New Artists

New Artist: The Drop

Britain’s reggae and dub scenes are currently riding a wave of resurgence, and no outfit embodies its quality better than The Drop. There is good reason why the 9-piece have been praised to the skies by David Rodigan and DJ Derek, with Looking to the Sky and Takeover their own celebration of the genre..

New Artist: Dam Mantle

Tom Marshallsay a.k.a. Dam Mantle has been making big waves in the Electronic music scene the last few months after releasing the We EP, out on his own label Get Me!. His eclectic mix of gloomy pads, pitched down vocals and skittish 808 drum hits makes for some really haunted vibes, somewhere in between Burial and James Blake. You can grab the EP here – we really insist on it actually. Check out Not A Word below and you’ll see why!

New Artist: ASAP Rocky

Hitting the scene a couple of months ago, Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky has emerged, and he’s growing as fast as Odd Future did all that time ago. It’s easy to draw this comparison because of the in-built ASAP Mob production team, low pitch voices, futuristic Hip-hop beats and constant use of “swag”, but it doesn’t quite sum Rocky up…

New Artist: Kids These Days

Kids These Days are a bubblingly fresh and talented live Hip-Hop group peddling straight out of Chicago town, following seemlessly in the same soundsteps as one other Chicago windstorm, Kanye West. Their music is spilling over with Soul and Jazz influences – comprised of live horns and a blues-rock trio – their production is consistently rich in melody and harmony…

New Artist: The Internet

A few months ago Odd Future announced that a new group, The Internet, had been born into their camp of madly talented wolves. Comprised of Syd Tha Kyd (the group’s live DJ and sound engineer) on vocals and Matt Martian on production, they seem to be skating down yet another musical path that I can only describe as ‘Odd Future RnB’…

Artist Spotlight: DJ iZem

Co-founder of internet world-music radio station Groovalizacion, DJ iZem has now turned his hand to producing his own. Turns out he’s rather good. Exposed to so many different musical cultures at Groovilicion, it’s no surprise that Debaixo D’Agua, his debut EP released this month, is an eclectic affair. Full of energy, it effortlessly blends dub, soul, hip-hop, Brazilian, post-dubstep…

New Artist: Juk Juk

If you want to get your beats noticed, there aren’t many better people to turn to than Four Tet’s Keiran Hebden. And there are few better ways than to hand-deliver it to him after a set. That’s what Caleb Waterman did at London’s Plastic People and now he’s signed to Hebden’s label Text. Winter Turn Spring is a prime cut of 2-step, brought alive with some great vocal sampling and scratchy bass. Sit back and let it take you away.