WORDS: Alex Caslano
Since SynthGlasgow launched in 2011, we’ve picked five names at the start of each year who we believe will go on to do big things. In 2013 that list included the likes of Sega Bodega and Barrientos, while last year Inkke, Illyus and Atom Tree were some of the names who went on to deliver. This year we start with that same feeling of anticipation and excitement as we bring you five artists who you should definitely keep an eye on in 2015.
With 2014 heralding his debut release on Optimo Trax as well as a much hyped Essential Mix, 2015 has got a lot to live up to for Jasper James; starting the new year by playing Manchester’s Warehouse Project is certainly a good way to start however. We’re expecting some big releases from the burgeoning producer over the next twelve months, with this recently uploaded preview of unsigned material proving there’s plenty to look forward to:
Early last year a series of bootlegs surfaced from a mysterious producer called DJ Milktray. Taking on 50 Cent, Cassidy and Aaliyah, the Burberry-clad beatsmith flipped some familiar favourites, getting the girls on the floor and igniting the underground in the process. With grime back in the spotlight and primed for a defining year, you’ll no doubt be hearing a lot more from the prince of 'RnG'.
Still a relatively new name on the scene, Denis Sulta couldn’t have made a better entrance. Releasing his debut EP, ‘Sulta Selects Vol.1’, on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams last autumn, his playful, hyper-house sound made fans of the likes of Jackmaster and Skream, with both giving him airtime on Radio 1. Suggesting that his forthcoming release will introduce a stylistic switch in our recent interview, we’re very intrigued to hear what he does next.
Having spent the tail end of 2014 on tour with Prides, Glasgow duo The Wild Curve are one of a handful of bands set to break this year. With just two tracks propping up their Soundcloud totalling over 60,000 plays we suspect a major label may be about to pounce, with fingers crossed for a full release in the next few months. In the meantime, check out their self-released debut single 'Warriors' for a blast of summery synth-pop.
One part Dam Mantle, one part Golden Teacher, General Ludd is Tom Marshallsay and Rich McMaster. Together they make untamed and delirious dance music infused with rich bass and rhythmic, tribal percussion. Surfacing early last year on New York label Mister Saturday Night, the duo have since performed live on Boiler Room, not to mention headlining our stage at Simple Things Festival.