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June: Six artists you need to check out this month

Suspect, Object Blue and Beta Librae are among the must-listens

  • Words: Christian Eede, David Renshaw, Jasmine Kent-Smith, Charlie Case, Michael Lawson, Sean Griffiths | Photos: Eric Coleman, Eleni Stefanou
  • 8 June 2018

Beta Librae

A resident at New York’s Technofeminism parties, Bailey Hoffman has been honing her hardware-driven sound of stripped-back techno and twisted house for some years. The Kansas artist founded the parties alongside Umfang, providing a vital platform to emerging female and non-binary DJs in the city. Her new album on Anthony Naples’ Incienso imprint sees her fold in silky breakbeats, delicate ambience and smooth, hypnotic house.

‘Sanguine Bond’ is out now on Incienso

Suspect

North London’s Suspect growls through ‘Say It With Your Chest’, a call to arms that could take the underground artist to the top. He’s worked with close friend Giggs, and it shows in his dark tales. So far this year he’s dropped two tracks with Skepta (including a remix of Drake & Blocboy JB’s ‘Look Alive’) and will soon release debut LP ‘Still Loading’. Expect more raw street cuts from one of the capital’s most urgent voices.

‘Still Loading’ is out soon on Rinse

mmph

Seoul-born, Boston-based producer mmph weaves his way through the landscapes of leftfield music, working with artists such as label affiliate serpentwithfeet to produce raw, dramatic and heart-wrenching material. His debut EP ‘Dear God’ is a glimpse of the young artist’s distinctive take on electronic sound design. With a style and mentality similar to Arca or Oneohtrix Point Never, his sophisticated sound reveals more on every listen.

‘Dear God’ is out now on Tri Angle Records

Will DiMaggio

New York producer Will DiMaggio is part of the 470 Fairview crew, which includes artists such as Anthony Naples, DJ Wey and J Albert, and whose members share an apartment in the city’s Ridgewood area. Communal living is clearly paying creative dividends, and DiMaggio is the latest member of the group to turn his hand to laid-back, blissed-out house. His album of of jazz and hip hop-infused house cuts has found a home on Future Times.

‘At Ease’ is out on now Future Times

Object Blue

Object Blue’ has torn apart soundsystems at the likes of The Waiting Room, The Yard and East Bloc over the past year, and the same bass-heavy potency of her live and DJ sets fuel her own releases, too. ‘Even In You’, from debut EP ‘Do You Plan to End a Siege?’, creaks under the weight of its all-encompassing throb, while ‘Cerco De Deus’ is perfect night-
bus moodiness with Jackson Pollock-style percussion. A new album, ‘Rex’, is in the pipeline.

Object Blue plays Latitude on July 12–15

KIEFER

LA’s Kiefer Shackleford is the latest artist to emerge from the Stones Throw camp. The 26-year-old makes the kind of laid-back, breezy, jazz-indebted music that’s the ideal accompaniment to lazy summer days. Kiefer was taught to play the blues by his father before he could walk, and ended up studying under renowned jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. After lending his production talents to Kaytranada and Anderson .Paak, new album ‘Happysad’ should put him front and centre.

‘Happysad’ by Kiefer is out on Stones Throw on June 29

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