‘The hardest hustling DJ,’ according to Okay Africa, Coco Em is a well-established international DJ who’s played eclectic blends to crowds from Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal to Trans Musicales in Rennes, France. When the world shut down last year, however, she translated that energy into her next creative leap…
“An album I started writing during the height of the pandemic in 2020, ‘Kilumi’ (Kamba sacred drum songs and dance) explores elements of different sounds that kept me going in a very difficult year,” explains Emma who set out to write a fresh beat on Ableton every day to push herself as a producer and hone her skills. These explorations led to a collection of 70 ideas, each one reflecting a different shade to her musical palette then refined and sculpted into this beguiling seven-track journey.
Morning Dancer is the third album from Matthew and the Atlas, the project led by British songwriter Matt Hegarty.
Across Hegarty’s first two LPs (‘Other Rivers’ and ‘Temple’) and the four stripped back EPs that preceded and followed them, he has traversed a range of musical territories from classic acoustic folk, to dramatic synth-laden electronica, and urgent guitar led alt-rock. The common thread has been a songwriting style that marries a subtle melodic sensibility with lyrics full of natural imagery and dark emotional heft – all delivered in his striking and distinctive vocal. In the the process Hegarty has quietly built a major cult following in Europe and and the US, which has seen Q magazine dub him the “British Bon Iver”.
Toxe is a Swedish electronic musician and DJ born in Gothenburg, Sweden and currently based between Berlin and Amsterdam. She has so far released four EP’s and scored music for fashion houses such as Kenzo, Acne and Burberry.
Toxe relocated to Berlin in 2017 and began touring the States, Asia, South America and Europe. Her second project ‘Blinks’ came out in 2018, a five track EP full of playful yet eager and pensive sounds which was released on PAN records. In 2019 Toxe and the German producer Mechatok started the duo Emiranda and released their first EP ‘My Face’ on Yegorka records. The same year Toxe also put out a 12” split EP with French producer Crystallmess on PAN records. Toxe composed her first soundtrack for still image film ‘The Story of Leonora’ in 2021 which is set to be released on PAN records in 2022.
Denzel Himself is an interdisciplinary artist from outer-London. His gothic, hardcore, take on hip hop makes him no archetypal rapper. Described as “Dilla’s brain in Manson’s skull”, Denzel has carved his own distinct aesthetic and sound, a result of the synaesthesia he experiences, and an undiagnosed psychological disposition which both skews and intensifies the way he views life and art.
An artist in complete control of his creative destiny, Denzel Himself is one of the UK’s most important emerging creative minds. With more music set to drop in 2022, the outer-London rapper, producer and director will once again exhibit his distinctive style of gothica, hip hop and hardcore. Expect Denzel’s innovative visuals, expect his unique sound, and expect him to have meticulously crafted his output, himself.
Magi Merlin (MADGE-eye) grew up in Saint-Lazare, Canada. A place that may sound unfamiliar to you, but rest assured it is a lot closer to home than you realize. A wet dream created by people like Nixon in the 70s, a place for white folks, by white folks. The suburbs is the epitome of “normal” unless of course you replace white with black, straight with queer, that is when normalcy is challenged. This, amongst other subjects — such as the impact of capitalism on art, nepotism, the relationship one has to taking pleasure in belonging to those things while rejecting them all, is what drives and inspires the creative universe behind Gone Girl – Merlin’ latest and most audacious effort to date.
The EP draws on influences from 90’s house, drum and bass, Motown, to acid-flecked hip hop. Merlin’s voice, alongside Funkywhat’s recognizable production style, reminds you of a smoky after hours club — if the windows were shattered by bass lines, the walls leveled by 808s. The self-described “cheeky nihilist” combines jazzy scats, raps, and breakbeats together in her musical cauldron to address issues like generational angst, fake friends and casual racism. seven-track journey.
Sophia Thakur is an award-winning, best-selling author and performance poet.
The spoken word artist climbed onto the stage at the age of 16 with a refreshing and intimate take on traditional poetry, and captivated a room full of career professionals. Since then, she has pushed the boundaries of poetry to inspire varied audiences across the world from the Glastonbury stage to the Ted Talks stage to countless mainstream TV and radio stations.
Sophia’s powerful messages on mental health, diversity, politics, self-expression, empowerment, women and wellbeing has led to participation at events organised by Google, Accenture, Nike, The Guardian, The Royal Family, Channel 4, BBC, Viacom and the Liberal Democrat and Labour party. Many of whom she has continued to work with. Sophia has sold out three groundbreaking headline shows across the world, including her book launch at the Jazz Cafe in London.
New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the energy of the city’s street culture. “My People,” the band’s follow up to their Grammy-nominated album “Spyboy,” feels like pure joy, a distillation of generations of New Orleans expression. But it also never fails to remind us how hard-won that joy was and still is: not least in the tense, funky and explosive title track, with its declaration “My people, we’re still here.”
“Cha Wa, with bass lines played on sousaphone plus trumpet and two trombones, bring the city’s brass band tradition to bear. Add sick jazz-funk guitar, and…full-beaded holiday regalia, and the result was a portable Mardi Gras Dance Party!” – Rolling Stone
Saachi is a London based Dj via India and Kuwait. Saachi’s sets are a focused blend of house, breaks, UKG, bass line and electro.
Saachi’s Boiler Room for Yung Singh Presents: Daytimers was selected as one of the best mixes of the year by Mixmag. Saachi has since gone on to play the likes of Lost Village festival and Dialled In Festival.
She is a member of Daytimers which is a South Asian Collective. Saachi is also a resident DJ at Girls Need Music and Selextorhood which works to raise the profile of women in music.
Mitchel van Dinther better know by his stagename ‘Jameszoo’ is a composer and musician living in ’sHertogenbosch The Netherlands. Jameszoo played shows on well known stages and festivals around the world and his music has been critically acclaimed by international media such as The Wire, Pitchfork and Stereogum. Jameszoo released three full-length albums on Los Angeles based recordlabel Brainfeeder, Founded by record producer, musician and filmmaker Flying Lotus.
”Van Dinther calls it ‘naive computer jazz’, but its combination of live flair and cunning post- production is masterful.
If rooted whimsicality is a thing, Jameszoo has it’’ – The Wire
Millie Cotton wants to bring people together. The in-demand DJ and creator of the inclusive podcast Women in Music never fails to evoke memorable feelings with her unique blend of feel-good house music. Dripping with summer bangers and piano house tracks, Millie gives depth and freshness to each hypnotic performance.
For 2022, Millie’s ease to keep a party going will have her touring with platinum-selling artist and songwriter Karen Harding across the UK and Ibiza, followed by a packed summer of appearances at clubs and festivals in the UK including Creamfields main stage, Leeds Festival, Elrow, El Dorado and Latitude.
Born and raised between Singapore and Germany and now based in Berlin, 2022 has already seen Mona contribute a remix to Dj Seinfield’s MIRRORS remix package on Ninja Tune, plus play to a capacity crowd at his sold out headline show at Koko, London, last month.
Marking the next chapter in her story, today sees the release of ‘Gotta Do This, Gurl’, the first of a two track release including remixes from Radio Slave on Rekids Records, with more material due throughout 2022.