09 Mar Nightenjin Artists to Watch 2022Reading Time: 6 minutes
2022 is off to a strong start musically with a number of new artists emerging in the electronic scene. We’re as thrilled as ever to hear the latest from these supremely talented individuals that have excelled in their own craft. This year’s list covers a mix of genres including dubstep, trap, hyperpop, downtempo, house, techno, and more. We’ve joined together the internet’s picks (YourEDM, EDM Identity, and more blogs) with our staff picks (Danny, KAR POW, Effy & Jill) to make up this unique assortment of artists, sure to make huge impacts this year and beyond.
There were many great contenders this year, but these names have stuck out among popular opinions on the internet: Black Cadmium, BRUER, Fred Again…, FrostTop, HoneyLuv, KILL SCRIPT, Lupa, and Pauline Herr. Our staff picks include: AG, Canabliss, Casmalia, Capshun, Drew Dapps, Isabel LaRosa, Jedwill, Neighbours, Pollari, rSUN, Sasha Rome, Super Future, VEIL, and Wreckno. Plus, honorable mentions from the Nightenjin crew: Galo, Nitepunk and Achilles.
Get to know Nightenjin’s Artist to Watch in 2022!
Meet AG, an up-and-coming bass artist that combines lyrical elements with upbeat, heavy dubstep. The project is reminiscent of music you would be excited to hear at Lost Lands. If you love Excision, you will love AG. Warning: rail riding will be imminent!
Do you see yourself partying at the Pyramid Stage at Movement this year? This is the vibe. Black Cadmium is critically underrated and incredibly talented. Keeping it old school, they favor vinyl for performance mixing. This dynamic duo gives off European, but also Detroit energy with their style.
Hailing from Denver, this producer thrives with melodic lyrics and well-produced, dubby future bass. He shows an appreciation for a wide range of genres within the electronic music space and we are excited to see what he comes up with next as his creative path progresses.
Canabliss pours her heart and soul into her work and only adds to the experience with her pink aesthetic. Experimental bass would be the best way to describe the music she makes and everything she creates is so uniquely hers. We love to hear it!
Capshun mixes elements of trap, future bass, hip hop, world music, and future beats. Citing What So Not and San Holo as some of his influences, his future bass hits feel so familiar but so new at the same time. His sound is refreshing and feels like it was sent from an old friend.
Already miles ahead of the game, Casmalia is a force to be reckoned with. She’s been featured on the official EDC 2021 album and played stages at multiple major festivals. Her music is not only original but features her own vocals, which she plays live. Truly a techno queen.
Drew Dapps embraces major tech house energy! You might hear his music in an upscale lounge while sipping on prestigious drinks with your friends, or at a beach club in Miami. Wherever you are, his sound will make you want to groove!
You know how hip hop music uses samples from voicemails, videos, or calls? Fred Again… incorporates this kind of creativity along with a funky house beat. He describes his music as “Actual Life,” and has a trademark sound all his own.
If you’re ready for the new trap wave coming through, FrostTop should be at the top of your list of must-listens. From his more melodic side heard in “Aster,” to his heavier side heard in his most-played collab with Lemay, “Momenta,” we’re enthralled by the producer’s unique approach to trap.
HoneyLuv is primed to dominate the house scene with her ability to take risks and make what she wants! “You can be my OnlyFan,” lyrics taken from her 2021 track “Paradise,” is such a controversial yet bold hook that sticks. With a deep beat to match, her music will play out in your head all day!
Her voice is ghostly. Beautiful, wistful, haunting. Speaking of, her latest single titled “Haunted,” has garnered the attention of TikTok internationally. Representative of the gloomy party girl vibe, which is incredibly popular right now considering the idolization of that aesthetic. Her music is not only catchy but fun to listen to!
Hyperpop is the future and underground artist Jedwill will be one of the next big stars to come up from the genre. The way he mixes somber lyrics with cheerful sounds creates an addictive, oxymoronic atmosphere. You will definitely want to press repeat!
Self-described as “Sci-fi Techno,” KILL SCRIPT integrates live production into cinematic performances. The goal is to bring underground into the mainstream. With his mass appeal, the producer is destined to do so, taking the dance music world under his command one festival stage at a time.
This producer makes dark, mysterious techno beats that you would expect to hear in a warehouse rather than in a club. Incorporating minimal lyrics over heavy basslines, her brooding style is sure to make you dance. If you love mau5trap, you will love Lupa.
“On a mission to get people dancing!” — and they’re succeeding. The second you throw on “Shake That” by Neighbours, you are guaranteed to get people moving. Canadian producers out here making an impact on NYC; you’ll definitely want to include them on your party playlist!
As an independent artist, Pauline Herr released her first six productions on her own, acquiring a fanbase, as well as her signature sound and style in the process. Her notable aesthetic has been appreciated by many and will continue to be loved by more. She’s vulnerable, raw, and unlike anything else we’ve heard.
Atlanta-based rapper POLLARI uses his hypnotic, mumble-like, rap over hyperpop and woeful beats. His latest release, “SKRT!” is reminiscent of rap music circa 2014. Contrasting to his song, “Lovers Lane,” which builds more on his hyperpop abilities. His range is what makes him so appealing.
If you’re a fan of experimental bass, rSUN should be on your radar. The producer’s latest release, “The Way To Do It,” is fun and immersive, matching bouncy rhythm with trendy sounds that bass lovers latch onto. Definitely one that you bop your head to in the car or out at a show.
Airy, happy, uplifting — all words to describe Sasha Rome’s unmatched signature. Citing influence from the likes of Tame Impala and KAYTRANADA, his music reminds us of a soft summer day, where the clouds can’t be found, and the sun gives us a much-needed boost of serotonin.
If you enjoy downtempo mixed with your favorite pop songs, Super Future is it! Not only is this multi-talented artist able to create any genre he puts his mind to, but he also plays the guitar live. He’s constantly raising the bar and collaborating with other talented artists such as Wreckno. Super Future’s rise is exponential and well-deserved.
Named “One of electronic music’s brightest rising stars,” for a reason. Wreckno is breathing new life into a world of music that can seem repetitive. Having released collaborations with names like GRiZ and Liquid Stranger, he is well on his way to superstardom. One of our favorite collabs of his is with Super Future, “Bout Me.”
VEIL, formerly known as Spacegeisha, makes self-described “highly explosive, dark, and mysterious” music. Upon hearing it, you will feel like you’re in a trance! Her experimental, bass rattling soundscape is deep and very spacey. If you enjoy Rezz, you will love Veil.