House legend Frankie Knuckles’ untimely passing last month at the age of 59 left a tremendous hole in the global dance music universe. Not only was he a true pioneer, Knuckles was an institution thanks to his impressive musical canon. Beatport is proud to present this exclusive, final Knuckles’ remix. Along with some deft studio work from longtime confidant and close friend Eric Kupper, Knuckles has crafted his own signature interpretation of DJ Cassidy’s “Calling All Hearts” featuring vocalists Robin Thicke and Jessie J. Evoking the “golden era of dance music,” this is the first single from DJ Cassidy’s debut album Paradise Royale coming out this summer.
It goes without saying that Jimmy Edgar’s Ultramajic empire has been releasing a slew of brilliant new producers. Last year’s “Whip” was a massive stand-out track for me so I was super excited to hear what Aden had in-store with his new EP, four.
Sometimes, as much as we all love our personal stash of secret weapons, it’s impossible to not reveal to the world the unknown dancefloor bomb of one of your favorite producers. Aptly landing on Serkal’s first volume of Secret Weapons, Reelow’s “Illegal Jump” is one such track: undeniable funk, a jack factor that does more spinal damage than a 900-mph head-on collision, and an air of cold, calculated sleaze that seems impossible to achieve within the modern tech-house sound.
Last year, Joe Ford topped my list of “artists to watch for 2014.” “Stride,” which arrived last year on Shogun Audio’s annual compilation Way Of The Warrior 2, was his big breakthrough as it moved up the charts, alongside the other diverse sounds of his EPs on Caliber Music and Inspected Records. A youthful producer with a veteran ability, Ford returns to Shogun this year with more proof that he is not only a capable producer, but one that will continue to rise to the top.
Our boy Ellroy is back with another masterwork of loose, deep, peak-hour tech house ready to demolish your dancerfloor any hour of the night. Packed with the kind of cone-melting kicks and warehouse swing only a seasoned veteran can bring to a track, “Repeal” is the laser-guided super-bomb in Ellroy’s formidable armament of four-to-the-floor heaters.
After much speculation, it’s been revealed that the monumental pairing of Sander Van Doorn and Firebeatz are the folks behind the anonymously posted electro-house tune “Guitar Track”—and what a track it is.
Sometimes the midweek just requires a nice fat slab of slammin’ minimal techno, and today, Colombia’s Harvy Valencia delivers. “Washer,” which arrives via the producer’s own Harvibal label, is straight-up, no-frills, late-night business, and will get you in gear for your next 4 a.m. warehouse extravaganza.
After a successful 2013 for Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich’s Desolat imprint, the label returns with another mind-blowingly pumpy and tech-tinged compilation for your listening delight. As expected, highlights are hard to pick out from a selection of producers as revered as those on Desolat, but if we had to choose, Anthea’s “Booty Call” is filled with the perfect amount of chuggin’ late-night wonk and dizzying roll that we love here at BP HQ.
Bridging the gap from US to the UK, Los Angeles duo Vindata invites London vocalist Kenzie May to open their new EP, For One to Follow, with “All I Really Need.” The EP lands on Kastle’s own Symbols Recordings, so it’s not terribly surprising that it follows a very similar vibe to his, with futuristic bits of R&B and electronic music blended together to create a soulful compound.
As rare as a galactic alignment, two of our in-house Beatport faves have joined forces to create a undeniable four-to-the-floor stomper. King Unique’s rework of Henry Saiz’ “Rave Flute” is peak-hour house in its truest form. With a classic shuffle, growling bass, and samples form the old school, this is a serious dancefloor groover.