RÜFÜS DU SOL have emerged as one of the world’s preeminent live electronic acts. The Australian three-piece, comprised of members Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt,have released two platinum-certified albums, ATLASandBloom,with their newly unveiled third album Solace ushering in a new chapter for the trio.
Solace finds RÜFÜS DU SOL charting new territory, exploring deeper subgenres and more potent lyricism for an entirely new side to the group. “It’s about finding a sense of hope in adarker time,” the trio says. The album was born out of a particularly poignant period for the band and thus trackles heavier themes such as the pain of loss and the persistence of memory. “We’ve been through a big process,” the group says. “Almost a year and a half of our lives. We put all our hearts into making this record. ”Accompanying the album, the trio have created a brand new live show which will push their on-stage abilities to new levels. Bringing a host of new analog gear into the fold, as well as are vamped visual setup, the new live show will bring the magical spontaneity of the group’s studio process to the stage in unprecedented format.RÜFÜS DU SOL’s ‘Solace’ tour takes them to some of the worlds biggest festival stages including appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza Argentina, Chile and Brazil.
One of the more fascinating artistic evolutions since the late 2000s has been that of Tyler, The Creator. The rapper and producer surfaced as a founding member of Odd Future, an outlandish alternative rap crew that gradually permeated the mainstream as it begat a multitude of related projects.
As a solo artist, Tyler's output has gleefully swung from purposefully distasteful and crude to charming and sophisticated, sometimes blurring the distinction between the extremes. All four of his own albums, namely Goblin (2011), Wolf (2013), Cherry Bomb (2015), and Flower Boy (2017), have debuted within the Top Five of the Billboard 200, distinguished most (above all other qualities) by his gravelly voice and an irascible disposition befitting a collision-shop owner. Tyler reached a new level of acceptance with the kaleidoscopic latter LP, nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Rap Album. Since then, he has continued to extend his reach outside the Odd Future universe with Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss' the Grinch (2018) and IGOR (2019).
In a moment of clarity while on tour, Chris Lake felt an undeniable urge to refocus his sound and career. He then unleashed a stream of funky, ebullient, and majestic club smashes, including: “Chest”, “Stranger”, “Piano Hand” with Chris Lorenzo, “Stomper” with Anna Lunoe, plus celebrated remixes of SNBRN’s “California”, Jess Gynne’s UK chart-topper ”Hold My Hand”, and of course Calvin Harris & Disciples’ “How Deep Is Your Love”.
Among Lake’s credits are several Billboard chart-toppers, a platinum record, a Grammy nomination, a successful record label, and a Midas touch for supporting emerging talent. Not only is Chris Lake feeling inspired, he’s overflowing with work. “I’ve got enough material to release a record every 4 weeks for the next 18 months”. “What drives me forward is innovation and I want to keep pushing my own boundaries. I am as excited as anyone to imagine what I’ll create next.”
2019 is a break-out year for Dom Dolla, named as one of this years ‘rising stars’ by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1 and featured on Billboard Dance as one of ‘April’s one’s to watch’ following the release of his beatport #1 single ‘Take it’ - a hypnotic house anthem, amassing 22 million streams across all platforms with support from house music elite Eric Morillo, Chris Lake, Sonny Fodera & Duke Dumont.
Descending from Melbourne, Australia - Dom’s signature soulful hooks and Jackin-house drums have seen him sell out a spate of headline Australian shows, tour the U.S with notable performances at Do Lab Coachella, Miami Music Week and EDC Las Vegas – Whilst prepares for his U.K & European debut this summer across London, Tomorrowland, Hideout, We Are Electric NL, Ibiza & Greece.
An R&B singer and songwriter with a casually commanding voice, Ella Mai wasn't exactly an unknown artist before DJ Mustard signed her to his 10 Summers label, but the U.K. native hit the mainstream in 2018 with breakthrough single "Boo'd Up," a sparkling slow jam that increased in popularity throughout the year. The single led to her Top Five self-titled debut album, which arrived that October and was followed shortly thereafter by a Grammy win for Best R&B Song.
In 2015, Ella Mai uploaded a solo EP of originals to SoundCloud and clips of covers to Instagram. The latter caught the attention of producer DJ Mustard, who in January 2016 announced that Mai had signed to his Interscope-distributed 10 Summers label. Mai made her proper debut the following month with Time, a poised EP of sleek, contemporary R&B. Featuring the Ty Dolla $ign collaboration "She Don't," the six-track release introduced an artist who could sing of fierce loyalty and ruthless spite in an incisive manner.
Mai quickly followed up with two more Mustard-assisted EPs: Change, a November 2016 release, and Ready, issued four months later. Ready highlight "Boo'd Up," a love ballad reminiscent of R&B's pre-new jack swing era, cracked the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2018 and three months later peaked at number five -- an unusually long period of ascent. "Trip" arrived as "Boo'd Up" began its slide off the chart and reached number 11 in October, the month Ella Mai released her self-titled debut album. Containing her two biggest hits to that point, Ella Mai debuted at number five on the Billboard 200. "Boo'd Up" was nominated for Grammy awards in the categories of Song of the Year (one of "the Big Four") and Best R&B Song.
This music industry legend, trailblazer, and currently one of the hottest DJ’s and producers on the underground electronic music scene...Green Velvet... came into existence more than 25 years ago. In 1993 Green Velvet launched Relief Records and since that time has been a constant presence in the industry.
When this very eccentric, green Mohawk wearing Green Velvet emerged, he sent shock waves throughout the House and Techno music scenes. Even today, more than 25 years later...it is difficult to go to any electronic music festival or set and not hear music from Green Velvet/Relief Records. Crowds everywhere sing along when notable hits like: Bigger than Prince, Flash, La La Land, Lazer Beams, Live Stream, Preacher Man, Shake and Pop, Sheeple, Suga, and Voicemail, are blasting across the airwaves.
JAUZ – the project of Sam Vogel, a 25 year old, LA-based icon collective graduate is one that combines brilliant production, energetic sets, and underground vibes that have captivated the hearts of the dance community. Hailing from the bay area, Vogel moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. In just one year, he went from an aspiring producer in the crowd of hard summer, to playing the main stage.
Jauz's release of the addictive mid-tempo original “Feel The Volume” earned him international recognition after its release on mad decent. Garnering support early on from the industry heavyweights like Zedd, Skrillex, Diplo, and others, Jauz quickly became a frequent on every major festival lineup. His euphoric originals and viral remixes seamlessly weave in and out of several musical categories.
It’s the tongue-in-cheek moniker that Grace Shaw gave herself early in her career as Mallrat, the best description the then 16-year-old could ascribe the bright, bouncy pop she made inspired by the likes of her rap heroes Allday, Drake and Kanye.
Smash cut to three years later and now when you say, “Mallrat,” you know exactly the vibe and sound we’re talking about. The 19-year-old is perfectly positioned to be Australia’s next big name in pop music and with the release of her second EP just around the corner via Dew Process and Nettwerk, stardom seems inevitable.
Then, towards the end of last year, she announced the next phase of her career with the sparkling single ‘Better.’ Praise was once again instantaneous and widespread, garnering write-ups from the of the New York Times, international radio play, and millions more streams. And as for Mallrat – well, she just wants to make music that you can relate to. “I hope that it makes someone feel more relaxed after a weird day and they can just feel calm. I think it’s amazing when music can make you feel something and I’ve tried to do that.”
RL Grime first came to prominence as a New York-based teenager delivering monster, viral remixes of Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa” and Kanye West’s “Mercy.” He established himself as a unique artist in his space with a striking monochromatic aesthetic, a series of animated music videos, and an annual Halloween mix. After solidifying his fanbase with a few highly-regarded EPs, RL Grime independently released his first studio album, “VOID,” in 2014. It premiered as the #1 Electronic album in the United States and remained in that position for a month.
At that point—with over 150 million plays, rave reviews and magazine covers, and sets at the biggest festivals in the world including Coachella & Lollapalooza—most artists would cash out. RL Grime stuck to his underground roots and limited his releases. His portfolio grew with an expanding list of collaborators that included Big Sean, Miguel, and Skrillex.
Since emerging as a producer and MC back in 2004, Skepta has become one of the most significant British artists working in music today. The Mercury Prize winner and BRIT Award nominee has built a broad and diverse audience through his enigmatically energetic live performance and era defining catalogue of hits. An inspirational icon of future facing fashion, Skepta’s enduring influence is felt throughout contemporary culture on a global scale.
Ignorance Is Bliss
Released via Skepta’s own Boy Better Know label, Ignorance Is Bliss is brilliantly uncompromising, authentic and unwavering in its desire to push boundaries and is set to go down as Skepta’s best album to date. Skepta takes the lead / sole producer role on the majority of the record alongside the likes of Ragz Originale, Ayo, IndigoChildRick and Trench, and collaborations with Nafe Smallz, Key, J Hus, Cheb Rabi & B Live, Lancey Foux, Lay Z & Wizkid and BBK.
Ignorance Is Bliss is the follow up to his era and genre-defining, UK gold certified 2016 album Konnichiwa, which won the coveted Mercury Music Prize and saw Skepta picking up awards and collaborating around the world, including multiple BRIT Awards nominations. From early UK pioneer to global icon, Skepta’s influence is felt throughout contemporary culture.
An electronic music project from Aussie producer Chris Emerson (better known by his stage name Emoh Instead), What So Not was founded in 2011 as a duo consisting of Emerson and Harley Edward Streten, the latter of whom operates under the nom de plume Flume. The duo issued a debut EP, 7 Dollar Bill, shortly after forming, and also began releasing remixes of artists like Major Lazer, Peking Duk, and Tom Piper. The year 2013 saw the release of a second EP, The Quack, which featured a collaboration with American rapper Action Bronson. Later that year, the single "High You Are [Branchez Remix]" arrived, followed by 2014's "Tell Me," a collaboration with RL Grime. Flume left the project in 2015, shortly before the release of the Gemini EP. The EP included the eponymous hit single, which featured Sydney-based singer and producer Jessica Higgs, better known as George Maple.
Another single, "Lone," dropped the following year. That track appeared on 2016's Divide & Conquer EP, which included collaborations with Kimbra and Rome Fortune as well as Maple. Instead reunited with Maple for that October's "Afterglow," a single by Australian rapper Tkay Maidza that also featured production work by Djemba Djemba. In late 2016, What So Not and Skrillex teamed up with Grime on the single "Waiting." After the release of the stand-alone single "Better" in 2017, What So Not began the rollout for his debut full-length. Arriving in early 2018, Not All the Beautiful Things featured appearances by familiar faces Skrillex ("Goh") and Rome Fortune ("Demons"), as well as an inspired roster of additional guests including Daniel Johns (Silverchair, the Dissociatives), Slumberjack, San Holo, and Toto.
16 Bit Lolitas claimed worldwide recognition with tracks like ‘Murder Weapon’, ‘Nobody Seems To Care’, ‘Sedna’ and remixes for the likes of Sander Kleinenberg and Armin van Buuren. Their productions are known for their patiently crafted, sophisticated sound, produced with emotion and care. The Bits & Pieces label represents tracks that create a spark upon the dance floor, delivering atmosphere as well as a killer pay-off. Next up on the label, is the new 16 Bit Lolitas E.P., ‘The Rise’ & ‘You Are An Astronaut’. Averaging 4 quality releases a year, the label lives up to the ‘quality over quantity’ rule.
Big Words are Melbourne’s very own best kept secret.Forming in 2010 through their mid teens, they have grown to develop a unmistakable sound that has swooned hearts around the world, following the release of their debut EP “Hollywood, a Beautiful Coincidence”. The five piece, lead by creative duo Will Scullin and Kieren Lee, have been doing nothing but the right things and continuing to do so.
Building a cult like following since the release of their debut EP, along with their breathtaking live show, the group has managed to clock over 3,000,000 streams on Spotify. Having singles like “The Answer” get featured on playlists such as Fresh Finds and Viral Hits. Having featured on festival bills around Victoria such as Beyond The Valley, Strawberry Fields, Ability Fest and Pitch Music & Arts, the band have continued to make every headline show a sell out following the debut release in late 2016.
Luminous amongst a bevy of globally accomplished artists, Melbourne born and now Los Angeles based RnB and soul artist China sparkles a genre-fused and highly commanding voice for the masses. Reminiscent of polished and contemporary features from the likes of Erykah Badu, Summer Walker and the late Amy Winehouse, China attains solid accolades while projecting a gleaming profile just under the radar. Crafting music from her long-standing love for jazz and old school hip hop, her debut tracks ‘Slow Sex’ and the latest ‘Trust’, prove there is no better time for the highly anticapted debut EP release from the smooth, yet edgy and alternative RnB artist. After sharing the stage with Tkay Maidza in 2018, China returns to Australia welcoming the summer with spots at Beyond The Valley and Wildlands festivals alongside Ella Mai, Lion Babe, Tyler The Creator and more.
Denis Sulta has rapidly emerged as one of the most exciting new prospects from the ever-fertile Glasgow scene. His unique sound has been carefully crafted having earned his stripes and a large part of his musical education and knowledge through working at the internationally renowned Rubadub record store, whilst holding down regular and ongoing sets at the world famous Sub Club.
When the history books open up, “Drip” will forever be associated with the meteoric and platinum rise of Gunna. Dubbed “The King of Drip” and pegged “to take over the rap world” by Interview, he generated over one billion cumulative streams and achieved one platinum and two gold certifications within a year. Now, he submerges the whole game in “Drip” on his 2019 full-length debut, Drip or Drown 2 [Young Stoner Life Records/300 Entertainment], and single “One Call.”
Born and raised in College Park, GA, he immediately gravitated towards innovative hip-hop from the likes of OutKast, Cam’Ron, and Future. Signed to YSL Records, he famously teamed up with label boss Young Thug and Travis Scott on “Floyd Mayweather” from 2016’s Jeffery. Shortly after, he dropped the seminal mixtape Drip Season. 2017 saw him serve up the sequel Drip Season 2 and Drip or Drown. He ascended to superstardom during 2018. Drip Season 3 put up unbelievable numbers, earned Drake’s fandom, and garnered looks from Rolling Stone, GQ, Vogue, Complex, and more. Not to mention, he joined forces with frequent collaborator Lil Baby for the collaborative Drip Harder, which bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200. The project yielded the platinum Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit “Drip Too Hard” and gold “Never Recover” [with Drake].
Now that Drip Season is underway, it’s never going to end.
Hailing from Sacramento, CA, artist Frank Lopes, who cultivated the moniker Hobo Johnson after being kicked out of his parents' house and left to live in his '94 Corolla, is propelling his way to the top. The half Azorean Portuguese, quarter Mexican and Native American vocalist built a grassroots following via viral homegrown style videos showcasing his singularity; an amalgamation of spoken word poetry, punk, folk and rap backed by his band The Lovemakers. Hobo’s momentum reached a tipping point after gaining feverish interest through his entry in NPR’s "Tiny Desk" Contest, which went viral(25 million streams to date) despite not winning. Bursting with unadulterated sincerity, his genre-defying sound feels akin to musical anomalies of the past and future. 2017 saw Hobo Johnson's self-released debut album The Rise of Hobo Johnson, selling out shows everywhere and amassing over 65 million cumulative U.S. streams.
Making an unmistakable mark on the circuit in the past couple of years, Human Movement’s signature blend of Garage, Houseand Techno has seen a swift trajectory to the forefront of home grown underground music. Recognised for a distinctive taste and talent, Human Movement’s sought after productions have seen acclaimed releases with both European and Aussie labels, with extensive radio support from BBC R1, Beats 1, triple j and RINSE FM. There’s no wonder why tastemakers like Joris Voorn, Richie Hawtin and Jacques Greene are jumping on board this runaway freight train. Having amassed a cult following, armed with unreleased material, fans are on the cusp an even more exciting new chapter for Human Movement.
Mystique, ambiguity, passion and brilliance lie behind the lyricism of Jacob Lee. At 24 years old, Jacob has reached over 100 Million Spotify Streams with no label, management or booking agent, independently touring parts of Europe, the UK and Australia.
As a young songwriter and entrepreneur, Jacob is soon to follow up on the success of his debut, 10 track album ‘Philosophy’ with his second self released full-length record ‘Conscience’.
Jordan's sets have been likened to nutri-grain bars....packed full of energy, super sweet, highly addictive and the world's hunger is evident, with the young iron kid not only crushing dancefloors around the country, but his original productions being pumped and bumped by the best all around the world.
With standout performances at Pitch Music & Arts, Beyond The Valley or opening for the likes of Patrick Topping, plus numerous original productions frequenting dance charts around the world it's quite evident the future is bright for Jordan as he begins his campaign to become one of Australia's most promising dance music exports.
Lastlings is the artistic output of sibling duo Amy Dowdle (19) & Josh Dowdle (25). Self taught musically, the Japanese-Australian pair has devoted the better part of four years to their craft, fine tuning their songwriting and production from their home in the hinterlands of Southern Queensland. Releasing two EPs to early acclaim, the duo found themselves having to make a choice between fulltime musical pursuit. Not content with occupying the crowded lane of dreamy electronic pop, Amy and Josh set out to create a live show built around the twin pillars of tension and euphoria. It was this live show that caught the attention of Australian electronic heavyweights RÜFÜS DU SOL.
After seeing Lastlings perform live, RÜFÜS signed the duo to their newly founded label ‘Rose Avenue’. They brought Amy and Josh to their house on Rose Avenue in Venice, California to start work on their debut album.
LION BABE is a New York bred funk and soul duo comprised of multidisciplinary artist Jillian Hervey and producer/DJ Lucas Goodman, (also known as Astro Raw.) The pair are known for their unique sound and look and associate themselves with the term 'futuristic nostalgia' to describe their genre.
The duo has been steadily rising, and have released one LP titled "Begin" (2016 with Universal) Featuring debut hit: Treat Me Like Fire along with "Wonder Woman" produced by Pharrell Williams & "Jump Hi" featuring Childish Gambino. They are known for their magnetic performances, both at intimate fashion and art parties as well as major festivals like Glastonbury and the main stage at Coachella.
"Cosmic Wind" is a record that showcases the bands growth as artists and musicians, and is rooted in themes of transformation and inevitable change.
Having just signed her last two tracks on Oliver Koletzki's Stil Vor Talent & with a mind for the melodic drive of techno and deep moods - Made in Paris remains in a league of her own, noted by copious media and industry tastemakers as one of country’s top underground DJ’s, producers and label curators. Dropping hints from her last two USA tours through to Australia’s Piknic Electronik, Pitch & Splendour In The Grass, the Sydney artist and record label curator depicts the blood of her work across the globe in her deep and dark production journey. The Made in Paris project has entrapped enthusiasts within the industry from Maceo Plex and Animal Trainer to Joseph Capriati’s techno allure, with a globally acclaimed Mixmag, BBC Radio 1 and her most recent Triple J Mix Up Residency.
Melbourne-born & Byron-bred, Mady Mooda is a pocket rocket tech house DJ & producer. Having featured on festivals such as Falls Festival & Splendour In The Grass and sharing the same stage with artists like Solardo, Kölsch, and Claptone, Mady Mooda has returned to Melbourne with a repertoire of releases climbing the ARIA Club Charts.
Motez’ soundscape pushes the boundaries of your regular house producer, going way back before he was making wholesome, wall-to-wall club cuts and rocking festivals stages. His classical piano know how and clear influences of the 90’s allows him to flex his skills and musical-taste across all of his releases, chalking up six Hype Machine #1s, an ARIA Gold single and dropping official remixes for Disclosure, Sam Smith, Goldlinkand Ellie Goulding. Motez has joined Diplo & Friends, Beats1 Radio and triple j Mix Up Exclusives to lay down his favorite selections.
Hailing from Perth, the epicentre of the Australasian drum and bass scene, ShockOne aka Karl Thomas is fast becoming one of bass music’s major talents. Since the release of ‘The ShockOne EP’ in 2009, which featured the chart topping ‘Polygon’, ShockOne has been one of the hottest names in the scene.The year of the apocalypse saw ShockOne tour extensively with two sellout solo tours of Australia, constant sold out shows throughout Europe as well as headlining slots at festivals.
2013 saw ShockOne release his groundbreaking debut LP ‘Universus’ to critical acclaim.the album showcases the wide ranging musical expertise of ShockOne taking the listener on a multi-genre odyssey all the way from the big bang. Universus hit the number 1 spot on the Australian ARIA albums chart and the iTunes chart within its first week of release, solidifying Shockone’s reputation as Australia’s premier bass music producer.
Shoreline Mafia isn’t a rap group— it’s family. For OhGeesy, Rob Vicious, Fenix Flexin and Master Kato , hip-hop follows an organic friendship from their native Los Angeles. The group’s inception happened when OhGeesy and Fenix linked through MySpace in 2012 while doing graffiti in high school. After recording one song, they clicked and immediately founded Shoreline Mafia.
Willaris. K is thrilled to share double A-side "Natural Selection / Cobaki Sky (Prequel)", drawing comparisons to experimental masters Brian Eno and William Basinski alongside techno peers Jon Hopkins, Kiasmos and Sasha. The 2-tracker is the follow up to his debut EP 'Alchemy', a 7-track mini album that moves between thick industrial techno and sparse pensive melodic moments. The EP saw Willaris. K break through with airplay on triple j, with single ‘Dour Nights’ named by BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong as his Essential New Tune.
Exploring themes of transience, movement, darkness and currents, Willaris. K's latest output captures the period of time where McAllister went from being an electrical instrument technician working the state border substations by day and bedroom producer by night to a full-time piano-trained musician, songwriter, producer, sound designer and experimental field recordist.
In 2017-18 McAllister played an unrivalled number of festival shows in Australia and NZ with over 25 live sets brimming with his trademark punk-influenced stage presence - all ahead of his international debut at Coachella this past April and two sold out Australian headline tours, moving into 1,000 cap venues for the first time. An unpredictable auteur, we're excited to watch Willaris. K's progression unfold.
YBN Cordae recognizes, respects, and reveres the verbal potential for unity. Acrobatic raps, cinematic wordplay, and nimble rhymes cement the Maryland-raised and Los Angeles-based MC as a consummate 21st century storyteller. This status would be affirmed by 200 million streams and a place at the forefront of hip-hop’s modern vanguard as a 2019 XXL “Freshman Class”. He employs the full power of language on his full-length debut, The Lost Boy.
Cordae’s debut single “Kung Fu” popped off with 77 million Spotify streams in less than 12 months. Pegged “one of music’s most promising rising stars” by The Wall Street Journal and touted on Complex’s “The Best New Artists of 2018,” he landed on “Artist to Watch” lists from Amazon Music, New York Times, Billboard, iHeart Radio, and VEVO DSCVR.
Along the way, he recorded what would become his conceptual opus The Lost Boy. Everything set the stage for a major mainstream breakthrough in 2019.