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A Certain Ratio
Reputed godfathers of Punk-Funk from Manchester, formed in 1978. They were one of the first acts to record for Tony Wilson's legendary Factory Records label. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic. ACR have gone on to influence a generation of musicians, from Talking Heads to LCD Soundsystem.
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Holly Herndon has become a leading light in contemporary alternative and electronic music by fearlessly experimenting within the outer reaches of dance music and pop songwriting structures. Born in Tennessee, but reared on music abroad, Herndon broke out from her formative years in Berlin's minimal techno scene to repatriate to San Francisco, where she currently lives and studies as a doctoral candidate at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
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Were you moved by Sugarman’s story? Then get a load of this: In 1994 a certain Yaw Atta-Owusu from Ghana self-published a fascinating album titled Obaa Sima, combining dance and Afro-house with original rap. The record was released in an astounding run of 50 cassettes… and then the trail went cold. In 2002 the American collector Brian Shimkovitz bought a copy during a visit to Africa and was so enthralled with it that he started a now-famous blog (and later a label) devoted to popularizing music from that corner of the world: Awesome Tapes From Africa. Shimkovitz searched for the artist in vain until 2014, when he finally discovered that Yaw Atta-Owusa had been living in Canada, was doing fine, and was ready to head out on tour.
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A soulful indie solo artist from London. At the age of 13 she was inspired to pick up a guitar by her Irish / Bajan / Turkish parents who are both artists, and took her influences from bands including The Stoke and The Libertines.
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DJ and head honcho of label Hyperdub. At the forefront of dubstep and bass poetry.
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Besides founding her Swiss-based imprint, Danse Noire, releasing leftfield electronic music from the likes of IVVVO and Vaghe Stelle, Devi’s latest solo productions are further testament to her personal evolution. Devi’s reconnection with her origins meant a newly formed approach to music production under her birth name.
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Melt Yourself Down
Pete Wareham's (Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear) new project. Intense, sweaty funk, uplifting horns and blistering Nubian drums, this is a tightly drilled unit. Six musical heavyweights with more energy than the sun. Ancient and modern, and dirtier than you want to know. Melt Yourself Down is the sound of Cairo ‘57, Cologne ‘72, New York ‘78, London 2013. North and south and east and west. Horns blowing, drums vibrating, a suffocating fever dream. Primal. Vital.
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Snapped Ankles are a London based post-punk band.
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The Brighton-based post-punk, disco-funk phenomenon Squid is the brainchild of Ollie Judge, Louis Borlase, Arthur Leadbetter, Laurie Nankivell and Anton Pearson.
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K-X-P are a Finnish cosmic space rock band who mixes electronics, krautrock, noise, and even rockabilly into a hypnotic and minimal motorik groove.
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Jess 'Biig Piig' Smyth is an Irish songwriter, vocalist and musician based in Hammersmith, London. Jess started songwriting and performing at open mics from the age of 14 and has continued to do so, collaborating and making music with a variety of artists since. Jess has an inspiring passion for life which is reflected through her music alongside her disintcive raw voice.
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Berlin duo Andreya Casablanca and Laura Lee are Gurr, a garage pop band that sounds like a trashy 60s girl group meshed with poppy vocals in two voices and a flavour of eerines,s dug out from the deep darkness that is the Berlin rock n' roll bar's restroom at 5am.
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Big Joanie are a black feminist punk band describing themselves as 'like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and 90s riot grrrl, with a sprinkling of dashikis'. Based in London, Big Joanie formed in the summer of 2013 to play at First Timers (a gig where each band plays their set for the very first time) at the close of the year. The band also functioned as a space where its members (Stephanie Phillips, Chardine Taylor-Stone and Estella Adeyeri) could be completely themselves as black women, and within it discover their own power in creativity. Big Joanie are influenced by Nirvana, Riot Grrrl, Throwing Muses, X-Ray Spex, The Bags, My Bloody Valentine, The Ronettes, Darlene Love, Tina Turner, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Breeders, PJ Harvey, Shop Assistants.
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Free Love is the latest manifestation of Scottish duo Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook (FKA Happy Meals) - a continuation and progression of their utopian dance pop experiments released on Night School Records and Optimo which have seen them nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and performing across the globe. Touring across Europe supporting Liars and The Flaming Lips, and with festival shows as far as Austin, Moscow and Bangalore, the band have become notorious for their sensual live ceremonies. Using a table of all-hardware electronics, Free Love harness a charismatic chaos and unpredictable energy that sets them apart as one of the most exciting artists around.
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Pregoblin is a collaboration between Alex Sebley and Jessica Winter. There have been a few incarnations of the band but it’s when Alex and Jess met in 2016 it fell into place. Before Pregoblin formed, Alex was a member of The Saudis, alonsgside Lias and Nathan Saoudi, and Jessica is a producer and writer and has worked with members of Gorillaz, Fat White Family, and Dinosaur Pile Up.
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Having been taught the ropes by her mother, from rhythm over musicality to a sense of humour and not taking herself too seriously, Adigéry got into music from an early age. Through mutual friends (after all Belgium is a tiny country) she was asked by the Soulwax brothers to lip-sync a song of theirs for the 'Belgica' soundtrack they were producing at the time. As soon as they heard her voice the acting job quickly turned into a studio session... and another... and another. The Dewaele brothers paired her with DEEWEE-regular Bolis Pupul and soon they started started working on a re-enactment of their mutual histories, resulting in lots of heart-to-heart confessions and a local brew by the name of ti'punch, not to mention two EP's for DEEWEE. Charlotte Adigéry's music making is all about playing around until she hits a nerve and something feel-good starts bubbling up - following that vein wherever it may lead. For eclectic as her music may sound, combining bits of smartphone-recorded conversation with synths as sticky as molasses, Adigéry's voice blends all the elements together in a chocolate and vanilla swirl of holistic beats.
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Scalping are the Bristol outfit of James Rushforth, Alexander Hill, Isaac Jones and Jamie Thomas, armed with a battery of squelching synths, animalistic rhythms and gritty, piercing guitars. Scalping craft truly unique music, informed by Hill’s deep knowledge of idiosyncratic electronics, Jones’ tendency towards instrumental hooks, Rushforth’s Bristolian techno and Thomas’ doom metal influences. They formed in 2017 through a love of Bristol’s visionary off-the-wall dance music and full throttle noise and punk.
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