Operating out of Berlin and returning to HoW, Amila is a French DJ and selector whose work at the head of labels Altered Soul Experiment and IDO (International Dance Organization), founded alongside Valentino Mora has catapulted to the forefront of the Berlin underground scene. From a distance, it’s easy to distinguish the fragrances wafting across the grooves in which Amila indulges himself, bending and spinning before full crowds of absorbed ears, oozing nothing but compelling elixirs of funk, house, soul, hip-hop and jazz, tinged with a sixth sense for shaping truly immersive atmospheres and fascinating sound reliefs. As of late, Amila geared his focus towards downtempo realms and ambient-friendly sonics – a need for appeasing textures that’s been growing over the years and was first exposed on his series of home-cooked tapes, labelled ‘Search For Peace’ and which he then didn’t know would give the orientation to the eponymous show he now runs on the high-rated London based radio station, NTS. This consuming attraction for new age-y ambientisms and deeper than deep excursions took another turn with the launch of IDO, the label Amila set up last year with longtime friend and close collaborator Valentino Mora. Canadian Dane MacDonald’s timely meeting of disco master Koosh coupled with the support of his resident venue, The Common, was the gentle push Dane needed to create Common Edit. Starting out as a simple excuse to press a record, throw a party and have a time, Common Edit soon became home for Western Canadians like Eddie C, Khotin, Koosh, The Mole and others specializing in 7” cuts for the floor and the bedroom. Relocating to Berlin, Dane is submerged in non-stop digging of House, Disco, Techno, and all things in between have left him with deep crates ready for any floor that needs jumpin’. Not driven by genre, Miss Jay has a knack for narrative – her sets create a storyline that easily flows through sounds and moods. Based in the Groningen, club OOST is her home where she experiments both as club resident and curator of progressive events.