Forest Swords

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Forest Swords is one producer, Matthew Barnes, from Liverpool, UK. A unique blend of jagged hip-hop and R&B beats, looping guitar lines and manipulated samples, his evocative and emotional music reflects the sprawling Wirral landscape of river, coastland and woodland with all the haunting melodies of nearby city Liverpool’s enviable pop history.

His studio EP – 2010′s ‘Dagger Paths’ – received huge critical acclaim. Despite it’s EP length, it was named FACT Magazine’s #1 album of the year and Pitchfork’s #48 best, called “one of 2010′s finest underground records” by NME, and chosen a ‘Hidden Gem of 2010′ by The Guardian.In November 2010, Pitchfork posted an article suggesting Barnes was part of a new generation of producer composers, alongside James Blake, Mount Kimbie, Bon Iver, Burial and Four Tet.

After 3 years of silence a new track – “Thor’s Stone” – was dropped without warning in June 2013, receiving universal online coverage. Within 48 hours The FADER had published a think piece proclaiming the producer’s music is “worth endless listens, endless re-examinations, endless re-contextualizing”, and stating it “exists in that sweet spot of musical influence between everything and nothing.” Further new material is expected to surface shortly.

 


“Superb… walks a taut tightrope between digital dread and organic warmth.” — The Guardian

“Forest Swords is making it readily apparent that no matter where he may be in his project’s lifespan, the inspiration which drives its haunted music remains focused and resolute.” –Pitchfork

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Ikonika

Ikonika PicIkonika is one of the outstanding producers of her generation. Her 2008 debut ‘Please’ (Hyperdub), announced a forward thinking, highly melodic, twisted take on UK underground dance music. After further singles for Planet Mu and Hyperdub, she went on to release one of the best albums of 2010 ‘Contact, Love, Want, Have’, receiving glowing reviews from The Guardian, BBC, NME, FACT, Resident Advisor, Pitchfork among many more. Her remix projects have included Interpol, Caribou, Cubic Zirconia and DJ Mujava.

Equally accomplished is Ikonika the DJ. Her technical proficiency has taken her to bookings at clubs and festivals all across the world. Her live and studio sets journey from classic House and Techno, to RnB bangers, to the freshest sounds of the underground. Her talent was recognised by DJ Mag with nominations for ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ of 2009 and ‘Best DJ’ of 2010, in their ‘Best Of British’ awards. Ikonika also runs the label Hum + Buzz with Optimum (Night Slugs/Planet Mu). As well as releasing singles from the owners, it focuses on introducing bright new talent.

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