Another month, one other set of nice up-and-comers for February's listing of Ones to Watch. We at Billboard Dancereally feel strongly about this set, representing the U.Ok., Australia, Italy and Detroit. Bass is available in many various kinds this month, generally in pounding techno rhythms, generally in soulful home grooves, and generally as uncooked, in-your-face insanity.
There's a variety of experimentation within the voices collected beneath. We assume these may very well be the large names of the long run. See which artists is likely to be your new favorites beneath.
Raised within the industrial streets of '90s home mecca Manchester, this early 20-something's music feels like late nights and our bodies dripping with sweat. His is a uncooked mixture of jackin' home, '90s rave, surreal electro and 21st-century booty tech. He's remixed Camelphat, labored alongside Green Velvet and has the likes of Skream, Pete Tong and Claude VonStroke droppin' his tunes. He nabbed just a few dates at Eric Prydz's Hï Ibiza residency final summer season. Upcoming gigs embrace a string of units throughout the U.S., together with one at San Diego's CRSSD Fest and Lee Foss' Repopulate Mars Pool Party MMW label showcase. He was handpicked by Annie Mac to play her Lost and Found Festival in May. His subsequent EP This Feeling is ready to drop March eight on Repopulate Mars. It follows his November collaboration with Eli Brown titled “Touch Me,” an ideal, pulsing little bit of soiled vitality with which to start out your journey into Maynard's catalog. -- KAT BEIN
He's Australian born and raised, however there's one thing very French within the coronary heart of Golden Features dark-drip melodies. Bass-heavy rhythms and rain-cloud grooves give his sound a haunting resonance, however there's nothing to be petrified of. The Sydney producer and DJ hit the scene as a masked thriller in 2014, taking an nameless cue from his days as a graffiti artist, however after conspiracy theories tried to pin hiswork to an even bigger artist, he revealed himself as Tom Stell. He's since been tapped for remixes of by Flume and Porter Robinson. He most just lately appeared on the deluxe version of ODESZA's A Moment Apart, having lent his hand to the VIP remix of “Memories That You Call” that includes Monsoonsiren. In 2018, he launched his debut album, Sect. Pounding techno rhythms meet with spacey textures and wonky twists throughout 10 stormy tunes. Sect has carried out nicely in his native Australia, and in 2019, he units his sights on the United States. With visa in hand, he plans a tour all through North America, together with a cease at Ultra Music Festival in Miami Friday, March 29. -- KAT BEIN
Mathame is a forward-thinking techno venture comprised of Italian brothers Amedeo and Matteo Giovanelli. Combining esoteric sound design with arena-sized manufacturing, they've carved out a distinct segment that's wholly distinct. While the pair formally started in 2013, in some ways, it feels as if their profession is simply starting. Since signing to Tale Of Us's Afterlife imprint in 2017, the duo have turn into one of many label's rising stars. With forthcoming releases on Afterlife and Systematic Recordings, the pair are primed for an enormous begin to their yr. -- MICHAEL SUNDIUS
Australian duo SLUMBERJACK makes smooth, spatial bass music that hits particularly laborious on their newest EP, SARAWAK. Released Monstercat in early February, the five-track effort options heavy-hitting visitors together with Ekali and TroyBoi. Getting additional assist from artists together with Rezz and Jauz, SARAWAK follows a trinity of powerhouse collaborations in 2018: “Warlord” with What So Not, “Daggers” with Machine Age and “Solid” with TroyBoi.
The group's Morgan Then and Fletcher Ehlers have been shelling out releases collectively since 2014 and likewise have a strong observe document in relation to festivals, making appearances at Holy Ship, Electric Forest, HARD Summer, Lollapalooza and extra. They’ve toured with KRANE, TroyBoi and Ekali and likewise dropped an official remix of Alison Wonderland’s “Sometimes Love” in 2018. Their swirling, orchestral cowl of M.I.A.'s “Paper Planes”—for tastemaking Australian radio station Triple J’s Like A Version cowl sequence—can also be price a pay attention, or ten. While their strongest markets are nonetheless Down Under, they're making the best strikes with the best artists to place themselves able to crossover into new territories. -- KATIE BAIN
One day in 2017, a drained PEEKABOO got here residence from a irritating day of labor at FedEx to seek out an e mail from Bassnectar's supervisor. The long-haired bass grasp was an enormous fan of his observe “Wobbly,” and he wished to collaborate. Soon, the pair was on the cellphone, figuring out the kinks of a tune known as “Disrupt the System” which would seem on the star's Reflective Pt. 2 EP. From there, PEEKABOO's life modified. He moved from his native Detroit to Los Angeles, and his profession has solely flourished. His sticky, rumbling, bare-bones bass throws again to dubstep's earliest UK days. It feels like attempting to stroll in fast sand. There's no escaping the pull of this bone-crushing darkness. He's been warmly welcomed into the Wakaan fold, a bass-centric label that gave his crunchadelic Imposters EP a propulsive residence. Most just lately, he remixed Jauz and Zeds Dead's “Lights Go Down.” It could also be his brightest providing to this point, however count on much more trudging, monochrome bass insanity from PEEKABOO within the months to come back. -- KAT BEIN