The lack of gender diversity within electronic music is well documented. But the the past year has seen some great moments, with artists like Peggy Gou, Willow, Avalon Emerson, Helena Hauff and HAAi all blazing their own trail into clubs and record stores.
Excited for the next wave of artists to follow, Fabric, Point Black and Sounds like London put together an A&R session to celebrate and support female artists. At least 50 people came down to share their work and discuss experiences. Joining them, a strong panel of industry heads made themselves available to give feedback and advice, including XL records rounder Nick Halkes, DJ Cassy and publisher/manager, Harriet Moss.
Amongst the house and techno shared, there were some real gems; here’s a summary of what tickled our ears:
-- With the style of Joss Stone and voice of Macie Grey you’ll find Plumm, a jazz enthusiast studying music ethnology in London. Her raspy tone is really unique, watch out. Check out her album, here.
-- Then there was Melle Brown, who stepped up with some neo-soul-inspired house music. She runs a regular show on Reprezent radio - Brown X Blue.
-- Lost Soulja is a Grime artist but on this evening, she had a summery Afrobeat tune to share. The room went off, including XL’s Nick Halkes calling it “a hit record”. She's playing with Girls of Grime at Wireless festival and expect more to come.
-- DJ Ninja is a well traveled selector, playing parties from Ibiza to Dubai. Sharing some minimal tech that sounds straight from the jungle, her sound incorporates Indian and Middle Eastern sounds very tastefully.
-- Kool Kat has a passion for Trip Hop music. Dusty cinematics and jangly guitar rythms backdrop her jazzy vocals.
CHECK EM OUT!