As summer creeps in now that winter’s back has turned, South West Four have decided to add a further seven huge acts to the sunday lineup for this summer’s event.
An undisputed star of 2015, electronic music big hitter Maya Jane Coles follows up her stay at SW4 2015 by returning to Clapham Common to reignite the party she whipped up last year, offering up the talents that have made her DJ Magazine’s ‘Best Producer’ as she takes up her natural place behind the decks once again.
Another titan of electronic music, Black Coffee has quickly become one of South Africa’s proudest exports as his soulful approach to house music has swept across continents to earn him status as one of the most in demand DJs on the circuit. Not many can match the pace of Black Coffee’s ascent, but one lady who can is purveyor of unforgiving house and techno and Mood Records launcher Nicole Moudaber. Returning to SW4 after a few years of releasing on Drumcode and Intec, Nicole is not to be messed with, armed with a crunching sound that combines a dense backbone with dark and brooding inflections.
Exciting SW4 debuts are also planned for a few artists new and old, with AUS Music head honcho Will Saul making an overdue appearance in the year his label turns 10. Responsible for finding some of the UK’s best underground producers at the very start of their careers, Will is an expert digger with a penchant for disco, house and techno that shines through in his DJ sets as well as his intelligent dancefloor productions. Joining him in gracing the stage for a first time, upcomer Lauren Lane flies out from LA to continue her flaming start to 2016. With similar inclinations towards the techier side of house music, Lauren can expect a warm welcome with this chance to convert yet more dancers over to her rapidly expanding fanbase.
Lauren Lane won’t be the only fresh talent to earn the SW4 badge this year, as Finland’s Yotto will be given the opportunity to show why Anjunadeep were so keen to have him on their books, parading the deep house flavours that have also endeared him to Pete Tong. Bedrock favourite Guy J will also step up, returning to SW4 to continue his journey into house hypnosis.
Don’t forget that these are just the latest names in a long list for this year’s South West Four, with headliner performances from The Chemical Brothers, Rudimental, Andy C, Knife Party and Dizzee Rascal already confirmed for the August bank holiday weekend.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Liason Artists