The gateway to May sees VII turn loose ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ – the label’s fourth double disc music comp. Mixed & compiled by trance artist John Askew, the album provides an expo of his bilingual approach to the genre. The Dusk disc underscores tougher, techier sounds, whilst Dawn sheds more light on melodies, primetime tempos and higher-power euphoria.
Glasgow duo Illyus & Barrientos continue to aim for the upper levels of dance music production royalty with their new summer track ‘Supersonic’. The new single, recently released on Ultra Music, arrives loaded with bass, minimal distractions and a feeling of summer. Bringing their lockdown studio output to the centre stage, the track follows on from the Scottish pair’s previous single, ‘Dancing Hearts’.
This week Cold Blue expands on another story from last year’s ‘Summer Chills’ LP, singling out the track ‘Painting Skies’. Devolving it from the album version’s chillout origins, he’s brought in Sunny Lax to deliver something more foot-moving in nature.
Originally released in 2007 on West London’s Slip ‘N’ Slide, Frank Degree’s Latin-house track ‘O Samba E’ was possibly the cross between Bob Sinclar’s ‘Love Generation’ and Junior Jack’s ‘E Samba’ the world needed that summer. Now Soulfuric Trax revisit the track with a new remix package.
When Oumi Janta used ‘Ba:sen’ to soundtrack one of her roller-skating videos, little did she or producer In Deep We Trust know what was to come. With the video getting hundreds of thousands of views overnight and shares from the likes of Alicia Keys, Celeste Barber & Viola Davis the track went on an upward spiral. It was soon signed to FFRR and has apparently since, been labelled a ‘hit’ with support from Pete Tong, Sam Divine & Martin Garrix.
It’s getting close to the release of Paul Oakenfold’s new studio album, ‘Shine On’. During the summer of 2020, the album’s first single was revealed as ‘The World Can Wait’ featuring the voice of Luis Fonsi, an artist most recognised for his work in ‘Despacito’ with Justin Bieber, which has collectively gained over 20 billion streams.
W&W have been working in the dance music circuit for well over a decade, delivering releases that have possibly help shape the big room sound. Making a return to the release radar alongside German-natives AXMO, Willem van Hanegem and Ward van der Harst deliver ‘Skydance’.
Chicago artist Mike Dunn has been behind a number of house’s popular tracks, but as he donned his MD X-Spress alias to speak the lyrics, “God made me funky, and I’m glad he blessed me that way…” he never could have anticipated the reaction the track would still get on dancefloors nearly three decades later.
Berlin remixer, live act and producer Hannes Bieger returns to Poker Flat Recordings for the first time since his 2019 track 'Chemistry'. Bieger matches his studio skills with a sense of what the dancefloor possibly needs, and has probably made an impact in the scene with releases on the likes of Bedrock and Awesome Soundwave.
WaterBear – The College of Music recently announced a new scholarship award with Carl Cox, who has been at the pinnacle of his profession for nearly three decades. Nurturing innovation in the music industry is apparently at the forefront of what WaterBear do, aiming to pave the way for musicians to forge careers on their own terms, armed with the tools they need to succeed in an ever-changing landscape.