After our last article looked back at 2018 and everything our beloved genre brought us, we decided it would only be appropriate to look forward and choose a selection of artists that we believe will smash 2019. The list contains a mix of both newer producers that you may not have heard of, and more recognisable names that are on track to make 2019 their biggest year to date. This dynamic is something we embrace within drum and bass, with success being purely dependent of talent, allowing newcomers to break through the scene within a matter of months.
Our resident Apey has recently put together the first of many monthly podcasts for SINE, in which you can hear many of the artists from the list (including some serious dubs), as well as an interview from the OG Digital. You can listen to that all here:
It may seem odd for the first artist on this list to be one that has released on labels like MethLab, Dispatch and now Metalheadz, as well as having recently played room 1 in Fabric for the latter label’s Christmas party. However, this young producer has been showing constant flair throughout his productions, with each release quickly developing upon his own synth heavy, atmospheric style of drum and bass. His latest EP has only just been released on Metalheadz and is arguably his most impressive yet, however, it will certainly not be the peak of his career.
Missin (previously known as Missing) has developed a wholly unique style of deep, progressive drum and bass that has been causing a stir recently among some of the bigger names in the scene, including the likes of Noisia. The track ‘Unknown’, released on Mystic State’s Chikara Project imprint, is a prime example of the superbly clean production and forward thinking attitude to the genre that the Serbian producer is bringing. Each and every track is of the upmost quality, and we predict big things to come from him this year.
Data 3 have rapidly become one of our favourite drum and bass artists here at SINE, with their tune ‘Fractil’ making it into our top 5 tunes of 2018. The last year saw them release the huge ‘Tyrant’ EP on Flexout Audio, as well as landing slots on compilations from the likes of Shogun Audio, Ram Records and Drum&BassArena. We also witnessed them lay down a weighty set in Flexout Audio’s room 2 takeover of our latest warehouse rave, something we will not be forgetting for a while. They have left a serious impression on drum and bass fans all over the world during the past 12 months with their deep, synth-laden sound, and we can’t wait to hear what 2019 brings.
Occasionally you see a name that pops up seemingly out of nowhere, bearing tunes of upmost quality and originality, wondering just where on earth they came from. This happened for us with Kusp, a producer that was recently recognised by Lynx, and in turn asked to release a debut album on his label Detail Recordings. Before the album was released in November, he had some smaller releases with labels like Context Audio, as well as some self-released free downloads like his screw face inducing bootleg of Ocean Wisdom’s ‘I Ain’t Eaten’. It was the ‘Arashi’ LP that shot him into the limelight however, channelling everything from the liquid sounds of ‘Moments’ with Edward Oberon, to the spaced-out halftime beats of ‘Shadowed’.
It is quality over quantity with this up-and-coming young producer, with only two other official releases since his first double release on Skankandbass’s free download series. Each release has already been highly received from both bedroom and professional DJs around the world, from the bouncy roller ‘Got You’, to the heavy jungle feel of ‘Silo’ on the latest Serial Killaz compilation. However, many of us will know Particle from the widely circulating videos of his unreleased ‘Original Nuttah’ bootleg, seen here being played by the man himself S.P.Y.
Despite having released music for a couple of years before this, 2018 was by far SubMarine’s biggest year to date, with huge solo EPs on both Dispatch Recordings and Alix Perez’s 1985 Music. The music across these two releases showed incredible growth, with his flexible and unique production skills clear on both. Entering 2019 with these releases already under his belt, as well as with constant support from Alix Perez and his rising label, we can only see this being an even bigger year for the versatile producer.
Visages is made up of four producers from the French city of Toulouse, individually known as Ak:Hash, Midn8Runner, Dask and Euk. Due to them already being solid producers individually, they have managed to sneak into the scene with apparent ease, with their first production (an R&B-tinged liquid remix of Serayah‘s ‘You Told me’) making its way onto Soundcloud in June last year. Since then, they have already released on Impact Music, Dispatch Recordings, Flexout Audio and Skankandbass. If they have managed this in such a short space of time, who knows what they will be manage to achieve in this coming year?
Ground is a producer from Switzerland that has been creating some of the cleanest and most mind-boggling productions on the minimal side of the genre. Over the last year, he has released on heavyweight labels such as Flexout Audio, Dispatch Recordings and most recently Noisia’s Invisible imprint. Whilst these are huge accolades, the name remained for a while somewhere on the outskirts of the genre, however this already appears to be changing.
Whilst a name that may not be known to many right now, we predict that this will be a big year for the Brighton-based producer. Her smooth brand of liquid has already seen support from the likes of BCee and Calibre, as well as having released on labels last year such as Soulvent and Random Movement’s Flight Pattern Records. This year has seen her play a set at Soul In Motion, as well as confirm bookings at clubs like Fabric and most impressively, the respective main stages of Hospitality’s Summer BBQ and Hospitality On The Beach.
Whether through his array of bootlegs of artists from Flowdan to Fugees, or his wealth of unreleased dubs, this is a producer that has caused a huge stir in no time at all. His musical approach sits somewhere in the middle of minimal, rollers, and to an extent jump-up, yet always focuses primarily on causing absolute destruction on any dancefloor. Despite only starting to release music in 2018, he has already gained recognition from the likes of T>I and Ray Keith, and has had releases on labels such as Onyx Recordings, Gyro Records and soon-to-be Soulvent. Definitely one to keep your eye on.
Standing for ‘Only a Transition’, this German producer is yet another whose name has yet to reach most people’s radar. His output over the last year has been astonishing, with a myriad of releases on labels such as Fragmented Recordings, Boey Audio, and most recently on the 5 Years of Addictive Behaviour LP. His music focuses largely on the darker end of the spectrum, with no fear of experimentation.
Telomic has a unique ability to seamlessly switch his productions between spine-tingling liquid to murky rollers, and he has been on our radar at SINE for a while because of this. He has released on labels such as Celcius Recordings, Terra Firma, and Liquicity’s sister label Galacy, as well as constantly having an array of exclusives and dubs at the ready. Interestingly, Telomic is already an established name in the EDM scene under the name of Elliot Berger, and something tells us 2018 may do the same for him in drum and bass.