Origin: Mid-2000s Southern hip-hop, resurrected.
Sound: Bombastic rap snares and high-hats meet dubstep’s sub-bass and slower tempos.
Key artists: Baauer, Flosstradamus, Luminox
Key tracks: TNGHT, “Higher Ground” (Warp x LuckyMe); Benny Benassi & the Biz, “Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)” (Ultra)
Big looks in 2013: Baauer tapped as resident DJ for Light, a new Cirque du Soleil-themed club in Las Vegas; TNGHT’s Hudson Mohawke invited to join Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music crew.
Prediction: “It’s fucking great music and Vegas can’t live on house alone. I love the blend the trap guys are playing. It’s extremely female-friendly, which [in clubs] is what it’s all about.” -Amy Thomson, music/marketing director, Light
Origin: A derivative of U.K. ’90s hardcore breakbeats, developed in the Netherlands in the early 2000s.
Sound: Stabbing tech synths and breakneck speeds, with melodic or menacing top lines.
Key artists: Headhunterz, Wildstylez, Organ Donors
Key tracks: Kaskade featuring Neon Trees, “Lessons in Love (Headhunterz Mix)” (Ultra); Brennan Heart, “Freaqshow (2012 Anthem)” (Q-Dance); Frontliner, “Symbols” (Q-Dance)
Big looks in 2013: The return of hardstyle promoter Q-Dance’s branded stage to Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival; hardstyle DJs continue to dominate DJ Mag’s influential Top 100 list (Headhunterz are No. 11).
Prediction: “We’ve found that over 50% of the core hardstyle fans live in the U.S. and Canada, which is in the multiple of millions and growing rapidly. Hardstyle will be the next electronic music spectacle that sweeps the nation; a must-have experience for fans and the curious.” -Joel Zimmerman, agent, William Morris Electronic
Origin: A revival of disco-inspired house with occasional techno underpinnings.
Sound: A steady groove with pulsing beats, soulful vocals and samples aplenty.
Key artists: Jamie Jones, Cassy, Maceo Plex
Key tracks: Hot Natured featuring Ali Love, “Benediction” (Hot Creations); Maya Jane Coles, “Easier to Hide” (I/AM/ME); Claptone, “Cream” (Exploited)
Big looks in 2013: House star collective Hot Natured signs to Pete Tong’s ffrr under Warner Bros. U.K.; Disclosure to play Ultra Music Festival, South by Southwest.
Prediction: “Deep house is starting to cross over in Europe. The vocals, melodies and hooks are already there, it just needs one track with a slightly more upbeat tempo to become accessible in the U.S., the way Shape:UK’s ‘Lola’s Theme’ and Freemasons’ ‘Love on My Mind’ were in the last decade.” -David Waxman, GM, Ultra Music