We may have been quiet on new releases but we surely have been pay attention to new music out there. Taking full advantage of being London-based, rummaging Bandcamp and occasionally checking some reference blogs, we came up with a little list of artists you should DEFINITELY pay attention to this year:
It may not sound like that on record, but you will not watch anything like these guys live. The raw energy of punk, the hard-hitting beats, the manic vocals...one of those groups who give it everything they got on stage (and out of it, via stage dives). They caused a literal ruckus on this year’s SXSW, as documented here.
It’s easy to fall in love with Princess Nokia if you see bits of her interviews or live footage and seen her stage presence, which is essentially not performing at you but with you.
She applies the ‘girls to the front’ ethos and lights up the room not just with the fire of empowering songs but also in-between song speeches and her personality, which is fiercely feminist.
Her debut EP '1992' came out last September but I'm still vibing to it this year, thanks to songs like Tomboy, which completely dismantles any notion that women are to fit in some bizzare beauty norms and please the male gaze. Her music blends multi-dimensional self-discovery, celebrates individuality, authenticity and her Afro-Latina identity. She's probably the most DIY hip-hop artist out there today.
Metallic hardcore with a solid NY identity and most of all with lyrics that make you think about what surrounds you. If you’re a fan of that oldschool metalcore with the right amount of groove and social/political awareness (Most Precious Blood comes to mind) this is for you. Brand new record just came out, already available in our Distro.
London’s self-proclaimed “DIY punk witches” have the catchiest songs and have been putting in the work non-stop ever since their DIY EP came out last year (in a really cool fanzine format). Just off tour with Cherry Glazerr, making sure their wave is already being felt in Europe and beyond. An unstoppable force of female empowerment capable of making you want to pogo-mosh and dance on the same gig.
First reaction when I discovered this guy: “I gotta sign him!” Reflections Records got there first with an LP that sold out instantly, and there seems to be a repress on going around already, which only states the true talent of this project. Gospel, blues, metal, doom...it's a very original mix, one who doesn't leave you indifferent.
Glaswegians delivering a very gut-wrenching type of noise punk - whatever that genre means. The band’s name is discomfortingly accurate and they take no hostages in terms of songwriting and live performances.
Inadvertently watched them live late last year in what became a direct entry to my top 10 gigs of 2016. Their blend of jazz and funk is absolutely hypnotic and the way they make it sound so current and observant of the sounds of London is really captivating. Their first album Black Focus pleased both the experimental nerds and the jazz purists, and the vinyl is already on second or even third press. They may have been banned from the US but I’m happy to catch them live on this side of the pond anytime I can.
She was #27 onBandcamp’s 2016 top 40, which was how I found her. Comparisons to the also emerging female rapper Noname are inevitable, especially on her 2016 debut “Eden”, but Ivy Sole has a style of her own, more evident on her new release, East, released this February. I actually see her more of a female version of Oddissee. Soulful, positive and clever music.
When I first heard Dylan's debut album 'All I Ever Wanted' for the first time, back in 2015 on a random Soundcloud venture, I wrote him an email asking if he wanted to put it out via us. That's how much faith I had in his talent. Sadly he never replied, but he hasn't stopped ever since.
I'd describe his music as an early The Weeknd on LSD. If auto-tune, vocoder and moody trap beats (some of them reminiscent of Shlohmo) aren't your thing, you may want to stay away, but if you have a go at it it will be hard to pull away from the enchantment spell it casts on you. He's also part of this St. Louis collective called Hella which has a lot of cool experimental stuff going on.
For the third instalment of our (almost) monthly night at Rye Wax, we put in action an idea we had from the beginning: an all-female DJ night. And since we had 3 different men on previous rounds, this time we bring you 3 women spinning decks on the same night! All about balance aren't we?
The date is next Wednesday 17th May. The sound curators for the evening will be Nara and Tess, seasoned DJ's playing together - ya know, b2b and all that jazz - and M. from The 808 Show on Reprezent Radio, doing her DJ debut after months of us nagging her to give it a shot.
Juicy Features is a monthly gathering of music curators bringing unpredictable selections of the old and the new. An unpretentious night of nothing but people having fun and playing music they love.
Second instalment of our (tentatively) monthly night at Rye Wax, a venue that always makes everyone feel welcomed.
Juicy Features is a monthly gathering of music curators bringing unpredictable selections of the old and the new. An unpretentious night of nothing but people having fun and playing music they love. We want to mix things up a lot and create opportunity for anyone to get involved and play a set. Starting off with DJ’s but open to solo artists or bands.
For this second round we invited Disagio Nero, one of the people behind Arroyo Records, to expand the sonic boundaries of your Wednesday, and we're keeping Juicy’s own Ema DJ alter-ego RE.ZX on the bill with a more Afrocentric / World music set.
For the 5th issue of our The JUICE Fanzine we want to do better, bigger and maybe even more colourful.
And for that we need your help. The zine is still about music, art, travel, creative projects, open-minded thinking and everything in between, so if you're into any of these things get in touch.
As usual, we'll also have a slight emphasis on a specific subject, which this year is going to be mental health - a sensitive but often overlooked topic that sparks a lot of questions and leaves a lot of space for creativity and better understanding. We want to get up close and personal, as any fanzine should do.
We also would like to hear from people who have never collaborated with a fanzine before. Illustrators, bloggers, writers, photographers, gardeners, cooks...whatever your trade, if you'd like to see something of yours published, give us a shout.
Submissions are open to all. Just send us an email with your idea or use our contact page.
After a super positive Sunday at GRRRL Zine Fair - photos here - we're already gearing up for another fanzine event! Zine World will take place on the 25th of March on the new place run by the girls from OOMK (who also put on the famous DIY Cultures Fair).
We love to put on events and bring friends and collaborators together, while introducing them to a few new faces in the process. After a decent round of successful events last year, it came to us as natural thing to put on a night at one of the venues where we've felt most welcomed. And so Features is born.
Juicy Features is a monthly gathering of music curators
bringing unpredictable selections of the old and the new. An unpretentious
night of nothing but people having fun and playing music they love.
We want to mix things up a lot and create opportunity for anyone to get
involved and play a set. Starting off with DJ’s but open to solo artists or
For the first installment we want to top up your midweek vibes so we're taking over Rye Wax in Peckham on Wednesday the 1st of February, bringing you Juicy’s own main man
under his DJ alter-ego RE.ZX and a newcomer to the London scene: Makumba.
Here's the FB Event page. Come down, have a drink, bop your head to a tune.
After the dust is settled, MUAY lays four songs over the blue and the nothingness, in a journey to awaken the true sense of self. CE LES TI AL is a trip illuminated by tones from of other places, recorded somewhere between the outside green and the stellar emptiness. Born out of a three day live session inside a country house just before the cold of Winter came to take its toll, MUAY blurs the lines between sound and shape, echo and noise, delivering an ode to the veils of time and all the ephemeral memories they consume. As there is always someone who lays under the air's shadow.
For us here at Juicy, CE LES TI AL is a tribute to a genre we fell in love many years ago but never got a chance to work with. Instrumental post-whatever-you-wanna-call-it, music that understands no borders - sonic or geographic - and carries emotion and a story told in between the cracks in the floor and the noise in the sky.
CE LES TI AL is available in cassette tape (with digital audio download code included), limited edition of 100 (50 red, 50 blue).
MUAY came to life in late 2015 as a duo formed out of a need to go beyond what both parts had already created individually in other projects. A demo was recorded (“PO EI RA”, "DUST" in English) and less than two months after they lapped Portugal from North to South in their tour "Espanha, França, Tudo".
A constant trip between Bangkok and Penafiel, MUAY mix a synthesizer with multiple guitars and worn out drums in a red-black mix of post-something, an Asian inspired meditation cadence with tiger balm fragrance. Their single EP “DA” was released earlier this year as a sample of things to come.
We got a new fanzine ready to come out and, of course, a party to go along with it.
The JUICE #04 is all about connectivity and exploration: joining people together, working out new and old links, tracing those cosmic dots that were always there to begin with and using them to navigate the unbeaten paths of this world. For this issue we shook things up a bit, trying different angles on the main topics we cover and also expressing our values not only through our team but also through the artists and projects we selected to feature and showcase.
Following the success of last year’s event, we get down again with the fine people at Doomed Gallery in Dalston’s Ridley Road Market to celebrate our yearly Fanzine release.
This time around we’re mixing a one day exhibition/launch with a pop-up store concept. We’ll be open 3-9pm, with main event kicking off at 6pm.
The artists and projects featured on the new issue will be showcasing their work, and we’ll be running a stall with all of Juicy’s endeavours: records, comic books, fanzines, limited ed clothing...expect special prices and a few surprises.