NOW ON BANDCAMP 50+ Exclusive Tracks on the Electronic Explorations Compilation

Sara Abdel-Hamid from South West London grew up listening to hardcore and post punk while her elder sisters obsessed about hip hop.

So for her, Dilla and Dillinger Escape Plan were next door neighbours from the get-go. After getting a start in production via hip hop, the dubstep bug bit her hard in 2006. Her musical tastes, ranging from Pretty Girls Make Graves to Burial, are reflected in her music: not in any kind of forced fusion of sounds, but in productions that move from the sweetly melodic to atonal clang effortlessly.

This approach made her a natural addition to the Hyperdub roster, with Kode9 first inviting her to release a twelve inch on the label before he coaxed her into thinking about what an Ikonika album might sound like.

Ikonika is one of the outstanding producers of her generation. Her 2008 debut ‘Please’ (Hyperdub), announced a forward thinking, highly melodic, twisted take on UK underground dance music. After further singles for Planet Mu and Hyperdub, she went on to release one of the best albums of 2010 ‘Contact, Love, Want, Have’, receiving glowing reviews from The Guardian, BBC, NME, FACT, Resident Advisor, Pitchfork among many more. Her remix projects have included Interpol, Caribou, Cubic Zirconia and DJ Mujava.

Equally accomplished is Ikonika the DJ. Her technical proficiency has taken her to bookings at clubs and festivals all across the world. Her live and studio sets journey from classic House and Techno, to RnB bangers, to the freshest sounds of the underground.

Her talent was recognised by DJ Mag with nominations for ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ of 2009 and ‘Best DJ’ of 2010, in their ‘Best Of British’ awards.

Ikonika also runs the label ‘Hum + Buzz’ with Optimum (Night Slugs/Planet Mu). As well as releasing singles from the owners, it focuses on introducing bright new talent.

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  2. 01. Locussolus - Telephone
  3. 02. Ignitt & Omar S - Wayne County Hill Cops
  4. 03. Mick Finesse - The Tunnel
  5. 04. Pearson Sound - Clutch
  6. 05. Ikonika - PR812 (Tech House is Boring Mix)
  7. 06. The Savage and Beyond - Tronik House
  8. 07. Scratcha DVA - Fly Juice
  9. 08. Shy One - Pastel Requiem
  10. 09. Ikonika - Backhand Winners
  11. 10. KW Griff ft Porkchop - Bring in The Katz (L-Vis 1990 Dub)
  12. 11. Emynd - From Philly to Paris
  13. 12. DJ Sliink - Put Cha Back In It
  14. 13. CZA - Climax
  15. 14 Ms. Dynamite & Menta - Ramp
  16. 15. DJ Milton - Runnin'
  17. 16. LV feat Ruffest - Thatha Lo
  18. 17. Helix - 45minutes