London based Welshman Chamboche returns to the label that launched him with the Smoke Screen EP. His unquantifiable sound swerves genre classification, hovering around house but with enough musicality to please the hardened disco head. Swirling pads and a bubbling bass line set down the groove, while keys fall around horns and vocals to make the lead track a refined, uplifting work out. Slowly unfolding, the track is hypnotic and absorbing, showcasing the style of a producer as able to work the mind as the hips. Bicep toughen up the drums and work the arpeggio, stripping down the track and bringing the Chicago influence higher in the mix. While the original subtly unfolds, their remix demands attention from the outset, building to a climax then recoiling for another bite at the cherry. Thinking big, KRL ramps up the intensity with a bright, kinetic reworking. Aimed squarely at the peak time, he harnesses all of Smoke Screen's most propulsive elements to really work the floor. Tucked away on the B side is the expansive Mind Your Mind. Trademark Chamboche percussion is woven around a blissful riff, swelling majestically to round off the EP in slo(w) burning euphoria.
Satin Jackets preserve their reputation for delivering infectious dance floor tracks with "How Long Can I Wait For Your Love", producing echoes of Robin S’ ‘Show me Love’, which it undeniably has shown and much more. With heavy influence from the likes of Madonna, Roxy Music and Trevor Horn, the trio looks certain to be fiddling with a number of immortal tunes throughout the year.
Karmon from The Netherlands Karmon has just released his debut EP on Sintope Digital two days ago. The "Turning Point EP" consists of two solo tracks and one in collaboration with the duo Pony, that brings fat drums, driving basslines, warm pads and crazy synths, completed by some great vocals.
Like no other project originating from that stylistic jungle that became known as the Nineties, Terranova has shown a strong focus besides genre definitions, with studio members Fetisch and &ME being true wanderers between worlds and times, holding 2012's dance floor in a tight choke. There's certainly a bassdrum beating in their chests, and even the elegic strings from "Question Mark", that beautifully sung intro to Terranova's latest album "Hotel Amour", can barely hide a core made out of pure sweat and beats. The remixers assigned to "Question Mark" saw that too, and that's why they don't try to reinvent the wheel but keep it rolling: KiNK adorns his rework with the massive, yet elegant boldness he's become known for, and one has a hard time imagining the "Tiger from Sofia" sitting calmy in a chair while producing. Running around town with a big red "K" on his t-shirt, we're convinced that KiNK is in fact a secret super hero saving crowds from desperation and ye olde rave from heavv traffic. He doesn't just produce, he kicks the ball out of the park on a regular basis. That's also where we meet Adam Port, noted for his unique take on raw hypnotic house and label fellow to &ME over at Berlin's infamous Keinemusik outfit. Just as KiNK, Adam didn't want to do without the original's bittersweet vocals courtesy of WhoMadeWho's Tomas Høffding, and - knowing his way around the house pretty damn well - wraps them in percussive bliss sure to have many an adventurer getting completely lost in sound. Welcome to the Bermuda triangle.
I have previously blogged The Magician remix of Indie-electro star Sam Sparro's single "Happiness" now it is time for the next single “I Wish I Never Met You” and this time in a Azari & III remix. "I Wish I Have Never Met" might not be a instant disco bomb like "Happiness", but with a remix from Azari & III it’s sure to get some club traction. The single is the out on 4th June and is the first taken from his forthcoming album, "Return To Paradise" (released on 11th June)
Hailing from Germany, Lovebirds has rapidly become a name synonymous with the finest neo-disco house, through a distinct style that leans heavily towards the sound of the 80’s with a modern funk twist. His next single ‘This Time’, alongside vocalist Novika is no exception and includes wicked remixes from Gorge and Tiger Stripes.
Lovebirds heads down the melancholic musical avenue with ‘This Time’, combining luscious synth lines with crisp beats, disco infused stabs and of course, the beautiful voice of Novika. On the remix, Gorge provides a nod towards the sound of the 90’s, stripping it back for a bass driven beauty. For those that prefer their beats, there is also a Dub Mix from Gorge. Completing the package, Sweden’s Tiger Stripes shakes the original up with the melodies taking centre stage.
Swedish electro-goth princess Karin Park has announced the release of her highly anticipated album ‘Highwire Poetry’ on the 28th May. Following the release of her UK debut last September with critically acclaimed EP ‘Tiger Dreams’, Karin Park is a new name to many outside of Scandinavia, while at home Karin has already picked up two Norwegian Grammy’s and recently supported Azari & III and SBTRKT on their European tour dates.
Karin’s unique blend of moody electronica, dark yet hooky choruses and her spell-binding voice all showcase her passion for industrial, experimental 80’s pop and the electronic sounds of today’s club-land; with early R1 supporters including Zane Low, Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Rob De Bank and Giles Peterson.
Recorded with producers Barry Barnett and Christoffer Berg (Fever Ray, The Knife) the album explores Karin’s fascinations with spirituality, sexuality, power, love and hate. Removed from the world as a child living in a remote Swedish town, Karin’s deeply religious upbringing and experiences, including a three year stint in a Japanese missionary school, have provided her with a distance from reality, allowing us to see the world anew through her eyes on this album.
Live, Karin has proved she’s a forced to reckoned with; her captivating beauty, standing tall at 6ft 3” like an Amazonian electro-gothic warrior, her vocals range from pop to opera and her effortless fluidity of intense vocal performance is accompanied by raw musicianship as Karin graces the keys of analogue synths and struts a white 80’s inspired Keytar across the front of the stage while her Viking drummer of a brother David Park kicks out the dark rhythmic beats on of the songs. Karin’s live sets are undeniably electrifying, pushing musical boundaries and encapsulating what it is to be a truly modern artist while dodging any approaching pigeon-holes.
Mickey Moonlight is ready with his next single “Come On Humans!” from last year’s debut album “And The Time Axis Manipulation Corporation”. Daniel Avery aka Stopmakingme have made a grandiose, sensitive and beautiful remix of the track.
Bassist Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend has decided to take some time out of band calendar and to focus on his new soloproject named Baio. "Tanto feat. Matias Aguayo" is taken from the forthcoming three track "Sunburn EP" and will hit the streets on 21 from the record company Greco-Roman, which includes Hot Chip member Joe Goddard.
The soulful Brixton singer Jessie Ware released the video for her latest single “110%” produced by Julio Bashmore. The video is directed by the graphic designer Kate Moross. Just like the video to her previous singles "Running", which you can listen to at the bottom.
Little Boots is back with her new single “Every Night I Say A Prayer”, produced by Andy Butler from Hercules & Love Affair. The single will be released on April 23th as a free download and on limited 12” vinyl on Trax Records. Here is Tensnake’s brilliant remix of “Every Night I Say A Prayer” that he turns into a 80s synth, drum clap, discopop house track!
Yet again, the Bicep boys deliver a quality track. "$tripper" is obviously influence of the 90's New Jersey house sound pokes through at every opportunity to remind you just why it's one of the house sounds that refuses to die. Out on the new label Love Fever and only on extremely limited vinyl with a super secret track on the flip
"Finnebassen - If You Only Knew" is a wonderfull new deep house groover straight outta Oslo, with vocals from Aaliya's R&B/dance-pop hit "If Your Girl Only Knew" written by Missy Elliott and Timbaland in 1996. Great work from the 24 year old guy behind Finnebassen.
Munich based DJ and producer duo Rhode & Brown aka. Friedrich Trede & Stephan Michael Braun is only 20 years old, but they already has a good grip on deep RnB inspired soulful house. It's out on Semester and comes with remixes by Pol-On and Nils Penner.
Alexis Raphael has got a good thing going. He has put himself on the map for both his creative dj sets and his strong, diverse production. After being picked up by Jamie Jones and Lee Foss at Hot Creations, he dropped on Lower East with the massive ‘Kitchen & Bedrooms’. Alexis Raphael releases his next single via Hot Creations. Entitled Into The Light, it comes with two original tracks following in the producers intricate house stylings.
Second single from the forthcoming album of Martin Brodin. Mixes from Headman and Ilya Santana. Martin Brodin’s second single from the forthcoming album which is due for June 2012. It follows the successful Badabing which featured diskJokke as remixer. Strings Attack is all about the strings for disco. Ok, now you may think he gone all cheesy here, but that’s totally wrong. It still have the funkyness and groove it needs to be a full-fledged disco anthem in our ears. And we invited two of the most prolific producers out there to make this a rock solid release. Switzerland’s finest, Headman (Robi Insinna), who we all know from his own Relish label and releases on Gomma. He turn the original to an uber-cool bass-laden track and makes it a bit more “in-your-face” to speak, while the original is a bit more freestyle. Second out is Spanish born Ilya Santana with his funky mellow take. It’s a perfect remix for those beach parties we all love. Ilya is one of the most respected ones in the scene with releases and remixes for label such as Nang and Eskimo.
Wolf + Lambs' San Fran trio Pillowtalk join the W+L Black edits crew, serving up tastefully housed-up reworks of soul gems. First up they get the scissors out on Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's late 60s soul anthem "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", turning it into an extended, chugging disco-soul bomb. Next up is Bobby Hebb's version of the classic "Sunny", this time with the simplest of house beats added, making this an essential for Marcy Hotel nights. Lastly the Festivals' super-slow soul smoocher "You've Got The Makings Of A Lover" gets seriously pepped-up, with BPMs pushed towards peak-time dancefloor action.
"We welcome fellow Swede Copycat (Ivan Matanovic) to the MB Disco family. He has made himself a a respected name in the Soundcloud sphere where he shared some of his great remixes of acts like Depeche Mode and Radiohead, just to name a few. He’s also one of the masterminds of the hyped music blog http://www.audioporncentral.com."
He sent us Disco Thang a while ago and the track grew every day we listened to it in the office. We simply couldn’t let it pass, said and done, it got signed and now we’re here. It’s a slomo track with a twist of a belearic feeling topped with a nice piano hook. The remixes we got comes from USA and Italy in terms of Lou Teti and Ajello. Lou got hold of a funky bass and added his magic touch. He kept the coolness but added a bit of disco funk to it to make it more for the floor. And with the Ajello remix we complete the package with his old-skool acid-deep house-disco touch. We can’t be more than very pleased of course with this release. pleased of course with this release.
This spring Kris Menace releases his long awaited second album, called ?Electric Horizon?, on compuphonic, following up his 2009 released 3CD album "Idiosyncrasies", that had been sold out within a few weeks only after its release. "Electric Horizon? is proof that Kris Menace is one of the true inventors of nu-disco sound, updating the ?Discopolis? feeling, taking it to a whole new level, presented by this wonderful album, which offers melancholy, melody and a lot of true and unconditional love. Kris is known for his unique touch production wise and also for choosing most of the times to leave the voices behind and focuses on the instrumental side of the songs. Therefore, ?Electric Horizon? is fully instrumental. Magical, melodic, danceable yet suitable for easy listening, ?Electric Horizon? is full of deep emotions which let you drown into the deepest soundscapes. The first single of the album is called "Falling Star" and will be released prior to the album. Together with a wonderful space odyssey live visual VJ video by the legendary London based "Hexstatic" (Ninja Tunes), the track opens your mind and heart, taking you far away into another world. Since 2005, Kris Menace has been known for his well respected releases and collaborations with Fred Falke, Felix Da Housecat, Rex the Dog, Aeroplane, DJ Pierre, Alan Braxe and many more. As a Remixer he worked for the likes of Depeche Mode, Robbie Williams, Lcd Soundsystem, Kylie Minogue, Booka Shade and many others. Also, he has worked on several side projects like "Black Van" (DFA / Permanent Vacation) or "Stars on 33" (Eskimo), that became industry highlights and been supported by the world biggest DJ´s all around the world.
Franck Roger returns with a sharp three-track release alongside talented countryman Terence Terry. The pair’s "This Is Now EP" blasts us into 2012, a bold and edgy step-change for Real Tone off the back of vintage, Stateside-vibed After All (with Mandel Turner). Gritty opening number Hustling Peoples keeps things on edge; just as they should be. Roger and Terry’s title track accelerates smoothly into funky, retro-tinged house flow, complimented by echoes of female vocal. Final offering Beaucoup La Féte returns to moodier territory; a 4-4 stomp with real chaotic charm and buzzing FX.
The young producer Zimmer dropes a new single named "Slave To Your Heart" features Jeremy Glenn on Discotexas label. Check out the rest of the release which also comes with remixes by Moullinex, Moon Boots, Lou Teti, Broke One and Xinobi.
For their 27th release, Skylax Recordings are back with the fantastic Jason Grove for his first album! We won't dissect his sound & his story - the two releases releases on Skylax's sub-lable Wax Classic got some great feedback from the best djs around the world. All his fans were waiting for it for years, now it's here, finally, available. A diverse range of lush & warm French house tracks on one of the finest classic US/Jersey inspired house albums in years.
Futureboogie unearth more dancefloor magic with next signing The White Lamp and their first single ‘It’s You’ – a perfect rendering of electronic soul for 2012. World-class talent Ron Basejam of Crazy P fame and the unstoppable Eats Everything with Futureboogie staple Christophe provide the remixes.
The new Chromatics album "Kill For Love" put together in a 17 track long mix by Johnny Jewel.
01. INTO THE BLACK (5.23)
02. KILL FOR LOVE (3.58)
03. BACK FROM THE GRAVE (3.43)
04. THE PAGE (3.36)
05. LADY (5.08)
06. THESE STREETS WILL NEVER LOOK THE SAME (8.37)
07. BROKEN MIRRORS (7.03)
08. CANDY (2.30)
09. THE ELEVENTH HOUR (3.28)
10. RUNNING FROM THE SUN (7.07)
11. DUST TO DUST (2.41)
12. BIRDS OF PARADISE (4.26)
13. A MATTER OF TIME (5.06)
14. AT YOUR DOOR (3.53)
15. THERE'S A LIGHT OUT ON THE HORIZON (4.44)
16. THE RIVER (6.10)
17. NO ESCAPE (14.01)
The musicality behind this edit is top-notch, and you can tell there was some thought put into it. Listen to the original, then drop this on—wow! This can be played anywhere in a set, and is guaranteed to put some serious smiles on some faces. Great work from Turkish DJ and producer Onur Engin.
Manuel Tur returns to Freerange and releases his Back to Me EP on Freerange Records as a precursor to his forthcoming album Swans Reflecting Elephants, out April 23rd. The hollow percussion groove and naked electric piano are bountifully filled by a warm synth and saddened melodic bassline that, along with a spacey female vocal sample, coalesce into an imbuing, breathing work on the first track, “Back to Me.” Jimpster remixes, deepening and energizing the bass, cooling the synth and adding more frequent, echoing elements to vitalize the title track’s movement. This new, invigorated pace sets the tone for the rest of the release, as “Obsidian” and Damiano von Erckerts Raw Dance Mix of that track finish the work off with an impressive intensity. The Raw Dance Mix is indeed raw–stripped back and with a much more engaged percussive line than the other tracks, which breath and open up significantly, will fervently penetrate a disco-dancer’s technosoul. Pure and simple a beautiful and moving release, add this one to your collection and be moved disco dancers.
Nhan Solo – I Wanna Be High EP is a wonderfull new soulful Deep Groover straight outta Kreuzberg, Berlin. It is "easy like Sunday morning" and it does make me "wanna be high, so high".. The b-side is a darker dance floor remix by Adriatique.
Time to re-blog... Marco 'Tensnake' Niemerski is infuriatingly talented. Here, he shows off his capabilities with two vastly different remixes of Philip Lauer's "Trainman". First up is the "Franceman" mix, a sprightly, funk-fuelled disco-house take propelled by an insatiably infectious live bassline. It is, of course, tops. Next he attempts to reinvent trance (yes, trance) via the "Tranceman" mix - seven minutes of rush-inducing Balearic trance at a house tempo. It's actually excellent, coming on like a trance-inspired version of a classic Bobby Konders production (with, of course, Niemerski's cherished synth-xylophone riffs atop).
"Just The Beat" is a bouncy little saunter through moog heavy house from Larsson, making no illusions to be anything other than a mood setting slice of goodness. It's backed with a well chosen remixes with Italian Nicholas further ensconcing himself in the swinging sound of 90s NY house.
Here it is the new release from Johanna Knutsson. An absolutely amazing 4 track EP, Groove Support released via Klasse Recordings is full of all kinds of niceness, the synths especially grab you. Dub Support is like its heavier/darker younger sibling and the two remixes released in support of the 2 tracks also kill. Sacha Robotti’s 19808 remix of Groove Support is spot on, easily one of the most ear pleasing tracks I’ve heard in sometime. Finally it’s complimented by Esther Duijn’s even darker take on the original Dub Support, creating a whole family of awesome tracks.
French Express has come out with yet another great tropical disco release from the rising star Perseus. This time he has made some smooth magic with Mary J Blige R&B classic "I Can Love You" From the beaches of Seychelles to the groves of Zanzibar, nobody will love you like the way we do… Free download!