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Discovering the Women of Shoegaze from 1988-1994, with DJ ELLES

  • By VF Team
  • The Vinyl Factory
  • 18-Nov 2020

Doe-eyed dream pop and drone, side-by-side.

Shoegaze is a genre that came to prominence during the 1980s, beginning in the UK before expanding globally. Also known as dream pop, and fuelled by groups like Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine, it combined experimental effects and sampling, washed-out vocals, and hazy guitar riffs with a DIY spirit. The genre was originally given the name shoegaze because artists were constantly looking down while playing thanks to a heavy use of the gear at their feet.

Delving into this world is London producer and DJ ELLES, who explores the pioneering women of the genre, from acts both familiar and under-the-radar.

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