25 Locals Who’ll Rule 2017

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#17 Fvturistic

Perth dude Fvturistic is making enough of a racket to shake an entire room, which works out pretty well for the fella as making whole rooms move to the sound of this music is written on the cards for his, um, fvture. Though his biggest trump card to date might be a hard bass rewiring of Desiigner’s meme-hit Panda, he’s attracted the attention of the right people with Kid Kenobi and Dutch duo Moski dropping his tracks into their mixes in 2016.

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Photo credit: Patrick Britt Photography

#16 Tiber

With all due respect to Tiber, but I can only imagine stepping into his studio would be like the producer’s version of an episode of Hoarders, with spools of cables and countless harddrives strewn across the floor. And like an episode of Hoarders, Tiber would attest that he knew where everything was. My point being that this guy’s output is crazy and his mind is overflowing with good ideas. I’m not alone in thinking that either, with Moonbase Commander recruiting the Geelong producer to his freshly minted Trench Records label.

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#15 Austen

I’m going to buck the formula that I’ve been running with while introducing these artists to you – y’know, the one where I avidly talk them up, reference a song of theirs that I think is shit hot, throw in a factoid like who they collab with and maybe wrap it all up with a dash of wit if I’m lucky?

Nah, this time I’ll just let the song convince you all on its own. Go on, listen to Darkside by Brisbane newcomer Austen and get wrapped up in the web that she’s weaving. Keep in mind this is only Austen’s second release and already she’s been working with the likes of Kuren and Andrei Eremin (producer behind stuff for Kucka, Ta-ku, Oscar Key Sung) and, ah shit I’m doing it again. Just listen to it and you’ll get it.

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#14 The Tapes

New Sydney act The Tapes burst straight out of the blocks in 2016 with a debut self-titled EP featuring slickly polished tunes that have both a buzzing electronic edge and an organically live feel to ‘em. At All shows an emotional strength that screams crossover potential, while second single You Know It’s Real glimmers smartly. It’s a very well realised set of songs, which makes sense when you discover that the creative pair behind The Tapes consists of Andrew Grant of La Mar and Mickey Kojack. Together they’re onto something pretty spesh.

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#13 London Topaz

Let’s clear two things up before we move ahead: firstly, though he plays under the name London Topaz, this guy is not from the UK but actually just good ol’ Melbourne. Yeah, Melbourne Topaz doesn’t have that same ring to it, eh? Secondly he is not, as far as I know, the living embodiment of a gemstone.

But nonetheless he proved mightily valuable as a member of the Stoney Roads Recs family this year upon the release of his deep house journey tune Let You Go. That tune had the kind of moody and soulful vocal to touch an angsty millennial’s heart and a slick deep groove to keep purists moving.

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Ask pretty much any Melbourne electronic artist who they’re most juiced about at the moment and hand over fist they’ll come back with HABITS, the local twosome who’re making, in their words, “sad goth party jams”.

In songs like Ether and Reverend Mother, duo of Magda and Mohini confront with some abrasive build-ups and a pattern for shapeshifting vocals that twist and curl around your headphones. They’ve been working with like-minded peers in Melbourne like Martin King, SHOUSE and friendships, and bagged the Peaches support slot.

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#11 FØRD

Earlier in the year 18 year old Bondi-via-Byron producer Ford Miskin told ITM that when he first heard Flume at the age of 15 he was inspired to get into electronic music. Up ’till then the youngster had been dead into Chopin, but he’s since spent time cutting his teeth in the studio at home and in LA and releasing a steady stream of rippers. The only way is up for this guy, so mind your necks don’t get sore from watching his rise.

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#10 Zeke Beats

Time to call it now: Zeke Beats is about to own 2017. The certified bass fiend stepped up his game in 2016 with his Meltdown EP through London’s Terrorhythm label, a collection of hard-hitting tunes that pops eardrums and eyeballs with indiscriminate zeal. It’s the sort of platform that this dude can totally launch off of in the coming year.

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#9 Made In Paris

Sydney solo producer and DJ Paris Forscutt is quickly carving out her own space amongst the local scene as Made In Paris, and it’s on the back of some canny graft and hustle as well as some stand out productions. Take for instance 2016’s two-tracker release of You’re Wrong / Mystic Path, which both show off Paris’ gifts for creating immersive techno tunes that pool around your ears like quicksand until you’re stuck smashing that MF repeat button.

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