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Writer: Dan Roy Carter

There are few finer UK bass contenders than that of Champion. What’s more, the London native has finally made with the “Snapshot” LP, a 12-track instalment of epic two-step and UK bass fundamentals. With the likes of Flava D, Jammz, Four Tet and Dream MC onboard, the LP gives one of the most comprehensive insights into bubbling UK talent and where the stalwart UK producer is making impressive power moves through connecting like minded firestarters.

Houston newcomer WAV debuts this month riding alongside a fun wave of emerging North American rappers. The CashmoneyAp produced ‘Again’ keeps things loose and bass favoring in the key of his self proclaimed “trap pop” sound, showcasing a confident sense of flow and charisma without some of hip-hop’s more tedious mainstream hallmarks.

This is not a drill. Beloved beatmaker, prolific producer and so-so solo artist Timbaland has stepped in to remix one of the hottest young R&B prospects of the past several years. The drums are heavy and the strings are epic, like we’d expect any less from Timbaland. That said, Jacob Bank’s harrowing vocal work still stands tall amongst all that production prowess, but it’s a cosign that shouldn’t be ignored by any means.

Amsterdam’s FATED are a powerful force in indie electronic wizardry. A reliatively fresh face emerging from the fertile Manchester circuit, UK prospect Nekore enters with a bang for the latest single from his European peers. Contemporary R&B songmanship meets glitchy future bass production values for ‘Believe It,’ a valiant debut for the collective that breaths the label’s experimental energy from start to finish.

The bass favoring sects of electronic dance music should take note of 4B and his consistent delivery both on original material and remixes. Back to remix the don himself and his more recent softer pop settlement ‘Would You Ever,’ Skrillex and Poo Bear’s crooner gets some serious breaks and dutiful bassline injections along the way. It’s a remix that oozes with that attitude and swagger we have come to expect from 4B over the years.

Born in the Dominican Republic and more recently cut from the bubbling Los Angeles circuit, Jarina De Marco is more than ready to step up as leading lady. Produced by genre defying duo GTA, who the rising artist donned her vocal chops for on “True Romance,” latest solo moment “STFU” oozes the attitude and eccentric electronic energy we have come to expect from De Marco and newfound label mates Mad Decent. As an outspoken newcomer providing seriously powerful solo material, we can’t help but feel Jarina De Marco is an essential addition to the Mad Decent family.

It’s time to get familiar with a new leader in alternative R&B. Brooklyn-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Cautious Clay’s discography to date has included just covers, but his take on the work of both Billie Ellish and Tori Y Mor was enough to get the tastebuds ticking for his standout blend of modern soul and ambient production hallmarks. ‘Cold War’ blends poignant word play with a harrowing and lovesick spin on the modern R&B sound, setting Cautious Clay up to be one of the most anticipated North American newcomers of 2017 so far.

Josh Pan went out on a limb with this one in the best possible way. More recent Abra collab ‘Give It To Ya’ was a classy affair, but things take a twisted little turn for ‘Jug’ this month. Warped leads and tightly executed beat work lead a solid vocal delivery from bbno$, forming a track that sounds like something that could have held its corner circa 2009, but with enough teeth to sound like something ultimately fresh for the modern market.