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: Maya Jane Coles
Listen to Maya Jane Coles' 'Easier To Hide' above.
Whilst razor-sharp house producer Maya Jane Coles may have been on our radars for a little while now, 2012 has seen her well and truly step up, propelling her to the level where she can just as easily rinse out a set to a mammoth crowd at Space as play a sweaty Dalston basement party, excelling at both. Her ability to blend the energy of a garage track with an ocean floor-deep house vibe is a beautiful thing to hear, allowing her to become one of the foremost exponents of the sound.
Her formidable reputation was sealed in 2012 with the release of several new tracks and her excellent addition to the DJ-Kicks series, as well as touring the globe like nobody’s business, and were proof ever needed of her versatility, she also nurtured her icy dub-house alias, Nocturnal Sunshine, alias into further lush fruition.
BEST BIT: When the spectral, minimalist club jilt of ‘No Sympathy’ instantly flows into your willing psyche.
ACOLYTE: Maceo Plex
Dance music isn’t exactly short on house producers, but Maceo Plex’s soulful, deep and deeper grooves and his ability to switch from fluid electronic melodies to raw club beats rings puts him way ahead of the pack.
Born in the US but based in Spain, Plex (real name Eric Estornel) has quietly but assuredly notched up various ace releases on essential dance labels like Crosstown Rebels and Leftroom, building momentum that looks certain to explode in clubs across the land during 2013.
He’s also not adverse to an experimental alias or three, in order to delve into new territory. His Maetrik moniker, for example, allows him to relay mechanical, heady techno stompers, whilst keeping his Maceo Plex hat for any number of varied house explorations, each positively dripping with soul.
BEST BIT: The engulfing, dark machine-funk of Maetrik’s ‘Unleash The Beast’ EP that simply cannot be refused.