5. Mark Pritchard
Over the next few days, I'll be focusing on a few of my "heroes" this year. People who have really been pushing things forward this year.
I think with the Harmonic 313 LP from 2008, Wind it Up this year and (whenever they eventually drop) Lion and Heavy as Stone, Mark Pritchard meets this criteria and then some.
Always a name you can buy blind, from his classic work with Tom Middleton, the track with Spacek in '07, the remix of Guilty Simpson, hell even Rhubarb and Custard wasn't too bad back in the day. He kind of went a little quiet (to me) a few years ago but then came back stronger in the past 24 months or so.
On a side note, big up to Warp and Hyperdub - two labels closely associated with Pritchard's work in his various guises - who both celebrated milestones this year and continue to put out some of the most forward-thinking and interesting records around.
Download: Mark Pritchard - Wind it Up (feat. Om'mas Keith)