TNGHT – “Higher Ground”
Similar to â€œHarlem Shakeâ€ in its bewildering level of daytime radio play, TNGHTâ€™s â€œHigher Groundâ€ was the standout track from their self-titled EP that spread faster than some dickwad could ask where the fuck they found it.
For those not in the know, TNGHT is the collaborative side-project of messrs Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, who both had a fairly amazing 2012 in their own right – the former produced a not insignificant portion of G.O.O.D Musicâ€™s “Cruel Summer“, while the latter reached the peak of superstardom after dancing around a bit in Azealia Banksâ€™ â€œ212â€ video.
Bondax – “Baby I Got That”
Heralded by Annie Mac as one of her new favourite tunes back in summer, production duo Bondax cemented their names as ones to watch next year with their slowed-down and undeniably sexy â€œBaby I Got Thatâ€.
Released via their own label Just Us, it even got the Noisey treatment with an equally sexy video that seems to have been filmed almost exclusively underwater. Nevertheless, this one deserves itâ€™s place as one of 2012’s top tunes, and it appears as though we can expect big things from these two come next year.
Jessie Ware – “110%”
One of the standout figures from the past 12 months, Jessie Ware, dropped this beauty of a track back in April, the Julio Bashmore-produced â€œ110%â€. Simple but oh-so-effective production intertwined with Jessieâ€™s lush vocals made this one a standout cut from her debut record Devotion.
Such a shame, therefore, that the official video seems to have been pulled from her YouTube channel over â€˜clearance issuesâ€™ over the Big Pun sample. Naughty.
Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
“Channel Orange” was a cracker of a record, but Mr. Frank Ocean recently informed us all that it might possibly be his last. Whilst that would be a travesty, weâ€™ve still got tracks like the 10 minute epic â€œPyramidsâ€ to drown the wails.
An injection of uptempo-ness pervades the beginning which soon transcends into the more traditional R&B feel that weâ€™ve been accustomed to hearing from olâ€™ Frank. Best of both worlds really. Unfortunately it looks like heâ€™ll be having a slightly quieter 2013, but we shouldnâ€™t rule out the possibility of some (possibly shorter, goddamn it) material of his rearing its smooth-as-hell head in the forthcoming 12 months.
Swindle – “Mischief”
Malaâ€™s label Deep Medi dropped some fire in 2012, and none more so than Swindleâ€™s EP, which in turn offered up the outstandingly jazzy â€œMischiefâ€. Having more in common with the Pink Panther theme tune than anything that dubstepâ€™s old-schoolers could muster, this guy knocked it out the park recently when he proceeded to play an impromptu keyboard solo over one of his tracks during a set at Cable. Madman.