Keeping up with the deluge of new releases is never easy. That’s why we’ve put together this handy cheat sheet to some of the week’s biggest releases from all corners of the dance-music spectrum.
*Exclusive!* The latest Pryda Friends release comes from Chicago-based legend Felix da Housecat, and features an additional remix from label boss Eric Prydz. Confidently called ‘Thee Anthem,’ it has all the ingredients needed for a huge hit. You may be surprised that this is a Felix da Housecat track, as it has a fresh melodic sound, but it’s no surprise that the song is already being hammered by Swedish House Mafia, Pete Tong and many others.
*Exclusive!* Moguai follows up the huge success of his album ‘We Ar Lyve’ with a reworking of his track ‘Oyster’. The tougher ‘Lyve at Brixton’ version explores new territory, with peak time smash written all over it. You know when Michael Woods is on remix duty you are guaranteed an absolute banger. To that end, in true Woods fashion, the original is transformed into another main room hit. Activate the Trap!
*Exclusive!* ‘The Mighty Ming’ is a monstrous track that takes you on a dark and distinctive foray into some grittier tones. Sharp bass grinds beneath tight beats and Asian-styled percussion. Eastern-tinged stabs punch through the mix, with vocal cuts and side-chained pads propelling this peak time bomb. D.Ramirez provides a remix, combining old-school flavor with warm synths and a euphoric breakdown that will have party-goers raising their hands in the air.
*Exclusive!* Well known for quality house music, the latest EP from Joey Negro’s Z Records provides all the tools for a DJ to unleash their talent. Three hip-smacking remixes of Akabu (aka Joey Negro himself) favorites ‘You Want It All’, ‘Raw Love’, and ‘Searchin’, plus a sought-after Motor City Drum Ensemble rework. The label provides acapellas of each track, peeled from the debut Akabu LP, leaving the performance potential endless!
*Exclusive!* The dynamic duo from Brighton, Prok & Fitch revamp Todd Terry’s classic into a bouncy, big-room house anthem. This is the stealth bomb of the summer and it’s already been triggered by Roger Sanchez, Bob Sinclar, Todd Terry, Axwell, and Chris Lake.
*Exclusive!* The latest release from Carl Cox’s mighty Intec imprint takes the form of a double-header by Jim Rivers of Global Underground fame. ‘Uber Rauh’ is a tough-as-nails industrial techno track with inspiring Detroit synths adding a perfect dose of melody to the tough beats. ‘We Can Do This All Night’ is a confident vocal track with an utterly nasty synth hook reminiscent of Pryda or Deadmau5, but with an absolutely flawless techno aesthetic.
*Exclusive!* Beyer and Delano’s latest EP for Drumcode is the most relentless, uncompromising release from the label this year. ‘Sleep Horn’ is a shining example of the hard stuff we all need in our lives. ‘Filthy Lobster’ displays shuffling funk and eager pushiness at the same time. The stuttering, tom-driven vibes of ‘Grass Carpet’ round out the EP with the subtle touch that Beyer manages to slip into all of his material, brutal or not.
*Exclusive!* The latest release from the legendary Booka Shade is a trip into spaced-out goodness. The original version is the classic Booka Shade sound we know and love, with intense synth notes and fresh melodies and grooves. Sei A delivers two outstanding remixes which play alongside the original melodies, but present even deeper interpretations. Tim Deluxe adds an awesome disco house roller set to lift spirits and send ravers to blissed-out joy.
*Exclusive!* Tsuba’s commitment to deep, spacey, underground house music is packaged into ten tracks of unreleased dubs, alternate mixes, bootleg versions and originals from the Tsuba vault. Label honcho Kevin Griffiths unleashes some of the best material from Tsuba’s stable of artists, with featured tracks from Nina Kraviz, Langenberg, Motorcitysoul and more all playing a part.
*Exclusive!* Unapologetic, creative and ear-pleasing music is what dirtybird is all about. The Martin Brothers clearly understand this philosophy, as demonstrated on ‘Steal Drums.’ Twisted, funky dance music with some seriously wonky bass captures the renegade spirit of the label, without shying away from rocking the club. Remixes from Riva Starr and Julio Bashmore maintain the rebellious nature of the original.
*Exclusive!* A remake of Rah Band’s ‘Clouds Across The Moon,’ the latest from Great Stuff is a ridiculously catchy, purely fun tech house cut made to raise the vibes of the clubs. Remixes are plentiful, with names like Umek, Aki Bergen, Neuroxyde and Jay Lumen offering their perspective. Support from Sébastien Léger, Dubfire, Carlo Lio and James Zabiela prove this to be a release worth having.
*Exclusive!* Continuing on their quest for tech house world domination, Slam return with a set of remixes of their massive ‘We Doin This Again /Variance’ tracks. The boys enlisted Remote Area’s Julien Chaptal and Be As One regular Gel Abril to offer their insight, and as expected, the remixes are top notch. Already receiving exceptional support from Nic Fanciulli, Dubfire and DJ Madskillz.
Avus returns to Border Community with ‘Poppy’, an Italo/Detroit anthem with big modulating synths and progressively deep sounding strings and stabs that add to the record’s massive dance floor potential. Other standout tracks include ‘Reality Itself’, which sounds like it was lifted from the recent Caribou album, and ‘Wide Mouth Flag’.
*Exclusive!* Retro/Grade is the pairing of Serge Santiago and Tom Neville, and their goal is to make high-octane, big-sounding Italo disco. Originally released on limited vinyl in 2009, ‘Moda’ has received huge support from the likes of Erol Alkan through to Brodinski as well as being radio play-listed. A must check for anyone who’s into Justice through to Greg Wilson.
Hot off the success of the full length album ‘Warrior Soul’, drum & bass producer Kabuki lends out two of his hottest tracks for a remixing. The results are in, although you might not expect the kind of creations that were yielded here. The first back is a deep and funky interpretation of ‘Just Hold On’ provided by German house producer Marcus Worgull. The second is the sentimental and artistic ‘Ode To A Rave Generation’ remix of the track ‘Generation X’ from the U.K.’s Eveson.
Yes, the same DJ Zinc responsible for the d’n’b anthem ‘Super Sharp Shooter’ has tangled himself into a new genre. ‘Crackhouse EP 2’ is the follow up to last year’s gem, delivering the same high quality productions his name is known for. By combining house productions with growling basslines and appearances from big-time Grime figures like JME, it’s clear Zinc has perfected his new sound.
FEATURED ARTIST: Denis the Menace
The latest noise stirring from Hamburg is producer/DJ Denis the Menace. With his hands-in-the-air style house and together with production partner Jerry Ropero, Denis has produced under several guises over the last several years: Avantgarde, The Monsterz, and Clubworx and has also remixed for heavy hitters Eric Prydz, Steve Angello and Steve Lawler. His latest release, ‘Bamboleo’, on Subliminal Records captures the raw essence of Denis’s style of fun, uplifting house.
FEATURED ALBUM: Wolf + Lamb, ‘Love Someone’ [Wolf + Lamb]
The highly anticipated debut album from Wolf + Lamb has finally arrived, and just as we thought – it’s amazing. A perfect blend of soulful deep house with twisted afterhours aesthetics, all woven together with a theme about love and the numerous levels of romance. Sounds a bit different? It is. The NYC crew have been pushing a new vibe of house music, and with this album the world is going to catch on and most likely fall deeply in love with it.
FEATURED ALBUM: Oriol, ‘Night & Day’ [Planet Mu]
Barcelona’s Oriol, now based in the U.K., comes up with a dazzling tribute to summer on his debut album. Dubstep, G-funk, old-school boogie, and electronica come together in an album that’s part Stevie Wonder, part basement rave. Dig Floating Points and Dam-Funk? ‘Day & Night’ is about to become your 24-hour soundtrack.
FEATURED LABEL: Punch Drunk
The original vibes of pure dubstep roots are alive thanks to Punch Drunk Recordings. Influential producer Peverelist formed the label in 2006 out of Bristol U.K. The Drunk’s tank has held such legendary producers as Pinch, RSD, Gemmy, Guido, Gatekeeper… The list goes on. You can expect every release from the crew whether it’s melodic low frequency 2-step or dub style techno influenced productions to be of the highest caliber.
FEATURED CHART: Tim Deluxe
The man that shook the earth with ‘It Just Won’t Do’ jots down ten of his big tracks of the moment, including his own future disco remix of Booka Shade’s ‘Teenage Spaceman’. Behind the decks Tim mixes crowd-storming techno with twisted deep minimal vibes to lift his crowds to new heights. Check out the latest tracks Tim uses to build his musical crescendo as he commands the dance floor.
FEATURED CHART: Dusty Kid
Our friend Dusty Kid has been quiet lately it seems, with only a few releases trickling through Beatport since his album dropped on Boxer. Fortunately, he is still around, as his sneaky new chart submission proves. And from what we can gather, he’s been paying close attention to the best sounds on the techier side of music, with this chart highlighting some incredible drum-drenched grooves. With a splash of techno and a twist of acid.
FEATURED CHART: Greg Wilson
Part top 10, part public service announcement, Greg Wilson’s Beatport chart helpfully gathers 10 of the disco legend’s edits, from vintage James (Beggar & Co’s 1981 cut ‘Somebody Help Me Out’) to recent tracks that only sound classic (Simian Mobile Disco’s ‘Cruel Intentions’). All told, there are more disco breaks, string vamps, and basslines than you can shake a stick at.