Afrojack, Paco Osuna, Christian Smith and John Dahlback are some of the heavier hitters featured in our editors’ picks this week, but that’s just the beginning. From deep house to dubstep, we’ve got the essential releases for your weekend—and everything highlighted here is exclusive to Beatport.
Moguai, fresh from scoring his banging remix of Felix Da Housecat’s “Zaman,” now drops a tantalizing huge remix on Wall Recordings. He transformed Afrojack’s mega hit – and probably most popular track to date – “Bangduck” into a massive progressive wonder which is definitely not to be missed if you’re up for trashing the party.
Mord Fustang has been killing it with his hard-hitting electro house bombs, matching the quality of Deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner. The Estonian keeps letting loose killer tunes, this time with his new single “Magic Trooper,” which starts with a melodic build-up and huge synths, leading into a heavy kicks and gargantuan drops.
John releases his brand spankin’ new single on Mutants called “Violins Of Donau / Pesca.” Anyone who’s been following John knows that he’s been hammering this all year, creating quite a buzz. Finally available, the double header features two pristine cuts, one controlling the bass-heavy electro house vibe, and the other a more percussive house stormer.
For the remixes of “City Life” by DJ T, Get Physical has signed up Maceo Plex and Maya Jane Coles. Maceo Plex offers a warm house rework that is built on a sampled guitar pulse and ghostly, floaty strings, while Maya Jane Coles provides a gentle dub treatment with an expertly pitched down tempo.
“Soy Como Soy,” was one of the standout tracks from Gigolo’s previous label collection, with Makossa & Megablast creating a super charged tribal house track which was easily the star. The remixes have now arrived with superstar names and superb new versions. DJ Koze, Luciano and D-Nox & Beckers top the remix list with crazy tech house versions.
This new EP is a brief highlight of German producer Wollion’s forthcoming mix. Ranging from the sublime summertime “SanFran Disco” by Beckers and Sandrino through to Remerc’s sultry tech house groover, “Moon in my Hand,” the EP contains a handful of DJ-friendly house grooves perfect for this time of year.
Electro house superstar Burns gets all syncopated on this summertime ode to Thomas Bangalter. “Together” has all the necessary characteristics required for a big room anthem, while B-Side “I Feel” incorporates Vagabundos vibes. From Miami to Ibiza, this record has huge dancefloor potential.
Lifted from what many have described the album of the year, comes Art Department’s new collaboration that blends together early Chicago house and contemporary pop. Caribou’s Daphni adds a psychedelic flavoured remix with twisted sax and added female vox, while the sarcastic DJ Harvey adds an echoing synth line, electric guitar licks and warped vocals to his cutting edge, nu-disco amalgamation.
The “Cabecudas EP” from Christian Smith shows once again why he remains at the top of his game, maintaining his relevance and position at the very pinnacle of electronic music in 2011. Three tracks of genre-blurring techno with big room vibes, shining brightly with Christian Smith’s trademark spellbinding production talents.
The fourth edition in Hot Natured’s series of re-edits arrives from Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Miguel Campbell and Richy Ahmed & S.A.S. Richy & SAS open the proceedings with a dirty slice of downtown funk and street hip hop, Lee Foss (Modern Amusement) slows the pace down and gets stuck in to a sick ‘80s jam. On the flip, Jamie Jones delivers a perfect disco summer groove, while Miguel Campbell delivers another ‘80s inspired killer.
After huge success in 2002, “Tonight” returns with DJ Sneak, Wolf + Lamb, Shonky and Gene Farris playing their part in the Soma 20 years celebrations. Each artist’s style shines through in these very different takes, covering a superb and smooth range of deeper house vibes, all keeping true to the amazing sounds from the original.
This EP is a feast of analogue bass, rolling beats and swinging grooves. The EP is all about classic beat making and the electronic revolution, featuring the hypnotic sounds of 808 drum patterns and the deep classic bassline. It’s a subtle space jam full of old school soul and classic sounds that will have all the house heads nodding in agreement.
Paco Osuna’s “Four EP” is his strongest yet, with four tracks of proper dance. Everything from dark and fierce to stripped and raw techno is included, with a tribal influence across each track. From a stripped back sound on “Atopisimo” to his heavy-duty percussive monster “Jackathor,” this EP covers all the angles.
Sian has chosen to deconstruct and re-assemble his own new ethereal tracks, combine them with his favorite peers’ remixes, and produce a brand new long player burning with his Octopus label’s trademark attitude. The result is a white-hot mix of druggy techno, dub and house, and an onslaught of remixes worth the entrance price alone.
Blue Arts Music is an experimental, forward thinking electronic club music label from Japan. Their latest release is by Himuro Yoshiteru, one of Japan’s most creative and adventurous producers, who has been often been compared to Squarepusher. His new release blends Brainfeeder stlye electronic jazz with to Photek brokenbeat and a dash of dubstep.
Yelle are masters of irresistible French pop. After their huge club record on Kitsune, they return with this cheeky vocal pop track. On the remix front Madeon adds a touch of electro house (Wolfgang Gartner style), Logo serves up some floaty French house charm, while Eurnig and Chinon’s rework could have been lifted directly from a Cassius record.
Slanted Black Records presents the full-length album from their newest member, who delivers a stack of downbeat hip-hop titles under the name Es-K. This army of 21 treasures feels like dusty relics that have emerged from long locked-away crates, given new life through master sample mangling.
Mistique Emotion is a sub-imprint from the people behind Mistique music, featuring the mood shifting, ambient experiments the label offers. Their latest release is by Polish producer Wysher, who builds downtempo structures that shape the senses with powerfully arranged spatial tones and melodies on the EP “Aurora Borealis.”
An interesting and versatile E.P. from the AVA realm of sounds, “Drizzle” soothes the beat-eating soul with a melodically layered sound. Warm and light at the same time, this blend of prog and trance slips right into your system. “Spring Break,” produced with Mastermind M.I.K.E., unfolds from a sturdy bass-driven progressive house track to an uplifting piece of perfection.
Doorn Records now supplies us with the remixes of Sander van Doorn’s well-whistled Ibiza anthem “Koko.” Bingo Players grace the track with an electro-fused lead while R3hab takes the playful electro house path. Olav Basoski then gives it a modern disco twist, which makes the pack perfect for actually anyone that’s in need of an Ibiza flavour in their sets.
Dub Police drop this lovely new track from dubstep sensation Emalkay that features the vocals of She Is Danger vocalist Lena Cullen. The EP also includes huge remixes from label mate Trolley Snatcha, dnb legend TeeBee and house, stepping vibes provided by Mr Mageeka.
DC duo Matt Cegielski and Tony John are the newly signed group to Skism’s Never Say Die Records. Their first release on the imprint serves a double dose of dirty dubstep as the title track “Cobwebs” gives an introduction to their skillful and heavy productions, and follows up with the dark and dangerous anthem “Under The Bed.”
London duo Cinematic tread the boards of Icon’s debut release with their energetic flavor of uplifting trancey style drum & bass, akin to that of Netsky or Bcee. “Structure” is a progressive roller, with Danny Byrd style, synth vocal drops – a surefire peak time track. “Rain Outside my Window” is drenched in melancholy and minor keys.
Australian imprint Climate Records turns up the heat on “Longest Journey,” an epic, synth filled, jump-up, rave track with huge drops, massive vocals and massive dancefloor damage potential. “Words & Ideas” turns the notch up to 11, with its heavy snares, amen breaks and crunching riffs.