Clash takes a look at the dance masters who smashed the last twelve months with their addictive bass manoeuvres as well as matching up the new generation of likeminded acolytes.
MASTER: Eats Everything
Few, if any, current producers have excelled so effortlessly in carving a dancefloor-slaying melting-pot out of the bare bones of proto-house than Dan ‘Eats Everything’ Pearce, for whom 2012 has been his podium year.
After piquing our curiosity with several EPs in 2011, including his excellent self-titled EP, his beautifully sharp splicing of booty bass, ghetto house, rave wonk, two-step and jungle were fully solidified on his ‘Vertigo’ EP this year, released on Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird label, of which Pearce has now become part of the family.
The EP followed a globe-spanning live schedule over 2012, which saw Pearce send countless festival and club audiences into a bounce-tech frenzy, cementing this latest Bristolian dance prodigy as one of the most in-demand producers of the moment - an accolade likely to remain in place, when considering that love for all things bassy and dubby is firmly shifting towards a renewed appreciation for contemporary house experimentation.
BEST BIT: The hypnotic yet obscenely danceable vat of lifeblood that Pearce mainlines into every single track.
Hear Ital's 'Despot' above.
Though many current producers have begun their foray into the dance music via a passion for twisting classic house tones into a new, multi-layered beast, Ital, AKA Daniel Martin-McCormick, is surely the most experimental and fascinating of a large bunch. Though firmly imbued with the ghost of the classic Chicago groove, Ital’s trippy, synth-stretched take on house borrows from the weird, dreamy disco-punk of his band Mi Ami, whilst keeping the beat firmly in mind, such as on the rip-roaring rhythm excursion of recent track ‘Crazy On The Congas’.
Having proved his chops on two mini albums for Planet Mu in 2012, and a previous string of EPs on 100% Silk and Not Not Fun, Ital is now beginning to rinse the live shows, and with his madly creative mind, it’s impossible not to imagine warped greatness from him throughout 2013.
BEST BIT: The entire shape-shifting journey on ‘First Wave’ from lush synths to retro-futurist mind-melt liquid groove.