Seeing as we’ve seen a few lists knocking about of ‘Top 10 Ones to Watch 2013‘ we thought it was only right that we bring you our own version. We are always keen to push up and coming talent here at UN and we think the following, although they probably do not need a push from us, deserve recognition and light shining on them for what they have done thus far and are about to do this year, so without further ado here are our Top 10 Ones to Watch 2013 in no particular order;
My Nu Leng
Since the release of their debut EP Fireflies on MindStep Music the Bristol based duo have been gaining more and more accolades. The hard-to-categorize sound the two come up with draws on many different influences but not one in particular. Whether it be pitched shifted vocals or the bass heavy rumbles in their sounds the pair are always going deep to get that right vibe.
This young lady has already been snapped up by Radio 1 for the In New DJs We Trust section, as well as holding down her own Rinse FM show. She is already a resident at Annie Mac’s critically acclaimed touring club night ‘AMP,’ and a regular fixture behind the decks at clubs and festivals around the UK and Europe. Her box-fresh bass music inspired sets include everything from piano house to hissing snares and skeleton shattering sub bass.
R1 Ryders have been purveyors of a raw and edgy style of electric dance music since 2006. A sound they have labelled Funkitek and have consistently produced some of the most bass-centric tracks to come out of London’s underground club scene. Made up of producer Karnak and MC Skeelo the duo have given dance music their own unique spin producing unpretentious offerings that have been played by DJs across the board including Benji B, Mary Anne Hobbs, MistaJam, Sinden and more.
Funk has a regular slot on Rinse Fm and you can get a good idea of what you’re likely to hear on his show through its given name: Houseology 101. For two hours each week, he joins the dots between different variations on house music, reaching all the way from classic New York and Chicago-sounding tunes to sub-heavy, funky jack tracks, and the current UK wave of slinky, garage-influenced tech house. It’s all bound together by its fluidity, keen ear for melody and compulsive forward momentum.
The Birmingham born London based female DJ has been showcased on MistaJams 1xtra show as a Daily Dose Mix resident every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month for the last few months. Playing out the best in old school and new school garage and grime amongst other sounds which is a welcome change to a lot of other DJs caving into the demand of House across the country. Expect lively sets and tracks that take you back to those days when raves where a lot more hype. You can catch her at Regulate and Loud Noise where she is a resident.
Cause & Affect
Cause & Affect aka Loz and Kane, joined forces around 7 years ago. Their UK garage influence and collision with house music has brought them a sound which cant be ignored, strains of garage, jackin, tech and bass. Their production work have played a major part in the merging of house and bass in the club scene throughout the UK and global Their talent was soon recognised by global sensation Sonny Fodera who exposed them with their first release on his label Beatdown Recs (25 miles/Flyaway) This gained them massive respect throughout the house circuit with support from Grammaphonedzie, Roger Sanchez & Inland Knights. Their follow up release Pushy Pushy/Beware Of The Swingers dominated the Traxsource chart for weeks with their first number 1 leaving them at No 2 in the overall yearly chart, as well as the infamous Dj Sneak including Beware Of The Swingers on the new Fabric 62 compilation.
UK based Shadow Child made his debut via the mighty Dirtybird early in 2012, mostly thanks to the EP’s lead track “String Thing” dominating Eats Everything’ and Claude Vonstroke’s DJ sets, the World over.This new alias for one of House music’s already known names has turned down an exciting path with underground bass-led grooves plus all the quirks and depth you’d expect in the cooler rooms around the globe. Remixes and DJ dates are filling the diary as a new musical dawn begins.
The hotly tipped producer has already been courted by a number of agencies and his consistency in producing deeply vibrant tracks are what is really alerting this guy to everyone. The 21 year old from London really is making waves in the scene so if you haven’t already heard then get to know.
Mak & Pasteman
Taking ground across the clubs and soundsystems of Leeds, bass-duo Mak & Pasteman have garnered serious respect throughout clubland. Releasing across labels including Shifting Peaks, Senseless Records & Sounds of Sumo they’ve laid down the foundations for a future sound. Returning classic bass traits to the mix with the grit and pace of 2012, tracks like Playboy & Mode play-out deep and hard as they choose a bass-led blend of garage-steps and soul-scoring house vox over just one single genre-path.
Voyeur are a Leeds via London based duo consisting of Benson Herbert and Leo Picking. Currently in their final year of university, the two first appeared in March 2012 with a remix for Bombay Bicycle Club, which was named Rob da Bank’s ‘remix of the year’ and gained serious airplay from Radio 1 tastemakers including Zane Lowe, Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac. Commissions to remix the likes of Santigold and Dan le Sac followed, as well as invitations to support Disclosure and Submotion Orchestra. Now starting to carve their own brand of deep, smokey, tech-house, Voyeur were recently snapped up by deep house pioneer Kerri Chandler to release their debut ‘Blame It On The Youth’ EP on his Madtech Records imprint.