Hot Natured 

Hot Natured

Enjoying house music’s current resurgence following the acclaim that gathered for their debut album ‘Different Sides Of The Sun’, Hot Natured recently revealed a new video for one of the collection’s highlights, the  summery grooves of ‘Benediction’. Starting with a teenager picking a lock in order to take control of a pick-up truck, the video depicts a day of wayward, hedonistic behaviour in which the destination – the pool-party – is all that matters.

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The Dutch Talent EP

 The Dutch Talent EP

Next up on Hardsoul Pressings is the latest installment of ‘The Dutch Talent EP’, a series of releases that allows Roog and Greg to place the focus on some of their favourite up and coming Dutch producers. This EP kicks of with ‘Forget It’ from The Voyagers. Greg picked up on this early and snapped it up for the label through meeting Luuk at the Herman Brood Academy in Utrecht and the Voyagers could well be set to make some serious waves this year. 

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Wallflower

An eclectic demonstration of vocals and song-writing, Wallflower is a collaborative project between Alison Marks and Leah Floyeurs. Having made their name as separate performers, Wallflower sees these two English artists come together to deliver ‘Say You Won’t Ever’ on Defected Records, featuring remixes from Deetron and Asadinho.

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Dario G

Dario G

As football fever grips the world ahead of the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup today, a great way to get in the mood is by revisiting a classic football anthem. Originally released in 1998, Dario G’s ‘Carnaval de Paris’ has been embraced by football fans the world over and 2014’s Rio Remixes put a whole new spin on the track.

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Grum

Grum | The Touch

‘The Touch’ is the fifth single from Grum's forthcoming album. His previous singles ‘Everytime’, ‘The Theme’, ‘In Love’ and ‘Tears’ have been played across the board at BBC Radio 1 - from Zane to Annie Mac, Pete Tong to B Traits, Monki to Danny Howard (who recently had Grum do an exclusive mix for his Dance Anthems show). If you add in his remixes for the likes of Shift K3y, Sigma, Chromeo & Martin Garrix he's arguably one of the most consistently played producer/remixers right now.

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Phil Weeks Feat Ladybird

Phil Weeks Feat Ladybird

'Searching4Love' is the fruit of a musical union between two Parisian house heads, DJ/producer Phil Weeks and vocalist Ladybird, who together have cooked up a slice of deep and soulful house for Robsoul. The song came about after Phil set about toying with samples from RAMP's version of the classic Roy Ayers 'Everybody Loves The Sunshine'. 

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Aaron Smith Featuring Luvli

Aaron Smith Featuring Luvli

‘Dancin’ originally started as a bootleg over a year ago by young French brothers Mickael and David Couderc (who just signed to Armada) and was then found on Soundcloud by the Moody family. 

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Denzal Park Ft. Jon Hume

Denzal Park Ft.Jon Hume

Australian duo Denzal Park continue to show their production skills with their latest track, ‘One Way Home’. Jon Hume (of Evermore fame) lends his vocal talents to the pair's new single, which was premiered on 9 May on Pete Tong's Essential Mix as the week's Essential Selection.

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MK Feat Alana

MK Feat Alana

Forthcoming on Ministry of Sound, MK's Area 10 remix of 'Always' really has summer written all over it! Premiered by special delivery to B-traits as she sat in for Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, this remix is has been championed by key tastemakers and is proving extremely popular in the cooler clubs around the globe

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Dirty Vegas

Dirty Vegas | Setting Sun

After the success of their debut Release for d:vision, ‘Let The Night’, which is still riding high in the Italian Official Top 40 Singles Chart after one month and now signed to Capitol Music in France, Germany and UK, Grammy winning duo Dirty Vegas return with their new single for the label in the shape of ‘Setting Sun’.

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Illyus & Barrientos

Illyus & Barrientos

Fledgling label Love & Other’s second release comes from a pair of accomplished Glaswegian DJ/producers who really are on a bit of a roll just now. Falling on from their massive 'Do Anything You Wanna’ release on Glasgow Underground, Illyus & Barrientos return with their new ‘Ballin’ EP. 

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Dimitri From Paris

Dimitri From Paris In The House Of Disco

‘Dimitri From Paris In The House Of Disco’  is the latest release from the French DJ/producer, an auditory smorgasbord of house and disco from the likes of Diana Ross, Hercules & Love Affair, Sister Sledge, Lindstrøm, Chic, Todd Terje, DJ Pierre and many more. In the late-70s and early-80s, after its bubble of underground popularity and credibility had well and truly burst, disco began it’s slow but steady mutation into house. 

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Nick Warren

Nick Warren Presents The Soundgarden

Next month will see the release of a new, crowd-funded compilation on Hope Recordings, entitled ‘Nick Warren Presents The Soundgarden’. Nick Warren is well-known in electronic music, having released material via imprints such as Global Underground, Renaissance and Cream since the early-90s as well as being the A&R behind Hope Recordings and one half of the legendary Way Out West. Here we see Nick return to the mix CD format, which he tells us ‘has always been something I love’, via a 2CD compilation taking in downbeat and club sounds.

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Trance Essentials 2014

Trance Essentials 2014

The ideal essential compilation has to be a continuum -- covering the ground between old and new, bridging the gap between timeless and bleeding edge. ‘Trance Essentials 2014’ is a double dose of the tunes of the moment, including reworks of some classics from the past. Well-known artists have made their mark on the tracklist, and possible rising stars find themselves well represented too.

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Burnt Island Casuals

Burnt Island Casuals

Continuing their decade long partnership, The Revenge and Sub Club’s Harri emerge from their Glasgow studio under their Burnt Island Casuals guise to release the ‘Linger Longer EP’. If you've visited Subculture at Sub Club in Glasgow; one of the finest internationally-renowned underground clubbing havens, then you’re likely already to have absorbed Harri’s studious approach to production. Here the EP’s crisp and drum programming works to prove an enthusiastic and endearing backdrop to some 4/4 flexible synth work.

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Zerothree

Kaz James & Junior Sanchez Feat Vick Knightly

Zerothree is a new record label dedicated to unearthing the undiscovered talent that exists in the online community of dance music producers as well as working with established talent. Run in conjunction with music platform Wavo.me, Zerothree will release an EP from new and unsigned producers every quarter. Wavo and Zerothree will be hosting engaging, crowd-sourced label initiatives like an online demo submissions chart, remix competitions, and more to make the discovery process transparent and interactive. 

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Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Next week will see the release of Craig Smith’s ‘Only When It Is Darkest’ EP via Teng Records, backed with reworks from Phlash and Fabio Della Torre. Craig has been involved in electronic music since the early-90s and over the years has earned critical acclaim for his collaborative guise with The Revenge; 6th Borough Project. 

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Oliver Heldens

Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill

Originally released by Musical Freedom, the instrumental edit of 19-year-old Oliver Heldens’ deep house track ‘Gecko’ has become a popular track in club sets for 2014, peaking at #2 in the Beatport chart and garnering support from the likes of Pete Tong, Danny Howard and Zane Lowe. The latest edit ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’, written and vocalled by Becky Hill during a late night recording session with MNEK, is being released by Parlophone’s new dance imprint FFRR. 

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DJ Roland Clark Presents Urban Soul

 DJ Roland Clark Presents Urban Soul

When turning back the pages of King Street’s history, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul’s ‘President House’ would possibly have a chapter all to its own. In keeping with the rich tradition of mixing and mashing both old and new, King Street presents two new “re takes” on the classic that both showcase what’s fresh in today’s dance music world but also keeping true to the elements of what made a classic, a classic. 

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Ane Brun

Ane Brun

Last week saw Dennis Ferrer’s Objektivity imprint release a new two-tracker, in the form of remixes of Ane Brun’s ‘To Let Myself Go’ from Dennis Ferrer and André Hommen. The EP showcases a tug of war between ethereal and electronic and with Dennis Ferrer providing a measured pace and André a driving bassline, Ane’s soul-drenched vocals ring out across this EP, forging a sonic landscape.

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Sick Individuals

Sick Individuals | Rock & Rave

It’s been a fast rise for Sick Individuals. With two Beatport No1s secured in as many months last year, Jim and Ray have continued with new tracks into 2014, including the just released, ‘Rock & Rave’, which is out now on Ultra Records. Premiered on the YouTube channel Proximity, the track has already clocked up over 100,000 views in the space of a week. 

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DJ Fresh Vs TC

DJ Fresh Vs TC

DJ Fresh is back with his latest track and is ready to 'Make U Bounce’. Fresh's love of working with producers that inspire him and adopting the 'VS' approach to production has so far seen him teaming up with Stateside producer Diplo and Moombahton's Jay Fay, on the hit records 'Earthquake' & 'Dibby Dibby Sound'. 

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Jakwob

Jakwob

Jakwob aka London-based producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist musician, James Jacob, recently released his latest track on Digital Soundboy. With Shy FX on A&R duties, Digital Soundboy is home to some of electronic music’s freshest talents including Breakage, Dismantle and Radio 1’s B. Traits, with a back catalogue of releases that include Skream, Benga, Redlight, Caspa, Rusko, Calibre and DJ Fresh.

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Mark Knight

Mark Knight | The Return Of Wolfy

Toolroom Records recently announced ‘The Return Of Wolfy’, the first single release of the year from one of our favourite DJ/producers, Toolroom label head honcho Mark Knight.

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Cuebur Feat. Vikter Duplaix

Cuebur Feat. Vikter Duplaix | I See You

Moving dancefloors since the age of 15, South African DJ/producer, Cuebur, teams up with singer Vikter Duplaix to release ‘I See You’ on the very cool Soul Heaven label. 

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Michel de Hey & Mulder

Michel de Hey & Mulder

As someone who has possibly opened the door to techno and tech house for a generation of clubbers with his Miracle, Brave New World and Hey! labels, Dutch producer Michel de Hey has now joined forces with fellow countryman and rising DJ Mulder to release their ‘Seven EP’ on Defected’s DFTD imprint.

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Andi Rivera Ft Robert Owens

Andi Rivera Ft Robert Owens

Deep 8 Recordings is a brand new UK label intent on offering high quality house releases and its inaugural release comes from Andi Rivera and features the Robert Owens on vocal duty. A selection of remixes comes from Pezzner, A Lister, James Johnston and taMe. 

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Shinichi Osawa

Shinichi Osawa

New Japanese talent, Shinichi Osawa, is apparently causing a stir over in Tokyo's clubland just now and has recently announced his debut double A side single, 'Breaking Through the Night / All I Need', via Kitsuné this spring. 

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Paolo Rocco

Paolo Rocco

 

Fresh from mixing a disc of ‘Defected In The House Miami 2014’, Canadian artist Paolo Rocco has been going from strength to strength with his steady flow of releases in recent years. Highly regarded for his structured DJ sets as well as his productions, this artist of Italian descent has produced for a slew of creditable imprints such as Saved Records, Seaking, Real Tone and Klasse Recordings whilst also seeing his work praised by the likes of Damian Lazarus, Nic Fanciulli and DJ Sneak.

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Matt Tolfrey

Matt Tolfrey

 

The next release on Leftroom revisits the debut album, ‘Word Of Mouth’, by label boss Matt Tolfrey, which was released in 2012. Four cuts from the full length get remixed by Mr Fingers, NYC’s Kenny Dope, Justin Harris and Luke Solomon’s Freaks project and Classic cohort Rob Mello’s No Ears. First up, Matt Tolfrey feat Jem Cooke & Kevin Knapp’s ‘Distant Story’ gets remixed by Larry Heard. The Alleviated boss transforms the track into a deeply soulful and spiritual track with otherworldly pads, feathery light hi hats and knock-on-wood beats.

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Rank 1 & Dennis Sheperd

Rank 1 & Dennis Sheperd

Last year Rank 1 released their 13-minute track ‘13.11.11’ and their ‘Elements Of Nature’ bagged many credits, getting a MIXMAG Tune of the Month and landing the Dutch duo with a #5 position on Trancefix’s Tracks of the 2013 rundown. 

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Poolside Miami

Poolside Miami

'Poolside Miami' offers a collection of sun drenched beats and  blissed out grooves, a great accompaniment to long hot days by the pool. 

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Steve Lawler

Steve Lawler | VIVa Music

 

DJ and producer Steve Lawler releases his new single ‘Do Ya’ today, on his own VIVa MUSiC.  Lawler’s latest entry into his label’s ever-expanding catalogue stitches together the groovy feel that he regularly instills into dance floors worldwide. The track continues to establish his distinctive house music sound, anchored around simple yet effective drum programming with the tracks own momentum emerging as the original’s charm. 

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Pig & Dan

Pig & Dan

Pig & Dan’s Elevate label could be set to go from strength to strength in 2014 with a series of new releases planned. Pig & themselves return home for the label’s 12th release with two techno productions – the mind-bendingly ‘Slash’, and the equally disturbingly ‘Where The Wild Things Are’.  

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Route 94

Route 94 | Fly 4 Life EP

 

After making an impact with his track, ‘My Love’ – now heading to the top of the UK singles charts – and producing a track for Katy B’s ‘Little Red’ album, 19-year old Route 94 is back with his debut ‘Fly 4 Life’ EP on Defected Records.

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Fedde Le Grand

Fedde Le Grand

Fedde Le Grand’s ‘Don’t Give Up’, which steams in after 11 minutes to Final Kid’s backdrop on UMF’s 15th edition after-movie, has had a TBC attached to its release since September last year. Now, on 24 March - as Miami Music Week kicks off - the full instrumental gets its Beatport release and Fedde recently teamed up with Final Kid once more for an extended preview, which you can check below.

 

 

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Illyus & Barrientos

Illyus & Barrientos | ‘Do You Wanna’

The latest track from Glasgow Underground comes from a new collaboration between existing GU talent, Illyus and Barrientos. ‘Do Anything You Wanna’ is a two-track EP from the pair who have previously remixed Grum together (picking up support from Pete Tong’s Essential Selection straight off the bat) and delivered solo EPs for GU, Morris Audio and Seven Music.

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Terrence Parker

Terrence Parker | When Loves The Feeling

Detroit’s Terrence Parker recently revealed his new single 'When Loves The Feeling' for GFY Black label. Armed with pure house feeling and a flavour of "how we used to do…", the track brings amore right back to dance floor central where it belongs, with its bumping ‘90s bass and classic beats laced with highly infectious vocal and classic piano hooks. On remix duty are label boss' Kenny Summit and Lenny RX who inject some punchy beats and dramatic breakdowns.

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Deep Dish

Deep Dish

 

Clubbers that arrived at The Mid in Chicago, USA on Saturday night were greeted with a very special surprise set from legendary DJ duo Deep Dish. Although it was their first set together as Deep Dish since 2006, DJs Dubfire and Sharam didn’t miss a beat in one of house music’s great cities. 

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Karuva

Karuva | Shockwaves

 

In such a competitive scene, it’s always good to see new talent emerge, especially someone who’s not only making it as a DJ, but is multi-talented, and uses these musical skills to produce his own music. Drums, keyboards, guitar and vocals - it’s all in the mix when Karuva makes a new production – and today see the release of his debut EP, ‘Shockwaves’, on Canadian label Phoenix Music. Join us for a journey into the deeper side of house music…

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Yves Larock Feat Roland Richards

Yves Larock Feat Roland Richards

With new edits coming from Muzzaik, Simone Vitullo, LaBass, Mark Ursa and Leonardo Glovibes plus stadium, arena and sunshine mixes which should be ideal for festival, Miami and Ibiza plays, Yves Larock’s ‘Zookey 2K14’ is back again and looks set to win over a whole new set of fans.

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Wookie Feat Zak Abel

Wookie Feat. Zak Abel

 

2013 saw Jason Chue AKA Wookie, release his own track 'The Hype' featuring Eliza Doolittle (Strictly Rhythm) and remix (amongst others) Disclosure’s 'Voices' (PMR/Island) and Wilkinson’s 'Too Close' (Ram/Virgin). All three records gained continued support from Radio One’s Annie Mac, Toddla T and Rob Da Bank, Kiss FM’s DJ EZ and 1Xtra’s MistaJam, DJ Target and Cameo.

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Damon Albarn

Daman Albarn | Everyday Robots

 

Recorded last year at Albarn’s West London studio 13, his forthcoming album, ‘Everyday Robots’, is produced by Richard Russell of XL, with whom Damon produced Bobby Womack’s ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’ - and features guest appearances from Brian Eno and Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes).

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Jose Burgos Feat. Kenny Bobien

Jose Burgos Feat. Kenny Bobien | For Your Love

US producer Jose Burgos has been a big name in soulful house music for the best part of two decades, with releases on Salt Shaker Records, NRK, Deep Vision and Sunlightsquare Records. Now, he’s reunited once again with the powerfully soulful voice of Kenny Bobien, one of our all time favourite soulful house vocalists.

 

 

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Juventa

The Chain Gang Of 1974 | Sleepwalking (Juventa Remix)

Hot on the heels of ‘Move Into Light’ and remix duty on US duo Tritonal’s ‘Now Or Never’, Enhanced Music’s Juventa recently revealed that the next track to receive his spin will be one synonymous with one of the most successful video games of all time – Grand Theft Auto V. His reimagining of ‘Sleepwalking’ by The Chain Gang Of 1974 is set for release on Monday 10th March exclusively through Beatport.

 

  

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Prok & Fitch Feat Max Linen

Prok & Fitch Feat Max Linen | Man With Soul

 

Prok & Fitch return to Toolroom Records with the recently released, ‘Man With Soul’, featuring the vocals of Max Linen. Following the success of their 'Toolroom Knights' album at the close of last year and recent BBC Radio 1 support from Steve Angello and NERVO, 2014 may well be Prok & Fitch’s biggest year yet. 

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Paul Trainer

Paul Trainer | Receptor

 

A man no stranger to Vandit’s discography, Scotland's Paul Trainer has been producing music for half a decade now. Following up the likes of ‘Totality’, ‘Face The Music’ and ‘Soundscape’, he’s returns to the door of Paul van Dyk's Berlin-based Vandit Records with ‘Receptor'.

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Ray Foxx & Tom Piper Feat. Ayah Marar

Ray Foxx & Tom Piper Feat. Ayah Marar

Ray Foxx is back with a brand new release following on from his top 40 summer track, ‘Boom Boom (Heartbeat)’ and the funk infused ‘Fireworks’. This time he joins forces on the production with Australian bassmaker, Tom Piper and Ayah Marar steps up on the vocal delivery following her collaboration with Calvin Harris on ‘Thinking About You’. Together the trio create this dynamic, bass heavy, synth infused track, topping it off with a heavy percussion filled backdrop.

 

 

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GotSome Feat. The Get Along Gang

GotSome Feat. The Get Along Gang

Like many tracks of its nature, ‘Bassline’ began its journey as an underground track and has since risen to possibly become somewhat of an anthem. Defected Records released the Bristolian duo GotSome’s debut last year, with ‘Bassline’ promptly climbing No. 4 in the Beatport House chart. Now, with so much remix potential the track has been picked apart by some of the greatest minds in house music.

 

 

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Laidback Luke & Project 46 Feat. Collin McLoughlin

Laidback Luke & Project 46 Feat. Collin McLoughlin

 

2014 is already shaping up to be a decent year for Mixmash Records. The first release for the label head honcho, Laidback Luke, comes in the form of a collaboration with Project 46 and Collin McLoughlin, entitled ‘Collide’. The official video premiered on Vice’s Thump recently, and features two young friends who attempt to build the perfect man for their beautiful neighbour. 

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Gareth Emery Feat. Bo Bruce

Gareth Emery Feat. Bo Bruce | U

 

British producer Gareth Emery is back with ‘U’, a brand new song featuring Bo Bruce that’s out today on his own label, Garuda. It’s the first single from his brand new album, ‘Drive’, set for release 1 April and creates an insight into what the forthcoming album has to offer. The track is a love song with ethereal vocals and euphoric synths combined to create a nice slab of music. 

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Todd Terry

Todd Terry | Feel The Sun

 

Todd Terry serves another jam in the form of ‘Feel The Sun’, which comes with remixes from youngTEE, Mineo, Howson’s Groove and Sona Vabos. In his time, New York City’s Todd Terry has been Grammy nominated and has turned out seminal hits like ‘Keep On Jumpin’, ‘Somethin’ Going On’, ‘I’ll House You’ and has released on well established labels like Get Physical, Cadenza and Toolroom. This new single is made as a celebration of the global return of house music into the public’s conscious. 

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Gorgon City

Gorgon City

Gorgon City's latest single ‘Ready For You Love’ received its first exclusive play on R1 recently as Zane Lowes' ‘Hottest Record in the World’ and features the vocal talents of MNEK who co-wrote the track with Matt and Kye. 

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Shoxy & Alexandar Ivkovic

Shoxy & Alexandar Ivkovic

 

Serbia’s Shoxy and Alexandar Ivkovic are regarded as two of the finest DJs on the Serbian circuit and now they get set to release their debut on Desolat, titled the ‘Red Beans’ EP. The EP showcases the duo’s talents across four rhythmic house mutations. ‘Red Beans’ is an impressive opener which is characterised by its clever arrangement and off-kilter beat. Soaring synths, a chanting vocal and further deft sounds are added to the mix resulting in an engrossing and hypnotic track.

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Rachel K Collier

Rachel K Collier

Rachel K Collier provided the vocals for Ray Foxx’s track ‘Boom Boom (Heartbeat)’. One of the memorable songs of the summer, the track was the latest in a series of collaborations for the 23-year old self taught grade 8 pianist and alumni of the Royal Welsh School Of Music.

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Federico Scavo

Federico Scavo | The One

 

Federico Scavo’s ‘The One’ is the latest and release from Steve Angello’s X imprint. The Florence, Italy-based producer is on fire right now and this offering connects bleepy tech house with sinister sweeping synths. Federico Scavo, is possibly one of the fastest rising Italian dance music stars. He spends his life working in the studio and devoting himself to his passion of DJing. 

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Oliver Heldens

Oliver Heldens

It was a little over a month ago that a clip from a track simply called ‘Gecko’ appeared on the Musical Freedom Soundcloud page. There was no artist mentioned or any further information provided. 

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Sick Individuals & Axwell FT Taylr Renee

 Sick Individuals & Axwell FT Taylr Renee

 

Ultra Music recently released ‘I AM’, a collaboration between ex-Swedish House Mafia member Axwell, breakthrough electro house duo Sick Individuals and US vocalist Taylr Renee. Originally signed during the Amsterdam Dance Having already reached #1 on Beatport, this combination of talent results in a driving yet euphoric house track whose trajectory is constantly lifting. 

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Solarstone Featuring Lemon

Solarstone Featuring Lemon

 

With his Vangelis homage ‘Love Theme From Blade Runner’ doing well in end-of-year polls, Solarstone’s next single excursion sees the Pure Trance guardian dip back into his latest album. Moving from ‘Love’ to ‘Lovers’, he’s teamed up with cult New York-based synth-pop outfit Lemon. 

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Tiger Stripes

Tiger Stripes

 

Since first bursting onto the scene back in 2004, Tiger Stripes has released on a varied array of labels including Ibadan, Get Physical, liebe*detail, Drumcode and Strictly Rhythm. Now, January 2014 sees the Swedish artist make his debut on Desolat on the ‘Sisters EP’.

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Best Of Toolroom Records 2013

Best Of Toolroom Records 2013

 

'Best Of Toolroom Records 2013' brings a collection of the best Toolroom tracks of the year. Celebrating the label's 10th anniversary has led to a collection of releases from some of the biggest DJs and producers in the industry. 

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DVBBS & Borgeous Ft Tinie Tempah

DVBBS

 

Ministry of Sound is gearing up for its next crossover hit with DVBBS & Borgeous’ ‘Tsunami (Jump)’, with a new vocal from Brit Tinie Tempah, following his previous featured hits with Swedish House Mafia and Calvin Harris. The instrumental of ‘Tsunami (Jump)’ has already hit No.1 across Europe and on Beatport, clocked up 30 million collective YouTube views, over 800,000 Soundcloud plays, and received repeat UK radio support from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe (who has just premiered the vocal version on Radio 1), Pete Tong and a few other main presenters.

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Bastian Salbart

Bastian Salbart | Run

 

Bastian Salbart takes the next step in threading his way through the music industry to get straight into your mind. His latest track is ‘Run’, which is out 9 December on High Contrast Recordings / Be Yourself Music.

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Danism And Rae

Danism And Rae | Gimme Love

 

Danism join forces with vocalist Rae to unleash a deep house groove titled 'Gimme Love'. This outing sees spectral synth hooks dance over a deep haunting bass thump, backed by immutable beats and dusted with an eerie breakdown, where Rae's vocal shimmers throughout.

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Danny Howells

Balance 024 Mixed By Danny Howells

 

‘Balance 024’ comes as the next chapter in Danny Howell’s compilations that have proven the calling card of his career. His numerous Global Underground volumes, Renaissance mixes and more besides have found a fond place in many a clubber’s home-listening collection, earning him a reputation as a musical storytellers in the electronic world.

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Alan Aguero

Miley Cyrus | Wrecking Ball (Alan Aguero Remix)

 

At 19-years old, Toronto-based half Brazilian/Argentinian DJ/producer Alan Aguero holds a residency at Toronto's largest nightclub,The Guvernement, where he continuous to be active in Toronto's dance music scene. He is signed to Burner Records (Canada), 6N7 Music (Canada) and Protoxic Records (France), where you can find his releases on Beatport.

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Armada Music

Armada Music | The Anniversary Remixes

Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, Armada Music is to release a set of brand new remixes of its classic highlights in ‘The Anniversary Remixes’ series, released on 2 December.

 

 

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Tube & Berger Ft Juliet Sikora

Tube & Berger Ft Juliet Skora | Set It Off

 

For their latest release, ‘Set It Off’, Tube & Berger are joined by the passionate Juliet Sikora whose role whether at the label, in the studio or in front of a crowd has made her an invaluable asset to the Kittball imprint.

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Rank 1

Rank 1 | 13.11.11

 

You gotta love a slice of trance and when the Dutch pairing of Benno de Goeij and Piet Bervoets, aka Rank 1, produce a new track it's usually worth listening to. 2013 has already brought the M.I.K.E. collaboration 'Elements Of Life' and the big room 'Floorlifter'. Their latest track, ‘13.11.11’, rolls out at a tempo of 131.111BPMs, with its deep, bass-building atmosphere. Backed by top FX, de Goeij and Bervoets drive home its first elevating lead line, one that seizes the track’s centre ground. 

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Alex M.O.R.P.H. Pres Corti Organ

Alex M.O.R.P.H. Pres Corti Organ | Magnum

 

As a highly respected DJ/producer in the trance scene, Alex M.O.R.P.H. has already collaborated with some of its biggest names. His former collaborations includes work with Paul van Dyk and numerous other collaborations with artists including Armin van Buuren, Rank 1, Protoculture and most recently Jerome Isma-Ae on ‘Bang’.

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Sonny Fodera Feat. Amber Jolene

Sonny Fodera Feat. Amber Jolene | Hold It Down

Sonny Fodera and Amber Jolene have once again reunited in another collaboration exhibiting their complimentary talents as artists. Jolene is responsible for the vocals on tracks including Mowgli ‘Back In The Day’ and Myomi ‘Sun In My Eyes’ as well as experiences both recording and performing with famous English ska band Madness.

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Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim recently announced an eight-date club tour this December to coincide with the release of his new single ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ with Riva Starr on 27th October via Skint Records. The underground club tour will commence at London’s XOYO on 5 December and culminates at Brighton Digital on 15 December.

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Selador

Selador Recordings

Both of Selador records’ central tenets Dave Seaman and Steve Parry have been frequently involved with the ADE conference since its inception, so it was only natural that they would present the label there this year. This recently released ADE sample is the fruit of that representation and is a collection of tracks of forward thinking electronic music that outlines their signature sound.

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Ron Carroll & Superfunk

Ron Carroll & Superfunk

After a hit record in 2000 with ‘Lucky Star’, the French DJs from Superfunk and Chicago-based singer and DJ, Ron Carroll, are back with a new twist of the track – ‘Lucky Star 2013’, out on Paradise Records. With the original version being a worldwide hit with top sales in France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium, this new version is aiming for the same success.

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Thomas Gold

Thomas Gold | Remember

Germany’s Thomas Gold gets set to release his new track, ‘Remember’, which is released 28 October on Axtone Records.‘Remember’ is the follow up to the Beatport #1 reaching ‘Sing 2 Me’ as well as the ‘Axtone Presents Thomas Gold’ compilation and describes the story of a couple spending the night out and experiencing the beauty of the morning sunrise together. On it, arpeggiated violins soar into Kaelyn Behr’s vocals, before gradually building up to a crescendo crammed with elation and energy.

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Matt Tolfrey Feat Marshall Jefferson

Matt Tolfrey Feat Marshall Jefferson | The Truth

‘The Truth (Feat Marshall Jefferson)’, one of the standout tracks from Matt Tolfrey’s debut LP, ‘Word Of Mouth’, sees a full single release with additional remixes from Gerd’s Geeeman project and John Charnis.

 Leftroom boss, Tolfrey, dropped his ‘Word Of Mouth’ LP late in 2012 and the project served as an insight into the influences and passions of the DJ/producer.

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D.Ramirez

D.Ramirez | Open Your Eyes

Having joined forces with Mark Knight and Toolroom Records, where they delivered the infamous underground anthem 'Downpipe', a relationship was forged many years ago that would see D.Ramirez release a number of tracks on the label. After taking a small hiatus from Toolroom, he makes a return to the label, delivering a more refined version of his trademark sound with his new track 'Open Your Eyes,’ which makes its debut on the annual Toolroom Amsterdam compilation.

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Steve Aoki & Rune RK Feat RAS

Steve Aoki & Rune RK Feat RAS

Three musical minds have come together on Dim Mak's latest release, ‘Bring You To Life (Transcend)’. This progressive house track fuses label owner Steve Aoki with Rune RK, one of the creative minds behind the track ‘Calabria’. Defined by its warm lead sounds, ‘Transcend’ was one of the most popular tracks on Steve Aoki's ‘It's The End Of The World As We Know It’ EP from last December.


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Djeff

Djeff | Super Ascenscion

‘Soldier Ascension’ has been made in Angola, where Djeff is a DJ, producer and TV presenter, but this is not an Angolan album, it’s not defined or confined by national borders, and too 21st century in style and execution to be tarred with the ‘World Music’ brush. ‘Soldier Ascension’ is an album of cosmopolitan tracks that could loosely be described as Afro-house while incorporating elements of so many different musical styles that Djeff has heard and been inspired by growing up in Portugal and Angola, and on his travels as a DJ.

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Mike La Funk Feat. Max C

Mike La Funk Feat. Max C

Berlin-based Mike La Funk reveals his brand new release 'Don't Wanna Be Alone' for Pacha Recordings, working for the first time with vocalist Max C who injects a rich gospel flavour. The package also features remixers including Soul Avengerz.who opt for a deeper and mysterious vibe, showcasing a sexy nocturnal side.

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Terri Walker

Terri Walker | He Loves Me

The first release on the re-launched Soul Heaven Records label sees Osunlade make his return to remix duties, crafting Terri Walker’s ‘He Loves Me’ into his own personal interpretation of music. The Yoruba label boss’ touch means that he draws on the key emotive elements of every piece he lays his hands on to create a carefully crafted rendition of the original with warm and uplifting vibes.

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Storm Queen

Storm Queen

The new MK vocal edit of Storm Queen’s ‘Look Right Through’ will be released later this year on Ministry of Sound/Defected. ‘Look Right Through’ first surfaced on Defected in 2012, and MK’s Dub III quickly became an underground hit via Beatport and many DJ supporters.

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Azari & III

 Various Artists - 'Azari & III Presents - Body Language Vol. 13'
Get Physical

Azari & III make their Get Physical debut by compiling and mixing the latest edition of the highly regarded tastemaker series, Body Language. Volume 13 features 2 mixes, one from Dinamo Azari and the other from Alixander III and together the two produce a techno-driven soundscape that shows a different side of Azari & III and a fresh sound on Get Physical Music.

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Martin Buttrich & Mousse T

Martin Buttrich & Mousse T | Session 1

The latest offering from Desolat sees Martin Buttrich come together with long-time friend Mousse T on ‘Session 1’. This two track 12” set for release on October 14, sees both producers release their first original material in over two years and demonstrate why they remain two respected producers in the scene.

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DJ Angelo

DJ Angelo | Let The Music Play

Tribe Records continues its quality releases with DJ Angelo’s cover of Shannon’s ‘Let The Music Play’. Global Fantasy's DJ Angelo, whose club night is in, gives his own house-driven rework of the 1983 Shannon disco classic.

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Hagenaar & Albrecht

Hagenaar & Albrecht Feat Sarah McLeod | Love Is Hell

After a two years absence, Dutch/Austrian duo Hagenaar & Albrecht are back with their latest track, ‘Love Is Hell’, which sees them return to their distinctive ‘H&A’ sound with a rock intense vocal from Aussie rocker Sarah McLeod.

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Man With The Red Face

Mark Knight & Funkagenda | Man With The Red Face

Next up in Toolroom Records Anniversary Remixes series is Mark Knight and Funkagenda’s huge ‘Man With The Red Face’, which has been reinterpreted by Dutch producer Hardwell, Toolroom regular Rene Amesz and longstanding house DJ/producer ATFC. 

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Quivver Feat Angel Hart

Quivver Feat Angel Hart | I Don't Wanna Wait

Toolroom Records recently released their latest big track, Quivver Feat Angel Hart ‘I Don’t Wanna Wait’, with remixes by Ben Delay, David Penn and Pammin, with and a video shot in Miami. Quivver, who has gained support for his various club releases from A-list DJs such as Sasha, Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold and John Digweed, has also garnered a loyal fanbase through his productions and continues to deliver lots of top productions.

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Gabriel & Dresden

Gabriel & Dresden | Tomorrow Comes

Easily one of our favourite production duos, Gabriel & Dresden keep the momentum going with their brand new track, ‘Tomorrow Comes’, out now on their label, Organized Nature via Armada Records.

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Project T

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs Sander Van Doorn | Project T

Sander van Doorn and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s ‘Project T’, the track that launched the official Tomorrowland 2012 after-movie, finally gets its release on September 2 via Dutch label Spinnin’ Records. 

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Wookie Feat Eliza Doolittle

Wookie Feat Eliza Doolittle

With Wookie’s debut release, ‘Battle’, and his underground track ‘Scrappy’, plus his remix of Sia’s ‘Little Man’, Wookie quickly emerged as one of the key players in the UK Garage scene.
 So it’s no surprise that the current resurgence in bass-lead, funk inflected tracks has found the East London resident being name-checked by the likes of Disclosure and Rudimental.


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10 Years Of SW4

10 Years Of SW4

Out this week on Toolroom Records, ‘10 Years Of SW4’ captures the very best of the festival's history and diversity with a selection of tracks from its most iconic artists, hand-picked by the organisers themselves. Having started as a backyard party in June 2001 and growing in number over the next couple of years, SW4 was born on Clapham Common in August 2004. The first ever headliners included Erick Morillo and Sasha, with an extra three stages of acts helping SW4 become a huge sellout. 

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Bargrooves Ibiza 2013

Bargrooves Ibiza 2013

Compiled and mixed by Defected’s Any Daniell, ‘Bargrooves Ibiza 2013’ was released this month, capturing the Balearic house spirit of the White Isle. Comprising 30 full-length, unmixed tracks that take in both current and classic Ibiza vibes, the release also includes two bonus mixes for an uninterrupted Ibiza experience.

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Pacha

Pacha Ibiza Deep House

Since 1967, Pacha has been exerting its reign of dance music and clubbing all over the world from Barcelona and Ibiza and nowadays you can find a Pacha nightclub in America, Brazil, Austria, England, Australia, Morocco, Russia, Germany, Portugal, Egypt and Argentina. With many top album releases over the years, this month Pacha gets set to release its latest compilation, ‘Pacha Ibiza Deep House’, which showcases some of the coolest sounds in the scene right now. 

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Kevin Saunderson Presents Inner City

Kevin Saunderson Presents Inner City | Good Life

Written and produced by Kevin Saunderson and featuring the vocals of Paris Grey, ‘Good Life’ was released in 1988 and went on to become one of the defining tunes of its era, maintaining “classic” status ever since. Some 25 years later, the latest producers to deliver their renditions for the first batch of 2013 remixes are Pig & Dan, Markus Lauc, Matt Smallwood, Ian O’Donovan and Dantiez Saunderson & White Chocolate.

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G.Logan

G.Logan | How Did We

London-based solo artist G.Logan continues to establish himself with his productions. Boasting previous production credits for the likes of Kelis, Jay Sean and Craig David, his latest release, ‘How Did We’, on Defected Records acts as further evidence of his talent.

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Kenny Summit & Director’s Cut Featuring Yasmeen

Kenny Summit & Director’s Cut Featuring Yasmeen

‘Loving You’ from Kenny Summit, Director’s Cut & Yasmeen, was originally unleashed last year on Good For You Records, hitting No.1 on Traxsource and stayed there for a whole month. Now it’s been remixes for this summer’s dancefloors, getting a makeover from top DJ/producers Dave Mayer & Husky. 

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Barrientos

Barrientos

Glasgow Underground continues 2013 with the late-summer debut release from new artist Barrientos, entitled ‘Feel The Waves’.

 23-year old Glasgow-based, Barrientos was discovered by Glasgow Underground via a DJ mix on the synthglasgow.com blog where he’d combined tracks from Matthew Styles, Vince Watson, Atjazz and more into an impressive flow. 

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Fedde le Grande & Umek

Fedde le Grande | Metrum (Umek Remix)

As part of one of their best year’s yet, which celebrates their 10th anniversary, Toolroom Records will release remixes of some of their most memorable tracks from the past ten years, updated and reworked by some of their favourite artists. Leading the ‘Ten’ campaign, Fedde le Grand’s ‘Metrum’ gets the remix treatment from Umek.

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Bizarre Inc

Bizarre Inc

British label, Vinyl Solution, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year by making its entire back catalogue available digitally for the first time. The anniversary is spearheaded by the re-release of Bizarre Inc’s classic ‘Playing With Knives’. Released on 28 July, the track has been reworked by Utah Saints, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Timothy Allan & Mark Loverush, and Magnus J, who are helping to introduce the track to a whole new generation of electronic music fans.

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Hot Natured 

Hot Natured

Enjoying house music’s current resurgence following the acclaim that gathered for their debut album ‘Different Sides Of The Sun’, Hot Natured recently revealed a new video for one of the collection’s highlights, the  summery grooves of ‘Benediction’. Starting with a teenager picking a lock in order to take control of a pick-up truck, the video depicts a day of wayward, hedonistic behaviour in which the destination – the pool-party – is all that matters.

Directed by Samy Mosher, the video’s hazy style is heightened by some striking cinematography of California’s stunning natural scenery.

 

The original version of ‘Benediction’ will feature on a new EP which will be available exclusively through Beatport. The EP will be completed with fresh new mixes courtesy of Lxury, GRADES, Nic Fanciulli and No Artificial Colours.

 

Formed in 2010, each member of Hot Natured has a decent reputation in their own right: DJ named Foss as “one of the most talented new forces in modern dance music today”; Jones is renowned for his Crosstown Rebels albums ‘Don’t You Remember The Future’ and ‘Tracks From The Crypt”; and Luca C and Ali Love were previously best known for their work together as Infinity Ink – most notably their anthems ‘Infinity’ and ‘Games’. Check the video below.

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The Dutch Talent EP

 The Dutch Talent EP

Next up on Hardsoul Pressings is the latest installment of ‘The Dutch Talent EP’, a series of releases that allows Roog and Greg to place the focus on some of their favourite up and coming Dutch producers. This EP kicks of with ‘Forget It’ from The Voyagers. Greg picked up on this early and snapped it up for the label through meeting Luuk at the Herman Brood Academy in Utrecht and the Voyagers could well be set to make some serious waves this year. 

Following on from ‘Forget it’, Greg teams up with Sheila Hill and Amy Fasola on ‘Saved’ to deliver a swinging house groove that compliments Amy’s quirky vocal performance. Debut releases on the label from Georgio Star (‘Soulsessions’) and Vincent Voort (‘Body Smoke’) round off the EP to complete a package that should work across the summer dancefloors.

 

'The Dutch Talent EP #5' will be available exclusively on Traxsource from Monday 30 June with a full release following on Monday 14 July. Check it out below.

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Wallflower

An eclectic demonstration of vocals and song-writing, Wallflower is a collaborative project between Alison Marks and Leah Floyeurs. Having made their name as separate performers, Wallflower sees these two English artists come together to deliver ‘Say You Won’t Ever’ on Defected Records, featuring remixes from Deetron and Asadinho.

Wallflower
Wallflower

With a crisp grand piano and sultry vocals reminiscent of Lana del Rey, the original track is full of unexpected melodic changes and lyrics, which entail a dark, misguided love. The Deetron Remix is based around an elevating synth arpeggio, which creates an ethereal backdrop for the vocals, while Deetron’s T-Line Version delivers a confident four-to-the-floor house rendition full of swinging, chopped vocal snippets and should be ideal for any dance floor. Asadinho’s Main Vocal Mix begins with a layered sound effect and lo-fi vocal intro leading into an array of spacy synth leads and a powerfully thudding bassline. The track evolves with the addition of eerie piano riffs that add to the original lyrical message of a love long lost. It’s out today on Defected Records, check it out below.

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Dario G

Dario G

As football fever grips the world ahead of the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup today, a great way to get in the mood is by revisiting a classic football anthem. Originally released in 1998, Dario G’s ‘Carnaval de Paris’ has been embraced by football fans the world over and 2014’s Rio Remixes put a whole new spin on the track.

First to remix ‘Carnaval de Paris’ is Jaxxon, the up-and-coming UK EDM producer who has seen his work championed by everyone from Tiesto to Eddie Halliwell. Jaxxon puts his trademark hard-hitting big room house spin on the track, transforming it into a fist-pumping electro workout.

 

Next up is Dzham & Alta, who bring the track bang up to date with a modern progressive trance feel mashed up with a slamming dubstep breakdown. Meanwhile Owen Westlake turns up the heat with a sexy Latin house feel, teaming flamenco-style guitars and accordions with a bouncing house beat to form a nice groove. Finally, Jonas Westling retains the anthemic trumpets and frantic percussion of the original track for a remix that is as Rio-ready as they come.

 

Dario G: “‘Carnaval de Paris’ just won't go away - it hasn't aged at all! It's been 16 years since its original release and it's still sounding as fresh and lively as ever. The new Rio Remixes are great and each one adds an extra twist to a now classic record that I'm very proud of."

 

It’s out now, check it out below.

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Grum

Grum | The Touch

‘The Touch’ is the fifth single from Grum's forthcoming album. His previous singles ‘Everytime’, ‘The Theme’, ‘In Love’ and ‘Tears’ have been played across the board at BBC Radio 1 - from Zane to Annie Mac, Pete Tong to B Traits, Monki to Danny Howard (who recently had Grum do an exclusive mix for his Dance Anthems show). If you add in his remixes for the likes of Shift K3y, Sigma, Chromeo & Martin Garrix he's arguably one of the most consistently played producer/remixers right now.

It's no surprise then that Radio 1 recently asked Grum to create his first Essential Mix. His recent singles have had the kind of DJ support that reads like a who's who in club land: Solomun, Hot Since 82, Scuba, Sasha, Disclosure, Above & Beyond, DJ T, Bookashade, Axwell, Drums of Death, Slam, Russ Chimes, Tube & Berger, Huxley, Coyu, Joyce Muniz, Leftwing & Kody, Groove Armada, John Digweed, Mano Le Tough, Doctor Dru, Tensnake, Axwell, Digitalism, EDX, Mark Knight, Funk D'Void and more.

 

‘The Touch’ is arguably Grum's deepest, housiest release to date. Remixes come from Sébastien Léger (tough, jacking house), Solaris Heights (Sasha style deepness) and Andre Sobota (killer modern progressive).

 

It’s out 30 June on his own Heartbeats label.

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Phil Weeks Feat Ladybird

Phil Weeks Feat Ladybird

'Searching4Love' is the fruit of a musical union between two Parisian house heads, DJ/producer Phil Weeks and vocalist Ladybird, who together have cooked up a slice of deep and soulful house for Robsoul. The song came about after Phil set about toying with samples from RAMP's version of the classic Roy Ayers 'Everybody Loves The Sunshine'. 

Phil crafted a subtle key hook over a hot cymbal drenched deep groove, before Ladybird added her seductive vocals, creating a deep house track for summer 2014. Deemed to get the soul-kids shuffling is a bonus promo – the sweet dusty vinyl flavoured 'You Want My Love', laced with a girly vocal sample, drizzled over a platter of infectious flute, piano and funky guitar hooks. Backed with some cool retro breaks 'You Want My Love' should be hitting poolside and beach party playlists this season.

 

Whether DJing or producing, Parisian Phil Weeks delivers raw beats influenced in equal measure by classic Chicago house and nu-school French flair, underpinned with a hip-hop attitude. In the studio Phil is dedicated to classic hardware like Akai’s MPC 3000 sampler and Roland’s TR909 drum machine. He has released more than 250 tracks and remixes since his debut in 2000, working with labels including 2020 Vision, Music For Freaks, Brique Rouge, Detour, Adult Only and his own Robsoul, which is responsible for the majority of his original output.

 

His recent release, 'Live At Paladium', has been supported by the dance music fraternity and has already been licensed to numerous popular compilation series including ‘Nick Fanciulli In The House’, ‘Defected In The House Ibiza 2014’ mixed by Simon Dunmore for Defected, ‘Kontor Sunset Chill 2014’, ‘Toolroom Knights Mixed by Doorly’ and ‘Blue Marlin 2014’ for CR2.

 

Ladybird (aka Julie Monnin) is a French/Australian songwriter, singer and DJ based in Paris and the UK. Her soul, house and jazz background made her one of the icons of the ‘90s ‘French Touch’ and cemented her place in the French house hall of fame. Her Soldiers of Twilight group with DJ Rork released several tracks on Ralph Lawson’s 20:20 Vision label, and her hit 'My Precious Thing' with Llorca on Laurent Garnier’s F Com was an international hit, with extensive play from  Kerri Chandler, Danny Krivit, Masters at Work and Pete Tong.

 

'Searching4Love' is out 13 June, check the video out below.

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Aaron Smith Featuring Luvli

Aaron Smith Featuring Luvli

‘Dancin’ originally started as a bootleg over a year ago by young French brothers Mickael and David Couderc (who just signed to Armada) and was then found on Soundcloud by the Moody family. 

Since then, the track’s likes, comments and plays have grown like crazy over the past year and now as it gets set for its forthcoming on Moody Recordings, it may well be the sound of the Ibiza terrace. It’s already had 13.7 million YouTube plays as well as good support from Pete Tong and Danny Howard on BBC Radio 1. Check it out below.

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Denzal Park Ft. Jon Hume

Denzal Park Ft.Jon Hume

Australian duo Denzal Park continue to show their production skills with their latest track, ‘One Way Home’. Jon Hume (of Evermore fame) lends his vocal talents to the pair's new single, which was premiered on 9 May on Pete Tong's Essential Mix as the week's Essential Selection.

Denzal Park
Denzal Park

Hume's hooks meet with Denzal Park's signature progressive house sound, giving the track a promising display of possibly good things to come from the duo from Down Under.

 

Combining their production skills through a mutual affinity for electronic music, Denzal Park aka Kam Denny and Paul Zala, have carved their initials deep into the dancefloors and DJ-booths of their homeland's biggest nightclubs, darkest dance-halls and festival fields, delivering their concoction of melodies and rhythms to thousands of clubbers.

 

They kicked off their partnership five years ago with the Beatport #1 'Finally 2008', and proceeded to remix for names such as Dirty South, Avicii, Martin Solveig, Edx, Cicada, Full Intention and Pnau. Their original tracks 'Amarok', 'Nammos', 'Militia', 'Filterfreak', 'Ascension' and 'I'm A Drum Machine' have gained them support from Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, Pete Tong, Fedde Le Grand, David Guetta and Laidback Luke. The duo have also written and produced two platinum-selling singles and received Australia's highest musical accolade, picking up an APRA award for Dance Work Of The Year.

 

Check ‘One Way Home’ below, it’s out now on Neon Records.

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MK Feat Alana

MK Feat Alana

Forthcoming on Ministry of Sound, MK's Area 10 remix of 'Always' really has summer written all over it! Premiered by special delivery to B-traits as she sat in for Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, this remix is has been championed by key tastemakers and is proving extremely popular in the cooler clubs around the globe

Route 94's remix of MK's classic 'Always' has been bubbling away for a while now and MOS teams up with Defected to give it a full release this summer. Having picked up a whole host of supporters across BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, Capital & Capital Xtra, and constantly appearing in the UK's most Shazam'd Charts, 'Always' is definitely ready to be brought to the masses and could be a match for last summers #1 smash 'Look Right Through'. Check it out below.

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Dirty Vegas

Dirty Vegas | Setting Sun

After the success of their debut Release for d:vision, ‘Let The Night’, which is still riding high in the Italian Official Top 40 Singles Chart after one month and now signed to Capitol Music in France, Germany and UK, Grammy winning duo Dirty Vegas return with their new single for the label in the shape of ‘Setting Sun’.

‘Setting Sun’ is an optimistic song that roughly resembles the semblance of Empire Of The Sun and Pharrell-like alternative dance elements, it's unapologetic pop music that refuses to adhere to rigid boundaries.

 

Remixes include the hand of Nora En Pure - who delivers a deep house remix, Pete Tong’s Future Star Betoko, who piles on the funk with squiggly synths and a cool bouncing bassline, and up and coming UK DJ/producer Chad Tyson, who delivers a dancefloor–ready interpretation of the track, pitching down the vocal on top of a sunny nu disco groove. (Part 2) remixes come from Daddy’s Groove, Grum and Chromeo’s Last Gang very own Leisure Cruise.

 

Steve Smith and Paul Harris are well versed in the world of electronic music, creating Dirty Vegas over 10 years ago, and are ready for the next step in the band’s evolution. They continue a legacy of excellence in a career that has garnered many accolades including a Grammy for Best Electronic Album. Smith and Harris have spent 2013 working on new material and the result is their sixth official release; an EP titled ‘Let The Night’ released on d:vision this spring and already charting Top 3 on iTunes US Dance Albums. It’s out 26 May, check it out below.

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Illyus & Barrientos

Illyus & Barrientos

Fledgling label Love & Other’s second release comes from a pair of accomplished Glaswegian DJ/producers who really are on a bit of a roll just now. Falling on from their massive 'Do Anything You Wanna’ release on Glasgow Underground, Illyus & Barrientos return with their new ‘Ballin’ EP. 

An unlikely pair, Illyus, originally a hip-hop DJ known for his turntablism, and Barrientos, a classical music enthusiast; the duo’s paths seemed fated to cross. Individually, they have already achieved support from a cross-section of DJs, including Giles Peterson, Groove Armada, John Digweed and Sasha.

 

Support for their first collaboration EP on Glasgow Underground included Pete Tong, Skream, Gorgon City, Amine Edge, Kry Wolf and loads more. This release, which includes the tracks ‘Ballin’ and ‘Someone Else’, is two slices of bass driven house with more than a touch of class. The EP’s out now on Beatport, check it out below.

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Dimitri From Paris

Dimitri From Paris In The House Of Disco

‘Dimitri From Paris In The House Of Disco’  is the latest release from the French DJ/producer, an auditory smorgasbord of house and disco from the likes of Diana Ross, Hercules & Love Affair, Sister Sledge, Lindstrøm, Chic, Todd Terje, DJ Pierre and many more. In the late-70s and early-80s, after its bubble of underground popularity and credibility had well and truly burst, disco began it’s slow but steady mutation into house. 

Dimitri From Paris
Dimitri From Paris

Lindstrøm, Skream and Todd Terje are stand-out, modern-day champions of the ‘unabashed’ disco sound cited by Dimitri, and all make an appearance here, the latter’s electric ‘Delorean Dynamite’ a neon-fused, hands-in-the-air highlight at the midway point of Dimitri’s first mix. Representing true disco heritage, Tom Moulton reworks Brand New Heavies ‘Sunlight’, while Dimitri himself gets in on the action, dropping his own remixes of seminal Disco artists Sister Sledge (‘Lost In Music’), Diana Ross (‘The Boss’) and Chic (‘LeFreak’), the last two of which are exclusive to this release.

 

CD2 celebrates all that is exemplary in ‘Neo Vintage House’, again matching House masters past and present, occasionally in the same track; the Fingers Acid Jam Vocal Edit of FCL ‘It’s You’ being a standout example. Elsewhere you’ll find a group that absolutely embodies the original spirit of House and Disco, the inimitable Hercules & Love Affair who’s ‘Do You Feel The Same?’ closes out the mix.

 

Dimitri: “This new compilation is a testament to how disco and house are intertwined three decades after their inception,” he says. “Rather than focusing solely on classic original recordings, I wanted to show how those sounds were made contemporary without losing their spirit.

 

“I would like to dedicate this collection to the recently deceased Godfather Of House, Frankie Knuckles. A key person in the mutation of disco into house, he best described house music as ‘Disco's Revenge’. And a very sweet one it is.”

 

Dimitri From Paris In The House of Disco is out 15 June (2CD and digital) on Defected Records

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Nick Warren

Nick Warren Presents The Soundgarden

Next month will see the release of a new, crowd-funded compilation on Hope Recordings, entitled ‘Nick Warren Presents The Soundgarden’. Nick Warren is well-known in electronic music, having released material via imprints such as Global Underground, Renaissance and Cream since the early-90s as well as being the A&R behind Hope Recordings and one half of the legendary Way Out West. Here we see Nick return to the mix CD format, which he tells us ‘has always been something I love’, via a 2CD compilation taking in downbeat and club sounds.

Nick Warren Presents The Soundgarden

Nick Warren: ‘’Sourcing new music and making it into a cohesive album isn’t always an easy process, but something I find very fulfilling. Ever since compiling the first ever ‘Back To Mine’ in the ‘90s my passion for weird and wonderful ambient textures and melody-filled dance floor sounds has been one of the driving forces of my search for the perfect track.

 

”I feel that my role as a producer and DJ also includes helping new and emerging talent and giving them a platform to be noticed in this ever-changing musical world. This is something I’ve been able to pursue again with this new album that will be my 13th!’’

 

CD1 sees Nick explore soundscapes and ethereal textures, featuring records from the likes of Clara Moto and Nils Frahm as well as some exciting newcomers that Nick’s unearthed while compiling the mix. CD2 tips the focus over to the club, comprising an amalgamation of intricate and melodic dance floor focused cuts, with established artists on offer such as Barry Jamieson, Black 8, Da Funk and Waywork, as well as introducing some fresh talent into the mix as well.

 

To coincide with the release of the compilation Warren will also curate a series of ‘Soundgarden’ events, the first of which kicked off in London, early this month.

 

‘Nick Warren Presents The Soundgarden’ is out on Hope Recordings 9th June.

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Trance Essentials 2014

Trance Essentials 2014

The ideal essential compilation has to be a continuum -- covering the ground between old and new, bridging the gap between timeless and bleeding edge. ‘Trance Essentials 2014’ is a double dose of the tunes of the moment, including reworks of some classics from the past. Well-known artists have made their mark on the tracklist, and possible rising stars find themselves well represented too.

Straight from Paul Oakenfold’s upcoming ‘Trance Mission’ album, the classics ‘Toca Me’ and ‘Café Del Mar’ have gotten a major facelift and should turn heads everywhere they’re played. Andrew Rayel has two tracks on the compilation, including ‘Eiforya’ with Armin van Buuren. The two throwback tracks ‘Must Be The Love’ from Arty and BT featuring Nadia Ali and Jurgen Vries’ ‘The Theme’ set the level of quality for the album.

 

New club tracks from Dash Berlin & Rigby, Gaia, and a Johan Malmgren remix of Aruna’s ‘Start a Fire’ keep the future of trance music burning brightly. An extensive collection of fresh new remixes (including a remix of Paul van Dyk’s ‘Crush’ from Las Salinas), ‘Trance Essentials 2014’ is out on Armada on 6 June. Check one of its tracks, Tenishia’s ‘Benedictus’ below.

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Burnt Island Casuals

Burnt Island Casuals

Continuing their decade long partnership, The Revenge and Sub Club’s Harri emerge from their Glasgow studio under their Burnt Island Casuals guise to release the ‘Linger Longer EP’. If you've visited Subculture at Sub Club in Glasgow; one of the finest internationally-renowned underground clubbing havens, then you’re likely already to have absorbed Harri’s studious approach to production. Here the EP’s crisp and drum programming works to prove an enthusiastic and endearing backdrop to some 4/4 flexible synth work.

Burnt Island Casuals
Burnt Island Casuals (The Revenge & Harri)

Fresh from completion of 6th Borough Project’s sophomore album, The Revenge’s association with quality productions continues; expect reassuringly slow-mo dancefloor memories, as guest Esa Williams provides additional percussion and unified analogue power on ‘Theme From Easy Aces’ and the heady, block-laiden ‘Belshill Rendevouz’.

 

Their production partnership goes on through ‘Grouse House’ and ‘Clown Prosecution Service’; reproducing the house sounds of an elder era with painstaking, granular attention to detail and sneaky modernising touches. The latest offering serves as a befitting prelude to The Revenge’s production work for forthcoming and inaugural release on Sub Club’s new label.

 

If any label can claim ownership of a sound, the pair have honed their obsession into four lengthy cuts nailing Roar Groove’s thematic mission statement. Have a listen below.

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Zerothree

Kaz James & Junior Sanchez Feat Vick Knightly

Zerothree is a new record label dedicated to unearthing the undiscovered talent that exists in the online community of dance music producers as well as working with established talent. Run in conjunction with music platform Wavo.me, Zerothree will release an EP from new and unsigned producers every quarter. Wavo and Zerothree will be hosting engaging, crowd-sourced label initiatives like an online demo submissions chart, remix competitions, and more to make the discovery process transparent and interactive. 

The first Demo Submission Chart is live here: https://wavo.me/zerothree/demo-submission-chart

 

The winning producers will also benefit from being part of a release schedule that is home to possibly some of the most exciting new and established producers in dance music today.  The likes of Kaz James, Junior Sanchez, Maor Levi, Lunde Bros and Antonio Giacca are already signed to the label, which has a music policy of credible progressive and melodic EDM.

 

The first release from Kaz James & Junior Sanchez feat Vick Knightly with ‘Underground Police’. Having produced for some of the biggest talents on the planet, holding residencies across Ibiza and Australia and with support including the likes of Avicii, Pete Tong and David Guetta, Kaz James injects his energetic, driving, dance floor inspired sound to the track. Junior Sanchez adds his forward thinking style to the mix and, known for his past releases on Size, Dim Mak and Mixmash, Junior is an exciting producer. 

 

It’s out 19 May, check it out below.

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Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Next week will see the release of Craig Smith’s ‘Only When It Is Darkest’ EP via Teng Records, backed with reworks from Phlash and Fabio Della Torre. Craig has been involved in electronic music since the early-90s and over the years has earned critical acclaim for his collaborative guise with The Revenge; 6th Borough Project. 

Smith’s material has been released via imprints such as Delusions Of Grandeur, Permanent Vacation and Use Of Weapons and here he joins the Teng roster, following the likes of Neville Watson, Nubian Mindz and Paul Mac.

Only When It Is Darkest EP

Opening the single is the original version of title track ‘Only When It Is Darkest’, an understated number built around dreamy melodies, gritty analogue bass, off-kilter rhythms and spoken word vocal lines. The latter stages then sees the melodic elements unfold as Smith works in jazzy piano licks, pizzicato strings and tension building pads. Phil Asher steps up to rework ‘Only When It Is Darkest’ next under his Phlash alias, and as expected from Asher the mix is soul-drenched house music, fuelled by resonant, evolving synth stabs, punchy bass hits and bumpy, swinging beats.

 

Fabio Della Torre, founder of Bosconi Records, delves deep with his interpretation of ‘Only When It Is Darkest’ next, stripping back the percussive aspects to a swirling filtered groove, while the warm, ethereal melodic sounds take the reins and steadily blossom over the compositions seven and a half minutes. Closing the release is another original from Smith, entitled ‘Matter Don’t Matter’, the cut takes on a more organic form this time with natural percussive sounds, soft Rhodes melodies and throbbing low-end tones.

 

It’s out 19 May, check it out below.

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Oliver Heldens

Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill

Originally released by Musical Freedom, the instrumental edit of 19-year-old Oliver Heldens’ deep house track ‘Gecko’ has become a popular track in club sets for 2014, peaking at #2 in the Beatport chart and garnering support from the likes of Pete Tong, Danny Howard and Zane Lowe. The latest edit ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’, written and vocalled by Becky Hill during a late night recording session with MNEK, is being released by Parlophone’s new dance imprint FFRR. 

Initially written for another vocalist, Becky’s vocal on Gecko’s chorus was deemed the perfect fit and has already been coined the ‘Hottest Record in the World’ by Zane Lowe.

 

Signed to Spinnin’ Records when he was just 17-years-old, the Netherlands-born DJ/producer has also released the tracks ‘Stinger’ and ‘Juggernaut’ as well as creating remixes for Martin Garrix. Oliver’s recent schedule included sets at Miami Winter Music Conference where he played sets at the Spinnin’ Sessions, the All Gone Pete Tong Pool Party and Tiesto’s Musical Freedom Party. His biggest UK set to date will come at this year’s Creamfields, where he’ll play the Departures arena. He recently supported Avicii at two huge arena dates in Belgium and the Netherlands.

 

After writing and singing the toplines  for Rudimental’s ‘Powerless’ and Wilkinson’s D&B track ‘Afterglow’ last year, Becky Hill has been in demand.  She has also been writing and recording with a host of producers and musicians, gathering material for her upcoming album, released later this year on Parlophone Records.

 

'Gecko (Overdrive)' is out 23 June, check it out below.

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DJ Roland Clark Presents Urban Soul

 DJ Roland Clark Presents Urban Soul

When turning back the pages of King Street’s history, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul’s ‘President House’ would possibly have a chapter all to its own. In keeping with the rich tradition of mixing and mashing both old and new, King Street presents two new “re takes” on the classic that both showcase what’s fresh in today’s dance music world but also keeping true to the elements of what made a classic, a classic. 

 DJ Roland Clark Presents Urban Soul

Hailing from the greater Frankfurt area, Sascha Dive has made quite an impression on the international house and techno circuit over the past few years. With releases on some of the industry’s most respected labels and performances at arguably some of the world’s best venues, Sascha is starting to make things happen. He kicks off the EP with a deep and techno based remix of ‘President House’ rooted in his European roots with a flair of classic King Street. Following up, Germany based M.in takes the remix reigns for both his remix and dubstrumental versions of the track. Smooth percussion, a driving bass, and vocal sampling make these remixes work! Finally the release closes with the original ‘President House’ acapella. Look for the mixes online.

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Michel de Hey & Mulder

Michel de Hey & Mulder

As someone who has possibly opened the door to techno and tech house for a generation of clubbers with his Miracle, Brave New World and Hey! labels, Dutch producer Michel de Hey has now joined forces with fellow countryman and rising DJ Mulder to release their ‘Seven EP’ on Defected’s DFTD imprint.

Title track ‘Seven’ is an eight minute journey that weaves its way through an array of shuffling transitions and cosmic overtures. ‘Trieb' boasts a huge, rocky bassline complimented by whisking vocal waves, while ‘Balicoon’ is the icing on this EP, demonstrating the duo’s versatility in threading evolving, saw tooth basslines, off-beat cowbell riffs and soaring ‘80s synth pads. 

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Andi Rivera Ft Robert Owens

Andi Rivera Ft Robert Owens

Deep 8 Recordings is a brand new UK label intent on offering high quality house releases and its inaugural release comes from Andi Rivera and features the Robert Owens on vocal duty. A selection of remixes comes from Pezzner, A Lister, James Johnston and taMe. 

Andi Rivera Ft Robert Owens

In original form the single is classic house with a bassline straight out of ‘90s New York, with an emotive vocal, the percussion squelches along, taking you with it every step of the way. 

Seattle based deep houser Pezzner tackles the first remix and flips the track into something much more suited for late night back rooms. Owens’ vocal becomes a distant murmur and sensuous, liquid synths instead take centre stage. Next up is A Lister, a 24-year-old house producer and DJ from Bradford. His version is full on vibey, bouncy and bold with neon chord stabs, funky percussion and only the slightest vocal coos from Owens.

 

James Johnston, previously of labels like Black Key and No Matter What, then reworks the track into something that skips and skims with a jazzy old school energy similar to that of Kerri Chandler. Finally, the taMe remix is a fusion of garage skip, house warmth and bass heaviness. It’s out today. 

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Shinichi Osawa

Shinichi Osawa

New Japanese talent, Shinichi Osawa, is apparently causing a stir over in Tokyo's clubland just now and has recently announced his debut double A side single, 'Breaking Through the Night / All I Need', via Kitsuné this spring. 

Fresh from his recent collaboration with Parisian stars, BeatauCue on their 'Falcon Punch' EP and a bunch of remixes for Etienne de Crecy, Digitalism and Boys Noize, the time has arrived for Shinchi Osawa to launch his release on the Franco-Japanese label.

 

'Breaking Through the Night' is cheeky disco-tech oddity, full of aural pleasing surprises. The second track, 'All I Need', is a creeping electro-house monster that may well devour dancefloors this season.The EP also features three remixes: Xander Milne offers a very punchy one for starters, then comes French producer Korgbrain's remix which brings a deep and minimal touch to the track, finally another French rising producer, Eggo, signs off with a smooth but groovy version. check it out below, it’s out 7 April.

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Paolo Rocco

Paolo Rocco

 

Fresh from mixing a disc of ‘Defected In The House Miami 2014’, Canadian artist Paolo Rocco has been going from strength to strength with his steady flow of releases in recent years. Highly regarded for his structured DJ sets as well as his productions, this artist of Italian descent has produced for a slew of creditable imprints such as Saved Records, Seaking, Real Tone and Klasse Recordings whilst also seeing his work praised by the likes of Damian Lazarus, Nic Fanciulli and DJ Sneak.

 

Rocco’s original of ‘Move Body, Move Forward’ has mesmeric clear chords making for the body of the track whilst catchy pitched down vocals add a dose of quirkiness to its emotive veneer. In contrast fellow Canadian, Nathan Barato, offers a dark roller of a remix with energy that should stir up dancefloors at the push of a button. Lastly Osunlade demonstrates his signature gift for reconstructing a track into something alternatively fresh and exciting in the form of two mixes: Yoruba Soul Mix and Yoruba Soul Dub. Both versions incorporate a unique blend of layered synths whilst the vocals recur as a hypnotising loop. It’s out 7 April on Defected Records.

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Matt Tolfrey

Matt Tolfrey

 

The next release on Leftroom revisits the debut album, ‘Word Of Mouth’, by label boss Matt Tolfrey, which was released in 2012. Four cuts from the full length get remixed by Mr Fingers, NYC’s Kenny Dope, Justin Harris and Luke Solomon’s Freaks project and Classic cohort Rob Mello’s No Ears. First up, Matt Tolfrey feat Jem Cooke & Kevin Knapp’s ‘Distant Story’ gets remixed by Larry Heard. The Alleviated boss transforms the track into a deeply soulful and spiritual track with otherworldly pads, feathery light hi hats and knock-on-wood beats.

Matt Tolfrey | Word Of Mouth Remixes

Next up, one half of Masters At Work, Kenny Dope, does his thang to ‘Turn You Out’. This one is a skipping, lively jam with crisp percussion and soft edged chord vamps. That unmistakable MAW bounce is buried deep within and the tune  builds to a subtle peak over time. Rob Mello’s No Ears Vox of Matt Tolfrey feat James Teej ‘Never Assume’ is a low down growler with a suitably warm and organic dub quotient as well as light footed percussive skip and snaking, bulbous bassline. It’s full of charm and dancing potential before Freaks get a little more late night and after party styled with their remix. It’s off kilter; full of murmuring voices and sharp hi hat slashes and marks a welcome return to the fray for the Freaks duo.

 

The remix package is out 21 April on Leftroom.

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Rank 1 & Dennis Sheperd

Rank 1 & Dennis Sheperd

Last year Rank 1 released their 13-minute track ‘13.11.11’ and their ‘Elements Of Nature’ bagged many credits, getting a MIXMAG Tune of the Month and landing the Dutch duo with a #5 position on Trancefix’s Tracks of the 2013 rundown. 

For Germany’s Dennis Sheperd, the remixes of his biggest tune to date ‘Fallen Angel’ dropped on High Contrast Recordings in 2013 garnering huge support, which followed the success of his debut mix-comp and artist album ‘A Tribute To Life’. 

 

Now, closing up fast on their landmark 250th release, High Contrast has united them for one this track. ‘Freude’ equals ‘joy’, ‘rausch’ means ‘noisy intoxication’ and in the collective pursuit of club floor feelgood-ery, Piet, Benno & Dennis have created a new electronic music cocktail. Check it out below, it’s out 17 March. 

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Poolside Miami

Poolside Miami

'Poolside Miami' offers a collection of sun drenched beats and  blissed out grooves, a great accompaniment to long hot days by the pool. 

The first destination, ‘Miami’, features 29 full-length tracks from Hackman, Satin Jackets, Zimmer, Crayon, Moullinex, Blamma! Blamma!, Miguel Migs, Crazy P, Hot Toddy, Kolombo, Cyclist & many more alongside a full-length DJ mix covering everything from chill out, nu disco and deep house.

 

With 100% new and exclusive tracks from Karol XVII & MB Valence, Cram & Gone Deville, 'Poolside Miami' offers an alternative soundtrack to the discerning clubber, funk ridden B-lines, sublime melodies and soothing vocals, it takes you on a journey to the chilled side of dance, whilst showcasing some top  producers. It’s out 17 March on Toolroom Records, check the video out below. 

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Steve Lawler

Steve Lawler | VIVa Music

 

DJ and producer Steve Lawler releases his new single ‘Do Ya’ today, on his own VIVa MUSiC.  Lawler’s latest entry into his label’s ever-expanding catalogue stitches together the groovy feel that he regularly instills into dance floors worldwide. The track continues to establish his distinctive house music sound, anchored around simple yet effective drum programming with the tracks own momentum emerging as the original’s charm. 

Steve Lawler
Steve Lawler

Steve Lawler: "Over the last year I have been experimenting with the sounds of old school acid house mixed with the new possibilities of technology. I have been editing and re-working lots of my old records from my extensive collection. Whist going through all this history of house it hugely inspired me to do what house music has always been about; to sample and be creative. ‘Do Ya’ was born from the depths of my record collection.”

 

The limited edition gold vinyl release, due out on 24 March features the original and instrumental version on the A-side, the B-side sporting two very different interpretations from Hot Since 82 and Patrick Topping. Hot Since 82 supplies a darker vibe that is unmistakably his own. Patrick Topping debuts on VIVa MUSiC, having seen considerable success with his Hot Creations output and brings a chunkier trippy taste to the forefront. The digital release also includes a dreamy yet rolling remix from Bunte Bummler.

 

“The remixes all came about organically and are from my favourite producers right now,” Steve explains. “First off, Hot Since 82 heard me play my original when we played together for Radio 1 and asked if he could remix it which I was really happy about, and of course he has delivered a bomb! He has produced a heavy foot stomping modern classic. Up next, Patrick Topping, a personal favourite of mine right now, delivering a groove infused colourful trip very much his flavour. Last but not least the infectious sounds of the mischievous outfit from Germany Bunte Brummler, doing in my opinion one of their best works to date with their techy and dubby yet rich in colour musical house jams. I'm very proud of this whole project; I have taken my time over it to ensure its life on the shelf and will come out with a limited run of gold vinyls."

 

Check it out below.

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Pig & Dan

Pig & Dan

Pig & Dan’s Elevate label could be set to go from strength to strength in 2014 with a series of new releases planned. Pig & themselves return home for the label’s 12th release with two techno productions – the mind-bendingly ‘Slash’, and the equally disturbingly ‘Where The Wild Things Are’.  

Pig & Dan have been flying high over the past months with a series of releases, including ‘I Am One’ on Monica Kruse’s Terminal M label, ‘Eagles From Space’ (Bulletdodge), ‘Lonely Symphony’ (Cocoon), ‘Broken Melody’ (Soma), their ‘Morphism’ collaboration with John Digweed and Nick Muir on Bedrock, a remix of Test Pilot’s ‘Sunspot’ (Plus 8), and their remix of the Inner City classic ‘Good Life’ on Kevin Saunderson’s KMS label. This new EP is out 24 March, check it out below.

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Route 94

Route 94 | Fly 4 Life EP

 

After making an impact with his track, ‘My Love’ – now heading to the top of the UK singles charts – and producing a track for Katy B’s ‘Little Red’ album, 19-year old Route 94 is back with his debut ‘Fly 4 Life’ EP on Defected Records.

Sultry female vocals and 808 rim shot groove in the opening track, ´Tell You Why´, combine a touch of R&B and effects heavy vocals, creating the ideal track for dancing in a club or your living room. The EP’s title track, ‘Fly 4 Life’, opens with a captivating bassline, while the lusty vocal samples and massive white noise sweeps switch the track flawlessly between classic soul house and shadowy techno.

 

‘In My Heart’ and ´Walls Come Tumbling Down´ highlight the young producer´s deeper side showcasing warm bass synths, ethereal arpeggios and hypnotic vocal hooks. Already celebrated by the likes of Annie Mac and Skream, the EP should help solidify Route 94’s reputation as an international house staple. It’s out 31 March, check it out below.

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Fedde Le Grand

Fedde Le Grand

Fedde Le Grand’s ‘Don’t Give Up’, which steams in after 11 minutes to Final Kid’s backdrop on UMF’s 15th edition after-movie, has had a TBC attached to its release since September last year. Now, on 24 March - as Miami Music Week kicks off - the full instrumental gets its Beatport release and Fedde recently teamed up with Final Kid once more for an extended preview, which you can check below.

 

 

The near three-minute long video captures the crowd and roaring moments of Ultra in Miami, Korea and Croatia and with its huge drop, Le Grand has spent time perfecting the cut. A meticulous process of reworking and reshaping led to the production that could prove to be another biggie for the Dutch DJ/producer.

 

After time spent away from the decks, Fedde’s touring schedule is in full swing once again where he’sroad testing an armory of new material. Catch him back on the Ultra stage on 30March.

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Tour Dates

7/3: Club Play, Budapest, Hungary

8/3: Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, UK

14/3: Messehalle, Frankfurt, Germany

15/3: The Arches, Scotland, UK

16/3: El Divino, Belfast, NI

18/3: The City, Cancun, Mexico

19/3: Surrender, Las Vegas, USA

20/3: Beta Nightclub, Denver, USA

21/3: Exchange, LA, USA

22/3: Ruby Sky, San Fran, USA

23/3: Sutra, Newport Beach, USA

23/3: Wintervention, San Diego, USA 

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Illyus & Barrientos

Illyus & Barrientos | ‘Do You Wanna’

The latest track from Glasgow Underground comes from a new collaboration between existing GU talent, Illyus and Barrientos. ‘Do Anything You Wanna’ is a two-track EP from the pair who have previously remixed Grum together (picking up support from Pete Tong’s Essential Selection straight off the bat) and delivered solo EPs for GU, Morris Audio and Seven Music.

Already seeing support from a huge range of DJs including Radio 1’s Pete Tong and Danny Howard, Skream, Huxley, Sasha, Kiki and Amine Edge, the hype for the track is intensifying on a weekly basis and looks set to be a big one for the label. Add in plays and interviews on BBC Radio 1 Xtra and you start to see that this could be a huge track for the duo.

Illyus & Barrientos | ‘Do You Wanna’

 

Glasgow Underground: “We're just a little bit proud of this collaboration. We've been working with these two guys for a while now and thought their talents would be a perfect match. After a bit of cajoling, we got the two of them in the studio and boy are we glad we did.

 

“There is no other way to put this – ‘Do Anything You Wanna’ is an absolute anthem. The vocals are hooky like ‘Shake That’, pianos classy like Ejeca's finest and its beats walk around like they are bigger than Prince. An instant dancefloor bomb that should propel two of Glasgow's hottest new talents on to seriously big things.

 

“‘The Times We Shared’ is a bit moodier, but equally floor-filling. It oozes vocal style like the best of Diynamic but with some added super-tough Glaswegian beats that take the record into the kind of territory Deep Dish would be in (if they were still making records as good as they did in '94 today).”

 

It’s out on Beatport on 10 March, everywhere else on 24 March, check it out below.

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Terrence Parker

Terrence Parker | When Loves The Feeling

Detroit’s Terrence Parker recently revealed his new single 'When Loves The Feeling' for GFY Black label. Armed with pure house feeling and a flavour of "how we used to do…", the track brings amore right back to dance floor central where it belongs, with its bumping ‘90s bass and classic beats laced with highly infectious vocal and classic piano hooks. On remix duty are label boss' Kenny Summit and Lenny RX who inject some punchy beats and dramatic breakdowns.

Terrence Parker is a high respected producer, remixer and DJ of the classic sound of Detroit house music. As a DJ, Terrence (known to many as "TP") has performed as a DJ in 27 countries in more than 200 hundred cities across the world. These events range from night clubs, to music festivals with more that 100,000 people. Since 1988, TP has released productions on various labels from Studio K7, Network/Six6, KMS, Simply Soul, Deconstruction, Superb Ent, his own first label venture, Intangible Records and major labels - Universal, EMI, Virgin, and Sony/BMG. These include top 20 hit songs, 'Love's Got Me High' (with 2012 remixes by Marc Romboy and Jimpster), 'The Question' and albums including 'Detroit After Dark'.

 

He’s also remixed projects for major recording artists including Kelly Rowland, Vickie Winans, Lyfe Jennings, Michelle Williams, Wyclef feat Akon, Beyonce & Shakira, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Shaun Escoffery, Amerie, Chris Brown and many more.

 

GFY Black Label, launched earlier this year, is a partnership between LA's Good For You Records boss, DJ and Producer, Kenny Summit and New York native Lenny RX who has been a staple in the underground dance scene in the NYC area for over a decade. 

 

It's out 10 March.

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Deep Dish

Deep Dish

 

Clubbers that arrived at The Mid in Chicago, USA on Saturday night were greeted with a very special surprise set from legendary DJ duo Deep Dish. Although it was their first set together as Deep Dish since 2006, DJs Dubfire and Sharam didn’t miss a beat in one of house music’s great cities. 

Deep Dish | Miami

Musically, it was a journey through house, techno and everything in between and the duo also premiered three brand new songs that went down a storm with those in attendance.

 

Deep Dish’s upcoming headline show at Miami’s Ice Palace Studios on 29 March is set to be one of WMC/MMW’s biggest shows and the duo have lots of surprises planned. Their brand new single ‘Quincy” arrives 17 March on Virgin Records and is currently Number One in the Buzz Chart and was Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune for his BBC Radio 1 show on Friday, 14 February. Check it out below. 

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Karuva

Karuva | Shockwaves

 

In such a competitive scene, it’s always good to see new talent emerge, especially someone who’s not only making it as a DJ, but is multi-talented, and uses these musical skills to produce his own music. Drums, keyboards, guitar and vocals - it’s all in the mix when Karuva makes a new production – and today see the release of his debut EP, ‘Shockwaves’, on Canadian label Phoenix Music. Join us for a journey into the deeper side of house music…

How would you describe yourself? 

I'm a house producer and DJ that likes to think out of the box. In the studio, I play live instruments, in the form of electric guitar, freestyle piano and drums - which will also be incorporated into my live DJ sets.

 

How would you describe your sound? 

Thanks to my musical background and travels abroad, I'm influenced by artists as wide ranging as Jamie Jones to Jimi Hendrix. My productions are house, but there is an element of deep funk and breakbeat in most of my tracks.

 

Who are some or your favourite house producers right now?

Really digging the musical output of guys including Hot Since 82 and Kolombo right now – it’s cool, it’s underground and it rocks dance floors. 

Karuva
Karuva

Your debut EP is out today, can you tell us more about it? 

'Shockwaves' is released by Phoenix Music (www.phoenixmusicinc.com), which is a cool Canadian house label. I'm glad to be signed by this imprint, as others on the label include rising stars such as Will Clarke and legends such as Todd Terry. The 'Shockwaves' EP is out today as a Traxsource exclusive followed by release on Beatport and iTunes.

 

What have you got planned for the forthcoming months? 

My second EP (called 'Bomba') will be out in April; it’s a three-track journey through my interpretation of deep house. I've been taken on by a manager and booking agent, I'm starting a radio show and I’m looking forward to DJing in Ibiza this summer at various label parties.

 

How can people connect with you? 

Everyone is very welcome aboard the journey! For more info on future releases, feel free to join me at www.facebook.com/karuvamusic, www.soundcloud.com/karuvamusic and www.twitter.com/karuvamusic.

 

'Shockwaves' is out today, check it out below.

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Yves Larock Feat Roland Richards

Yves Larock Feat Roland Richards

With new edits coming from Muzzaik, Simone Vitullo, LaBass, Mark Ursa and Leonardo Glovibes plus stadium, arena and sunshine mixes which should be ideal for festival, Miami and Ibiza plays, Yves Larock’s ‘Zookey 2K14’ is back again and looks set to win over a whole new set of fans.

 

Originally released in 2005, signed to Defected and Africanism and a certified classic with huge radio airplay and dance floor recognition, ‘Zookey (Lift Your Leg Up)’ was a blend of upbeat percussive lines, sleazy electronic guitars and Caribbean melodies fused around Roland Richards’ rolling vocal line.

Yves Larock
Yves Larock

For 2014, the vibe is still the same thanks to the reoccurrence of the instantaneously recognisable central riff, but the tone has most definitely veered off in the general direction of all things deep. Long-term Larock stalwart Muzzaik offers up a chugging, escalating rendition perfect for that mid-set progressive power-up, while the package’s Main Mix takes the certifiably filthy route.

 

Italian nu-wave producer Simone Vitullo delivers a stripped back edit full of muted samples and undulating deep elements, Labass highlights the instrumental and choral sections that elevated the original. Brazil’s Mark Ursa brings the bass for a dirty rendition that twists and warps in and out of the original; Italian veteran Leonardo Glovibes puts together a Latin-inspired remix packed with syncopated beats and high-end percussion. Rounding off are the Stadium, Arena and Sunshine remixes, doing exactly what they say on the tin.

 

It’s out 7 March on Millia Records, check it out below.

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Wookie Feat Zak Abel

Wookie Feat. Zak Abel

 

2013 saw Jason Chue AKA Wookie, release his own track 'The Hype' featuring Eliza Doolittle (Strictly Rhythm) and remix (amongst others) Disclosure’s 'Voices' (PMR/Island) and Wilkinson’s 'Too Close' (Ram/Virgin). All three records gained continued support from Radio One’s Annie Mac, Toddla T and Rob Da Bank, Kiss FM’s DJ EZ and 1Xtra’s MistaJam, DJ Target and Cameo.

2014 sees the producer and remixer, regarded by many as one of the most influential founding fathers of UK Garage, return with the beautiful soulful track 'Higher', featuring the vocal talents of newcomer Zak Abel. 18-year old singer/songwriter Zak, hailing from North West London is introduced to the scene by Wookie and featuring alongside Zak is the sound of Rudimental’s trumpet player, Mark Crown. Check it out below, this is stunning. It’s out 14 April on ManChu Records.

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Damon Albarn

Daman Albarn | Everyday Robots

 

Recorded last year at Albarn’s West London studio 13, his forthcoming album, ‘Everyday Robots’, is produced by Richard Russell of XL, with whom Damon produced Bobby Womack’s ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’ - and features guest appearances from Brian Eno and Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes).

Led by title track ‘Everyday Robots’, the 12 songs here invite the listener into Albarn’s world for a ‘one-to-one’ and are possibly the most soul-searching and autobiographical since his musical journey began: a career that started with Blur and spans Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Mali Music, Monkey: Journey To The West, Dr Dee and Africa Express.

 

The songs’ subject matter is more directly personal than before and is inspired by Albarn’s experiences from early childhood to now, including the trappings of our modern existence, computer games, mobile phones and nature versus technology.

The songs’ subject matter is more directly personal than before and is inspired by Albarn’s experiences from early childhood to now, including the trappings of our modern existence, computer games, mobile phones and nature versus technology.

 

The lead, title track ‘Everyday Robots’ is accompanied by a video directed by artist and designer Aitor Throup. The film is a digital portrait of Albarn by Throup and uses CGI software and actual cranial scans and facial reconstruction techniques to explore and reveal the process of building a uniquely personal portrait of an artist and individual.

 

Throup also creatively directed the visual concepts for the single and album artwork, as well as shooting Albarn for the album cover image.

 

Damon Albarn will headline at Latitude Festival on Saturday 19 July 2014 with a band including guitarist Seye, drummer Pauli The PSM, bassist Jeff Wootton and Mike Smith on keyboards.

 

'Everyday Robots' will be available as a digital download, CD and 12” vinyl on 28 April.

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Jose Burgos Feat. Kenny Bobien

Jose Burgos Feat. Kenny Bobien | For Your Love

US producer Jose Burgos has been a big name in soulful house music for the best part of two decades, with releases on Salt Shaker Records, NRK, Deep Vision and Sunlightsquare Records. Now, he’s reunited once again with the powerfully soulful voice of Kenny Bobien, one of our all time favourite soulful house vocalists.

 

 

 

Jose and Kenny’s track, ‘For Your Love’, epitomises Burgos’ inimitable upbeat and organic sound as he includes an eclectic array of percussion, brass instruments and a strumming guitar. Here, South African rising producer, Cuebur, is on remix duties, adding his own distinct flavour to the cut; raw sounding percussion and warm atmospherics combine, resulting in a gentle, emotionally affecting reworking. It’s out on Soul Heaven on 3 March, check it out below.

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Juventa

The Chain Gang Of 1974 | Sleepwalking (Juventa Remix)

Hot on the heels of ‘Move Into Light’ and remix duty on US duo Tritonal’s ‘Now Or Never’, Enhanced Music’s Juventa recently revealed that the next track to receive his spin will be one synonymous with one of the most successful video games of all time – Grand Theft Auto V. His reimagining of ‘Sleepwalking’ by The Chain Gang Of 1974 is set for release on Monday 10th March exclusively through Beatport.

 

  

Juventa
Juventa

Having been the theme tune to the official GTA V trailer as well as featuring on the game’s soundtrack, the original has been gaining fans, support and millions of online plays ever since. Now the Dutch producer jacks up the tempo and breathes new life into the song by taking it to the dance floor and giving clubbers something they can really move to. Harnessing the vocals and guitar of the initial track, Juventa has transformed the hook into something ardent and infectious that sits perfectly on top of the beat.

 

With more than 100 million people who’ve played Grand Theft Auto V and countless more that have watched the TV ads, this could do well when it drops on March 10. Check it out below.

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Prok & Fitch Feat Max Linen

Prok & Fitch Feat Max Linen | Man With Soul

 

Prok & Fitch return to Toolroom Records with the recently released, ‘Man With Soul’, featuring the vocals of Max Linen. Following the success of their 'Toolroom Knights' album at the close of last year and recent BBC Radio 1 support from Steve Angello and NERVO, 2014 may well be Prok & Fitch’s biggest year yet. 

With a US tour planned this month, which sees the duo bring their beats to every corner of the continent, Prok & Fitch, ‘Man With Soul’ focuses on a high-energy, filtered disco groove that relentlessly builds towards a big drop where Max Linen’s vocal takes hold. Heavily featured in Mark Knight’s DJ sets, this is a well-crafted track that should get widespread support from a cross genre of DJs from Miami WMC and right through the Ibiza season. The track is out now, has summer all over it, and should do well for the duo and the label, so check it out below.

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Paul Trainer

Paul Trainer | Receptor

 

A man no stranger to Vandit’s discography, Scotland's Paul Trainer has been producing music for half a decade now. Following up the likes of ‘Totality’, ‘Face The Music’ and ‘Soundscape’, he’s returns to the door of Paul van Dyk's Berlin-based Vandit Records with ‘Receptor'.

On his Original Mix, the young Scotsman forms a nucleus for the track of pounding drums and rolling bass, further synthesising the sonic compound with squally, psy-like 303 and high wire tense synth bursts. Into the drop, ’Receptor’ then opens up into a wash of immersive, mesmeric pads and chords, before Paul reconnects the drums and synths. Having already displayed his remixing skills on Paul van Dyk’s ‘If You Want My Love’ last year, for ‘Receptor’’s rebuild Germany’s Niels von Ahorn takes the tone darker and more driving. Recalibrating the track’s tempo to prog-trance pace, he swirls the atmosphere deep, creating an infectious linearism, then builds the mix with short drops and equally quick and effective bring-backs. It’s out now, check it below. 

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Ray Foxx & Tom Piper Feat. Ayah Marar

Ray Foxx & Tom Piper Feat. Ayah Marar

Ray Foxx is back with a brand new release following on from his top 40 summer track, ‘Boom Boom (Heartbeat)’ and the funk infused ‘Fireworks’. This time he joins forces on the production with Australian bassmaker, Tom Piper and Ayah Marar steps up on the vocal delivery following her collaboration with Calvin Harris on ‘Thinking About You’. Together the trio create this dynamic, bass heavy, synth infused track, topping it off with a heavy percussion filled backdrop.

 

 

Ray Foxx first burst on to the scene in 2011 with ‘The Trumpeter’, later releasing vocal version ‘La Musica’, featuring Lovelle, which received support from Annie Mac, Trevor Nelson and Zane Lowe to name a few.  Ray came back with ‘Boom Boom’ last summer which charted in the UK at number 12. The Foxx has been busy with recent remixes for Sigma and Dizzee Rascal, as well as providing a fortnightly guest mix for MistaJam on BBC 1Xtra, and hosting his own weekly show on Kiss FM’s digital station Kiss Fresh.

 

Fellow producer Tom Piper is signed to Ministry Of Sound in Australia, and is possibly one of the most in demand DJs and producers in the Southern Hemisphere. He’s had collaborations with Tommy Trash, Micky Slim & Majestic and most recently his remix of Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr’s massive track ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ is currently at #1 on the Australian club chart.

 

Dubbed the Queen of bass, Ayah Marar provides the lyrics on ‘Only Way’. Ayah has had collaborations with Calvin Harris, DJ Fresh, Drumsound & Bassline Smith and Toddla T to name a few, not to mention recent tours with Example, Camo & Krooked and Calvin Harris himself. Having been heavily involved in the D&B scene from a young age, Ayah is an established singer, DJ and MC. Her debut album ‘The Real’ was released in 2012, ‘The Raver’, one of the singles from the album, had a remix from the Foxx himself.

 

It’s out on Strictly Rhythm on 16 March, check it out below.

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GotSome Feat. The Get Along Gang

GotSome Feat. The Get Along Gang

Like many tracks of its nature, ‘Bassline’ began its journey as an underground track and has since risen to possibly become somewhat of an anthem. Defected Records released the Bristolian duo GotSome’s debut last year, with ‘Bassline’ promptly climbing No. 4 in the Beatport House chart. Now, with so much remix potential the track has been picked apart by some of the greatest minds in house music.

 

 

Up first is house legend Kenny Dope who provides a duskier rendition that commences with pounding off-beat percussion and pitched-down vocals before erupting into a wave of convulsing ethereal synths. Friend Within darkens the tone using echoing vocals and sinister synths to make way for a drop consisting of 2-step percussion and a sullen hook. Finally, established duo Chocolate Puma demonstrate their high-octane approach to house production with a prolonged build-up that progressively elevates before hitting a monstrous barrage of throbbing low-end and thudding kicks.

 

It’s out 17 February, check it out below.

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Laidback Luke & Project 46 Feat. Collin McLoughlin

Laidback Luke & Project 46 Feat. Collin McLoughlin

 

2014 is already shaping up to be a decent year for Mixmash Records. The first release for the label head honcho, Laidback Luke, comes in the form of a collaboration with Project 46 and Collin McLoughlin, entitled ‘Collide’. The official video premiered on Vice’s Thump recently, and features two young friends who attempt to build the perfect man for their beautiful neighbour. 

Laidback Luke’s fusion of hyper-drive-house-step and ghetto-jack-trance-bass blasts stir things up with his hybrid house styles and energy, resulting in top live sets and productions. 

 

Making an impact on the progressive house scene in 2013, Project 46's releases and hectic touring schedule earned the pair a place on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs for the second year running, moving up 30 places. Their mixes of originals, remixes, bootlegs and mashups have drawn support across the globe.

 

Collin McLoughlin is a singer and producer, living in New York. He's had a big 2013, achieving over 15 million hits on his YouTube Channel, and appearing on season 3 of “The Voice.” It’s out now, check it below.

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Gareth Emery Feat. Bo Bruce

Gareth Emery Feat. Bo Bruce | U

 

British producer Gareth Emery is back with ‘U’, a brand new song featuring Bo Bruce that’s out today on his own label, Garuda. It’s the first single from his brand new album, ‘Drive’, set for release 1 April and creates an insight into what the forthcoming album has to offer. The track is a love song with ethereal vocals and euphoric synths combined to create a nice slab of music. 

The pop-inspired melodies paired with vocals by Bo Bruce - a second place contestant from The Voice (UK) - creates an uplifting, emotive sound, before dropping into Emery’s signature electro synths. The track comes with a video directed and produced by Alex Maxwell at The Mill. Making its debut today, it features a young couple, hopelessly in love, trekking down through the American countryside. Along with appearances from both Bo and Gareth, the video captures the perfect summer romance. 

 

Gareth has created a blend of trance, house and electro that he uses to build his melody-focused club tracks that form his greatest successes, which include a long-running podcast series and his own label Garuda. Stateside, Gareth will appear at Ultra Music Festival in March and make his Coachella festival debut this April. Check the video for ‘U’ below.

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Todd Terry

Todd Terry | Feel The Sun

 

Todd Terry serves another jam in the form of ‘Feel The Sun’, which comes with remixes from youngTEE, Mineo, Howson’s Groove and Sona Vabos. In his time, New York City’s Todd Terry has been Grammy nominated and has turned out seminal hits like ‘Keep On Jumpin’, ‘Somethin’ Going On’, ‘I’ll House You’ and has released on well established labels like Get Physical, Cadenza and Toolroom. This new single is made as a celebration of the global return of house music into the public’s conscious. 

Todd Terry | Feel The Sun

The original version of ’Feel The Sun’ has a classic feel with its quick licked piano stabs, trademark big kicks and boisterous house drums. The vocal is a nod to house music’s ‘90s heyday and the vocal sample finishes things off in top style. 

 

Southern Fried artist youngTEE then flips it into a rising, UK garage vibe with reversed basslines, coarse claps and all manner of urban flourishes before Mineo, who has released on Hot Creations and is soon to appear on Hypercolour, then strips the thing back to metallic hits and muffled bass blasts. It’s a slinky, percussive groove that rolls on and on. Howson’s Groove fuse many different urban styles to great effect and do so again here with their sketchy, echo drenched, bass leaning refix. Closing out the package is Sona Vabos who layers in plenty of malfunctioning synth blasts and chops up the original vocal into little stabs. It’s out 3 March on Southern Fried Records.

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Gorgon City

Gorgon City

Gorgon City's latest single ‘Ready For You Love’ received its first exclusive play on R1 recently as Zane Lowes' ‘Hottest Record in the World’ and features the vocal talents of MNEK who co-wrote the track with Matt and Kye. 

'Ready For Your Love' is a track that further establishes Gorgon City’s ability in capturing top performances from their collaborators. MNEK’s soaring soulful delivery marries perfectly with the duo’s signature production touches, bringing together the beatific agility of two-step with the gravity and resonance of deep house, dropping into an instantly addictive chorus hook. We're liking this a lot and with a plethora of mixes to choose from, this looks set to be another huge club track. Check it out below.

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Shoxy & Alexandar Ivkovic

Shoxy & Alexandar Ivkovic

 

Serbia’s Shoxy and Alexandar Ivkovic are regarded as two of the finest DJs on the Serbian circuit and now they get set to release their debut on Desolat, titled the ‘Red Beans’ EP. The EP showcases the duo’s talents across four rhythmic house mutations. ‘Red Beans’ is an impressive opener which is characterised by its clever arrangement and off-kilter beat. Soaring synths, a chanting vocal and further deft sounds are added to the mix resulting in an engrossing and hypnotic track.

Shoxy & Alexandar Ivkovic

‘Tromotonik’ develops around a more familiar 4/4 framework, with strong bass and hard-hitting percussion from the outset. Additional vocal elements make this a possible peak time record to keep a crowd moving. ‘Seattle’ is another tightly produced energetic house track. Contagious right until the last note it sees glitchy vocal fragments and warm chords wash over the punchy beat, while ‘A Tale Of Rhythm’ feels like a ride on a rusty swing with a boom box on your shoulder.

 

The first 12” pressing comes on transparent green vinyl with the label artwork by Digital Primate. It’s out 3 February.

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Rachel K Collier

Rachel K Collier

Rachel K Collier provided the vocals for Ray Foxx’s track ‘Boom Boom (Heartbeat)’. One of the memorable songs of the summer, the track was the latest in a series of collaborations for the 23-year old self taught grade 8 pianist and alumni of the Royal Welsh School Of Music.

Rachel K Collier
Rachel K Collier

 

Since moving to London in 2012 from her native Wales, Rachel has been busy writing and recording with an array of UK producers including Lung, Wookie, Netsky, Mutated Forms and Mat Zo. Now stepping out into the spotlight, she debuts with her solo single ‘Predictions’. Produced by London duo Blue Slims, ‘Predictions’ is a bass heavy, club groove juxtaposed with Rachel’s songwriting and subtle vocal delivery. 

Along with the original, remixes are included from DJ S.K.T (producer of the remix of Miguel’s ‘adorn’) and rising London based producers, Billon.

 

Already the recipient of a Radio Ripper gong from 1xtra’s Mistajam, picked as Sarah Jane Crawford’s Record of The Week, and hailed as the ‘Best of British’ by Radio 1Xtra’s TwinB and Yasmin Evans, the track should highlight the Welsh as one to watch for 2014.

 

It’s out now on Strictly Rhythm, check it below.

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Federico Scavo

Federico Scavo | The One

 

Federico Scavo’s ‘The One’ is the latest and release from Steve Angello’s X imprint. The Florence, Italy-based producer is on fire right now and this offering connects bleepy tech house with sinister sweeping synths. Federico Scavo, is possibly one of the fastest rising Italian dance music stars. He spends his life working in the studio and devoting himself to his passion of DJing. 

His talent has attracted the attention of artists such as Kaskade and Pete Tong, who regularly choose his tracks for their sets. As his own record label Area94 continues to boost his popularity on the international scene, his productions are in demand from high profile labels such as Hotfingers, Pacha recordings and Toolroom.

 

In his DJ sets, Federico plays his own tracks – remixing and mashing in his studio so that each DJ set is unique. He describes his style as “… house, but a bit funky - winking at the most innovative and contemporary electro - eclectic with some references to the ‘70s, combined with some sexy tribal… a blended sound dressed with effects.”

 

It’s out January 31, check it out below.

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Oliver Heldens

Oliver Heldens

It was a little over a month ago that a clip from a track simply called ‘Gecko’ appeared on the Musical Freedom Soundcloud page. There was no artist mentioned or any further information provided. 

The dance music community soon caught fire with this mysterious tech house groove and artists including Tiësto, Hardwell, David Guetta, Zedd, Martin Garrix and Example started fully supporting it. The buzz for the chart has been fantastic with ‘Gecko’ reaching #1 on the DMC Buzz Chart, with the track now commonly known as the work of emerging talent Oliver Heldens, he's now the producer behind possibly one of the hottest tracks in the world right now. It’s out December 30, have a listen to it below.

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Sick Individuals & Axwell FT Taylr Renee

 Sick Individuals & Axwell FT Taylr Renee

 

Ultra Music recently released ‘I AM’, a collaboration between ex-Swedish House Mafia member Axwell, breakthrough electro house duo Sick Individuals and US vocalist Taylr Renee. Originally signed during the Amsterdam Dance Having already reached #1 on Beatport, this combination of talent results in a driving yet euphoric house track whose trajectory is constantly lifting. 

Axwell discovered California's Taylr Renee, who is both the vocalist and lyricist on 'I AM', and Dutch DJ/producer duo Sick Individuals have recently turned heads with their formidable production skills and remix of David Guetta and Rihanna's hit 'Right Now.’

 

To coincide with the release of the track, Axwell has just launched his brand new website – www.axwell.com - with an “Axcess All Areas” (AAA) component. “Axcess All Areas” will launch in full later this month – an exclusive area for fans to get access to brand new content, and exclusive competitions and more from Axwell before anyone else. You can sign up now for a chance to win a trip to Salen, Sweden for Axwell's Where's The Party event at the Högfjällshotell ski resort this Saturday, December 14. Check ‘I AM’ below.

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Solarstone Featuring Lemon

Solarstone Featuring Lemon

 

With his Vangelis homage ‘Love Theme From Blade Runner’ doing well in end-of-year polls, Solarstone’s next single excursion sees the Pure Trance guardian dip back into his latest album. Moving from ‘Love’ to ‘Lovers’, he’s teamed up with cult New York-based synth-pop outfit Lemon. 

Solarstone Featuring Lemon | Lovers

Across its original versions, ‘Lovers’ is a knowing glance back by Solarstone at his formative musical years. Its production and vocals draw affectionate inspiration from a wide artistic palette, with Erasure, Depeche Mode, Roxy Music and Joy Division being just some of its many touchstone influences. Featuring introspective and deeply personal lyrics and vocals from Lemon’s frontman Roger D. Smith, ‘Lovers’ lays and layers them against crisp percussion, atmospheric analogue synths and drum rolls. Bridging the decades Solarstone’s new Pure Mix version kick offs ‘Lovers’ remix collection. Throughout their intros they utilise high-impact kick-drums, echoing harmonics and the Pure Mixes’ leitmotif running basslines. Building potent levels of tension, the vocal affects a controlled burn on the drop before Solarstone hooks the swirling atmosphere and up-surging synths back in. It’s out 9 December on Black Hole Recordings.

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Tiger Stripes

Tiger Stripes

 

Since first bursting onto the scene back in 2004, Tiger Stripes has released on a varied array of labels including Ibadan, Get Physical, liebe*detail, Drumcode and Strictly Rhythm. Now, January 2014 sees the Swedish artist make his debut on Desolat on the ‘Sisters EP’.

Tiger Stripes | Sisters EP
Tiger Stripes | Sisters EP

Title-track 'Sisters' kicks things off with a bumping bassline and strong percussion and the track moves along until a distinctive vocal, which may possibly be one of the most memorable hooks of the year, enters the fold. ‘Sisters’ reminds you that there is always summer somewhere, a possible anthem.

 

Following on is ‘Keep A Movin’ which is a hypnotic rolling house track full of energy but with a darker vibe and an equally engrossing vocal. On remix duties, tINI instantly marks her personal stamp on the original by taking out much of the vocal, slowing the BPM and infusing a woosy meandering bassline with the original melody.

 

The cover painting is by Luio Onassis and  all tracks are available as MP3s via a download code that comes with the 12” release.

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Best Of Toolroom Records 2013

Best Of Toolroom Records 2013

 

'Best Of Toolroom Records 2013' brings a collection of the best Toolroom tracks of the year. Celebrating the label's 10th anniversary has led to a collection of releases from some of the biggest DJs and producers in the industry. 

 

Featuring an array of eclectic sounds from Toolroom favourites and possible future stars, this year's 'Best Of' album rounds up everything from tech house, electro, techno, house, progressive and beyond from a line up of artists including Mark Knight, Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Digitalism, Bloc Party, UMEK, Prok & Fitch, Shadow Child and Doorly.

The album consists of 50 full-length tracks and two DJ mixes, allowing you to relive some of the best singles and compilations from the year including all the exclusive tracks from Miami, Ibiza and Amsterdam. Filled with Top 10s such as Mark Knight's 'Your Love', Chopstick & Johnjon's remix of 'Zdarlight', Hardwell's remix of 'Man With The Red Face', Nicky Romero's 'Still The Same Man' and Sander van Doorn & Mark Knight V Underworld's 'Ten'. Make sure you don't miss out and grab this ultimate collection of what are undoubtedly the best Toolroom tracks of 2013. It’s out 9 December, check the video out below.

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DVBBS & Borgeous Ft Tinie Tempah

DVBBS

 

Ministry of Sound is gearing up for its next crossover hit with DVBBS & Borgeous’ ‘Tsunami (Jump)’, with a new vocal from Brit Tinie Tempah, following his previous featured hits with Swedish House Mafia and Calvin Harris. The instrumental of ‘Tsunami (Jump)’ has already hit No.1 across Europe and on Beatport, clocked up 30 million collective YouTube views, over 800,000 Soundcloud plays, and received repeat UK radio support from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe (who has just premiered the vocal version on Radio 1), Pete Tong and a few other main presenters.

Borgeous
Borgeous

To date, the track has spent 14 weeks in the Shazam Top 200 chart, peaking at No.13 in the Top 20 pre release chart. DVBBS are Canadian brothers, Alex and Chris, whose early singles ‘Initio’ and ‘DRVGS’, were big club tracks. They’ve also done shows alongside Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Rusko, Eric Prydz, Dada Life, Borgore and Steve Aoki.

 

LA’s Borgeous is another producer riding the crest of EDM’s next wave. His original productions ‘From Cali WIth Love’, ‘GANGSTEROUS’, ‘Rags To Riches’ and ‘Aggro’, alongside remixes of Rihanna's ‘Pour It Up’ (with The Cataracs) and his reworking of Ciara's ‘Goodies’, have already raised his profile.

 

Tinie Tempah has just dropped his second album, ‘Demonstration’, featuring collaborations with Diplo, Pharrell, Zane Lowe, Labrinth, Emeli Sandé and more.

The track is forthcoming on Ministry of Sound.

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Bastian Salbart

Bastian Salbart | Run

 

Bastian Salbart takes the next step in threading his way through the music industry to get straight into your mind. His latest track is ‘Run’, which is out 9 December on High Contrast Recordings / Be Yourself Music.

The original mix contains atmospheric, gentle bells accompanied by background vocals before progressing into a heavier beat. The Carlo Calabro Remix brings out more groove and tinkers more with all the dirty stuff Bastian Salbart provided with the Original Mix. There's also the drop in both versions for all those who like unexpected twists. Check it out below.

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Danism And Rae

Danism And Rae | Gimme Love

 

Danism join forces with vocalist Rae to unleash a deep house groove titled 'Gimme Love'. This outing sees spectral synth hooks dance over a deep haunting bass thump, backed by immutable beats and dusted with an eerie breakdown, where Rae's vocal shimmers throughout.

Dan Liquid and Dan Nu:Tone are collectively known as Danism. Together they form a production team that is synonymous with a high a quality and innovative production sound and as fully-trained musician and keyboard player, Dan Nu:tone has integrated himself with Dan Liquid’s production vision. Influenced by a whole range of musical genres, Danism’s production output is varied whilst maintaining a definite signature sound. In addition to their longstanding association with Nocturnal Groove, recent projects include new collaborations with Lem Springsteen, Michelle Weeks and Arnold Jarvis. A further EP on Shadow Child’s Food Music label is also in the pipeline.

Singer, songwriter, DJ and producer Rae signed to Defected records in 2008, and has since gone on to deliver releases with Kings of Tomorrow, ATFC, David Penn and many more. The re work of ‘Hide U’ in 2010 with Sandy Rivera was a huge hit and Rae's solo release ‘Another Day’ also topped the house charts. Rae has collaborations and solo productions forthcoming on Toolroom, Food music, Nightbird and Stealth.

 

Check 'Gimme Love' above, it’s out 2 December.

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Danny Howells

Balance 024 Mixed By Danny Howells

 

‘Balance 024’ comes as the next chapter in Danny Howell’s compilations that have proven the calling card of his career. His numerous Global Underground volumes, Renaissance mixes and more besides have found a fond place in many a clubber’s home-listening collection, earning him a reputation as a musical storytellers in the electronic world.

‘Balance 024’ is Danny’s first freeform mix compilation proper since 2008, aside from a Dig Deeper label compendium.

 

Danny Howells: “It wasn't an intentional hiatus. I was focusing on my label for a while. I do like having a nice gap between albums though as it allows me to really stockpile the tracks I love so much. It's nice when you come to compile and you've got your favourite tunes from the last few years to pick from.

 

“I had a brief discussion with Balance a few years back so knew (hoped!) that a release was possibly still on the cards, so since then I was always semi-consciously thinking about the tracks I was buying and playing that I thought would be suited to an album. I'm talking about tracks that don't really age, and that mainly have some kind of soulful edge... gorgeous subtle melodies and so on. When the album idea was confirmed earlier this year it just boiled down to me filtering all those tracks I'd hoarded, making sure I focused on the ones that still did something to me, even after God knows how many listens.”

Danny Howells
Danny Howells

Putting together this mix was not simply a case of sitting in a dark room sifting through a load of tracks. His travels and experiences of recent years are all filtered into it, with manifold inspirations distilled therein. “Glastonbury had a huge impact on me this year and I used some of my time there to work on ideas for this mix,” says Danny. “I filled an old iPod with as many of my "shortlist" tracks as I could find and listened to them whenever I was in my camper van. I decided I really wanted to use The Mole’s tracks and the Will Saul remix one morning when the sun was rising and we'd all had a bit of a "moment" up on the hill.”

 

It’s out now.

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Alan Aguero

Miley Cyrus | Wrecking Ball (Alan Aguero Remix)

 

At 19-years old, Toronto-based half Brazilian/Argentinian DJ/producer Alan Aguero holds a residency at Toronto's largest nightclub,The Guvernement, where he continuous to be active in Toronto's dance music scene. He is signed to Burner Records (Canada), 6N7 Music (Canada) and Protoxic Records (France), where you can find his releases on Beatport.

His latest remix, which he’s releasing as a FREE download, is of Miley Cyrus’ huge pop track, ‘Wrecking Ball’. The combination of Miley's beautiful vocals are remixed into an electronic track that should do well in clubs. With a drop that replaces the lyrics "wrecking will work when dropped at the right time. Twerking is optional!

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Armada Music

Armada Music | The Anniversary Remixes

Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, Armada Music is to release a set of brand new remixes of its classic highlights in ‘The Anniversary Remixes’ series, released on 2 December.

 

 

Volume 1 kicks off with a Sick Individuals take on Jerome Isma-Ae’s ‘Hold That Sucker Down’, a prog-house twist of on Binary Finary’s ‘1998’ and a techy mix on Three Drives’ ‘Greece 2000’ by Richard Beynon. Have a listen to ‘Greece 2000’ below.

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Tube & Berger Ft Juliet Sikora

Tube & Berger Ft Juliet Skora | Set It Off

 

For their latest release, ‘Set It Off’, Tube & Berger are joined by the passionate Juliet Sikora whose role whether at the label, in the studio or in front of a crowd has made her an invaluable asset to the Kittball imprint.

 

‘Set It Off’ is a demonstration of the trio’s flair for creating depth within a production. Inspired by Strafe’s 1984 electro funk classic of the same name and spanning everything from retro-synths to techy elements the track is a true illustration of their wide musical compass, with an organic sounding guitar reflecting their early roots in punk music. Never ones to rest on their laurels, this cut is a further string to their bow, coming as it does at the tail end of Tuber & Berger’s best year to date with a momentum they will surely carry on into the next. it’s out 9 December on Kittball, check it out below.

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Rank 1

Rank 1 | 13.11.11

 

You gotta love a slice of trance and when the Dutch pairing of Benno de Goeij and Piet Bervoets, aka Rank 1, produce a new track it's usually worth listening to. 2013 has already brought the M.I.K.E. collaboration 'Elements Of Life' and the big room 'Floorlifter'. Their latest track, ‘13.11.11’, rolls out at a tempo of 131.111BPMs, with its deep, bass-building atmosphere. Backed by top FX, de Goeij and Bervoets drive home its first elevating lead line, one that seizes the track’s centre ground. 

Rank 1
Rank 1

Rank 1: “When we decided to produce a track this way, it wasn’t with a ‘why should we make this?’ attitude, but more like ‘why the hell shouldn’t we!’ We know its not ‘the usual’, but who says we have to play by the rules all the time!?”

 

‘13.11.11’ swirls the atmosphere minute by minute, working its way towards its next sequence. Around the 9th minute mark, Rank 1 instils a savannah-like atmosphere to the track, enacted by its angelic indolent flute-led riff. Then they once again begin to draw the euphoria back in, raising the tension sky-high again. It’s out now on High Contrast Recordings, check it out below.

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Alex M.O.R.P.H. Pres Corti Organ

Alex M.O.R.P.H. Pres Corti Organ | Magnum

 

As a highly respected DJ/producer in the trance scene, Alex M.O.R.P.H. has already collaborated with some of its biggest names. His former collaborations includes work with Paul van Dyk and numerous other collaborations with artists including Armin van Buuren, Rank 1, Protoculture and most recently Jerome Isma-Ae on ‘Bang’.

Now Alex presents a rising star act to the scene with his collaboration with Corti Organ. Influenced by electronic music of the mid to late-90s, the half German/half Croatian DJ duo Corti Organ started to release their very own interpretation of trance music just a year ago. Soon, the residents of Alex and Woody van Eyden's HeavensGate radio show started to draw air and club play from international DJs including Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold and Armin van Buuren. With ‘Magnum’ - their first collaboration together- Alex M.O.R.P.H. and Corti Organ have produced a big track, aimed directly for those peak-time moments on the dance floor. It’s out now, check it out below.

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Sonny Fodera Feat. Amber Jolene

Sonny Fodera Feat. Amber Jolene | Hold It Down

Sonny Fodera and Amber Jolene have once again reunited in another collaboration exhibiting their complimentary talents as artists. Jolene is responsible for the vocals on tracks including Mowgli ‘Back In The Day’ and Myomi ‘Sun In My Eyes’ as well as experiences both recording and performing with famous English ska band Madness.

Fodera should also be a familiar name to anyone who has been paying attention to the house scene this year with a season-long Ibiza residency as well as releases on Stealth Records, Onelove, Cajual Records, Defected and his own Beatdown imprint.

 

With ‘Hold It Down’, Fodera teases you in with atmospheric synths and a subtle introduction of Amber Jolene’s voice before unleashing a stomping bassy hook accompanied by Jolene’s now looping vocals. Midlands’ duo Chris Lorenzo and Kane aka Cause & Affect provide a remix with their signature bass fuelled jackin house twist. The remix is geared on a punchy snare, growling low-end and spooky lead keys that, when combined with Jolene’s voice, creates an eerie aura that makes this rendition sound like the evil sibling to the original. It’s out 11 November, check it out below.

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Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim recently announced an eight-date club tour this December to coincide with the release of his new single ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ with Riva Starr on 27th October via Skint Records. The underground club tour will commence at London’s XOYO on 5 December and culminates at Brighton Digital on 15 December.

The video for his new single with Riva Starr ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ takes the form of an endurance dance test shot at a secret London location. After submitting video dance entries, 250 contestants were chosen to be filmed dancing in the endurance test and the video for ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ unveiled the overall winner, who won a £500 cash prize; the contestant who can dance non-stop for the longest time.

 

Fatboy Slim: "Me and Riva Starr were out vinyl shopping in Williamsburg, Brooklyn earlier this year when we met this dude ranting in the street about some three-day bender he had been on - and possibly still was… We hooked him into our Serato and chopped him up into a tune. I just wish we’d caught his full name..."

For tour dates, check: www.fatboyslim.net

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Selador

Selador Recordings

Both of Selador records’ central tenets Dave Seaman and Steve Parry have been frequently involved with the ADE conference since its inception, so it was only natural that they would present the label there this year. This recently released ADE sample is the fruit of that representation and is a collection of tracks of forward thinking electronic music that outlines their signature sound.

Former incumbents of the label's releases are welcomed back with Piemont, Han Haak and Danito & Agent! following on from their previous contributions. While new talent comes in the shape of established heavy hitters like Chris Fortier and Robert Babicz alongside new blood such as Kucna Muzika and Vrong.

In total the EP has 11 tracks, ranging from the house grooves of G-Pal’s ‘Veenza’ to the electronic techno of ‘Cuba’ from XY-Me. Elsewhere Rob Hes & Steve Slight combine on the percussion heavy ‘Shoot’, whilst the tribal lunacy of ‘Gimme Sum’ from Vrong is possibly the closest thing to a carnival encapsulated in electronic music.

 

The label was an integral force in Dave Seaman’s successful attempt to create the world’s first ever crowd funded mix compilation CD, the final copies of which have now been distributed to the history making participating pledgers.

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Ron Carroll & Superfunk

Ron Carroll & Superfunk

After a hit record in 2000 with ‘Lucky Star’, the French DJs from Superfunk and Chicago-based singer and DJ, Ron Carroll, are back with a new twist of the track – ‘Lucky Star 2013’, out on Paradise Records. With the original version being a worldwide hit with top sales in France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium, this new version is aiming for the same success.

Known for his vocal performance on ‘Lucky Star’, Ron Carroll, also known as R.O.N.N., is a highly respected American DJ, singer and producer and has played with the likes of Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Lil Louis and Ron Hardy. French house band Superfunk formed in 1998 and is composed of Stephane B & Mike 303. Known for their dance tracks, Superfunk have played alongside Bob Sinclar, Felix Da Housecat, Gus Gus or Neneh Cherry! Check it out below.

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Thomas Gold

Thomas Gold | Remember

Germany’s Thomas Gold gets set to release his new track, ‘Remember’, which is released 28 October on Axtone Records.‘Remember’ is the follow up to the Beatport #1 reaching ‘Sing 2 Me’ as well as the ‘Axtone Presents Thomas Gold’ compilation and describes the story of a couple spending the night out and experiencing the beauty of the morning sunrise together. On it, arpeggiated violins soar into Kaelyn Behr’s vocals, before gradually building up to a crescendo crammed with elation and energy.

Thomas Gold
Thomas Gold

The Berlin native saw his remix of ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ by Adele rack up over 15 million views and in addition to his radio show, Fanfare, hehas also been working closely with both Otto Knows and Deniz Koyu for a set of upcoming projects. Look out for Thomas seeing in 2014 in style, travelling to New York for the New Year’s Eve Pacha bonanza.

 

Australian-born vocalist, Kaelyn, has landed several platinum records and major awards back home and he co-wrote the track. He also supplied the vocals to the Aston Shuffle vs Tommy Trash 'Sunrise (Won't Get Lost)’ track. In addition to 'Sunrise' and several high charting Australian releases, Kaelyn has appeared on major label releases from Wiley ('Tomorrow'), The Aston Shuffle ('Can’t Stop Now') and the recent collaboration with The Knocks and St Lucia, 'Modern Hearts'. Check it out below.

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Matt Tolfrey Feat Marshall Jefferson

Matt Tolfrey Feat Marshall Jefferson | The Truth

‘The Truth (Feat Marshall Jefferson)’, one of the standout tracks from Matt Tolfrey’s debut LP, ‘Word Of Mouth’, sees a full single release with additional remixes from Gerd’s Geeeman project and John Charnis.

 Leftroom boss, Tolfrey, dropped his ‘Word Of Mouth’ LP late in 2012 and the project served as an insight into the influences and passions of the DJ/producer.

‘The Truth’ was a particular highlight for both listener and producer alike as it featured the vocals of one of the ‘godfathers of house’, Marshal Jefferson. Tolfrey’s original version opens the package with a strident simplicity. Bare bones house with classic influences distilled in to a contemporary slice of 4/4. LA-based producer Jon Charnis, an artist who has remixed work for Innervisions and No.19, turns in a moody late-night interpretation that drops Jefferson’s vocal input in favour of steadily building melodies. Dutch 4Lux boss, Gerd, dons his Geeeman for two versions which take on a rough-edged, brutalist house sensibility. Saturated Juno licks and 909 stomp form the backbone of both mixes but the ‘Deep Vox Voyage’ showcases rich chords and Marshall Jefferson while his ‘Rough Mix’ takes things even grittier. Check it out below, it’s out 21 October.

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D.Ramirez

D.Ramirez | Open Your Eyes

Having joined forces with Mark Knight and Toolroom Records, where they delivered the infamous underground anthem 'Downpipe', a relationship was forged many years ago that would see D.Ramirez release a number of tracks on the label. After taking a small hiatus from Toolroom, he makes a return to the label, delivering a more refined version of his trademark sound with his new track 'Open Your Eyes,’ which makes its debut on the annual Toolroom Amsterdam compilation.

The track is a reflection of D.Ramirez's production skills and introduces you to his underground sound with infectious basslines, vocals and beats. With an EP to follow and further releases planned for the new year, this is the first of many productions still to come from him as he continuous to be one of the driving forces behind the tech-house sound that today’s music is built on. Ramirez has held residencies in some of the world’s most iconic clubs, from Sankeys in Manchester, Ministry of Sound in London – this November sees him starting his Pacha residency in London – to Ibiza’s Space and Cream and Avalon in Los Angeles. Check the track out below, it’s out on Monday.

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Steve Aoki & Rune RK Feat RAS

Steve Aoki & Rune RK Feat RAS

Three musical minds have come together on Dim Mak's latest release, ‘Bring You To Life (Transcend)’. This progressive house track fuses label owner Steve Aoki with Rune RK, one of the creative minds behind the track ‘Calabria’. Defined by its warm lead sounds, ‘Transcend’ was one of the most popular tracks on Steve Aoki's ‘It's The End Of The World As We Know It’ EP from last December.


Now the track gets that extra edge with the passionate and sultry vocals of RAS. Originally appearing on the NEZZO & Summer School track ‘Shadows’, RAS has been eagerly anticipated to get back on the mic for another song. Riding on top of the production skills of Steve Aoki and Rune RK, RAS gives a firm example of his singing chops on ‘Bring You To Life’. The combination of RAS' delivery on the should see the track do well for the Dim Mak label. Check it out below, it’s out next week.

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Djeff

Djeff | Super Ascenscion

‘Soldier Ascension’ has been made in Angola, where Djeff is a DJ, producer and TV presenter, but this is not an Angolan album, it’s not defined or confined by national borders, and too 21st century in style and execution to be tarred with the ‘World Music’ brush. ‘Soldier Ascension’ is an album of cosmopolitan tracks that could loosely be described as Afro-house while incorporating elements of so many different musical styles that Djeff has heard and been inspired by growing up in Portugal and Angola, and on his travels as a DJ.

From the balladry of ‘One Night’ to the hi-life flavoured hedonism of ‘Mutakala’ and from the Portuguese vocals on ‘Cuza Di Terra’ and ‘Esse Mambo’ to the pounding beats and horns of ‘Celebration’, which was made with the house dancers of New York in mind, ‘Soldier Ascension’ is a fine collection.    

The son of a Cape-Verdean father and an Angolan mother, Tiago Baros, aka Djeff, was born in 1984 and grew up in Portugal hearing artists such as Michael Jackson, Europe, Michael Bolton, and Bryan Adams alongside his father’s collection of Kassav, Tabanka Jazz, Livity, Grace Evora and Eduardo Paim. But it was when he got into dance music, and especially house, inspired first by his sister’s cassette collection and later by DJs like Erick Morillo, that he began to bring his own diverse musical inspirations together.

 

With this album, his second following the release of ‘Malembe Malembe’ in 2010, Djeff has tried to make something different to what is happening in Angola right now.

 

“In Angola,” he says, “everyone is making Afro-house, but sometimes with too much drums so that it’s only about the beat, not about the melodies or instruments. In Portugal they loved ‘Cuza Di Terra,’ ‘Mutakala,’ Otoipenny,’ ‘Soldier Ascension’ and ‘A Little Bit Closer’. In Angola it is ‘Otoipeny,’ ‘Esse Mambo,’ ‘African Mermaid’ and ‘Soldier Ascension’. Here in the United States people have been enjoying more ‘Celebration,’ ‘African Mermaid’ and ‘Make Me Stronger,’ so it’s always different, which is good.

 

‘‘Some of the people in Angola see me as a pioneer and somebody who has started, a little bit, the production of house music in Angola.”

 

'Soldier Ascension' is out now on Tribe Records.

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Mike La Funk Feat. Max C

Mike La Funk Feat. Max C

Berlin-based Mike La Funk reveals his brand new release 'Don't Wanna Be Alone' for Pacha Recordings, working for the first time with vocalist Max C who injects a rich gospel flavour. The package also features remixers including Soul Avengerz.who opt for a deeper and mysterious vibe, showcasing a sexy nocturnal side.

Jason Chance creates an instant appeal for the young clubbers with his fast and sturdy beat science and ATFC aims for the main floor with hands in the air, armed with persuasive beats that accentuate the keys, driving the track into a more sinewy territory. Upcoming producers Greg Funk (aka House Of Virus), opts for driving beats and soaring synth drama and Alec Hall works the floor with a peak time Dub.

At home on both the turntables and in the studio, Mike La Funk  has held numerous residencies across Germany with guest spots around the world, along with notable releases including 'Shake This World' with Jason Caesar on The Brothers and his latest track, 'Music Is Life', with Corey Andrew on Pacha Recordings rocking the German dance charts for six weeks!

 

Max C’s releases with James Black and Kari Kaivola as 3rd Nation gained much success with their second album produced by Stonebridge in 1993, along with the single ‘I Believe’ which landed the group their first Billboard hit coming in at #8. Max C released his debut solo album ‘Passin Tyme’ in 2004, alongside acclaimed singles ‘Caroline’ and ‘Time to Get it On’. It’s out tomorrow.

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Terri Walker

Terri Walker | He Loves Me

The first release on the re-launched Soul Heaven Records label sees Osunlade make his return to remix duties, crafting Terri Walker’s ‘He Loves Me’ into his own personal interpretation of music. The Yoruba label boss’ touch means that he draws on the key emotive elements of every piece he lays his hands on to create a carefully crafted rendition of the original with warm and uplifting vibes.

His Yoruba Soul Mix utilizes Walker’s vocals whilst softening and simplifying the chords of the original’s piano riff. Meanwhile his woody percussion draws on his knack for comprising different world music, whilst subtle additions of bar chimes generate elegant and emotive crescendos. The multi-instrumentalist includes various layers of combined sounds that interlink to produce a result highlighting every minor detail. 

The Yoruba Soul Dub bares resemblance to the original track and its world elements, but it distances itself from its softness by involving a driving kick and a bassy hook to accompany Walker’s vocals. Rounding up the trio is the Original mix where British singer/songwriter Donae’O is in charge of production. With a career track record that demonstrates his various different talents, Donae’O’s knowledge and experience of both house and R&B make him the ideal cohort to Terri Walker. It’s out now.

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Storm Queen

Storm Queen

The new MK vocal edit of Storm Queen’s ‘Look Right Through’ will be released later this year on Ministry of Sound/Defected. ‘Look Right Through’ first surfaced on Defected in 2012, and MK’s Dub III quickly became an underground hit via Beatport and many DJ supporters.

Storm Queen
Storm Queen

To date, MK’s Dub III has had over two million combined views, hit the Top 10 Shazam pre-release chart and so far received repeat plays from Radio 1’s Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Danny Howard, MistaJam and many more, with support from 1Xtra, Kiss, Capital and Juice (ROTW).

 

The video has just been released for the single, including an exclusive Shazam competition. The prize is one year of Ministry of Sound compilations and a Defected Records goody bag. To enter, users must tag the track with their Shazam app, click through to the competition page via the link provided, and enter their details. The competition closes on Saturday, November 2, with the winner announced the following Wednesday (November 6).

The track is the work of Storm Queen aka American DJ/producer, Morgan Geist and former ‘subway singer’, Damon C Scott. Geist is also known as one half of US house duo, Metro Area. MK aka Marc Kinchen has returned to the forefront of dance music this past year, 20 years after his era defining hit with the Nightcrawlers. It’s out 3 November.

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Azari & III

 Various Artists - 'Azari & III Presents - Body Language Vol. 13'
Get Physical

Azari & III make their Get Physical debut by compiling and mixing the latest edition of the highly regarded tastemaker series, Body Language. Volume 13 features 2 mixes, one from Dinamo Azari and the other from Alixander III and together the two produce a techno-driven soundscape that shows a different side of Azari & III and a fresh sound on Get Physical Music.

Hailing from Toronto, Azari & III have been plugging away independently for many years – it was in 2008 that they came together and officially formed the act we know today. One year later their first single, ‘Hungry For The Power’ struck a chord with dance patrons everywhere. They would follow up with ‘Reckless (With Your Love)’ to confirm the hype, drawing even more attention to their unique sound and throwing the Canadian quartette under the spotlight and into the international tour circuit where they would set the stage for their debut album ‘Azari & III’.

 

First up is Dinamo with his mix that is, in his own words, “Too hard for the day, too soft for the night.” The intro sets a thick ambience for the mix while gliding gracefully into the first track. Featuring two new, exclusive tracks from Dinamo himself, the mix spans over 38 minutes and utilizes “pre-teen mix & arranging methods” to create a “modern day mix-tape with a new wave approach.” Dinamo then ends it on the same note he began, slowly fading out into the ‘Outro’ and completing the first half of Body Language Vol. 13.

Dinamo Azari and Alixander III
Dinamo Azari and Alixander III

Mix two is from Alixander III who says: “My mix was born from memories of cassette mix tapes from my early-90s industrial/rave days. I’d get copies of mixes recorded from the radio in Detroit where cousins were going to school. These mixes featured classic Chicago and Detroit techno from the ‘80s, current jams from the day and also some genre bending inclusions tossed in, stuff by Depeche Mode, Cabaret Voltaire, and I’ll never forgot the first time I heard Cocteau Twins´ ‘Cherry Colored Funk’.

 

“With my side of the Body Language mix, I tried to recapture the flow and freedom of those seminal mixes, deep dark technoid excursions punctuated by the occasional moment of cathartic departure... I also have a love affair with soaring, blissful female vocalizations, they take me to a higher place, and those included here range from distanced infatuations to gropingly close friends.

 

“I began the process by listening back to my old Maxwell’s and reminding myself what was so engulfing about them. At some point during these listenings I must have shed a tear, of sentiment, joy, loss and the passage of time. Guarded memories and forgotten greatness from an era that forged who I would soon become... Fast forward to present day and I’m still swimming in that sea of unhinged emotion, random connections, odd beauty and dark love that has fueled and sustained me ever since. I hope this mix fuels and sustains you, the listener, if even for a moment.”

 

Various Artists - 'Azari & III Presents - Body Language Vol. 13'
 is out 18 October on Get Physical.

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Martin Buttrich & Mousse T

Martin Buttrich & Mousse T | Session 1

The latest offering from Desolat sees Martin Buttrich come together with long-time friend Mousse T on ‘Session 1’. This two track 12” set for release on October 14, sees both producers release their first original material in over two years and demonstrate why they remain two respected producers in the scene.

Martin Buttrich & Mousse T | Session 1
Martin Buttrich & Mousse T | Session 1

Opener ‘Sunseeker’ kicks off the EP with a teasing guitar riff which is supplemented by resounding pulses of warm bass. Further elements are added into the equation soon enough, such as a warped spoken word vocal and numerous melodic textures and trippy flourishes which all come together, building and yielding as the track drops back into its rolling sun kissed groove.

 

On the flip-side is ‘Smack Back’, which is marginally the more restrained of the two tracks on offer, characterised by a succession of subtle misshapen sounds, twisted effects and an ascending synth which compliments the punchy percussion and melodic stabs. It’s out October 14. Cover painting by Luio Onassis.

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DJ Angelo

DJ Angelo | Let The Music Play

Tribe Records continues its quality releases with DJ Angelo’s cover of Shannon’s ‘Let The Music Play’. Global Fantasy's DJ Angelo, whose club night is in, gives his own house-driven rework of the 1983 Shannon disco classic.

“I've always loved the tune,” says Angelo, “and I wanted to give it my own interpretation.”

 

Angelo's overnight success as a producer is built on the back of decades of DJing. He's been playing out since he was 16 and has built up DJ residencies with Global Fantasy throughout Greece as well as regular weekly parties at Mamacas in Athens, guest DJing around the Mediterranean, and visiting South Africa for many years to play in Pretoria and Johannesburg. 'Let The Music Play'comes with a pumped-up and dancefloor-primed Global Fantasy remix, with more remixes to come. Check it out below:

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Hagenaar & Albrecht