■ LEVON VINCENT ■ If there was a shortlist for the definitive sound of NY dance music, Levon Vincent would easily be on it. From his 2002 debut onwards, Vincent’s productions and DJ sets have set the high water mark for tripping, rough-and-ready immersiveness. His catalogue is littered with absolute classics: “These Games,” “Double Jointed Sex Freak” and “Man or Mistress” on his own Novel Sound, “Solemn Days” on Deconstruct, which he ran with Anothony Parasole, or “Late Night Jam” for Ostgut Ton, just to name a few. Minimal but on-edge, dubby but snarling, unhurried but leading the charge - once you’ve found your way into Vincent’s music, you won’t want to leave. 2019 was as busy a year as ever for him, with shows across Europe, the US and Asia and a standout new album “World Order Music,” which saw him exploring a palette of classic ‘90s NY rave sounds as only he can.
■ TIN MAN ■ Producing music for more than a decade, the named master of the neo acid scene, Vienna’s Tin Man continues to evolve and invigorate with each and every release. Tin Man is an artist in the truest sense of the word. He has explored an ever evolving sound palette that touches on house, techno and ambient. Much like his namesake’s character in the Wizard of Oz, he has been on a mission to find his true self, except this Tin Man’s medium has been music.
■ JUSTIN CUDMORE ■ Justin Cudmore is a Brooklyn-based, Midwest-born DJ whose bold, acid-flecked distillation of house and techno has found a home on the labels that are helping to shape the current landscape of transgressive body music, including The Bunker New York, Detroit’s Interdimensional Transmissions and HNYTRX. Justin's sound is defined by snaking acid lines, whip smart drums and offbeat rave melodies.