People Who Are Addicted To Music
British dance music is in rude health right now. Hackney four-piece Rudimental, producer Duke Dumont and Surrey brothers Disclosure have all scored top-three hits in the past few months – and a host of other acts are bubbling under the surface.
Throwing together elements of house, UK garage and drum’n’bass, these artists deliberately hark back to the 1990s while also sounding like the perfect present-day culmination of past club trends.
Links and collaborations abound between the main players. For example, Duke Dumont’s chart-topping Need U (100%) featured guest vocals from A*M*E, an old school friend of producer MNEK who helped co-write the track. MNEK is signed to Rudimental’s first label, Black Butter, an imprint that has become a hub for the scene. Fellow Rudimental collaborators Sinead Harnett and Syron are signed to it as solo artists, as are several of the emergent acts responsible for some lower-key yet still high-quality dance crossover hits of the year: Lulu James, Gorgon City, Clean Bandit. Indeed, one of Black Butter’s earliest releases, Racknruin’s Soundclash, featured Jessie Ware – whose route to mainstream success came first via the PMR label, home to Disclosure.
In two weeks’ time Rudimental and Disclosure take their dance-pop crossover to Glastonbury – suggesting that even bigger things are yet to come.