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Rinse FM’s latest rising star
Monki began her radio career at the bottom of the ladder. But while most interns are lumbered with making cups of tea, her main job was picking up Nando’s for the station’s DJ roster. But the fact that her talents extended beyond collecting takeout didn’t go unnoticed. Boss Geeneus offered her a Thursday morning slot and Monki quickly graduated to prime-time Saturday afternoons. Her eclectic tastes can see her move from Zed Bias to Miguel Campbell and end up at Bobby Brown during the course of a show. Annie Mac, watch your back.
Catch Monki every Saturday, 4–6pm on Rinse FM
Young gun in the 50 Weapons arsenal
Chicago, Detroit, dubstep and UK funky: the influences Bambounou reels off are hardly unusual. Yet while some producers seem content to tack token ‘bass music’ add-ons onto traditional house productions, the 22-year-old Parisian whips up a far headier brew from his inspirations. Bambounou slips deftly from muscular techno to staccato electro-grime hybrids with jazzy interludes and ghetto-bass grit in between. With past releases on Youngunz and Sound Pellegrino, his debut album ‘Orbiting’ will come out on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons.
‘Orbiting’ is released on November 23
Bass that never says die
Shattering bass productions and hook-ups with Flux Pavilion, Zomboy, Foreign Beggars and Porter Robinson have meant that SKisM’s place in the dubstep canon has been well and truly secured. He’s racked up over 13 million YouTube hits and set up his own label, Never Say Die. This year saw the release of the first ‘Never Say Die’ compilation, mixed by SKisM and featuring the likes of Skrillex, Dodge & Fuski and 501. With his four-part ‘Division’ EP series underway and several Beatport No 1s, SKisM is bass-heavy perfection.
Red Heat ‘Divisions Part 2’ is out now
High-klass trap music from Canada
Fresh from the Montreal scene which spawned Jacques Greene and Kaytradamus, High Klassified is the latest young beatsmith from the city’s bubbling piu piu movement. His celestial cocktail of hip hop via melodic soundscapes; contagious 808s and bouncing snares won him exposure for his ‘London Flexin’ remix on Kashii’s ‘Rome’ EP on Kerri Chandler’s MadTech. With support from fellow trap architect Baauer on his recent Rinse FM mix, his ‘Flexury’ EP has smooth, low-slung soul at its core and frantic footwork that’ll have you swaying and sweating in equal measure. High-Klassified’s ‘Flexury’ EP is out now
Piercing deep house cuts
23-year-old DJ Ben Pearce cut his teeth running nights and DJing in Manchester before gaining widespread attention with his debut single, ‘What I Might Do’. The track makes astonishing use
of a sample from US r’n’b singer Anthony Hamilton, deploying it to make one of the breakthrough house records of the year. Already receiving heavy rotation from Solomun, David August and Waifs & Strays, not to mention a hammering in the Mixmag office, Pearce looks set to join the big league come 2013.
‘What I Might Do’ is out on MTA Records now
Finland’s future trance hero
With little change in trance’s top tier for what seems an eternity, the genre was starting to seem like the musical equivalent of Top Gear. But luckily, 27-year-old Finn Tom Fall is here to shake things up. He’s been snapped up by global heavyweight Armada, playing internationally with support from Hardwell, Tritonal and AVB who has Tom playing sets at A State of Trance at both Ministry in London and Privilege, Ibiza. Fall’s infectious sets combine electro, trance and progressive and his list of remix requests reads like a Who’s Who of trance. Watch the throne, trance kings.
Tom Fall ‘IROK’ is out now