Radio 1 DJ Danny Howard picks the guaranteed floor-fillers of 2019
“Born in Sapporo in Japan and now residing in San Francisco, Qrion’s music is catchy, creative as hell and original, which is pretty remarkable for someone so young in a saturated market where everyone just copies – sorry, ‘influences’ – each other.
“Hooky melodies are front and centre of her productions – fun, interesting, a little bit pop, a little bit electronica. She’s got something going on and I can’t wait to watch her evolve.”
Bangingest tune: ‘Crystal’
“You might know him for his most recent weapon Hanging Tree, which sampled a cut from the Hunger Games films, but know that Bibi has been building his rep steadily over the past three years and earning respect in the underground house and techno scene.
“Next year is set to be his biggest year yet following two sell-out London shows at the end of December, confirmed Ibiza residencies and plenty more music to come.”
Bangingest tune: ‘Smoke Signals’
“A modern day Chemical Brothers in the making. I first discovered these guys when they came through BBC Music Introducing in 2017; fast-forward 12 months and everybody is talking about the Prospa sound. Breakbeat-style drums, big synths, basslines that Giorgio Moroder would be proud of, but with a completely fresh vibe.
“Expect them to be tearing up festivals all around the world for years to come.”
Bangingest tune: ‘Prayer’
“When I first heard Honey, I was instantly a fan. It reminded me of garage music from the early 2000s, when I was in college, blasting out house and garage at stupid levels of loudness.
“While his sound has that nostalgic feel, it’s also forward-thinking, experimental and fresh.”
Bangingest tune: ‘That Girl’ (ft Gabrielle Aplin)
Danny Howard’s latest EP You Can Do It Baby alongside Mark Knight is out now via Toolroom