■ LSDXOXO ■ Few artists embody dance music’s current psychosexual re-awakening as boldly as self-described “sick bitch” LSDXOXO. The Philadelphia-born, Berlin-based producer brings a sneering deviance to their productions - most recently featured on XL records - and to their long-running Floorgasm party. An early presence at the epochal GHE20GOTH1K parties, LSDXOXO developed their vision across a series of essential mixtapes: “Fuck Marry Kill,” “Body Mods” and “Waiting 2 Exhale” show the artist reforming dance music with startling assurance and shocking grace. Harrowing, lurid and unstoppable, LSDXOXO cannot be unheard.
■ NEWA ■ Tbilisi’s Newa is a resident at Bassiani, the club that has defined electronic music in Eastern Europe. Her productions for such essential labels as Semantica and Ben Klock’s own Klockworks highlight a subtle and controlled touch. A background in classical and jazz counterbalance the cold metallic tinge of her surfaces, and her sets build with an immersive intensity.