Ron Maney, also known as DJ Skull, hails from the Southside of Chicago, IL USA. DJ Skull can be counted as one of the strongest identities fronting the vanguard sound of Chicago’s underground. The quintessential producer, he is in full command of his craft and the identity of his music. He has managed to seamlessly weave the House & Techno genres; from his signature bass lines to the uniquely warm & soulful production, DJ Skull has proven to be an indispensable part of the music industry. In addition to launching the label Hypnotic Tones in 2004, he also launched Wax Candy Records in 2010 on which the original Chi-Life E.P. and subsequent album, Chi-Life: Live Project, was released. Thundering a sound that reinterprets the musical tropes of his Chi-Wax releases, Djax bombs, and funk semantics heard elsewhere (Sect, Mentha, Majestic), DJ Skull brings 30 years of experience in a deep-rooted knowledge and command to the live realm. Dutch artist Reynier Hooft van Huijsduijnen is Deniro, producer, DJ and co-founder of Tape Records in Amsterdam. His terrific set in the basement last October is not easily forgotten. Deniro is represented by Voyage Direct, a record label established to represent the wealth of electronic music talent coming out of the Netherlands, and also is associated with Berlin label Trip. Mareena’s influences range far and wide, including anything from Detroit and Chicago acid to the more hypnotic take on dub, ambient, and techno. Throughout the years Mareena has performed extensively both locally and internationally, accomplishing the rare feat of earning a reputation solely as a DJ and curator, namely for our weekly New Faces platform. In the +4Bar: Colin de la Plante aka The Mole is able to pull either inspiration or wax for his house-heavy DJ sets and live presentations from a diverse range of sounds, from Disco to Jazz, Hip Hop to Funk. Low-key and loved by many, the rambling captain of Maybe Tomorrow boasts a steadfast commitment to keeping it groovy…and weird!! With a career spanning over 20 years, The Mole (also a member of Modern Deep Left Quartet and Units & Measurements) also released his third LP titled De La Planet. The Mole also contributed to last year’s Slices Of Life 10th release. Adam Longman Parker aka Afriqua crafts his mercurial productions with an eye to the future and an ear to the past. His early productions as Afriqua caught the attention of independent labels including 2nd Drop Records, Souvenir, and All Inn, where he explored sounds both firmly within the house/techno sphere and unmistakably beyond it. 2017 marked the beginning of an exclusive relationship with R&S Records, where Afriqua’s tracks exemplify his approach to production: weaving deep samples into spacey sonic tapestries, honoring black heritage while propelling it into the future. Returning guest Stereociti was first discovered by Mike Huckaby in 2007. The Detroit legend introduced the Japanese producer to the world on his radio show. Immediately after the broadcast of the program, Stereociti released his debut EP “Citifunk EP” and joined a compilation “Up to the Surface” with producers such as Baaz and Scott Ferguson. Stereociti released his first full-length album “Kawasaki” on Mojuba. It was highly acclaimed by both dance music fans and critics, and is already regarded as a milestone in the history of deep house music. Stereociti’s sources of influence are not only House and Techno music from Chicago and Detroit, but Jazz, Fusion, Dub, Rare Grooves and Japanese pop music of the 80’s.