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The Weekly Roundup: November 19, 2010

By Beatport News Editors
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Beatport DJs come in all kinds, from the big-room anthem lovers to the brow-furrowed underground types. As usual, we’ve sifted through the week’s releases to come up with a little something for everyone, from Tomcraft and Chris Lake to Chicken Lips and the Bug.

Read on to check out the whole array, and you might just discover your new favorite tune.

Jay Lumen, “Pushin’” [Mistakes Music]

Sébastien Léger’s Mistakes Music label is back with another healthy double dose of prime-time power. This time, the music has been provided by the sonically diverse Jay Lumen, who is equally as known for his progressive house masterpieces as his tracky, dirty techno bombs. Fitting with the Mistakes Music sound, “Pushin’” shows Jay taking things toward a clean and precise techno direction, with two drum-drenched monsters produced with one thing in mind: total dancefloor destruction.

Bobby Burns & Sidney Samson, “Countdown” [Wall Recordings]

Already at number three on the DMC UK Buzz Chart, Sidney Samson & Bobby Burns’ latest smash hit, “Countdown,” falls straight in the OMG! category. It’s huge, armed and dangerous, and captures the pure essence of today’s ruling Dutch house sound. These guys know what works in the club, and “Countdown” is the result. The rolling snare break will have crowds jumping like crazy. DJ Support from: David Guetta, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Diplo, Tocadisco and many more.

Tomcraft, “A Place Called Soul” [Craft Music]

Just after his big number-one anthem “Room 414,” Tomcraft returns with his next peaktime anthem on his very own label, Craft Music. Produced with Eniac, his partner in crime, with twisted remixes from Amo & Navas and Manuel De la Mare, “A Place Called Soul” follows the current hyped Swedish progressive style and it’s surely going to be playlisted in many, many DJ charts.

Chris Lake, “Sleepwalker” [mau5trap]

London producer Chris Lake has just released his seven-minute electro-house monster called “Sleepwalker” for the unstoppable mau5trap imprint. The single-track release comes with a huge breakdown and growling pads that are guaranteed to destroy the clubs worldwide. “Sleepwalker” is the 31st release on Deadmau5’ imprint and we’re pretty confident this one is going to be climbing to the top spot on the electro house chart this week and entering the playlists of the world’s biggest DJs.

Vandalism & Static Revenger, “Vegas” [Vicious]

Australia’s electro-party duo Vandalism have teamed up with American powerhouse Static Revenger for “Vegas.” The original mix is aimed like a sniper at hectic dancefloor demolition and shows us once again why Vandalism rock crowds across the globe. Remixer Angger Dimas steps up to the plate to crank out a face-melting remix for the bass-heavy rooms, adding in some trancey synths in the breakdown. To round it off, Robbie Rivera throws down a Juicy Hard mix for those dark main rooms.

Ellrich & Plaice, “Bittersweet” [Doorn Records (Spinnin)]

Everybody knows the origin of the classic sample used in this bomb of a release. The infamous string piece by Jagger and Richards is puzzled into the break of a bouncing and pumping house monster. This is truly an ever-evolving production sound. That driving bass grabs a hold of you, the swelling pads keep your attention level at maximum. “Bittersweet” makes you realize that Doorn Records is permanently switching to Defcon 1 with this immensely huge release.

Pan-Pot, “Captain My Captain” [Mobilee Records]

It’s been over a year since Berlin’s Pan-Pot dropped a new single. In the meantime, though, they’ve kept their fans on pins and needles with a teasing stream of remixes. Now they finally reappear with “Captain My Captain.” The lead track is a massive, chord-heavy techno jam with all the force that Pan-Pot typically muster—as well as an uncommon amount of restraint. The tough, nimble “Black Horse Down” and the acidic “Bad Photocopy of a Big Saw” round out the powerhouse three-tracker.

Gorge, “Mood: The Remixes Part 1” [8Bit]

The first set of remixes off Gorge’s Mood LP are equally strong as each track on the album. 8Bit has commissioned mixes from friends Alex Niggemann, Chris Lattner, Milton Jackson, Terry Lee Brown Jr. and Helmut Dubnitzky from Brise for a quality, deep and techy package.

Steve Mac vs. Stripper, “Whistle” [Rejected]

The united forces of Steve Mac and Stripper mark the latest release for Rejected with a debut double header. Elementally stripped, it’s the punchy bassline and regimental snaps of the snare, combined with its piercing breaks and a catchy whistle hook, that make the lead track most potent. “2 Fingered Salute” comes with its heads-down, forward charging bassline and one-note melody that make it a guaranteed floor filler. Hypnotic and deadly, this EP packs a hell of a punch.

Phil Kieran, “Skyhook 2010” [Phil Kieran Recordings]

Originally released in 2007, Phil Kieran’s “Skyhook” was a track that defined a new era of techno production. Well ahead of its time, this track ended up in the crates of virtually every techno DJ worth their weight. Now available at Beatport, all three original versions are here, along with some outstanding remixes from Adam Beyer, Jesper Dahlback, Green Velvet, Ricardo Tobar and Scuba. This unstoppable masterpiece has returned and is geared to rock an entire new generation of party animals.

Lovebirds, “Love & Happiness” [Teardrop]

The Lovebirds drop a slick, slow, house bomb with proper oldskool 909 drums and some sliding portamento chords on “Love and Happiness.” “The Rain” keeps the house vibe alive with warm chords and a classic kick. On the remix, Steve Bug works an infectious late ‘90s deep house groove.

Hobo, “Berlin Booty” [Minus]

“Berlin Booty” EP packs as much dancefloor ammunition as all of Hobo’s previous works combined. Hobo’s ability to fuse form and function with his tracks is developing at an unstoppable pace, and his keen sense of musical playfulness and smart sonic experimentalism is now more apparent than ever. These three cuts fuse a wicked techno punch with plenty of playful funk to appeal to both the bearded chin strokers and the drunken girls simply looking for a bit of floor-freakin’ naughty time.

Scuba, Triangulation Interpretations [Hotflush Recordings]

Early in 2010, Hotflush Recordings founder Paul Rose used his Scuba alias to deliver one of dubstep’s biggest full-length contributions to date with Triangulation. The album returns through the doors this week, amended by Interpretations, signifying a number of remixes to some incredible tracks. The new revisions include contributions from Falty DL, Deadbeat, Joe, Deadboy, Will Saul, Mike Monday and Scuba himself.

Various Artists, Kitsune Maison Compilation 10 [Kitsune]

Paris-based fashion imprint and trendy indie label Kitsune are back with their 10th compilation featuring new electro pop hits from Digitalism, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor & Justus Kohncke, Black Strobe and more. Kitsune Maison Compilation 10 brings the label into a new era of further Phoenix-styled pop hits and indie-dance anthems.

Logistics, “Spacejams” [Hospital Records]

Logistics is one of the most prolific artists on Hospital, releasing over 90 tunes since signing in 2004. This collection contains the highpoints of his Hospital output so far. “Together,” “Blackout,” “Inside My Soul” and “The Trip,” all anthems on the dancefloor, now make their way onto a full-length release for fans new and old.

Chicken Lips, Experience of Malfunction [Lipservice]

After a four-year absence, Chicken Lips return with a beefier lineup—adding Bearfunk’s Steve Kotey and vocalist Jonny Spencer—but their dubbed-out disco sound is as skeletal as ever, bubbling with slow-motion funk and a warm, analog feel. From space disco to funk-punk, they’ve got all the bases covered.

The Machine, RedHead [Rekids]

This concept album from Radio Slave’s new alias is made primarily with samples of scratchy African records and similar flea-market finds. The results range from the ambient fizz of the opening “Continental Drift” to the tense, tribal tech house of “Opening Ceremony” and “Talking Dolls.” “Spell Bound” riffs on pitched-down, heavy-metal drone, while “Leopard Skin” is a hypnotic spiral of bleeps, voices and alien percussion.

Black Sun Empire, Lights and Wires [Black Sun Empire]

The Dutch trio by the name of Black Sun Empire has ripping up the drum & bass scene with dark and savage instrumentals since 1995. “Lights And Wires” is their latest album and shows the diversity and artistry that come with over 15 years of production. Not only do they journey into the dark d&b territory they’re known for, but they test out some dubstep productions and cover new ground with some more ambient works.

Featured Chart: The Bug

Kevin Martin has been a part of some form of musical outlet since 1990. In ‘97 when Martin started to produce as The Bug, he combined the elements of dub, techno, dancehall and hip hop, and uncovered something almost entirely untouched. In 2008 when his “London Zoo” was released, it became one of the highest rated, widely acclaimed independent albums of the year. Beatport is incredibly honored to bring you Martin’s eclectic mix of latest favorites from Darkstar, Burial, James Blake and more.

Featured Label: Future Classic

Maybe they should have called themselves Present Classic, because with a roster including Deepchild, Jamie Lloyd, Loin Brothers, Trickski, and remixers like Brennan Green, Quarion, and Azari & III, Australia’s Future Classic label just keeps turning out tunes that sound amazing right this instant. Traversing the slower, sultrier side of house and disco, the catalog is like one big basement party where the punch never runs out.

Featured Label: Moon Harbour Recordings

It has now been a decade since Matthias Tanzmann and Andre Quaas decided to start their own label, Moon Harbour Recordings. Within these ten years, the label has released some of the best underground house music around, with fresh-faced artists turned superstars, and big names taking the music in new directions. In celebrating ten years, be sure to check out the label, as well as a plethora of new DJ charts from Moon Harbour friends and family, all available now.

Featured Chart: Christian Smith

Proof that the music itself speaks louder than the genres it’s typically associated with, Christian Smith shows the world on a regular basis that music across all genres can rock the biggest underground parties. His latest DJ chart spans techno, progressive house, and tech house with a consistent theme of quality music made to move the masses from all corners of the world. Check it out.

Featured Chart: DJ Sneak

In 2001 DJ Sneak launched Magnetic Recordings, an infrastructure where he could release his new productions, sign rising talent and continue to spread the true feeling of house music. After 25 years behind the decks, Carlos Sosa (aka DJ Sneak) maintains a heavy tour schedule while handling Magnetic and his two other sub labels, Oomph and Leg. Sneak’s “Magnetic Chart” is a quick pick of the many organic house tracks – from floor bangers to deep jazzy cuts – of the Magnetic catalog.

Featured Chart: ATFC

ATFC digs for some of his current favorite club bangers from Koen Groeneveld all the way to classic hip hop by Naughty by Nature and Chubb Rock. Check out which tracks are blowin’ it up for ATFC.