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Whenever there is talk of Mexico City’s electronic underground, there are always two names that consistently pop up. The first is NAAFI — a club night turned record label which has consistently set the bar for some of the city’s most forward thinking dance sounds. The second, is of course, Lao — who in addition to forming part of the aforementioned label-cum-collective — has built a name for himself as both DJ and producer, as well as label honcho and content curator of the net-label Extasis Records.
It’s safe to say that listing “random acts of fuckery” as a personal interest on his Facebook page is just an underestimation of what this jack-of-all-trades emcee is all about. Indeed, Simiso Zwane, the 31 year-old rapper, DJ, designer, producer, and songwriter, is best known under the alias of Okmalumkoolkat(pronounced okay-mah-loom-cool-cat), and especially for his all-encompassing appeal when it comes to everything hip-hop.
Madam X (AKA Christiana Vassilakis) turned heads in June with the Kaizen Movements Volume 1 compilation that she assembled for her own Big People Music imprint. The 10-track album is a journey through the outer limits of grime, UK funky, and bass music, with vocal and instrumental cuts by Murlo, Samrai, Rubi Dan, Dark0, and more. And now that she’s got the attention of dance music’s tastemakers, she’s taking Mancunian music to the world, and reminding fans abroad that London isn’t the only city on the isle.
Having met in a Sussex grammar school in the ’90s, Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies forged a bond as a couple of precocious young women, whose tastes aligned more with older blues and classic rock fans than with the bubblegum pop palates of their peers. But many years later, including one spent in New Orleans, their anachronistic tendencies have paid off. They’ve supported Bryan Ferry, Richard Hawley and Laura Marling on tour, and collaborated with Jack White on their 2009 double A-side single, “Gastown” / “River Song.”
Chile’s Ases Falsos are prime lyricists that cleverly hide social critique under witty tales of romantic woes, weird journeys, strange people and imaginary close encounters with history. That’s why they might just be the voice of la juventud americana: introspective, clever, worried about the ways of the world and not afraid to dance away the awkwardness while trying to figure it all out.