If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that 2011 was a vintage year for dance music. The last 12 months came, exploded across dancefloors all over the world and went in a blaze of bass-bin shaking glory. But fear not, because 2012 is already shaping up to be just as monumental and here's all the gossip you need to know about what's going to land on a stereo near you soon...
Recent Mixmag coverstar Maya Jane Coles has told us that she's currently brewing up a debut album that is "a more universal approach to music." She also mentioned that "I want people that hate dance music to enjoy it!" Sounds interesting, and if it's anything as good as the records she put out last year, then Maya's popularity will surely go stratospheric. No release date yet, but keep 'em peeled.
Julio Bashmore was responsible for our Tune Of The Year in the form of 'Battle For Middle You' and anyone who's heard the track will be more than happy to know that the Bristolian house wonderkid is preparing a long player. In a recent interview with Mixmag he said: "I think it's about time that I tackled that beast. Tracks like 'The Horn That Time Forgot' hint at what I want to do. I'm quite nervous because I like that sound, but we'll see what other people make of it!" Bashmore's debut album is likely to land at some point this year, so grab his recent 'Riff Wrath' EP and get ready for more bass heavy house goodness!
Maceo Plex's 'Life Index' LP was on the Mixmag office stereo constantly last year and he's revealed that he's begun work on album number two already. "With my second album I have a specific style I want to push which I've developed over the last year," Maceo reckons. "I feel now that I've come into my own as Maceo Plex." Sounds highly intriguing...
OK, so now you've had the first details on records from the finest talents in dance, here's a rundown of confirmed releases that will have you polishing your dancing shoes in glee.
The ever forward thinking Hyperdub have a fantastically healthy looking schedule for the coming months. There will be albums from Scratcha DVA (March), Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland – aka Hype Williams – (April) and Cooly G (June). The label will also put out the second LP by Burial.
Modeselektor's 50 Weapons imprint will drop the debut album from Addison Groove (March), Planet Mu will release Ital's mini LP (February) and Errors will return with their third full length on Rock Action (January).
There's also records coming from Blondes (February), Pariah and Ulrich Schnauss, as well as The XX.
This is surely only the beginning of another truly massive year for dance music. Game on!