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Monki makes her debut on Hot Creations with the ‘Yurican Soul’ EP

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A force to be reckoned with in the music industry, Lucy Monkman a.k.a. Monki is set to make her debut on Hot Creations this April with the mighty ‘Yurican Soul’ EP, featuring the vocals of award-winning poet and song-writer Rosemarie Wilson a.k.a. Queen Rose on the B-side.

Monki has built a career that spans the worlds of music, sport, fashion and presenting. Having become highly respected as an electronic music tastemaker, she set up her own label &Friends in 2018 and as well as releasing on her own imprint has dropped tracks on respected labels such as Defected, Toolroom and Hottrax. After stepping down from her popular Radio 1 show, which ran every week for 6 years, during summer 2019 Monki embarked on a new fortnightly radio show with Defected, which is downloaded in its millions worldwide. Spotting and championing up-and-coming artists is integral to Monki’s daily life, which she also does by acting as an A&R consultant for Atlantic Records, the prestigious label which represents the likes of Stormzy and Ed Sheeran.

Rosemarie Wilson a.k.a. Queen Rose is a poet, playwright, spoken word artist, singer, actress and filmmaker from Detroit. She has featured and written with dance music artists like Yuksek, King of The Rollers, Eli Brown and Luke Solomon. Rosemarie was named Motown Mic 2014 Performance Artist of the Year and is one of the first poets published under the Broadside-Lotus Press merger, two of the oldest African-American presses in the US.

A powerhouse of a track, ‘Yurican Soul’ deploys tribal-esque themes that run throughout, with choppy percussion, hypnotic chants and acidic synth lines that steer into ravey territory. On the flip is our premiere, ‘Ring Ring’ continues in the same vein with a driving bassline, brought to fruition by the distinct vocals of Queen Rose. 

Monki explains that ”Hot Creations has been a label I’ve admired for years. ‘Yurican Soul’ was inspired by one of my heroes Louis Vega and the old school sound of New York. While ‘Ring Ring’ was an idea from the studio that was really driven by the bassline until Queen Rose jumped on and brought it to life; with her naughty, yet poetic take to the vocal.”

Check out ‘Ring Ring’ on Data Transmission and grab a copy here.

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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