New House Music 2017
The future looks bright for Connie Constance.
The 21-year-old Watford-born singer, signed to AMF Records, has a legion of high-profile fans including Gilles Peterson, Annie Mac and Pharrell, who dropped her single on his Beats show.
It’s easy to see why: her brand of neo-soul is captivating, moving from heart-wrenching melancholia on ‘Stars’ to stark and abrasive on new track ‘SoSo’.
One of the most singular and exciting vocal talents we’ve heard in ages.
‘Clouds’ and ‘SoSo’ are out now on AMF Records
In just over a year, Jude Leigh-Kaufman has become one of the key figures in the wave scene, a laid-back genre in the intersection of grime, trap and dubstep.
The 22-year-old dropped his first LP, ‘Deluge’, landed a show on Radar Radio, debuted at Fabric and played in Paris, Barcelona and Krakow.
With a London party due soon and a label named after his radio show, Liquid Ritual, plus support from Oneman, Sian Anderson and Plastician, he’s making waves.
Kareful’s Liquid Ritual label launches this month
JEANGA & GEORGE
The Hackney duo met bidding against each other for a Roland 707 and decided to pool resources and make sweet, melodic, pop-inflected house.
Debut LP ‘European Repetitive Beats’ combines squelchy acid grooves with sugary vocals and reminds us of Cajmere, Todd Rundgren and cult 80s duo It’s Immaterial.
‘European Repetitive Beats’ is out on January 20
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Michael Baltra has had a busy year.
A versatile, hard-working New York native, he’s just as likely to release an emotive deep house track as he is hazy, club-ready acid.
While many lo-fi tracks are forgettable, Baltra’s suggest an artist of real substance.
Support from some of dance’s most in-demand YouTube channels like Les Yeux Orange and Moskalus has created an online buzz,
while a forthcoming vinyl release on Lobster Theremin affiliate Of Paradise will further bolster his reputation.
‘No Regrets’ is out in late January on Of Paradise
Laksa’s put out two EPs on London label Mistry, but the influence of home town Bristol burns bright in his twisted techno productions, drenched in sub-bass and with mind-bending synth sounds at the fore.
It’s a sound primed for intimate basement raves, but the scope of Laksa’s influence is broader, recent outing ‘66 Rebels’ channelling political anger at Westminster’s decision to bomb Syria.
Given world events, he should find plenty of inspiration for fraught dancefloor cuts in the coming year.
Laksa’s ‘Contrasts’ EP is out now via Timedance
Tkay Maidza’s unmistakable flow is taking her global.
After Aussie station Triple J supported her track ‘Brontosaurus’ when she was 16, the Zimbabwean was signed to Kitsuné.
Now 20, she’s worked with Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike on hip hop bubbler ‘Carry On’ and house producer Martin Solveig on summer crossover ‘Do It Right’.
But it’s ‘Tennies’ and ‘Simulation’, highlights from hyperactive debut album ‘TKAY’, that could give M.I.A. and Azealia Banks a run for their money.
‘Tkay’ is out January 20 via Kitsuné/RED
New House Music 2017