It’s 2013 and Depeche Mode are gearing up to release Delta Machine, their 13th studio album, with the release of the Heaven EP. “Heaven” was written by Martin Gore, with the entire album produced by legend Flood, who has not laid his fingers on Depeche Mode’s music in the 20-odd years since Songs of Love and Devotion. For this EP, a handful of high-profile remixers (and chanteuse Owlle) were taken out of their element to bring something new to the already left-of-center-sounding single.
Duke Dumont (aka the UK’s Adam Dyment) hit the ground running last year, providing one of the quintessential house-head anthems of 2012 when he released “The Giver,” which DJs the world over rinsed it for eager hordes. Not only did “The Giver”‘s original usher in the Duke’s success, but Turbo Recordings label boss Tiga lent his rare remixing chops to the track, creating a bone-chilling version that involuntarily induced shimmies and whirls. The nascent days of 2013 have already been treating Duke Dumont kindly. He provided his skills for a BBC1 Essential Mix, when Annie Mac named him her pick for this year’s Future Stars series. Not too shabby for a guy who has spent a lot of quiet time producing in the countryside with a view of livestock. Look for him to continue producing a carefully curated catalog of house gems in the months to come.
Detroit techno legend Kevin Saunderson spent a fair amount of time in Chicago over the years, so he rightly can speak to the differences between Motown’s and Chi-town’s dance scenes. Hear what he’s got to say on the topic in today’s Morning Roundup.
Australian vocalist Emma Hewitt has been making waves on the trance scene since she featured on Chris Lake’s “Carry Me Away” back in 2007. Over the past five years, she’s recorded with the likes of Cosmic Gate, Gareth Emery, and Dash Berlin and though she may be best known for her vocals on Cosmic Gate’s “Be Your Sound” and Dash Berlin’s “Waiting,” the release of her debut artist album, Burn the Sky Down, last year proves how instrumental she’s been in getting dance vocalists the recognition they deserve. With the remix version of her album having just been released, we spoke to the Australian singer to find out what she thinks.
Brighton’s Alam Myson started creeping on the scene around 2008 with his futuristic dubstep releases on the Planet Mu label. Having spearheaded his own imprint, Atom River over the past few years Alan recently returned back to Mike Paradinas’ infamous imprint for his recent album project ‘Nebula Dance’ late last year.
This week see’s the release of Ital Tek’s latest EP on Civil Music. A hybrid of modern bass music that features Alan’s trademark harmonious dubstep whilst merging elements of modern day trap and juke influences. We caught up with the busy DJ to see what’s currently in his record bag.