Monki is an experienced radio DJ. With a career that’s gone from interning at (then) pirate radio station Rinse to a Sunday night slot on Radio 1, Monki knows her onions so well she don’t even weep when chopping and chewing. At the Beeb, she holds the gauntlet for championing the latest talent in electronic music, and in her own time regularly releases kick-ass compilations (check out the latest Monki & Friends EP). Right here, right now, she turns her scouting eye to four of the best.
Nyra isn’t new to the game, but he is back after a five-year hiatus (spent concentrating on a professional cycling career of all things). No sooner did he resurface than he released a chunk of cracking tracks on his own imprint Canoe, following them up with a solid run of shows in Ibiza, Portugal, Bestival and Reading – so it seems he’s here to stay this time round. Expect a mix of house, techno and disco to come out of this guy’s lab, oh and check out his track Sisco Visco – a solid favourite in the DJ community.
Harry Parsons flies pretty far under the radar as a producer but don’t let that discourage you from seeking him out. I’ve been playing his tunes for the best part of six months and people always ask what or who it is. He’s an absolute machine when it comes to finding brilliant samples and injecting new life into them; I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve played his tracks on my Radio 1 show. Get onboard the Parsons plane now and check out You’ve Got Me.
Hammer has been building momentum for a while; the fact he’s about to smash through the wall is by no means a fluke, cos his production is classy and fun. Having already released on his pals Bicep’s label Feel My Bicep, he also teamed up with Denis Sulta in Berlin’s Red Bull studios for my latest Monki & Friends EP. This guy still has a lot of energy to create and heights to reach, so I’m really excited to see what he delivers. Look out for his first release on his own label Hammer Hits, but for now get a load of Letsgetcloser - Phinger Scrossed.
Mason is only 21-years-old, but with backing and support from the likes of Skream, Richy Ahmed and Solardo there’s no question that he is one to watch evolve over the next few years. His Soundcloud is littered with clips of playful edits for the uninitiated to wrap their ears around. Check out Illusions (Farewell) to get an idea of what this tyke is all about.