It’s time again to explore the music that’s pushing the boundaries of club culture. Contemporary club, Dembow, Gqom, Bubbling, Moombahton and other forms will suggest new dancefloor configurations.
WHY BE (dk | halcyon veil | non)
After intentionally spending years on the fringes of experimental dance music, 2015 saw Tobias Lee establishing himself as an emergent voice in dance music’s larger conversation. The “Snipestreet EP” (Halcyon Veil) first showed his mastery over original productions, instead of his unruly approach to bootlegs and edits. Following “Snipestreet” Why Be teamed up with Elysia Crampton, Chino Amobi, Lexxi & Rabit on the album “Demon City” (Break World Records). He then soundtracked Stephanie Comilang’s sci-fi docu “Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso” (NON), about Filipina migrant workers in Hong Kong. Lee’s sound is defined by its visceral (often uncategorizable) nature. He’s as likely to draw on ballroom and rap as instrumental grime, but it’s Lee’s radically singular approach to putting it all together that makes him so exciting. Even if the ingredients are familiar, the end product never is. His cathartic and uncompromising style of club music stands completely on its own.
MISSDEVANA (nl | nervous horizon)
Missdevana’s name has been circulating for a while now. She is a fascinating producer and DJ from Eindhoven whose percussion-heavy sound blurs the lines between UK funky, dancehall, and raw bubbling. Although Missdevana represents a new face in a now burgeoning scene, her recent ‘Brass’ EP on Nervous Horizon is a serious statement to challenge existing club structures.
SOULMATIC (nl | we run thiss)
Soulmatic (aka Eddie Middle-line) used to be known as house DJ Lucky-E around the turn of the millennium. Now he is set to make you dance on future club music, fusing moombahton, afrohouse, but particularly his modern take on bubbling.
YON ETA (nl | bar none, devorm)
Shapeshifting DJ and A/V composer who has a maximalist approach regarding sound. His DJ sets can incorporate anything, from South African gqom to reductionist R&B. He is the co-organisor of the forward-thinking ‘Bar None presents pl(us)’ club events in Amsterdam and the DEVORM imprint.
WU (nl | bound centre)
Forges a fresh, visceral club sound out of styles like vogue, contemporary hip-hop, funk carioca / favela funk, dembow, and South African gqom. His mixes and productions breathe the atmosphere of Rotterdam’s diverse and industrial environment.
VICTOR METSKE (nl | bound centre
Victor Metske’s sound mirrors his own restlessness and need for change while maintaining a high regard for the things that he loved in the past. Follow his mood through a mix of dark and festive club sounds.
SPHYNX (mx) – visuals
Transmedial artist and interaction designer from Mexico currently based in Utrecht. He works in parametric design and self-controlled pieces.