It is fair to say that, in 2016, Huxley has fully arrived. Still young but with experiences in the booth and studio well beyond his years, he has a fine array of tools at his disposal. Over the last seven plus years, the friendly character has excelled at many different styles, often ahead of the curve. He does well swung drums as well as bass, main room house and deeper, musically accomplished offerings that stir real emotion.
Proof of that lies in his varied and vital discography. Coming on labels like Hypercolour, Tsuba and 20: 20 Vision, it includes many club hits and plenty of handy DJ weapons, but also an ambitious and widescreen debut album on Aus Music, which has become a regular home. Always refusing to stay in one sonic niche for too long, Huxley—whether working solo or with close friends like Sam Russo or Ethyl—switches up his sound, tries new things and colours outside the lines with every new outing. Not afraid of a big hook or slaying bassline, he is an artist who unites a variety of sounds, styles and scenes with ease, and always proves as fun as he is well informed.
Steve Mizek & Savile
A pillar for house & techno throughout the Midwestern U.S. and beyond, Smartbar Chicago & a pair of it’s residents, Steve Mizek & Gianpaolo Dieli (a.k.a. Savile), stand at the forefront of a resurgent brand of underground American electronic music. While they’re not behind the decks at home or on the road, Mizek & Gianpaolo co-manage Argot Records & Tasteful Nudes, the former of which maintains a focus on North American-based artists, while Nudes’ roster explores more international talent.
It’s no fluke that Bwana has become the first North American to release on the esteemed Aus Music Label label. From post-dubstep to prog house revival, his releases mash up genres in the style of the time: overlaying the drums and low end of footwork and bass music with pitch-shifted, halcyon vocal lines and pastoral chords. Now based in Berlin, he continues to further explore new sounds and ideas, while maintaining an unwavering commitment to quality.
As a DJ, he’s only added fuel to the fire. Sets heard at Fabric-London, Panorama Bar in Berlin and Piknic Electronik in Montreal have been lauded for both their diversity and fearlessness. With a bag of vinyl in tow, Bwana’s ability to mix a wide selection of genres has allowed himself to a carve a place where he can just as easily fit onto a bill with fellow Aus artists Midland and Will Saul as he can with house or techno staples like Jennifer Cardini and Scuba.