The world of House Music is a wide one, featuring many different styles and sub-genres. This month's list of Artists to Watch features brilliant releases across a broad range of genres, from raw disco cut-up house and glacially cool, sophisticated Techno to 80s-referencing Nu Disco and of course the finest in Deep, Tech, and Soulful house. So come and revel in the riches we bring you!
1. The Revenge
First up on our list of heavy hitters this month is Scottish producer The Revenge (Roar Groove, Bullet Dodge, Z Records, Lazy Days) better known to his friends as Graeme Clark. Teaming up with the Dirt Crew posse, he’s put together a five track EP featuring three The Revenge originals and two re-rubs from Dirt Crew resident producer Nachtbraker. As you would expect it’s packed full of firing dub-disco tinged House cuts and lays the groundwork for the long anticipated debut long player from The Revenge ‘Intimate Connection’, which is dropping on 22nd April. Graeme is going to be having a very busy month as we are also very pleased to have the man himself as our Traxsource LIVE! guest in May.
2. Claude Vonstroke
Dirtybird head honcho Claude Vonstroke is back with a new Dirtybird release in his own unique, inimitable style. ‘The Rain Break’ features Claude re-singing the chorus from Oran ‘Juice’ Jones’ 80s soul classic ‘The Rain’, and re-playing the bassline from ‘Break for Love’ from Raze. Yes, really. And yes, it really works. Drop this at the right time and you’ll tear the roof off. Also comes with some of the best release-artwork we’ve seen for a while.
3. Zepherin Saint
Another really interesting project released this month is the big collaboration between Tribe Records founder Zepherin Saint and Mi Casa - a three piece South African House Music band - and UK Singer/Songwriter Producer Nathan Adams. ‘Turn Up’ is a big vocal track in the classic soulful house mould with that extra edge you only get from musicians jamming live in the studio. Quality.
Belfast House Music duo Bicep’s huge remix of Isaac Tichhauer’s ‘Higher Level’ has been absolutely killing it on promo and picking up plenty of plays on Traxsource LIVE! too. The remix is part of the ‘Street Level Remixes’ EP, which also features Hackman, Dorsia and Lancelot remixes of Isaac’s House / Nu Disco sound and is released on the 22nd April on LOFT Records.
5. AS I AM
Our guest on Traxsource LIVE! on April 8th is rising house producer AS I AM (Get Twisted, Defected, Simma Black, Armada Deep). His ‘Closer’ track - a big piano and vocal houser featuring remixes from house music’s finest, Todd Terry and Terrence Parker - will be released via Axtone and available exclusive to Traxsource on April 8th, we think it may just blow up.
6. Mr. G
Techno Funk don and long-time House Music artist/producer Mr. G has been on top form lately, with a clutch of relentless, intense tracks on his own Phoenix G label (now up to 52 releases!) and his big remix of Kenny Dope’s ‘Bricks Down’ from last month. His latest release ‘Precious Cargo’ drops on the 4th April on Defected and is a sublime slice of deep, driving house, featuring a soulful vocal from blondewearingblack and is set to be big.
Native New Yorker MANIK (Ovum, Hot Creations) has a hot new release this month, the ‘Weights and Measures’ EP, which drops on Poker Flat on the 15th of April. Featuring three original MANIK tracks, all sliding effortlessly between house and techno, this is a feast of tough beats, crisp synths, and clean grooves. Watch out too for a new EP from MANIK coming on B-Pitch soon.
krankbrother (Danny and Kieran Clancy) are sibling producers, label owners, and DJs who also happen to put on the infamous monthly krankbrother parties in London where the likes of Derrick Carter, Andrew Weatherall and Maceo Plex have graced the decks. Known for these innovative parties in extraordinary locations the next event ‘Never Be Found Out’ on Sat 30 April in London, it is held on top of a Skyscraper where you can see the sun setting over the city. April 25th also sees the release of the remixes of their massive ‘Circular Thing’ track from last year on Yousef’s Circus Recordings. Stepping up to the task are Hot Since 82, Kiki and Raumakustik, who all turn in 3 very different, very good remixes of what was already a super-hot track. Big release for Circus.
Italian House producer Nicholas (20:20 Vision, 4Lux) is back and Traxsource have got the exclusive: four tracks of raw cut up disco goodness in the shape of his ‘Bonus Beats Vol. 1’ EP on Home Taping is Killing Music, dropping at the beginning of May. Expect Chicago beats, cut and paste disco samples and deep dance floor destruction.
10. Ryan Crosson
The big news for Ryan Crosson (Vision Quest, Bedrock) this month is that he is releasing on Maxime Léonard & Alejandro Mosso’s brand new label Mdrnty Records, on April 8th. Native to Detroit, but living in Berlin, Ryan’s Techno, House and Electronica productions have rightly earned him a reputation as an artist of high calibre. The first release on the Mdrnty will be a three track Techno EP from Ryan featuring his trademark organic, forward-looking production chops.