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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.937 Julia Govor

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RA.937 Julia Govor : Julia Govor is one of those artists who can take the fundamentals of techno and make it sound hers. At this point in her career, the Russian-born, New York City-based artist has established a style that feels half-Rome school, half Japanese hypnotic techno, but fully Julia Govor. Her label Jujuka has become a home for the stuff, featuring plenty of her own work along with like-minded folks like EMIT and Victoria Mussi, and she recently put out the biggest and best release of her career with the hefty Laika And Ulka Were Here on Semantica.

Her production style carries over to her DJing. Govor’s RA Podcast is made up over half her own tracks, and the cuts she picks from others match her style: twirling arpeggios, rushing cascades of synth, heavy but groovy kicks. Much has been made of her childhood in a Russian military family, moving from place to place and falling in love with techno via a classical musical education, where she felt drawn to the darker, romantic shades of composition. You get some of that here, but to call Govor’s style “dark” would be overly simplistic. Instead it’s sleek, aerodynamic and fluid, the kind of techno that gets you lost in a wormhole.

@juliagovor

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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.936 Karen Nyame KG

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RA.936 Karen Nyame KG : “All in my life, I’ve gone back and forth between North and East London,” Karen Nyame KG said in a recent mini-doc about her studio process. “These areas are multicultural […] you just become a sponge for that type of energy.” More than two decades into her career, these parts of the UK capital remain a defining influence on The Rhythm Goddess, whose music weaves together ideas from across London and the diaspora, blending R&B and soul with global dance music forms.

A leading face of London’s hybrid club sound, KG’s sound is seductive and luxurious. Her excellent productions, which span UK funky, amapiano and East Coast club, have a velvety touch, as if cut from high-end fabric. Her ear for smoky, sultry grooves, showcased on her Rhythm In The City party-turned-label, is impeccable, and her tracks have become more song-oriented, ranging from sultry to amorous. Her classy DJ mixes are a study in bounce and groove, incorporating everything from highlife to Afrotech to dubby rollers.

Since re-entering the club circuit in 2018 after a six-year hiatus, KG has become a role model for women talents in the electronic music world. Her stance on racial and gender disparities within the industry has helped orchestrate safer spaces in music, inspiring aspiring Black creatives in the process. KG’s RA Podcast is nothing short of sexy, loaded with swung rhythms and lithe drums across gqom, Afrohouse and jazzy deep house. It radiates a level of confidence and intimacy that can only come from years of vision—and a constant passion for sensual, soulful music.

@KARENNYAMEKG

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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.935 T.Williams

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RA.935 T.Williams : This past February, Tesfa Williams released his debut album—over 20 years into his career. Raves Of Future Past distilled decades of experience on London dance floors into a potent and powerful blend of grime, house, rave and techno. Made with an Elektron Digitakt to imitate the rough textures of early ’00s UK dance music, the LP is an anachronistic history lesson that throws everything in a blender, imagining what gqom might sound like as an Eski track and giving new life to the short-lived “sublow” sound Williams helped invent with classic tracks like “Invasion,” released under his earlier alias DJ Dread D.

Since the sublow days, however, Williams has become a torchbearer for UK house music and African diasporic sounds like Afro house and gqom in London. He’s put out soulful hits like “Heartbeat”—recently reissued by Local Action—and released a steady stream of dance records for PMR and Strictly Rhythm. He’s what you might call a jack of all trades, except for that he’s actually a master of them all.

His RA Podcast charts his musical journey in reverse chronological order, starting with smooth, African-influenced sounds and winding through grime and dubstep, eventually landing at jungle. He threads a needle through diverse genres (and eras), and posits that the traditional UK hardcore continuum is a bigger spectrum than you might think, with gqom’s heave and amapiano’s log drum equally important in the musical equation. It’s nearly two hours of UK dance music past and present, from a DJ who has lived it all.

@twilliamsmusic

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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.934 Simo Cell

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RA.934 Simo Cell : Simon Aussel is known for a particularly wild DJing style and leftfield bassy bangers, and it’s his curious and playful approach to clubland that’s won him loyal fans over the years. Whether photographing drink tokens from gigs or creating an 8-bit version of his debut album on a Game Boy cartridge, he seems to approach every endeavour with childlike joy and wonder—rare qualities in an industry that can leave so many jaded.

The Nantes-born, Paris-based artist’s love of club culture, digging and world-building has set him on a blazing path in club music. He’s released an exceptionally wide range of music, including a Memphis rap tape for Trilogy Tapes, dubstep-trap-jazz hybrids with Egyptian singer Abdullah Miniawy and deadly hard drum for Livity Sound. His mixes, meanwhile, are fast becoming DJ lore thanks to his knack for connecting seemingly opposed genres like new wave and fast techno. Look no further than his now-infamous Dekmantel Selectors set from 2021 or a marathon back-to-back with Skee Mask in 2022.

As the French DJ gets more comfortable with story-telling, he’s getting more personal and focusing on deeper, slower sounds. That’s evident on this RA Podcast—six months in the works—which incorporates woozy downtempo, weighty dub and bleepy beats. Of course, in the chaotic middle section there’s plenty of huge basslines, plus old-school electro, acidic techno and even a bouncy edit of the Montell Jordan classic “This Is How We Do It.” Showcasing his quirks, influences and growth, this is Simo Cell in prime time.

@simocell

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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.933 KI/KI

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RA.933 KI/KI : By anyone’s standards, KI/KI has had a meteoric rise in the techno scene. She started DJing at queer party Spielraum in Amsterdam in 2018, and by now she’s one of Europe’s most-talked about techno DJs. She blends modern strands of the genre with trance and particularly acid in a way that feels all her own, veering away from the sugar highs of other DJs or the clobbering kick drums of so much fast techno. Her style is aerodynamic and sleek, not bludgeoning.

In addition to her DJ career, KI/KI runs the label slash, which has put out music from the likes of Alpha Tracks, peachlyfe and Newa, artists who share her canny blend of techno aesthetics and sneaky pop sensibilities. She loves acid too, as shown by her 5HRS OF ACID concept, and the decades-old style has become a key part of her style and appeal, as you’ll hear on her RA Podcast. It’s a barreling hour-and-a-half through modern techno with trap and dubstep accents, breathless but perfectly-paced.

@ki_slash_ki

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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.932 1morning – 2024.04.15

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RA.932 1morning – 2024.04.15 : Earlier this year, we described Los Angeles act 1morning as one of the funkiest young producers in modern-day techno. And we stand by it. The fast-rising upstart is building a solid fan base around North America and beyond with a rugged, vintage style of swung techno and hardgroove. His all-vinyl DJ sets and pumping productions on the likes of Fixed Rhythms and Mála Ádh stand out for their distinctly old-school flavour—steamrolling hi-hats à la Robert Hood, swift choppage behind the decks and deep, deep grooves. Like many of his all-vinyl heroes, he’s also a treat to watch behind the decks

The up-and-comer had a hell of a year in 2023, from playing in Japan to going on his first European tour, and his momentum shows no signs of slowing. He debuted at New York’s dweller festival this year and K9 Unit, his duo with Bloodhound, recently did a night with fellow hardgroove king Regal86. It’s only a matter of time until 1morning gets to a festival or a club near you so until then, enjoy his RA Podcast for now. The mix unfortunately came with some less than stellar circumstances, as the records 1morning pulled were stolen from his car, and so instead this RA Podcast became a statement of resilience and creativity—and, in his words, “an outlet for my rage.”

@1morning

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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.931 Setaoc Mass

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RA.931 Setaoc Mass : Sam Coates took to techno like a diligent pupil, falling in love with the genre through labels like CLR in the late ’00s. It didn’t take long for the student to surpass his proverbial teachers. Almost immediately, the Manchester native was putting out pitch-perfect, functional techno records with everything intricately balanced. The requisite move to Berlin only sealed his fate as a future techno luminary, and by now, based in Kyiv, he’s one of techno’s most reliable, yet exciting, workhorses. Setaoc Mass records (and those on his label, SK_eleven) are minimalist but colossal, deceptively simple but not easy to pull off.

We’ve praised him in these pages for his “sense of economy—how to get the hardest impact out of just a few elements,” and that’s the idea behind his RA Podcast as well. Put together from records old and new, and intricately layered, Coates’s mix is like a time-travelling wormhole connecting disparate eras from techno, and highlighting the genre’s most timeless attributes: mechanistic rhythms, careful pacing, rudimentary melodies made out of the strangest sounds and, of course, the power of the bass drop. It’s hard to imagine anything that sounds more capital-T techno than this mix, which is a high compliment. It’s easy to hear why his records and DJ sets are only more in demand from techno heads across the geographical and generational spectrum.

@setaoc_mass

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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.930 INVT

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RA.930 INVT : Most underground movements in the arts can be boiled down to one key ingredient: friends doing dope shit together. Childhood BFFs Luca Medici and Delbert Perez have been doing just that with INVT (that’s “innovate”), a multidisciplinary art project that spans club music and streetwear. Before exploding onto the international stage and playing to massive crowds in Ibiza and Tulum, the Miami natives built a solid community at home through electrifying DJ sets, releases and fashion. They might be globe-trotting artists now, going back-to-back with artists like Skream and playing Panorama Bar, but their raw DIY spirit stays strong.

Their tunes and live hardware shows fuse jungle, techno, East Coast club and dubstep—and lately, tech house and tribal house—with bass-heavy Latin genres like cumbia and guaracha. A reflection of Miami’s diverse demographics, their genre cross-pollinations bring together skaters, dancers, artists and various subcultures. Their clothing lines are equally cross-cultural: repurposed vintage items made from screen printing and acid washing, using photos and designs that represent their home city’s vibrant street culture. True to their grassroots ethos, everything’s done in-house, from mixing and mastering tracks to embroidery.

The next-gen duo’s ultra-rhythmic productions, characterised by deep, swinging drums and trippy textures, is delivered to the world at a rapid-fire pace, testament to Medici and Perez’s seemingly insatiable hunger. Their explosive career has helped bring fresh shine to Miami talents who feature heavily in their sets, including this RA Podcast. Featuring DJ Babatr, Coffintexts and plenty of their own unreleased heaters, INVT’s mix represents their friendships, community and Miami’s thrilling melting pot of dance music that they’re still a core part of even as they move across the globe.

@invt305

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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.929 Introspekt

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RA.929 Introspekt : Last year, when we wrote that “the best UK garage is coming out of Los Angeles,” we were talking about Introspekt. The US DJ, who has since moved to New York, really understands the genre—its appeal, swing and unique, bassy whomp. Listen to any of her tracks, like last year’s “Forlorn,” and you’ll hear someone who produces like she’s been making UKG all her life. This is probably partly because she comes from a dubstep background, but either way, if you’re looking for new UK garage beats, Introspekt is one of the best going right now.

Her DJing also hits a distinct sweet spot, zeroing in one of the proto-dubstep, dark UK garage days when producers like El-B were making the hottest shit around. Her sound is both retro and forward-looking, as you’ll hear on her RA Podcast, which balances vintage Big Apple cuts from Skream & Benga with new-school tunes from Amaliah and Surusinghe. It’s not so much a throwback as it is a rejuvenation of an old sound—a new way to look at it and a new way to make it. If hindsight is 20/20, then Introspekt has perfect vision, and mixes like this are the perfect way to educate listeners, make them move and innovate a little in the process.

@sageintrospekt

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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.927 MCR-T & DJ Gigola

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RA.927 MCR-T & DJ Gigola : Berlin label and collective Live From Earth crew does things its own way. And it works. Over the past ten years, the team has become a major force in the city, mixing a killer ear for techno and house with a sense of humour and pop sensibility that has proven irresistible to audiences and scenes around the world. That’s why we chose Live From Earth for our latest cover story: its DIY attitude, humble origins and tenacious spirit are everything we love about underground dance music.

Accompanying the cover story, this RA Podcast features a recording of a live back-to-back between two of the label’s chief artists, DJ Gigola and MCR-T (the latter of whom has produced some of Live From Earth’s biggest hits, including horsegiirL’s “My Barn My Rules”). The hour-plus recording makes for a handy microcosm of the label’s sound, rushing through contemporary and vintage techno with plenty of raunchy vocal samples and hip-hop a capellas. It’s blazing but never too hard, catchy but never predictable. Above all, it’s fun—the group’s guiding principle.

@mcr-t @djgigola @livefromearth

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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.927 Sugar Free

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RA.927 Sugar Free : Of all the Berlin DJs who make a living spinning strange, I’m-not-sharing-the-tracklist kind of records, Sugar Free might be the most fun. She plays bold, colourful tracks with an air of sci-fi and sleaze, somewhere between Italo, hi-NRG, electro and house. (Her Dimensions Mix last year was one of our favourites of 2023.) She’s the kind of DJ who messes with your perception of genres and tempos by how she blends tracks together, and also a DJ with a rare grasp of mixing melodies and moods—just check out the first transition of this RA Podcast for a spine-tingling example.

Sugar Free doesn’t speak much publicly, and you won’t find a lot about her on the internet. She prefers to let her DJing speak for itself. And her RA Podcast says a lot: proggy basslines, heart-in-mouth descents into reverb-heavy breakdowns, eerie vocals and a general feel of psychedelia and ’80s decadence. It’s difficult to tell what era these records are from, which is part of the charm. For a bonus point, try and pick out two just-completed Sugar Free originals, some of her first productions ever after her debut track came out on Limousine Dream in 2022.

@resugarfree

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