Meanwhile, in the big rooms, Sebastien Leger, John Dahlback, and Chris Lake & Marco Lys all have bruising new tunes out; Umek shows us his housier side; and Butch and Johnny D collect some major hits and remixes for Mannheim steamroller Cecille.
Good ol’ Sébastien Léger never lets us down. Constantly churning out big room bangers made specifically to ignite the party into prime time ass-shaking mayhem. His newest release, “Gone Wild / Mixtape” is more of his tried and true formula for main room DJs, with two techier-edged tunes produced with precision and obvious floor power. Add a remix from everyone’s favorite techno legend, Umek, and the three-track EP is a must have for those who want to rock the show.
John Dahlback’s latest release on his new label includes two tracks, and it’s clear that both are going to bomb the dancefloors. While “Farao” comes along with a very simple but catchy melody, “Sfinx” is without a doubt the more powerful track of the two, taking the dancefloor to another level of sound experience, using amazing effects and a monstrous bass line. We’re expecting this to be one of the biggest releases from Dahlback in quite awhile.
After months of excited speculation and forum hype, Chris Lake and Marco Lys bring us the exclusive debut collaboration album, “Cross The Line.” In addition to their Beatport chart-topping club anthems, including “La Tromba,” “Violins,” and “Humanica,” this 9-track album contains unreleased new material. Chris Lake and Marco Lys make dance music that stands out, delivering big disco house numbers, riff-heavy electro, latin grooves and tracks that defy genre definition.
Emerging from Ibiza is a killer EP from the collaboration of Pete Gooding, James Doman, and Alex Greggs under the alias of the Machine. Emulating the warm summer vibes of the white island, “Sun Dance” is a pure tribal house groove and a favorite around the island. “Movimiento” steps up the plate with a driving 909 kick and tight percussive loops for a solid tribal work out.
We are very proud to announce the release of “Flashing Lights” by Jerome Isma-Ae and Daniel Portman, who managed to create this highly infectious masterpiece. If you’re a fan of the classic Jerome Isma-Ae style basslines and the techy, punchy drums and percussion of Daniel Portman – this sonic fusion will beam you to another dimension. Get ready for takeoff.
The “Munich Disco Tech” series from Great Stuff is one of the label’s most successful compilations, and it’s no wonder why. Each EP is crammed full of effective and clever dance music with an always-impressive roster of producers. Volume 8 features Martin Eyerer, Tomcraft, Lutzenkirchen, Rainer Weichhold and more. All tracks are heavy hitting tech house rockers, but the standout track, comes from newcomer Heartik, who’s “Boog Me” is an absolute must have.
Typically found in the techno section of Beatport, Slovenia’s Umek has been steadily topping the charts with each powerful new peak-hour bomb coming from his studio. His latest EP ventures into housier territory while maintaining his signature relentless grooves and prime time energy. “Card Gamble” for the Hotfingers imprint comes complete with Umek’s brand new jam, plus remixes from up-and-comers Siwell, F.Sonik and Andrew Technique.
While we like to think all the releases that come out on Cecille are special, we’ve gotta say this new one is the best yet. Butch and Johnny D are both top-selling artists with number one singles continually hitting our charts. This release not only showcases their hits, but brings them to the big time with remixes by Butch and Daniel Stefanik. Already being played by Villalobos, Sven Vath, Reboot, Nick Curly, Radio Slave, Tiefschwarz and more, we’re pumped this release is finially available.
Fresh on the techno scene, Psyk joins Len Faki’s unstoppable Figure imprint for an EP full of grown-up warehouse techno sounds. “Throes EP” is a three-tracker complete with iron-forged beats and menacing bass textures, foggy sirens and loopy, tracky, tension-building grooves through and through. Having been tested on the Berghain sound system by Len Faki, it’s no wonder the release has already been one of the highest sought after underground cuts of the past few months.
Sushitech Purple fuse together an all star list of remixes and select tracks from the Tessera Purple LP. Legendary Kerri “Kaoz” Chandler works a deep and dark spacey groove on Makam’s “You Might Loose It,” while UK house pioneer Mr. G flips the script with deep basslines and thumpin’ grooves on Lauhaus’s “Varna Vibes.” Top notch material from the Sushitech camp.
Following the incredible Mark Broom album, Saved Records returns with a brand new EP from Philip Bader. “Summer Big Beat” is another shining example of Mr. Bader’s unquestionable talents, with larger-than-life production aesthetics and a groove that’s impossible to resist on the floor. Label owner Nic Fanciulli takes on remix duties, resulting in another proper tech house cut. Huge support is already rolling in from the likes of Loco Dice, Alex Niggemann, Marco Carola, Dubfire and more.
Model 500 release a 3-track EP for R&S Records, their first original material in eleven years. The brainchild of Juan Atkins, Model 500 has largely been a solo project since 1985. Recently, however, the name has come to describe more of a group entity, with Atkins enlisting the services “Mad” Mike Banks, DJ Skurge and Mark Taylor for a number of live performances. “OFI/Huesca” marks the 25th anniversary of its inception and is the same incredible electro-techno hybrid the group was famous for.
Marc Houle’s latest album, “Drift,” is inspired by the prolonged Berlin winter. From the chill of the coldest nights felt on tracks like “Inside” and “The Next,” to songs that encompass the frustrations of gray skies like “Seeing In The Dark,” Marc has created a season of emotions put to techno beats. In doing so, he has put forth his most personal and accomplished release to date.
After a slew of successful EPs in 2010, Shlomi finally brings us his debut album. Shlomi shows off his diversity on this LP, drifting easily from main floor monster “Groove Mechanism” to the melodic beauty “Taped and Gorgeous.” The release takes you on a journey and shows why Shlomi is one of the most sought after producers at the moment. Support is already coming in from Dubfire, John Digweed, Anja Schneider, Seth Troxler, Rolando, Adam Beyer, Soul Clap, Nick Curly and Luca Bacchetti.
Tempa is one of the founding labels and facilitators of the dubstep movement. Home to some of the scene’s most high-profile figures, the compilations they deliver are always highly anticipated. Check out volume 6 as it explores new mediums through the likes of Skream, Benga, Icicle, FaltyDL, SBTRKT and Alix Perez.
Burial is back!!! Taken from Commix’ forthcoming remix album, Re:Call To Mind, comes Burial’s beautifully dark, sultry 2-step rework of the groundbreaking drum & bass hit “Be True.” His first production in a long time sees the reclusive UK producer employ his unique style of dubstep, as epitomized on his Hyperdub album Be True, turning this club anthem from 2008 into something completely new.
German electronic duo Modeselektor outlines a series of styles in this latest compilation. The first installment of Modeselektion Vol. 1 from Monkeytown Records delivers tunes from producers Ramadanman, Bok Bok and one from Modeselektor. Check back for the second round of tracks soon.
Cassius literally invented the modern French house scene, disappeared for a bit and then topped the Beatport charts with Tim Green’s remix of their classic “99.” “I Love You So” is an epic, hands in the hair slow builder, built around a pounding house beat and infectious, minor driven key pattern, perfect for anytime you might need to slow down your sets (could also be interesting for dubsteppers).
Kode 9’s label Hyperdub brings together poet/vocalist Roger Robinson and producer Kevin Martin for King Midas Sound’s latest dose of London dub. “Lost” is an eerie but catchy proclamation of love and loss, while “Frequencies” samples vocals from Hitomi of KMS.
London’s Ai Records follows up 2002’s “Produce” and 2003’s “Leisure” with “Travel,” in which six artists explore distance and movement across deep Detroit techno, acid house, classic IDM and just a smidgen of breakcore. First-class cruising for fans of Skam, Rephlex and Warp.
Once prolific Belgian nu disco duo, now solo artist, Aeroplane drops his aptly named debut album “We Can’t Fly,” a long player comprising of house, disco and Steely Dan influences. An interesting amalgamation that’s taken the press by storm and bound to put him firmly on the map.
James Lavelle celebrates UNKLE’s new “Surrender All/Essential” EP with a fresh top 10 chart that offers plenty of options for the discerning DJ. From Future Beat Alliance’s “Natural Selection” remix to Psycatron’s “Celestial Symphony,” Lavelle’s got big-room techno on lockdown, while cuts from King Unique, Bushwacka! and Underworld & Michael Woods bring a touch of tech house and progressive.
From bedroom producer in the mid-’90s to commandeering his own label, Mirau, Tensnake’s “Coma Cat” has rocketed Marco Niemerski into the arena of house music’s elite. After landing the single on Defected Records, he’s now compiling and mixing the “In the House” series. His diverse inspirations for music shine through in his Tensnake “In the House Mix” as well as his latest Beatport Chart.
Thomas Gold’s profile has soared in the last year. His music has swept charts worldwide and his DJing has brought him around the globe. Earlier this year, Thomas was selected as a “One to Watch” by the Beatport team, and he was recently snapped up by Toolroom Records as an artist and resident DJ. This month we have the opportunity to take a look the creative DJ side of Thomas Gold in his “What’s Up” Chart.