It has only been a year since this 23-year-old has surfaced on our radar, but in that year, the gentleman known as South London Ordnance (he prefers to remain anonymous) has garnered support from acts like Claude VonStroke, Mary Anne Hobbs, Mosca, Jamie XX, Richie Hawtin, and plenty more big names. His first release on 2nd Drop infused UK funky and garage elements, but that isn’t all he’s known for. The post-grad is also praised for his marriage of house and techno that can only be defined as heavily “bass-centric.” With his finger directly on the pulse of where production is currently going, it will be exciting to watch how South London Ordnance will lead the musical trend. With a release on Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings due out in early March, it looks like 2013 is only going to cement this budding new talent.

There’s been a lot written about you lately… tell us one thing about yourself that the press has missed.

Under-46-kg national judo champion, aged about 11 or something. I was a vicious kid.

Have a favorite track from last year?

Too many to name, if I’m honest. I thought it was a great year for music. Sei A’s “Mercy Bass” is the first that comes to mind, though. Played it nigh on every set in 2012. Absolute gutter.

Besides you, who else should we keep an eye on this year?

Nautiluss, Gingy & Bordello, Locked Groove, Ella Patrice.

Any predictions for 2013, music or otherwise?

A hardcore revival. Such a powerful, fertile template—perfect for big stages but still has the “underground” edge. I reckon it’ll be everywhere.

What’s next for you, release-wise and what should we look forward to in the future?

Some collabs with vocalists and other artists, remixes on Critical and Convex Industries, my first single on Hotflush (and hopefully my second), a North America tour, and stacks of shows across the UK and Europe. Should be a good year.