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Simon Maverick is a name you need to know. The talented DJ/producer is currently holding down a monthly residency at Rinse FM in Paris, as well as regular sets on British station Sub.FM, plus releasing several standout EPs on his own vinyl imprint, Bief Recordings, over the last two years.
A wax addict collecting everything from rare jazz to industrial techno, Maverick counts Skream, Luciano, Ame and Tensnake as fans, with his latest EP dropping via Ben Gomori's much-hyped Monologues imprint last month. B.Traits spun its title track 'Grand Rue' on her Radio 1 residency show back in June — there's big things on the horizon for this French-born production don. Take our word for it!
SOUNDS LIKE? Prosumer, Tim Sweeney, San Soda
Brave in the rave
Lincoln-born, London-based producer Courage (real name: Joe Carson) is one of the nicest lads in the music game. Luckily, he's also a great producer, having cooked up RAY BLK’s new single 'My Hood’ featuring Grime superstar Stormzy, plus an official remix of Ellie Goulding’s 'On My Mind’ — that's racked up over half-a-million plays on YouTube.
He released a bass-heavy single titled ‘Icarus’ on much-loved London imprint Black Butter late last year, and his new track 'New Years Eve in a Haunted House’ is dropping as part of his 'Get Some Courage Vol.1' EP at the start of this month. Get to know!
SOUNDS LIKE? My Nu Leng, NVOY, Fono
Feel the fury
It's likely you won't know much about Malmö's Armand Jakobsson. Despite dropping stuff onto his Soundcloud for the past six months or so and impressing here and there with the odd live show, his first-ever official release will not drop until this month on R&S's London spin-off Meda Fury.
And it's the sort of dancefloor magic you'd hear in sets from Move D, Four Tet and Jackmaster and then spend ages digging for. Judging by the four stone-fox house jams (plus a digital-only dub) — and not forgetting the high quality of the limited stuff available online already — it's obvious this guy is all about quality control.
While his hooks are often transcendental and meditative, there's a rawness to his stuff; it has teeth. Dusted down and slammin', they're cuts that pack a punch in the club too — a NY garage skip here some juicy Detroit funk there — as well as skilfully sketching outside the lines of obvious 4/4 music. Identikit tech-house set fodder this is not. 'Illuminations', out on 1st July, is the first of many, we expect.
SOUNDS LIKE? Point G, Mr G, Omar S
UK double-act Conduct are creative lads to say the least. Since teaming up in 2009, Robin Andrews and Chris Edwards have worked together on everything from graphic art to filmmaking and, of course, music. As Conduct, the pair have somehow managed to combine all these elements into a purely auditory form; their tracks, whilst filed under drum & bass, have a cinematic quality that goes far beyond big synths and a generous helping of ambient fuzz.
Previous works for Code and Diffrent have seen the duo experiment heavily with structure and arrangement, and their debut album (out this month via Blu Mar Ten Music) has an otherworldly essence. Conduct contrast the acoustic with the synthetic, from the delicate guitar-work of ‘Archaic’ and ‘Bat Country’ to the jittering, dystopian lament of ‘Beta’s Error’ and the cruising, halftime funk of ‘Piano Track’. Somebody get Hollywood on the phone, we’ve just found the guys to score the next moody sci-fi flick.
SOUNDS LIKE? Blocks & Escher, S.T. Files, Instra:mental
What do you get when you add jungle, hip hop and footwork to dub? More-sounds... Terrible puns aside though, Paris-based producer Germain Bigou has established a name for himself over the past few years for his inventive genre-splicing records. Brutish and guttural, militant and brash, his work for Cosmic Bridge, Astrophonica and 31 Recordings is littered with junglistic breaks and delay-drenched samples and driven by copious amounts of bass.
A disciple of dub legends such as King Tubby and Scientist, Bigou is something of a hardware obsessive both in the studio and out, performing live with a host of delay equipment and other analogue gear. With a host of increasingly dub-heavy releases on the horizon – including a 12” for Lion Charge Records and a remix of DJ Madd and Redders’ ‘Peng Teng’ – Moresounds is set for a murky summer.
SOUNDS LIKE? Om Unit, Sam Binga, Danny Scrilla
Dennis Cruz is hot property right now. Having held eight tracks in Beatport’s Top 100 chart earlier this year, his thumping dancefloor-focused productions through labels including Snatch!, Saved and Suruba X found their way into the record boxes of Ibizan giants including Marco Carola, Joseph Capriati and Nicole Moudaber, with his low-slung ‘New Life’ rework becoming something of an early anthem on the island this season.
Having launched his own Lemon-Aid Music label in 2013, which has dizzyingly racked up almost 100 releases through music from up and coming artists like Daniel Lera, Tomy Wahl and Fabier, the Madrid native is set to take to the White Isle again this summer through a number of appearances at Privilege’s much-lauded Vista Club with Solid Grooves. Here Cruz will play alongside Mobilee boss Anja Schneider, as well as fellow rising stars Detlef, PAWSA and Michael Bibi, spinning music that fills Balearic floors for fun.
SOUNDS LIKE? Yousef, Darius Syrossian, wAFF
Ben Klock’s latest protégé
After making his name playing the now defunct London techno night Void, Jay Clarke has been rising through the ranks since starting his BLACKAXON label in 2014. After two dark and dancefloor-ready releases through the imprint, he was signed up for his first Klockworks’ release, which landed in April. The deep and moody music on it presented a different side to the young Londoner, with the gloriously brooding ‘Drift’ a highlight.
He’s a discerning techno selector to boot. Having played alongside the likes of Klock, Dave Clarke and Ben Sims in recent months, he’s proved just as comfortable spinning the punishing sounds of his BLACKAXON productions as he is working an ebb and flow early in the night, building an atmosphere with sets that take the dancefloor on a journey. With more material slated for later this year through his own label, Clarke looks set to become one of the brightest stars in British techno.
SOUNDS LIKE? Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Peter Van Hoesen
Garage won’t stop bumping and shuffling. The end of the genre has been predicted by naysayers many times but it keeps bubbling back to the top in the hands of new generations of garage fans. In the recent past the UK funky sound revived it, and stadium dance bunch Disclosure respectfully nodded to the style, while DJ EZ continues to fly the flag and inspire young heads. Thorn is the latest artist to bust through repping garage to the fullest, and his new single, the excellent ‘Don’t Go Changing’ featuring Chenai Zinyuku, is liable to get seasoned ravers misty-eyed and new crews flipping their wigs.
A kinetic rhythm with an immaculate refinement reminiscent of MJ Cole circa ‘Sincere’, ‘Don’t Go Changing’ has a crisp modernity to mark it as a product of now rather than being a throwback. It’s had the nod from Toddla T on his Radio 1 show, and Thorn’s track ‘Say What U Want’ has had plays from Marcus Nasty on Rinse. One to keep an eye on.
SOUNDS LIKE? MJ Cole, Smokin’ Beats, Wookie
Not Earl Grey
He first came to our attention as part of garage/house outfit C.R.S.T, but in the intervening years Earl Jeffers has developed a novel style all his own. He’s made tunes under the Chesus alias too, but his latest material, the ‘Gloria’ EP for the sterling Ten Thousand Yen label, errs more on the loopy disco side.
All funky loops and subtle, multi-layered samples, it’s got a trippy feel that gets under your skin as only the best dance music can. ‘Pleasure Signal’ is all cascading, twinkling keyboard licks and jazzy chords, thrown over a thumping kick, while ‘Return to Forever Part 1’ suggests an affinity with the noodly jazz fusion outfit of that name but is actually twilit house like it should be done. Music to keep floors, and headphones, happy.
SOUNDS LIKE? Ian Pooley, I:Cube, Moodymann
Nur Jaber is the Lebanon-born Berlin-based resident at [STAUB] collective’s ://about blank parties who has also been spinning dark and punishing heads down techno at Berlin institutions Tresor and Suicide Circus. Dax J subsequently invited her to play London after-party Jaded in May and, having also made her Berghain debut shortly after, to say Jaber is on the rise would be something of an understatement.
She launched her OSF label at the back end of last year with her hypnotic ‘Aphasia’ EP too, as well as recently introducing techno to her home town by opening Block 9 in Beirut in May; returning a favour by asking Dax J to be the party’s first guest. With two EPs planned on her own label later this year, further releases through the [STAUB] imprint and London White prove that one of the most unique voices in German techno has started turning heads in the capital’s main rooms.
SOUNDS LIKE? Len Faki, Dax J, Inigo Kennedy
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