The 10 Best Politically-Charged Tracks, according to Orbital

From the late ’80s onwards, electronic pioneers Orbital have consistently used their music to pose political questions and examine the status quo. From being outspoken about environmental issues and the man-made destruction of our planet, their impactful history has also seen brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll tackling topics like genetic engineering and, more recently, Brexit.

The visuals for last year’s single, ‘P.H.U.K.’, interspersed footage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding with images of poverty and protests, but the single itself – using a two-fold structure – was designed to mirror the split of the UK as a result of the referendum, according to the techno giants. The name of their last album, ‘Monsters Exist’, was aimed directly at the politicians at the forefront of the recent shifts in global politics.

Having recently dropped a stellar remix of Plaid‘s ‘Maru’, Orbital are set to make an appearance at a host of festivals this year. In anticipation of this, the brothers go 50:50 and name their favourite tracks from history that have been driven by some form of political agenda.

PHIL HARTNOLL:
1. Sex Pistols – ‘God Save The Queen’

“I was pogo-ing all over the place when I heard this track. I was thirteen and it summed up everything I was thinking about the current state of the UK at that time. I latched onto the punk ideology and was totally blown away the following year when I joined the ‘Rock against Racism’ march to Victoria Park which culminated in a free concert with bands playing such as The Clash, Steel Pulse, XRay specs, Tom Robinson Band. Doesn’t get much better than that for 14-year-old Phil!”

2. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – ‘Two Tribes’

“Fantastic track for me, I had progressed into the world of synthesisers – the only place really at the time to hear dancefloor electronic music was in places like Heaven in London. FGTH took the disco electronic sound and pumped it full of messages and taboo subjects at that time. This is my favourite – mocking the two great superpowers – fighting in a wrestling ring. Brilliant message and equally brilliant video.”

3. Manic Street Preachers – ‘If You Tolerate This’

“My all-time favourite MSP song. I had three young children at this time, so I think this song really hit home. The song says it all.”

4. Pixies – ‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’

“Song about the hole in the ozone and how we are all going to die – boom.”

5. The Specials – ‘Ghost Town’

“Brilliant track that I identified with and knew exactly what they were singing about. The desperate times – the first things to go are the clubs, then the people move on to find work and this is what we are left with, not good if you are still living there as a teenager.”

PAUL HARTNOLL:
6. Crass – ‘Bata Motel’

“From the ‘Penis Envy’ album – a concept album about feminism. This song/album opened my eyes to feminism and sexism in a way I hadn’t seen or imagined growing up in the small industrial Kentish village of Dunton Green.”

7. Flux of Pink Indians – ‘Sick Butchers’

“Another favourite anarcho-punk record, this one is about the meat industry and the way we thoughtlessly consume animals. Now, I’m not saying humans shouldn’t eat flesh but we should at least have some respect for it, like having the guts to kill and prepare it for ourselves. I listened to this again last night after years of not hearing it and it still brings a tear to my eye. The last line was the real deal-breaker for me at the time when I was 15: ‘You try to stroke me in a field then go home and eat me as your meal.’ I’m still a vegetarian 35 years later…”

8. Tim Minchin – ‘Come Home (Cardinal Pell)’

“I heard this recently while I was in Australia while the Cardinal Pell business was going on, I love the way Tim intelligently confronts the church in this personal message to George Pell, to come home and face the music.”

9. Autechre – ‘Flutter’

“As far as I know, the most politically-charged protest song with absolutely no lyrics at all! This was Autechre’s response to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act [of 1994], which included the banning of repetitive beats in a public place (Google it, it’s unbelievable). No two bars are the same and it would have technically been possible to play in public despite the new law.”

10. Mark Stewart – ‘As the Veneer of Democracy Starts To Fade’

“1985: the Thatcher era is in full swing, the surveillance era is beginning, we were standing on the frontier of the digital age. This is the soundtrack to the times and a signpost to the future. A warning and a brutalist anthem to a dystopian future.”

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The 10 Best After-Party Tracks, according to Noah Souder-Russo

Sometimes the after-party is where it’s really at, and no-one knows this more than New York native Noah Souder-Russo. Earlier this year he released his debut album, ‘Therapy Is Expensive’, a record that painted a portrait of his home city and served as an ode to its streets or, in his words, “a manifestation of a moment that is stagnant yet constantly in flux – the way it feels in this city sometimes, at least for some.” A richly textured album, it flits between jazz drums and broken beat.

Below, Souder-Russo has shared his ten favourite tracks to play after the party’s over.

1. Blackstar – ‘Respiration ft. Common’

“‘Escuchala la ciudad respirando‘. This is my favourite song from an iconic album on one of the most important hip-hop labels in the ’90s – Rawkus. Three of the best lyricists waxing poetic on the politics of their urban environment. I ran to fat beats the day this album dropped. If you grew up in NYC in the ’90s, you know. Lyrics still ring true today.”

2. Shaun Escoffery – ‘Days Like This (DJ Spinna & Ticklah Remix)’

“This Spinna & Ticklah mix is sooo good. It evokes the feelings/sights/smells of summer time in NYC; diverse smiling faces, the smell of BBQ, humid ass daytime public park dancefloors.”

3. Donell Jones – ‘Where I Wanna Be’

“I used to close DJ sets with this leaving the crowd either extremely confused and turned off or wet. This one reminds me of listening to Hot 97 growing up.”

4. Operation Ivy – ‘Sound System’

“My dad used to take me to CBGBs when I was a kid. He would hang in the back with earplugs. I remember going to see Operation Ivy and getting dropped on my head crowd surfing. This was before Instagram.”

5. Gil Scott-Heron – ‘Winter in America’

“40 years later, we still look to Gil.”

6. Inner City – ‘Big Fun (The Classic Magic Juan Remake)’

“When I first started DJing, this record used to be my go to whenever I felt like the room wasn’t responding well to what I was playing. Still bangs.”

7. Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe – ‘El Dia De Suerte’

“This record reminds me of my corner bodega before they turned the bodega into an electronics store then into a smoke shop then back to a cleaner bodega. IDK what happened to the cat.”

8. Nas – ‘Nas Is Like’

“Nas x Preemo. What else can you say really? I’ll be rapping this one line by line for my robot grandchildren one day.”

9. Mr. Fingers – ‘What About This Love’

“I heard this before I knew about Larry Heard. It was blasting from a parked car and I think I was skating somewhere and just stopped dead in my tracks. It wasn’t until a few years later that I understood the importance of this man. TIMELESS.”

10. Bonnie Raitt & John Prine – ‘Angels From Montgomery’

“Originally written by John Prine and covered by many, this version is the one for me. My mom is a huge Bonnie Raitt fan so she raised me on her. I have trouble holding it together when this comes on so I try and only listen in the comfort of my home.”

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The 10 Best Warp Albums, according to Plaid

Now approaching its 30th anniversary, Warp Records is the label that should need zero introduction. Ed Handley and Andy Turner, aka Plaid, have been some of the imprint’s most solid mainstays, since departing from The Black Dog trio in the ’90s. Over the years since they’ve contributed their hyper-intelligent, time signature skipping and warm electronica towards full-lengths on the label, collaborating with the likes of Björk and many others in the process.

‘Polymer’ marks the tenth LP by the ever-innovative pair, and wears emotion boldly on its sleeve, dancing between blissful euphoria and the more mechanical cuts, bearing the textural samples that the duo are known for peppering their productions with. As key players in the storied history of Warp, the pair have chosen their all-time favourite LPs on the label which, let’s be honest, can be no easy task…

1. LFO – ‘Frequencies’

“This track was one of the key defining moments for the label. A massive dance tune that’s still being played out. We remember Rob Mitchell (Warp’s co-founder) talking about the mastering session. And how Mark and Gez knew they’d got the mix right when the studio windows started to rattle.”

2. Boards Of Canada – ‘Music Has The Right To Children’

“A beautiful album throughout. Boards Of Canada are perfectionists, everything always sounds so warm, rich and detailed. The title spells out the hues of a rainbow which seems to sum up their often melancholic sound as does the track.”

3. Aphex Twin – ‘…I Care Because You Do’

“This largely-overlooked Warp artist often writes very technical energetic music but it’s his ear for melody that attracts us to his work. The emotive quality of this piece especially. Richard will get the attention he deserves at some point we hope.”

4. Autechre – ‘Amber’

“Having moved largely into generative music of late which, although interesting academically, sometimes lacks warmth, Rob and Shaun’s earlier work resonated hearts as well as minds. ‘Nine’ is a superb work, rich portamento tones arpeggiate playfully over a warm chord sequence.”

5. Squarepusher – ‘Hard Normal Daddy’

“It’s bad form to allow personality to affect your opinion of a person’s work but having travelled the US playing shows with Tom it’s now difficult to uncouple his creations from the man. He’s proper. One of the best bass players in the world, he just blew up after his first releases. Since we’re confined to albums here we’ve chosen this to represent his early energy and spirit.”

6. Nightmares On Wax – ‘A Word Of Science’

“George is known more for the superb funk he’s put out over the years but this is the track that drew us to him in the late ’80s and it still rocks 30 years later. Another classic from the label, its longevity shows the clear vision of their early ANR. They helped forge a new sound with releases like this.”

7. Mira Calix – ‘One On One’

“This has a relentless droning power, always ahead of its time. Combining strings with her distinctive and original beat production.”

8. Broadcast – ‘The Noise Made People’

“Warp soon branched out from electronica to embrace other styles . Broadcast were an amazing signing who we were lucky to tour with. We fell in love with them and their psychedelic ’60s style. This track is a fine example of their output, its gentle strength and restrained optimism provides the backing for Trish’s magical vocal charm.”

9. Luke Vibert – ‘YosepH’

“Luke signed to Warp for this one album only but he’s one of the most prolific of our peers. His work has an amazing flow and musicality. If it wasn’t already apparent from his output and DJ sets, this classic expresses his feelings for the Roland TB303 and the genre it spawned.“

10. Bibio – ‘Saint Thomas’

“This is just a total beauty, a delicately complex mixture with hints of jazz and minimalism.”

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The 10 Best Portuguese Rap Tracks, according to Holly

Lodged at the epicentre of Portugal’s burgeoning hip-hop scene, producer/DJ Holly is one of a crop of rising stars pioneering individuality within a tight scene. Having scooped A-Trak’s Goldie Award in 2017, Holly has been firing out releases at a rapid rate, while gaining support from a host of huge industry names in the process.

His latest four-tracked ‘Avenal 2500’ EP slots bumping hip-hop cuts (tapping up Portuguese rapper Slow J) next to textural club sounds, reflecting his Portuguese roots and home just north of Lisbon in the process. Below, he’s run us through the ten Portuguese rap cuts that he won’t hesitate to replay.

1. Allen Halloween – ‘Dia de um dread de 16 anos’

“I love this song because it’s scary, dark, real, and funny. It’s a great song about how hard it is to live in the toughest areas of Portugal. I grew up in a very peaceful neighbourhood and my family always gave me everything I needed, so when I heard this track for the first time back in 2011, I was super shocked by some of the things that Allen discussed and by the way he portrayed his personal reality. We actually ended up working on a song together two years ago. It was such a special opportunity to me to be able to work with him, especially because of the impact that he had on my adolescence.”

2. Orelha Negra – ‘Solteiro feat Sam the Kid, Regula, Heber & Roulet Rmx’

“It’s still hard for me to believe how futuristic and well-produced this song is (shout out Roulet!). STK and Regula have a great performance in this song too which is, in my opinion, one of the best rap duos in Portugal. This song discusses two different perspectives about being single and it was a total anthem when I was a teenager. I still listen to this sometimes and get goosebumps!”

3. Sam The Kid – ‘Juventude é Mentalidade’

“I used to listen to this song every day when I was about 16/17. This was a time when I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life and I was very scared and confused about my future, so this song really helped put my mind in a better place and be optimistic about the future! It’s an anthem to stay forever young and focus on making the best art you can.”

4. Valete – ‘Anti Herói’

“Valete is a legend in hip-hop tuga [Portuguese hip-hop] and he is the best one in the scene criticising the politics, government and the state of the country and keeping it funny at the same time. The first time I heard this song I was thirteen and it was very hard to understand the message but nowadays I find it genius. Another song from Valete that is super important for the culture in Portugal is ‘Roleta Russa’ but I believe ‘Anti Herói’ has a more important message for this article (people that know ‘Roleta Russa’ will understand, haha).

5. Mind da Gap – ‘Todos Gordos’

“Mind da Gap were some of the best artists representing the North rap culture scene in Portugal and their production was always super fresh. I remember that this was one of the first rap songs from Portugal that I heard and I got obsessed with this beat. When I was younger, it was hard to understand some of the messages in hip-hop, but the beats and the instrumentals were always super interesting and fascinating to me. This was definitely one of those songs for me.”

6. Dealema – ‘Nada dura para sempre’

“Dealema is another legendary rap group from the north of Portugal and was also a great influence on me in my early days when I started getting into rap music. This music has been just a big reality check in my life. It talks about how things don’t last forever and to enjoy every moment while we’re here (carpe diem!) Sometimes we take things for granted, so this is a great song to listen to and feel blessed about everything we have in the present.”

7. Vulkano – ‘Almada Fiel Suel’

“I still almost cry listening to this song… I found it through the skate movie ‘3’ made by Rui Serrão which is just one of the best skate videos ever made in Portugal. This song is super important to me because it was one of the first songs making the bridge between the skate scene and the rap scene in Portugal (at least for me). My love for rap music started basically from soundtracks of skate movies that I used to watch back in the day, and this one was super special for me.”

8. Sam The Kid, Xeg, Regula & Valete – ‘Mais Pesados da Capital’

“Legendary track. STK, Xeg, Regula and Valete are some of the best and most impactful rappers to ever exist in Portugal so it’s crazy to see their energy together in a record like this. They all killed their verses here and I wish there were more collaborations like this in hip-hop tuga! I saw them performing this track live when I was 17 and it was a legendary moment.”

9. Da Weasel – ‘Mundos Mudos’

“”Legendary track, legendary concept. Da Weasel is a group from Margem Sul and they played an extremely important in the story of rap in Portugal. I worked with Carlão (from Da Weasel) last year on his new album and it was a huge pleasure for me to work with someone that I used to look up to a lot when I was younger.”

10. Black Company – ‘Nao Sabe Nadar’

“One of the first rap songs ever made in Portugal! This song opened a lot of doors to the acceptance of rap music in Portugal and also for my generation to do what we do nowadays. I think it’s super important to respect groups like Black Company and other rappers that brought hip-hop culture to Portugal because they are a big reason for things being so easy for my generation nowadays.”

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The 10 Best Self-Produced Tracks, according to NIKI

Artists who produce their own music operate on another level to those who’ve only sharpened one skill, occupying the same god-tier of the likes of Björk, Kanye and Wiley. Jakarta-born, LA-based NIKI is one of these multidisciplinarians – the 88rising-signed R&B artist writes, records and produces all her own material, spinning herself cult status in the process.

Having just dropped her ‘wanna take this downtown?’ EP, which finds her assigning her characteristically silky yet powerful sound across four tracks, the 20-year-old is helping shape the sound of modern pop. Written after a dark period in her life, following the tragic sickness and death of her mother from cancer, the record draws out raw emotion and came to be a means of escapism for her. Below, NIKI runs us through her ten favourite self-produced tracks, from tear-jerking cuts to teenage gems.

1. James Blake – ‘Are You In Love?’

“It goes without saying that James Blake is one of this generation’s most iconic producers. This track from his latest album ‘Assume Form’ brought me to tears (as did every other track, if we’re being honest). I loved how the arpeggiated synth immediately comes in big, not adhered to any grid or click or timing. It just flows free, mirroring the subject in question – love. It is never bound to any rules, thus the music reflects that sentiment while Blake hits you with convicting one-liners drenched in otherworldly vocals, making your eyes leak a little.”

2. Maggie Rogers – ‘Fallingwater’

“Maggie Rogers is the definition of raw and organic. She seems to write from a truly intuitive, visceral place. I was an instant fan after “Alaska”, but my love and admiration for her really solidified itself upon finding out that she, too, self-produces. She is eloquence personified, a distinguished artist brimming with a clear and individual sound. It’s that ‘70s, vintage vocal tone and delivery coupled with an unexpected dance element in her production that puts one in a trance you don’t want to ever get out of.”

3. King Princess – ‘Upper West Side’

“She had me right off the bat with ‘1950’, but when I heard this song off her EP, King Princess became a household name for me. Her storytelling ability is so effortlessly immersive, her melodies are authentic and her lyrics are bona fide. You can’t listen to a King Princess song without thinking, ‘Yep. She wrote that for sure.’ When I heard the first line I immediately felt like I was strolling down the streets of Brooklyn with my hands in my pockets, contemplating the whereabouts of an imaginary ex. We can always pretend, right?”

4. Oh Wonder – ‘Plans’

“Oh Wonder really encapsulates my late teens. Their debut album was all I listened to my sophomore year of high school and this song specifically truly inspired me to start producing music of my own. I really resonated with that post-modern R&B, indie chill-step vibe as a blossoming wallflower. It was eye-opening to discover that there was a sub-genre of music that was chill and laid-back, yet made a statement all at once.”

5. The Japanese House – ‘Lilo’

“Amber Bain is a pure visionary. ‘Lilo’ is my personal favourite, the sound choices were spot on and carried the melody exactly how I feel like it should have. Her voice set against the backdrop of reverb-y, ambient pads and distinctive harmonies that are occasionally chopped into staccato pockets of sound really bring you to whole a new dimension.”

6. HONNE – ‘Location Unknown ft. Georgia’

“This is by far my favourite HONNE song. Production-wise, it is an absolute dream. I’m immediately put into an escapist state-of-mind any time I hear the intro. It feels as though I’m preparing to leave one place to go to another, which is what the whole song is about! The samples and sound choices (i.e. the silky guitar, the syncopated synth that pans left and right, the noisy drone pad underneath) are all tasteful and textural. They compliment one another effortlessly while letting your mind wander into a synaesthetic, engine-starting state.”

7. Chloe x Halle – ‘Happy Without Me (ft. Joey Bada$$)’

“Chloe x Halle are the future. Being this young in the game already producing their own music is not only precocious, but also inspiring to me as a young producer myself. The noisy E-piano intro contrasts the sparse and minimal 808-laden verses beautifully. I think that production really makes or breaks a song’s essence, and for me, this is right on the money for what the song tries to communicate.”

8. Bruno Major – ‘Fair-Weathered Friend’

“Bruno Major is a modern jazz icon. Everything he does sounds so fluid and easy, yet is undeniably substantiated with musical ingenuity. His vocals are butter, his chord choices tastefully complex, his kick drums so perfectly round and punchy that it meets all of your modern-day low-end needs. More often than not I’ll turn to his music for inspiration, or simply just to feel expensive, really.”

9. H.E.R. – ‘I Won’t’

“H.E.R.’s music honestly kickstarted my producing career. I was 17 in high school listening to ‘Losing’ for the first time, contemplating how many cool kid points I’d get if I could just produce songs like that. I remember discovering ‘I Won’t’ shortly thereafter, thinking how it just exudes grace and effortlessness. The piano-driven beat is sultry and sensual, with a memorable snare that’s layered with a reverb-y, pitched sample. A short couple of years later, this woman is now a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer. I mean, #GRLPWR or what?”

10. Toro y Moi – ‘Monte Carlo ft. WET)’

“This track came to my knowledge by total chance. It was one of those accidental Spotify radio shuffle discoveries while you’re in the shower, so you scramble to grab your phone dripping wet only to save the track immediately. I love this track specifically because it could easily be either a WET track, or a Toro y Moi track. They marry their styles together so well, it’s truly the crossover you never knew you needed.”

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The 10 Best Irish House Anthems, according to Sally C

Though she’s moved around quite a bit, Sally C always stays true to her roots in her native Ireland. After moving up north and getting involved in the Scottish scene, Sally parachuted into Berlin’s techno market in 2015, gracing clubs like Renate, Else and Griessmühle with her brand of raw, timeless club sounds that draw on cuts from the ’80s and ’90s. It was in the German capital, strangely enough, that she met fellow Irish spinners Or:la, Cromby and Brame & Hamo – coming to throw her coveted Waffles parties alongside the latter two.

A voracious crate-digger, Sally C is one to uncover second-hand vinyl cuts to drop into her ever-evolving sound that encompasses hip-house, Chicago house and acid. Having just exhibited her skills at AVA festival in Belfast, below she’s picked out the best of the best house jams that Ireland has produced.

1. Or:la – ‘Wendy Wild’

“Or:la is one of Ireland’s most interesting and talented artists. She’s probably one of my favourite DJs and her productions are so genius. This is one of my favourite of her records – it’s weird, breaky, and brilliant. It soothes and lures you in carrying strange vocals which I’m a sucker for then it takes you on a mad journey of dark atmospheric beats and bouncy rhythms.”

2. Cromby – ‘Psychoactive Strawberries’

“This is without a doubt my favourite track from the one and one and only Cromby. His productions have evolved and matured so much in the last few years and this tune is an absolute testament to this. It’s an acid puncher with a ridiculous bassline and an extremely emotional synth lead halfway through which gets me very time. I love mixing it for ages with the mids right up on other tracks, it sounds so fucking good.”

3. Kojaque – ‘Eviction Notice (ft. Kean Kavanagh)’

Kojaque’s music came into my life last year and I’m so grateful and inspired by this young man’s work. Steering out of dance music for this one, it’s an emotional R&B love song with powerful lyrics by the two Soft Boys at the forefront of Ireland’s hip-hop scene. Kojaque and Kean Kavanagh are the geniuses behind Soft Boy Records. GET TO KNOW.”

4. ELLLL – ‘Febreeze’

“ELLLL is a producer from Cork, who is also based in Berlin. Her productions are full of experimental, atmospheric and breaky sounds. She’s a very interesting artist and this track will take you through a spooky utopian feel with raw breaks.”

5. Cailín – ‘First Taste’

“Cailín’s ‘First Taste’ is one of Ireland’s hidden gems. It’s a euphoric house banger with some lovely saturated drums, trance melodies and haunting vocal hits. That kick drum is an absolute beast.”

6. Brame & Hamo – ‘Limewire’

“Brame & Hamo are Ireland’s favourite dance music duo. They have been relentlessly releasing the highest quality productions for the past five years, more recently on their own Brame & Hamo label which has blown up. ‘Limewire’ is a very special record, it’s a nostalgic piano house house track which fills you right up with all the emotions. When you hear it on the dancefloor in the heat of a set it almost fills your eyes and I’m so happy to see it get the recognition it deserves.”

7. Bobby Analog – ‘Dr In The House’

“Big Bobby! Seamless productions and sets from this amazing artist. This one is so class, it’s a disco roller with a lovely vocal. Most new disco tracks are ‘disco bangers’ which this has elements of but it’s so much more than that. It’s more of a progressive disco banger, if that makes sense. It rolls through lovely drums, vocal samples and string sections.”

8. Or:la – ‘BWUW’

“Obviously slotting in another Or:la special. This one’s my favourite of hers. It’s warm, punchy, rolling and emotional all at the same time. I feel like her sets are very much similar to that description. She specialises in rhythms that really get you moving, her drums are always completely on point and ready for the dancefloor. Hats off to you Or:la, you’re one of Ireland’s finest gems.”

9. Kettama – ‘Body’

“Not a set goes by where I don’t rinse about four of Kettama’s bangers. His productions are literally right up my street and I was so buzzing when I discovered his music. I’m all about the weird old vocals which he captures so well in his music. He’s so young with so much talent and I’m really excited for him. He’s going to go far. ‘Body’ is a ridiculously good track with a class vocal, hard punchy rolling drums with a hint of breaks throughout. Play this tune on any dancefloor and it will erupt.”

10. Hammer – ‘Kee Tha Tha’

“Hammer is a powerful force in Irish dance music and I’ve been behind his productions from the start. He’s an incredible artist and class DJ. This is maybe one of his lesser-known tunes but one of my favourites. I always play it a little sped-up in sets and it grooves. It’s a rework of the original by Five Letters with an Italo feel, funky groove and a class vocal.”

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The 10 Best Electronic Tracks For Every Modern Mood, according to Morgan Hislop

There’s currently something of a trend for streaming playlists tailored to suit a particular activity – especially if you’re in need of some lo-fi hip-hop beats to study/relax to – but less so for moods we all experience in the modern world. Producer, visual artist and DJ Morgan Hislop has just released ‘Umbra’ following his excellent ‘Watch As My Ceramics Crumble‘ EP, a club-focused weapon that matches Hislop’s acclaimed sonic pallette with a fun-loving sensibility, coming complete with a DJ Earl 160BPM rework on the flip.

Fresh from sharing this new club tool with the world, Hislop is now sharing the ten tracks that complement a specific modern mood. “This list compiles a scrapbook of tracks that relate to moods that are all too familiar to me,” he says. “These might not be the most obvious of moods, but I’m guessing people can relate to most of them.

“Though super eclectic, this range of tracks all share similarities with vibrancy, energy and an unpredictable nature; which I always try to convey with my sets. It’s also something I’ve been exercising with the new regular slot on Reprezent; to not get caught up on thinking about genres, and instead ride on a particular mood and how it feels and what it might trigger in someone’s mind.”

1. TEARS IN THE CLUB: salute – ‘All About U’

“Fairly recently I discovered producer salute – he’s been putting out a string of singles this year that have all been fire. Sombre club jams are something I always warm to, a single tear on the dancefloor, and this is no exception, those vocal samples are haunting and delicate.”

2. EUPHORIC: Househead Samira – ‘Arco Iris’

“‘Arco Iris’ is the latest track from Moveltraxx artist Househead Samira – this is just dizzyingly fun, a regular track in my club sets lately. An ego-less track that encourages you to lose yourself, turn it up loud and smile.”

3. WAVEY: Sim Hutchins – ‘Like Herding Cats’

“Sim Hutchins has been putting out some incredible releases the last couple of years, and his attention to the visual side of the project resonates heavily with me. This is my favourite of his, it’s all skewed and angular, but there’s a real bump there, with the key stabs sounding like they are losing their balance over each other. ‘Like Herding Cats’, to me, is perfectly summed up by the *drunk emoji* in the best possible way.”

4. WISTFUL: D33J feat. Deedorian – ‘Spark’

“A firm favourite with the pop/R&B show I do with Limited Health on Rinse FM – this one by WEDIDIT affiliate D33J – and consistently perfect guest vocalist Deedorian – sounds so bittersweet and forlorn. Listen while staring out at the rain hitting the window. This one gives me all the melancholy feels.”

5. BLISSED OUT: Lapti & Nocow – ‘Sirenas’

“This song is drenched in heat. It sounds scorched and burnt already. In a perfect world I would open every DJ set with this track for eternity. For the art installation I exhibited at Tate Britain in December last year I had this track playing subconsciously in the back of my mind when putting together all the slow-mo video pieces, it’s totally otherworldly.”

6. AGGY BUT CUTE: Crookers – ‘Scopare (Morgan Hislop Remix)’

“This was a recent remix I did for Moveltraxx’s Street Bangers comp series. I chopped the vocals up and shifted the pitch right up, the result is a snarling yet weirdly adorable choppy vocal hook. In itself it’s a bit of a juxtaposition but we’ve all felt kinda cute when angry right? No?”

7. COMING UP: O’Flynn – ‘Siberian Goose Down’

“This ominous banger feels like a rush of blood to the head. The trancey synth filters up and up and you can feel your heart beating faster. The big drums are an adrenaline shot and; for anyone that knows the music I make myself; the whoops and screams throughout are something I’m immediately drawn to.”

8. LONG JOURNEY: Taeko Ohnuki – ‘Sargasso Sea’

“Another track I could potentially start every set with. This album track from Japanese singer Taeko Ohnuki’s 1977 record ‘Sunshower’ has a real adventurous and dramatic tone to it. It’s exciting and builds and bubbles. I want to drive to this and look at incredible scenery and bask in how epic this song grows to become. An unforgettable and unique piece of music.”

9. NOSTALGIC: Yasmin – ‘On My Own (Burns Remix)’

“This was released back in 2011 at the tail end of the Blog House buzz. I’m always keen in revisiting forgotten corners of my iTunes from different movements and seeing if songs could stand up in sets today. I enjoy being quite retrospective rather than dismissive of music that I must have found exciting when I was younger. Every time I’ve played this out someone has come up to me after and asked me what it is – I feel the big drums in it fit in with UK styles today, but the organ chords sound quite timeless. It’s been a solid part of my sets for years now.”

10. BIG MOOD: Seiho – ‘I Feel Tired Everyday (Weekend Version)’

“The track title says it all. I am ALWAYS exhausted! One can relate! Ever since catching a live set from Seiho at a Maltine Records showcase at Birthdays (RIP) I’ve been checking in to see what they are up to with their music. Their back catalogue feels like a metamorphosis of different styles but it’s always so vivid and bathed in obvious hardware sounds – which I really love. This one is just a great summer bop, for fans of someone like Lone.”

Listen to Morgan Hislop’s ‘Umbra’:

Morgan plays a release party for ‘Umbra’ this Thursday at the Ace Hotel with Big Dope P, Daniel Ness, Yazzus and more – RSVP for free tickets here.

The 10 Best Three 6 Mafia Tracks, according to Kamandi

Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Kamandi’s production sounds can be slotted in somewhere in the midst of George Fitzgerald, Bicep and Four Tet. It’s something of a surprise, then, to think that he’s been tapped up by a wealth of hip-hop royalty, from Chance The Rapper to Riff Raff to Waka Flocka Flame, for production. Though Kamandi himself is from the southern hemisphere, much of his sound is rooted in the beat-scene of LA and the bass of the UK, with the multi-talented artist cementing the notion that these days genres can easily traverse geographical borders.

Another highly-coveted collaboration that Kamandi’s been able to add to his CV is that of Tennessee crunk outfit Three 6 Mafia, who he’s a huge fan of – producing ‘Mischief’, a track that featured the group’s DJ Paul as well as Azizi Gibson. Following this, and ahead of his forthcoming album ‘Voices’, the beatmaker has shared his ten favourite cuts that the sizzurp-loving group – and its varying members – have gifted the world.

1. Three 6 Mafia – ‘Sippin’ On Some Syrup’

“It’s the most obvious choice, but this is definitely the anthem for a reason. It just sounds good. I don’t condone opiates but this song goes hard. It’s one that if you have it playing in your headphones while you’re walking around, you’ll start walking that little bit cooler. Every time I eat prawns I think of that line ‘we eat so many shrimp’ and I feel like the man. I can’t remember if DJ Screw officially chopped and screwed it (he probably did) but if it’s a little later in the evening, then I’m searching out those dodgy YouTube slowed and throwed versions.”

2. Three 6 Mafia – ‘Now I’m High, Really High’

“I think this might be the first Three 6 song I ever heard. I’m pretty sure I got shown it by my cousin. I remember hearing this and thinking about how raw the production was and how Lord Infamous’s part on it was so different to anything I was into at the time. Honestly, it took me a few listens to get it, but when I got it, there was nothing better for a long time.”

3. Three 6 Mafia – ‘Smoked Out, Loced Out’

“This is a good example of how influential Three 6 was. The hook and the beat in this have the sound of a whole lot of songs that followed from other big time artists, and it’s still heard everywhere.”

4. DJ Paul & Lord Infamous – ‘Paul Wit Da 45’

“I like how this is a rap song without even having a verse. It’s just this tough, rolling beat with lots of heavy quotes repeating all through it. This song gets me hyped up every time.”

5. DJ Paul & Lord Infamous – ‘1000 Blunts’

“This and the whole ‘Come With Me To Hell (part 1)’ tape is important. It has that signature rough tape recording sound and an icy repeating vocal hook sample. This song represents that real Three 6 sound.”

6. DJ Paul ft. Lord Infamous & Crunchy Black – ‘Twist It, Hit It, Lite It’

“I always liked the Isley Brothers and the ‘Summer Breeze’ sample sounds perfectly imperfect on this track. You could maybe call this one of the more ‘feelgood’ classic Three 6 records. I wanted to make sure I got an exclusively DJ Paul selection in this list because it seems like he really pioneered the whole Three 6 sound with his brother (Lord Infamous). When I was lucky enough to work with him I also found out he’s a really humble and nice guy.”

7. DJ Paul & Juicy J – ‘Playa Hatas’

“The beat in this is so crazy. I can’t remember off the top of my head what song the sample is from, but the way this whole song dresses up that sample sounds really good in that rough DJ Paul way. All of the DJ Paul & Juicy J tapes had those extra tasty sample chops. It’s a shame that these two don’t really work together now but I’m sure they have their reasons.”

8. Three 6 Mafia – ‘Stay Fly’

“At the time, this one was almost like a guilty pleasure. It was a Three 6 pop record and it’s definitely a nostalgic one. The beat reminds me of old Cam’ron/Dipset, which probably makes sense because that would have been the big sound around the time that this dropped.”

9. Gangsta Boo – ‘They Don’t Love Me’

“Technically Gangsta Boo had left the Three 6 by this album but she still represents Three 6 all over the album ‘Mafiiiya-ya’. She has those full energy hooks. This song is pretty motivating to do your thing.”

10. Project Pat – ‘Take Da Charge’

“I don’t think this list could be complete without a Project Pat track. I’ve chosen this one because the whole song is smooth and goes down well, but honestly there’s a whole lot of Project Pat tracks that could just as easily made this list.”

Listen to Kamandi’s latest track, ‘Anyway Friday’:

Kamandi’s ‘Voices’ album drops on July 12th 2019.

The 10 Best Electronic Tear-Jerkers, according to Kölsch

Electronic music is, more often than not, associated with euphoria: that hands-in-the-air feeling you get when a tune you’ve loved all your life is flung out at peak time. On the flip-side, there are those tracks that tug at your heartstrings, engineering an atmosphere that elevates the dance beyond a knees-up. Responsible for an array of emotionally-charged productions, Rune Reilly Kölsch is someone who knows the power of an electronic tear-jerker: dropped in the right context, it has the capacity to get a floor’s-worth of people revelling in their sadness.

The Danish DJ/producer is someone who, throughout his career, has ripped up the rulebook when it comes to techno, with the Kompakt mainstay favouring melody-driven cuts over heads-down banging, and “he’s got a way of wrenching your emotions,” as Annie Mac once said. At the end of the month he’ll release ‘fabric presents Kölsch’, made up of ten new productions inspired by international touring, while he’s also set to headline Extrema Outdoor festival this year. Ahead of these milestones, Kölsch has put together a list of his favourite tracks to get your eyes moist in the dance.

1. Underworld – ‘Capa’s Last Transmission Home’

“Underworld did an incredible job on the OST for Sunshine. The film has over the years become one of my all-time favourites, and I love dropping some of it in my sets. This particular string-driven theme I layer with drums when I play it, but it stands so well on its own. Absolutely breathtaking.”

2. David Bowie – ‘Subterraneans’

“One of my earliest ambient memories was this piece from David Bowie’s ‘Low’ album. It had a huge impact on the way I think about music, as it is just so incredibly beautiful. Always reminds me of sunrises, as I’ve played at the end of some of my marathon sets.”

3. Arvo Pärt – ‘Fratres for strings and percussion’

“Another layer cake. My father’s best friend turned me on to Arvo Pärt many years ago. His compositions seems so elegant and stripped-back. It seems he has chosen every single note with such care. It’s a lesson in dynamics, and I still play it all the time.”

4. Talking Heads – ‘This Must be the Place (Patrice Bäumel Edit)’

“Just such a beautiful song. Always makes me feel so good and safe when I hear it out. There is something about David Byrne’s voice that appeals to me. It must be because my mom would listen to Talking Heads all the time.”

5. Talk Talk – ‘It’s My Life (Extended Mix)’

“This is one of the best songs ever written. Also this is probably the best 12” mix of any song ever. The way the vocal weaves in and out of the mix, and the full chorus only comes in once in a while is pure festival fodder. I’ve closed so many shows with this, and it still gets me singing along every time.”

6. Visage – ‘Fade to Grey (Kölsch Edit)’

“Pretty much the proto-electro record. I remember hearing this for the first time and thinking this is what the future sounds like. Most people have no clue what it is, but the song is still so good it works for everyone.”

7. Depeche Mode – ‘Behind The Wheel’

“I’ve been playing this mid-set for a long time. I love to break things up once in a while. Otherwise I get bored, and I feel the crowd does too. I always loop the intro drums, and play around with them for a while, before I let the track go.”

8. Prince – ‘I Would Die 4 U’

“‘I Would Die 4 U’ was the first classic record I played in my sets in the late ’90s. I would play a Jeff Mills Purpose Maker record, and layer Prince on top. I remember people thinking I was nuts, but it always blew the roof off.”

9. The Beach Boys – ‘God Only Knows (Acappella)’

“I’ll never forget playing this as the last track at the Space Ibiza closing party. My set was on the legendary Terrace, and it was my farewell to a place that taught me so much. Nothing seemed more fitting than this song.”

10. Joy Division – ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’

“I remember playing this at Parklife in Manchester. It wasn’t long after the terrible terrorist attack, and I felt it was the right ode to the lovely people and the city itself. It was a highlight of my career to see peoples’ reaction. Everybody just lost it, and danced in the rain like there was no tomorrow. I will never forget it.”

Kölsch hosts his own stage at Extrema Outdoor Belgium this June. For more info and tickets head to extrema.be.

The 10 Best Swedish Non-Dance Music From The Last Year Or So, according to Kornél Kovács

Though the Studio Barnhus label has always operated within the ‘dance’ or ‘electronic’ sphere, much of what they release can be termed ‘wonky pop’ as much as four-to-the-floor house and techno. Its co-head, Sweden’s Kornél Kovács (alongside Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist) has just dropped his second album on the imprint. Where his last album, 2016’s ‘The Bells’, was a collection of water-tight dance tracks, ‘Stockholm Marathon’ is comparatively more pop-centric, with early ’00s R&B influences and bright melodies coursing through its veins.

The album was conceived after Kovács moved back to his flat in Stockholm and, as such, the LP is a love note to the “beautiful, boring” city, and draws in Swedish pop and EDM duo Rebecca & Fiona on vocals. In the spirit of his new record drawing in a wider array of genres, Kornél Kovács has shared his ten favourite non-floor-centred cuts from his native land from the “last year or so” – with a selection of Swedish rap, pop and R&B.

1. Ant Wan – ‘Sativa’

“This new star of Swedish rap had already been active for a few years when he dropped this melancholy banger last spring, and really started turning people’s heads. He’s been following up with smash after smash ever since. One of the leaders of the new school of Swedish urban music.”

2. Z.E. – ‘Gäller Feat. Jiggz & Thrife’

“Another shining new Swedish rap star is Z.E. Compared to Ant Wan, he relies less on auto-tuned melodics and more on classic, rapid-fire rap delivery. This super catchy posse track also features Jiggz and Thrife. Intense, catchy and endlessly quotable, if you know Swedish at least!”

3. ShitKid – ‘Yooouuu’

“ShitKid usually does more uptempo, rowdy punk stuff but this slow, short and sweet heartbreak ballad is my favourite track of hers. ShitKid is currently Sweden’s only actual rock star, and a brilliant songwriting talent. Her new album ‘Detention’ is great but I felt I had to share this track.”

4. Viagra Boys – ‘Sports’

“Some more punk business here, from this lovely bunch of Stockholm ruffians. This is as perfect as a rock song gets in my opinion.”

5. Ellen Arkbro – ‘For Organ & Brass’

“Let’s change pace a bit eh? Ellen Arkbro has a great new release out, it’s called ‘CHORDS’ and I’ve been listening to it non-stop, but it’s not on YouTube yet so let’s all listen to ‘For Organ & Brass’ once more, even though it’s technically too old for this list. This piece of music changed my life with its sheer beauty, simplicity and force.”

6. Lune – ‘Don’t Speak’

“Lune is the voice on Adrian Lux’s classic ‘Teenage Crime’, one of my favourite pop songs ever, which was also brilliantly remixed by Axel Boman on our recent Studio Barnhus ‘Volym 1’ compilation. Her biggest solo hit is a cover of Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Leave The World Behind’ but this, her brand new single, is the best thing she’s released yet. Super catchy modern pop with that magnetic instant hit appeal.”

7. Taken By Trees – ‘Charlie’

“Victoria Bergman finally returned with a new album last year, and this breezy number was one of the highlights, with it’s Lambada-rippin’ vocal lines and intriguing production tricks (that sweet sidechained reverb at 24 seconds!). I also want to take this opportunity to point the reader towards ‘Taken Too Young’ – her collaboration with Tough Alliance from 2007, possibly my favourite song ever from either of those Swedish giants.”

8. Miljon – ‘Windows Down’

“Miljon is a new duo featuring Lisa Millberg (ex-Concretes, as is Victoria Bergman) and Jon Bergström. They’ve released a string of gorgeous pop ditties like this one since their debut EP in 2018 and also collaborated with Axel on ‘Volym 1’. Can’t wait for more from this very creative and cute partnership!”

9. Cherrie & K27 – ‘Familjen’

“Cherrie is the undisputed queen of Swedish R&B and probably our next big international star. This cut, featuring her younger brother K27, is my favourite from her new mixtape ‘OG’. No proper YouTube upload yet (it’s on Spotify) so let’s enjoy this live version!”

10. Ozzy – ‘Några Gånger’

“There’s really an abundance of great Swedish rap around at the moment, I mentioned Ant Wan and Z.E. already and Ozzy from Malmö is also definitely among the best of the new school. Hope he gets that Kylie Minogue collaboration he’s been dreaming of soon!”

Stream Kornél Kovács’ ‘Stockholm Marathon’:

Related: The 10 Best (non-Barnhus) Swedish Techno and House Tracks, according to Kornél Kovács

The 10 Best Reworks and Edits, according to Greg Wilson

A hallowed figure in dance music, as well as being a legendary DJ and remixer, Greg Wilson has always been an advocate, and scholar, of the edit. The Merseyside-born DJ started out in 1975, DJing since the age of 15 before coming to be a resident at the famous Wigan Pier, before Manchester’s Legend and, of course, the Haçienda.

Taking the idea of mixing two records across the Atlantic (and becoming the first-ever person to do it on live British TV), Wilson also ended up putting together the first UK re-edit, Paul Haig’s ‘Heaven Sent’, in 1983. A pioneer of the re-editing movement, he’s become known for his own chopping and splicing, while his famed ‘Credit to the Edit’ compilations had a huge impact on dance music, showcasing some of the finest edits in existence.

Wilson knows that the best edits and reworks respect the originals – it’s not a one-up kind of situation, but instead an opportunity to adapt a stone-cold classic into a floor-filler and breathe life into an old banger. Ahead of the writer and dance music commentator showcasing some of the finest reworks and edits in his possession at Studio 338’s Summer Opening Party this weekend, he’s shared ten of his personal favourites.

1. Donna Summer – ‘I Feel Love’ (Patrick Cowley Mega Mix) [1982]

“Originally put together in 1978, this 15+ minute masterpiece would eventually make it to vinyl via an official 12” in 1982, the ‘I Feel Love’ Mega Mix. How do you add to such a seminal recording, you might ask? Buffalo-born San Franciscan Cowley, who’d score some major dance hits of his own with ‘Menergy’ and ‘Megatron Man’ in ‘81, as well as collaborating with Sylvester, brought his psychedelic synth and some extra percussion to the party, spectacularly overdubbing.”

2. MFSB – ‘Love Is The Message’ (Mr. K Edit) [1987]

“Issued on the T.D. cut-ups/bootleg label, this pretty much set the standard for re-edits, New York’s Danny Krivit, a DJ since the days before disco was at its height, re-imagining what was very much an NYC ‘70s club classic by combining ‘Love Is The Message’ (1973) by MFSB, the Philadelphia International house musicians, with a later derivative, 1983’s ‘Ooh I Love It (Love Break)’ by The Salsoul Orchestra (the link between the two tracks being arranger/producer Vincent Montana, Jr.), stripping out the original vocals and placing its emphasis fully on that sublime groove.”

3. The Originals ‘Down To Love Town’ (Dimitri From Paris Re-Edit) [2000]

“First appearing on Dimitri’s ‘A Night At The Playboy Mansion’ compilation, which marked a major escalation in his popularity, ‘Down To Love Town’, originally released in 1976, was a personal favourite from the time, an early 12” on the famous Motown label, albeit DJ promo only, topping the Billboard Disco chart that year. Dimitri goes for full grandeur, which I utilised to full effect when opening my Essential Mix for Radio 1 in 2009.”

4. Beach Boys – ‘God Only Knows’ (Michael Cook Edit) [2006]

“Issued by Heavy Disco as ‘Know Thy God (L.A. Trip Edit)’, Michael Cook, a Manchester-born DJ who’d moved to the US West Coast, helping incubate the underground dance scene there, was the guy behind this truly tripped-out take on one of the most celebrated Beach Boys recordings, 1966’s ‘God Only Knows’, raiding the outtakes to create a uniquely spaced-out version of this timeless song.”

5. Paul Simon – ‘Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes’ (Todd Terje Edit) [2006]

“Norwegian DJ/producer Todd Terje first made his name as a leading light of the re-edits movement in the ‘00s, before going on to a successful career recording his own originals. ‘Diamonds Dub’, as he called it, revolutionised this 1986 Paul Simon recording, which features South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, adding a ridiculous bass that takes your breath away when it enters, whilst dubbing things up quite magnificently.”

6. Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes – ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ (Prince Language Edit) [2007]

“Originally released in the pre-12” days of 1975, the full six-minute version of ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ could only be heard on the album. Then, two years later, an epic 11-minute mix was included on the ‘Philadelphia Classics’ album, and it’s with the second half of this version that NYC’s Prince Language weaves his magic, concentrating on Teddy Pendergrass’s essential ad-libs rather than the main body of the song for a whole new take on this wonderful track.”

7. Chic – ‘Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)’ (In Flagranti Rework) [2008]

“Courtesy of the Swiss duo In Flagranti and issued as ‘A Brag Mount’. I love the way this begins (and later closes) with the opening lyrics of the Doors’ ‘Light My Fire’ (the 1979 Amii Stewart version sped up), bringing a real sense of tripped-out ethereal drama before that unmistakable Chic groove drops, unveiling their breakthrough hit of 1977.”

8. Joubert Singers – ‘Stand On The Word’ (Hot Coins Remix) [2009]

“Originally recorded in 1982 for a gospel album by the Celestial Choir, this was later remixed in 1985 by Tony Humphries, re-credited to the Joubert Singers. However, its more recent cult status was the result of a supposed Larry Levan remix, subsequently discredited, that appeared on a bootleg 12” in 2003. The Hot Coins (aka Nottingham’s Danny Berman/Red Rack’em) version, released by Tirk, brings in a killer bass that gives the track a whole new depth and dubwise sensibility.”

9. Sister Sledge – ‘Thinking Of You’ (Norington Remix) [2012]

“I picked this up from a DJ in Australia, a one-off rework by the mysterious Norington. Produced, of course, by Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards of the Chic Organization, Norington takes this into uncharted territory, employing a monster bass to give the track a heavier/dubbier flavour than the 1979 original, whilst constructing a new hook out of the line ‘just keep on doing what you’re doing to me, oh, it’s ecstasy,’ the rework retitled ‘Living Ecstasy’.”

10. Double Exposure – ‘Everyman (Has To Carry His Own Weight)’ (Late Nite Tuff Guy Rework) [2017]

“Originally released on one of the great disco labels, Salsoul, in 1976, just after Double Exposure had issued the very first commercially available 12”, ‘Ten Percent’. Italo-Australian Late Nite Tuff Guy gives the track a contemporary makeover, building a relentless groove over which the vocal thrives. ‘Everyman’ also, of course, the source of the 2001 UK dance hit ‘Salsoul Nugget (If U Wanna)’ by The Girl Next Door.”

Greg Wilson plays Studio 338’s Lost Island Opening Party this Saturday 18th May alongside Maya Jane Coles, Mood II Swing and more – tickets can be found here.

Related: The 10 Best Original Disco Remixes, according to Joey Negro

The 10 Best Women Who’ve Shaped Electronic Music As We Know It Today, according to Terr

Although the history of electronic music has long bigged up men’s achievements over women’s, the latter have undoubtedly had a crucial hand in carving out its path. Brazil-born, Berlin-based DJ Terr – real name Daniela Caldellas – is just one of many flying the flag for female achievements in the dance music world – having just made her debut on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy with ‘Tale of Devotion‘. It’s a cut of retro space disco: all glittery textures and laser samples, marking her out as a producer to watch in 2019.

Below, Terr offers the ten women who have shaped electronic music in its current incarnation (full disclosure: she gave Nina Kraviz as a bonus choice) – take a look at her choices below.

1. Delia Derbyshire

“A real pioneer. She started working for BBC in the early ’60s, making soundtracks, TV themes and studio effects. There are other women that were also important in the ‘pre-history’ of electronic music, like Clara Rockmore and Daphne Oram. I look at her photos in those huge studios, with all those tapes and cables and I really envy her. More than a musician – a scientist…”

2. Wendy Carlos

“Probably best known for the Clockwork Orange soundtrack, she was a very important person to make synths popular in the ’60s and ’70s. Her album ‘Switched on Bach’ was probably the first electronic-only commercial success in history. She even worked with Robert Moog helping him to develop his famous synths, the now ultra-famous Moog. Thank you Wendy.”

3. Cosey Fanni Tutti

“When punk met electronic music in UK the ’70s, she was there, as a member of Throbbing Gristle, the first industrial band ever. She’s still an active musician, her last album was released some months ago and is incredible – fresh, dark and deep. I love it.”

4. Donna Summer

“‘I Feel Love’ is probably the very first track that mixed ‘electronic music’ and ‘dancefloors’, with Summer’s sweet vocals and a perfect Moog instrumental, engineered by Giorgio Moroder. When Brian Eno listened to it, in 1977, he told David Bowie: ‘I have heard the sound of the future. This is it, look no further. This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next fifteen years’.”

5. Gillian Gilbert

“She is the programmer and keyboard player of New Order, one of the most influential synth-pop bands ever. It was probably a bit strange for her to fit in the ashes of Joy Division, but she did a great job.”

6. Lady Miss Kier

“She was one third of Deee-Lite, a brilliant house music project (there’s much more to discover than the hit). After the gloom and doom of the ’80s, the ’90s finally arrived, and she was the face of it – the psychedelic colours, the samples, the groove, the fresh and young attitude. Straight from NY to the whole world. She’s still DJing nowadays.”

7. Björk

“I think she brought a lot of people into electronic music in the ’90s with her music. A real innovator, she could mix pop music, electronic bleeps and orchestras and it still sounded great.”

8. Miss Kittin

“She was the face of the electro(clash) scene in the early 2000s, taking the world of dance music by storm with the cynical punk nihilistic attitude and repacking the sound of the ’80s for a new generation. When I heard her for the first time I said ‘I want to do it’.”

9. Ellen Allien

“I really liked the minimal techno movement that happened around 2005. I was a big fan of her label, BPitch Control, that released a lot of fresh and interesting stuff. There were other girls involved on this scene as well, like Magda and Anja Schneider. Full respect.”

10. Ramona Xavier

“She is the most ‘popular’ artist in the Vaporwave scene, using dozens of aliases as Macintosh Plus and Vektroid. It’s not for everyone – it sounds like your past mixed with LSD on the wrong rotation – but it’s brilliant. This is the future.”

Terr’s ‘Tale of Devotion’ is out now – listen to it here.