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Kim Ann Foxman – Energy EP

2017 January 25
by Michelle Manetti

KAF ENergy

We’ve been waiting for this one to drop, so we can share it with you – we got a little sneak preview last year and it’s hot hot hot. Kim Ann Foxman returns to her imprint Firehouse for a 4 track EP of her signature sounding heavy, vintage-esq analogue house. “Energy EP dives into my rave roots,’ she explains, ‘It includes a selection of tracks to be enjoyed at different times of the night.” Kicking off with U R Magnetic a dark moody track with breakbeat undertones, then stepping up the energy for a Acid inspired E4 Energy Kim’s vocals ring through on the bouncy U & Me Electricity and taking it back down a notch for the mind-bending final track 2 The Source. Released on Jan 20th.

For those of you in London town, Kim will be joining Maya Jane Cole, Alinka and a heap of pretty stellar DJ’s at Maya Jane Coles and friends day party on Feb 18th at London’s new 2500 venue Printworks. More details on Facebook HERE.



2016 December 25



2016 – an annus horribilis one might say, it’s been a pretty turbulent and tumultuous one to say the least; but let’s not depressingly dwell on the negatives, and let’s highlight the fact, that it’s been a tremendou there’s one thing that’s clear, the fight for diversity and equality is a strong one and strength and support within communities continues to grow.

Over the last few weeks, all the end of year ‘Best Of’ music lists have been released and while the RA’s top 100 DJ’s list, still looks a little male and whitewashed, there are however a number of wonderful and well-deserving women featured; with Paula Temple in at no.98, Nicole Moudaber at no.93, tINI at no.90, Sonja Moonear at 83, Lena Willikens at 76, Helena Hauff at 31, Nina Kraviz at 22 and The Black Madonna at no 10. RA’s live acts top 100 however, doesn’t feature a single woman, showing there’s still a long way for us to go. Props to Mixmag’s top 20 however, which features 6 out of 20 women – Sonja Moonear at 20, Helena Hauff at 12, Honey Dijon at 11, Nastia at 8, Nina Kraviz at 5, and the top spot going to The Black Madonna, a hugely well-deserved crown. It should perhaps be mentioned the RA lists are a readers’ polls, where the Mixmag list is selected by staff – maybe suggesting industry folks are more open to supporting women and diversity, where the general public and consumer are perhaps the ones we need to educate. Until we see a more equal representation of Women, Trans, Queer and People of Colour from all backgrounds and ethnicities within the electronic dance scene, discussions still need to take place. A few weeks back at Take Note conference, a really interesting panel, addressed exactly this and how we can continue to diversify and educate, (you can view the 30 min panel HERE). Here at Lipstick Disco, we aim to continue to promote and support female artists – to bring you their news, their releases, their gigs and general discussions, to promote awareness and continue to do our bit, however small to try and even out the playing field.

Special mentions should go to some other wonderful groups globally, also keeping the discussion alive. SheSaidSo – a steadily growing global network of women working behind the scenes in the industry, which is platform for discussions, and reaching out for help and advice from others in the industry. Female Pressure, much like She said so, this is a network platform for women in music, however largely catered for artists and DJ’s rather than women working behind the scenes. Mint – A Berlin based network for women in House and Techno music, with monthly (all female line-up) clubnights, an all-female DJ agency they also offer workshops, for women to learn DJ-ing and production. Discwoman – a NYC based platform, collective and booking agency representing and showcasing cis women, trans women and genderqueer talent in electronic music. Siren – an all-female collective, throwing queer parties promoting female and non-binary artists. Rhythm Sister – A DJ collective & platform, created to support and promote female-identified/genderqueer artists, running parties and mix-sessions, to help female-identified DJ’s swap and learn new skills.

Off the back of all the ‘Top Artists of 2016’ lists, we decided to create our own end of year list, a musical advent, in the run up to Christmas. We wanted to represent women from all levels, from as many backgrounds and corners of the globe as we could. It’s not exhaustive. There were so many incredible women we wanted to include, 24 doesn’t even scratch the surface, but it does raise the question why we don’t see a stronger female presence in end-of-year lists, because they’re certainly out there smashing it.

For our advent we wanted to give you a cross section, from up-and-coming artists and home-grown heroes, to local stalwarts, to the top dogs and long-standing big guns. The featured artists hail from; Berlin, London, NYC, Vienna, Siberia, Chicago, Amsterdam, Tel-Aviv, Arizona, Bristol, Melbourne, Columbia, Ghent, Manchester, Switzerland, Brazil, Detroit, Marseilles, Hawaii and Stockholm. Also, let’s not skirt over the fact that the majority of have found themselves based in the music mecca that is Berlin – still clearly at the forefront of the electronic music world.

For each of the 24 posts, we focused on the artist’s achievements from 2016, and presented one of their releases from this year. it seems only logical, to round the advent and the year off with our final Monthly Mixtape of the year – a mix featuring all of the songs, from these incredible artists of our advent, mixed by myself Michelle Manetti – the Chief Editor. Click on each artist’s picture to view the artist’s advent feature and individual track.

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01. Lauren Flax – U Know (Nervous Records) (2016.11.21)
02. Kate Simko & LEO – Waiting Games (Dub mix) (The Vinyl Factory) (2016.06.22)
03. Virginia – Funkert (Dub) (Ostgut Ton) (2016.05.06) **
04. Nina Kraviz – Don’t Mind Wrong Keys (Trip) (2016.05.20)
05. La Fleur – Bloomer (Watergate Records) (2016.08.29)
06. Avalon Emerson – Dystopian Daddy (2016.11.25)
07. Shinedoe – Rubber Band (Intacto) (2016.10.17)
08. Cassy – Back (Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie’s Remix) (Aus Music) (2016.06.10) **
09. Anja Schneider – Sunny Side Up (Mobilee Records) (2016.07.14)
10. L.M.Y.E – Manhattan (Shanti Celeste Remix) (Idle Hands) (2016.09.09)
11. Ena Lind – The Wisdom To Know The Difference (Original Mix) (Twirl) (2016.09.30)
12. Rroxymore – Organ Smith (Don’t Be Afraid Records) (2016.11.04)
13. Lupe Fuentos – Can’t Go On (MadTech) (2016.10.07)
14. Black Girl _ White Girl – Body Heat (Original Mix) (Flashmob) (2016.12.09) **
15. Maya Schenk – Naked (Henri) (2016.07.08)
16. Honey Dijon & Argy – Just Fierce (These Days) (2016.02.22)
17. Juliet Fox & Dereck Marin – Ride It Again (My Favourite Freaks) (2016.12.09)
18. Kim Ann Foxman – Give It All You Got (Original) (Firehouse) (2016.08.19)
19. The Carry Nation – Breakwater (Hannah Holland Remix) (Get Up Recordings) (2016.11.28)
20. Lil’ Mark Ft. Della – It’s Acid (Alinkas Strasse Remix) (Twirl) (2016.11.04)
21. Gina Breeze – Disco Hoe (Original Mix) (Get Up Recordings) (2016.06.27)
22. Tiga – Blondes Have More Fun (The Black Madonna ‘Immaterial Girl’ Remix) (2016.08.15)
23. Joyce Muniz & Wehbba Ft. Angelique Bianca – Sleepless (Exploited) (2016.10.03)
24. Charlotte de Witte – Varpulis (Suara) (2016.03.28)

** these tracks, are slightly different from the one’s featured in the artist’s advent, for the sake of sitting more comfortably in the mix.

Here’s to 2017 and the continued support of these incredible artists and other female and female-identified artists alike. Thank you for reading, sharing, liking, and supporting us here at Lipstick Disco this year!

Festive greetings and here’s to a Happy, equal and diverse 2017

Michelle Manetti (chief editor)



2016 December 24

Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.



At a mere 23 years old, today’s advent is the youngest of our featured artists. Belgium based Charlotte de Witte, made her debut behind the decks at just 17 and her aggressive Techno sets caught the ears of some of Belgium’s biggest promoters, quickly earning herself prime spots at festivals such as I Love Techno and Tomorrowland. Fast forward to 2016 and as well as Pukkelpop festival in Belgium, and her resident party KNTXT at Fuse club in Brussels she’s focused on international clubs and festivals; This summer saw her first North American tour, taking in gigs in NYC and Montreal, plus other international gigs include; Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Luxembourg, Cesme, Ankara, Barcelona, Geneva, Lille, Paris, Rotterdam, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Berlin, Beveneto, Laval, Le Mans, Rennes, Athens and Rome.

As well as a busy gig schedule, Charlotte also has a regular radio show ‘Playground Charlotte de Witte’ on Studio Brussels – Belgium’s leading radio station. Other guest mixes this year have included mixes for DJ Mag’s Weekly podcast, Thump, and most recently Datatransmission,

It’s De Witte‘s releases that are really gaining her traction though, and since her debut release in 2015 on Tiga’s Turbo Recordings she’s been quite the unstoppable force. Four incredible EP’s of her own this year;  Starting in March with ‘Varpulis’ on Suara, followed up in April with ‘Actually EP‘ on Amazone Records. Then came a re-visitation to Turbo Recordings in June for ‘Sehnsucht EP‘, and finally ‘Trip EP‘ on Off Recordings in September. Remixes by De Witte also came thick and fast this year, starting in April with a remix of The Solver by Ben Long, followed in May by a remix of Jaunde by Andre Crom, then a remix of Bad Poems by Robert S in August and Charlotte‘s final release of 2016 was a remix of Headbang by Taster Peter.

de Witte like’s to embrace the dark side of electronic music “Dark music contains much more emotion. When I’m DJ’ing I want to try and touch the crowd and tell a story with the music. Of course I want them to party, get loose and have fun, but at the same time I want them to remember the music long after the lights go up.” this rings true for both her DJ sets and productions, all of which have a certain melancholic undertone ‘“Making music really gives me a chance to tap into the more emotional side of electronic music that I love. Music that has that melancholic side to it” claims de Witte and that is certainly displayed in today’s advent song ‘Varpulis‘. We particularly chose this evocative, emotive, techno track, with it’s haunting, choral vocals, symbolic to Christmas to round our advent on Christmas eve.



2016 December 24
by Michelle Manetti

Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.



No. 23 of our Musical advent, comes from another Berlin stalwart Anja Schneider. As well as touring the world week in, week out, she is also responsible for bringing some of the finest artists to the forefront via her weekly radio show and her supreme quality label Mobilee. Anja’sDance Under The Blue Moon‘ show has been running on Berlin’s Fritz Radio since 2000 and is the longest running underground dance music radio show and airs every Sat from 10pm. Mobilee developed off the back of the radio show, after it was suggested she start up up a label to support all the demos she was receiving – in 2005 the label was born, followed by a booking agency in 2007. Schneider has a wonderful skill for unearthing and supporting new talent, a brief glimpse at the Mobilee and its sister imprint Leena’s back catalogue, displays this; early releases from Maya Jane Coles, Nicole Moudaber, Solomun + other giants of the industry, well before they became the established artists they are today. The label and radio show, give her the platforms to nurture, mentor and support the growth of new, growing and established talents.

Between touring every weekend, running the label, agency, and weekly radio show and being a mother, studio time is rare, but always with magical results. This year however releases have been solid. Schneider started this year with a bang, her first release – ‘Soul Traveller‘ an incredible 3 track EP on her own Mobilee imprint, dropped in Jan. She followed this up in March with a remix for Catz ‘n DogzThe Joy‘ on their imprint Pets Recordings. In June she released ‘Caracas‘ as a solo track on Moon Harbour Recordings as part of their ‘Moon Harbour Inhouse, Vol 7’ compilation. Schneider’s final release of 2016, was once again on her own Mobilee imprint, a beautiful 2 track EP ‘Rain‘ and it’s the B-side ‘Sunny Side Up‘ that we’re serving you up for no. 23 of our advent today.



2016 December 22

Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.



Kim Ann Foxman is a name we’ve frequently mentioned on Lipstick Disco, the effortlessly cool Hawai- born New-Yorker consistently rises to our expectations, both from the booth and the studio. She first shot to fame as vocalist in cult New York band ‘Hercules and Love affair‘, but since departing the outfit she’s become a solid and highly reputable DJ and producer in her own right and paved her own successful solo career.

“Play and make music that makes you happy, and people will naturally feel that honesty” says Foxman, and her unique, distinctive sound, comes from incorporating, and building upon the nostalgic records from her youth, mixing original sounds and records from the 80s and early ’90s with nostalgic re-pros – expect to hear plenty of rave stabs, acid baselines and 909’s during her sets. Her superb selections and solid sets make her a favorite at Berlin’s Panorama bar, as well as securing herself a highly regarded residency at Good Room, in her home of Brooklyn NYC. This year, among a crazy gig schedule, Foxman also created guest mixes for Pete Tong’s BBC radio 1 after hours, and her buddies Bicep for their FMB mixtape series both in April, her cracking mix for Beats In Space in May, was selected as one of Pitchforks ‘Mix Of The Month’ and other awesome guest mixes include Fact Mag, Thump, and most recently NTS. Foxman also performed at Mixmag lab, in Nov and to round of December she did a cheeky little takeover of Resident Advisors Instagram account.

As a producer, Kim’s sound is reflective of her sets and equally as dynamic, holding the same ethos – with catchy melodies and her own alluring vocals amidst nostalgic roots. Her first release this year was a reunion with old HALA band member and Twirl label co-owner Shaun J. Wright, for ‘Destination’ on Pets Recordings, this was followed by a full EP ‘It’s You That Drives Me Wild’ on her own Firehouse imprint, which includes a massive remix from Maya Jane Coles. For today’s advent song, we’re bringing you ‘Give it All You Got’ from the EP. Watch out in January for her next EP ‘Energy‘ also on her Firehouse imprint, we’ll be bringing you streams of that badboy fear not.


ADVENT 2016 #21 – ENA LIND

2016 December 21
by Michelle Manetti

Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.


ADVENT 2016 #21 – ENA LIND

Today’s advent artist Ena Lind has been quite the stalwart of the Berlin electronic music scene and beyond, for over a decade. The politically minded DJ and Producer has firm roots in the queer scene and predominantly pushes the promotion and education of other female artists through Mint – a project and concept she co-created with Zoe Rasch and launched in 2013. Mint is first and foremost a platform for women, DJs and producers – working in electronic music, and their goal (much like ours here at Lipstick Disco) is ”to promote visibility amongst female DJs and acts – providing female artists with opportunities to showcase their talent, develop their skills and expand their network”  Mint has many strings to it’s bow; primarily as a monthly clubnight, showcasing female DJ’s and artists, with a strong queer female attendance. Mint also offers workshops in DJ-ing and producing house and techno music through their Campus­-Reihe initiative, offering both affordably priced workshops and private one-to-one sessions – of which Ena is one of the teachers. This year Mint hosted a panel at Ableton Loop festival and Ena and the Mint Campus team, with the help of Foreign Office and Goethe Institut Berlin also found themselves, for the first time, in Kampala, Uganda to teach workshops there, a wonderfully rewarding achievement for 2016. The final string in Mint’s bow came in 2015 when Ena and Zoe also established the Mint booking agency, which currently has 8 incredibly talented ladies on the rosta, Ena herself as one of the artists, alongside Lauren Flax (who was our first advent artists HERE) La Fraicheur (one of our previous mixtape guests HERE) Lady Blacktronica, Chica Paula, Dasco, Denise Swan and Soumaya Phéline.

As well as her Mint project, Ena continues to work as a DJ and producer in her own right, her sound is a mixture of classic and Detroit house, techno and disco and although she’s been producing for some while, 2016 saw the release of her first solo EP “The Wisdom to Know the Difference” which was released in September on one of our favorite labels Twirl and includes two originals from Ena and two remixes – one from Doc Sleep and the second from Anna Leopolder. For today’s advent song, we’re bringing you the title track from Ena’s debut EP.



2016 December 20
by Michelle Manetti

Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.



It’s fair to say #20 of our advent today, the LA based Colombian Lupe Fuentes, is absolutely smashing it right now. Her humble beginnings are a little less glamorous, but since the model-turned DJ exploded onto the scene in 2014, she has proven herself as a master of her craft, fully dedicated and diligent to the cause. She’s churned out over 40 releases just this year alone, which gained her well-deserved recognition and a spot on Tracksource’s Top 100 Tech House artists of 2016. Of her incredible 40 releases this year, she’s had tracks and remixes come out on Simma Black, Guesthouse Music, Safe Music, Lost Records, Younan Music, MadtechLW Recordings but most frequently her own imprint In The Loop, which has also been steadily growing in 2016. Since it’s launch in 2015 it’s already had over 50 releases, with several tracks hitting the Top 10 in Tracksource’s Tech House Chart this year, which they’re currently holding the no.1 spot with their strongest release to date: ‘Underground’ by the talented Italian Producers Alaia & GalloIn The Loop has weekly releases from over 20 artists globally and has seen Lupe work with some of the industry’s legends, from Kerri Chandler, Todd Terry, 2 Sides Of Soul, Javi Lopez and BoBo from Cypress Hill.

IN THE LOOP Radio show also took off in 2016 and has been going for 45 weeks, featuring the Label Boss herself and guests like Montel, Roger Sanchez, Hector Couto, Anthony Attalla, Wally Lopez, Tough Love and more. The current show’s guest mix come’s from Juliet Fox, who was #13 of our advent – Check the show HERE. As well as In The Loop Radio show, Lupe is also currently running the programming of the single biggest 24/7 Free and commercial free radio station Subdustrial, which is part of Dash Radio and features weekly radio shows from the likes of Defected, Claptone, Yousef, Todd Terry, Josh Wink, Roger Sanchez and more. You can listen online HERE.

And as if these projects haven’t kept her busy enough, she’s also seen a full year of shows, along side DJ’s like Victor Calderone, Wally Lopez, Sydney Blu, Eli & Fur, Roger Sanchez and more touring in venues like Sound NightClub in LA, A successful Label take over at the Mix Mag lab in DTLA, The Only Underground after hours in Hawaii “Asylum After hours”, Heart NightClub in Miami for Saeed Younan’s “Join the Tribe” event, Sun Down festival in Huntington Beach, Ca with Erick Morillo and that’s just for starters. There’s literally no stopping This little Tech House giant.

Lupe’s latest release dropped just a few weeks ago on her In The Loop imprint, you can grab this from HERE, but for today’s advent song, we’re bringing you a killer of a track from an earlier release this year on Madtech’s ‘Amsterdam’ compilation for ADE. ‘Can’t Go On‘ is absolutely stuff of gold. Check it for yourself.



2016 December 19

Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.



Back in July this year, I had the pleasure to DJ alongside rRoxymore, who we’ve selected as #19 of our advent – and I can wholeheartedly confirm, the Berlin-based French DJ certainly knows how to command a dancefloor. From her humble beginnings in the South of France, rRoxymore first began making music in a disused garage in the late 90’s, at the same time she began DJ-ing around Montpelier – her sound was  a fusion of organic Jazz and funk, with electronic grooves. Today her sets are an eclectic and dynamic journey, from Disco through to House and Techno.

Fastforward to 2016 and rRoxymore continues to display her diversity, with projects which take her outside of the box: In February she collaborated with the stylist Johanna Senyk, to create a soundtrack for the parade of the new collection of french brand Wanda Nylon, for Fashion week and Red Bull Studios Paris (you can hear the soundtrack HERE). From soundtrack to soundscape, she also dabbled with more atmospheric and experimental sound, for her “Where do we go from here” EP on London’s Videogamemusic released in July and can be demonstrated in her track ‘Safe (space)’ from the EP. Her second and most recent EP this year, ‘Organ Smith’ came out early November on Don’t Be Afraid and is a more traditional dancefloor affair, with three quirky acid / techno bangers.

Performance wise, rRoxymore continues to wow the dancefloor, both as a DJ and solo Live act. A busy schedule this year has taken her to; Mexico, Washington, London, Amsterdam, Norway, Switzerland, Miami + more, plus a heap of gigs in her hometown of Berlin, where she also continues her Berlin Community Radio residency. Guest mixes this year have also included BIS radio NYC, Dekmantal Radio alongside Shanti Celeste (who we featured as no. 11 in our advent back HERE) Rinse FM, Truants blog, and just recently a guest mix for Fader. There’s been no slowing down for her this year and we’re excited to see what she brings to 2017.

For today’s advent song, we selected ‘Organ Smith’ from her Organ Smith EP on Don’t Be Afraid.


ADVENT 2016 #18 – LA FLEUR

2016 December 18

Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.


ADVENT 2016 #18 – LA FLEUR

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While we haven’t directly posted about today’s advent before, she’s been mentioned in a few previous posts and is certainly a producer and DJ we’ve had on our radar for quite some time, the Swedish born – Berlin based DJ, producer and label manager La Fleur has really had a exceptional 2016, her busiest and most exciting year yet. The Watergate resident’s first release this year was ‘Waves’ on Watergate’s own imprint, as part of their first ‘Watergate Affairs’ compilation back in May. This was promptly followed by ‘Vervain’ another solo track for a compilation release, this time on Kerri Chandler‘s Madhouse label, for ‘Madhouse Ibiza 2016’ cementing her friendship with the US house legend. Her third compilation track in a row ‘Caged’ was released on her own imprint Powerplant Records as part of their monumental 5 year anniversary release ‘Power Plant 5 Years’. La Fleur‘s first Solo EP this year came in August and saw her return to Watergate Records for the four track EP ‘Hedione’. A remix for Superflu and Mr. Bass followed in early September, and late September her debut for Cocoon Recordings‘Chemicality’ as part of the Cocoon P compilation. Her fifth and final compilation track this year came in October, ‘Seven Suns’ was part of Coincidance Secret Festivals compilation ‘Coincidance Beats Vol 2’ on Deeplomatic Recordings. La Fleur‘s final release this year, was a reworking of one of her early productions ‘Flowerhead’ which she released once again on her own Powerplant imprint, with remixes from herself and two other strong ladies Dana Ruh and Cassy.

As well as having a busy release schedule, La Fleur has been making huge waves with her DJ-ing too. An incredible Boiler Room performance alongside Richie Hawtin and Dubfire, (Listen HERE watch HERE) set a precedent for her in the Techno spectrum. She also made her Mixmag Lab debut alongside B.Traits back in March for their international women’s day special (watch HERE). Throughout this year, she also delivered radio mixes some of radio’s finest, including Pete Tong’s show on Evolution in USA in Feb and mixes for Heidi in Jan, a B2B with B.Traits for her show in May and four further mixes for B.Traits in July for – all on UK’s BBC Radio1. All this on top of a full gig schedule, it’s fair to say she’s built up quite some momentum this year and we’ll certainly make sure we bring you more news from La Fleur in 2017.

We had a lot to choose from for today’s advent track, but we selected the bubbly tech house / techno track ‘Bloomer’ from her Hedione EP.



2016 December 17

Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.



Chicago born / London based Kate Simko, is No. 17 of our advent today. Kate has been massively pushing the boundaries of Electronic Dance Music in 2016, with exciting and innovative results. For more than a decade Kate has been making waves with her unique flavoured house music, inspired by her home town of Chicago, but this year the classically trained Pianist really went back to her classical routes, with a continuation and development of her incredible genre-bending project The ‘London Electronic Orchestra’ culminating in a full album and Live orchestral performances thereof.

The self-titled album ‘Kate Simko and London Electronic Orchestra’ was released in May on The Vinyl Factory, and comprises of an 11 track album, composed by Kate and realised by her seven piece all-female string ensemble, which delicately blends Kate‘s classical training with her passion for electronic music. Succulent strings, delicately swathed by by swirling synths and synthetic beats, create this intimate and innovative marriage of classical and contemporary. While Kate has been performing live with her ensemble since 2014, debuting at The Britten Theatre at The Royal College of Music, and going on to perform at The Roundhouse for iTunes festival, LEAF Festival, Latitude, Boiler Room in Ibiza, Bestival, Shoreditch House and more, this year saw a monumental debut with The London Electronic Orchestra at the highly prestigious Royal Albert Hall.

As well as the LEO project, Kate also continues her work solo as a DJ and this year a solid schedule of gigs have seen her play at venues across the globe, from sets at; The BPM festival Mexico, Kater Blau in Berlin, DC-10 in Ibiza, Output in NYC + many more, as well as London’s seminal Fabric club, who she very vocally supported after their closure this year, and produced a track to help with the savefabric campaign, which you can listen to HERE:

For todays advent song, we wanted to bring you one of Kates tracks with The London Electronic Orchestra, and we chose Kate’s Dub version of ‘Waiting For Games’ which comes from a more recent EP of dance floor versions of the album track. Listen to the Full EP HERE, and make sure you check out the album HERE.



2016 December 16

Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.



Today’s advent comes from one of Manchester’s rising stars Gina Breeze. An incredible year for this outstanding DJ and producer, with a solid gig schedule and some banging tracks, she’s certainly one to watch out for. This year Gina joined the team at Manchester’s renowned Queer party HomoElectric as one of their resident DJ’s, she also graced the decks at Leeds’ legendary long lost party ‘Speed Queen’, for their comeback party and Leed’s pride parties. Gina’s guest gigs also include set’s at Dalston Superstore’sFemmme Fraiche’ party, Reach Festival, Meat Free, Manchester Pride’s ‘Come As You Are’ street party, and her first gig Stateside playing at Ladyfag presents 11:11 in NYC. Perhaps her most notable gig this year, was as Hannah Wants’ warm-up DJ for her ‘What Hannah Wants’ tour – a privilege she won by way of a DJ competition and every bit deserved.  This year she also launched a monthly mixtape series called Breeze Bloc, which has been gaining a steady stream of followers.

Gina’s production’s, are also going from strength to strength, with a knack for creating certified quality house bangers. With previous releases and remixes for NYC based Get Up Recordings, it makes sence Gina’s only EP release this year also came out on Get Up Recordings. ‘Crystal Black’ Featured two of Gina’s original tracks, and remixes from Micheal Magnan, and Get Up Recordings‘ label boss W. Jeremy. For todays advent, we’re bringing you Disco Hoe, from Gina’s ‘Crystal Black’ EP.



2016 December 15
by Michelle Manetti

Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.



With all the end of year lists being printed, todays advent is a name that appears frequently among those lists. Nina Kraviz was recently announced as Resident Advisors top 22 and Mixmags top 5 DJ from 2016. The Siberian DJ, has often sparked attention with her stunning looks, opening discussions about feminism and sexuality in the industry, but the Dentist-turned DJ is certainly not just a pretty face and anyone who’s been lucky enough to witness one of her sets, will understand why she’s revered among the worlds finest DJ’s – a true entertainer, an incredible selector and seamless mixer, one of Techno’s top dogs and true talents.

While she’s been floating around at the top for a while, she’s not complacent and she totally brought it in 2016, thumbing through the line-ups of the major global electronic festivals, there are very few this year which didn’t include Nina and she’s already been announced for Sonar, Field Day and Awakenings for 2017.  A huge presence in Ibiza, inclduing residencies and guest sets at DC-10, Amnesia and Space. Kraviz also just this month released a mix for the highly esteemed Fabric mix series and this year she has been hosting a monthly BBC Radio 1 residency.

As well as a busy DJ schedule, her label трип (Trip) is making huge waves too, 2015 it was chosen by Mixmag as ‘Record Label Of The Year’ and just this month, RA’s label of the month. 2016 трип has had a solid set of release – 3 from Iclandic producer Bjarki, and two compilation EP’s ‘Sleep Not Found‘, and ‘When I Was 14‘ the latter of which includes a track of her own, ‘Don’t Mind Wrong Keys‘ which serves as Kravizs’ only production release this year, and this is the track we’re bringing your for todays advent.



2016 December 14

Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.



Honey Dijon is a name I’ve heard celebrated for quite some time, as well as being an exceptional DJ and producer, as an openly Trans Black woman, she’s also a incredible role model for both the Trans community and women of colour, promoting diversity and equality in the music industry and beyond. I hadn’t managed to catch one of her sets before – until this Summer, when I witnessed her smash the shutters off Panorama bar with what was undoubtedly for me for best DJ set I experienced this year. Honey weaves through genres seamlessly and at times during her set, I felt so excited I literally thought was going to combust, then just when you think it can’t get any better, she elevates you that little bit more and then just keeps on giving. I’ve seen her several times since then and each the same story, it’s no wonder Mixmag announced her as no 11 in their top 20 DJ’s of 2016, published just yesterday.

Honey has had an exceptional 2016 – a full diary of gigs, both at home in the US, across the pond in Europe and even taking in an Australian tour for December. With regular appearances alongside her mentor and sidekick Derrick Carter, guest appearances on The Black Madonna’s US tour and Heidi’s XOYO residency, and regular sets at Berlin’s Panorama bar, demonstrating how sought-after and in-demand she is. Honey provided mixes for Mixmag, I-D Mag, Defected In The House and Heidi’s radio 1 show this year.

Release wise, in October she buddied up with Seven Davis Junior, for ‘Houze’ EP on Classic Music Company and she created a collaborative remix with Argy for Freaks’ – ‘He’s Angry‘. Honey also teamed up with Argy for their own release ‘Just Fierce’ released on These Days back in Feb – a homage to the NYC ballroom scene, with tinges of Acid and a title which quite aptly describes the lady herself, so it seems fitting we should bring you this track for todays advent.



2016 December 13
by Michelle Manetti

Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.



The provider of our second ever Mix in our Monthly Mixtape series also brings us #13 of our advent today – Juliet Fox. Australian born / Berlin based DJ, Producer and Vocalist has had an outstanding year.  She started 2016 with a Banger of a release on Suara’s ‘Kitties Wanna Dance’ compilation, a further release on Suara came in October and saw her buddy up with Coyu for ‘Ecstacy’ EP. A firm favourite with the Toolroom label, her track ‘Reach Out’ was featured on their ‘Toolroom Ibiza 2016 Vol 2’ comp. Another collab came in September for Juliet, this time with Matt Sassari for Eyes One Me EP on Set About – the label who she also provided her latest release for, in the form of a remix for Gallya – Do You’. Another sterling remix for Juliet this year was her reworking of ‘Mixer’ by for Lauter Unfug. Juliets latest offering ‘Roomers EP‘ is a collab with Derek Marin and was released by My Favourite Freaks just a few days ago and for todays advent, we’re bringing you the acid tinged, Tech-House monster ‘Ride it Again’ from the EP.



2016 December 13
by Michelle Manetti

Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.



Amsterdam based Shinedoe first came to our attention back in April this year with her remix of Mars Bill‘s ‘Breath’ (which we featured on the blog HERE) we’ve been keeping a watchful eye since, but with over two decades of experience under her belt, she’s certainly no newbie on the scene. After several years of entertaining many a dancefloor, Shinedoe released her first track in 2004, the same year she launched her own label Intacto and hasn’t looked back since. Fast Forward to 2016, and along with a steady stream of DJ appearances, Shinedoe‘s releases have been coming out thick and fast. As well as her Mars Bill remix, she’s also had solo tracks out on MB Elektronics ‘Materia Ibiza Comp’ and provided the title track for the 4 track V.A EP ‘Mirror Lines’ on Idaban. This year Shinedoe has also had three EP releases on her own Intacto imprint, two of which were remix EP’s of her previous road 777 EP – Part One includes remixes from Ben Simms and Daniel Stefanik, Part Two includes remixes from Milton Bradley, 2000 and One and another Ben Simms Remix. Shadow Boxing is Shinedoe‘s third EP releaese on Intacto this year, and for today’s advent we bring you the bouncy, hypnotic ‘Rubber Band’ from the EP.