5 of the Best: Electronic Artists to Watch in 2011

20 Dec

A lot of blogs like to try and predict the artists that they expect to make it big in the coming year around now, so I thought I’d give it a try. As the two focuses of the blog are electronic and indie music, I thought I’d compile a list of five for each.

1) Jai Paul – BTSTU

Highly tipped by everyone, the Hounslow based artist has drawn comparisons from  M.I.A. to Prince and to everything else inbetween. His music is undoubtedly good though, a great meeting of falsetto and deep bass, which shouldn’t work but does.

2) Jamie Woon – Wayfaring Stranger (Burial Remix)

The ‘prince of post-dubstep’ has been around for quite a while, this remix dates from 2008. However, people are now looking for an escape from the relentless sound of dubstep, and his style which is much closer to the dub roots from which the genre came is now most certainly in vogue. Like Jai Paul, a mix of soul and dub isn’t something you’d expect to work but it does here.

3) Dom – Living In America

Dom last year released a short EP, Sun Bronzed Greek Gods, the highlight of the six tracks being Living In America, a sexy, synthy, no-fi tribute to the land of his birth. More tracks like that and stardom beckon for the former orphan.

4) Toddla T – Hold Yuh (Remix of Gyptian, featuring D Double E)

Toddla T has released a full album, to moderate success and as such perhaps shouldn’t feature here. However, since then his style has matured greatly, and bleeps and bangs are replaced with housey keyboard sequences which surely mark his entry into the mainstream. Labelled by some as the new Major Lazer, the bashment anthems of Toddla, destined to eternally be labelled as a white-kid-from Sheffield are something to watch out for.

5) Conner Youngblood – Monsters

Probably the least heard of artist here, Conner Youngblood mixes bass into tracks that would otherwise be dubbed indie/pop. However, it is far more subtle than what Jai Paul does. Both have their individual merits and both are artists to watch for next year.

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3 Responses to “5 of the Best: Electronic Artists to Watch in 2011”

  1. drendan January 6, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    thanks for the tip, i’m following the ones i hadn’t heard of now.

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