Just two months after ending ‘One Last Tour’ with Swedish House Mafia at Ultra Music Festival back in March, Axwell returns to the fray with the release of his first original production since ‘Heart Is King’ [Axtone] in April 2011 and hits with Swedish House Mafia such as ‘Don’t You Worry Child’. Entitled ‘Center Of The Universe’, this release is Axwell’s ‘Remode’ of the unreleased original mix, first debuted by the Swede at Stereosonic Festival back in 2009.
Ron Carroll has been a DJ since the mid-80s and has worked with iconic artists from that generation such as Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Lil Louis and Ron Hardy! Ron is known for his big-hit tracks such as ‘Lucky Star’ with Superfunk, ‘Back Together’ with Hardsoul and ‘Wonderful World’ with Axwell & Bob Sinclar.
Following the success of ‘Hide’ featuring Miss Kittin, Kris Menace releases the second single taken from his album, ‘Features’. ’Lone Runner' a collaboration between Kris and Swedish dance music pioneer, Unai, who together deliver a slice of electronica drizzled with deep melancholy. The remix package includes mixes from Denmark’s #1 DJ Kolsch, Barcelona’s Undo, Serbian duo Acos CoolKAs and French filtered house don, Axel Le Baron.
Richard Durand and Pedro Del Mar present their brand new collaboration, ‘Paint The Sky’, on Black Hole Recordings’ Magik Muzik imprint. Featuring the lovely vocals of Roberta Harrison, the track shows the outcome when two talented producers in electronic dance music come together.
After years of learning her craft both behind the decks and in the studio, one of Brazil’s most exciting new talents - DJ Anna - debuts on Toolroom Trax with the ‘Seductive EP’. Pioneering an instantly recognizable, distinctive style, Anna has already carved a niche sound that straddles the balance between deep and driving tech house.
UK DJ and production duo The Squatters team up with house vocalist Steve Edwards on the vocals for ‘Back To The Stars’, an uplifting house track with polished percussion, feel-good vocals and big breakdowns. The Squatters, aka Oliver Portamento and Alex Powell, have gained support from Kissy Sell Out and previously remixed for some of the biggest names in the industry including Kissy Sell Out, Shinichi Osawa and Kryder.
Hed Kandi welcomes back the flying Dutchman, Patrick Hagenaar, with his brand new single ‘You Got Me Glowing (In The Dark)’. The follow up to his huge club hit, ‘L.O.V.E. (You Give The)’ featuring AMPM, Patrick returns with a brand new slice of house music! This time, Patrick teams up with vocalist Marky Hartley.
John Tejada’s remix of ‘Rope’, the crossover single by The Love Theme featuring vocals by former Inspiral Carpets’ frontman Tom Hingley, marks the launch of Toronto’s Plumbline Records on 29 November 2012. ‘Rope’, taken from The Love Theme’s 2012 album ‘How Rude’, was remixed by Tejada and Germany’s Riccicomoto for this, the debut EP.
Hed Kandi recently released ‘Blowin Up’, the brand new single from Treasure Fingers as he collaborates with Codes. ‘Blowin Up’ is full of uplifting party-ready breaks, gritty synth melodies and a deep intricate bassline! Treasure Fingers, the DJ/producer born Ashley Jones, has already captured the ears of many, from Innerpartysystem, Monarchy, Theophilus London and Miike Snow to Eric Prydz, Romanthony and Roy Davis JR (all of whom requested the Treasure Fingers remix treatment).
Hot on the heels of their UK Top 40 hit ‘Through The Night’, Drumsound & Bassline Smith team up with dance rock act Hadouken! for brand new single ‘Daylight’, out now. 2012 has fast become one of Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s biggest years to date; their first solo single of the year ‘Through The Night’ quickly became a festival anthem, racking up over half a million hits on YouTube and remaining on the Radio 1 A-List for five weeks.
LA-resident Antonio Giacca takes a brief break from outputting productions on his own imprint Optimizer to turn out a track for Toolroom Records in the shape of ‘Alumbra’.
Gemini aka Thomas Slinger, the 22-year-old producer, singer songwriter returns on November 12 with the ‘Mercury EP’ on his own label Inspected Records, which has pioneered the rise of underground artists such as KOAN Sound and Zeds Dead. Between amassing well over 20 million views across YouTube, completing a 33 date US and Canada tour and remixing the likes of Lana Del Rey, Emeli Sandé and Ed Sheeran, Gemini’s built up an incredible following over the last year.
Danish DJ, Morten Breum, has released a preview of his new remix of Medina's single ‘Forever’. Morten refreshes Medina’s pop anthem, with a gritty progressive sound that will be available on Beatport October 30th via Ultra Records.
Seamless Traxx releases the new one from Lissat & Voltaxx. Lissat & Voltaxx - Jens Lissat & Marco Wolters - have been working together since 2006 and some say they’re arguably one of the biggest duos in big room, main room house. They have been producing quality tracks released on renowned house music labels including Toolroom, Great Stuff, Stealth, Spinnin and Ministry of Sound.
With the output high at Toolroom HQ, this Monday they release EDX’s latest banger, ‘Touched’, a huge euphoric creation that should easily reach anthem status. Discarding overblown and obvious identikit trends, EDX is skilled in crafting inspiring, enchanted audio.
First released back in 1991, ‘The Whistle Song’ is now firmly cemented in house music history. It is rumored that Frankie Knuckles originally played it on a reel-to-reel tape machine at the original Sound Factory, until it was so hot he had to press it to vinyl. The rest, as they say, is history. After becoming a number one smash on release 22 years ago, it remains one of the genre’s most seminal works to this day.
Berlin’s Santé drops one of his most beguiling records to date on Defected complete with a remix from Souvenir Music favourite Rampa. Over the last few years, Berlin’s Santé has emerged as part of a wave of new producers and his productions ooze character, charisma, soul, colour, humour and a sense of humanity that feels so devoid from the less inspiring corners of house music.
Label boss Steve Angello makes his solo return to Size Records with the recent release of ‘Yeah’. Having been a firm favourite with fans, both in its earlier incarnations and in its re-invigorated 2012 update, ‘Yeah’ has become a huge track for Angello. Steve also revealed that 50 cents from each sale of the record will go to his SIZE Foundation. Steve has multiple roles as a producer, remixer, DJ, label boss for Size Records, head of the Size Matters event brand and is one third of Swedish House Mafia.
Brand new label Delayed Audio kicks off with a multi artist EP featuring tracks from Chamboche, Session9 and Last Mood. Delayed Audio is a brand new label from Brighton that is set to release deep, electronic music from new and established artists. The imprint is co-owned by Richard Harmer, the man behind Black Key Records that has created a stir over the last year with its unique take on deep house music and Paul Budd, the man behind The Unity Agency & Disco Deviant.
With its title track heralded as ‘Essential New Tune’ by Jamie Jones & Seth Troxler on BBC’s Radio 1, Shall Ocin’s ‘Tribute To Summertime’ EP on Leftroom is tipped to be a crucial asset in record crates this autumn. This is Shall Ocin aka Nicolas Abalos’ second offering for the Leftroom label following the Left’d released ‘Moving On’ and ‘Patay’ earlier this year. With a natural talent and an ear for musicality this is clearly the onset of a fruitful career for this young producer.
Japanese producer Namy teams up with soulful house vocalist, Josh Milan, for ‘From Now On’ on the legendary King Street imprint this October, while remixes come from DJ Spen & N’Dinga Gaba and Aki Bergen & Daniel Jaze. While Namy is a relatively fresh talent in house music history, Josh Milan can be credited as one of the genre’s finest via his collaborative output alongside Kevin Hedge as Blaze.
Richard Earnshaw ft. Jocelyn Brown - Worthy (Groovefinder Records)
Is there a better vibe than a slab of soulful house, with vocals supplied by the legendary Jocelyn Brown and production from one of house music’s top producers, Richard Earnshaw? We can’t think of one. This new track, out exclusively on Traxsource on October 1st, everywhere else on the 15th, is a truly magical piece of music that reminds you why you got into this scene and emphasises that if you look for it, there’s quality music out there.
Perfect Stranger & Yotopia – Twist In Hell (Iboga Records)
Final one of the week, this new one from Perfect Stranger & Yotopia was released this week and is a great way to kick off the weekend. Full of energy and a driving bassline with massive drops, this is a big tune from the Israeli DJ/producer. With anticipation growing for his third artist album, ‘Leap Of Faith’, which is released later this month on Iboga Records (Sept 25th), ‘Twist In Hell’ is the perfect taster to get you all pumped up for it.
Carl Hanaghan & My Digital Enemy - We Are One (Zulu Records)
Out as an exclusive on Beatport on 17th September, this is a seriously good tune from Carl Hanaghan & My Digital Enemy. ‘We Are One’ is their latest collaboration and has already been receiving good support from many of their peers, including Cedric Gervais, Jason Chance and BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard.
Soulful House Journey: Mixed By Hector Romero (King Street Sounds)
Great new compilation from one of our favourite US labels, the legendary King Street Sounds. This, their fourth instalment of the serious, is compiled by legendary US DJ/producer Hector Romero, widely known for his productions and sets for David Morales’ Def Mix Records. Hector follows in the steps of Kerri Chandler, Sean McCabe and Frankie Feliciano and delivers a fantastic journey through the soulful and slightly techier-funk side of house music.
Paul Cooper - Cala Vadella (Superficial Recordings)
Probably late on this one, looking at when it was sent to us. But that shouldn't stop it being a Tune of the Day, a good tune’s a good tune, no matter when it came out. Right? Well we’re going with it anyway and you’ll see why. Names after the town in Ibiza where it was produced, this is the work of Paul Cooper and is Superficial Recording’s fifth release.
Seb Skalski - World Of Funk EP (Purple Music)
Something slightly different for a Monday Tune of the Day, this is the ‘World Of Funk’ EP by Seb Skalski, out now on Switzerland’s very cool Purple Music. First track ‘Ghetto Funk’ is a funky, slightly jazzy house track with repetitive vocal samples throughout the mix. A decent warm up track for those on a funky vibe.
Velvetine – The Great Divide (Anjunabeats)
Final one for the week, we previously mentioned this track earlier in the month and how it’s a highly anticipated release for the band and for the Anunabeats label. So, with its release due this Monday, this is a perfect track to sit on the site all weekend. Velvetine is DJ/production duo Myon & Shane 54 and American singer-songwriter Aruna and this track actually debuted on Trance Around The World 400 about 10 months ago, and since then has been a vocal anthem within the trance community.
Gypsy – Gypsy 2012 (Limbo Records)
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012, Limbo Records look back to move forward in this special year by getting some of their classic tracks remixed by current artists for another assault on today’s dance floors. Over the years, the label has released some special music, from artists such as Harri, Havana and this one by Gypsy, to more current sounds from DJ/producers such as Gleave.
Denis The Menace & Syke’n’Sugarstarr – World In Your Hands (Subliminal Records)
Finally out this week, this is a massive tune from Erick Morillo’s always reliable Subliminal Records. With a radio and US Mixshow edit included on the promo for those who like their tracks short, the mixes that we’re concentrating on are the Original, Club, Dub, Instrumental and Tim Anderson Remix. The Club Mix goes for the big beats and huge breakdown, which allow the vocal to stand out and build through effects before unleashing the beats again.
Punky Blaster – Missin’ (Toolroom Records)
Heads are still sore! You can’t beat a long weekend to go overboard on everything that’s bad for you! So, how do you recover? Usually, we’re supplying you with a Monday morning slice of soulful house music to ease you back into normality. Today though, we’re taking the French-influenced house route, with the latest release from Toolroom Records – step forward Parisians Punky Blaster!
Chicane & Ferry Corsten - One Thousand Suns (Modena Records)
Final one of the week for us, and due to the Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, this will have pride of place on our site until Tuesday. As soulful as we like to start the week off, you know we like to finish it with something epic - think we found it here with this collab between Chicane and Ferry Corsten. Both pioneers of the early trance sound, what they’ve produced here is an anthemic slice of dance music that is perfect for end of the night magic, or just a euphoric journey of high-octane sounds.
Pirupa – Party Non Stop (Riva Starr / Huxley Remixes) (Defected Records)
One of the biggest tunes of the past few months is eventually nearing a release date (we think?!). Pirupa’s ‘Party Non Stop’ originally appeared on Locodice’s Desolat label earlier in the year before it was snapped up by Defected Records, who commissioned mixes from two of house music’s best cutting edge producers – Riva Starr and Huxley.
Plump DJs Present Grand Hotel Records – Dirty Weekend EP 3 (Grand Hotel Records)
Big three-track EP which has just been released this week as an exclusive on Beatport, with a full release on September 10th. With three completely different tracks, it’s already been getting loads of promo support from DJs across all types of genres. Second track, ‘Rocket Soul’, has been remixed by Germany’s Marten Hørger, who twists the life out of the classic Plumps’ track, adding all sorts of distorted twists and breaks.
Kevin Saunderson – The Sound (Jay Lumen Sacred Sounds Remix) (Toolroom Records)
Back into the groove we go with today’s biggie, the amazing sounds of a house music pioneer, Inner City’s Kevin Saunderson. With Inner City, or on his own, Kevin has been behind some of dance music biggest tracks, best compilations and some top albums. Here though, it’s his classic ‘The Sound’, from 1987 (!) that gets brought bang up to date by Jay Lumen with his Sacred Sounds remix.
Nova Fronteira - Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Soul Love)
Nice and soulful for a Monday as usual, this blissful slice of house music on Seamus Haji’s classic Soul Love label is a cover of the Roy Ayers’ classic and should be instantly recognisable to most. It has summer written all over it and once you stick this on repeat those ‘beginning of week’ blues should quickly fade away.
Kryder – Ultima (Trice Recordings / Armada Music)
Final one for the week and it’s another track pumped full of adrenalin to set you up for the weekend ahead. We seem to be covering Kryder quite regularly, which is always a good indication that an artist has lots going on. This time, it’s his new release on Armada Music and Trice Recordings that’s got us all excited. It’s a Beatport exclusive just now but will be widely available from the end of the month.
ThermalBear – U Love (Last Night On Earth)
Don’t know much about this one accept that it’s out on Monday and is another lovely release on Sasha’s record label. Sasha maintains the label’s philosophy of releasing good music, whether it’s from established artists or up and coming producers, which is the latter in this case for Dennis White aka ThermalBear.
Darius Syrossian - 10 Miles From Lima (Klangkultur Schallplatten)
Out next month we think, this is a good two-track release for Darius Syrossian as he continues to cement his popularity amongst the cooler DJs and clubbers around the world. An integral part of Steve Lawler’s VIVa label, which he has gigged for on numerous occasions, as well as presenting a monthly two-hour radio show for the label, Darius drops this latest release on Cologne’s Klangkultur Schallplatten label.
Kruse & Nuernberg – Let’s Call It A Day (Lazy Days Recordings)
Kruse & Nuernberg release their debut artist album through Lazy Days Recordings in October. ‘Let’s Call It A Day’ sees the Hamburg based pair – who have previously released on labels such as Noir Music, Liebe*Detail and their own Save Room Recordings – step outside their boundaries to present an eclectic journey through their musical influences, including Indie luminaries Little Dragon, Metronomy and Phoenix.
Copyright Featuring Ann Saunderson – Stronger (Defected)
Nice way to kick-start the week particularly as this gets a release today. Sam Holt and Gavin Mills aka Copyright have been mainstay DJs and producers on the Defected label for years, releasing many top tracks, compilations and DJing for the label all around the world. They’ve always had a great sound, soulful in the earlier days, whilst adapting to a more chunkier sound in recent years, whilst still keeping that soulful element.
Faustix & Imanos - Ambulance (Original Mix) (Redstick Recordings / Strictly Rhythm Records)
Last Tune of the Day for this week and as always, we like to try and leave you with some madness for the weekend. This track, ‘Ambulance’, by Faustix & Imanos may actually be available just now as a free download, going by a quick wee search we had. So if you want to hear it, grab it now on the link below.
Tiga – The Picture (Crosstown Rebels)
Big release this one, out on the 10th of next month as Crosstown Rebels’ 100th release. ‘The Picture’ is the main track, as mercurial Canadian Tiga takes parts of the lyrics of Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’, reworking, amongst other parts, ‘dig if you will a picture of oceans of violet and blue’. Tiga adds reverb to his vocal, repeating the hook over a twisted, electro, tech beat, leading to a near seven minutes of bleepy, tripped out bliss. We’ve no doubt this is huge already.
Candi Staton - Hallelujah Anyway (Defected)
She already has legendary status for her vocals on ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ and ‘You Got The Love’, but there is lots more to Candi Staton than just those two songs. An established soul and gospel singer, she’s also a pretty damn fine performer too with many stunning live shows to her credit. This track, ‘Hallelujah Anyway’, was originally released in 2009 and has now been given a new lease of life with two new mixes from Noir Music’s Larse and Director’s Club aka Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper.
Tong & Rogers – Shake The Dice (Toolroom Records)
Bit of an Olympian heavyweight boxing bout this one with so many big hitters involved. The prolific production duo of Pete Tong & Paul Rogers, the remixing prowess of rapidly-rising-in-profile Pirupa, and then, the might of Toolroom Records to release it all as a package. And what a package it is too, with two mixes of the deepest, tribal tech house we’ve heard in a while.
DJ Roland Clark Presents Urban Soul – Love Is So Nice / Before You Reach For Love (King Street Sounds)
Nice return for our Tune of the Day and it’s just the way we like it, soulful on a Monday. DJ Roland Clark’s Urban Soul project has worked with the King Street label many times over the years, one of its main ambassadors as it championed the original soulful house sounds of the US, long before the commercial urban crossover sound that seems to be so popular just now.
DJ Fresh Featuring RaVaughn ‘This Feeling’ (Ministry Of Sound)
This week’s final Tune of the Day is from one of the biggest and best ambassadors of the D&B sound, ever since his early work as part of Bad Company. Daniel Steen aka DJ Fresh has been behind some of the biggest tracks and remixes to come out of the scene. With record labels and cool web forums to add to his portfolio, it’s been his latter mainstream success that has taken DJ Fresh from underground warrior to overground leader.
Simone Vitullo & Angel Anx - Jingoba EP (K9 Records)
Another tune that we’re trying to fit in as we continue to play catch up on a daily basis! Hopefully we’re not featuring this one too late, but if we are, it’s still worth it… if like us you’re a sucker for a bit of tribal chanting and sax! This new one from Simone Vitullo & Angel Anx is already out on K9 Records and has been garnishing support from artists such as Marco Carola, Roog, Luciano, Richie Hawtin, Andy Cato, Davide Squillace and Mark Knight.
RÜFÜS - This Summer / Selena (Remixes) EP (Continental Records)
Perfect summer music here as Sydney’s RÜFÜS get the remix treatment on their latest EP. With four mixes of ‘This Summer’ and two of ‘Selena’, there should be a mix to suit most people here. Keeping with ‘This Summer’, Parachute Youth and RÜFÜS themselves supply remixes, RÜFÜS’ stripping their original back whilst PY give it a very laidback 4/4 rendition with a great breakdown in the middle. Softwar’s mix adds a great old skool piano to it, capturing great memories of some classic house music.
Sandy Rivera Feat Alisa Fedele – Avenue (Defected)
Bloody hell, what a tune this is! You can’t help get a little excited when a new Sandy Rivera production lands in your inbox. We’ve been big supporters of Sandy for years, possibly even before he created ‘Finally’, the greatest house record of all time. He never bows to commercialism, never jumped on the cheesy electro bandwagon, he’s just always stayed true to his house roots.
Maya Jane Coles / Shenoda – 1trax ‘Three’ (Huxley Remixes) (1trax)
Next month see the release of Huxley’s debut mix compilation on 1trax and as taster to it, this two-track sampler gets a release as Huxley remixes tracks from Maya Jane Coles and Shenoda. Both tracks are on the compilation, which should give you good taster of what’s to come with its very deep sounding grooves. On Shenoda’s ‘Moments’, he keeps his trademark darker sounds, producing a very trippy tune that’s quite minimal in its approach.
Mark Knight Featuring Skin – Nothing Matters (Toolroom Records)
Final one of the week and what a tune to park on our homepage until Monday! Featured on the site earlier in the week, this is easily one of the tunes of the year and one we just can’t stop playing, largely thanks to the stunning vocals of Skunk Anansie’s Skin. We’ve loved Skin’s voice for years, the power of it on tracks such as ‘Brazen’, ‘Hedonism’ and the massive ‘Weak’ set her apart from many of her contemporaries. That, and the fact that she just looked boss over them too!
DJ Chus & Sonny Wharton Ft. El Chino DreadLion – Runnin’ (Skint Records)
Part two of a three set package on this one, a new collaboration between Spain’s DJ Chus and the UK’s Sonny Wharton. With remixes from Manuel De La Mare, Mathew Codek and Zenbi, it’s the full vocal and the X-Press 2 mixes that we’re focusing on here. The X-Press 2 mix takes the track on a more down-tempo journey, think sunny afternoon warm-up in a festival tent, with its deep beats and warbling sounds. It works well.
Carl Kennedy & Joel Edwards - Lost In Rio (Wasted Youth)
We like Carl Kennedy here and have been big admirers of him, watching him grow with his own productions and DJ sets, nailing that Subliminal residency at Pacha Ibiza, as well as playing for the brand at many of their other events. Now, following on from his huge ‘Once Upon A Time’ track on Subliminal (a former Tune of the Day), this is the first release on his own label, Wasted Youth.
Anthea – Distraction EP (One Records)
One for those who like things on the deeper side of house music. ‘Distraction’ is from the UK’s Anthea, who’s now Berlin-based and obviously getting fantastic inspiration from its organic scene. Running her own label, Brouqade, she’s previously released on labels such as Freak N Chic and Desolat, but this time she hooks up with Adam Shelton and Subb-an to release on their One Records label.
Thorn – Gypsy (Federico Scavo Remix) (Airplane! Records)
What a way to start the week! Thorn’s ‘Gypsy’ came out earlier this year and has always been one of our favourite tracks of 2012, getting released on the ever-reliable Airplane! Records from Italy. Its beats and massive trumpet sounds dominated the track, evoking images of parties on the beach in some far-off, exotic Latino country.
Rosske – Hello Ibiza (1980 Recordings)
Final one for this week and as usual, we leave you with a monster tune for the weekend. Rosske’s ‘Hello Ibiza’ has been available for a while on Beatport, but we’ve been sitting on it until now, as it’s today that it gets a worldwide release. There are two mixes to choose from, the original and the remix from Cavin Viviano.
Jay’s Toy Robot Feat Biblical Jones – Live In You (Rootz Records)
A soulful house track as our Tune of the Day and it’s not a Monday, check us throwing caution to the wind! But, as you plough throw loads of submitted reviews and digital promos, trying to pick one as a Tune of the Day, sometimes a record just grabs you. Like this one did, from Jay’s Toy Robot, featuring the vocals of Biblical Jones.
Noir & Haze – Around (Defected)
Out this week, this is the Noir & Haze anthem from 2011 now remixed with shiny new mixes for this summer’s season in Ibiza. With its memorable line of ‘what goes around will come around and come back and get ya’, which we couldn't agree with more, this is a true house music tune, complete with great beats and a cool vocal.
illyus is a Glasgow, Scotland based DJ that really is starting to make all the right noises in music. With a few key residencies in the city, he’s been dabbling in production for a while now and already has a few credible remixes and tunes to his credit. This latest one, ‘Lovers’, was picked up by Dash Deep records and with hype for it increasing on a daily basis, it all adds to the gaining momentum for this young DJ/producer.
Hed Kandi 10 Years Of Ibiza
It's now often we have an album as a Tune of the Day, but this one's pretty special. Hed Kandi and Ibiza have been synonymous with one another for a decade now and to celebrate launching a 17-week season of debauched hedonistic fun and escapism, they’re issuing one of their biggest releases to date in the aptly named ‘Hed Kandi Ibiza 10 Years’. The old adage of if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it is an ethos that runs deep within the Hed Kandi brand: from their recognisable artwork and uniquely glamorous imagery to a DJ roster where the music is more important than star spinners with egos to match.
Soulmagic - Someone Like You (Inc. Matt Early, Kings Of Groove & Alfred Azzetto Remixes) (Soulmagic Recordings)
‘Someone Like You’ is the soulful summer anthem from top Danish duo Soulmagic, aka Morten Trust and Mikkel Wendelboe, and features the lush voice of Janus aka J-Sun. The track is a proper peach of a house track that gives a cheeky wink to Alicia Myers' 'I Want To Thank You'.
Cedric Gervais – Molly (Danny Howard Remix) (3Beat Music)
Our final Tune of the Day for this week. ‘Molly’ was the track that was the talk of this year's Ultra Music Festival in Miami when Madonna asked thousands of party people at Ultra Music Festival 'let me ask you one question, has anyone found Molly?’ As she tried to connect with the kids, her comments immediately kicked off a Twitter row with artists such as Paul van Dyk and Deadmau5 criticising her for trying to be ‘cool’ by publicly talking about drug references in dance music.
Shawnee Taylor Feat. SYMPHO NYMPHO - Colors (Antranig Remix) (Subliminal)
We had the original mixes of this as a Tune of the Day around Miami time, but as you would expect with Subliminal, they want to add more to the track so this time they’ve brought in New York-based producer, Antranig. Antranig is a producer we’ve been big fans of since his awesome ‘Whores’ track and here he adds a whole new dimension to the song.
Flowers And Sea Creatures ‘Head First Then Heart’ EP (Buzzin Fly)
Ben Watt’s Buzzin Fly label continues to release tracks that you just won’t find on mainstream labels. Its sound has always been a cool one, certainly its house music releases, always tracks for the deeper floors, played by purist DJs and welcomed by those who just like hearing a 4/4 beat with no pretensions, no cheesy hook indicating that it was produced with commercial success in mind.
Liquideep - Alone (Purple Music)
Out this week, this is another track from Jamie Lewis’ ‘Purpleized’ album and features the work of singer/songwriter/producer Ziyon and DJ producer Ryzor, aka Liquideep, a duo who’ve had great success since getting together in 2007. There are four mixes to choose from; Original, Zakes Bantwini, Rocco Deep and the main one from Jamie Lewis himself. As good as the others are, it’s Jamie’s mix that works best for us.
Le Vinyl, Melohman, Javi Bora – Soul Story (Defected)
Sore heads abound from a mixture of parties and watching the Euro Cup Final. Well done Spain, great to see two great football nations going for it. Well played Italy too. So, how about this tune to ease you back into the week ahead? ‘Soul Story’, from Le Vinyl, Melohman and Javi Bora is one of the sweetest sounding instrumentals that we’ve heard in a long time that truly captures the real vibe of the Balearics.
Felix Leiter - Elektriqa (Spinnin' Records)
Last one of the week and again, it’s another monster track to set you up for the weekend! A resident DJ at Digital in Newcastle, England, Felix Leiter really is on fire just now. Last week he released his ‘Dancin Dancin (You’re In Love)’ track, featuring Amanda Wilson, on Black Hole Recordings and on Monday, his latest track ‘Elektriqa’ is released on Spinnin’ Records. Both tracks are completely different and show his diversity as a producer.
David Glass & Michael Ellis – Fly (Instereo Recordings)
Really don’t know much about this one accept that it’s just came out this week on US label, Instereo Recordings, the label created by legendary US house music DJ, DJ Dan. Dan created the label in 2001 and over the years, it’s released some fantastic tracks, working with artists such as Wolfgang Gartner, Phonat, Hatiras and Robbie Rivera.
Central Avenue & Graham Sahara – Work (Seamless Traxx)
The latest release from prolific production duo Central Avenue & Graham Sahara is a driving slice of house music with a rolling bassline that’s loaded with funk and the occasional blasts of a siren, which all adds to the energy of the track. The vocal tells you to ‘work until it’s time to stop’ at the track’s breakdown, and uses snippets of the lyrics pre and post breakdown. It all blends well together to create a good peak-time track for the less commercial clubs around the world.
Jamie Lewis Feat. Kim Cooper – Obsession (Purple Music)
Taken from his forthcoming album, ‘Purpleized’, Switzerland’s house don Jamie Lewis is back with his latest track ‘Obessesion’. On vocals this time, it’s the powerful voice of Kim Cooper who sings the story of fantasies and sweet obsessions. The track comes in two mixes, the Jamie Lewis Darkroom Mix, which is the more commercial of the two, with big beats, a full vocal, with a very high-energy disco feel to it.
Adam Stacks – Don't Know EP (Natürlich Elektronisch)
First one of the week and today it’s the turn of Adam Stacks with his new track ‘Don't Know’. It’s actually called the ‘Don’t Know EP’, although it’s actually just the one track with an original mix, a dub and a Rock N Bass mix. The dub does exactly what you’d expect, stripping back the original. The Rock N Bass mix adds a different element to the track, changing its melody and adding a more grittier-based sound.
Jordan Suckley – Spooked (Liquid Recordings)
Last one of the week for us and what an absolute monster trance tune to keep on the site all weekend! Released on Monday on Liquid Recordings, a division of Spinnin Records, this new one from Jordan Suckley has been huge for many of the big trance DJs over the past few months, and should continue to be so over the coming months. This is full on trance, the way it should be made, without any shitty ‘popular’ electro riffs running through it.
Summer sees the return of Favouritizm's deep-house golden boy, Tony Barbato, armed with Italian fuoco and ready to burn the house down with his brand new four-track release, 'The Tuscan EP'. 'Give Me' opens shop with a smouldering deep bass and tribal-edged groove, laced with a haunting chant and cut up vocal hooks that give way to a gigantic breakdown!
Maxime Dangles – Hold Up EP (Bedrock)
Released this week, this is the new five-track EP from French DJ/producer Maxime Dangles. With great success on his previous releases, particularly his ‘Santé’ track, which appeared on label boss, John Digweed’s ‘Structures Two’ album, this new one on Bedrock is pretty special as all five of the tracks are easily playable in a club environment.
Sted E & Hybrid Heights – See U Move (Sea To Sun Recordings)
Taken from their first ever artist album of the same name, this is the new track from New York City house duo Sted E & Hybrid Heights and what a track to launch the album! It’s been a while since we’ve used the words ‘hip house’, is that still cool? Is it uncool to say ‘cool’? Regardless of trends, this to us is hip house at its finest as the duo have created a fantastic jackin’ house beat with the lyrical genius that is Mr V adding the vocals.
Rob Roar – 808 Digital (Say What) (Phonetic)
New season in Ibiza always signals a new track from London’s Rob Roar under one of his many production names. This time though, he’s going solo and under his original Rob Roar name and no wonder, when the track’s this good, he should be taking full recognition and credit! Rob’s had some big summer anthems in the past, including the ‘back to the original warehouse’ vibe of ‘Flashback’, under his Max Linen guise. This latest track, ‘808 Digital (Say What)’, is definitely produced for the more discerning floors around the world.
Richard Earnshaw Ft. Natasha Watts - Won't Let Go (Duffnote)
Mondays are hard… lack of sleep, hangovers and the weekend always seems such a distant memory. Did it ever happen? Today, we’re back to where we should be with a nice soulful house start to the week ahead, nice beats to slowly get you back into the daily grind. This is the first of a two-part package from one of our favourite house music producers, Richard Earnshaw. Two mixes just now, Classic Vocal and Classic Instrumental, with the second part containing remixes from the USA’s Groove Junkies and Richard himself.
Bonnie Bailey – The Little Things (Fierce Angel)
Last one for the week and normally we like a banging track for the weekend, but on this occasion, we’re going down the happy route with the latest track from Bonnie Bailey, which is out on Mark Doyle’s Fierce Angel label. Mark and Bonnie go way back, Mark originally signing her for Hed Kandi when it was his baby many years ago. Since then, Bonnie has had a few good releases and millions of YouTube hits and now, she’s back with her first major single release in the form of ‘The Little Things’.
HNQO - Point Of View (Hot Creations)
We go nice and deep this Thursday with this new ‘Point Of View’ EP from Henrique Oliveira aka HNQO, which is forthcoming on Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations label. There are two tracks to choose from, main track ‘Point Of View’ and ‘Pain ‘n’ Love’, both equally good. ‘Point Of View’ is a very deep, moody affair with a groove that will sound fantastic on quality sound systems in the cooler clubs around the world. It has an intermittent female vocal in the track, no more than a few lines of a song, its minimal approach all adding to the track’s appeal. Nice.
Solo Featuring Syron – Home Is Where It Hurts (Defected)
Out last week on the Defected label, this is a lovely slice of deepness from Italian DJ/producer Solo. Getting its world exclusive on Pete Tong’s show in May, the track’s popularity continued to rise thereafter with many DJs trying to track it down and blag it from the Defected camp. Featuring the lovely vocals of Syron, she sings ‘my home has no door, my home has no roof, my home has no windows, it ain’t waterproof’ and so it goes on.
Sterling Void – It’s Alright (Phonetic)
Don’t think we’ll ever catch up on Tunes of the Day, there are just far too many good ones out there! We got this one sent sometime in May, so can only assume that it’s out now. But, a good tune is a good tune, no matter if it’s out or still on promo. This one from Sterling Void is one of house music’s classic records, it’s from a time when those who grew up with house music were lucky enough to enjoy the original version, then the various remixes that came afterwards in the years to follow.
Seamus Haji Presents Big Bang Theory - God’s Child (Big Love)
Bit of a faster tempo than usual to our start to the week, but this one is bang on as it’s actually released today, so good timing as far as we’re concerned. This is a tune from Seamus Haji, originally released in 2002 under his Big Bang Theory moniker. It came out on Defected Records and gained lots of support from the dance community, from a cross section of DJs including Fergie and Judge Jules, to the soulful and disco styles of Danny Rampling.
Karmatronic Ft. MC Ron - The Game Of The World (Favouritizm)
Not our usual style of music for the site, but with the second biggest football tournament in the world kicking off today, what better way to connect football and music than having a big slice of commercial dance as our week’s final Tune of the Day. Make no mistake, this is not a track for the headz or the cooler music fans. What it is though is a big pop dance track that will be performed in Warsaw by DJ/producer Karmatronic at today’s opening ceremony of the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine. And, more exposure like this should only be a good thing for the scene, right?
Technasia – Heart Of Flesh EP (Cadenza)
With three playable tracks to choose from, this is a very strong EP from Technasia. Originally a duo that was formed in 1997 by Charles Siegling and Amil Khan, since 2008, Technasia has been the moniker for Charles alone, after Amil left to raise a family. Keeping the name alive, Charles joined the Cadenza camp in 2012 and this, his ‘Heart Of Flesh’ EP, is his first offering and we think it’s safe to say the label wont be disappointed!
Franky Rizardo Featuring Tess Leah – On My Own (Defected Records)
Lots to catch up on since we parked our Tune of the Day for the long weekend’s Jubilee celebrations. So, we’re back today with a track that’s already out on Defected Records, and it’s courtesy of young Holland-based producer Franky Rizardo. The track is very much the current sound, but without the need for any cheesy urban crossover parts. Instead it’s a good old fashioned vocal house number with 2012 production techniques keeping it deep in parts, whilst building into crescendos with swishes of vocal and synths.
DJ Fresh Feat Dizzee Rascal - The Power (Ministry Of Sound)
Last one of the week from us and due to the Jubilee weekend, it's the final one until Wednesday June 6th. But, it looks like it could be a No1 by this time next week! DJ Fresh is widely known as the first dubstep artist to bring the sound to the masses, as his wicked track ‘Louder’ hit the No1 spot in the UK national top 40. Not one to rest on his laurels, he followed that up again recently with the huge anthem ‘Hot Right Now’, featuring Rita Ora, at the same time catapulting her to national success and recognition on the back of the tune (though no doubt Jay-Z was getting her there anyway!).
Dino Lenny Vs Hardrive – I Wanna Be Like Talking Heads (Strictly Rhythm)
Think this could be one of those tracks that you’re either going to love or hate. We love it and think it’s sheer genius! On paper, it just doesn’t make sense. Italian DJ/producer, Dino Lenny, mashes up Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’ with Hardrive’s ‘Deep Inside’, then adds his own vocal, replacing the voice of David Byrne with his own and talks about how he’s ‘just a DJ, but if you dig deep inside, I’m like The Beatles or The Doors, you decide. I’m just a DJ but if you look deep inside, I’ve got a good heart, just love me tonight.’
Sabrina Johnston – Satisfy My Love (Champion Records)
Part of Champion Records’ Vault series, where the label has been remixing some of its classic tunes from back in the day, bringing them bang up to date for dance music fans in 2012. These two mixes from Tiefschwartz aren’t really the popular sound of dance music just now, the cheesy one that’s getting hijacked by all the urban artists.
PRT Stacho & Underset feat. Ange - Empty World (King Street Sounds)
This was originally out on King Street’s ‘Miami 12’ compilation and now it gets set for a full release with remixes from Japanese producer DJ Keiichiro, Marcelo Vak & Alex Roque and our preferred mix from Eric Kupper. The Vak & Roque mix is a chunkier one, geared to work well at peak-times on the dance floor and NYC- based Keiichiro’s mix takes the track into the deeper side of techno.
Spiritchaser – Conch (Guess Records)
Ouch! After a roasting weekend of BBQs and illegal sound systems on the beach, it’s safe to say that we’re like a burst couch today. So, like every Monday morning, we need something special to ease us into the week ahead. And we’ve got it again, with another tune of the day from the prolific production duo of Richard Earnshaw & Mark Bamford aka Spiritchaser.
Sander Van Doorn Ft Mayaeni – Nothing Inside (The Remixes) (Doorn Records / Spinnin)
Final one of the week and what a tune to park on our homepage for the weekend. It’s from one of the biggest DJs in the world and it’s fair to say this track is already huge, the hype for it pre-Miami was justified and it quickly moved into a different stratosphere after Sander’s private showcase and his Miami Music Week performances. It has to be said, quality production aside, the most standout thing from the original mixes and these two new ones from Adam F and Holland’s Julian Jordan is the sheer class of Mayaeni’s vocals.
Steve K & Anna Rizzo – Second Time EP (Hed Kandi)
More lovely summer house music for this week, and this time it’s the turn of Australia’s Steve K & Anna Rizzo, whose EP gets the remix treatment from Steve Lamb and South Africa’s Shane D. The EP consists of two tracks, ‘Second Time’ and ‘I Am Nothing’ and it’s ‘Second Time’ which takes prominence as it comes here with three mixes – the original and a remix each from Shane and Steve.
Spencer & Hill & Nadia Ali – Believe It (Remixes) (Strictly Rhythm)
Latest remixes release on the very cool Strictly Rhythm records where one of our favourite vocalist, Nadia Ali, teamed up with Spencer & Hill for their recent track ‘Believe It’. These three newly released mixes already add to the original and other mixes already available for the track. The Ziggy remix gives the track big room appeal, with all the necessary builds and breakdowns for that euphoric moment.
Innercircle make its debut this June with ‘The Illusion Family’ EP, featuring tracks from Alex Arnout, James Johnston, Little Fritter, Acid Mondays and many more. Innercircle comes compliments of Tom Craven and James Cotterill, the duo that birthed Illusion Recordings and recently released ‘NY Stomp’ by Gerd. The collection, as the name suggests, stands as a representation of the talent surrounding the Illusion Imprint, that the pair have opted to push via its sister label.
Soul Clap – EFUNK (The Remixes) (Wolf + Lamb)
Boston’s Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine aka Soul Clap are back with four mixes from three tracks, all taken from the recent album ‘EFUNK’ - Everybody’s Freaky Under Nature’s Kingdom – out on the Wolf + Lamb label. First up is ‘Need Your Lovin’’ featuring Mel Blatt, which is included here in its nice original guise, and now comes with a shiny new mix from Boston’s Nitetime aka DJ Kon and the Whiskey Baron. The duo add a more prominent 4/4 beat behind the track, although still keeping it quite downbeat. It’s good enough to be a worthy alternative to the original version though, when it comes to choosing what version to play.
Franco De Mulero & Hector Romero - I Found You (Favouritizm)
Becoming a bit of favourite label for us, but with so much same-shit music around, it’s nice to find a label that stays true to its soul, literally. This new track on Favouritizm by Franco De Mulero & Hector Romero is exactly where we want to be and what we need for a Monday. Something soulful and beautiful to slowly kick-start our day and ease us into another week ahead. It’s a laidback piece of instrumental beach house music, which is very fitting for the week that the Ibiza season finally kicks off.
Danny Howard –Adagio For Strings (Magik Muzik)
Last one for this week and it’s another biggie for the weekend. Although the track really is Barber’s classical ‘Adagio For Strings’, for many dance music lovers, it’s Tiesto’s infamous interpretation that brought the composition many new fans around the world. A mix he still regularly plays in all his live sets. So, touching it and remixing it for 2012 would be considered a bit risky when it’s associated with a famous composer and one of the biggest DJs in the world.
Keane – Silenced By The Night (Alesso Remix) (Refune Records)
A lot of good tunes are getting released just now, which we’re trying our best to keep on top of. This mix of Keane, out now on Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Records, captures the vocal of the band perfectly, whilst blending a big room progressive trance feel with it. Like all Keane’s new tracks, you know it’s going to grow on you and you’ll be singing it constantly, whether you like or loathe them. Their new album has already hit No 1, so they’re still hugely popular. What Alesso has done with this mix, by keeping the original chorus intact, is add a whole new fanbase for them, especially with the EDM sound so huge in the States right now.
Ruben Mandolini – Also! / Modular Love / My Mind (Snatch! Records)
It’s very rare to get a new release where all tracks by the same artist are good. It’s even rarer to get a release where all tracks by the same artist are just incredible. But, that’s exactly what Italy’s Ruben Mandolini’s productions are here as he delivers three sensational club bangers, all equally playable, even to the extent that it wouldn't be lazy mixing all three together in a set, one after the other. They’re that good!