It’s all in the name—French duo Discodeine (aka Dirty edit kings Pilooski and Pentile) have been serving up luscious slices of disco-fied dance music for over six years now, with the Parisian pair delivering its impressive new full-length, Swimmer, late last month via Dirty/Pschent. To celebrate, we’ve tapped the pair for the latest edition of Weekend Weapons, asking them to show off a handful of their favorite club-ready tracks—a request the pair has returned with six smooth selections tailor-made for all those lovers on the dancefloor.
While Martin Garrix enjoys another trip to Beatport’s #1 spot with his Jay Hardway collab “Wizard,” it’s easy to forget that this time last year, the youngster was practically unknown. Clearly, with his chart-topping “Animals,” he’s had one crazy 2013, so we asked the Dutch-born Martijn Garritsen to highlight his 10 favorite tunes of the year in this special Weekend Weapons.
Pierre-Alexandre Busson is one busy Frenchman. Between running his own label, Partyfine, producing and DJing as Yuksek, and just being an all-around dance-music fiend, Busson is in the midst of finishing out quite a productive 2013. Just before the tireless producer/musician closes out the year though, we’ve tapped Yuksek to reveal a few of the gems he’s continually rolled out over the past few months, delivering seven smooth, disco-streaked cuts to keep dancefloors feeling the love (and the sun for that matter) in these winter months.
ZDS (the artist formerly known as Zombie Disco Squad) has had a busy year, a part of which involved dropping a three-pack of shuffling, tech-minded house heaters via Claude VonStroke’s dirtybird label back in September. Now, after having a few months to exercise the tunes out on the floor, it’s actually the Hands EP’s b-side cut, “Bang Ze Box,” that ZDS (real name: Nathaniel Self) has been using as of late, and which he highlights in the latest edition of Weekend Weapons alongside six other precise, bass-heavy tunes fit for keeping parties going late into the night. Check out the rest of the London producer/DJ’s picks below.
As of 2013, Einmusik (aka Samuel Kindermann) has spent 10 memorable years in the dance-music game. And what a grand time it’s been for the German-based producer. When he’s not sprinting through airport terminals Six Million Dollar Man-style and logging gazillions of frequent-flyer miles from Berlin to Barcelona, Amsterdam to London, he’s been releasing original material on a well-respected assortment of label including Bouq, Diynamic, Liebe Detail, Italic, and his own Einmusika insignia, as well as polishing off quality remixes for Noir, Egoexpress, Nicole Moudaber, Solee, Aka Aka, Tube & Berger, and Soff O., among many others.
Veteran Swiss producer/DJ Deetron has had an exceptionally prolific 2013, adding the Ben Westbeech-featuring “Rhythm” single (which also features remixes from Karizma and Will Saul) and the Music Over Matter LP to his discography in just the past few weeks. So we decided it was high time we checked in with the time-tested selector to get an idea of just what tunes have been fueling his immersive DJ sets as of late, and Deetron kindly returned our request with six sumptuous cuts from the deeper ends of the dancefloor.
UK producer Feed Me (aka Jon Gooch) is certainly not one to take things too seriously—the man’s grimacing cartoon companion is perhaps more widely recognizable than the artist’s own image, and the tunesmith has even gone so far as to title his freshly released full-length Calamari Tuesday. Needless to say, we should have known that Feed Me would be one to put his own spin on our usual Weekend Weapons feature, electing to tackle a handful of randomly selected tracks from our charts and offer his thoughts on the merits of each production. Unsurprisingly, the Englishman has some fun with it. “Seeing as I have no idea what’s going on, I used a random number generator to pick five tracks from the Top 100, each of which I’ll try and give a brief opinion on,” he says. Well, this is a first.
With tracks on celebrated imprints such as Future Classic, Nurvous, and Sweat It Out!, Luke Million maintains a small but irrefutably impressive catalog (especially when you take into consideration his undeniably amazing “Ice Ice Arnie (Cool Party)” bootleg available exclusively on his SoundCloud page). In this week’s Weekend Weapons segment, we get schooled by the nu-disco master on what moves his dancefloors—all night, every night.
Founded by techno maven Sian in Barcelona, Spain, Octopus is a modern dance-music imprint that’s released the likes of Gui Boratto, Carlo Lio, Nicole Moudaber, Alan Fitzpatrick, and Samuel L Session, among many others. Over the years, global techno luminaries including Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Dubfire, Slam, Loco Dice, Sasha, Josh Wink, M.A.N.D.Y, Damian Lazarus, and John Digweed have all become fans of the label’s signature style of techno. So we caught up with Octopus’ own Sian to find out what he’s mixing into his deep, dark, groovy set at the moment, just before he releases 2 Meters Above Midnight at the end of the year. Enjoy.
There’s no denying that Dutch hardstyle is taking over a certain realm of dance music—and purveyor of said 150-BPM bangers Wildstylez is one of that scene’s biggest players. As he ramps up for October 5th’s Sounds of Q-dance event at The Shrine in Los Angeles, we tapped the producer known to his friends as Joram […]