A Night with HAAi
Boys Noize (Boysnoize Records I Berlin, Germany)
Propelled by a whim for sonic experimentation, Boys Noize (Alex Ridha) developed a peerless sound that transcends all categories. Embraced by the underground and adored on the main stage, the non-conformist German-Iraqi artist, DJ, producer and subcultural oracle managed to carve out a remarkable place in the world of electronic music.
Dienne (live) (Other People I Antwerp, Belgium)
Belgian composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Dienne builds soundscapes born from ideas in her head. Combining analogue instruments like oboe, piano and flute with vocals and electronics, she creates engaging pieces of music brimming with melancholy.
HAAi (London I United Kingdom)
Having arrived from Australia, where she sang for a psychedelic rock band, HAAi – real name Teneil Throssel – first fell in love with European club culture during a trip to Berlin (one that included a stop-off at the Berghain, naturally…). While she may collect records belonging to all manner of diverse genres from Turkish funk to Nigerian beats, it’s her unique blend of techno, house, disco and African percussion that really make her DJ sets soar. Known for her generosity behind the decks, HAAi possesses a singular style in which textures and bass are as prominent as they are melodic. After several EPs, in 2022 she revealed her debut album Baby We're Ascending, a sonic adventure that, like her, navigates from genre to genre without complexes.
Her history with Nuits sonores dates back to 2018 and her first appearance with Daniel Avery: since then, it's been a mutual love affair. After her first appearance in Brussels in 2021, it's as curator that she returns for this 2023 edition, with a line-up that we expect to be in her image: demanding, uninhibited and hard to label.
Josey Rebelle (London, United Kingdom)
Raised in London in a Caribbean culture of dancers, DJs and sound system operators, Josey Rebelle was introduced to the decks at an early age, taught to mix by her brother on his house, techno and jungle collection when she was 13. But it was some years - and countless hours of practice - later that she gained the confidence to graduate from bedroom DJ to the booth of the club. As well as playing mesmerising sets at the world’s most iconic clubs and festivals, Josey has also recorded highly-acclaimed mixes for BBC Radio 1, The Trilogy Tapes, Resident Advisor, The Face and Fader magazine.
Karenn (live) (United Kingdom)
Karenn is the live and studio project from UK-techno mainstays Blawan and Pariah. 2023 saw them releasing the “Everything is Curly” EP on their self-run label VOAM and have returned to touring the festival and club-scene with an uncomfortable amount of hardware in their luggage. Expect thunderous kicks and overdriven sound design from two of the best to ever do it.
LUXE (Dansu Discs I London, United Kingdom)
LUXE is one of the most exciting DJs based in London. Her training as a classical musician has done no harm. Always striving to link the enormous potential of electronic music with her classical education, she produces richly layered and surprising sets.
SCALER (live) (Houndstooth I Bristol, United Kingdom)
SCALER (fka SCALPING) are a Bristol based live techno band. Blistering performances are known for astute production formed through a love their hometown’s visionary off-the-wall dance music as well as full throttle noise and punk. SCALER play continuously for the duration of their sets, generating a storm of metal-and-techno through a rising beats-per-minute count. In the heat and darkness, it’s a swarm of low-end frequencies and ripping guitars, somewhere between Black Sabbath-esque psychedelica and The Bug’s sub-bass headfuckery.
Tai Lokun (London, United Kingdom)
Tai Lokun is one of the new stars of tomorrow. This London-based DJ thrills the entire world with her eclectic sets. With enormous ease, she weaves together a wide variety of genres, from classic house to hard-hitting drums and techno.
Vegyn (live) (PLZ Make It Ruins I London, United Kingdom)
Joe Thornalley, known by the moniker Vegyn, is a London-based producer whose unconventional style of beatmaking has attracted attention from club audiences as well as rappers. His restrained yet intricately detailed productions are both playful and mysterious, avoiding the clichéd hallmarks of most dance music and not quite fitting in with hip-hop trends, either.