Eclectic techno from the German capital
Like many a young German consumed by the sound of a pulsating beat, all roads led to Berlin for the young Dana Ruh. After leaving her home town of Gera for the capital in 2005, the city’s thriving techno and house scene soon inspired Dana to make inroads into producing and DJing. In 2007 she founded her own label, Brouqade, and has since released on the likes of Ostgut Ton, Buzzin’ Fly and Crosstown Rebels. Driving and hectic yet still light on their feet, Dana’s productions will keep you intrigued.
Dana Ruh & Anthea ‘Like A River’ is out soon on Brouqade
High-flying, big-room electro exponent
When you have the backing of Tiësto it’s safe to say you’re going places. Jasper Helderman, aka Alvaro, is making serious waves in dance music with a support slot on Tiësto’s College Invasion tour that has seen him travel the length and breadth of America. His tunes are getting support from the likes of David Guetta, Afrojack, Laidback Luke and Chuckie, and he’s worked with Lil Jon, Pitbull and will.i.am too. With a string of releases on hit factory Spinnin’ under his belt, it won’t be long till Alvaro takes up the mentoring mantle.
Alvaro’s ‘Rock Music’ EP is out now on Revealed Recordings
Wall-to-wall house and garage
Anna Wall has steadily built a following with her luscious house and US garage sets. The 24-year-old started DJing at university in Newcastle at 19 and has continued drawing a crowd since returning to her home town of London. Last year she stepped up to the plate at Mixmag’s DJ Lab sessions in Miami alongside Kevin Saunderson, and with festival sets piling up around the world while supporting the likes of MK, Robert Owens and Soul Clap, Anna shows no signs of hitting the Wall.
Anna Wall plays We Are FSTVL on May 25
Pyrotechnic bass music rocket-ride
Bobby Tank has exploded onto the UK scene with two EPs full of pyrotechnic bass music. Fans of Hudson Mohawke and Rustie will be thrilled to hear the 28-year-old’s blitzkrieg blend of hip hop, footwork, funk, r’n’b and future garage. The Harrow-based artist has only been producing for a few years but latest release ‘The Way’ is a cosmic joyride into a stratosphere full of astral synths and boulder-heavy beats. It’s the kind of quality that has led AlunaGeorge and Flume to call Tank up for remix duties. Promising indeed.
‘The Way’ is out now on MofoHifi
Pleasantly neutral Swiss disco
Sacha Winkler, aka Kalabrese, makes music that sits on the dividing line between disco and soft rock, using both electronic and live elements. It has served the club owner, promoter, DJ and all-round front man of the Zurich Zeitgeist well, with live performances at Sónar, Montreal’s Mutek and Berlin’s Transmideale. His forthcoming album, ‘Independent Dancer’, features a sea of falsettos, mellow vocals, brass bands, deep house grooves and African percussion. Catch him on tour soon.
‘Independent Dancer’ is out on April 26 on Rumpelmusig
Nothing robotic about this young artist
Eighteen-year-old droideka, aka Ellis Carter, swapped Portugal for Cambridge two years ago. Exposed to d’n’b via local nights, the Portugese Padawan started uploading tracks onto YouTube, with ‘Get Hyper’ receiving four million views before reaching 13 on the iTunes chart and getting airtime support from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and Scott Mills. Now, with an official music video, a string of viral spin-offs and major label talks underway, the force appears strong in young Carter.
The ‘Get Hyper’ EP, on AEI Music, is available on ITunes now