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Dirtee Stank’s newest soulful recruit
Dizzee Rascal’s manager and mentor Nicholas ‘Cage’ Detnon spotted Pepper on a talent show
and picked her up immediately. “She just smacked me dead centre in the face!” he said. After a successful dubstep-style remix of one of her songs, Cage took her into the studio and they came up with 14 tracks in just ten days. Then Dizzee jumped in on some of the tracks – and sparks flew. Last year she joined Dizzee on the European festival circuit, and now the two are working on a big tune in time for this year’s festival season. She even joined Dizzee at this year’s Brit awards!
Pepper’s debut album will be out later this year
Electro and noisy dubstep from Brazil
Rio’s Felguk prove that no matter how good the sun and sand, it’s possible to get off the beach and into the studio. Having destroyed last year’s Electric Daisy Carnival, the duo’s on fire. In the past eight months they’ve released four big singles on their own label, Dongle Records, including collaborations with Example and Dirtyloud. Also in the pipeline is a cheeky bootleg with Tim Healey, a three-gig UK tour with Benny Benassi and big festival bookings across the US. It looks like 2012 may be the year Felguk make it big.
Felguk’s remix of Dirty South vs Thomas Gold’s ‘Eyes Wide Open’ is out now
Ethereal future garage exponent
Riding the wave created by lyrical two-step and the intelligent, atmospheric style of James Blake, Mount Kimbie, Burial et al, Alby Daniels has chosen the right moment to break. ‘This Dawn’ features his sublime vocals gliding over melodies reminiscent of the hip-hop beat collages of Flying Lotus. The 22-year-old cites Brainfeeder as his favourite label, and his passion for jazz and funk is clear in his work. Alby’s debut EP has been released on Black Acre Records, a label that champions forward-thinking electronica – perfect for his experimental yet accessible sound.
‘This Dawn’ is out now on Black Acre Records
For the love of house
Let’s face it, there are a lot of people out there making and playing house music. But Italian DJ and producer Pirupa stands out from the crowd by consistently releasing top quality records on a wide range of very respected labels. From Desolat to Defected, Rebirth to Snatch!, Pirupa’s love of all things house, coupled with his versatility as a producer, means that he’s played at most of the world’s best clubs, and that his tunes are championed by DJs as diverse as Loco Dice and Steve Angello. The opposite of a one-hit wonder, Pirupa’s done it the old fashioned way.
Pirupa’s ‘Party Non Stop’ is out now on Desolat
Deep, progressive house from Manchester
At just 20 years old, and with releases on eight different labels in her first year on the scene, Jini Cowan is making some serious waves. She began working on her debut EP in July 2011; within a matter of weeks it was snapped up by Axis Trax. After spinning at top local clubs like Sankeys she took a couple of months off from DJing to work on her productions. Now, gigs are flowing in from Berlin to Croatia, Philadelphia, Ibiza and Pacha NYC. Check out her unique tech-house sound at a club near you.
‘Wonderland’ is out on Stripped Digital in March. Jini’s remix of Steve Love ‘Popularity’ is out April on Afterlight
West coast dream vibes
Giraffage is the creation of 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist Charlie Yin. Chopped-up samples, exquisite chord changes and floaty synths combine to create ethereal productions in a similar vein to Jacques Greene and Mount Kimbie. His debut album ‘Comfort’ was released last November on Bandcamp (a site where you decide how much to pay to down-load the tunes) and included tunes like ‘LUV’ which sounds like a sonic rendition of a daydream peppered with 808 percussion. It caught the ear of Kitsuné, who will release his next single. For thoughtful music that lets you drift away, stick your neck out for Giraffage.
Giraffage ‘Even Though’ is out on Kitsuné in May