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Newman (Giant Panda/New Jack Hustle/Tres Records)
Reps: Seattle, WA
Perhaps you've heard Newman's production of Giant Panda's "Fly School Reunion" or "Electric Laser" albums. You could've checked out his slaps on Shawn Jackson's debut "First Of All.." or their collaborative project "New Jack Hustle". Either way, after today you can't say you've never heard of Newman. Take notes, you'll be tested on all of this later.
6Fingers (Groundbasics Media Group)
Reps: Vallejo, CA
If you're familiar with such Bay Area artists as Topkat, Hopie Spitshard or EyeSage then you most definitely already been nodding your head to 6Fingers production before today. If not, all is not not. All you need to do is download the free compilation "Who Has Lots Of Fingers?" and take your sweet time perusing the links that I have provided thusly for your listening pleasure. Don't sleep on the homie 6Fingers.
Grooveman Spot (Jazzy Sport)
Reps: Tokyo, Japan
Also known as DJ Kou-G in Japan I've been enjoying his remixes of Hip Hop classics for years now. Later on Grooveman Spot got down with Jazzy Sport and put out new releases frequently. His Grooveman Spot Remix EP's, Eternal Development LP and production for Jazzy Sport artists and himself keep him on the radar of beatheads the world over year in and year out. Stop sleepin' on him.
Reps: South London, UK (E5)
When I think of Dubstep, I think of a select few names. One of them being Kode9. By that same token, when I think of prominent Dubstep labels I think of Hyperdub. The overwhelming vibe and tone of each composition makes them unique. Dubstep is crazy because it's more ridiculous live than it is recorded. Kode9's production is iconic and it's staggering to think about how many recordings he's made and live sets he's done over the past 5-7 years. Dude didn't get a magazine cover for nothing...
Powell (Up My Alley)
Reps: Paris, France
Maybe you've heard Powell's Beatnicks Tape Vol. 2 from Up My Alley before, maybe you haven't. Maybe you've perused his Last.fm page before, maybe you haven't. Maybe you've seen Powell live doing a set, maybe you haven't. Maybe you've heard one of Powell's remixes before, maybe you haven't. Now you have...and knowing is half the battle. I still don't know what the other half is yet but I'll guess it has to do with execution...
Next up: Dorian Concept, Eric G, Rob Bates, Chief & Jaisu