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Skrillex collaborator stakes her claim
At last month’s Grammys, there was someone sharing all the glory with Skrillex. That was Sirah, the 26-year-old Sonny Moore recorded the Best Dance Record winning ‘Bangarang’ with after hooking up via MySpace. But Sirah’s living in no-one’s shadow. Last year she released the excellent ‘C.U.L.T – Too Young To Die’ which premiered on Jay Z’s Life And Times blog and included the catchy pop-meets-bass anthem ‘Up And Down’. Already successful Stateside, expect to see Sirah climbing the charts here any time now.
‘C.U.L.T. – Too Young To Die’ is available for download now
Blisteringly hot Brazilian house
While Brazil prepares for the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics, HNQO makes sure none of us forget that its greatest attribute is an unquenchable thirst to party. Before starting his DJ and production career, 23-year-old Henrique de Oliveira was a famed breakdancer in his home town of Curitiba. Soon after taking his first steps into producing groove-heavy, deep house, he began throwing parties that acted as a beacon for like-minded souls. He was picked up by Russ Yallop, and a slew of releases on Hot Creations followed.
HNQO feat BR ‘We Do It’ is out now on Playperview
Bassy, big-room electro
With a debut single on Mau5trap plus heavy support from Porter Robinson, SKiSM and Wolfgang Gartner, 21-year-old The Frederik already looks like dance music
royalty in waiting. Now signed to UKF founder Luke Hood’s Pilot Recordings, he could well be about to take 2013 by storm. And it’s easy to see why. Recent single
‘Heavy Crownage’ is a soaring anthem that sounds like an opening bid for the electro-house throne. Some of his most ardent supporters better watch their backs.
There could a coup.
‘Heavy Crownage’ is out now on Pilot Recordings
The synthy sound of Norway
If you listened to the music of 20-year-old duo Lemaitre without knowing anything about them, the words ‘Daft Punk’, ‘Justice’ and ‘synths’ would spring to mind.
Hailing from Oslo, the pair have experienced success across the pond with a number one in the US and Canadian iTunes chart. If you’re lucky enough to see one of
their live shows you will be treated to an audiovisual spectacular ,and with the likes of Madeon, Porter Robinson and Netsky all part of the fan base, it won’t be long
before the world is dancing with them.
Lemaitre ‘Relativity 3’ EP is out now
Explosive underground bass from Bristol
Heading up the latest consignment of Bristolian heavy hitters is Kahn. From his kaleidoscopic debut ‘Like We Used To’ to the rudeboy skank of ‘Dread’, Kahn is all
about the kind of dark, sparse dubstep that made us fall for the genre nearly 10 years ago. His latest EP – simply titled ‘Kahn’ – finds him deftly switching between
grime, dubstep and hip hop and displaying his vocal talents next to those of Rider Shafique, Flowdan and Jabu. Look out for productions in the works as part of the
Young Echo collective and further releases on his label, Bandulu.
Kahn’s ‘Kahn’ EP is out on Black Box in April
Indie producer du jour on a hip hop tip
After twisting tracks by Frank Ocean, Grimes and Cat Power into blissful new shapes, Ryan Hemsworth has usurped Clams Casino as the king of the hipster-friendly
remix. Following 2012’s tantalising ‘Last Words’ EP, this Canadian producer is embracing his hip hop tendencies. As well as finalising his debut album, featuring meme
loving rapper Kitty Pryde, he’ll release a collaborative EP with the more reflective Deniro Farrar. It’s a novel way for Hemsworth to escape the hype gauntlet, but with
a touch like his, who’s to doubt him?
Manhattan (Ryan Hemsworth remix) is out now