London and it’s also free of them all – in the end, their sound is their own, created with a fervent commitment to the hear & now. Like New York itself, this is a record where new doors open to surprising worlds, where the full range of delights is both easily acknowledged and highly addictive. Opening with Me, a clear statement of intent that brings to mind early Metalheadz-era Alex Reese and Waxdoctor tunes within a fresh 2011 beat dynamic, the album continues its rhythmic and soulful attack on Pencil Pimp which drops abandoned melancholic soul into a burnt out etheral city that isn’t Detroit. The Bronx? Brooklyn? Queens? New York while we waited for Hurricane Irene? No surprise then that this is slated to be the first single from the album. Tribalisms on The One echo Zanzibar-era New Jersey Black House before it came over to Madhattan and stormed the world. On See Me Feel Me you can hear Sharma’s IDM roots but Stewart has clearly helped him take a trip down to Philly for a bit of what can only be dubbed as an East Coast urban love fest. With Hip Hop mutating towards electronic music it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear a big league rapper biting this soon. Eternally Yrs continues what is surely a romantic core in this album – it’s a burbling update of the ravehouse sound, with processed vocals rubbing up against woodblock beats and a relentlessly bouncing bassline. Yuh Nuh See takes a bite out of juke’s trademark staccato bass and looping vocals, washing the tension away with lush melodies and dubbed out atmospherics. Breezin indicates an ease but is in fact one of the more bass-heavy tunes on the album, bringing to mind a crowded beach in the Bronx where everyone is playing something different on their boombox – it’s Nigeria, Harlem and other undisclosed sources of wonder trapped in summer heat. Hold On gets even more Jamaican – did we just enter a Soundclash? if so, this one is especially blissful. Carrot Man lets us know Model 500, UR and Carl Craig’s dystopian landscapes still continue to inspire. while the finale Outside sounds like the duo captured the elation of finishing the album and walking outside after weeks in a dark and sweaty studio. Sophisticated, yes, but accessible too. Emotional, yes, but fun as well. Simply titled Sepalcure this album is a bold statement from two artists rising to the top of their game. In 2011 Stewart and Sharma took the Sepalcure live act to SXSW, Miami Winter Music Conference, Unsound Festival New York, and Britain’s Big Chill festival, as well as a host of other events across Europe and America. Next, the duo appeared at Unsound Krakow in October, after which they’ debuted a new Sepalcure Live A/V set at Mutek: Mexico City, expanding the themes of their album art for the first time in a live setting. They followed that up with the NYC debut of the A/V show in early November, and live dates in London and Berlin. Late December the duo performed Live, non A/V, shows in New York. San Francisco and Portland. In February 2012 the duo are touring in Europe. A new yet to be revealed single will be released in March 2012 followed by more US dates including an appearance at SXSW. Stay tuned to this page for updates.

MartyParty

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Nobody throws it down like MartyParty – the South African native now residing in Brooklyn NY has been crushing sold out shows and huge festival stages with his huge bass rich extravaganza. The MartyParty live show is an intense, high energy dance party filled with huge bass drops, synth melodies, massive beats and riddled with dirty hip hop acapellas and one shots he calls his “purple opera”. MartyParty has been producing his own flavor of music since 2006 and crosses over hip hop and dubstep into his own flavor he calls “purple music”.

Ghostland Observatory

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Ghostland Observatory’s entire approach to music – sonically, aesthetically, conceptually – is essentially a melding of the two distinctly different personalities of its two members, Thomas Ross Turner and Aaron Behrens. Whereas Turner, the producer/drummer/keyboardist of the duo, finds solace in the minimal, bleak cable-patch squawks of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the analog-disco-thump of Giorgio Moroder, Behrens’ interests lie more along the lines of psychedelia, rock and various country and blues artists. The result is a shimmering, pulsing pop music that is at once kinetically alive with Behrens’ striking vocals and driving guitar work but also anchored firmly by Turner’s percussive beats and Moog-generated melodies and hooks. Common descriptions include “electro-dance rock,” “synth-funk” and “Freddie Mercury-helms-Daft Punk.” Deciding to produce a style of music that as yet existed only in their collective consciousnesses; Behrens and Turner formed Ghostland Observatory in Austin in 2003 and haen’t looked back since. They now sell out prominent venues across the country, have played at Lollapalooza, Bonaroo, Coachella and the Austin City Limits music festival, which they headlined, and continue to play at various music festivals and venues around the globe to an ever increasing fan base, thanks to their now-famous live shows. The duo has released four albums to date, all on Turner’s label, Trashy Moped Recordings: Delete.Delete. I Eat Meat., Paparrazi Lightning, Robotique Majestique and their latest offering, Codename: Rondo, which was recorded in Turner’s Austin studio. The ten-track Codename: Rondo is equal parts psyechedelia, minimal electronic, rock, funk and soul. It was recorded with what Turner calls a more “linear approach” in mind. Rather than layering sound upon sound to fill out a track, the band sought to use fewer sounds while striving to make each of them count. Highlights on the new album include the first track, “Glitter,” with its loping, fuzzed-out bassline, tremolo-tweaked vocals and Spaghetti Western guitar break. “That’s Right” is a Cars-meet-ZZ Top ripper with the former’s signature synth breaks skipping across the latter’s overdriven, chugging guitar riffs. Another standout, “Miracles,” finds Behrens haltingly phrasing his lyrics in perfect syncopation with Turner’s raw keyboard melody before exploding into an irresistible, hand-clapping chorus that is soon chased by running swells of disco strings. “Codename: Rondo,” the album’s title track, is a perfect example of the band’s efforts toward minimal maximization: a surreal narrative recalling a series of nebulous incidents in Newark, New Jersey spoken over nothing more than a steady kick and some faint electronic warbling while, during the breakdown, deep space satellite transmissions blip intermittently over a loop of what seems to be a robot with hiccups and poor phone reception attempting to leave a voicemail. With Codename: Rondo, Ghostland Observatory has taken a step in a new direction, both creatively and technically, while still maintaining the essential elements of their unmistakable sound: “sweaty, raw-boned, and direct from the future; committed to electronics, stuck on big beats, yet unmistakably powered by rock ‘n’ roll.”

Big Gigantic

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Big Gigantic, whose blend of mind-bending beats, thunderous bass, and frenetic melodies has developed a rabid following since forming in 2008, has taken their sound to yet another dimension with the release of their newest album ‘Nocturnal’ (available now for FREE download at www.biggigantic.net). The album, by Boulder, CO-based saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken, solidifies Big Gigantic as a key player in the worlds of electronic, dance, and hip-hop. With a provocative sound that’s as thoughtful as it is danceable, Big Gigantic’s new songs like “Nocturnal” and “Hopscotch” weave whirling melodies into addictive beats and samples that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Kanye West or LCD Soundsystem single. No genre is off-limits for Big Gigantic, whose breakthrough sound channels everything from funk and dub-step to house and hip-hop. After graduating with a master’s degree in jazz at the Manhattan School of Music, Lalli relocated to Boulder and began performing with Salken, experimenting with the idea of interpreting traditional DJ-based music with live instruments. The duo built up early hype in 2008 with local shows and one-offs around the country before releasing their debut album ‘Fire It Up’ in 2009 and embarking on a full US tour. Already a smash on the festival circuit, Big Gigantic’s transcendent live shows are a showcase of brilliant improvisation and a tightly-knit bond between Salken and Lalli, who breathlessly alternates between keys, sax and laptop, building a futuristic wall of sound that keeps the crowd on its feet. The marathon shows feature a variety of songs new, old and unreleased, as well as outside-of-the-box remixes including Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow,” Aloe Blacc’s ‘I need a Dollar,’ and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Notorious Thugs.”

MiM0SA

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“23-year-old Tigran Mimosa thrills audiences with his vibration-laden sonic endeavors and charismatic stage presence. His set at this year’s Lightning in a Bottle is the stuff of legend, although he calls playing for a sold out crowd of 10,000 at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre “the most epic moment of my musical career.” Sound: MiMOSA produces hip-hop infused, deep bass dubstep constructed with expertly arranged synthcrunch layers that build to explosive moments of sonic boom. -Huffington Post “It’s hard to tell where exactly a MiMOSA track is going to take you; Tigran does some non-traditional things when it comes to syncopation and mixed meter, and at Zoo this year, he mixed up his heavier, grimy bass beats with interjections of top-40 in unusual ways.” – 5 Acts to Watch: Flavorpill “I’m not sure he belongs in the dubstep genre, because I’m not sure he belongs in any genre. He doesn’t follow the normal rules of music. One question: “Does it have enough bass to rattle your brain around inside your skull? Good.” Of course” -Earmilk Blissfully unconcerned with a world obsessed with categorization as a means of definition, Tigran aka MiM0SA crafts music for its own sake, defying expectations with genre bending soundscapes. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently residing in Los Angeles, MiM0SA began producing at the tender age of 17. Blessed with an abundance of talent and an ear for sonic experimentation, this fan-favorite has quickly developed a name for himself as one of the West Coast’s top exports. And the word is spreading fast. To say that MiM0SA is on the rise is to miss the mark. Rather, MiM0SA has arrived. This summer saw MiM0SA globetrotting from festival sites everywhere — including his headlining slot and Lightning in a Bottle, to triumphant performances at Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Shambhala festival, Red Rocks, Electric Zoo, Summer Camp, and Burning Man. MiM0SA also spent quite a bit of time this summer in the lab with Sleepyhead, working on new tracks for their highly anticipated collaboration, “Naked Poetry,” which they will release under the moniker SexyTime at the beginning of 2012. However, it was in Brooklyn, NY where MiM0SA found refuge as he wrote, recorded, and produced his debut full length album “Sanctuary,” released October 25 on False Idol Musik. After just one listen, it’s evident that his versatility as an artist goes hand in hand with his refusal to be tied down by any particular sound or style. White his previous EP release, “58 Degrees,” favored a more grittier fusion of unrelenting beats and grime, “Sanctuary” works as one cohesive whole piece of work that finds MiM0SA immersed in rhythm, encompassing and centered around the 808 drum kit most notable on the track “Last Night In Town.” However, the album carries an authenticity by which MiM0SA’s aesthetic appreciation of the origin of sound is fused with layers of various styles, textures, and grooves that embrace Dubstep, Hip-Hop, 2-step, Moombahton, Dub, and Downtempo. It becomes apparent that while building this collage, his vision was to “Steer away from aggressive tones, but at the same time try to find different avenues to get the same crowd response that a big bass drop would get,” he comments. Take for instance “Castles in the Sky,” which finds MiM0SA opting for the classic sounds of straight dub reggae versus the dub step infused subwoofer odysseys heard on “Tiger Blood.” MiM0SA extends his flavor for hip-hop by sampling and filtering vocals that rush with ambient interludes coupled with pulsating tempos and heavy 808s on songs such as “Starseed” and “Way Back to You.” In just a few short years he’s shared the stage with standard-bearers like Benga, Skream, Rusko, Datsik, Glitch Mob, Pretty Lights, and Flying Lotus. He’s also played festivals and shows across North America, including Coachella, Symbiosis Gathering, Burning Man, Decibel Festival, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This past March found him headlining his first tour, as he criss-crossed the U.S., selling out major venues like The House of Blues (Chicago, IL), Webster Hall (New York, NY), and The Fillmore Auditorium (Denver, CO). Not to mention stellar debut performances at legendary venues such as Newport Music Hall (Columbus, OH) and The Fillmore Miami Beach. The words tireless and prolific don’t quite do MiM0SA justice. In one weekend he headlined Lightning in a Bottle, blasted over to Summer Camp, and finished off the weekend with a blistering performance at Detroit Electronic Music Festival. We’ll say it again, because it bears repeating, MiM0SA has arrived.

Adventure Club

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Adventure Club is a Dubstep Duo hailing from Montreal. Formed in early 2011, Adventure Club is a production ouftit / dj duo birthed by local musicians Christian Srigley & Leighton James. After a blitz in the studio, they’ve released 5 tracks with an Upcoming EP to hit the scene shortly with remixes ranging from 1950′s classics, post-hardcore rock to the sweet electronic sounds of today.

Ana Sia

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Ana Sia’s DJ crate is a ticker for the hottest sounds of tomorrow. One of the west coast’s most celebrated DJs, this SF Bay Area-based tastemaker is known for not only energizing the dance floor, but consistently breaking new sounds from all over the world. Having championed some of the most beloved music festivals in the US, Canada and abroad, Ana Sia has gone from rocking house parties to stadiums by stylistically staying two steps ahead of the game. From huge festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and others, and an array of clubs and venues spanning every major city, countless college towns and hot spots in between, Ana Sia has built a community just as fun, wild, and eclectic as her style. She has shared the stage with a growing list of artists ranging all styles of electronic dance music, from Diplo to Deadmau5, Datsik to Daedelus…and everybody in between. Ana Sia jumped off 2012 on NYE in Queenstown, New Zealand as she continues her conquering of sound systems across the globe. Shortly before, she unleashed her first full length contribution, a well-regarded compilation and DJ-mix titled Surreal Estateon Frite Nite, her quickly-rising Cali-based label and crew. A testament to her forward-thinking style, Surreal Estate was featured in music publications such as Resident Advisor, Pitchfork, XLR8R, Sonic Router and more, touted as leading the way with the brightest production minds in North American dance music. Coupled with her growing production catalog and high-profile collaborations underway, Ana Sia looks to make her mark on recorded music as well as the stage. In the meantime, she’ll keep crowds enticed — keeping speakers pumping with big bass-driven, intelligent and sexy music…deep enough for the cabaret and filthy enough for the festival stage.

EPROM

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A savage synth wizard and mad beat scientist who brings bass to life, Eprom infuses his music with such raw energy, sense of movement and love of the bounce that it almost becomes human. Named over and over by other top West Coast producers as an influence and inspiration, this respected San Francisco-based artist is making a profound impact on the evolution of modern sound. Fusing psychedelic space machine murderation, polytemponic neurocrunk and heavy-handed pleasure, Eprom creates obese ogres of bass. His mutated music is so full and rounded that it is holographic; such a massive sound requires multiple dimensions to fully express its brilliant colors and diversely accumulated weight. Hip hop and electronic music are colliding in an exciting sonic apocalypse, and Eprom is a master of this slower yet very danceable style that has caught the ears, hearts and feet of a whole new generation of beat lovers. His sound combines a laid-back lean with forward-moving energy, reflecting the feeling of the Left Coast and resulting in a rare breed of experimental music- one that puts the dance floor first. And dance floors don’t just like Eprom’s low frequency focus and live sound manipulation– they go absolutely delirious over his unique splash-stomping style. Like a sonic pimp with a bent brain, he slings disturbingly crunchy beat monsters, fresh and fun but never overly mashed up. Eprom’s distinctly dirty sound can be found all over the electronic universe, and his beats are just as likely to be heard in mixes by dance music’s biggest names, dropped by local DJs in dive bars, echoing across frothy outdoor festivals or pounding on the edge of a cliff in outer space where a dance floor’s dreams are coming true. Eprom’s collaborations with the Glitch Mob’s Boreta as Nasty Ways and with Mozaic as Hookerz N Blow have also been met with mad love from the underground, and he has released music on several domestic and international labels including Cloak X Dagger, Surefire, Black Acre, Rwina and Bad Acid, as well as a recent 12” with Eskmo on the groundbreaking label Warp. Fans and supporters of Eprom include Flying Lotus, Starkey, Rusko, Jakes, Rustie, Megasoid, The Gaslamp Killer, Megasoid, The Glitch Mob and BBC Radio One’s Mary Anne Hobbs, and the producer has shared the stage with many of the international electronic music community’s hottest artists. With four new 12” out just in 2010, Eprom is finally getting the recognition he has earned as an integral part of the giant bouncing backbone of West Coast Sound.

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California’s NastyNasty can best be described as a sonic fetishist. From his first single on San Franciscos Frite Nite imprint to his most recent release on the prestigious Planet Mu label he’s established his own abstract take on contemporary bass music and defined himself as one of North Americas most unique producers. A heavy helping of heartfelt vocal trickery and melodic sensibility accompany heavy drums and brow-raising bass sounds to construct songs that both stand as listening pieces as well dance-floor wizardry.Producing for nearly a decade under different aliases, he’s shared the stage with a diverse selection of acts including; Joker, Ludacris, Richard Devine, Starkey, Megasoid, Slugabed and more. 2010 saw NastyNasty tirelessly touring North America, putting up a-grade remixes and releasing his first e.p. “Puke Paint” on Frite Nite. In 2011 He’s taking his live sets international, releasing music with UK’s Planet Mu and Berlin based label Robox Neo-Tech and getting down to work on a full length album. “Quite something here” -XLR8R ” In a time when every third dude is attempting dubstep’s wobble to varying results, this is refreshing to hear” Fader Mag “The atmosphere is generally chaotic but (NastyNasty) maintains enviable control over his volatile concoction, keeping it in line with a modicum of dancefloor-focused restraint.” -Fact Mag

Sinjin Hawke

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Even though “The Lights EP” (Pelican Fly) was his official release, Sinjin Hawke has been putting in work for quite some time. He launched a groundbreaking series of parties in Montreal, Boomclap, featuring artists like Dj Rashad, Lunice, Canblaster, Africa Hitech, Dubbel Dutch, Jacques Greene and more, he’s released a slew of club ready bootlegs with dutch vanguard Truants, and has graced an abundance of venues throughout Europe and North America. Off of the widespread appraisal of ‘The Lights EP’, he’s begun to set quite a stage for himself: collaborating with DJ Sliink, Canblaster, Morris, Riton, Sinden – remixing for DJ Assault, the Ghettoteknitianz, Lemonade, and Danny Brown – mixtaping for URB and RinseFM – and rumors of a computer-less live set floating around… 2012 is looking like a big year for Sinjin Hawke.

GRiZ

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21 years old. Detroit, MI. Vinyl lover, people hugger. Show Love, Spread Love

Bluetech

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A classically trained pianist and master of the art of software production, Bluetech’s love of melody and his exquisite sense of sound design makes him one of the most ingenious producers today. His sound emerges from custom-built software instruments and synthesizers and blossoms into a unique blend of idm, downtempo and electro-infused dub that encompasses musical styles from different parts of the globe. Ripe with emotive vistas, reflective passages and evocative depth Bluetech’s lush digital sound palate reflects on nature’s expression of being. Bluetech’s latest album, “Love Songs To The Source” (Interchill Records, 2010), employs a more dub-wise and organic sound than on his previous releases. With the addition of live instrumentalists and vocalists, such as Dr. Israel, Katrina Blackstone, and Tina Malia, listeners are presented with an inviting point of departure into the warm, spacious realms of his signature mid and down-tempo electronica. In addition to “Love Songs To The Source,” Bluetech has four releases on the internationally acclaimed Aleph Zero Records, as well as releases on Somnia Sound, Waveform Records, Thoughtless Music and his own Native State imprint. Following the release of his legendary 2005 full-length “Sines and Singularities” the New York Times labeled Bluetech “one of the best ambient artists.” He has toured extensively throughout the United States, as well as performing in Japan, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, France, Denmark, Mexico, and Canada.

Beat Connection

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In the first flush of freedom, new eras, and new lives, Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger met in 2008 as freshmen at the University of Washington. Their fate was sealed one night not long after they met, over a game of beer pong that turned into a discussion of mutual musical appreciation. In his younger years, Koplowitz had picked up the guitar so that he could play along with his favorite Metallica songs. Juenger had gone down a similar route with Nirvana, but found his friends cover bands to be boring and focused on bygone eras so he started learning how to create electronic music. In their new hometown of Seattle, Juenger and Koplowitz began crafting dorm-room beats on Garageband and venturing into DJing gigs, eventually working their way towards the sounds that would be become their first record, Surf Noir EP. The songs on Surf Noir are at once dreamy and danceable, sophisticated and free, meant to evoke both golden sunsets and glittering city lights. Of the EP, Juenger has said, “This is an absolute indulgence, because the world is an incoherent jumble of perception. So in that spirit of cutting loose, let’s have a good time and not worry too much: Saturday night always becomes Sunday morning.” Two of the songs, the romantic pop tracks “In The Water” and “Silver Screen,” featured the duo’s roommate Tom Eddy on vocals; Eddy, a folk-rock singer-songwriter, nailed “Silver Screen” in one take. The rest of these songs are instrumental; cool, sweeping waves of synths, electric guitar, drum machines, and samplers. Beat Connection self-released Surf Noir in the summer of 2010; London’s Tender Age records, an imprint of the venerable Moshi Moshi would pick it up for an updated release in April of the next year. In May of 2011, Beat Connection had toured the UK and Paris with such electronic luminaries as Holy Ghost!, Toro Y Moi, and Niki and the Dove. By June, in anticipation of their appearance at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party, they had added a live drummer, Jarred Katz, another musical roommate and a modern jazz aficionado. In September they embarked on their first US tour, opening for Starfucker. They made fans of the Seattle Times, Pitchfork, KEXP, and the Seattle Weekly, who named them the Best New Band of 2011. They closed out the year in Spain, opening for Real Estate. 2012 is poised to become an even bigger year for Beat Connection, who’ve again expanded, this time adding as their fulltime vocalist and guitarist Tom Eddy, the only man they considered for the job. This summer, the new four-piece will release their first full-length, The Palace Garden, a record that fines the band meditating on the idea of unattainable beauty, an idea that encases magical evenings, flooding happiness, heavy regrets, and sky-clearing epiphanies. They’ve left all genre constraints behind and now, as four, their music can only broaden, rise, and take them on to new adventures and new audiences.

LowRIDERz

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This living legends duo of An-Ten-Nae and Laura Low is stirring up music hungry populations across the country! They keep it deep, sexy and make you drop it low! With their wicked chemistry and nasty ass bass bombs, they are sure to deliver sound like none other. Get in there and get worked by these beat beasts!

Marques Wyatt

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Sonic love travels in many dimensions – through visceral pathways of the senses, as a uniting force on dance floors everywhere, in movements spanning entire eras to unify – whether souls, states or nations. And as sonic love relates to house music, Marques Wyatt is a seminal pioneer. In the mid ‘90s, at a time when the shape shifting of house music was rarely heard outside Chicago and New York, Marques introduced the East coast sound to his native Los Angeles via legendary house parties like BBC, MAC’s Garage and Does Your Mama Know, to name a few. In the ensuing years, his prowess as a talented DJ, promoter, and producer earned him recognition as one of the most sought-after artists in the genre, domestically and internationally. Always true to his inner visionary, Marques continued his ventures into unchartered territory by introducing Los Angeles to Acid Jazz through Brass, his unforgettable weekly which debuted live performances of high profile acts such as Jamiroquai and the Brand New Heavies way back when. At the same time, Marques continued playing his own brand of uncompromising, soulfully organic house alongside talents such as Frankie Knuckles, Louie Vega, David Morales, Danny Teneglia, King Britt, Mark Farina, and Miguel Migs. Marques’ keen sixth sense for creating epic parties culminated in his weekly house institution, Deep, now going strong in its thirteenth year. Marques has also channeled his gifts in the studio, releasing tracks and remixes on revered labels such as Om, Strictly Rhythm, King Street, Nervous, and Yoshitoshi. Marques continues to spread the gospel of house music by globe-trotting everywhere from Los Angeles to New York, Shanghai to Barcelona and Tel Aviv to Dubai with the mission to bring musical unity, light and love to all souls in his pathway.

Minnesota

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At first glance, Christian Bauhofer comes off as the unassuming dude yawning next to you in class. He looks like some kind of lumberjack/nerd fusion with his glasses and scruffy hair. Come up to the same man after the sun goes down, with the addition of a few drinks and a whole lot of bass, and you will find the smiling Christian assuming his party crushing alter-ego: Minnesota. “My goal is to make bass heavy dubstep/glitch hop music that’ll get you dancing, but it is not the same old three note transformer step,” Bauhofer states. “I try to focus more on the melodic side of dubstep, and hopefully, make quality songwriting a more relevant factor in the genre.” What began as a leave of absence from UC Santa Cruz has been extended indefinitely as Bauhofer’s career has taken flight and nationwide demand to see him play has grown. The time off has proved incredibly useful to him as he has been able to focus his attention on producing as well as accepting many offers to perform at festivals that he wouldn’t have had time for during the school year. Festivals that he is now able to perform at include the Emissions Campout in California, Electric Forrest in Michigan, Snowball in Colorado, Snowmont in Vermont. Other opportunities have opened up for Minnesota, including touring as a supporting act for Big Gigantic; “Touring with Big Gigantic was a really good learning experience,” said Minnesota. “I learned a lot about what it actually takes to be a touring musician, playing five or more shows in a row, which is much different than flying out for the weekend and playing a show or two. I definitely learned I had to take it easy on the partying and drinking in order to make sure I was not exhausted the next day. Also, Big G brings a whole new lighting system with them on tour, so I got to see what really goes behind the scenes to put that together every day.” Minnesota’s career goals came further to fruition when he was signed under Madison House Inc. in November of last year. With the support of Madison House Inc. and Vital Management behind him, Minnesota’s career has certainly been propelled to great heights in a short period of time. “I could not be more happy with the results,” recounts Minnesota in regards to his relationship with Madison House Inc. “I am very glad I signed with them rather than one of the huge booking agencies with thousands of DJ’s on their roster. Being one of the few electronic acts on their roster allows me a ton of attention, which is great.” Minnesota’s first EP, “ Panda Snatching Tycoon”, was released on Tycho Records in January 2011 and has found critical acclaim since then. His next official release came from Mal Label and was titled “Ancient Machines”. “Ancient Machines” was number nine on the addictech.com best seller’s list for the year, and every track from the album charted on the beatport.com glitch hop charts. During this time, Minnesota also managed to put out a free EP with Martyparty called “Ultraviolet Halo” which was released in July 2011. This just proved that Minnesota shows no signs of slowing down as an artist. “Big room, melodic bangers,” is how Minnesota describes his next EP. “It will also have some faster tempo hip hop influenced stuff on it.” In terms of production, Minnesota’s tracks represent major influence from song writers that have gained his admiration. Other artists such as Mimosa, Martyparty, Modeselector, have truly had an impact on his production and success. Yet, it is impossible to undermine the value of some of his personal favorite artists such as Bassnectar and PANTyRAID throwing his tracks down during their sets. “Quickly becoming a staple in my sets,” commented Bassnectar when discussing the use of Minnesota’s track “Push It”. “Perfect for when I need a track that is epic and churning but also melodically hyped.” Minnesota’s goal seems simple; to release diverse productions that can win over any crowd. The support of his management team, agency, and some of the world’s greatest artists can only attribute to his hunger for more time spent on the road and in the studio. To those that haven’t had the opportunity to see Minnesota perform, just wait until his tour rolls out this summer. To put it lightly, Minnesota is a name to watch.

Mansions on the Moon

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If you name the most interesting new recording artists to have emerged this year, the list probably encompasses only a small number of worthy candidates. One name that should ring a bell is Mansions On The Moon” – Hypetrak Specializing in electronic down-tempo and ambient rock, Mansions On The Moon has been winning over music fans and fellow artists with their mesmerizing arrangements, creative remixes and wide range of musical capabilities. Formed only a little over a year ago, this exciting Los Angeles trio of songwriters and producers have already collaborated with N*E*R*D, toured with Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa, had a Mixtape produced and presented by DIPLO and BENZI entitled “Paradise Falls”, and produced the track “PA Nights” on Mac Miller’s new album “Blue Slide Park."

Phutureprimitive

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Phutureprimitive is the moniker of Northwest producer and song writer Rain. Early childhood photos reveal Rain sitting at the piano plinking keys, grinning from ear to ear…..a true sign of things to come. Continuing his early fascination with music, Rain was later drawn to electronic music, inspired by its ability to combine the best of organically played instruments and the synthetic pleasures of sounds more exotic to the human ear. After beginning a DJ career in the 90s, Rain began incorporating the music he was making in his home studio into his DJ sets. That was all it took to trigger a full blown love affair with electronic music and the process of its creation…..and Phutureprimitive was born. Phutureprimitive music is singular and unique in its approach: Lush melodies drift across intricate rhythms, groove heavy beats and warm, fuzzy bass lines. Often exploring a dark and dense palette, his music also manages to convey a sense of tranquility and beauty, engaging the listener into hypnotic movement and often escalating toward a full kinetic experience. Conceived and produced in a digital environment, his music manages to convey more humanity and organic warmth then typically found in an often cold and sterile genre. Shimmering with cinematic qualities, his music ultimately speaks to both the mind and the body. Despite electronic music’s tendency to suffer a short shelf life, Phutureprimitive has already demonstrated a timeless quality with his debut album release of “Sub Conscious” on Waveform Records, which still remains a top seller on the label since it’s release 2004, obtaining a cult status among fans and collectors. With a string of singles released in the interim on various labels, the birth of Native Harmonix (Rain’s own Record Label) brought us the “Luminous” EP in 2010; exploring a lyrical based production, supported by undulating synth work and a palpable haunting texture throughout. His second fulllength release “Kinetik” pushes his sound into new territories of emotional electronic dance music, exploring a heavier, bass-centric sound that adds raw energy to the meticulously detailed tracks this trusted producer is so well known for. Constantly defying convention, the Phutureprimitive sound is not solidly rooted in any single genre nor easily defined, but draws influences from many sub-genres including Bass Music, Downtempo ,Glitch Hop, Dubstep, Breaks, Trip Hop, and more. Phutureprimitive has become a musical force to be reckoned with, performing in cities and countries throughout the United States, and Europe including New York, Nashville, San Francisco, Los Angeles, England, Scotland, Portugal, Holland, Italy, Croatia and Ukraine.

ill-esha

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Hailing from Vancouver, BC and now residing in San Francisco, CA, ill-esha burst onto the North American electronic scene as a drum & bass vocalist featured on various releases for the likes of Breakbeat Science, Fokuz, and BluSaphir, gradually becoming known for the seamless incorporation of original vocals and MCing into DJ sets expressing her unique take on bass music. Her multi-dimensional approach spans glitch hop, dubstep, future hip hop and downtempo, creating a dynamic live show which has set ill-esha apart amidst some of electronic music’s most groundbreaking acts. With releases on trendsetting labels such as Muti Music, Daly City, Street Ritual, Subway, Haunted Audio, Dub Police and Simplify, ill-esha has ranked in the top 3 on Junodownload, Addictech, Beatport Electronic and Soundcloud. Since the release of her first 12” single in her teens, ill-esha has been honing her skills as vocalist, MC, DJ and Producer who delivers studio efforts and live shows setting the stage for the future of electronic music.

Gladkill

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Refusing to stick to the comfort of making one style of music, Boris Gladkikh aka Gladkill has rewarded audiences through the sheer diversity of his songs, as he deftly moves between dominating dance floors with his sexy, crunked-out club bangers to captivating home stereo speakers with more downtempo and melodic material.

Sugarpill

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Specializing in bouncing bass, sideways beats and experiments of noise, Sugarpill is a master of both the creation and delivery of polytemponic glitch bass. Residing in Los Angeles yet living in a twisted world of sound, this young artist stays dosed to the eyelids in chopped-up samples, meticulously tweaked beats and obese waves of bass. Sugarpill seamlessly merges his techy and immaculate production skills without ever losing the inherent sexiness of the beats, and his multidimensional musical approach unites EDM fans across a vast spectrum of genres and tempos. His original tracks combined with explosive live DJ sets confirm for the producer a powerful spot at the forefront of West Coast future sound. Crossing genres effortlessy and employing a rich variety of styles, is lively and intense sound is best described as a party; and that is exactly what Sugarpill brings to the dance floor.

Laura Low (DJ Laura)

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Deep, hyphy 808s mixed with heavy rolling melodic dub is the West Coast sound of Laura Low a.k.a. DJ LAURA. Laura Low has been Djing for the last decade making her mark in theunderground west coast scene. Laura is now producing and remixing dirty, hyphy beats that roll through the dance floor dropping lows so deep that it’s undeniable you will feel her sound. Born and raised in Northern Cali, Laura has been able to really tap into the West coast vibe always adding her own flare on the dance floor.

Ruff Hauser

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Tim ‘Ruff’ Hauser has been mixing for 16 years and producing for 10. He has definitely lived up to his name with his Ruff and rugged production. Tim has developed a style of his own by fusing elements of Dubstep, glitch hop, 2-step, and minimal techno into one beautifully orchestrated arsenal of dance floor bangers. Ruffs production is very bass heavy yet melodic and he seems to find that sweet spot whether he is delivering Dubstep or ‘four on the floor’ glitched out dance tracks. His live sets stay consistent with this genre breeding mentality using drum machines, fx processors, and digital sound manipulators creating a unique blend of audio art. From dj set to live performance, Ruff covers all bases leading his audience on a lesson through genres. Well-respected in the LA underground community, Ruff Hauser has played many of the West Coast’s most inspiring music festivals, including Coachella, Symbiosis Gathering, Lightning in a Bottle and Burning Man. Ruff Hauser is definitely a leader in innovative productions and pushing the electronic sound forward into the future.

Kitty-D

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Kitty-D works with an audio arsenal library of manipulated sampled recordings, analog, digital and self created sounds to initialize a universe of sonic fiction. Collaborations include tracks with Random Rab, Ooah, Mimosa , and many other audio entities. His original compositions, mash-ups, & remixes have been bringing big warm bass sounds with hypnotic layering, melodies, catchy hooks & a hip hop flavor to the underground west coast glitch/ breaks/ & dubstep music scenes since 2004. One of the original founding members of “The Glitch Mob” and glitch hop pioneering project “The Seedling Escape” with Ooah in 2005, he often has tendencies of obscurity with the music business and rarely releases material for sale. His performances carve a dynamic range of original and live multiple channel / improvised/ dj mash-up styles and sonic supernovas. Surfing sound waves from other dimensions and channeling wraiths:))) just cuz

Natasha Kmeto

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Natasha Kmeto (pronounced “kuh-meh-toe”) is an electro hip-hop, singer-producer based in Portland, OR. With a rich musical background in jazz, r&b, electronic and hip-hop she likes to describe her music as “futuristic soul.” Kmeto was born and raised in California, playing and touring with bands of all genres since the age of 15. She completed the Keyboard Performance program at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood and soon thereafter relocated to Portland in 2007. The move helped rekindle Natasha’s creativity and passion for music which got lost in the bustle and industry of LA. Here, Kmeto was able to explore and take inspiration from her biggest influences, ranging from the cutting edge sounds of Flying Lotus to the classic soul hits of Carole King. As the Portland Mercury writes, “Kmeto’s found a trance-ready spot that tugs at the sleeves of hip hop, IDM, and maybe even a tinge of goth, with a singing voice that keeps the digital zeroes and ones imbued with flesh and blood.” -Ned Lannamann, The Portland Mercury, April ’10 Kmeto released her debut EP, “9″ and supplemental remix EP “√9″ in 2009 and began playing live regionally in early 2010. Currently, Natasha is set to release her first full-length album, “Expressor”, which finds Kmeto delving further into experimental electronic music while staying rooted in hip-hop and R&B. “Expressor” shows a marked progression in Kmeto’s production and songwriting. Natasha is currently at work on her next release and continues to tour. She has started off the new year with bang, playing such events and venues as Low End Theory, Flux and The Roseland Theater while sharing the stage with such artists as Morcheeba, Meat Beat Manifesto, Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, Baths, Shlohmo, Shigeto and Austin Peralta.

Danny Corn

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For over 17 years, Danny Corn has been on the vanguard of electronic music, leaving the trends to other people. As a DJ, he is known as an instrumental player in the formation of the “west coast” sound. Over the years Danny Corn has travelled extensively and played with just about everybody who has made moves in the scene. A champion of syncopated, bass heavy music, Danny Corn rides the edge of experimental sounds, whilst staying firmly committed to the dancefloor. (PDneXt, Portland, OR)

El Papa Chango

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Diego Novoa from Argentina moved to the states as a young adult and brought with him a love of music from south america that he blended with west coast underground breaks and hiphop to create a sonic groove that is unique and infectious to dance floors everywhere. Sexy , soulful and funky sounds come out of him even when he’s fast asleep. Diego is also one of the core creators of the legendary El Circo production that has been delivering music and a grip of very talented artists on massive systems across the planet including Lightning in a Bottle and epic years at Burning Man . He’s been making panties drop since most of us were in diapers.

DJ Shawna

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Shawna’s passion for music began in early childhood attending the Winnipeg Music Folk festival in Canada, where she grew up. There, she was exposed to musical genius from all over the planet, refining her ear for the origins of all types of music. At 18 she began to perform as DJ, spinning just about every genre. Played next to many a known name such as: Bassnectar, Mimosa, Glitch Mob, Beats Antique, Moderat, Freak Nasty, Tipper, etc.. and has a musical project with Zoe Jakes-(of Beat Antique)- called Pussymonster. She plays for the dancers!!!

Pussy Monster

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Duo music mash-up team DJ Shawna and Zoe Jakes take on the world with their new project PussyMonster. Think nasty, lovely and everything inbetween. U can’t stop dancing because they won’t let U!

Kepi and Kat

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The DJ / Vocalist duo’s blend of live vocals and dance club driven production drew attention quickly within the San Francisco music scene. Their fans have spoken and twice voted them Best Electronic Music Act in the Bay Area (SF Guardian). Jeff “Kepi” Steinmetz, a trained musician and voting member of the Grammy’s, studied electronic music and composition in Minneapolis. A rabid fan of early New York breakdance beats; Kepi caught the bug early and began digging up rare tracks in every record store available. His music collection has been described as deep and genre busting. His unique sound fuses house, remixes, progressive, breaks and tech house into one mesmerizing journey. You may have experienced one of his sunrise sets in front of a Turbosound speaker stack at a full moon gathering – you know who you are. Broadcast nationwide 22,223 miles above earth, Kepi provided regular live sets for XM Satellite Radio “Thump Funk”. Kat is an infectiously giddy, unstoppable force of nature, a singer-songwriter and a pioneer in dance music for over a decade. Her powerful, emotional vocals grip fans in a sensually hypnotic sway. Together, they are Kepi and Kat, a duo whose revolutionary sound has made them West Coast fixtures since 2001. They have headlined notable clubs across the nation and around the world, from B.E.D. in Miami to the dance music capitol of Ibiza, Spain. Perhaps best known for their regular performances at such high-profile festivals as Love Parade (now LoveFest) in San Francisco and Burning Man. They were showcased at the Winter Music Conference in Miami for multiple years. Kepi has remixed for Danny Howells, collaborated with Desert Dwellers and produced events featuring Hybrid, Steve Porter, Luke Flair, Grandmaster Flash and The Crystal Method. In 2005, Kepi and Kat released their debut EP “Limelight” which immediately charted on the Balance Record Pool. The title track was featured during the launch of the Xbox 360 game “Perfect Dark Zero” and went on to appear on the limited-edition DVD and CD-soundtrack for the award-winning game, garnering world wide exposure.

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GENO COCHINO stepped into the dj/production scene in 2006 wielding a record bag full of an at the time unheard of genre that’s now taking over the globe, known as dubstep. His 6 year long love affair with the sound has led him to be recognized as one of the west coasts biggest ambassadors. Whether playing the more up tempo dance floor side of things as Geno Cochino, rockin riddims alongside Hip Hop legends MYKA9 and the Freestyle Fellowship, doing it deep and sexy as his alter ego SACRED G, or playing that future Purple gangster boogie alongside Paul Swytch (TRiLLBASS) in their new project SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT, its always high energy, fresh, and cutting edge. 2011 saw the release of two tracks he made on Hollowpoint records alongside Co Producer and label owner SPL. HOLY WAR, and UNION JACK have both seen dance floors globally and support from some of dubstep’s key players. The last tune the two made together, MEDUSA was recently released on the legendary dubstep label SUBWAY recordings out of Holland on their much anticipated Destinations compilation with all three of the tunes charting in Beatports top 10. He also recently released a free EP thats been making the rounds and making waves in the blogosphere of the first tune he and Paul Swytch of TRiLLBASS made together called You Can’t Fix, backed with a smasher of a remix of the tune by Drumstep Don FIGURE. Be on the lookout for the first full length SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT LP coming March of 2012. Geno continues to push the scene in LA with his WESTSIDE DUBZ’s events, as well as heading up the all new WEST SIDE DUBZ record label with many new releases scheduled for release this year including his latest project SMOKEY and the BANDIT’s new EP due out in March of 2012. He has also played at festivals such as Coachella, Lightning in a bottle, Manifesto gathering in Costa Rica, South By Southwest, Shambhala in BC, Sonic Bloom Colorado, Symbiosis Northern Cali, Rain Dance Santa Cruz, Emrg+ N+ See Oregon, and 10 years straight at Burning Man as well as West Coast events Space Island, Bassrush, Respect, SMOG, Ritual Dubstep, and Low End Theory. He has also shared the stage with some of the dubstep games biggest heavyweights such as RUSKO, CASPA, LOEFAH, HIJAK, L-WIZ, RESO, N-TYPE, MALA, BENGA, TRUTH and DMZ’s legendary MC Sgt. Pokes

Smokey and the Bandit

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Smokey and the Bandit are the lethal combination of veteran Producer/DJ’s Paul Swytch of Atlanta’s TRiLLBASS and Geno Cochino aka the Sacred G… With careers spanning several different genre’s and era’s of dance music this volatile combination found each other in the summer of 2010 in the dusty Nevada desert at the Burning Man festival. Realizing they were destined to create together, the two dropped 2011′s free single ”You Cant Fix (ft.Kelly McDaniel)” which not only saw support from some of the scenes biggest names, and dance floors globally – but was also remixed by US Drumstep don FIGURE. Since that release, the newly named Smokey and the Bandit have been on a rampage of shows and studio time with stacks of original tunes on deck, set to be released in 2012. You can catch Smokey and the Bandit at festivals stateside this summer!

Jupit3r

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Abducted and raised in a planetary bass station, Jupit3r returned to our world equipped with a galactic sensibility, ready to convey his cosmic anthem to the fortunate inhabitants of Earth. Finding his niche in the Los Angeles underground music scene, Jupit3r went on to create his own techy, geometric robosound he refers to as “Urban Space Gangsta Bass”. The ultra-magnetic draw of Jupit3r’s transmission has been heard and felt by the masses from Ireland to Japan at festivals like Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Electric Picnic, Boom Festival, Symbiosis gathering, and Rothbury, as well as nationwide venues at the forefront of the digital auditory revolution.

Reva DeVito

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Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Reva DeVito has graced numerous tracks with a smoky, timeless voice that moves comfortably through R&B, Jazz, Disco, Electro, Indie Pop and Dance music of all kinds. Her debut album “The Catnip Collective” has been receiving much positive attention. According to SOULBOUNCE: “Her brand of soul is an eclectic one, ranging from a down-tempo, almost ethereal vibe on the opener “Those Looks” through to the upbeat bounce of “Boogie Damn,” with the other three tracks falling somewhere in between”. INDIESHUFFLE says: “The Portland singer’s voice almost mocks you, knowing it doesn’t really need all the instrumentals and beats to back it up”.

Barisone

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Santa Cruz native Bryan Barisone has been gathering a loyal following around his base in Portland, Oregon and across the West Coast for his crucial mixes of hip hop, soul, dancehall and future bass music. Special emphasis on cohesive yet genre-bending sets makes Barisone a favorite with both the heads and the dancefloor and his down to earth approach is appreciated by all.

Manoj

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I was born from the dancefloor and will always be a dancer at heart. I am continually moved and changed by the power of music and the many transformational experiences I encounter while dancing and performing. I now dedicate my life to share with others the blessings I have received. Realizing every opportunity to play music for others is a gift, I do my best to stay open and meet the dancers where they are at. Hopefully taking them to a more inspiring, lighter and playful space within themselves as the music comes through.

Solovox

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A producer, composer, and one-man synthesizer attack squad, Solovox is the sound of Earl Carlton Tietze III. He combines his original compositions of cosmic funk, electro-house, and melodic downtempo with his remixes other artists’ tracks to create a sound that is universally regarded as his and his alone…and he does it live, by hand. With endless sounds and creativity, his keyboard chops remind one of Herbie Hancock smashing head-on into the Chemical Brothers. Mayhem usually ensues, and he consistently delivers one of the finest live electronic shows available anywhere. He has remixed three tracks for Vokab Kompany including ‘Shine’ featuring Souleye, ’Gunslinger’ for their album ‘Quit Sleep,’ and the soon-to-be-released ‘Let It Fly’ featuring The Grouch and Souleye. He has done full video game sound design and composition, as well as tracks for Burn Notice and A&E’s Biography. He is a sought-after instructor for Ableton Live, Reason, Cubase and electronic music production. In July of 2009 he became the first-ever all-electronic act in the history of The Oregon Country Fair for their 40th Anniversary. He also headlined San Diego’s Elysium Festival, Mexico’s Fuente Eterno festival, Nexus in Los Angeles, and almost killed 2,000 revelers on top of the Hawthorne Bridge in 2010 for BridgeFest, causing the bridge to sway 2 feet up and down. In 2012 he has been a featured performer at Inspire:Truth, Threshold, WhiteOut, and Halfway Home. He will be headlining the Elysium Festival in San Diego, and the Full Moon In June Festival this summer. Whether improvising heavily with a downtempo acid jazz set or laying down dance tracks at a club, Solovox is not a DJ…he is one of the most exciting electronic performers to be found anywhere.

DJ Dials

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I’ve been djing for over 14 years! I’ve done pretty much every aspect of DJING from playing in weird other countries to celebrity weddings, barmitzvahs, and clubs of all different shapes and sizes. I play appropriate music for any occasion, meaning I am not too proud to play some tear out dubstep, throwback electro, or some 90′s rap shit. My personal music tastes does shine and I pride myself as being a tastemaker- so expect the best- no shitty music from this guy. I have been writing and producing music for a very long and my first 12′ record was released on Brownswood Electr*c Volume 2- Giles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings. I have hundreds of beats that will never see the light of day, mostly downtempo and the occasionally syrup dripped rap jawn. My album will come when it comes, I am not tripping and you should be. I’ve played alongside Modeselektor, Thom Yorke, Four Tet, Madlib, Edit, The Roots, Daedalus, The Gaslamp Killer, Joy Orbison, SBTRKT, Shlohmo, Just Blaze, Harmonic 313, Flying Lotus, Joker, Skream, Rustie, Dj Funk, Dorian Concept, Lorn, Lazer Sword, Hudson Mohawke, Jakes, EOTO, Mimosa, and Eskmo. Follow me on twitter so I look real cool. Seriously though, I love good music and I love good people. I wouldn’t be doing what I do if it weren’t for those two simple facts.

Tyler Tastemaker

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Thugged out bass music, space infused slaps, and TONS of energy. Tyler Tastemaker brings the heat, and his very own style to every set he plays. Dropping sounds on unexpecting heads for over 15 years now, Tyler Tastemaker proves technical ability plus impeccable track selection equals bodies grinding. Consistently slanging the best forms of bass music whether it be from the dj booth or the studio, Tyler Tastemaker knows how to keep the subwoofer pressure high. Tyler has opened for/shared the decks with the likes of: Die Antwoord, Bassnectar, Skream, Caspa, Rusko, Joker, Hatcha, N-Type, The Glitch Mob, ?uestlove, Z-Trip, Addison Groove, Machinedrum, 12th Planet, Araabmuzik, Mux Mool, Amon Tobin, 6Blooc, SPL, Pearson Sound, Salva, Dam Funk and many many more.

Substance D

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Substance D is the culmination of the combined might of two of the Northwest’s finest and most versatile DJs and producers: Sidestep and JMFS (aka James Steele). Influenced by a range of boogie-inspired genres, such as funk, soul, hip hop, glitch, and mid-tempo, the two come together as Substance D, with a combined 20+ years of passion and dedication behind the decks, promising not only a genre-defying set of sounds, but something that will coax just about any pair of feet onto the dance floor.

Celoso

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CELOSO is quick on the come-up but no strangers to the ever evolving sounds of forward thinking dance music. Consisting of Portland long timer, Graintable (Jim Cooke) and Devin Landau on live drums (agent at Surefire Agency North America), CELOSO is melding sounds of minimal house, techno, and 808 driven floor movers to create a live show that not only has a percussive ebb and flow that is efficient, but a certain simplicity to keep the vibe flowing.

Anna Langley

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Anna Langley is a tech house artist with roots in the West Coast electronic music community. Though she was born in Portland, Anna developed a passion for electronic music while living in Spain in 2001. After returning to the United States, Anna cut her teeth in the Los Angeles electronic music scene, absorbing the culture and finding her own groove while playing popular Hollywood and underground venues. Today, Anna’s dirty little bass and soul can be heard in her high-energy dancefloor bangers or in her deep introspective mixes titled the Full Xircle Volumns. Whether she’s playing techno, deep house, minimal, tech-house or tribal sounds, Anna flexes her diverse and mature musical palette with class and style. Since returning to Portland in 2011, Anna has quickly established a presence in the PDX scene with performances at quality underground events such as SubSensory’s renowned STATIC party, the infamous monthly female DJ showcase Cock Block and Nude Photo Music’s Flash dance party. She’s also played various outdoor festivals and recently co-headlined Water World in Southern Oregon. Anna is part of the What the Festival (WTF?!) production team, helping to shape one of the biggest new outdoor electronic music festivals to appear in Oregon in recent years. She is also known to perform under the monikers NaNa and Annomoly.

Halo Refuser

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Halo Refuser is the outer-space brainchild of virtuoso keyboardist/producer Asher Fulero (an anagram, re-arrange the letters to see). In this exotic distant world, futuristic beats and otherworldly textures combine with crushing basslines for a psychedelic dance experience that feeds both brain and body. Endorsed by Moog Synthesizers (for whom he also acts as an occasional clinician), Fulero uses a laundry-list of modern production techniques to achieve all sorts of sonic bastardization and then re-warps it from within Ableton Live. The result is somewhere between Dub, Glitch, Trip-hop, Drum-n-Bass, and IDM, all without falling into the obvious style-traps or living too long in one place. Halo Refuser began by releasing three EP’s for download, all 100% free. The first, entitled ‘Hear Ourself’ (also an anagram for Fulero’s name), was released in July 2009. Then in July 2010 he followed up with the ‘Lumbering (Single+Remixes)’ EP, which features contributions from talented producers Graintable, Solovox, Plumblyne, Auditory Sculpture, and Beartrap Mind. Finally, in February 2011 he released the third free EP, ‘Dreamscape Chronicle’, which was comprised of two long-form dance pieces. This series of EPs was followed up by the June 2011 release of his full-length debut CD, ‘Ambigrammatic’, which features appearances from UK-drum legend KJ Sawka (Pendulum) as well as a collaboration with fellow PDX producer The Great Mundane. The limited-edition CD sports a mind-boggling Ambigram logo that reads ‘Halo Refuser’ but when flipped upside down clearly reads ‘Asher Fulero’; an anagram AND an ambigram. Continuing his epic output for the year, in September 2011 Halo Refuser was featured by the groundbreaking NYC label Global Vortex Records, which released his bass-heavy track, ‘Liberty Persists’ as a special 9/11 Tribute. In April 2012, his single ‘The Lookout’ was released by Seattle’s Innerflight label as a part of their Left Coast Sampler Vol. 3, and he is currently finishing another EP+Remixes release for them this fall. Halo Refuser has shared bills with established electronic innovators like Bluetech, Rena Jones, EOTO, Big Gigantic, R/D, Gaslamp Killer, KJ Sawka, Mike Slott, and many more as well festival appearances and radio/podcast performances.

Shovelman

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Shovelman is a junkyard beatnik, a shovel guitar wielding surrealist folk superhero. Armed with a collection of pawnshop effects pedals and an old barn-shovel turned slide-guitar, Shovelman plays ol’ fashioned folktronica-grooves looped straight out of the ground. The sounds of Mississippi deltablues from the electro-psychedelic future, collide with the antiquated rubble of lyrical one-man-band hoboetry. Shovelman has become infamous on the west coast festival circuit (Lightning in a Bottle, Health and Harmony, Earthdance and The Oregon Country Fair) opening for bands that include Primus, Beats Antique and the Yard Dogs Road Show. “Shovelman’s music would be playing on the radio if Tom Waits and Les Claypool ever went on a road trip together…… and were lost.” – Chip ‘So Wat TV’ Santa Cruz. “Shovelman has forged a perfect merger of the past and the present with his bluesy “folktronic” sound.” – LA Weekly

Mr. Wu

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Mr. Wu is a DJ, designer, promoter, screen printer, ninja holding it down on the Westcoast. Find him mixing music and slangin’ shirts all over Oregon and beyond.

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