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As we prepare to head to the desert for the the fourth annual Splash House festival from Aug. 12 to 14, planning the proper schedule is on everyone's minds. With the Saguaro and the Riviera Hotel day parties and the Air Museum after parties, there's no shortage of talented artists ranging from deep and tech house all the way to indie dance and nu disco.
As the designated specialists in emerging artists, we figured we'd contribute with our top five Ones To Watch from the Splash House August lineup. Listen to our picks below (listed in no particular order), and we'll see you on the dance floor this weekend!
This UK producer dropped on most dance fans' radar when he collaborated with Chet Faker on the funk-tastic Work EP, but little did they know, he acquired his funk PhD far before that. "The Music" (below) is a timeless treasure, as well as his recent "Rocketship." If you can't make it to Splash House, you can still catch Marr on the Rocketship Tour through Sept. 3.
At 23 years old, Durante is on the younger side of the spectrum and yet he brings as much skill as the most seasoned house producers. Adding an element of soul in his production as well as with the vocalists he chooses, Durante's tracks have a special feel that sets them apart from your typical beat-driven pieces. Plus, his remix of Ones To Watch featured artists Laurel's "Shells" is breathtakingly gorgeous.
"TrapHouseJazz" producer, saxophonist, and vocalist Masego brings a very necessary element of hip hop flavor to the Splash House lineup. He's been on a mission to revolutionize the way we envision conventional jazz for the past several years, and we can't wait to shake our hips with him at Splash House. Get a preview here.
Groove, groove, and more groove. The self-proclaimed "Sultan of Summer" could start a dance party virtually anywhere, and has done exactly that since he DJ'd the inaugural Splash House in 2013. "Fade Out" with fellow disco queen Gavin Turek is his latest, and you can hear the rest of his tunes here.
Made up of staple L.A. DJs Samo Sound Boy and Jerome Potter, DJDS (short for DJ Dodger Stadium) are expected to bring stellar underground vibes on Sunday at The Riviera–contrary to the fact that they were also summoned to produce on Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo album. Recently, the duo played at a small Tijuana club–get a little taste of their live style here.