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August: Six artists you need to check out this month

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  • Words: Jasmine Kent-Smith, Geralda Cela, Sam Davies, Charlie Case, Oliver Payne, Patrick Hinton
  • 31 July 2018

Shygirl

London vocalist and DJ Shygirl is helming a new cross-genre underground movement with fellow NUXXE crew members Sega Bodega, Oklou and coucou chloe, fusing raucous, bass-heavy sounds into dynamic club tools. Her five-track EP ‘Cruel Practice’ pairs her intoxicating drawl with Sega Bodega’s blistering percussion, and with co-production from Dinamarca on ‘Gush’, it’s an apt demonstration of Shygirl’s unabashed, no-fucks-given ethos.

Shygirl’s ‘Cruel Practice’ EP is out now on NUXXE

Master Peace

Think early Nirvana mixed with Lil Peep and with a strong dose of South London spirit and you have Master Peace. Aged just 19, the self-described ‘rock star’ possesses an arena-filling energy. Combining a hypnotic flow with hard-hitting yet playful bars and punk rock vitality, he’s already carved a space for himself as a vital new and original talent. He’s set to perform at Leeds Festival and Bestival this summer, and who knows, perhaps arena shows will be next.

‘Please Don’t Touch Me’ is out now

Yan Cook

Sometimes, all you want is pitch-black, white-knuckle techno. When that’s the case, you’ll find recent Berghain debutant Yan Cook right up your street. His music is relentless and hard-hitting, but don’t expect monotony. Listening to Cook is like watching life through a kaleidoscope, as each pattern unfurls intoxicatingly into the next. Records like last year’s stunning ‘Wide Angle’ on Soma and recent Cooked EP ‘Perfect Mess’ will keep you wobbling all summer, despite their icy mood.

‘Perfect Mess’ is out now on Cooked

Mina Rose

Mina Rose makes the past feel new. She did it with online vintage clothes store, Girl Down Brockley, and is doing it again with music. Taking cues from Gorillaz, Lily Allen and Tricky – who she worked with on ‘Ununiform’ – she blends dub, hip hop and soul with socio-political lyrics. Last year’s ‘Lemon And Limes’ tackled the relationship between youth and police; ‘Paradise’ puts kicks and Massive Attack-style strings under tales of community pressures.

The ‘London Burning’ EP, featuring ‘Paradise’, is out now

Just Banco

An anxious beat lays the foundation for Just Banco’s latest single ‘Ashleigh’, but his flow is relaxed and confident. The Mancunian rapper’s tone mirrors the assured manner in which he meshes influences. Taking cues from styles spanning US autotuned hooks to the more fraught end of the UK instrumental spectrum, his tracks brim with fierce potency. Global beats elevate bars detailing UK street life in raw detail. From 0161 to across the Atlantic, soon legions of fans will dial into his sound.

‘Ashleigh’ is out now via Dirty Hit

Salary Boy

For those who like their house with a layer of soul to keep hips swinging, look no further than Salary Boy. The Stockholm-born, London-based producer and DJ blends smooth disco samples and sun-drenched jazz with party-starting 4/4 beats. Having found his feet on Shadow City Records earlier this year with tracks like ‘Tricks’ and ‘There is a Way’, he now has a release coming on Mall Grab’s Steel City Dance Discs, and shows in the UK and beyond.

Salary Boy tours the UK alongside the Steel City Dance Discs crew from September

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