WORDS: Alex Caslano
In-keeping with tradition, at the start of each year we select a handful of names from the city of Glasgow who we feel will make an impact over the coming months. Be it a DJ generating a buzz in the clubs or a producer who is on the cusp of breaking through, we like to think we’re fairly on the money with our selection. In the past we’ve featured everyone from Mia Dora to Denis Sulta, Inkke to Sega Bodega, and with more and more talent to choose from each year, it becomes harder to pick just a few. That said, we're confident you’ll be hearing a lot more from this bunch in 2016:
Making his long-awaited debut on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams in 2015, Chris McFarlane aka Big Miz is about to pounce. A deft selector who made his name as part of local party squad, Offbeat, his first release, ‘Midnight Man Handle’, offers up four analogue party jams, boasting lively percussion and smouldering vocal samples. Claiming him a spot on DABJ’s Boiler Room showcase, he followed the EP with a ‘Hotline Bling’ bootleg which has proved to be more than a bit popular…
Simple yet brutally effective, Bleaker’s ‘Hype (Funk)’ was an ID dodger for much of last year, before finally being exposed by Unknown To The Unknown on a tasty 12”. Pitched at 135bpm, and with itchy hi-hats, pounding kicks and an intoxicating vocal hook, it wasn’t waiting around, and we don’t expect Bleaker to either. With cross-border party crew, Gang Fatale, holding him down, he’s got some serious weight behind him, and with a Boiler Room set already in the bag, things are looking far from bleak.
You may have seen him deliver a knockout set next to Todd Terje on NYE or perhaps it was with Space Dimension Controller back in November; you may even danced to his blissful hook-up with Bicep, ‘Dahlia’, or the Ludd assisted ‘Controller’ towards the end of last year. Either way, you’re going to be hearing a lot more from Glasgow-based Northern Irishman, Rory Hamilton in 2016, and we get the feeling he’s just getting started.
Arriving with a highly sought-after vinyl on Huntleys + Palmers last year, Kami and Pete aka Hi & Saberhägen have already found favour with the likes of Joy Orbison and Axel Boman. Listen to their self-titled debut and it’s easy to hear why. Cosmic, melodic and satisfyingly strange, it provides a dancefloor diversion which is both hedonistic and danceable in equal measure. Keep an eye out for the follow-up soon, and make a date to catch them next time they’re in the booth.
Since launching his essential street party, Platform 18, two years ago, there’s been a steady buzz growing around Scott McFarlane aka Ivan Kutz, and people are taking notice. Attracting local admiration for his deep and immersive sets, he made his Pressure debut last year, while appearances at the Sub Club, Fabric and Riverside Festival also helped cement his reputation. Having brought in the New Year at a sold-out warehouse party with local heroes, Slam, he looks set to make 2016 his own, with hints of a debut release and his first gig of the year at Pressure later this month.
Attracting our attention after producing glacial groover, ‘Farewell G41’, for the inaugural release on Sub Club’s new label Nautilus Rising, it turns out Stephen Lopkin is sitting on a wealth of belters. Notching up recent releases on Endless Illusion, Envy Music and Bokhari, his sound ranges from hypnotic deep house to bubbling techno, all delivered with reassuring quality. Put simply, this guy knows how to write a tune, and we can’t wait to hear what he has in store.