Since the 2011 release of his genre-blending Complex Housing on Friends of Friends, Paul Salva has been gaining traction and building momentum at an enviable rate. Admittedly, last year was a big one for the Los Angeles-based producer, as he was made a host of the BBC’s In DJs We Trust and his collaborative remix with RL Grimes of Kayne West’s “Mercy” garnered huge praise from leading DJs like Diplo, A-Trak, Skream, and Benga—and the LA radio station Power 106 added it into rotation. Not bad for an old-fashioned bootleg remix.
2012 was undeniably the year of Ryan Hemsworth. The Canadian producer of the moment, who earned early acclaim for his work with Chicago duo Supreme Cuts and Oakland rap group Main Attrakionz, rose to fame quickly as the release of his hip-hop-fueled debut solo EP, Last Words, proved to be one of the year’s highlights. Finishing off 2012 by dropping a fun, synth-driven, electro-influenced number, “BasedWorld”—a nod to rapper Lil B—on New Year’s Eve, and following that with the release of the video for “Colour & Movement,” an emotive, minimalist edit of German indie project The Notwist’s “Consequence,” there seems to be no stopping this young producer.