The third stage at YAAM, curated by the WeBoogie collective, hosts a range of innovative takes on grime, juke, footwork, and bass.
The inaugural set by Why Be gives us a tour through the fringes of experimental dance and pulverizes with metallic, “macabre bangers”. His Snipestreet EP was put out by Halcyon Veil, a label founded by Rabit, who appears on the same stage. Emerging as a luminary in “tuff jams”, Rabit makes hard-edged, “subzero grime” that “turns clubs inside out” (FACT Mag). His work acts as an emotionally explicit site for the exploration of sexuality, gender, embodiment, and injustice.
Mad Decent affiliate Purpurrpurple zooms in on a host of subgenres, Mumdance, who appears at CTM for the second time, is at this point a household name in forward-thinking grime, while Slick Shoota lays out high-octane sets that draw inspiration from jungle and footwork. Lastly, frequent DJ Paypal collaborator and rabbit-masked performer Ticklish delivers a sunny grand finale of juke, footwork, and bass, or what Ministry of Sound called “blissed out BBQ music for the soul”.
Tobias Lee is a Korean-born, Danish-raised, and Berlin and Copenhagen-based producer and DJ. After spending years intentionally on the fringes of experimental dance music, 2015 saw Lee embracing the conventional release format for the very first time, accordingly establishing himself as a formidable emergent voice in dance music's larger conversation.
Ticklish is the Berlin-based, rabbit mask-wearing producer putting a new spin on footwork and playing with everything from 90s R&B to Drake.
Houston native Eric Burton aka Rabit produces minimal, hard-edged grime. His 2015 LP Communion and 12” Baptizm were released on NYC’s Tri Angle, and his own Halcyon Veil label recently put out its first mix.
Oslo-based producer Slick Shoota lays out high-octane sets that draw inspiration from jungle and footwork. His is one of the three organisers of Ball ‘Em Up, an Olso club night that’s invited the likes of Zora Jones, Yung Lean, Jam City, Visionist, and Sinjin Hawke. He has been especially lauded for his remixes.
Purpurr Purple has blessed countless clubs and festivals around Norway, making her one of the most experienced DJs on the country's party circuit. She features in a variety of projects alongside the brightest and most creative minds in the Scandinavian contemporary art and club music underground.
Since reinventing his sound following his Mad Decent debut, prolific Londoner Mumdance (a.k.a Jack Adams) has become one of the biggest names in the world of grime.