Billboard Dance Emerging Artists: October 2019

Kiran Gidda
TSHA

In the rapid-paced world of dance music, there are always new artists to put on the radar. The five we're most excited about this month make sounds across the electronic spectrum, deliving womping house, throttling bass music, feathery sounds for those ephemeral moments after the party, and more.

These are Billboard Dance's Emerging Artists for October 2019. 

LP Giobbi

Oregon-born, Los Angeles-based artist LP Giobbi is a creative multi-hyphenate: producer, DJ, curator and self-proclaimed “synth warrior goddess.” On the musical front, she creates thumping house with enough low-end to properly rattle your car speakers. (Hear for yourself on tracks like “Ready to Go” and the rollicking “Slither In.”) As a performer, she’s already rocked major festival stages, including those at Coachella, HARD Summer and Moogfest — all in 2019 alone.

She’s also a budding music industry executive: In addition to her role as North American Music Director for W Hotels, she’s a signed artist on and co-owner of Animal Talk, the newly launched art collective from Sofi Tukker. An advocate for gender equality, LP Giobbi is also the founder of Femmehouse, which aims to support and create opportunities for female-identifying acts. LP Giobbi is currently supporting label partners and “best friend” Sofi Tukker on the R.I.P Shame World Tour. – JOHN OCHOA

Sullivan King

These days, mosh pits are commonplace at raves, but Los Angeles-based producer Sullivan King is turning things up to 11. King, née Keaton Prescott, is fusing the worlds of rock and EDM by taking polished, studio-produced dance music and smashing it against a Marshall full stack. The headbanger-turned-raver combines his background as a guitar shredder and a multi-instrumentalist/producer to create metal-injected bass music that’s louder than bombs.

His aggressive sound has already won over dubstep giants like Excision — the two collaborated on “Wake Up” in 2018 — along with Kill the Noise & Snails. Following a supporting slot on Excision’s Apex 2019 Tour and festival sets at Electric Zoo and Lost Lands this year, King is releasing his debut album, Show Some Teeth, on Oct. 18 via Canadian indie Kannibalen Records. If the title track is any indication, expect Show Some Teeth to bring the fury. – J. Ochoa

Quiet Bison


Portland-based producer Quiet Bison is here to break sound barriers, and some playlist support from Flume is a good early indicator that his brain-teaser textures and gutter-swing beats have legs to go the distance. In 2018, the 18-year-old producer kicked off with the four-song Trials and Tribulations EP, which pits sing-along R&B against whirring, dexterous samples, knocking bass and sputtering trap snares.

It’s tight, but it might even be child’s play against the Nightfall EP, which was released last month and opens like a wild running motor until it bursts into outer space. The experimental beats crunch in your head like chewing ice cubes and still leave room for groovy soul. Altogether, Nightfall’s seven tracks turn your eyelids into movie screens. What So Not tapped him for an official remix of “We Can Be Friends,” and he’s about to hit the road as direct support for Whethan and then do a date with the Brownies & Lemonade crew. He’s young, and he’s not messing around. Don’t be shocked if you start seeing his name a lot. -- KAT BEIN

Eli Brown

To call Eli Brown’s release schedule this year a “hot streak” would be an understatement. In 2019, the Bristolian producer has put out a staggering 14 EPs and singles for nearly as many labels, including Toolroom, Big Beat, Sola, DFTD and Ultra; and along the way he’s collaborated with heavyweights including Sonny Fodera and Lee Foss. His party-hard tech house is made for main rooms, so it’s no surprise that his club crown jewel thus far, “XTC” with Solardo, came at the peak of Ibiza’s summer season with its suspense-inducing drum builds and soulful vocal sample.

Any producer could have stopped there and rode the wave into 2020, but Brown kept going. His most recent release, Come Together on Alan Fitzpatrick’s We Are The Brave imprint, sees him dip his toes into techno territory with trance-y synths and stuttering percussion. Currently, Brown is on his first world tour, with forthcoming U.S. dates including Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles. -- KRYSTAL RODRIGUEZ

TSHA

After a long night of dancing, sometimes the best music hits during the drive home while you’re catching your breath in the passenger seat, limbs still putty, occasionally checking your phone but mostly gazing at the city lights ahead. That big exhale, that feeling of simultaneous content and melancholy of a great night gone, is how TSHA’s music feels.

The London-based producer makes emotive electronica that weaves together airy melodies, organic sounds and warm basslines in the vein of Four Tet, Floating Points and Bonobo. Fittingly, the latter included her single “Sacred” on his fabric presents compilation earlier this year. Over the summer, she dropped a new tune, “Moon,” a bewitching, steel drum-filled groover perfect for strolling under the lunar light. Pete Tong took notice, too, naming it his Essential New Tune and her a “rising star.” With her full Moonlight EP incoming on Ninja Tune’s Counter Records (Nov. 15) and a newly started residency at The Warehouse Project, consider her star not just rising, but shining. -- K. Rodriguez

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