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Scrolling back to 2012, the name NKC might have meant something to fans of the out-of-favor UK funky sound, a young, London-based producer, teaming up on records with Mak & Pasteman, releasing singles on a nascent label called Awkward Movements (now an NTS show) and being remixed by the legend Zed Bias (as Maddslinky). There’s not a ton of NKC material out there from that period, but there’s enough to piece together a narrative, and then… pretty much nothing. With the exception of a few one offs posted to Soundcloud and a light social media presence, the promising producer seemed to drop off the map almost entirely.

Reborn in the public eye late last year, NKC is now part of London’s undeniable Her Records crew and, based on the fact that his Twitter activity revolves almost entirely around the purported UK funky revival, appears to be just as invested in the twisted hybrid form as he was while releasing songs like “Marie” and “Errthing”. “For Yourself”, from last year’s Her Records Vol 3, was (to our knowledge at least) NKC’s first official release since 2012 and the song’s strutting energy and soot-caked percussion grabbed more than a few looks among the compilation’s twinkling melodic functions. October 2014’s self-released role model single established him further as a talent among new fans, made up of two drum workouts reminiscent of Neana’s Poindexter-cum-Wiley aesthetic.

And scrolling through the track list of his Astral Plane mix, a necessary follow up to last week’s Radar Radio session with Miss Modular, it’s immediately clear that NKC has found a number of contemporary artists working within a similar funky downstream. From Imaabs, Tomas Urquieta and Nunu’s hybrid takes on four-on-the-floor workouts to MikeQ and Divoli S’vere’s searing approach to dancehall, it’s clear that the rhythmically-focused, Afro-Caribbean way of UK funky is alive and well in NKC’s work and while explicit takes on the sound are still few and far between among young producers (who seem more likely to try their hand at grime at the moment), it’s clear that the sped up dembow, kuduro-derived polyrhythms and repetitious vocal snatches are still alive and well for many. Check the track list after the fold and grab yourself some mid-2000s classics, as well as their contemporary counterparts.

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Copenhagen-based producer Kid Antoine has been garnering accolades from across the board as of late, producers and fans alike fawning over his dubs, KA edits and the Truancy Volume that debuted earlier this month. Antoine also contributed a key track to our Heterotopia compilation, which was later remixed by fellow Her member Fraxinus. Yesterday marked the release of Antoine’s debut Proximity EP through Her Records and the tape’s militant take on the club form is a tantalizing reminder that the hyper is very real. Made of four originals and a Miss Modular rework, Proximity touches on Jersey club and kuduro mainly, the two percussive templates drenched in the producer’s now-trademark searching melodies. Alongside Murlo, Antoine has done remarkable work at conjoining an almost twee focus on melody with the harsh, bang-the-box ethos that has become the Her calling card since Miss Modular’s “Reflector Pack” single. Proximity is out now and can be bought in digital form here.


Since the release of Heterotopia in October of last year, we’ve been working on a fitting follow up and today, we’re proud to announce a three volume series of Heterotopia Remixes, featuring reworks of songs from the original compilation. Our friends at Mixmag were kind enough to host Fraxinus‘ tumbling remix of Kid Antoine‘s “Nightvision” this morning and we’re excited to release Vol. 1 in a little over two weeks. We’ve worked to bring the original contributors, as well as a number of artists we admire, into the fold and couldn’t be happier with the final result. Head to Mixmag for some more words on the tape and check the full track list for Heterotopia Remixes Vol. 1 below.

  1. Celestial Trax – Illuminate (Druid Cloak Remix)
  2. Air Max ’97 – Chasm (iglooghost Remix)
  3. Iglooghost – Wood Farm (Sharp Veins Remix)
  4. Arkitect – Foucault’s Dream (Patrick Brian Remix)
  5. Kid Antoine – Nightvision (Fraxinus Remix)
  6. Imaabs – Cautiverio (She’s Drunk Remix)
  7. Mike G – Limestone (Chants Remix)

Continuing our year end coverage, we asked Tomas Fraser, head of breathtaking grime outlet Coyote Records, which 2014 songs he wished he could have signed. It’s a bit of a silly hypothetical, but while signing a “Take Time” is almost always a heartbeat decision, the amount of factors that go into a label signing are often overwhelming. Tomas does an excellent job with Coyote and while he couldn’t snag the following, Mumdance x Novelist, Murlo, CYPHR, Visionist or Gantz x El Mahdy Jr. tracks this year, his label has turned out quality releases from Chemist and Spare, as well as their annual compilation, Coyote Kings 2. Check out Tomas’ selection below and hit the jump to stream Rejig’s contribution to the aforementioned compilation. Also, be sure to peep Riley Lake’s Fave Discontinued Hardware from yesterday!

Mumdance ft. Novelist – ‘Take Time’ (Rinse)

Would loved to have released a record on this based primarily on the fact that it single-handedly gave power back to the MCs – it proved that MCs could do the intricate, new world of contemporary instrumental grime production justice and vice versa. Don’t think we’ll fully appreciate it for a few years yet either.

Murlo – Cold Stroke (Oil Gang)

Spent the last 10 months or so fast-forwarding mixes just to reload ‘Cold Stroke’ – it’s just one of those tracks that I’ll always love. Was chuffed to see it get a proper release because I still think it stands as one of his best pieces of production to date.

CYPHR – Sun (Her Records)

Went under the radar a bit this one but it blew me away listening to it for the first time. The way the track builds and all the components intertwine is genuinely beautiful – even my boss bought the EP after I played it in the office. Says it all really.

Visionist – More Pain (Lit City Trax)

Visionist has my favourite production aesthetic in the game and ‘More Pain’ is probably the best example of how he goes about his work. It reminds me of a prayer of sorts in the sense that it’s gothic and moody and haunting and almost spiritual, all at the same time – it’s this sense of emotional urgency that makes him stand out from the rest for me.

Gantz ft. El Mahdy Jr – Rising (Deep Medi)

Not my usual bag but I know Gantz is a great producer and alongside El Mahdy Jr, something clicked for me. There’s a real tangible sense of spirituality about ‘Rising’ – perpetuated by Mahdy Jr’s enchanting vocal – and the way Gantz joins the dots between the classic Medi template & the sounds of his own heritage and culture is first class.

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The multi-faceted approach of the Her Records squad is readily apparent in the cycle of new singles/EPs, from each member of the team, that have arrived in the past year. Each release, stylistically divergent from the last, has offered a new prong in the Her arsenal and June’s Her Records Vol. 3 compilation tied the whole endeavor together in neat, singular package. The next project titled Ekleipsis, comes courtesy of CYPHR later this month and sees the London-based producer continue the harmonic backflips we saw on his remix of Zutzut and Lao’s “Momentos De XTC”. The EP’s title track is coliseum large, but also strangely intimate, drawing on battle-drum percussion and vocal-esque pads for a wholly encompassing affect. Ekleipsis is set for a September 30 release date, but can pre-ordered now.

miss-modular Since the advent of the Internet, it has become increasingly difficult to step back and register one’s surroundings and comprehend the flow of history. This is true for nearly every cultural sector, but especially for contemporary dance music, a culture desperate to establish, defend and reinforce its position in the global canon. Every think piece about commercialism, capitalism, drugs, or artistic legitimacy is born out of that fundamental disposition, a disposition born out of both real and perceived marginalization. Timeline, lineage, and those infernal genre maps (the footwork one excluded) are the physical manifestations of this yearning for history, but temporal language is inherently built into the fabric of dance music. Terms like future, post, retro and the abominable “nu” run rampant on Beatport, Juno and Boomkat and have become some of the most common, and most maligned, signifiers in the dance music lexicon. The search for the “next” best thing/trend/genre/producer is often steeped in the language of sports recruiting, pointing to an artist’s potential and whether it will/can be realized. The fact that modern dance music has only been a semi-coherent industry for three odd decades now makes comprehension all the more difficult and the proclivity to assign false historicity all the more common.

Miss Modular, co-head of Her Records, is at the vanguard of a brash, young coalition of UK producers pushing the boundaries of club music. Along with compatriots Sudanim, CYPHR and Neana (to name a few), MM is often pointed to as a member of the Night Slugs generation (the line has, and will be, trotted out again and again), but as much as they are following the early steps of Bok Bok, Jam City and Girl Unit, they are flouting their forebears and writing an original blueprint. At the beginning of their excellent interview with Tom Lea for FACT, MM, Suda, CYPHR and Fraxinus point to the “obvious genealogy” from Night Slugs to Her, but then flip the script and lambast a general willingness to follow the former label’s Club Constructions series. While their literal “fuck you” to the British dance music establishment is slightly impulsive, it also acts a figurative breakpoint between Her and everything that came before it (and might come after it).

When Miss Modular’s Reflector Pack/Cruzer Edge single was released last December, Her was still a relatively unknown entity. Two compilations and several hit-or-miss EPs dotted the label’s Bandcamp, but the now ubiquitous “Reflector Pack” started off a string of wildly inventive releases that continued with Sudanim’s The Link EP, CYPHR’s Brace/Gloss Finish and, most recently, Her Records Volume 3. With only a semblance of traditional label framework, MM, Suda and CYPHR developed a sonic environment all their own, drawing bits and pieces from Jersey club, dancehall and hyper-crisp Atlanta/Los Angeles rap production. Those aren’t the label’s only tangible influences of course, but the fact that all three are definitively modern sounds is an important factor in the development of Her.

For his part, MM is the most indebted of the Her crew to the sounds of Jersey and his contribution to our mix series highlights that relationship. Overtures into dancehall and grime jumpstart the mix, but stomp box kick drums and stark vocal cuts are the bread and butter of this 40 minute composition. It’s difficult to perceive a physical environment outside of the club for MM and Her, but I imagine a hi-tech trans-continental expressway that features stops in Newark, London, Lisbon and Kingston. Lanes are demarcated by a crisp, effervescent linearity, but due to the geographical impossibility of the expressway, also feature a number of interstitial “portals”. There has to be some explanation for how these South London polyglots developed their sound after all. If you’re in London, catch MM along with Pinch, Preditah, Riko Dan and more this Friday. Check below the jump for MM’s idiosyncratic track list.

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To this point, the Her Records crew has remained almost entirely insular with each of the last five releases coming from the label’s three core members: Miss Modular, Sudanim and CYPHR. FACT Mag recently sat down with the aforementioned trio, as well as the latest addition to the crew, Fraxinus, and dished on comparisons to other labels, the reductive nature of calling a song a drum track, and the upcoming Her Volume 3 compilation. FACT also premiered “Expected Encounter” by new Her signee Kid Antoine, the first track from the upcoming comp. Hailing from Copenhagen, Antoine wraps twinkling synth keys around protean, kuduro-inspired production on “Expected Encounter” for a ruggedly ebullient effect. Look out for more Antoine material and the upcoming Her comp on the horizon.


Last June, Her Records caught our attention with the unique, R&B-inflected club vibes of CYPHR’s Girl Shake, a free EP that set the stage for Miss Modular’s wildly popular “Reflektor Pack”, although hasn’t received nearly as much popular acclaim. With Sudanim’s The Link EP already under their belt, it’s clear that the Her crew are looking to flex their shit in 2014 and today brings  release of CYPHR’s Brace/Gloss Finish single. More unbridled than Girl Shake, both “Brace” and “Gloss Finish” abandon the R&B trappings of CYPHR’s first Her release, the former opting for a growling, percussive monster and the latter straining ebullient vocals and analogue synth work into a techno framework. Both tracks are wildly efficient club efforts and allow CYPHR the room to remove himself from the shadow of his fellow Her artists. The single is out now and can be bought at the Her store.


If you were unfamiliar with the rising talent in the wot you call it world of instrumental grime, stripped-down techno and general sub-low bidness, it might come as a massive surprise to see so much collaboration and conversation occurring on a daily level. Twitter has the immediate capacity to connect artists, but it takes artist imperative to connect in the end. At times, it’s difficult to tell where the Gang Fatale boys, Her Records crew, Goon Club Allstars and joint Fade To Mind/Night Slugs powerhouse begin and end. The sheer amount of track sharing, bootlegging and wide-spread positive spirit would be encouraging in any sphere, but these guys and gals are at the very forefront of British dance music. That’s why it came as no surprise to see Neana listed as a remixer of Sudanim’s latest project, presciently titled The Link. Stream Neana’s remix below and check out the full EP here.

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Last year, south London club night/record label Her Records appeared to make a huge leap by releasing Miss Modular’s Reflector Pack/Cruzer Edge, a world-beating affair that launched MM and Her onto the tongue of just about every tastemaker in (and out of) the business. “Reflector Pack” was obviously the star track of 2013, but what some people forget is that the young label also released two other EPs and a compilation throughout the calendar year. Not only has Her broken open the sound bank with their angular, metallic take on club music, but they’ve already amassed an impressive catalogue in just over 13 months in existence. The label’s next release will come from co-head Sudanim in the form of The Link EP and it’s already sounding like a belter. The title track brings to mind the work of Jam City and Girl Unit’s Hysterics side-project, but Sudanim isn’t just your run of the mill Night Slugs derivative, instead he has an aesthetic all his own. It’s an aesthetic built on ever-building percussion that can tumble down in a violent crush at any moment. It’s nominally dance music, but offers an equally impressive post-industrial sentiment. With some of the bigger names in London already on their side and names like Fraxinus in their camp, expect to hear a lot more from Her over the coming months. The EP will feature four original tracks and an always coveted Neana remix. Out tomorrow (February 12) on Her.