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The new guard of dance music

Throughout 2010, inthemix has devoted plenty of words to veterans. With a spate of tours from acts like Jeff Mills, The Prodigy, Underworld, Sven Ví¤th and Massive Attack, it’s been a year stacked with time-honoured legends. But while there’s been plenty to remind us of dance music’s rich history, 2010 has left no doubt that the future is bright too.

In techno, trance, dubstep, electro and beyond, there’s a groundswell of inspiring music being made by not-yet-household names. So, who has had a breakthrough year? We called on some of Australia’s leading tastemakers to nominate their picks for dance music’s next-big-things. Here’s what our star panel had to say. Notepads at the ready, people…

MY PICKS: JAYTECH

This has been a watershed year for Canberra export Jaytech. With his potential realised early by Above & Beyond, the DJ and producer is now the international flag-bearer for Anjunabeats’ offspring Anjunadeep. His monthly mix show ‘Jaytech Music’ sees him digging constantly for fresh sparks in the world of melodic house and trance, so his finger is never far from the dance music pulse.

“Canadian producer Colin Fisher, aka Soundprank, has gone from strength to strength this year, turning in some great remixes and original productions alike. His forthcoming track The Far Side on our Anjunadeep label is especially exciting, a real demonstration of both his musicality and engineering ability. Also check out his tracks A Single Many and Rotation. Great stuff!

Suspect 44 is a duo consisting of American producers Luke Shipstad and Dylan Warren, and these guys are turning out some excellent stuff lately. They came onto the scene with their collaboration Hold Me and their upcoming mega-bomb Japanese Schoolgirls should see them do very well in 2011.

Another artist I’m digging lately is Polish producer Kobana; still relatively new to the scene but already had a few hits including Coming Soon and The First Attempt. He’s got an especially groovy number coming out in a few months with Yane3Dots called All Those Loose Things – should be very loose indeed.

I’m also keeping an eye on Trim The Fat, who has come up with some great chunky prog releases this year, notable highlights include Merge Nine, Well Played and Riding Rails. Deep, groovy and tightly-produced goodness.”

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