Savant is the alias of Norwegian artist Aleksander Vinter. Combining elements of complextro, drum & bass, glitch hop, 8-bit, and even midtempo in his music, his Facebook quote says it best–“RIP Genres." 2012 saw the release of four full-length albums, each release a testament to Savant’s diversity as an artist. His most recent, Alchemist, hit the Top 10 on the iTunes US Dance Charts. He gives out numerous free tracks through his social media outlets, and is now slated to tour North America and Europe. If 2013 is anything like last year, expect to see a boatload of incredible new material and some well-deserved recognition.
Bristol outfit Dr. Meaker turned many heads last year with d&b rollers Music In the Night and Fighter, and the group continues to demonstrate their musical versatility with their recent dubstep EP on Sludge Records, Shak Out. Dr. Meaker was thrust into the spotlight after V Recordings co-founder Bryan Gee signed Music In the Night, and the group has gone from strength to strength ever since. Their latest tune, Shak Out, has received massive attention from its hilarious video, and is due to receive even more attention now that the EP is finally available. Make sure to tune in to UKF Live to watch the stream of Dr. Meaker performing at Adhesive Live in Bristol on February 1st.
Russian duo Eximinds have a mixed history, going through various member changes over several years, before settling on their current line-up in 2009. It’s only over the past 18 months though that the pair have started to make waves, big ones at that, with releases on the likes of Enhanced, Armada, and Anjunabeats. Their style is an ideal combination of classic trance and progressive with a healthy dose of the big room sound sweeping the scene. With various releases already on the cards for 2013, Eximinds are well worth keeping and eye on.
Fehrplay, a product of Eric Prydz’s Pryda Friends label, is sure to make waves in 2013. The Norwegian producer jumped onto the scene with his releases of Incognito, Nightride, and I Can’t Stop, and made his North American debut opening for Eric Prydz at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. His tracks have garnered support from Above & Beyond and Pete Tong, and the newcomer has already kicked off 2013 with a guest mix spot on Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy radio show. Expect big things this year from Fehrplay.
With all of the great new music hitting the airwaves, Paris may be ahead of the curve, especially when they lay claim to artists like Manaré. Though he has only a few productions, it’s already clear the young gun knows what he is doing. ClekClekBoom Recordings in Paris, responsible for many great works from artists such as French Fries and Chaos In The CBD, dropped Quartz/Down To Dis back in August. Just one listen to either of these great tracks from Manaré will have you hooked.
Melbourne native Will Sparks is not far behind TJR in the world of rising funky house artists. Behind acclaimed releases like Chemical Energy and Ah Yeah!, which reached #3 on Beatport’s Top 10 just a week ago, Sparks has come a long way since his debut release in April. With a new original and a remix for J-Trick & Reece Low set to release in the coming weeks, expect plenty of funky fire from Sparks in 2013.
Frederik Mooij is an up and coming electro producer from Monterrey, Mexico, who is also a part of Icarus Fly. 2013 is looking to be a milestone year for Mooij who just confirmed a remix offer from Ice T and recently collaborated with Canadian wonder Adam K on a few as-of-yet unreleased tracks. From gritty, wobble-filled electro, to disco and progressive, his versatility seemingly knows no bounds.
Nigel Good entered the progressive scene with his debut EP on Silk Royal Records, The Known Universe. Nigel’s crisp percussion, delightfully melodic plucks & incorporation of glitch elements has gotten his tracks played in several large radio show sets. After stealing the show with his remix of Altara by Johan Vilborg, Nigel released a new single, Come Home, with remixes from Blake Jarrell. Not bad for just over a year on the scene.
Clarian North and Adam Hunter are Footprintz, the Montreal synth-pop duo making a name for themselves on Visionquest. The pair released their debut in 2011, followed that up with two EPs in 2012, and are now set to release their first full-length on the label they call home. Watch for the hotly-anticipated Escape Yourself on March 18th, and get ready for a big year from the young group.
Curators of a futuristic R&B swagger of their own, the UK’s AlunaGeorge will no doubt have a huge 2013. Kicking off the year with a new track with the darlings of 2012, Disclosure, the duo, who placed 2nd in our Indie Beats Chart are on the fast track to stardom. Their debut album, Body Music, won’t be out until June, so for now, we’ll just have to hope that they keep churning out the cosmic, soulful jams we’ve grown to love.
Flume was arguably the hottest thing to come out from down under last year, as the Aussie native’s debut release absolutely exploded across the Outback as the sun went down on 2012. His lucid melodies and unique vocal sampling recently caught the attention of indie mainstay label Mom & Pop, so expect to be seeing a lot more of this kid as 2013 pushes on.
There’s a lot of competition in the trap game, but producers who emphasize quality over quantity are rising through the haze and earning a loyal following. One LA producer who’s been blowing up fast is Brillz. He exploded onto the scene several months ago with an intense remix of Roots by Kill The Noise that also placed in our 2012 year-end trap chart. With a few collabs already on OWSLA and Mad Decent, his talents clearly have the attention of all the right people. Be sure to download his latest track Buck Wild and more off his SoundCloud.
Danish producer Mikkas first showed up on the EDM radar after his shockingly underrated remix of Unison showed up on Porter Robinson’s Spitfire EP, but he really managed to knock it out of the park with his late 2012 remix of Rewind by Emma Hewitt. It became an instant #1 on the Beatport Trance Chart, and every trance DJ you can think of (and even some non-trance DJs) dropped it every time they had the chance. Mikkas’ sound is a perfect marriage of the beauty of old school vocal trance and the tough edge of modern, electro-tinged trance.