Written by Emma (ema)
As a collective, it’s important to us at Pulse Width to bring you as much diverse representation as possible. That’s why we decided to put together this quick run-down of some releases we’ve been into from womxn and non-binary producers across the spectrum of electronic music. Not only that, but this stuff slaps hard and we want to make sure people get to listen to it!
Overland - Forever in Transit (Naive)
Everything released on Naive since its creation in 2017 has been a sure-fire winner for me. Label boss Violet certainly knows how to pick memorable and meaningful records - and this 4-track offering from Overland is no exception. The Canadian DJ and producer has been an unstoppable force as of late and I jumped at the chance to purchase her latest EP.
Forever in Transit packs in everything both a DJ and loyal acid fan could want: 4/4 dancefloor tools, bubbling 303 loops and sparkling synths. It’s only been out for just under a month but it’s already gaining great accolades, racking up a 3.9/5 on RA. I can imagine this creating some beautiful trance-like moments in sweaty, intimate clubs and open-air festivals alike… it’s safe to say Overland’s voyage into 90s-esque acid will be in my go-to playlist for the foreseeable.
Stand-out track: Virtuous
Lunamariposa - Invocación (Self-released)
Lunamariposa released Invocación on Bandcamp back in December of last year but the Boston-based producer only came to my attention a few months ago. I’ve been absolutely loving the bootlegs they’ve posted on Soundcloud (one appeared in mine and Jeppe’s latest mix for datafruits!) and naturally, fell in love with this stunning EP from the moment I heard it.
Invocación is a cohesive and fluid collection of tracks, with haunting vocals and lush ambient sounds building up to clanging techno percussion and experimental beats. Using samples from a pack released by DJ Haram and BEARCAT, this EP is a true sonic exploration and a very satisfying one at that.
Stand-out track: Coraje de Sirena
Bergsonist - د (self-released)
If you don’t follow Bergsonist on Soundcloud or Bandcamp then I recommend you do so… right now. The New-York based, Discwoman-represented artist is quickly becoming one of my favourite people on the scene. She regularly posts new productions that span across the house & techno spectrum and with releases on Börft and a regular show on NTS, we just know she’s one to watch.
Her latest release (available on Bandcamp) entitled د is packed full of treats. The tracks range from the superquick and frantic ‘dolphin race’ to the more stripped-back but hard-hitting ‘lost nation’ - this is a great introduction to Bergsonist’s eclectic but well-executed production style. If you’re looking for an up and coming house and techno producer with exquisite taste, Bergsonist is the one.
Stand-out track: unpredictable
Karima F - Karima F (Schloss)
I’ve been following Karima F ever since her Jæger mix two years ago, where her melody-rich house and disco made me an instant fan. Her subsequent mixes evolved alongside my own taste, throwing up breaks and leftfield sounds in all the right places. As you can imagine, I was massively intrigued when Karima released her debut EP on her very own imprint, Schloss Records, earlier this year.
The self-titled EP has already gained love from some of the top DJs in the game, getting multiple plays on Rinse FM and NTS over the past couple of months. Three tracks, each entirely unique but equally as impressive, are concrete evidence of Karima’s impeccable understanding of electronic music. This EP rolls from beautiful breakbeat through to addictive minimal house and onto contemplative chords with the final track.
Stand-out track: Random Loop from Doepfer Site (I played this at the Pulse Width event with Volruptus and it was a dream!)
LOFT - and departt from mono games (Tri-Angle)
And last but certainly not least, Manchester’s own, LOFT. The intriguing DJ and producer has been gaining momentum over the past year with a Boiler Room set under her belt, countless guest mixes and more recently, a feature on Mixmag’s IMPACT.
LOFT’s recent release on Tri-Angle is a heavily-textured four-track EP with plenty to say: enter ‘and departt from mono games’. The second track, And Eats Itself And Eats Itself And Eats Itself, premiered on DJ-Mag - it’s a glitchy bass masterclass, with choppy breaks and electro influences. Unsurprisingly, the rest of the EP is just as exciting. That Hyde Trakk is soaked in exhilarating jungle sounds, whilst sSLABicks is an experimental, splintering journey into abstract sound design. In fact, the whole EP is, and it’s done incredibly well.
Stand-out track: And Eats Itself And Eats Itself And Eats Itself
Keep your eyes peeled for more content like this from us - we’ve got some exciting interviews coming up and we’ll probably do a list of great mixes from local Manchester DJs soon, too. Get in touch if you'd like to contribute!