The big news this week is a feat that’s probably unprecedented in Beatport history: Skrillex, an artist all but new to Beatport—he has just one other release in the store—snagged eight of the top ten chart positions in our Top 10 with his Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP, released this week on mau5trap. The title track is currently at number one, with seven of the EP’s eight remaining tracks filling out the chart; Dennis Ferrer’s “The Red Room” and Beltek & Umek’s “Back in the Race” are the only non-Skrillex tracks left in the Top 10. In a word: astonishing.
Off of Deadmau5’s mau5trap imprint comes a sonic assault of crossbreeding genres that births dancefloor monsters. Sonny Moore, known as Skrillex, is the producer and creator of these beasts, with a debut album that has already charted eight (and counting) of its nine tracks in Beatport’s Top 10. This one will be huge.
Zombie Nation returns with his first solo effort of 2010. “Overshoot” mashes up styles and decades; it jacks like old-school Chicago house in 1994, but sounds like it was recorded with late ‘70s analogue equipment. The lyrics sound like a 1983 freestyle record, but most importantly, “Overshoot” bangs the dancefloor like it’s 2010. “Squeek” is a rough, nasty cut made for peak time. Remixes from Bart B More & DJ Mehdi make this EP absolutely unmissable. Support from Erol Alkan and Boys Noize.
Phazing returns with its second release – and Tort, Gold and Gausa take no prisoners with this hammer of a track intent on destroying dancefloors. Sharp, deadly stabs of melodic synths infuse with the ever-banging bass of the kick drum to create tension that builds until it gives way to a high-octane drop that leaves only the biological desire to put your hands in the air and dance. Label boss Dirty South is on hand to take this already explosive track that extra mile.
When the Dada Life boys are dropping F-bombs in their track titles, you know they mean serious business. Their newest track is an absolutely immense electro house force to be reckoned with. According to Dada Life themselves, this track has a drop reminiscent of a “North Korean nuclear bomb directly in your living room.” Already gaining massive support from the big jocks in electro house and the new indie dance movement, “Unleash The F***ing Dada” is set to make big noise around the world.
After making an appearance on John Digweed’s “Structures” mix, Nick Warren returns with his latest opus. The Original Mix oozes Nick Warren’s signature style and class. Beautiful melodies ebb and flow towards the dubbed-out grooves, which are all underpinned with a low-slung grinding bass-heavy vibe. Martin Buttrich raises the energy levels with a swirling tech-edged interpretation that keeps the sophisticated attitude of the original intact and adds layers of energy and excitement. Utter perfection.
The latest LOTN comes courtesy of Dirty Harris, Jack Harris and ThreeSixty. Lead track “Manta” is a lively slice of prog-house that molds a vigorous beat with viciously sharp stabs that punch through the speakers with devastating effect. “Polaris” demonstrates the versatility of this production partnership as they serve up a mix of sparkling synths and melodic plucks that build toward a moody drop. Thick, badass beats and a speaker-breaking stab round this EP off with a full on stompathon.
10 Years after its inception by Chus L. Esteban and Carlos Calico, Stereo Productions continues to be one of the most influential labels in house music. This 10-year anniversary release is a stellar compilation of tracks that will move dancefloors far away from Madrid and Europe. Featured tracks include: Cevin Fisher “You Got Me Burning Up” (Supernova 10 Years Later Remix), Danny Tenaglia “Dibiza” (Wow & Flute Remix) and Mendo “Watermelon” (David Herrero Remix).
The dark-tinged collection of tracks from Magda’s debut album takes on a personal, animated effect as a result of entirely unique sounds. In fact, everything in the album’s movement came about naturally, from its inception to its change in direction. Originally set out to be a post-punk, dark disco set of soundtrack-inspired music, it evolved into a melodious and percussive adventure into Magda’s past and influences, with equal effect on the dancefloor and the cerebral cortex. Definitely worth the wait for this one.
Label honcho Jesse Rose has had the Made to Play collective collaborate on ten brand new tracks and remixes. From the disco bomb of Jesse Rose and Riva Starr’s “Start The Weekend,” to the impeccably produced old school throwback of Renaissance Man, Payme and Idiotproof’s “Moonlighting,” there are some very special moments to be heard on here.
“Dynamite and Laserbeams” is the debut artist album from Fergie, one of dance music’s most controversial figures. Tough, rhythmic techno, electro funk and leftfield electronica combine across 12 tracks in an astonishing body of work that will only solidify Fergie as a techno artist to take very seriously. According to DJ Mag, “Dynamite and Laserbeams” is full of “refined techno and leftfield house which sits nicely alongside each other, resulting in an intelligent and danceable record.” We can’t agree more.
Wow. What an outstanding remix EP we have here. The recent “Addiction EP” from Pig & Dan gets the royal remix treatment in the form of a heavy hitting, four-track techno extravaganza. Remixes from Jerome Sydenham, Erphun, Matt Cooper, The Advent and Industrialyzer are all included, each offering a banging, massive room reinterpretation geared for the bigger rooms and darker warehouse parties.
The Timewriter (aka Jean Frank Cochois) brings his musical talents to the 8Bit family. The result is a well-balanced deep EP showcasing the true talents of The Timewriter’s traditional musical background. Each track has its own individual identity, and classic piano chords, melodic dreamy strings, light horns and a chunky groove make this a round up package for all deep house heads.
One of the hottest tracks of 2009, Jamie Jones’s “Summertime” is here with a solid set of remixes from Rob Mello, SIS and Robert James. Mello’s mix is an unstoppable dirty house jam, with electronic synths working over the groove. Robert James from delivers menacing basslines and wicked stabs, making for a sensational mix. Last but certainly not least, SIS delivers a twisted, driving, dubby ride, drifting in and out of the hypnotic groove in perfect syncopation.
“Vapour” is the debut album of producer and Trouw resident DJ Patrice Baumel. It is the first release on Trouw, the label of Amsterdam’s famous and identically named club, and an amazing way to kick start the new imprint. The full length album features a very melodic, carefully crafted set of tracks that will suit both the dancefloor and the headphones perfectly. While the album is clearly a dance music album, the sprit of the tracks live anywhere quality music is played and enjoyed.
Sascha Ring is the producer known as Apparat and part owner of the label Shitkatapult. While launching only premium tunes from the outer reaches of techno, this week Ring has converged with the DJ Kicks series to bring you a list of his tastiest projectiles.
“Ambassador of Boogie Funk,” Dam Funk has almost single handedly perpetuated today’s funk phenomenon. The renaissance arriving in this era has been a way of life for Dam from the beginning. In his new album “Adolescent Funk,” Dam explores the tracks he made in his earliest years as a producer (1988 – 1992).
Now that the dust has settled on the Mercury Award winning album “XX” by The XX, track remixes from the release are coming strong and heavy. Four Tet turns “VCR” into an ambient, anthemic rolling tech number that has a huge drop that’s been driving the UK radio world wild. “Crystalised” also sees remixes from Edu Imbernon, Rory Phillips, The Neon Lights and Dark Sky coming out today in a separate release.
After releases on DFA and DC Recordings, Bot’Ox (Cosmo Vitelli and Tekel’s Julien Briffaz) return to I’m A Cliche with “Babylon By Car,” a fantastic voyage into vintage synthesizers and punky disco. From Krautrock to Stereolab to Gary Numan, their influences are impeccable and the execution is flawless.
Delta Heavy launch their careers on Andy C’s infamous imprint with the new track “Delta Heavy.” Featuring the same electro stylings as Culture Shocks’ previous offering, “Bad Red,” Delta Heavy moves away from the junglist, hardstyle of old into drum & bass’ new era of slick, electro-styled productions.
Shed’s album The Traveler, released just two short months back, has taken hold of the community and reminded it of the potential spectrum a techno album can hold. Shed’s perception of musical space is a balance between elevating and abysmal. With such a keen focus, we are overjoyed to bring to you a list of his top ten tunes. Bringing you names from the furthest realms of dubstep and techno, this is one not to pass up.
Slow-motion disco hero Mark E is the man behind Merc, founded last year as an outlet for his own productions. The four releases so far range from sample-heavy disco to stripped-down Chicago house, and they’re all about as dreamy as it gets. Essential picks for lovers of a deeper vibe.
No one rides the line between house, tech house and techno quite as well as France’s D’Julz, a seasoned producer, DJ and owner of the excellent Bass Culture imprint. His latest Beatport chart is a testament to his fantastic and unique ear for dance music, with ten hand-selected tracks ranging from the deeper side of house music to the big room tracks teasing the limits of techno.
Josh Wink, the Philly native who brought us Winx’s “Don’t Laugh” and the amazing Ovum Records, delivers his top 10 “Profound Sounds” chart for the month. The chart name, taken from his mix show on digital radio, shows how Wink explores the depths of deep house, tech house and techno into a musical masterpiece.