BLAWAN (Sheworks – UK)
In a time when the bigger keeps getting bigger, the underground keeps delving deeper, and artists and trends fly faster than a DeLorean through time, it can feel hopelessly disorienting to keep your feet in the loop. Even tracking niche scenes is equal to running a marathon, and finding standouts can be like picking out the extra-toed bird in a migrating flock. But once in a while a beat finds you, and there will simply be no shaking it.
This certainly seems to be the consensus, with respect to certain heads, regarding London’s rising star, Blawan. Grimly weaving dark and writhing techno, Blawan’s ambrosian beats captivate even the most ardent abhorrents of this style. Deep and pulsing, with jagged synths, and relentless rhythms, these tracks have situated themselves into the hearts of a large number of dance floor junkies as of late.
HENNING BAER (Manhigh – DE)
Berlin has no shortage of producers, DJs, and party promoters, but few match the quality, consistency, and enviable range of Henning Baer. As founder and resident of the esteemed Grounded Theory party and booking agency, Baer has been at the forefront of presenting innovative electronic music in Berlin while boasting vivid DJing and production skills that have made him an in-demand artist in his own right.