A new week, a new set of Top 10 charts from 12 of the most exciting artists from all over the DJ universe – from fresh up-and-coming artists, through pioneers of more underground sounds, to some of the biggest household names.
This is Mixmag.net DJ Charts – June Week 1 with another set of supercharged charts from the likes of Wagon Repair head-honcho and techno maestro Mathew Jonson, d'nb disciples Fracture & Neptune, analog disco and Chicago don Murphy Jax, post-dubsteppy electronica producer Gang Colours, British hard trance luminary Louk, the founding father of tech-house The Timewriter and more...
The Canadian-born producer/live artist and Wagon Repair co-founder Mathew Jonson is behind some of the most influential tracks the techno and house fraternity has seen in the past few years, with releases on renowned labels such as Sub Static, Minus, Perlon, Kompakt and Itiswhatitis. His focus on a multitude of outboard equipment and old analogues, resulting in a distinct hands-on usage, are characteristic of his live performances, and last year saw the release of his much-anticipated longplayer 'Agents of Time'.
South London DJ/producer Bok Bok (a.k.a. Alex Sushon) is the co-founder of the hotly tipped Night Slugs imprint – a manifest of forward-thinking of bass and house currents prevalent on the London scene. Bok Bok’s debut solo five-track EP ‘Southside’ is an amalgamation of the sounds he’s pushed as a DJ, merging raw and convulsive acid house with functionalist 8-bar grime, drawing in the label's bottom-heavy, club-ready aesthetic, attracting Benji B Radio 1 airplay. It is out now.
The red-hot Berlin-based producer/live artist behind one of last year’s big records, ‘It’s the Music’ - featuring vocals from the legendary Mike Dunn. Putting out EPs in short succession, including limited pressed underground vinyls under various guises, Murphy Jax navigates the realms of synth-drenched electronica, vintage Italo and analog Chicago sounds with support coming from Ripperton, Konrad Black, Simon Baker, Ewan Pearson, Sasse, Luke Solomon and more. His latest release ‘We Dance’ is out on Turbo this July.
The latest artist to be added to Gilles Peterson's prestigious Brownswood family, after an initial tip by fellow luminary Ghostpoet. With an innate ear for melody, Gang Colours’ (aka Will Ozanne) blend of off-kilter deep house and post-dubstep electronica is dodging genre pigeonholes and carving a new path. Counting Laurie Anderson, Basquiat and Artful Dodger among his influences, it’s clear that he is coming from a different perspective altogether. His ‘In Your Gut Like a Knife’ EP is out now.
As one half of French electro act The Youngsters – best known for their two studio albums and singles for Laurent Garnier’s F-Communications – Olivier Mateu’s has already received enough plaudits and praise to last a lifetime. Rodriguez Jr. reveals a different incarnation of Mateu’s musical psyche, moving through electronica, techno, leftfield melodic accents and quirky pop refrains, with releases for imprints such as Mothership, Boxer Records and Giant Wheels. Seeking out the ultimate intersection between all of his disparate influences, Mateu explains it best: “It should be enjoyable everywhere, from dancefloors to living rooms, and by everybody.”
As DJ/producer/label owner of San Francisco’s Nightlight Music and event organizer, the Los Angeles born Allan Byallo is a techno tour de force on the underground scene. Gaining global attention producing for definitive record labels like Poker Flat, Liebe*Detail, Dirt Crew and Missive, he regularly rocks Berlin’s Panoramabar, Brazil’s D-Edge, Detroit’s annual DEMF Movement Festival, Munich’s Harry Klein and Tokyo’s La Fabrique, among many others.
With turntablism skills stemming from years spent on the German hip-hop scene, DJ/producer and remixer DJ Koze today shred’s the techno/house DJ formula into bits, held in high regards by fans and peers alike, having remixed the likes of Chicks On Speed, Bob Sinclar, and Justus Koehncke. Voted DJ Of The Year 8 years in a row by the readers of Germany’s SPEX magazine, DJ Koze regularly makes end of year charts counting releases on Kompakt, Pampa, Circus Company, International Records and Freude am Tanzen to name a few.
Fracture & Neptune
Best known for their consistent releases on such labels as Bassbin, Droppin’ Science, Med School (Hospital), and Inperspective, Fracture & Neptune are fast becoming staples on the d'n'b scene. Their tunes, using the finest in hardware and old skool techniques, include Colemanism, Too Doggone Funky, and Ventura, all of which have received support from Aphex Twin, Amon Tobin, DJ Food, Bailey, Danny Breaks, Fabio and many more.
For more than one and a half decades, ten studio albums and countless 12 inches and remixes, Jean F. Cochois a.k.a. The Timewriter, has established himself as one of the most internationally respected producers of his musical genre and considered one of the founding members of tech-house. Not only as a DJ/producer - having held a residency in Sven Väth’s Cocoon Club – but his remixing skills are in demand too, including artists such as the ex-Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür (Yamo), Faithless and Boy George.
Head honcho at Sub Slayers Jay Cunning has been involved in the breaks scene since the late 90's and has continued to be at the forefront of pushing Breaks through his labels (Menu Music & Sub Slayers) and radio shows (Kiss FM, Ministry Radio, Breaks FM). Sub Slayers has consistently provided forward looking bass that fit's into the musical triangle of jungle-breaks-dubstep.
Despite hailing from England, Louk’s DJ sets carry a distinct European sound being energetic mash-ups of hard trance and techno. This has resulted in bookings for events such as Q-Base, Defqon 1, Nature One, HTID, Damage Control, Hard Definition and Global Meltdown to name only a few, and releases and remixes on leading labels such as Druck, Naked Lunch, Detox, German Trance, Drizzly, Tidy and V-Trax. He also runs the succesful Compulzion and Benefactor imprints featuring some of the darkest hard trance and techno you can lay your hands upon.
With nearly a decade of experience in electronic music, Tesfa Williams is now at the foreground of a new sound that straddles the sentiments of deep house, UK funky and dubstep all at once whilst keeping a feel totally unique to itself. Running the hotly tipped London based Deep Teknologi imprint alongside S.E.F, exploring the unique fusion of house, rhythmical post-dubstep and garage, 2011 looks set to be a prolific year for the producer with a collaboration with Paul Woolford for Local Action, as well as remixes for Skream and Maya Jane Coles on Rinse and Hypercolour respectively.