2012 has been an amazing year for music with so many great acts both here in the UK and overseas breaking through and spreading their sounds across the globe. From Disclosure through to Dusky, BareSkin, and singers like Frank Ocean, Azealia Banks and Rita Ora there’s been an outstanding amount of good music from new talents this year.
With that in mind, Point Blank’s staff got their thinking caps on to highlight some of the fresh talent that we think people should keep an eye (or ear) out for in the new year.
Here’s our list:
Featuring one of our own alumni, Aluna Francis, AlunaGeorge are already on the path to glory thanks to their off-kilter brand of pop music which is, of course, simply great. With plenty of momentum already behind them they’re likely to do very well in 2013.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Urulu made an impact this year with his Sincerely 91 EP on Exploited records – a four-tracker that captured the sounds of the nineties perfectly and put his name on the map. A skilled producer, he’s certain to make even more of an impact next year.
With releases on a variety of independent labels, such as Sleazy Deep and Electronique, JOBE has been the name on many DJs’ lips thanks to his deft approach to the so-called ‘nu-disco’ sound. Incorporating a rugged, melancholy edge to his music, he’s a talent that’s worth keeping an eye on.
Another Point Blank alumni, Youngstar was nominated by our tutor Ski Oakenfull with whom he collaborated on a track named Rise & Fall.
Basic Audio was nominated by Luke Hopper, who says his tracks do the work when he plays them out. Look out for new music from this guy in 2013, he’s on course to be signed to some top labels.
Part of the Cadence Collective, Bearcubs rocks out sublime dubstep vibes.
Already signed to the Code agency, Happa has already been featured in Mixmag’s ‘Mix Of The Week’ and remixed Four Tet as well as Vondelpark. His original productions are heavyweight as well.
Dense & Pika:
A shadowy duo who are cranking out some solid techno grooves as well as some more ‘housey’ vibes. Merging genres and unleashing some really strong music so far (with the support of Hypercolour no less), they’re ones to watch with a keen eye.
A young Canadian with plenty of promise, Paolo Rocco saw his Real Tone release ‘That I Am’ played by numerous house luminaries including Damian Lazarus. He uses his own voice on a lot of his productions and will become a big name over the coming years.
At just 17 BareSkin had his first release with the help of the Hypercolour stable. With Maya Jane Coles a big fan of his work, he’s set to blow up in 2013.