On this remix of “Impacts,” London producer Perc puts his dark and distorted spin on Max Cooper’s straight-ahead techno track.
New York producer Gramatik (aka Denis Jasarevic) is nothing if not eclectic. The Age of Reason, Gramatik’s latest album, is a massive effort that jam packs funk, soul, classic rock, hip-hop, and much, much more into a 15-track adventure.
Little did we know that David Gtronic and Lilith, the brilliant minds behind “Lagrimas Del Sol,” which found its way into the crates of tastemakers worldwide, could take their original punishing groover even deeper into the pummeling, minimalist, deep-tech territory. Maintaining techno sophistication at such a degree is no easy task, but the duo does so with a cool and easy air that leaves us aching for more.
If you follow labels like Get Physical, Toolroom, Drumcode, and Strictly Rhythm, then the name Tiger Stripes is nothing new. Releasing a steady stream of house-flavored tunes since 2004, the Swedish artist welcomes 2014 with open arms as he makes his Desolat debut with the Sisters EP. The title track has “anthem” written all over it. Starting off with the simple pulse of a bassline, this tech-house track’s percussion guides your ear along the nine-minute slow burn as a bright Rhodes piano weaves its way throughout. And that’s to say nothing of the memorable hook, which is sure to stay with you for the rest of the day.
There’s not much more we love here at BP HQ than a weighty late-night groover, and today, we couldn’t find a more precise example of the after-hours sound than Matias Valdmont’s “Funky Love.” Built to exacting specifications that will surely light any (and we mean ANY) dancefloor on fire like gasoline on a thermonuclear blast, Valdmont’s eight-minute take on the tech-house sound is an undeniable masterclass in groove—from which some of these “top DJ Mag/mega-drop” types could learn a thing or two.
This remix of “Road That Never Ends” will never be a weapon in the crate of dancefloor DJs trying to move the masses, but it’s definitely a weapon for dark-roomed, bass-heavy soundsystems.
David Guetta has never been your average electro-house producer, so it’s probably no surprise that “Shot Me Down” isn’t your average electro-house track. Out on Guetta’s dance-tracks-only Jack Back label, “Shot Me Down” takes a shuffly approach to production, while chanteuse Skylar Grey drops torchy vocals left and right.
Sometimes it’s not the major pieces of the composition that make the track great—it’s the small things. The devil is in the details, and this track has no shortage of little surprises.
One of the best ways to make a memorable impression on someone is to slip in something unexpected. When you begin your musical journey, listening to Salute’s debut EP on Cool Kid Music, you’re faced with some particularly strong synths backed by deep kicks that make for a heavy dose of funky bass music. The last track, “Tipping Point,” however, is where it all turns around and Salute, the 17-year-old producer from Vienna, invites French vocalist Echo onto the track.
They say 2014 will be the year of deep house, which means we’re expecting plenty of B-grade four-to-the-floor filler to find its way into the shop and into the sets of bandwagoneers hoping to get their slice of the pie. However, just like the good-ol’ days of digging through the stacks of wax at an actual record shop, the movers and groovers are ripe for the picking, if you’re willing to put in the time to find them. Today, we did the digging for you and found Lake People’s rework of Akra’s “Pure.”