Hyperdub signee and Night Slugs affiliate Ikonika is a vibrant producer and DJ in the bass-heavy realms of dance music.
Most recently, she contributed to the ninth installment of edgy house and techno label Don’t Be Afraid’s dub series with the track “Oral Suspension”, supplemented with a remix from Big Strick. “Oral Suspension” cracks open club rhythms, reassembling them anew. With hints of dubstep and house, and an audible Hyperdub penchant for rhythm and bass, “Oral Suspension” is the latest piece of her discography that evidences her dexterity as an artist.
2017 also saw the release of her LP Distractions on the inimitable Hyperdub. Featuring appearances from the likes of Jesse Lanza and Andrea Galaxy, “Distractions enhances Chen's reputation as one of UK club music's most adaptable artists” (Resident Advisor). The LP stretches across slow, emotive tunes like “Manual Decapitation” and the sleek, grime-inflected “Sacrifice” (with Jaamz). Distractions follows her albums Contact, Love, Want, Have and Aerotropolis, as well as contributions to compilations from NAAFI, Night Slugs and more.
Ikonika can regularly be heard skipping nimbly through tempos and genre on Radar Radio, where she also contributed to a series of workshops for new female and non-binary producers.