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Billboard Dance's Ones to Watch: September 2018
Look out for them Frenchies. The other red, white and blue is bringing that certain heat with two stand-outs on our Ones to Watch for September 2018. The U.K. also gets some big looks with a bloke from Glasgow and a south London sensation. Not to be outdone, New York plants its flag on the future, as if that was ever in question.
We've got a number of producers Porter Robinson stans, and we've got energetic sounds hitting every corner of the house market. If you're looking for groove, you're about to hit the jackpot.
As always, we hope you enjoy this look into the horizon. We pick these up-and-comers once a month, so be sure to stay tuned. If you don't know, now you know.
Absolute perfection. That’s what French duo The Blaze strive for, and never is that more apparent than in the cousins’ self-directed music videos. “Territory,” released in February of 2017, has racked up more than 16 million views to date thanks to beautiful cinematography, brilliant synchronization and heart-pulling humanity. Moving into the present, The Blaze burns bright on debut album Dancehall. Its 10 tracks are no collection of Caribbean rhythms, but rather dark house grooves that dig into your soul. A strong festival season, with appearances at Coachella, Primavera and others, led into white hot European and North American tours. Dates in New York, Brussels, Copenhagen and hometown Paris are sold out months in advance. You better know that level of visual attention applies to the live show stage. Hurry up and catch the heat while you can. -- KAT BEIN
French producer Raito has been quietly earning the support of dance veterans like Justice, Carl Cox and more over the past couple years thanks to his arsenal of techno and breakbeat records lighting up every room. Signed to Boysnoize Records, Raito has been disrupting the streaming world lately with his latest release, "One Step Beyond," which is also climbing at dance radio on SiriusXM's channel Diplo's Revolution. Porter Robinson has also taken a great liking to the newcomer. Robinson hired Raito to remix "Ghost Voices" from his buzzy alias Virtual Self, and brought him on tour with the project. It also doesn't hurt that Vegas' dance music kingpin Calvin Harris has the song featured in his popular Spotify playlist, Calvin Harris Radio. -- DAVE RISHTY
17-year-old South London sensation EO is having a superlative 2018. His breakout single “German” is sitting pretty with more than 41 million Spotify plays and 31 million YouTube views, plus he’s featured on AJ x Deno’s recent smash “London.” The afro-swing artist also sports a good sense of humor with a highly-engaged YouTube fanbase that laps up his African parodies and pranks. Keep an eye out for this charismatic multi-threat. -- MATT MEDVED
Denis Sulta is the portrait of a house superstar in the making. The young Glasgow producer has only released a handful of tunes thus far, but the quality of his output has been exceptional. First finding commercial success with the infectious “It’s Only Real,” Sulta proceeded to follow up with his incredible EP, popularized in part by unrelenting support from another Glasgow heavyweight, Jackmaster. By the time Sulta's latest EP arrived -- last October’s Our World (With a Boy On Its Shoulders) -- the young producer had already found a rabid audience for his music. As the house world awaits his followup, the future for the rising Glasgow star is as promising as ever. -- MICHAEL SUNDIUS
When a trend-setting tastemaker and producer like Porter Robinson goes out of his way to tell his fans about a song by another producer -- saying "my hope for the future is that the electronic music scene will keep elevating creative stuff like this" -- you're know you're onto something promising. In comes Sanjaux, an up-and-comer from New York who has primarily built his fan base via Soundcloud up to this point. Following Robinson's tweet, Rezz replied with her nod of approval, adding, "Thanks for sharing with us! Enjoying." The Internet moment has placed a flock of eyes on Sanjaux, eagerly awaiting his next moves. The upstart's music is melodic, cinematic and refreshingly emotional. While his numbers may not be hitting the million mark yet, he sure does have the right influencers in his court. -- D.R.