Weekly Playlist: The Ladies of EDM
With most of the mainstream producers being of the male persuasion, it’s easy to forget about all of the kickass female producers and DJs that keep the party going for us. So in honor of Women’s History Month, this week’s playlist is all about the women of electronic dance music and the extremely diverse tracks they grace our ears with.
To start this week off we have “The Game” by LA based producer, Pretty Low. Known for her bass and house music, Pretty Low has toured with big names like Zedd and Excision. Next up is another SoCal producer, the one and only Tokimonsta with her vintage inspired, “This World is Ours,” which is perfect listening for a lazy day at home or by the beach.
We hit the East coast with our next track, “Bliss” by New York producer DJ Gina Turner. Known for her house tracks and work with producers like Diplo, Chromeo, and Steve Aoki, Turner has been a big name on the NYC electronic music scene long before her marriage to Laidback Luke. Sticking with the house/progressive house vibe, next up is Nifra’s remix of Tiesto’s “Take Me.” Based out of Slovakia, Nifra has made quite the name for herself as part of Markus Schulz’s ‘Coldhorbour” entourage, along with playing shows alongside Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto.
The pace changes up a bit with Kate Simko’s “Out of Order,” a laidback, melodic track that very much sticks to Simko’s style of Chicago-inspired house and techno. Next up we swing down to Las Vegas to check out “Lose Control” by Genisis, formerly known as Stiletto. Since changing her name, Genisis has been busy remixing tracks for Ellie Goulding, releasing new music on Monstercat, and hosting a monthly radio show on Di.FM radio. Kerry Leva and her track “NissElectro” are up next to keep you dancing in your seat. While Leva was originally a singer/songwriter writing piano piece in Boston, she got into electronic music while at Berklee College of Music and has been impressing fans with her synth skills ever since.
Now, we couldn’t have a playlist honoring the women of electronic music without arguably the two biggest names, Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf. So continuing on with the awesome dance tracks, we have Krewella with “Live For the Night.” Hailing from Chicago, the sisters nail their harmonies when singing live, and drop bass so heavy it’ll shake the venue walls when they get behind the decks with their group-mate, Rain Man.
After that, we slow things down once again with French producer Miss Kittin and her track “Come Into My House.” A veteran on the electronic music scene, Miss Kittin first caught people’s attention back in 1998 and has continued to release albums every few years since then. Also on this week’s list is Ill-esha, another electronic veteran, this time in the glitch hop scene. Since debuting her first single in 2001, Ill-esha has been a mainstay on the Beatport Glitch Hop charts and worked with Diselboy, Tipper, and Vibesquad.
Rounding out this week’s playlist is another set of sisters, the ever popular Mim and Liv Nervo with the vocal mix of their track, “Revolution.” Hailing from Australia, the sisters got their start remixing hits for Ke$ha and Katy Perry, and have since then worked with big name producers like David Guetta and Steve Aoki.
At this point I could go on a rant about why I think there are so few female producers and DJs out there, but that would either a) bore or b) incite debate, and there’s no need for that. But nevertheless, tell us below what you think of this week’s mix and feel free to offer up suggestions for next time. Or, if you really want, start the female vs. male producer debate yourself.