10 Artists to Watch on Traxsource in May

We link up with Traxsource to bring you the artists that need to be on your radar for the month of May
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We link up with Traxsource to bring you the artists that need to be on your radar for the month of May

Another month, another batch of high-quality tunes from Traxsource.com, featuring some of the finest in house being released in the coming weeks. Whether your particular taste is deep, tech, soulful, jackin, afro, nu-disco or techno, we got the goods you need. Here’s what we’re looking forward to in May:

1. Crew Love

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Crew Love, the hard-funkin’ creative collective based around three of the most consistent labels around (Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap and Double Standards) is comprised of Soul Clap, No Regular Play, Slow Hands, Nick Monaco, Pillowtalk, Navid Izadi and JMAC. Following from April’s excellent ‘Physical Therapy’ from Nick Monaco, Crew Love Records are dropping the ‘Love Addicted’ EP from Pillowtalk on 27th May, featuring two classy vocal house cuts that are set to do the business. There’s plenty more coming up from Crew Love in the coming months including music from Louie Vega, Small Black, Nick Monaco and Soul Clap, who have just DJed possibly the most memorable gig of their career by playing an entire set of Prince tracks for their weekend slot at Coachella.

2. Rampa

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German producer Rampa (Pets Recordings, BPitch Control, Freerange) has made his name in the last few years as a key member of the six-person Berlin clique Keinemusik, whose five releases a year have always provided a steady stream of quality dance floor gear for discerning DJs. May sees the release of a new four-track Deep / Afro EP from Rampa on Keinemusik. Following his remix of Ost & Kjex’s ‘Honky Tonk’ which picked up heavy rotation from Jimpster and the excellent ‘Spoken For / Taste Like’ EP from NR&, AKA Nomi Ruiz, Rampa and &ME, we are expecting this solo EP to perform very well.

3. J Paul Getto

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Following on from no less than 3 Traxsource.com Number 1s this year already, including his huge remix of Kevin McKay’s ‘What U Want’ on Glasgow Underground and original cut ‘Push Me Around’ collaboration with Man Without A Clue, fully paid up member of the X-Mix Productions family J Paul Getto is back with some heat for May. ‘The Vibe’ drops on Body Heat at the end of the month (27th of May) and is a ridiculously funky feel good vocal track with nods to the disco sound. ‘The Vibe’ is in a similar vein to JP’s other 2016 Number 1 ‘Happy Home’ (Guesthouse) which was played and charted by the likes of Stacy Kidd, Kenny Dope and Johnny Fiasco.

4. Larse

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House producer Larse returns with a feast of bubbling synths, crisp beats and the svelte vocals of house music chanteuse Lisa Shaw with ‘Wanna Be Like You’, released on SUOL on May 13th. Adding to an already impressive discography, (Defected, Tenor, Noir Music, Clubstar, Toolroom), Larse is also putting out his remix of ‘Delusions’ by Lovebirds featuring Minako this month on Teardrop Music.

5. Timanti

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Aside from a busy gig / festival schedule (including Bestival, Lovebox and Fabric), running her own night and launching her own label (Templr, coming in June this year), DJ and Producer Timanti is also releasing a big tune on Love & Other this month. ‘Don’t U’, featuring a cheeky old-school vocal sample, drops on the 27th of May and we think it might just push the career of this talented producer up another gear.

6. Aera

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Next up is the founder of Aleph music and producer Aera, whose recent remix for Clone Royal Oak Series, Sabre’s ‘Ghetto Prophet’, showcased his deep-tech sound to fine effect. Aera is releasing a six track Deep House / Techno EP, the ‘Running Hot’ EP on the 13th May on Innervisions. Four original tracks of restrained electronic deep house along with two superb reinterpretations from techno alchemist Steve Rachmad make this a must-buy.

7. Audiojack

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Leeds based DJ/producer/label-boss duo Audiojack had a great 2015, with their label Gruuv killing it all year. They’re back with a splash this month, with a stellar three tracker coming on Material. The ‘Perception’ EP features the delicious groove of the Audiojack original along with tasty re-rubs from house stalwarts Joeski and Kevin Yost.

8. Majesty

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UK tech producer Majesty (Mad Tech, King Street, Nervous) has also been doing the do lately, with a string of supa-hot dance floor destroyers, the latest being his ‘Turn Up The Bass’ track, which came out on Mr. Nice Guy at the beginning of the month. Next, we were very happy here at Traxsource.com to get our hands on the promo for Majesty’s ’Blue Dye’ which is coming on May 9th. Keeping up the pressure, Majesty’s ‘Shake It’ EP drops on the mighty Simma Black a week later on the 16th May.

9. Crookers

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Warning, big tune alert, groove level 10: ‘A Place In My Heart’, by Crookers (Italian producer Francesco ‘Phra’ Barbaglia), featuring the sultry tones of legendary vocalist Kym Mazelle is coming on the 9th of May on, where else, Defected, home of the big vocal anthem. ‘A Place In My Heart’ also comes in a supa-ruffneck dub version too, that takes the original and rinses it out in Crookers’ inimitable style.

10. Trus’me

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Last but definitely not least on our list for May is acclaimed producer and label boss Trus’ me, who is releasing his fourth artist album this month. ‘Planet 4’ drops on May 27th on Prime Numbers, the collaborative label run by Trus’ me and Fat City Recordings. Trus’ me’s unique style has picked up DJ support not only from the underground House and Techno community but also from the likes of Mr. Scruff and Ashly Beedle too. ‘Planet 4’ features nine lovingly crafted high-quality techno cuts across a variety of moods, all of them perfect late night dance floor fodder.

So that’s our list of artists, producers and tracks to look out for during May, another bumper package of beats and baselines for your delectation - enjoy! 

[cover photo by Marc de Groot Photography]