Instrumental grime DJs are as commonplace as the Sports Direct ‘everything must go’ sale these days, but Finn McCorry is something a little bit more special. He’s a master of teasing out the rhythm and groove in all his selections, effortlessly joining the dots between eskibeat and R’n’B. You’ve also got him to thank for NTS’ recent excursions to Manchester.
Delroy Edwards is the noted founder of record label, L.A Club Resource, and his sets have all the romance and despair of Los Angeles’ outskirts; marrying misfit techno with D.I.Y punk and chopped ‘n’ screwed funk. All that with a grin and a “fuck you” to boot.
If you want to see your local dancefloor get melted you should probably book Covco. Chewed up breaks filled reworks of old Japanese ballroom ballads, R’n’B reworks like you’ve never heard, trap, rap, and beyond. Frenetic and completely sick mixes – check her out.
Nkisi is the boss of NON Records – which has to be one of the most vital labels around at the minute – and you’ll find her sets pack a hell of a punch even through your laptop speakers. Live performances range from mesmerising to ferociously experimental, and we’re expecting the same kind of genre-spanning reach as she brings her unique perspective to the roster of NTS residents in 2016.
A recent edition to the Apron Records gang, Shamos’ mixing has been cropping up on floors all over London. An NTS favourite for a long time now, he flirts with anything scuzzy and anything that bangs, whether that’s new wave, techno, acid or industrial.
Beatrice Dillon’s brilliant Face A/B (https://wheretonow.bandcamp.com/album/face-a-b) offers a startlingly refreshing take on dub techno, pairing free-jazz saxophone noodling with an undeniable tech pulse. Her considered approach to production comes through in her radio and club selections as well, covering a comprehensive range of influences without dropping the beat. How often does getting schooled sound so infectious?
Last Japan and Blackwax are both stellar DJs in their own right, but what they’ve done with Circadian Rhythms is hugely admirable. It’s a consistent and impeccably designed ode to the best of the UK’s soundsystem heritage, from contemporary evolutions in grime through to the jungle and breakbeat hardcore of the 90s. Essential.
Andrew Lyster is one of the brains behind the label, party, collective, and radio show, Meandyou – yet more talent on this list hailing from Manchester. His dynamic mixes tend to the ambient ends of techno; tracks selected with fluidity, saturated with atmospherics and deliciously bubbling electronics.
Sega Bodega’s a new entry for the NTS roster but his soundtrack series has been pricking some serious ears. He uses his show on NTS to air some pretty experimental reimaginings of classic film scores – to a startling success – but the man knows his way around a club mix for sure.
Try listening back to any of Siobhan’s sets and you’ll find yourself grinning your arse off. This is ecstatic music, popping bottles music, 4am in a basement with your best mates music. Always a great selection spanning the best of grime, hip-hop, ballroom and club.