Since its humble beginnings just four years ago, the Outlook Festival has quickly become famous worldwide as Europe’s leading Bass music & Soundsystem culture festival. Held in an abandoned fortress off the coast of Croatia, Outlook has consistently been at the forefront of bass driven music and each year brings the biggest and most vibrant names in Electronic music. Alongside this, the festival has also become known for exposing the freshest and most unique talents from the world of Dub, Dubstep, Dancehall, Drum & Bass, Hip-Hop, Grime, Garage, Electronica and Bass Music. 2011 brought them the ‘Best Overseas Festival Award’ as voted for by the UK Festival Awards, and 2012 looks to be even better.
Both accomplished producers in their own right, Benjamin Damaage and Doc Daneeka teamed up about a year ago to make Creeper for Modeselektor’s Berlin label 50 Weapons. The duo made such a good impression that they were asked to produce a whole album, which is released today.
2011 was quite a year for Nicolas Jaar and just two months into 2012 he’s set to take to the stage of Camden’s Roundhouse to showcase his new label Clown & Sunset. Having just been voted the no. 1 live act in the Resident Advisor polls, and seeing Nico at his last London date (where he played one of three sold out nights at Fabric), take it from us, this is one opportunity not to miss out on.
House and Garage night Subsoil Sessions is back for its third outing bringing T.Williams to Bristol alongside residents DJs.
Boom Clap Bachelors are a collective of producers, live musicians and DJs out of Copenhagen making magical music – think Broken Social Scene but with more emphasis on Soul elements.
A talented keyboard player with a soft spot for Casio sounds, Stephanie Brown a.k.a Lips isn’t your run-of-the-mill singer-songwriter. The mingling of dulcet tones with idiosyncratic beats places her comfortably alongside Little Dragon and Zero 7, in a realm of Electronic-Pop that seems to be dominated by female artists. Lips performed extensively in her native New Zealand before moving to New York and releasing contagious anthem, Everything to me, in 2010. The track personifies that fervidly desperate plea to vanish from the daily grind, under the surreptitious guise of a lucid pop song. It draws an almost inverted semblance with Bill Withers’ Lovely Day, replacing the celebration of Bill’s sunny morning verve with an anesthetised lament of Monday morning melancholy that has the ability to, in the same way as Lovely Day or Zero 7’s Home, lull you into a coma of comfort.
With the recent release of Jacques Greene’s new track with Koreless, we thought we’d bring you a new producer who likes to dabble in RnB samples. Despite still being a Music Tech student at Birmingham City, Guy Furious has already achieved a fair bit. It’s his exploration into Future-Garage on EP Pillow Talk that caught our attention the most.
With so many Stamp The Wax favourites under one roof, this was just too good not to tell you about. Church Presents: Boddika, Synkro, Disclosure, Ifan Dafydd, Juk Juk and Damu
Sam Harrington gives a run-down of his Top 5 releases from Trax Records…
Knxwledge has to be one of my favourite producers at the moment, always blending copius amounts of high-grade Soul, Hip-Hop and RnB records into his Synth-Hop style production…