Born Travis Stewart on March 4th 1982, Machinedrum’s debut album, Now You Know, was released in 2001 on the Miami-based Merck Records and gained worldwide attention and praise from musicians, fans and critics. Having a strong background in both acoustic and electronic instrumentation, he dances between those elements on all his releases. 2010 saw Machinedum re-surface in a major way. His newest side project Sepalcure, a duo with Praveen Sharma, became one of the intriguing names in the post-dubstep and UK funky scene. In the past year, Machinedrum has had two albums out: the critically-acclaimed Room(s) LP, and a self-titled LP from Sepalcure that anchored the duo as true tastemakers of electronica.
Ikonika’s dubstep combines melodic synth patterns, driving drums, melancholic sub bass and unorthodox song structures, simultaneously heartfelt and heavy. Her unique sound continued to progress with further releases on Hyperdub and Planet Mu. Her tracks have been supported by everyone from Kode9, Martyn and Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC Radio 1) to Rob Da Bank (BBC Radio 1) and Flying Lotus. As an in-demand DJ, her sets showcase the constantly mutating underground sounds of the UK, spanning from the freshest Dubstep and Funky dubplates to the classic foundations of House and Garage.
Jacques Greene is a producer who has synthesized his own romantic divergent version of house. Raised in the icy beauty of Montreal, his recording career has carved out its own audio and visual space, attracting millions of Soundcloud plays, headline shows that enraptured thousands, Radiohead remixes, The XX tours and productions for voices like Tinashe and How To Dress Well.
As Montreal's premiere Grime selector, Son Raw explores the fertile territory between the funkier strands of London's Hardcore Continuum and the newest forms of urban dance music emerging out of North-America. Combining supercharged bass lines, junglist drum breaks, high-speed rhyming and constantly shifting rhythms with a relentlessly forward-thinking approach to track selection, his sets have electrified audiences from Montreal's underground rave scene to Los Angeles' legendary Low End Theory.