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The Weekly Roundup: January 28, 2011

By Beatport News Editors
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Is it just us, or are folks feeling awfully aggressive lately? Just look at this week’s big releases, from Daniel Steinberg’s “Shut Up” to Caspa’s “Neck Snappah” to Shadow Dancer’s “Murder Room.” Dualton “Face Off,” meanwhile (hopefully, not in the Nicolas Cage/John Travolta sense), while DJ Sneak and Monoman go mano a mano with “Mono a Mono.” Seriously, can’t we all just get along?

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Various Artists, “The Napoli Connection” [Drumcode]

Drumcode’s newest EP showcases some of the finest dark menacing techno exports – Rino Cerrone, Mark Antonio, Joseph Capriati, Sasha Carassi and Luigi Madonna – all in one release. Rino Cerrone & Markantonio team up for “Junction Hands,” a powerful floor killer, while Joseph Capriati, Sasha Carassi & Luigi Madonna each provide a brand new, unique production.

Pig & Dan, “Love Song” EP [Balushi]

The new Balushi imprint is a prime example of how to go big with the first release – with a Pig & Dan EP that has all the elements of a surefire underground hit. “Love Song” is a prime time rocker with a melancholy, snaking melody, while “Prism” and “Rattlesnake” chug along with cleverly arranged percussion and energetic techno fx. Support from Bodzin, Garnier, and more.

DJ Sneak & Monoman, “Mono a Mono” EP [Magnetic Recordings]

“Mono a Mono,” a collaboration between DJ Sneak and Monoman, is the first of several new releases that will be released under the name Studio Gangstaz. “Watch Your Back,” a thick, funky, chugger, comes with remixes from both Sneak and Monoman. These guys gotta eat so here comes “Spagetti Junction” to get your taste buds flowin’. Just the start of heavy duty house to come from the duo.

Daniel Steinberg, “Shut Up” [Front Room Recordings]

The humble and extraordinarily talented Daniel Steinberg delivers his debut EP. The title track’s vocals are hilarious and hooky, and original in every way. Already receiving support from Tiefschwarz, Laurent Garnier, Solomon, Clive Henry, Daniel Haaksman, Rampa, Mark Farina, Jamie Jones and Derrick Carter, this EP is expression of modern house from Daniel Steinberg.

Marco Carola, “Groove Catcher” EP [Minus]

Marco Carola offers an excellent taste of his forthcoming LP with “Groove Catcher EP.” The EP captures the producer at his best, with a rolling bassline punctuated by a percussion pattern that teases out the funk in Carola’s trademark style: pacey and direct, with bounce and fluidity. Two remixes from the red hot Martin Buttrich are also featured, with that beloved Buttrich swing.

Dualton, “Face Off” EP [Systematic Recordings]

“Face Off” EP shows there are no signs of stopping for the fruitful duo Dualton. The original mix drives heavy 4/4 house percussion with classic keys and an intriguing hook. Superlounge is on the remix workin’ a heavy jackin’ kick snare combo with deep heady chords. “Remy,” the third cut, is a snare-infused thumper with a pounding kick that may cause heart palpitations in the club.

Vector Lovers, “Remixed & Remastered 01” [Soma Records]

In a new series of releases from Soma, the label re-releases and remixes some of the most standout moments for the incredible catalogue of music. Vector Lovers is the subject of four excellent rerubs of some of his best electronic tracks. Soma’s audio boundaries are pushed again with this outstanding release.

Caspa, “Neck Snappah” [Sub Soldiers]

Long time member of the dubstep elite, Caspa affirms his place in the top tier with this dark and heavy single titled “Neck Snappah.” Go ahead and “brock out” the sinister vibes on this one, but mind the head nod or you’re likely to be visiting the chiropractor.


Shadow Dancer, “Murder Room” [Boysnoize Records]

The Manchester brother duo of Al and Paul Farrier are the pilots of the electro house outlet known as Shadow Dancer. Their latest variety pack of multi-flavored tunes, care of Boysnoize Records, delivers a menu of dirty electro vibes, electro rock anthems and a cinematic synth ballad.

Moguai, “Optinuum” [mau5trap]

The first single lifted from Moguai’s upcoming compilation is a masterpiece from start to finish. Moguai’s trademark synth sounds compliment the melody perfectly, especially after the much-anticipated drop. Seven DJ tools and effects compliment the release, offering a bit more bang for the buck for the creative jocks out there in club land.

Felix Da Housecat presents Thee Nese Djouma Projesi, “Zaman” [Doorn]

House magnate Felix Da Housecat drops his first release on Doorn Records, showing he can’t be put into a genre box. His new alias Thee Nese Djoema Projesi presents “Zaman,” deeper than his usual productions, but a profound progressive tune with immense authority. Already played in David Guetta’s radio show, let “Zaman” do the unexpected to your dancefloor experiences.

Umek & Tomy DeClerque, “Original Challenge” EP [Cr2]

It wouldn’t be a new week of music without a new Umek track, yet we can’t seem to ignore him. For his latest bomb, Umek joins Tomy DeClerque for a double header that covers two fresh styles of techno: Moroder disco influences for “Original Challenge” and warehouse party anthem roots for “Can U Handle It?” You know you want it.