Morgan Hislop is a London-based multimedia artist, designer and music producer/DJ that has worked for a range of clients, including LAD Bible, Topman, EMI Music, Big Dada, Innovative Leisure, Nest HQ, Man Up Girl and had work showcased on Dazed, Clash, Noisey, Dummy and MTV, as well as exhibited internationally.
Following from a number of years playing drums for UK producer Tropics and organising club events, Morgan has broken away with his own electronic solo project in the last couple of years.
Morgan released his debut EP entitled “Smitten” at the end of 2015, followed by a double A-Side single in Spring 2017 on US label DESKPOP. Morgan also is a regular DJ for underground pop label Limited Health, with a fortnightly show on Radar Radio in London and is about to make his Moveltraxx debut with “Pecadilloes & Falsehoods” part of the upcoming “Street Bangers Factory 7” compilation (which is released tomorrow Friday May 19th) alongside club music mainstays Nadus, Big Dope P & TT The Artist.
We here at Discobelle got the hook up for the premiere of the track “Peccadilloes & Falsehoods” which is a synth-infused, sped up vocals, feel good stomper of a club track.
Jersey Club Music Don, DJ Sliink, comes correct with his take on Nadus’ – ‘Nxwxrk,’ which is forthcoming on the ‘Broke City Deluxe EP’ via Pelican Fly. Featuring everything you come to expect from Jersey Club including relentless kicks, chirpy vocal snips and crushing snare rolls. Keep your eyes peeled, drops in the new year.
Fresh one from his new, ‘Broke City EP’ and out now via the unstoppable force that is, Pelican Fly. Nadus comes correct with the oddly titled, ‘Nxwxrk’ which is all sublime and melodic until this epic drop plunges us in to a barrage of 808’s and frenzied chord stabs… not for the faint of heart.
Being heralded as the face of an international movement must be kinda tough. Such is the perilous-but-also-probably-effing-awesome position that Michael Cox, known to many more as MikeQ finds himself in.
Increasingly being dubbed reigning king of the HA, soundtrack to the international vogue / ballroom / house scene by such folks as Vanity Fair and XLR8R, MikeQ’s debut release on Fade To Mind is another landmark in a year that’s held many.
Fresh off tearing up Tokyo alongside Koppi Mizrahi, (who’s hugely responsible for the emergence of the scene in Japan) and a relentlessly powerful Mixpak FM 90 minute vogue mix filled with track names like “10,000 Screaming Faggots” and “Gurk That Shit”, the Fade To Mind release can be seen as an introduction of sorts to ballroom beats, featuring collaborations with legends Jay Karan and Vjuan Allure, and remixes by rising young stars of the Jersey Club scene Nadus and DJ Sliink.
But vogue’s reputation for primarily soundtracking clubs where queer, transgendered folks of all ethnicities went to dance brings up lots of issues about representation, and more personally, fears about the vogue sound being co-opted without recognition or support for the scene that birthed it.
This year saw Boddika and Joy O sampling Robbie Tronco’s “Walk For Me” into the much sought after “Swims”, but not before Tronco threatened them with a lawsuit for unauthorized sampling. Because this release is still listed as forthcoming on Swamp81, it appears this has been resolved, but the original implication was that Tronco did not take kindly to his source material being reworked.
Also gaining popularity is a selection of what’s been dubbed by some as ‘hetero-HA’- music that takes on the vogue vernacular without giving any other part of the gendered or social environment surrounding the creation of the scene much thought.
So to clarify, maybe it’s not MikeQ who’s in a perilous position, but dance music’s relationship with mining scenes for their authenticity and then repeating the idea in progessively less interesting rehashes. I’m not suggesting that MikeQ invented vogue, but of course, neither did Madonna.
Anyway, even if you think the social/political/sexual politics behind genres is fucking boring, all you really need to hear is the infectious scat improvisation of Kevin JZ Prodigy on “Feels Like” to understand why this is hot. Further showcasing the energy behind the music, this video of MikeQ and Kevin JZ Prodigy live at the Fade To Mind LA release party is just madness.
Below, “NuCunt” stretches out Kevin’s vocal words into a splice-and-dice snare workout that’s sure to work some reverberating magic on pansexual dancefloors ‘cross the nation.