Blisschix is a Blisspop series in the spirit of #womencrushwednesdays. Our goal with Blisschix is to highlight talented female artists who are having an impact in electronic music. This week, we feature Adi Toohey, a DJ/radio host with a breezy, 90s influenced style; rave, garage and jungle specialist India Jordan; and London Haarlem, who is bringing an exciting new vibe to disco.
Contributor: Aeron Premo
Sydney-based Adi Toohey is quickly becoming one of Australia’s rising stars. A high school teacher by day and DJ/radio host by night, she has built a reputation as one of her city’s top selectors and has attracted international attention in recent years. Toohey’s radio program, Sunset with Adi Toohey, has been a Saturday night staple on Sydney’s FBI Radio for the past five years and specializes in tracks that have a summery, Balearic feel. Alongside hosting parties with Sydney’s Rimbombo crew, she has shared the stage with artists such as Hunee and The Black Madonna, spun at festivals such as Australia’s Splendour in the Grass, and has contributed mixes to Boiler Room, Sanpo Disco and Bicep’s Feel My Bicep series.
I first discovered Adi Toohey through the incredible CC:DISCO!, having appeared on the latter’s since-ended PBS FM (Melbourne radio station) program Smoke and Mirrors and was immediately taken with her early 90s indebted mixing style. Her track selection, predominantly specializing in classic house, but covering a variety of genres, has an incredibly uplifting feel. The energy level in Toohey’s mixes is always on point, and you can tell that she knows her record collection inside and out. Her mixes are tailor made for afternoon and, just like her radio program states, sunset parties. Once you put on one of Adi Toohey’s mixes, you will experience a totally natural high.
Toohey recently signed with Orchid Artists and will be undertaking a spring tour of Europe next year. In the meantime, you can check out her most recent mix, created for Amsterdam’s ZeeZout podcast, filled with house, Italo disco and techno goodness:
Contributor: Alex Rubenstein
2019 has been a hallmark year in the budding career of East London DJ and producer, India Jordan. Her debut EP on Local Action records, DNT STP MY LV, is a five track collection of high octane rave tunes. Each track provides its own unique thrills from the infectious vocal sample on the title track, to the more breaks oriented “DN4’, and the meditative groove on “Through Lacuna”. What’s brilliant here is the careful consideration of the history that informs these tracks while presenting a refreshingly new take on rave, UK garage, jungle, and club music in general.
Jordan is also known for her electrifying DJ sets, frequently appearing with contemporaries like Finn, Anz, and Yamaneko. She has an impressive ability to keep a peak-time feel throughout the length of her sets, filling them with tracks that keep the feet shuffling and hands in the air. From an outsider’s perspective this seems like a stylistic shift from running the respected ambient label and “music social”, New Atlantis, yet influences of that world are certainly present in some of her productions.
Make sure to check out her latest two track release for Local Action, “Warper / Bulbasaur Shuffle”:
Contributor: Yvette Bailhache
It was only last year that I caught on to the sounds of London Haarlem, a talented and gorgeous DJ/producer/radio presenter based out of the UK. London’s stellar disco remix of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” (please give it a listen here) was an instant favorite of mine and although I was new to her work I quickly learned she’d been putting in work way before that song popped into my feed.
London got her start producing remixes for artists signed to Sony and Universal which eventually led to her creating her own house music remixes of everyone from Missy Elliot to Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams and Paul Simon.
The former Defected Records intern is currently a host for the London based community radio station, Flex FM where she can be heard every Monday from 4-6pm and features exclusive guest mixes from some of today’s top DJ’s and producers. Her latest personal mix of deep house and techno tracks is called “Chain of Fools” – take a listen below: