The HEX/HEXSCAPES founder, concert-violinist-turned-electronic-composer and 宀 club mainstay comes from a rare category of highly trained musicians looking to bridge the delicate gap between two sonic worlds: acoustic and electronic. Originally taking harmonic inspiration from her classical roots mainly of the impressionistic period, Xiaolin found early comfort in Canto-Japanese melodies from the 80’s YMO era and West coast hip-hop/R&B, later falling in love with 90’s Chicago/Detroit palettes as well as warmer breaks from the UK bass scene. Having experienced a breadth of genres from jamming over Arabic makams and gypsy jazz to playing agogos in a Batucada band, she produces an elusively ethereal sound that mixes hints of organic percussion into her signature dreamy electro ambience with Prophet-driven bass lines and Juno-60 pads, evoking feelings of early trance and acid house euphoria. Her thoughtful selections as a DJ sit within an energetic yet ever-comfortable tempo range, taking ravers on a journey through progressive body groovers sprinkled with raw breaks and nostalgic melodies, while her live electronic ambient sets reveal another more futuristic, textural and contemplative side of her natural musicality. Although still a relatively fresh face in the underground dance scene, the anime-loving, N64-gaming Xiaolin is quietly but steadily building a reputation for delivering music of integrity that doesn’t just make you dance - it always tells a story. Releases include a compilation 20/20 Vision (Exit Planet Earth) alongside Carl Finlow and Plant43, two EPS on Mihn Records, a feature track on Mr. Ho’s Klasse Wrecks label, with an upcoming compilation alongside Reflex Blue and NDS as well as three EPs on Berlin-based label Sound Metaphors’ “Bless You” imprint. Xiaolin currently hosts a bimonthly show on Baihui Radio China.
Hailing from Montreal, Maara has made her mark on the dance music scene since her 2021 breakout EP ‘Ultimate Reward' on NAFF recordings. Maara has continued to build a name for herself, releasing her subsequent EP on Sonido Isla 'Potion Activated', which features 'The Forbidden Plum', nominated for Best Song of 2021 by Resident Advisor. She has followed that with a string of releases this year on Radiant Love, X-Kalay, and her most recent forthcoming EP announced on Kalahari Oyster Cult. In addition to her solo releases, Maara has contributed to various international compilations and continues to bless the scene by bringing a playful atmosphere to dance floor bangers. Maara has been busy touring Europe this summer and continues to drop high energy mixes and deliver high energy DJ sets destroying dance floors across the continent with her fun banger style.