Skrillex winning 3 Grammys has officially busted the EDM gates wide the fuck open. In essence, every established and up & coming electronic artist won a Grammy that night. Through increasing exposure to electronic music, my hope is that more people will discover and recognize the producers flying under the radar, who are continuously putting in hard work to evolve and progress the music beyond what otherwise becomes frozen in the mainstream. Sooooo, I have compiled a small list of relatively underground artists who I believe will reap the most benefits from the opportunities presented by what’s bound to be the biggest year for electronic music yet—2012.
The artists I have chosen to spotlight each have their own brand of sound and don’t hesitate to break away from what they know works. When it comes down to it, these bold deviations from generic templates for sounds and songs makes these gems stand out above and beyond the rest.
So without further adieu please turn your aural attention to:
MartyParty has been on one this last year. He’s kept himself a busy man with his side projects Pantyraid (w/ Ooah of The Glitch Mob) and Deathstar (w/ Minnesota), while releasing his debut album “Six Shots of Jameson” at the close of the 2011–which was absolute MONEY. Be sure to catch the King of Purple live at Winstons in Ocean Beach (21+) for one hell of a (Marty)party on March 23rd! This could easily be a top 3 show of the year. RSVP Here.
This clip of MartyParty live at SnowBall Festival this past weekend should get you sufficiently STOKED on his upcoming show. So absurd!!!
2.) Wick-It The Instigator
This bad man from the South continues to crank out banger after banger–each with a unique style and twist. His track perfectly titled track ‘Future Krunk‘ currently sits atop my list of favorite Wick-It songs. That being said, he has a whopping 99 tracks on his Soundcloud and he puts out nothing but his best work. Take the time to go through them all and start spamming the download button. But until then, I’ve picked out a couple tracks that should tickle your senses.
3.) Love and Light + 4.) Stephan Jacobs
Stephan Jacobs and Love And Light have been high up on my list of favorite producers for quite some time now. Love and Light has this incredible bounce to their music that I just can’t seem to sit still to when I hear. I’ve been caught grooving to their music in the library many times, attracting tons of funny looks from people… I can’t help it. Listen to their collaboration with Stephan Jacobs and you’ll understand exactly what I’m talking about.
Stephan Jacobs threw down a crushing set alongside The Polish Ambassador in San Diego last year, for what turned out to be one of the more unique shows I’ve been to locally. With his performance, it’s safe to assume that he’ll booked in SD again some time this year. (At least he should be.) His music continues to evolve, leaving me always wondering what he’ll come out with next. Check out this tune that came off of the Headtron compilation, Disciples of Headtron Vol. 1.
5.) Robotic Pirate Monkey
I’ve been endlessly AMPED off Robotic Pirate Monkey’s latest release. They have taken their music to new heights, leading me to believe that 2012 is going to be the year this trio from Colorado completely takes off. Sounds like they took a note or two from Pretty Lights’ page when making Front Range Feeling–easily one of my favorite tracks. Song of Sirens has a heavier, more crunchy twist that completely caught me off-guard on first listen. So brace yourselves!
6.) Project Aspect
When I first heard Project Aspect, I knew I was hooked. His remix of ‘Booth Love’ took me on one helluva funkadelic trip. I can’t get over how well it compliments the Umphrey’s McGee’s original. I didn’t think the original could be made any better. Project Aspect and Papa Skunk proved me wrong. The second track, ‘Pura Vida‘, is simply an 8 min. masterpiece. The progression throughout the song compares with few others I’ve heard. Everyone needs to stop everything they’re doing and just sit down and hear this tune (over and over again). Enjoy.
For all you Glitch Mob fans: this is the guy for you. With a repertoire full of dance floor bangers, R/D is sure to be making some big moves in 2012. He keeps an indie feel, while fusing frizzzy fresh glitched out bass to put his tracks over the top. His ‘Vision Vision’ and ‘Hollywood’ remixes show just how far he’s progressed this last year, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Of all the artists I’ve already mentioned, I’m most stoked to see which direction R/D goes next. Turn up the speakers and embrace the bass.
By: Saro aka Klitormix