2 CREWS, 2 STAGES, 18 ARTISTS, 10 HOURS OF MUSIC, 1 NIGHT, UNLIMITED GOOD VIBES
Drop Zone awakens back from the ashes in collaboration with legendary Vialliset crew to deliver you some of the highest end that underground Helsinki has got to offer. As a mark of return along 5 years birthday of our journey, we offer you our boldest selection of talents so far. Sam Binga, hailing from Manchester, is one of the most exciting electronic cross-genre producers of our era. Anna Morgan and Bell Curve from New York are both brilliant Dj´s and represent an upcoming label Worst Behavior Recs. Lua Preta is a Polish-Angolan heavyweight afrobeat collaboration between Mentalcut and Supa Gia G. Finally, our crews turn the zone alive with a unique combination of lights and 3d visuals.
Something’s happening to the faster side of dance music. Maybe it’s the hyperactive influence of juke’s chopped-up 808s, the embrace of dubstep’s half-time flow at a higher tempo or perhaps it’s simply the ongoing evolution of the mutation started by dBridge and the Autonomic podcasts. Whatever the origin, that spectrum of music between 160 and 170bpm is sounding utterly vital once again. Sam Binga has placed himself firmly at the centre of this new wave, with releases on some of dance music’s most respected underground labels – 50 Weapons, Exit and Critical. His sound spans the anthemic rowdiness of tracks like ‘AYO’ and ‘Lef Dem’, to the deeper explorations of his collaborations with Om Unit, and has attracted the attention of artists such as Zed Bias and CHVRCHES – who have both hit him up for remix work -and Kode9, who featured his tune ’11th’ with Addison Groove on his critically acclaimed Rinse CD.
In the relatively short period of time since emerging onto the scene, Sam Binga has played clubs and festivals across the world, including regular turns at the world-famous Fabric in London, Outlook in Croatia, a headline tour of Australia and New Zealand and a recent month-long stint topping the bill at shows across the US and Canada. As a DJ, he has become known for his fearless style, blending juke and jungle with classic crunk and dancehall. His unreleased dubs, like the ‘Sambaata’ refix, or the ‘Crackney Parrot’ rebax, are still in huge demand from DJs such as Friction, Machinedrum, and Alix Perez, while his recent EP with Fracture and Rider Shafique (of Young Echo fame) got love from forward-thinking cross-genre selectors such as Toddla T, The Heatwave, Murlo and Breakage. 2015 kicked off with two instantly sold out releases – the ‘Nuh Chat EP’ on Critical, and the self-released ‘TransAtlantic EP’ with Om Unit – and progressed to the release of his debut album ‘Wasted Days’.
- ANNA MORGAN -
Anna Morgan is a DJ, producer, label head, radio host, promoter, and cultural curator based in NYC. This New York City native is a connoisseur of globally minded low-end frequencies exploring the junction of urban and tribal. As a founder of the lauded multi-genre party HEAVY, also founder of the brand new Worst Behavior Records label/Promo company, and alongside her residency with reputed collective The Junxion, she highlights urban diasporic stories while catering to dance enthusiasts, spanning genres from jungle and footwork to hip hop and house.
As a music producer and radio host Anna creates a fresh fusion of hybrid bass sounds informed by east coast club sounds and sound system culture. Anna brings a fresh perspective to the DJ booth from her experience as a dancer and her urban Caribbean roots, infusing movement, sensuality, freedom, and nostalgia through her unique sets.
Anna has released music though STYLSS, Juke Bounce Werk, Aufect, Black Marble Collective, Ten Toes Turbo, forbidden Trax and the Sister Collective. She has been billed at International festivals such as Outlook Festival, Bread & Butter, Bass Coast, Shambala, Mystery Land, Future Forest, Bamboo Bass, Gratitude, Hawaii Electronic Music Festival, Equilibrio El Salvador, PEX Costa Rica, Freeform Arts Festival, Figment NYC, and Return to Roots Festival, to name a few.
- LUA PRETA -
Lua Preta is a Polish-Angolan collaboration between Mentalcut and Supa Gia G. The duo has just released the "Emoções Coloridas" EP on the Greek label Shango Records, a soulful and euphoric Afrohouse record.
- BELL CURVE -
Bell Curve is a NYC-based producer and DJ creating ethereal bass music with a penchant for unexpected rhythmic elements. Her debut EP, “Fucked Up If True”, was released on NYC label Sweat Equity in September 2017, with more releases on the way in 2018. Along with fellow producer Anna Morgan, Bell Curve runs Worst Behavior Recs, a label and NYC-based event series dedicated to supporting innovative and exciting producers of left-field bass music.
Bell Curve’s music aims to emulate the sensation of musical immersion and cathartic release experienced on the dancefloor, blending the low-end focus of bass music with uplifting melodies. Within an atmospheric space grounded by sub bass, she pushes percussive grooves outside of their comfort zones. Her sound is influenced by soundsystem culture from all around the world, including the hardcore continuum and genres from footwork and jungle to dancehall, rap, and grime.