If FACT’s list of the best house and techno of 2015 proved anything, it’s that we’re going through a diverse and inspired period right now, with both the commercial end of the spectrum and the more experimental fringes providing ripe fruit.
FACT’s choice of house and techno producers to watch in 2016 is in much the same vein: whether you’re looking for dank techno, breakbeat rollers, deeper-than-deep house or just a Glaswegian making bangers, there should be someone to pique your interest.
As one of the co-founders of Washington D.C.’s 1432 R label, Dawit Eklund has done a lot to bring the music of the Ethiopian electronic community to wider attention. He’s also a mean producer himself, as his recent debut 12” for the label proves. Combining the breezy grooves of Theo Parrish with the woozy, sun-drenched synths you’d expect from the Future Times crew, Eklund’s music is a breath of fresh air for those looking for a bit more colour in their house. After collaborations with Max D’s Dolo Percussion and Lifted projects in 2015, Eklund looks to be be the thriving D.C. house scene’s next big thing.