Choosing just ten emerging drum & bass producers to look out for in 2012 is no easy task, there are so many talented people out there. This isn’t meant to be a definitive list, we know there are plenty of equally worthy producers we could have mentioned. We just wanted to give you the heads up on some people we’re particularly feeling and if you think we’ve missed someone then let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Some of the people here have been around a few years but we feel 2012 will be a breakthrough year for them and some are relative newcomers we think are going to make an instant impact. Without further ado, in alphabetical order, here are our ten drum & bass producers to look out for in 2012.
Brazil has given drum & bass some great DJs and producers over the years such as Marky, S.P.Y., XRS, Bungle, Drumagick and, more recently, Crytical Dub, Level 2 and BTK. Another name to add to that list is DJ Chap. His sound can be broadly defined as liquid funk but don’t think it’s lightweight, much like his compatriot S.P.Y. his music is heavy and tough yet deep and emotional at the same time.
Chap first started DJing and producing D&B in 2005. We first took note of Chap’s talents with Tell Me in 2010, which Bailey even rewound on his 1Xtra radio show. In 2011 he had two big tracks on the Liquid V Club Sessions 4 compilation, Midnight Love (a collaboration with vocalist Iriann Joyce) and Sky Is The Limit with Level 2. Into 2012 and his track Seven Lines has just come out on Marky’s Innerground label and look out for more DJ Chap releases this year on labels like LuvDisaster, SP Breakz and Digital Blus.