We are excited to welcome another new face to our expanding roster in the form of Solid Blake.
Originally hailing from Glasgow, via Copenhagen’s pioneering, all-female techno DJ collective, Apeiron Crew, the Scottish producer has embarked on a solo journey that is cementing her reputation as one of the most exciting new DJs and producers on the European rave scene. Fresh from a stint as a participant at Red Bull Music Academy’s twentieth anniversary in Berlin, we're looking forward to seeing Solid Blake's continued distillation of her own brand of weapons grade electro, drawing on her palette of abstract tones and broken rhythms.
Masha, her banging and celebrated contribution to Modeselektor’s Modeselektion Vol. 4 compilation earlier this year "stood as one of the finest tracks on the impressive compilation, with percussion palpitating below wild synth bursts." (Mixmag), and put Solid Blake at the front-and-centre of the Modeselektion Tour in the summer of 2018, taking her through some of Europe’s best-regarded clubbing spaces, including Berghain, Robert Johnson and Fabric, and earning a Mix of The Day at RA.
Solid Blake has just released another tenacious four-track EP on Berlin’s SSPB imprint. Occupying a zone of her own, it encompasses shades of both the grittier, rougher electro style she has become known for and hints of the tough techno that Copenhagen is generating recently. ""Soap Cube" and "Warp Room" are more slamming. The latter is especially nice, its hyperactive bassline and zapping synths combining for a bomb that's easy to imagine hearing deep into a Marcel Dettmann set during some twisted Sunday afternoon at Berghain." Resident Advisor - hear Warp Room "a slamming blend of techno and electro" on RA New Tracks.
Solid Blake has also been mentored by none other than DJ Stingray, another POLY artist and a figure with whom she shares a relentless and singular style, as well as a love of dark electro and complex neuroscience. Stingray even contributed a remix to her 2017 release ‘Mario’, released on Outer Zone. ‘Mario’ demonstrated her "command of dubbed-out electro beats, metallic percussion and spectral atmospheres" (DJ Mag).
She is a regular at Glasgow's suitably intimate and intense La Cheetah, and has performed at festivals including Atonal, ADE and Dekmantel. A recording from the latter, in B2B mode with fellow former-Apeiron founder Mama Snake has recently found its way to Soundcloud to much acclaim - highlighted by The Guardian as a must listen "Twinkling techno arpeggiations, rowdy electro swarms and sudden swerves into breakbeat pepper this tight-knit, big-room romp." This followed a typically uncompromising contribution to the long-running Solid Steel mix series earlier in the year - "all swung techno, industrial clanks and machine funk of various hues" (DJ Mag).
DJ Mag have now nominated Solid Blake for Best Breakthrough Producer 2018 following their inclusion of her as an act you need to hear in August. We could spend all day telling you how much we love Solid Blake, but trust us (and trust Stingray, and Modeselektor, and RBMA…) in saying that she’s simply an artist you need to hear. And will.