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On Rotation

Staff picks from Leech, Ayala, Sixteen Souls, Diynamic, Carl Craig, and more

By Beatport News Editors
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A classic reissue and more wonderfully danceable deep house fill out today’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.


Ken Taylor

Beatport News Editor / San Francisco


There’s a pretty much endless stream of indie dudes and gals making lo-fi deep-house loveliness these days, and while it’ll surely reach a saturation point in the not-too-distance future, for now LA’s 100% Silk label really rules the roost. Case in point: today’s release of the Leech’s Tusks EP, which is just the sort of record that keeps us believing the indie-house thing still has plenty of steam to keep movin’ on.

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Matt Ferry

Merchandising Manager / Denver


Solomun’s Diynamic imprint has consistently topped the list as one of the best forward-thinking house labels out there. From its early incarnation as an outlet for Solomun’s techy, oh-so-German singles, to today as a leader in the melodic house scene, Diynamic has already released a storied catalog to those ears looking for a grooving underground alternative to the big-room bombers. Part two of their Neon Nights sampler series is more of what we’re hoping to hear from the label in 2013. With searing four-to-the-floor swing and a healthy dose of disco influence, this four-tracker from Adriatique, Solomun, NTFO, and Betoko once again proves why Diynamic is an instant go-to for quality house.

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Sean Lewis

Merchandising Manager / Los Angeles


Huge sub frequencies right under a top layer of percussion and hypnotic delay effects is a mixture I’ll always fall for. I actually don’t know much about the artist or the label, but this one puts both of them on my radar for the future. Quality tunes with perfect vibes!

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Christine Kakaire

Merchandising Manager / Berlin


Another week, another classic re-release. Sixteen Souls’ Late Night Jam dates from 1997, and the slinky title track has lost none of its loose, summery warmth in the intervening years. Sixteen Souls are known separately as Kevin McKay, head of long-running UK imprint Glasgow Underground (where this record first appeared), and Omid 16B, head of recently relaunched Alola Records (where this record now appears). Plenty of keep-it-in-the-family vibes from the golden era of UK deep house.

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Leech photo via Altsounds