We decided to put a spotlight on our favorite artists from our home city of Los Angeles this Summer. Over the coming 10 weeks, we’ll feature a cross section of what the city has to offer. Far from a selection of the biggest touring entities, we hope to shine light on the individuals who brighten the airwaves and nights out on a regular basis.
Driven by a Puritanical 2 AM closing time, much of Los Angeles’ most exciting nightlife occurs at the margins, taking place in repurposed industrial spaces and lofts throughout the city. Unfortunately, much of the city’s warehouse scene push trad house and techno and does little to create inclusive, safe and open spaces for participants. Fortunately, a collection of parties, including Cameo, Directory and Rail Up, have ventured to break up the monotony, building out into new spaces, eschewing tedious music policies and putting in the labor to bring new audiences into the fold. KAILI is one of the most electric DJs to emerge from that milieu, initially as half of Club Strategies and now as a solo entity.
Working with a range of Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Portuguese, and other rhythm-centric sounds, KAILI’s approach exudes joy, creating space for both anthemic sing-alongs and tightly wound club cuts. It’s not an exceedingly new approach, but KAILI takes it on without pretension, highlighting the idiosyncratic sonic cues in tracks from Vybz Kartel, Destra and Aidonia while simultaneously making space for the likes of FAKA, precolombian and DJ Lycox. Stepping away from the slower, more languorous material featured in previous mixes for the Sleeper Cell NTS LA show and Malibu Motorsports, her Astral Plane mix is an invigorating mash of polyrhythms, leaping head on into baile funk, kuduro, gqom and UK funky. It’s impossible to reduce it down to an “LA Sound”, but KAILI’s driving, hybridized approach has clearly been bringing the city’s most adventurous dancers out of the wordwork. Find more KAILI mixes here and grab a download of her Astral Plane mix here.
Lyzza – Been That Bitch
Lil Silva – One Twenty
MozziOh! – Arm & Hammer ft. JaxSnoww
NKC – HD Anthem
Gracious K – Just Flex
Dinamarca – 9pm
Pedro – Batimento
MC Kitinho e MC 7Belo – NGDP M.R. (Nahshi Edit)
Djsleyabove ft Mulatoh Produções – Como q’ela vai
L-Vis 1990 – Do My Ting ft. Mista Silva (Funky refix)
Doc Daneeka – Hold On
Kodak Black – Tunnel Vision (Lycox Remix)
MORPHINE X RESPIRATOR X WILHELMINA X PRECOLUMBIAN
FAKA – Uyang’khumbula
HEAVY-K feat. Bucie & Nokwazi – iNDE
Florentino – Sientelo
Art of Noise x Gucci Mane (APRIL BOURNE mashup)