5 artists to discover this week: Madam X, Mama Snake, Skatebård, Powder & Eris Drew

Being in the flourishing music hub of London, we’re constantly discovering incredible artists. Whether it’s through word of mouth or at a local rave, the scene right now is oozing with crazy talent. It’s an exciting time to be in the midst of the electronic music scene with so many artists building their own brands and parties. Rather than keeping these finds to ourselves, we’ll be sharing our top 5 artists of the moment each week.

Madam X 

Madam X is no new face in the scene but I discovered her on New Year’s Day at the Hospitality event playing one of the stand out sets of the day, dropping surefire hits like Pearson Sound ‘Blanked’ and Joker ‘Mad Night’. Founding her own label Kaizen in 2014 with an impressive free compilation ‘Kaizen Movements Vol.1’, the label has gone on to host label showcases across the country with Madam X playing all night long for a London show in February.

Powder

I came across Powder through Resident Advisor’s excellent Breaking Through series where they highlight her dual existence as she produces music to exorcize her daily demons” from a “bland office building where her day is consumed by the electronics industry.” Other than this feature, there is not much about Powder on the internet but after releasing her debut ‘Highly’ EP in 2015, her profile has been slowly but surely building. The renowned Dekmantel Festival has booked Powder to play their 2018 edition and she’ll be playing all night long at Corsica Studios on the 9th March.

Mama Snake 

Copenhagen’s electronic music scene is rarely talked about yet artists like Mama Snake and Courtesy are representing the scene across the globe with their Ectotherm imprint. After a trip to De School in August last summer, the night just so happened to be an Ectotherm showcase where from midnight till 7:30am, the tempo never dropped below 135bpm and that sums up Copenhagen’s scene perfectly. The label has released natives such as Schacke, IBON and Rune Bagge. This Mama Snake mix has been one of my favourites of this week and you can catch one of her punishing sets at Corsica Studios on the 10th February.

Skatebård 

Teasing the announcement of their festival lineup, Dekmantel released several podcasts on Monday. One of them being this incredible 3-hour journey from Norwegian artist Skatebård. The mix explores the realms of Italo, disco and house with tinges of acid. Living a double life, Skatebård is well known for being part of the hip hop act Side Brok and owns his own imprint Digitalo Enterprises.

Eris Drew

Over the Christmas period Resident Advisor published a stellar podcast from American DJ Eris Drew. The mix received outstanding reviews from the DJ circuit and journalists alike, and has since blown up her profile across the world. Now on the 24th February, Eris will be making her London debut at small local party Open Access Zone.

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