flex. with Lil Silva, Waldo, Tim Vocals, Neuport & Jason Scott

Lil Silva's current production output and live credentials seem a far cry from the Bedford-based, makeshift studio from which he exploded in 2008. Although club shows have got bigger and original/collaborative releases have got better, Lil Silva's musical influence and focus still remains: an unabashed amalgamation of the minimal machine funk of Chicago's Trax label, the aggression of early grime, a tropical resonance with soca, a semblance with the rugged darkness of modern techno and the sonic invention of The Neptunes.

It was the Seasons and Funky Flex white label that first catapulted the then 18 year-old producer to the forefront of the UK underground. Lil Silva's echoed bongo hits, brazen grime synths and hard-to-imitate marching momentum had every goon in the room on their feet. His building following quickly picked up the limited 12" Pulse X/Funky Flex blend and by 2010, the formative London imprint Night Slugs were hooked on Silva's sound, commissioning the storming 'Night Skanker EP'.

Collaborating on the dreamy 'On Your Own' track with friend and peer, Sampha, has steered Lil Silva onto an array of high profile remix work for the likes of SBTRKT, AlunaGeorge and Lana Del Rey. With what seems like an inherent ability for more composition focused music making, 2013 will see the ex-bedroom producer turn his hand to songwriting. Working on original material and collaborations with help from Sampha, Jamie Woon and BANKS to name but a few, Lil Silva will take his melody-writing talent into the club context and beyond.

Kamron Robinson, better known by stage name, Waldo, is a 20-year-old Michigan-based, globally recognized recording artist. Within two months of his recent release, Pick Your Own Poison (EP), Waldo managed to attain well over 100k+ SoundCloud plays in five different countries – assuring a global interest in his music. He has also performed in front of sold out crowds, opening for big name acts Fabolous, Pusha T, A$AP Rocky, Machine Gun Kelly, Schoolboy Q, and Juicy J. "All of it is some pretty heavy sh*t, expressive lyrics paired to an eclectic mix of ambient/bass. Just another day in Waldo's hood. Seriously, this kid's got the future on lock." says Indie Shuffle.

Tim Vocals

The recent glut of young musicians spilling out of Harlem isn't limited to rappers: this year may belong to Tim Vocals, a gifted singer who first gained attention through his gritty YouTube freestyles, especially a weeded-up flip on Drake's "Marvin's Room" shot a cappella in an elevator with his boys acting as back-up scenery. His debut mixtape, Live From Harlem, showed Vocals is a force who can approximate the transcendent tone of Michael Jackson, while painting a picture of uptown drugs, guns, and girls — he wryly turned "Human Nature" into a day in trap life ("I jumped in my bed / With all my clothes on / Because I'm suuuper high"). His most recent with Nino Man, Everythingx2, establishes Vocals as a street realist in the vein of Jaheim or Lyfe Jennings: he doesn't try to hide his masculinist, often bluntly nasty viewpoint behind his silken vocals, but he's also getting more comfortable playing the confident seducer, a smooth counterpart for Nino's scratchy raps. The mixtape is clever and shows their range, flipping Drake's "Successful" to "Stressful," LL Cool J's "Hey Lover" to "We Smoke, We Fuck," Bow Wow and Chris Brown's "Shawty Like Mine" to "Butta Like Mine," even TLC's "Creep" sung from the perspective of, well, the creep. His honesty is refreshing, at least, and his buttery vibrato is enough to believe he's the truth. It's also hard to picture a 2013 in which he doesn't land a Rocky-esque record deal, unless someone's really slipping. J.E.S.

JASON SCOTT

As co-founder of BPMLWRLVL [est. 2011], Jason Scott's stark passion for music derives from his singer/songwriter/producer roots. Raised in a Baptist church choir and later attending the 'Fame school', LaGuardia Arts, the pursuit of "the next sound" became his driving force. The Queens, NY native has promoted and hosted raw talent at their inception such as Kid Cudi, Theophilus London, Jesse Marco, Brenmar, Mess Kid, Fat Tony, and Jade❤/Blind Benny, NiRE, and BOY/FRIEND. Through extensive experience as an independent A&R, publicist, booking agent, and manager to musicians, Jason Scott has worked with major brands such as Cornerstone/The Fader, Downtown Music, Heineken, Vitamin Water, Mass Appeal, Reason Clothing, and Peters Mountain Works. As of 2013, the self-taught DJ has already spun all over the U.S. alongside SBTRKT, Ryan Hemsworth, Ben UFO, Sango, Dubbel Dutch, Slava, Alex Pasternak of Lemonade, and Adam Weiss of HAM On Everything. Jason Scott's experimental DJ sets feature a bold repertoire of ghetto R&B, Deep House, funky Hip-Hop, UK Garage, Grime, Juke, Dancehall and Break Beats filled with smooth psychedelic vocals of highs and lows, fit for both a rave and a bedroom.

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