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Of all the acts to garner OVO accreditation of the past several years, DVSN has been the act with the most consistent vision of quality and soulful energy by far. For “Don’t Choose,” the Canadian duo pushes a deep and brooding R&B offering, letting the reliable vocal work of Daniel Daley’s ever reliable vocal work do must of the heavy lifting once again.

Xan Griffin is fast becoming associated with an emotively tinted take of the future/pop world. Teaming up with Emilia Ali this month as part of his ongoing Zodiac project, ‘Cancer’ forms a delicate yet easy flowing injection of toned down future bass fundamentals with a firm melodic pulse. There’s an attention to detail found in the Californian newcomer’s work that is fast separating Xan from the heard, as beautifully summarized via this emotively evocative vocal offering.

LCAW steps up this month with one of the catchiest songs I’ve peeped this Summer. On top of the solid songmanship, what’s most impressive here is the use of real instruments in place of tired pre-sets for this funk-infused indie dance offering. A chilled dynamic with a toe-tapping pulse, that’s what ‘Nobody Else But You’ delivers, making the German talent one of the genre’s more imaginative prospects on the beat right now.

Few were more deserving of a spot on XXL’s coveted Freshman of 2017 list than Texas native Ugly God, the man behind infectious urban stomper ‘Water.’ In the hands of Falcons and Promnite, two respective powerhouses in the art of blending electronic dance and urban flavors, the track takes a new prime. The energy and attitude of all parties sit incredibly well, forming one of the finest club offerings you’re going to hear from such an accomplished collection of North American prospects this Summer.

Latin trap is most definitely a thing, and you’re going to wish you were in on it sooner. Austin Lebrón is a fine frontrunner for the sub-genre’s peak game right now, test running material for the forthcoming “La Finia De Hoy” compilation with the aptly titled ’73.’ There’s a strange fusion of the genre’s turn up energy and slick sample work here that makes what could be a cop-out attempt at blending genres sound ever so sweet.

The past couple of years has seen Hotel Garuda evolve far beyond the remits on in-demand remixers. Three original singles deep, ‘Till It Burns Out’ shows just how much the North American duo, known elsewhere as Manila Killa and Candle Weather, has evolved since singing with PRMD Music. Calling on the fine vocal work of Violet Skies, the track’s new age future bass influences blend perfectly with a standout vocal performance from the Welsh singer, adding to a sparing but strong run of original singles from the duo.

MOAD – Feels So

Jun 8 2017

UK Garage is alive and well, you just need to know where to find it. Formula Records continue to honour some of the nation’s more sacred club sounds on a regular basis, updating our record boxes this month with F2: Vol 1. Among its fine cuts, MOAD’s ‘Feels So’ gleams with two step swagger and luscious vocal licks to bring a sense of pride back into the globetrotting sound. You can now stop pretending that Craig David album was a total cop-out and catch the genre’s next shining star.

The UK has had plenty of excuses to let out a little pent up anger and anguish of late. This is reflecting seamlessly in the Grime scene at present, giving the likes of rising prospect Tyzz plenty of ammunition for fierce lyrical content. The fresh-faced South Londoner brings attitude and distinct flow to the Ghost-produced ‘Stop,’ showing that there really is no stopping the next generation of Grime prospects leaping from the Capital at present.