French DJ/producer/vocalist coucou chloe – a resident of both London and NTS Radio – released her debut EP Halo (on Creamcake) only in autumn of 2016, but much has happened since then. With her track Doom appearing as part of the soundtrack for Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show at New York Fashion Week in September, the scene is set for her new EP Erika Jane – this time on nascent record label NUXXE, which she co-runs alongside Crazylegs’ Sega Bodega and frequent collaborator, Shygirl. (She also collaborates with Sega Bodega under their burgeoning Y1640 moniker.)
With a thoroughly modern sound that has gestated online but lives primarily in the club, her beats range from sensuous and slow hip-hop bangers – complete with her modulated vocal raps – to nervously energetic four to the floor… with a twist. Playfully experimental but always with an ear tuned to pop, Erika Jane is the best realization of couchou chloe yet, and her live performances make that clear, alongside DJ sets that bring you straight into that soundworld.