There’s been a lot of talk in 2013 so far about dance music playing it safe, sticking to a formula, maintaining a proven production line. Away from the cookie-cutter anthems, though, there’s always a groundswell of original, innovative producers bubbling in electronic music.
For this feature, inthemix has honed in on ten artists making music in their respective scenes that’s impossible to ignore. With so many great producers circulating, any list like this is only going to skim the surface. So consider this just a small sample size of dance music originals shaking up 2013. Some like Shlohmo and TokiMONSTA you've known a while, others are just getting started.
“With so many great producers circulating, any list like this is only going to skim the surface.”
Away from the cookie-cutter anthems, though, there’s always a groundswell of original, innovative producers bubbling in electronic music.
For starters, Ta-Ku doesn’t just have one or two good songs. Head to his Soundcloud and you’ll find, at present count, 165 face-melting tracks. It’s impossible to drop in and listen to just a couple: we’d advise allowing yourself a few hours to go all the way down the Ta-Ku rabbit hole.
While the mightily prolific output rate is nothing to scoff at, more impressive is fact that Ta-ku is the project of one guy, Perth’s Regan Matthews, and he’s only been doing this for a few years.
Looking at Andrew Rayel’s production run over the last couple of years, it’s hard to imagine him running out of inspiration. Hailing from the Republic of Moldova, Rayel started making music at the age of 13, and later found a champion in trance don Armin van Buuren. The ‘future of trance’ tag has stuck, not least because he continues to turn out forward-thinking, formula-dodging productions.
Mad Decent’s always has an eye for finding fun, genre-bending talent and recent signing GTA’s no exception. Wondering where you know that name from? The Miami bred duo have featured on tracks with A-Trak, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Rihanna recently took them on tour for support and their track 'Hit It' was dropped by just about everyone at Ultra this year. Have a listen to their stuff or look at the Soundcloud genre tag on their Diplo collaboration 'Boy Oh Boy' - “country j-pop death metal polka step”- and you’ll realise pretty quickly that GTA’s sound can’t be pigeon-holed. And that’s a very good thing.
Every three or four years there’s a new renaissance of people who are good at representing their generation, and I think I just kinda came into place as one of those for the 1990s kids,” Shlohmo told Fader earlier this year. Sure enough, between the Pokemon inspired moniker, the distorted take on the R&B sounds that were king for high schoolers in the 2000s and the spine-tingling low-end bass, 23-year-old Henry Laufer’s work has been resonating with a lot of the 90s-born. Arguably the guy leading the charge of the future bass movement, you’ll know a Shlohmo tune when you hear one: they’re at once bedroom-ready slow jams and dark, emotionally bleak trips. As he put it: “That’s my favourite feeling: devastating and wonderful at the same time.
Tokimonsta is the genre-bending solo project of Jennifer Lee. Starting out with glitchy, bass-meets-hip hop stuff, lately Lee’s been growing her sound and connecting with listeners outside the inner L.A. sanctum: her new Ultra Records-released album Half Shadows is brilliantly-crafted stuff. "It's hard to get people to understand what I'm doing, but at the same time, it's almost the reason I'm releasing with [Ultra]," she told LA Weekly earlier this year. "I like the fact that more people can understand [the album], but not in the way that I'm trying to make my music too easy for people, either."
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