Sounds Like: Crushing modern house melodic enough to keep you on the dance floor until last call
For Fans of: Basement Jaxx, Disclosure, Kaytranada
Why You Should Pay Attention: Camelphat have dominated the dance space this year – earning three Number Ones on the charts run by Beatport, the biggest site for dance music sales. They even achieved the rare pop crossover club hit: "Cola," which features vocals from Elderbrook, recently cracked the Top 40 in the U.K., as well as climbing into the Top Five on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart.
Camelphat is the long-running duo of Dave Whelan and Mike Di Scala, who met while indulging their shared youthful obsession with vinyl at Liverpool's 3B Records. After years of DJing and production, their edit of Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" spread through the clubs, showing they could make records that enticed DJs. Camelphat are equally comfortable with eminently hummable vocal house (try 2015's "Siren Song") as skeletal, unrelentingly kinetic weapons for after-hours parties (like their latest Beatport Number One, "Drop It.")
They Say: "'Cola' was meant to be a dark indie record," says Whelan. "We made it in London in February when it was freezing cold and wet and raining and grey, and it became a summer anthem. It won't go away: We'll wake up every day and on social media someone somewhere across the world will be videoing themselves playing, driving, making love or arguing and 'Cola' will be in the background. We're trying to re-trace our steps – what did we do different with this record that we haven't done previously?
People are on us already to make the next 'Cola;' that's not what we want to do. We're club kids – we've lived in nightclubs all our lives. That's all we know. We'll go to the studio and aim to make another underground indie record. If that crosses over, so be it."
Hear for Yourself: "Cola" is one of this year's stealthiest and most vital dance records. It unfolds slowly, with conversational, hard-to-decipher lyrics, but once an "ooh-ooh" melodic motif drifts in from above it sticks like pop. Elias Leight