With countless electronic music genres and sub genres, it’s become tougher to sort out those bubbling under the surface that will eventually push the music forward. There is a set of producers out of the UK that are certainly diamonds in the rough. Each giving a glimpse into the future while tapping into all the best bits and pieces of dance music’s past. All the while, injecting a healthy dose of soul.
Karma Kid has been garnering quite a lot of attention recently. Like the Disclosure boys, he’s not even legal to drink (in the US at least) and his tunes are topping playlists of tastemakers such as BBC Radio 1′s Annie Mac. The kicker regarding this guy is he’s just started properly producing tracks in the past year or so. A lover of bass music and former dubstepper, Karma Kid made an impact recently with an unreleased tune called “Lust, Love.” He’s now upped the ante with “It’s Always.” Both dance floor ready and oozing emotion.
Hailing from the outskirts of North West London, Duke Dumont is the most established producer out of the bunch. Rising to prominence in 2007 with his debut EP “Regality” on Turbo Recordings. He’s released a string of highly regarded house and techno tracks while enjoying DJing around the globe (which he describes as the most fun, and financially rewarding aspect of what he does at present). Most recently Dumont has been recording a series of EPs titled, “For Club Play Only.” The first issue was released in June, with the second installment due this month. This second volume includes “No Money Blues” featuring Extra Curricular which blends UK bass and deep house with a pop sensibility, while “The Giver” is a vocal house approach that is getting a lot of love.
Finally, we have Disclosure. Featured here more than once in recent months, these guys continue to blow my mind with the maturity in their productions. Their latest in a steady output of solid releases this year is a new single called “Latch” featuring vocalist Sam Smith. A piece of futuristic R&B and a first taste of their debut album due next year. Look for dates supporting SBTRKT and Hot Chip on their upcoming UK tours and headlining dates starting in December.