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Swedish duo dropping dizzying electro
Who says internet dating doesn’t work? Sebastian Furrer and Alexander Björklund met on MySpace and began emailing each other beats before becoming Cazzette. They were snapped up by At Night, the crew behind Avicii’s stratospheric rise, and 2012 saw them playing the main stage at Ultra, Tomorrowland and Creamfields. With their remixes of Avicii’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ and SHM’s ‘Save The World’ winning support from David Guetta and Tiësto, and a debut album just out, it’s safe to say the pair are on a fast track to success. Cazzette’s debut LP, ‘EJECT Pt 1’, is out on on November 13
Bass-heavy electro with synths to spare
Canblaster, Sam Tiba, Myd and Panteros666 were established names on the French house scene before they joined forces in 2009. While their new moniker suggests they don’t take themselves too seriously (‘cheval’ is French for ‘horse’), their dancefloor potential is no joke. On fellow Frenchman Brodinski’s Bromance imprint, ‘Decisions’ combines industrial synth riffs with crunk beats for a Gallic take on the r’n’b-on-speed peddled by the likes of Rustie, while the flip nods to an 808 bounce. Expect it to make waves both sides of the Channel.
‘Decisions’ EP is out now on Bromance
Hypnotic house’s rising star
Leeds has long been a house and techno hotspot, and the city just keeps on giving with new boy Jonny Cade. The 23-year-old has been bubbling away for a while, making a name for himself with his brand of hypnotic, warm, deep house. Owing his dexterity with rhythm to teenage years spent playing the drums, Jonny has landed himself a residency at Leeds night Flux, plus work alongside Huxley and releases on 2020:Vision. With his own label Catch gearing up for its first release, 2013 could see Jonny come good.
The Future EP is out on 2020:Vision on January 14
Melodic but meaty bass music
With its trancey melodies and gnarly, Noisia-esque basslines, it didn’t take long for 20-year-old Max Rowat’s ‘Wake You Up’ EP to pique the interest of DJs from across the spectrum. A ream of production work followed, including the theme for Ministry of Sound and Nissan’s ‘JukeBOX’ mobile soundsystem, remixes for Borgore and The Prototypes and production for Hadouken!’s new album. And now, with 19-year-old vocalist Kate Ashton completing the outfit Koven look set to push live bass music into exciting new territory.
The Prototypes ‘Suffocate’ (Koven mix) is on Shogun Audio
Cinematic and expansive techno
Raime is Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead, a London duo dedicated to concocting tense techno that’ll frazzle your mind and punish your body. They’ve been in operation since 2010, releasing three EPs on venerable outsider imprint Blackest Ever Black, and have just unleashed debut album ‘Quarter Turns Over A Living Line’. It’s visceral and best experienced live, where it’s paired with a short film featuring a lone warrior navigating a post-apocalyptic landscape. That’s when Raime achieve a sonic might that few others can.
‘Quarter Turns Over A Living Line’ is on Blackest Ever Black
The man to take trap’s throne
21-year-old Henry Steinway was already causing a stir as Clockwork when he started toying with “different sounding stuff” as RL Grime. That “different sounding stuff” is now known as trap, and after an EP on Shlohmo’s WEDIDIT label and a Soundcloud chart-topping Kanye remix, he’s the genre’s poster boy with the likes of Diplo, Chuckie and Pitbull falling over themselves to work with him. His combination of hip hop basslines and big-room electro sheen has seen him detonate dancefloors across the US: expect the same when he hits these shores soon.
RL Grime’s ‘Grape’ EP is out now on WEDIDIT