The 20 Most Exciting Artists For 2020
Sicaria Sound are one of the most exciting prospects in the world of bass and 140BPM music right now. The south London-based duo – comprised of Imbratura Lou and Ndeko Sancha – are sharply rising selectors. If you haven’t seen their now-legendary Boiler Room Bass & Percs set, you should give it a spin immediately.
The pair met at university, bonding over a shared love of bass at nights like Deep Medi and Vivek’s SYSTEM, and have fused their personal tastes, combining Imbratura’s love of grime and dancehall to Ndeko’s foundations in roots and sound system culture into something exciting. Now mainstays on Mala’s Deep Medi label (they’re its resident DJs) while securing spots at Outlook festival and Fabric, Sicaria Sound have firmly established themselves at the forefront of new, exciting bass sounds, while paying homage to classic cuts of the past. Ahead of a show at Patterns with Fauzia next week, the duo get their teeth into their favourite reworks of 140BPM tunes.
1. SkintDisco – ‘Uno Bish (Glume & Phossa Remix)’
“Fellow duo Glume & Phossa never disappoint at the controls. They brought that extra weight to a track that was already seriously flavoursome, with chopped up vocals forming the highlight of both SkintDisco’s brainchild as well as this remix.”
2. Drone – ‘Horror (Boofy Remix)’
“Showcasing a fusion of two of Bristol’s best, this one recently dropped on the label that Boofy co-heads. Each and every release from Sector 7 goes in and this track is no exception.”
3. Dotworks – ‘Earthquake (Gnischrew Remix)’
“Gnischrew has been flying the flag for the bass-focused scene in Vienna for a while now, and this one off his Subaudio Records imprint does not disappoint. One that delivers an extra hit on the right sound systems.”
4. Samba – ‘Sadist (Chokez Remix)’
“A formidable pairing, both Samba and Chokez’s unique flair shines through one of several crucial tracks they’ve collaborated on. With a melody haunting enough to send chills down your spine, Ndeko refers to this track as one of her personal favourites.”
5. Hebbe – ‘Mad Hatter (Headland Remix)’
“This one’s an anthem without a shadow of a doubt. Caught these two b2b at a System night earlier on in the year sending seismic waves through the warehouse structure as they played. Two seriously heavyweight producers right here.”
6. Glacci – ‘XTC Sunstroke (Doctor Jeep Remix)’
“Whenever Doctor Jeep lends his energy to 140, his tracks pack a punch. We love the new melody on this version – it didn’t leave the USBs this summer and was one of Imbratura’s favourite blenders for the season.”
7. Bimma – ‘Prism (Murder He Wrote Remix)’
“Wobs for days. Nothing more need be said.”
8. Saule – ‘Cure Dem (J:Kenzo Remix)’
“Every single one of Saule’s productions slaps. Facts. J:Kenzo taking on this remix a couple of years later provided another chance for such a fire tune to get worked up in the dance once again.”
9. Goosensei – ‘Rise to Dub (Krytikal Remix)’
“Coming in at just under 140BPM, we love the energy this one packs in the dance as a breaksy roller fused with 2-step drums which pay beautiful homage to the earlier influences on dubstep.”
10. Leftlow – ‘Cluedub (Skeptical Remix)’
“From the minute we caught wind of these two and the music they were making, we loved what we were hearing. The legendary Skeptical delves into the 140 world resulting in a remix that’s both dark and delightful.”
Find tickets to Sicaria Sound’s show at Brighton’s Patterns on November 1st here.