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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.

DJ Snake has become a good old reliable fella where the crossover market is concerned. Premiered during a live stream taken from atop the Arc Du Triomphe in his hometown of Paris, ‘A Different Way’ was always shaping up to be a big offering from the Parisian hitmaker, who took a break from rubbing shoulders with A-list vocalists for ‘A Different Way.’ His familar melodic flavours match an always on-point focus on inpenetrable hooks once again, making the likelyhood of DJ Snake picking up the mantle from where his heavyweight peers left off all the more likely for the coming year.

There’s not many people that can get away with remixing Kendrick Lamar these days. Then there’s Skrillex. Having barely caught his breath from dropping the Poo Bear accompanied ‘Would You Ever,’ his take on ‘HUMBLE’ builds into a heavystepping affair of the kind of main room wizardry we have come to expect from Sonny Moore for more than a decade. Here’s to the A-list EDM acts keeping it fun and not falling flat on the A-list remix endeavors.

R&B as a genre tends to fall into generational ‘safe spots,’ but every once in a while an exceptional act comes along and crushes the lull. For 2017, that act has very much been The trp. The self-profession ‘surreal R&B’ trio has been lacing the marketing with intricately layered jams for a good couple of years now, but hit a brand new high corutesy of ‘Eagle.’ With soul you could sink your teeth into and beautifully minimalistic instrumentation, the track sets anticipation for their forthcoming SOAK EP at an all time high, proving there are some new and exciting shades to the R&B world for 2017.

Italo disco still has a place on dancefloors – just as Dutch duo Kraver. The act has had a long and sparing run of high quality releases keeping the genre ticking, but finally break their silence this motnh with ‘Moorea.’ The track sits somewhere between a retro video game soundtrack and a melodically charged ode to the genre, marking a surprise return from Kraver and a sound that refuses to admit defeat.

Toronto’s French Braids is a melodic force to be reckoned with. He’s also gone and brought Frankmusik back into the spotlight courtesy of ‘Wildfire,’ a beautiful set-piece of docile vocal club work from this next generation dream team. This chilled little number is sure to hold its corner into 2018, setting a welcome bar for the soulful swagger of French Braids.