Pushing things into the outer edges of drum & bass, the UK label from Jamie Hunchbak and Chris Dexta, Diffrent Music, has been bringing quality experimental sounds to the masses since 2010. Their latest release from Brighton duo Fearful marks the 16th release for the label and a departure from the group’s usual sounds. “Tounges” is a heavy and aggressive beat that takes a different approach with its rhythm structure. Utilizing the same complex structures as their D&B tunes, Fearful’s expert production here puts them amongst producers like dBridge, Dub Phizix, or Spectrasoul. We had the opportunity to ask the chaps about their new music—check out what they told us below.
You’d have to be crazy to think we’d choose any song other than Daft Punk’s hugely awaited “Get Lucky” for today’s Track of the Day. We’ve been chatting it—and the album on which it will be found come May 21, Random Access Memories—up for months now, and it’s finally here in its most official, legitimate form, straight from Columbia and Daft Life Records. And oh, how sweet it is.
It probably won’t stave off any life-threatening situations, but Live At Robert Johnson’s freshly inked compilation The Lifesaver is proving to be essential tool for clearing out the last traces of winter. Released this week, the collection boasts unreleased tracks by some talented new acts alongside the usual cast of luminaries connected to the influential German label and club—Massimiliano Pagliara, The Citizen’s Band, Portable, and the Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer project Tuff City Kids. There is, of course, an appearance by one of Robert Johnson’s key resident DJs and artists—the inimitable Roman Fluegel.
I was a little depressed to find out that producer Wade was born the same year I entered fifth grade, especially since he delivers some of the best tech house I’ve heard this year. But alas, there are no age restrictions for talent, and 22-year-old Spaniard Juan Carlos Wade is one much-needed youngster avoiding the main-stage spotlight to bring back what dance music desperately needs: proper after-hours heat.
Having sussed out the winning formula for peak-time efficiency alongside his Dutch peers W&W for Beatport chart-topper and WMC favorite “The Code,” Ummet Ozcan flies solo for the follow-up to his Revealed Recordings floor-filler with a heavy-footed return to Spinnin’.
Swedish stalwart Jonas Rathsman has long been a tasteful player on the European dance-music scene. Having showed up on many taste-making radars with 2011’s Tobago EP, the post-Miami blues are met with his latest easy-rider, “Bringing You Down,” on French Express.
Hot off a long week of yacht parties, Paradise at the Ice Palace, and what we’re guessing were a busy few months of Ibiza scheduling, the Hot Creations crew has dropped its first surefire hit with Digitaria’s “Shine.” The Brazil-based duo sculpted “Shine” in the same sexy, poolside sound that’s made Hot Creations a true dance-music institution, and upcoming deep-house superstar wAFF takes the track to the next level with his sunrise rework.
There’s hardly a better way to head into the weekend than a true deep-house classic. Lucky for us, Defected’s brand-new For the Love of House Vol. 1 comp is just the ticket, showcasing tons of legacy house music that’s been handpicked by label head Simon Dunmore in an attempt to unearth gems rarely made available in the digital realm.
Hot off of a busy Miami Music Week and keeping the momentum up for the release of his DJ-Kicks compilation this April, producer/DJ Maceo Plex introduces us to his groovy rendition of Ali Love and Kali’s “Emperor.” Although Maceo started teasing his remix of “Emperor” well before its official release, like on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show, it wasn’t until Miami Music Week that the track seemed to explode.
Shining their brilliant light on another accomplished young producer, the Culprit crew introduce you to Adeline. A far cry from her Swedish contemporaries in the house music scene, Adeline’s productions are focused on sweet subtlety and shimmering vocal overtones, which places her comfortably out of the typical Scandinavian “big room” limelight. Her latest, “What You Got,” is a perfect take on Culprit’s deep house sound, and for today’s Track of the Day, Thugfucker’s Greg Oreck and Holmar Filipsson take it to the next level with accompanying live horn sweetness provided by No Regular Play’s Greg Paulus.