There's a new wave of talent bubbling up in the underground right now. And while established artists like Steffi, Monika Kruse, Ellen Allien and Cassy most certainly paved the way for the next generation of female stars, it's not them we're looking at today. These are 10 of the underground's most promising female faces. We don't hope to differentiate, only inspire, so that new generations of inspirational female talent continue to foster amongst true club culture.
Ditching psychedelic rock and the northern Californian coast for deep, stormy techno and inexpensive Berlin just three years back, Jamaica Suk has made serious waves with EPs on Face To Face and a huge Tim Xavier remix, which she created in a collective studio above Renate. Playing at clubs like Tresor and famed afterhours spot Golden Gate, she also recently provided the guest mix for Slam Radio, who note her undeniable skill at fusing her rock and jazz roots into a brand of techno that’s all her own.
If you enjoy a good back story with your techno, Annie Hall has one of the most compelling, as she relocated to Windsor from Spain some time back, opening up a record cutting company RVSD, while helping spread her techno message as part of the collective Detroit Underground. But it’s her powerful, atmospheric productions for labels like FLASH, Blank Code and Torque that truly speak volumes, with huge acid builds, clanging bells and endless tension conjuring thoughts of big, dark dance floors like Berghain.
Ukraine’s Nastia found her passion for music through dancing, though there soon became a point when dancing wasn’t enough. She decided to take a more hands on approach to her love for music and began mixing, which has seen grow into a true selector by trade, working dance floors across the globe with sultry house and techno sounds. Nastia plays Sonus Festival this year, which takes place on 16th - 20th August at Zcre Beach, Pag Island, Croatia.
Aurora Halal’s sound encompasses shadowy tripped-out techno and gritty analogue house. She’s been touring Europe for a number of years as well as juggling responsibilities as a video editor and the creator of Brooklyn’s Mutual Dreaming parties. Her debut solo EP, 2014’s Passageway, is a brilliantly immersive exploration of murky analogue sounds.
Amsterdam’s Sandrien is easily one of today’s best DJs – of any genre – but her effortless ability to mix heavy, industrial, atmospheric techno is up there with the greats, and her sets as a resident of Trouw were the stuff of legend (if you haven’t heard her final set there, listen here, it’s goose bump inducing). And while she’s still remaining somewhat quiet on the production front, Trouw’s closure hasn’t slowed her down a bit, playing gigs all over Italy, the UK, Germany and her native Netherlands recently, including major festivals like Awakenings, Loveland and Mysteryland in the coming months.
As a talented singer, songwriter, DJ and producer, Virginia has developed her musical career in many areas. From her deep DJ sets, to her spontaneous live vocal performances and to her incredible productions on the respected Ostgut Ton label, Virginia’s immersion in the electronic music scene is exciting and refreshing.
Cutting her teeth as a resident of Düsseldorf’s free-spirited club Salon Des Amateurs for the past five years while running the monthly radio show Sentimental Flashback for Radio Cómeme – a label she is also a part of – has given Willikens the uncanny flair for eclecticism. She simply never sits still on the decks, cutting between raw, jacking rhythms, unusual bubbling acid goodies, disco and obscure techno at clubs like Golden Pudel, Corsica Studios, and ://about blank. As a producer, she released her debut EP on Cómeme this February, a six-tracker that’s just as intriguing and indelibly original as her sets.
Nadja Lind is no stranger to some of the world’s most famous clubs, having played at the likes of Tresor, fabric and DC-10 over the years. Her style is eclectic, from dubby atmospheric sounds to driving techno and grooving tech-house, she has released on imprints such as Lucidflow and the esteemed Soma.
Taking inspiration from the queen of electronic music in the UK, Annie Mac, Monki's bass heavy UK-centric sound has started to make waves in her homeland and beyond. She’s bagged a spot hosting a show on BBC Radio 1Xtra, has mixed Fabriclive 81, the latest edition of the seminal Fabriclive mix CD series, and is set to appear at some of the biggest music festivals this summer.
If you want proof that America has real pockets of underground talent, look no further than Oshana. Hailing from NYC, her deep, complex style has caught the attention of the Romanians, scoring EPs on LOK, Brouqade, as well as Moscow based Body Parts, earning her praise from crews like a:rpia:r. Desolat and Cadenza – she even scored a coveted position on Raresh’s Fabric 78 Compilation, while her one of a kind live show has landed her gigs with tINI & The Gang and as Berlin’s Club der Visionaere.