The music of Liam Robertson and Calum Macleod, a.k.a. Clouds, has an essence which can be difficult to grasp. Since releasing on Speedy J’s Electric Deluxe imprint in 2016, the Scottish duo’s DJ sets have seen the pair endeavour to strip out all but their own, mostly new and unreleased, productions, leading to a heightened appreciation of the various directions in which they can drive their work back in the studio. Their trance inducing hooks borrow the urgencies and rhythms of early Hardcore and Jungle, alongside the manic paradoxes of abhorrent, rinsed out, joyful Gabber, or the obnoxious glee of Hardstyle, achieving a poetry seemingly at odds with itself, but without sounding crude. This isn’t an exercise in looking backwards, though, there is a skill to which their influences are employed. By not drawing purely upon aesthetic, stylistic conventions, utilized all too often amongst their peers, but by drawing on more subtle, substantial elements, Clouds are able to create an innovative, nuanced, singular experience. Few have a recent back catalogue as rich and diverse as returning guest DJ Randomer. His discography reads like a who’s who of modern techno: across a six year career, he’s produced four EPs for Untold’s Hemlock Recordings; released records for Hessle Audio, Numbers, Perc Trax and Clone; and most recently, been cherry-picked for Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S. As a DJ, Randomer is one of the UK’s finest, capable of effortlessly stitching together modern bass with classic techno and less esoteric 4/4 rhythms. Keepsakes, the moniker of British-Kiwi producer and DJ James Barrett, has been going from strength to strength in the murky world of techno in the past few years. With EPs pressed to wax on Ansome and Ossian’s South London Analogue Material and Germany’s Mindcut, appearances on the last two instalments of Mord’s Herdersmat compilations, plus European tours in 2016 and 2017, Keepsakes has been working hard to push his crunchy sound and diverse DJ sets internationally. Barrett co-founded the Haven club night alongside Jaded Nineties Raver in 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand, expanded into a vinyl-focused record label. Now residing in Berlin, Keepsakes is now focused full time on bringing a tough and eclectic vibe to dance floors worldwide – utilising his productions, DJ sets, and label to push a sound moving between techno, house, electro, bass music and breaks while still maintaining a distinct crunchy character. Arni Gudmundsson is Àrni, an artist from Iceland who has been making the Berlin underground rounds as well as leaving a powerful techno footprint in various European venues. Árni has been prominent in the Reykjavík scene for almost a decade, has played Sónar Reykjavík in 2018 and 2019, and is a tireless champion of other people’s music, often bringing unknown talents into the spotlight. Having started in drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep under the moniker Skeng, Árni now goes by his first name. Àrni debuted on one of our New Faces nights and he has blossomed into an innovative techno DJ worthy of weekend slots in top venues. He’s known for playing unreleased tracks by Icelandic artists such as EVA808, Kosmodod, Volruptus, Hidden People, Fascia and, of course, Bjarki. In the +4Bar: though he’s revered among Chicago DJs and around the world as the original master of ghetto dance music,returning artist DJ Deeon started small, on Chicago’s south side. Deeon calls ghetto house the “stepchild of Chicago house”. Eventually the incredible response from his music forced the clubs to concede and play his records. These “techno with a ghetto edge” tracks have found way to the decks in clubs around the world. Deeon found his home on Chicago’s own Dance Mania label, where he released hits like “3 Fine Hoes”, “Work Dis MF”, “Da Dick Suck” and “House O Matic”. Drawing from its palette of Chicago House, Acid House, Ghetto House and Techno, the recently in 2014 established Berlin-based record label Dizzy Tunes dedicates itself to pure analogue work on vinyl only. Jackin’ House – Classic House – Acid House – Ghetto House!