As we enter the new year it’s time to look towards those names who are ready to breakthrough from the underground into stardom. We give you three names across club music that have been blowing up in their respective scenes: House music’s Ringbaan, Jersey Club’s Stink Floyd & Techno’s 2ndSun.
It might not seem like the most likely place to be a hotbed of hard-hitting house music, but if you’ve had your eye on the Netherlands for the last couple of years you will have noticed a string of Dutch producers dropping heavy, UK-influenced house.
The scene’s most established leaders include U Know the Drill, Wouter S and Locklead, but there are constantly new names coming through, and Ringbaan are among our favourites. Their garage-influenced basslines, fat kicks and tight percussion have seen their tunes supported by the likes of Amine Edge, DJ Haus, Low Steppa and more. They’ve also been making a big name for themselves on the Dutch festival circuit in 2015 – so don’t be surprised if they make an appearance at a club night or festival near you soon.
Jersey Club doesn’t always get huge coverage here in the UK, but it’s a scene that’s been bubbling up for a while over in the US, with tons of DIY producers giving it their best on Soundcloud – much like the grime scene on this side of the pond.
The mysterious Stink Floyd has put out several strong releases in 2015, without much social media noise, or in fact, any clue to his (or her) true identity.
However, Stink’s tracks have seen his music championed by tastemakers like R3LL, one of the leaders of the Jersey Club scene, as well as Jamz Supernova on 1Xtra, which should give you some clue that he’s one to keep an eye on in 2016. And what’s more, for his last EP Stink requested that all the proceeds go towards the Community Food Bank of New Jersey – showing that you can be a stand up guy even if no-one knows who you are!
Despite only forming in 2013, Northern duo 2ndSun have made a big impact in the last couple of years, and it’s only looking to get bigger in 2016. With releases on Black Butter and Ben Pearce’s Purp&Soul, 2ndSun mix up heavy techno sounds with bass influences for a distinctly UK flavour.
2015 saw them play shows everywhere from Ibiza to Tokyo, and radio support from Skream on Radio 1, Shadow Child on Rinse, and more. The next year is lined up to be an exciting one for 2ndSun, and they’ve claimed that their releases will cover influences from techno, house, disco and soul. We can’t wait.