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Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This month: One of Korea's most popular female MCs, a social-media sensation turned pop star, goth rock's gravest new pleasure, a Blink-182-inspired party rapper and more.

bjarki

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Bjarki

Sounds Like: Hard, nuanced techno unaware of its own limits

For Fans of: Nina Kraviz, outside-the-box drum programming, for-the-club bass

Why You Should Pay Attention: Bjarki grew up in northern Iceland and began making music when he moved in with his dad at age 12. "It was his turn to make me do better at school," the DJ says, as he twirls a cigarette in his Copenhagen basement. Bjarki's grades never rose, but he learned his most important lessons from a friend's older brother who demonstrated how to make basic beats — hard trance, then Chemical Brothers and the Prodigy — on a home computer. His break came when he almost met Nina Kraviz at the end of a long night out. After he accidentally got too drunk at an early Tiësto show his girlfriend had forced him to attend — "bullshit," he says — she made it up by passing a USB of his tracks to the Russian DJ. One year later, Bjarki's first single, "I Wanna Go Bang," is the breakout hit from Kravis' new label, Trip.

They Say: "I got into techno because of a promoter in Iceland who brought in Mistress Barbara," Bjarki recalls. "I went to the show — snuck in — and there was this attitude, this anger in the music. I was like, 'I want to make something like this.' Then I made 'I Wanna Go Bang' two years ago. I had come back to Iceland, and I was working a shitty job. Those were really tough months. I guess I was missing the 'bang' I had found in Amsterdam. I finished it in 40 minutes, and it was sitting on my computer this whole time."

Hear for Yourself: "I Wanna Go Bang" finds Arthur Russell's melancholy via DJ Deeon's hard loops, then reconfigures the title sample amid nervous snares and pulsing bass. By Nick Murray

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