December 4, 2013 - 2:25 pm
Greg Cayea & Alyssa Aparicio
Krewella is responsible for arguably the most inescapable electronic dance anthems of this year. Since the September album release of “Get Wet,” Krewella has been thriving full speed and captivating international attention. The explosive Chi-Town group continues to traverse the globe dominating both the house and pop music circuits.
2. MAYA JANE COLES
Maya Jane Coles and her dub alias Nocturnal Sunshine have swept the electronic music scene from head to toe. Her colorful ethnicity, British Japanese, and London-bred background grant her as much diversity in her genes as is demonstrated in her craft.
2013 brought the Aussie NERVO twins a Las Vegas residency at Hakkassan and ended another successful stay at Ushaïa, Ibiza alongside David Guetta. NERVO Nation, their weekly radio-show for Sirius XM, functions as an authority on what’s now and what’s next in electronic dance. Responsible for co-writing “When Love Takes Over”, one of the top ten dance collaborations of all time, (produced by David Guetta and vocals by Kelly Rowland), these house electro producer, DJ, songwriters are without a doubt a staple in the female electronic community.
Tokimonsta is the only West Coast DJ to make the list. This Los Angeles native of Korean descent is the first woman to be signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder record label. Her spacious and sophisticated, yet playful sound is demonstrated on her sophomore album, “Half Shadows,” released earlier this year on Ultra Records. Headlining HARD’s “Day of the Dead” quickly shot her name to the tip of tongues in the festival scene.
5. REBECCA & FIONA
Stockholm’s Rebecca & Fiona have parted a few seas, as is especially made apparent by their undeniable following on Spotify. Their latest release, “Union,” demonstrates the dark, yet pop-influenced sound that has kept them consistently in demand.
6. NINA KRAVIZ
Siberian DJ/producer, Nina Kraviz, is the femme fatale of house music. Despite the controversy surrounding her image this year, her aggressive trance trumps any remaining question marks. Released on UK-based REKIDS label, her progressive sound has earned her infamy as a sonic seductress from Miami to Ibiza.
BLOND:ISH gained recognition in their hometown of Montreal by throwing chaotic rave-esque parties at Cherry Nightclub before relocating to their newfound homeland of London. Geek chic, wild personas and a wealth of musical knowledge has brought these two Quebecan native’s a cult following that trails them religiously for the chance to bask in their hypnotic house soundscapes.
8. NICOLE MOUDABER
Nicole Moudaber first fell in love with clubbing in New York and London. At first she worked in Beirut as a promoter long before Nicole’s DJing career began in London. She took to the tables spinning techno and house blends in 2009, and has been keeping the beat ever since. Today, Moudaber is still London-based, where she runs her own quickly-established label, MOOD Records.
9. REID SPEED
Self-proclaimed “Bass Boss,” Reid Speed, has curated her own brand of feisty ferocity. Gaining her momentum in New York City’s underground, her fiery sound does not lack in attitude, mastering a combination of street savvy and ornate finesse. As one of the pioneers to kick the door open for women in EDM back in ‘96, she continues to set standards high for females breaking into the DJ arena.
Since being signed by Tiesto to his (then) own label, Black Hole Recordings, JES has been touring the world writing, producing, DJing and simultaneously running her own radio station, “Unleash The Beat”. Her vocals are most recognized alongside chart topping tracks for legends such as Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, and Paul Oakenfold. It is this fusion of vocal mastery atop her talent on the turntables that allows her to personally deliver such breathtaking live sets.