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The Weekly Roundup: November 26, 2010

By Beatport News Editors
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While you’re packing your crate full of discounted tracks from our Cratedigger Sale this weekend, don’t forget to check out some of the week’s biggest new records.

Booka Shade are back with “Regenerate,” the third single from their recent album, with a wide range of mixes designed to appeal to all kinds of floors. A couple of major collaborations—Steve Angello, AN21 and Max Vangeli remixing Pendulum, and Funkagenda vs. Sultan and Ned Shepard—have turned in equally sizable anthems.

Throw in records from Butch, Slam, Luca Bacchetti, DJ Sneak, Dataworx, Appleblim & Ramadanman, and more—plus a rare top 10 from Cadenza boss Luciano—and you’ve got your listening cut out for you. Keep reading to explore all these and more.

Booka Shade, “Regenerate” [Booka Shade / Get Physical Music]

“Regenerate” is the third single to be taken from the latest Booka Shade album, and it comes jam packed with some of the biggest remix names in the business. Covering a wide range of sounds and styles, this EP has something for everyone under the dance music rainbow. Harder-edged tech house mixes from Popof & Pan-Pot, and a wicked melodic progressive house remake from Kris Menace are the highlights, with newcomers Pysh, Lazersonic & Zak Frost also providing outstanding interpretations.

Pendulum, “The Island (Steve Angello, AN21 & Max Vangeli Remix)” [SIZE/OMT]

Steve Angello’s Size Records turns Pendulum’s “The Island” into one of the hottest remixes of the year, courtesy Angello, his brother AN21, and frequent collaborator Max Vangeli. The highly anticipated release is already an anthem blowing up the sets of Tiesto and David Guetta.

Dataworx, “Flight 1605” [1605]

With no letting up, 1605 pulls another fast one with the powerhouse known as Dataworx. Aptly titled “Flight 1605,” this is a rave anthem in the making with all the elements of quality that 1605 has been famous for. Constantly building and rising, the familiar stabs add instantly recognizable character. The “Manuel De La Mare Intro Remix” takes it to further mayhemic territory with maximum impact. Clearly a package that takes no prisoners.

Funkagenda, Sultan & Ned Shepard, “Past Dreaming” [Funk Farm]

Funkagenda’s own imprint Funk Farm is one of our favorite labels in 2010, and with its latest release “Past Dreaming,” we’re expecting the label to remain on the top of our favorites. With Funkagenda teaming up with American superstar producers Sultan and Ned Shepard, the results are simply effective, powerful synergy. “Past Dreaming” is a progressive hands in the air masterpiece made to make the girls on the dancefloor go crazy, and the boys to follow suit.

DJ Sneak, “Brobofet” [Magnetic Recordings]

DJ Sneak revisits his days of Mongoloid madness with a heavy four-track EP for the Chicago house heads. Thick and chuggy Sneak beats with spaced-out loops make these cuts peak time foot-stompin’ bombs from the real house gangster.

Eelke Kleijn, Untold Stories [Manual Music]

Throughout the years, Eelke has developed himself into a multi-talented artist with a very broad vision on the electronic spectrum. The urge to experiment keeps on coursing through his veins, assisting in creating a consistent flow of impressive fuses soaring from progressive house, techno, tech-house and even elements of ambient-esque structures. Energetic and thematic, “Untold Stories” is an example of how the emotive touch is never omitted from his music.

Butch, Eyes Wide Open [Bouq]

The sophomore album from Mainz-based producer Butch has finally arrived, and just after first listen, we’re super excited about this one. Coming out on Butch’s newly formed Bouq label, Eyes Wide Open is a slammin’ full length album that flawlessly builds a bridge between the deeper house sounds and the bigger, darker techno and tech house tracks we’ve known and loved from the producer. If you’re a fan of Butch, you’re going to love this.

Various Artists, Munich Disco Tech Volume 9 [Great Stuff Recordings]

One of the most successful series from the Great Stuff label is the “Munich Disco Tech” collection, each providing undeniably good dance music made with both the floor and the cerebral cortex in mind. Now at number nine in the series (and quite possibly the best one yet), the likes of Tiger Stripes, Mendo and Timid Boy provide brand spanking new material that is sure to go down a treat in the clubs from Munich to Los Angeles, and everywhere else good music is dropped.

Slam, “Metro Noir” [Paragraph]

After the massive “Hot Knives Remix EP” and Slam’s stately second outing on Drumcode with “Cacophony,” the boys return with their menacing “Metro Noir” and Adam Beyer & Jesper Dahlback’s champion take on “Variance.” The original “Variance” release received mammoth feedback from techno’s top guns, and Beyer & Dahlback secure the same again with a masterful twist on the original. Prime time powerful techno music from these reliable techno legends.

Luca Bacchetti, “Deconstruction Revisited” [Hideout]

“Deconstructed Revisited” is a brand new series of releases for Hideout, bringing friends and artists Davide Squillace and Luca Bacchetti like and respect into their label. The first release in the series hits the ground running at a lightning speed, featuring D’Julz and Paul Ritch remixes of two already-huge tracks from Luca Bacchetti. D’Julz takes things into tracky, groovy tech house territory, while Paul Ritch picks up the pace and provides the tough-as-nails techno remake for the big rooms and big kids.

Various Artists, “Samurai Blades” EP [Tsuba]

Tsuba welcomes Alex Niggemann and Rio Padice with two tracks from the “Samurai Blades” EP, the latest installment in the Tsuba Samurai series. “Trippin’” is a bit of a sonic departure for Alex Niggemann, showing a more mature sound with a nod to the old school. The result is a big dance floor track. Rio Padice gives a taster for his forthcoming solo EP on Tsuba with “Uptown Street,” a raw, yet very warm, deep house cut made purely with machines.

Raiz, “Keep Secrets” [Droid Records]

The enigmatic duo behind much of Droid Behavior’s activity, Vangelis and Vidal Vargas, make their debut on Droid Recordings as Raiz with an impressive two tracker of techno mayhem. On remix duties are like-minded music veterans James Ruskin of Blueprint UK and Jerome Sydenham vs Function of Ibadan/Sandwell fame. These massive names in the techno underworld need no introduction – their remixes are dark, punishing techno magic made to destroy the darkest clubs.

Calibre, Even If [Signature]

Drum & bass’ most prolific and hard working producer returns with another long player filled with some of the most delectable, smooth, liquid cuts around. Ranging from the lush title track “Even If,” through to the edgier “Open Your Eyes” and even the odd dubstep filler “Me Myself and I,” the album retains the cool liquid overtone. Check out our personal favorite, “Manchester Nights.”

Brandt Brauer Frick, You Make Me Real [K7 Records]

The Berlin trio Brandt Brauer Frick pulls off a masterpiece of “unplugged” electronic music on their debut album. Working with a small ensemble of strings, percussion, wind instruments, prepared piano and the like, they create classic deep house and techno with classical means-and style to spare.

Appleblim & Ramadanman, “Void 23” [Aus Music]

David “Ramadanman” Kennedy and Laurie “Appleblim” Osbourne combine efforts on this gem from Aus Music. As the two explore more driving rhythms combining techno and dubstep, they move away from the normal form you would expect of the mixture. An additional edit from Detroit legend Carl Craig strengthens this package an absolute winner.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, “Household Goods” EP [Greco-Roman]

Six months after their “All in Two Sixty Dancehalls” EP, the UK’s Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs returns with three more tracks of ingenious indie-dance crossover. Ranging from blissful deep house to rude-boy UK garage to anthemic disco, the EP boasts a groove for every mood.

Concord Dawn, The Enemy Within [Uprising Records]

New Zealand’s hard-edged drum & bassers are back with another album of rolling, neuro styled, vocal drum & bass treats. Those who were fans of “Man For All Seasons” won’t be disappointed as the album also features contributions from Bulletproof and the “Man For All Seasons” vocalist himself, Paul McLaney.

Yo Majesty & Kidd Money, “Lo Rider” [Rat Records UK]

Florida Lyricists Kidd Money and Yo Majesty come together under the production of London producers Deekline and Ed Solo. A breakbeat extravaganza takes form as the vestiges of Hashim’s “Al Naafiysh” bring through the old school electro feel. Eddie K joins the team to with a dubstep remix, and contributing alternate breakbeat versions are Lady Waks & Hardy Hard and Deekline & Ed Solo themselves.

Featured Chart: Luciano

One of the biggest names to come out of the deeper tech house underground scene is Luciano, who has grown to legendary status in both the underground and overground dance music circles, thanks to his ability to fuse form and function with his DJ sets, productions and A&R work for his Cadenza imprint. His latest chart for Beatport offers a clear glimpse into the music that’s doing it for Luciano at the moment, with a great selection of tracks ranging from the deepest house to peak hour percussive tech house.

Featured Chart: Scuba

Hottflush Recordings owner Paul Rose has submerged himself under the deepest waters of dubstep by the alias Scuba since 2005. As dubstep starts to head in two different directions, most fans of the dub-techno sound will champion Scuba as one of its leaders. This week, we’re in the very gracious position of offering you a list that compiles his latest top ten picks. Listen as we explore a wave of titles from Ben Klock, James Blake, Commix, Ramadanman and more.

Featured Artist: The Hidden Orchestra

Returning to the limelight after a well-produced mix of theirs went viral, the Hidden Orchestra are starting to make the ascension to fame they thoroughly deserve. After releasing their debut album earlier this year, which falls in the middle of Cinematic Orchestra and Bonobo, this instrumental trip-hop act have been busy touring the worldwide, and our hotly tipped here at Beatport.

Featured Label: Nervous Records

We picked ten favorites from the influential New York house label Nervous Records. The massive catalog of epic tracks and funky, obscure B-sides is uncovered in this label-highlight chart including Starkillers, Benny Royal, Oscar G and Chus. Dig further into the label’s back catalogue, all of which is included in our current Cratedigger Sale.

Featured Label: Subliminal Records

Erick Morillo’s Subliminal Records catalog is full of big house gems. We dig into this deep catalog and pull a selection of tunes that big-room house lovers will love, including hit tracks from ATFC, Harry “Choo Choo” Romero and Jose Nunez plus the killer Basement Jaxx remix of Da Mob’s “Fun.”