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Pop-infused electronica from Israel
It’s hard not to be impressed when listening to Adi Ulmansky’s debut mixtape. ‘Shit Just Got Real’ is a nine-track offering of hip hop and pop-infused electronica and is as colourful and adaptable as Adi’s fashion sense. Already the singer/songwriter has warmed up for Disclosure, Bondax and Junior Boys with one third of her electro-rock band Lorena B, and featured on fellow Israeli-producer Borgore’s tracks. Here’s a small glimpse into the 23-year-old producer’s versatility, which most likely won’t be going unmissed this year.
The ‘Shit Just Got Real’ mixtape is out now
Warped r’n’b reappropriation
Cyril Hahn seemingly came from nowhere to getting over half a million plays of his Destiny’s Child remix on Soundcloud, by way of some key support from Annie Mac. The Swiss-Canadian turned ‘Say My Name’ into a warped heartbreak anthem for the post-dubstep generation. He then tackled Solange’s ‘Losing You’ and girl-group Haim’s ‘Don’t Save Me’ in a similar vein. With more productions in the pipeline for 2013 and a live show in the works, Hahn could be the perfect DJ for the age of the r’n’b reappraisal.
Cyril Hahn’s European tour takes place March 1–9: www.cyrilhahn.tumblr.com
Jackin’ house’s new lady
Hannah Wants is proof that entering Mixmag DJ competitions can be a route to international DJ stardom. Hannah won a slot at our That Mixmag Thing arena at Creamfields – but we can’t take all the credit: she already had two successful Ibiza seasons under her belt and her big, bolshy brand of jackin’ house was getting noticed by the likes of Huxley and Eats Everything and winning her bookings at Cream’s 20th birthday, plus a mini-tour of South Africa. This year, what Hannah wants, she might just get.
‘Dappy & None A Them’ EP is out on Food Music in March
Grime guy causing a ruckus
If you’re looking for someone causing a ruckus in the grime scene then look no further than Preditah, the young Birmingham producer currently blowing the genre wide open. His ‘Red Bull’, ‘Circles’ and ‘Gears Of Grime’ EPs come chock-full of gurgling basslines, fluorescent synths, machine-gun beats and a “PRE DI TAH” aural signature that will become as ubiquitous as Terror Danjah’s Gremlin cackle. Bigged up by grime veteran Logan Sama and crucial label Butterz, Preditah’s high-octane take on 140bpm music is raw, inventive
and utterly essential.
‘Gears Of Grime’ is out now
The Child Of Lov
Elusive raw funk auteur
A carefully cultivated air of mystery surrounds The Child Of Lov. His real name is undisclosed, and at the time of writing the image above is the only publicity photo in existence. We do know he’s an Amsterdam-based 25-year-old who describes himself as an “intergalactic r’n’b/space hip hop artist.” Certainly, ‘Heal’, the single released late last year is an itchy funk workout reminiscent of pre-squiggle Prince, while ‘Rotisserie’ sounds like a smacked-out Marvin Gaye transmitting live from Mars. His debut album lands in May, by which time he may well have shown us his face.
‘Heal’ is out now on Double Six/Domino
Big-room houser destined for big things
German-born Turkish DJ Deniz Koyu always had a flair for music. Taking up piano at the age of five, by the time he reached adolescence he was already an accomplished musician. An early love of the holy trinity of Daft Punk, Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode led to days spent re-editing his favourite tracks on tape recorders. But all the early devotion paid off when his stadium-sized progressive house singles ‘Tung’ and ‘Hertz’ received gushing reactions from Fedde Le Grand, SHM and Guetta. Expect Koyu to top festival bills any time soon.
‘Rage’ featuring Dirty South is out now