As this year's festivities south of the border at The BPM Festival wrap up, ravers, club kids, and party animals around the world are returning home to nurse their hangovers and relive the magic of what they just experienced. Although the crowds were rammed into crowds for the likes of Jamie Jones and Richie Hawtin, our favorites from the 10-day rager were the hidden gems, acts on the come-up at gigs where there was actually space to dance and vibes to enjoy.
Check out our list of the 5 breakout stars from this year's BPM Festival.
Bi-coastal producer MANIK has become well acquainted with the underground scene in Los Angeles since relocating recently, but his short stint down south performing at Ellen Allien’s BPitch Boogy at La Salsanera was a sterling indication of his multifaceted talents. It’s no coincidence that he’s released on Ovum, Poker Flat, and Hot Creations, and after his excellent set, a whole new year’s worth of BPM club kids know why.
4. Lauren Lane
A fixture at recent BPM Festivals, Lane came into her own this year with a big slot at Ya’ah Muul, the first ever show at new BPM venue The Jungle, and later performed alongside Jamie Jones at the annual This Is The End closing party.
The Brazilian pair closed out Warung’s session on the Salsanera rooftop with a marathon selection of house and techno bangers that kept the energy at ten for hours straight. Even though they’re virtually unknown outside of South America, if these two keep dropping sets like that, their star will rise high in 2016.
To those in the know, Seattle-via-Berlin selector Camea is not a new face. She’s released everywhere from M_nus to Get Physica to BPitch Control and has been DJing since the 90s, but her set at Alphahouse at La Santanera took a lukewarm room to the boiling point with a heavy-hitting selection of techno. It showed more character than any of the big guns over at main venue The Blue Parrot, and it’s time for her shot on a bigger stage.
1. Kollektiv Turmstrasse
Based largely on the strength of their excellent “Sorry I Am Late” in 2015, the buzz around Diynamic duo Kollektiv Turmstrasse was palpable at The BPM Festival this year. At their only official performance at the fest, they were bumped up to main support for label main man Solomun, and even though they diligently performed their warm-up duties, they closed with their big hit and the crowd went straight mental.
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