Kidkanevil (First Word Records, UK):
Growing up on a unique mix of street music and geek culture, kidkanevil aka Gerard Roberts has developed a distinctive and progressive sound over the years. A keen creative from an early age, his progression into music production was a natural one spurred on by an obsessive interest in hip-hop, anime OSTs and computer game music. Equally at home making Kaiju sized beats as well as delicate electro acoustic soundscapes, the kid has earned the praise and respect of numerous peers and tastemakers.
A Red Bull Music Academy alumni, kidkanevil continues to display an impressive work rate, now with four solo albums to his name plus collaborative project Kidsuke alongside visionary Japanese producer Daisuke Tanabe. He also co-produced the epic Stateless album ‘Matilda’ for Ninja Tune, released an official beat tape tribute to American electronics pioneer Raymond Scott and produced a number of tracks for UK rap giants Foreign Beggars, not to mention an almost non-stop trail of remixes and productions.
NeguimBeats (Darker Than Wax, Brazil):
Neguim is part of the latest contribution to the constant paradigm shifts in the movement of Brazil. A pivotal addition in the current wave of electronic music, he is a master of impeccable arrangement. Shaking off typical expectations of the tropical, South American percussion based samples, he tastefully relives the omnipresent nostalgia of jazz - with blithe stabs of keys and notes resonating with earthy, full-bodied snares. Neguim evokes an innate connection with the listener, fast becoming an anomaly in the relationship between artistes and fans –and a vital connection we thrive on at DTW.