You Can – Kreature
Ashley Burgoyne, under the name Kreature, released his first EP You Can on the Kumasi Music label this year. If the various remixes of the track ‘You Can’ (Kolombo, SKAM, Markas & Mindaugelis) aren’t proof enough of Kreature’s already noteworthy popularity and production skills, keep an eye on this Leeds-based producer for new material to be released in 2013, definitely one to watch.
Nightingale (Aaron Lipsett Remix) – Clean Bandit
Following the success of his record ‘Around’ with HighStreet and Fion this October, 22 year old Ireland-based Aaron Lipsett produces yet another masterpiece. Lipsett faced strong competition with Gorgon City releasing a remix of the same track unusually within the span of three days, but he masters the art of the effortless synth and catchy baseline to create a soulful production. You can hear the original of ‘Nightingale’ on Clean Bandit’s EP A&E which is out now.
What You Like – Atu
A “soulful goody” recommended by Bex. At only 2.18, Atu is known for creating short but sweet post R’n’B melodies. With the current advent of trap music, it is somewhat pleasant to hear electronic producers harnessing hip-hop without the added gimmicks. ‘What You Like’ is a chilled out rhythmic track which proves R’n’B isn’t only for the clubs.
Wraith – Peace
Phoebe recommended this track from Birmingham 4-piece Peace after their nomination for the BBC’s Sound of 13 poll. ‘Wraith’ combines a funky guitar riff with faultless vocals and a catchy chorus, to producing a sound that I could only describe as something Seth Cohen would’ve enjoyed listening to at the The Bait Shop in the OC. Reminding me of the Australian band Cloud Control, listen to Peace for your experimental indie fix.
Turn It Around – Billon
UK based producers Cinematic and Drop Lamond are already turning heads as they have come together to form Billon. Their debut track ‘Turn It Around’ became an instant success when it gained support from big guns of electronic and dub Skream and Benga after they dropped it on BBC radio 1. If you like deep house and electronic dance it’s certainly worth a play.
Chained (John Talabot & Pional Blinded Remix) – The xx
Recommended by Alex who comments, “Spanish techno wizards John Talabot and Pional turn the xx’s poignant heartbreaker ‘Chained’ into an end of the night gut-wrencher by way of a cheeky sample of The Street’s excellent ‘Blinded by the Lights’.” If you managed to catch Talabot and Pional’s last collaboration on Chairlift’s ‘I Belong In Your Arms’ this summer it becomes evident that anything they touch turns to gold.
Please Don’t Turn Me On (Disclosure Remix) – Artful Dodger
The Artful Dodger doesn’t always have to bring back sordid memories of Craig David vocalising about being, “all over your…?” at the start of a track. Disclosure pull it out the bag with a remix of Dodger’s ‘Please Don’t Turn Me On’. With a slower tempo Disclosure put more emphasis on the lyrics and turn a classic garage track into a contemporary dance hybrid.
Beautiful Dub – Peaking Lights
‘Beautiful Dub’ comes from Peaking Lights’ Lucifer In Dub album, a collection dub versions of tracks from their trippy LP Lucifer, out earlier this year. The dreamy chillwave rock accompanied by a psychedelic surf video is bound to give joy to both your ears and your eyes.
Close Now – TCTS
TCTS was giving out early Christmas presents with a free download of his new track ‘Close Now’ which fast reached it’s download limit. ‘Close Now’ is a genius amalgamation of synths and seductive vocals making TCTS one to watch in the new wave of house and bass producers.
23 (Zulu Re-Edit) – Shadow Child
A Rework of Shadow Child’s brand new single ‘23’ released on 12th December on Shadow Child and Kry Wolf’s new label Food. What is already a dark track Zulu reworks into a captivating deeper house record, probably not suitable for listening to in the midst of the day but nonetheless a recommended download.By Lucy Watson