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Feel-good disco vibes from Brooklyn
It’s been just over a year since Lou Teti founded his label Tigers On A Leash, an output for cheeky, uplifting modern-day disco. The New York-based DJ and producer has been making tunes for over a decade, releasing tunes on respected labels like Dessous and OM with fellow disco aficionado JKriv, and last year he decided to do more solo work and bring more live instrumentation into his tracks. The result is sunshine disco laced with live percussion and guitar that’s perfect for lifting the mood of any party. Look forward to releases on Gomma and Discotexas as well as a full artist album later in the year.
Lou Teti’s ‘Shake’ is out now on Tigers On A Leash
New talent hotly tipped by trance titans
Receiving PROPS from the ‘Trio of Trance’, Ben Nicky seems set to take the trance world by storm. Tiësto, PVD and Armin have all given him the seal of approval, the latter calling him “One of the hardest working artists in the scene”, and ‘The One’, with Cass Fox, was one of 2011’s most memorable tunes. He played a session for Radio 1 Live for Judge Jules, and last year he launched the Lifeline events in Bristol, soon to go nationwide. With his own label on the horizon, a cult following for his podcasts and a collab with Tom Fall forthcoming, Ben Nicky is about to blow up.
‘Hammer’ is out in March on AVA Recordings
Black Diamond Bay
Leeds six-piece destined for big things
This six-piece formed in the spring of 2008, taking their name from a Bob Dylan song. They make Portishead-style cocktails of heavy sub-bass and smooth lyrics (albeit a bit less moody), with violins, guitars, synths and live electric drums and often a slo-mo house vibe. Their Lithuanian vocalist is rumoured to be a practicing witch, and their Leeds and Reading festival sets certainly left Annie Mac spellbound – which may have helped ‘I Dreamt We Were Bank Robbers’ get playlisted on Radio 1. Catch them bewitching more festival crowds this summer.
Black Diamond Bay’s ‘We Are Lovers’ is out in March
Blurring the boundaries of bass music
19-year-old producer Graphics, aka Alfie MacGibbon, blends bass music, future garage, down-tempo and techno, with twists of Thom Yorke and James Holden. He has already released on Granholme, Well Rounded Records, Individuals and GETME!, and exciting collaborations with Hackman, Martello and Hizatron are on their way, plus a residency at new London night ‘Fields’ at Electrowerkz. Whether you’re raving beneath the summer stars or daydreaming through wonderland, make sure this man provides the soundtrack.
The ‘Mama Grizzlies’ EP is out now on Made To Play
London-based beatsmith and Dirty Byrd
Rolling beats and driving tech-house are the signature sound of Samantha Blackburn, already well known in underground house circles. With fellow DJ Chloe Fontaine she started a monthly night, Dirty Byrds, booking female spinners to play underground deep house and minimal. Playing regularly at some of London’s most cutting-edge nights, like Mooch, Zombie Soundsystem, Tape and Jaded, she’s also resident at the riotous Get Diverted terrace parties in Brixton. With her excellent track selection and precision mixing, Samatha really is one classy byrd.
Catch Sam at her Dirty Byrds parties, first Friday of the month, various London locations
Deep house with precision percussion
Seka makes hiGH calibre house tunes laced with interesting percussion – a testament to his history as a drummer. From mid-tempo deepness to more racy tech-house, Seka makes sure his tunes are varied and stamped with his own personality. “Production and DJ sets of any singular style will eventually become dull,” he says, which is why he makes sure his own incorporate a range of house music. His track ‘Heritage’, on Solo’s new Congaloid label, found its way into the bags of DJs like Claude VonStroke, and with the remix work rolling in you’re likely to hear a lot more from Seka this year.
Albibello ‘Feel it’ (Seka remix) is out now on Dead Elite