We are so very excited and happy to bring Midland on his superb new tour to Hope Works with what is essentially a dream team of house music right now. Ladies and gentlemen....
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Since he first surfaced in 2010, Harry Agius (aka Midland) has been a chameleonic talent: a producer of surreal club cuts as well as modern pop songs; a house DJ always flirting with techno, disco and the sounds of his native UK. Through his productions, DJ sets and record labels, Midland's output comes across as unassuming and surprising in equal measure, at once subtle, refined and totally raucous.
Midland's production style has nimbly evolved from one record to the next. “Your Words Matter” his collaboration with Pearson Sound (then Ramadanman), set the tone for his long-lasting relationship with Aus Music:– stripped-back, garage-flavored house, which also characterised his 2011 single “Bring Joy” on More Music. Soon after, though, he flipped the script, joining forces with Pariah for a scuffed-up techno EP that formed part of the Sheworks series on Karenn’s Works The Long Nights label. This dark turn continued on what may have been his breakthrough track, “Trace”, a warped after-hours tune that seemed to emanate from the deepest corners of the subconscious.
In 2013 he launched his label, Graded, with the double A-side of “Archive 01” and “Realtime”, both of which became seminal tracks on dance floors around the world that year. This was soon followed by “Drumtrak”, a wonderfully delirious creeper of recrord. In 2015 he wove bongos and soaring strings into his palette for the first time on the Double Feature EP, comprised of a pair of warm and disco-flavored house bombs. The EP was released on his newly-launched ReGraded imprint, also home to one of the stealthiest hits of that year, Hubie Davison's “Sanctified”. Midland has also worked on plenty of one-off projects over the course of his career, including remixes for artists from Mano Le Tough to Darkstar (on Warp Records), “Before We Leave” for Phonica’s white label series, and contributions to JD Twitch of Optimo’s Autonomous Africa label and as part of AKASE with Robbie Redway whose debut album“Grasepers”, released by Berlin institution k7!, showed a wholly different side to his sound
For all of these efforts he has received a steady stream of accolades, but it’s possible he’s made his biggest impact with the other side of his craft: DJing. Delivering his kaleidoscopic taste with a mixing technique that nods as much to his British lineage as it does to a smoother European style, he has distinguished himself with sets as classy as they are utterly party rocking. Late at night and early in the morning, aboard boat parties on the Adriatic or on the carpeted dance floor at Freerotation, via regular slots at Berlin’s Panorama Bar, Amsterdam’s Dekmantel Festival and London’s Fabric or his “all night long” events, he's given countless unforgettable moments to innumerable people.
Midland’s entries for mix series, from Resident Advisor to Beats in Space to Fact Mag, have become word of mouth classics. In 2016 this culminated with his entry for BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix, which went on to earn him “Essential Mix of the Year” and was described by Pete Tong as “a real timeless classic from start to finish”. This paved the way for the release of “Blush” on his Graded label and “Final Credits” on ReGraded, which would go on to be named Mixmag’s song of the year and help cap off 2016 in true style.
Now he's got Fabric 94 under his belt he's literally going stratospheric!!!! And then...the one and only....
Miss Honey Dijon had carved a distinct niche for herself in the world of underground electronic music,
coming to be associated with exquisitely curated cross-genre sets and total dance-floor chaos wherever
she plays - from Berghain to Space or Smart Bar. As a producer, her reputation for bringing this knowledge
to her forward thinking creations is growing all the time.
Born and raised in Chicago - the home of house music - the city's influence on Honey’s style is deeply
ingrained. Like many in the scene, her love affair with music began upon hearing her parent’s soul and R&B
records at home. Soon, it was clear to her that she needed to be the one dropping the needle on the record
at her parent’s basement parties - at which point there was no turning back - club life beckoned.
Before long she was obsessively collecting tracks from hallowed stores like Imports Etc and Gramaphone in
Chicago - developing the taste and style that would become her own. Through digging at these legendary
stores, Honey met and formed a long lasting friendship with Derrick Carter, who became a mentor. It was he
who introduced her to the underground of Chicago where she was exposed to the sounds of jacking house
and Detroit techno. After relocating to New York City, Honey also met another music giant Danny Tenaglia,
whose legendary sets at Twilo were also a major source of inspiration. “Danny heavily influenced my sound
as a DJ’, says Honey. “The drama of his delivery and risk taking always informed me of how I wanted to
present music. Of course, Derrick and Chicago house were also very influential in my development as an
artist, so it’s this combination of Chicago and New York that has helped me develop my signature sound.”
This signature sound can be heard all over her much lauded mixes for various online platforms like Resident
Advisor, yet it’s in the flesh where her power is really revealed. Her blending of the bump of Chicago with
more classic New York sounds and various European influences (Honey splits her time between New York
and Berlin), her sets are known for their strong programming, passion and integrity.
The art of the mix itself is also very important to Honey as anyone who has witnessed her play can testify -
her subtle mixing skills and the deft, almost sensuous transitions between house and techno deliver a
warm, hypnotic vibe within her sets. She has brought her talents to many of the best venues around the
world - from Panorama Bar in Berlin, Sub Club in Glasgow, The Block in Tel Aviv, Output in NYC, Space in
Ibiza and of course Smart Bar in Chicago - the list goes on, and her influence grows every show.
In the studio, Honey brings a unique perspective and experience to her productions. Unsurprisingly, the
influences of such an illustrious background run deep, but do not overwhelm her forward-looking works.
This is instantly clear from her releases and remixes on Classic Records, particularly with the recent
collaborations with Seven Davis Jr and Tim K and the upcoming album on the same label due in summer
Honey has also been highly active at the intersection of fashion and music, compiling and curating the
music for Louis Vuitton’s men’s shows, while also working closely with British designer Kim Jones. Honey
She's got her first album out in October with a dazzling array of colabs, but the most important thing to know is that she's one hell of an amazing dj and performer....you NEED to come and see this for yourself.
Chile-born DJ, producer and label owner Shanti Celeste leads a busy life – when she’s not hopping across the world from club to club as a touring DJ, she’s holed up in the studio working on tunes or frantically keeping on top of label admin. Then she’s got to make time for crate digging and, well, living.
Celeste’s alarming work rate is exactly why we’ve already been treated to three releases this year – an untitled 12″ for her own Peach Discs imprint, a split with Call Super for Dekmantel and the phenomenal ‘Make Time’ 12″ for Idle Hands, a label she’s been associated with for many years having worked at the store in Bristol.
She's still massively on the rise and has played for us twice before and we are thrilled to bring her back again.
Heavyweight selection first and foremost. Coupled with the skills to seamlessly join the dots between house, techno, disco and more, it’s a formula that has seen Josey Rebelle gain a solid reputation both in her native London and across the world.
As well as DJing at clubs and festivals across the UK and internationally, Josey is a regular at some of the UK’s most respected nights – including Boiler Room (having played at the very first official broadcast back in 2010), Nonsense and Deviation. She has graced the line ups of clubs such as London's legendary Plastic People (where she held down various residencies), Fabric (London), Panorama Bar (Berlin), De School (Amsterdam), Djoon (Paris) and Nitsa (Barcelona), alongside festivals including Dimensions, Outlook and Bestival.
With a Resident Advisor mix under her belt in February 2016, Josey has also had mixes aired on BBC Radio 1 and seen several of her mixes and streamed DJ sets selected for annual ‘best of’ lists compiled by the likes of Boiler Room, Fact and Complex. Her Dimensions Festival 2016 set in The Moat was selected as one of Resident Advisor’s top 5 key performance across the entire five-day festival, joining the ranks of Ben Klock, Massive Attack, Mr Fingers Live and Mala.
While her club sets centre around house, techno and disco sounds old and new, Josey demonstrates the full spectrum of her musical knowledge on her shows every Sunday on Rinse FM, one of the UK’s leading underground radio stations which she has been on since 2011.