As an original member of the multi-platinum-selling, Mercury Prize-winning British house group M People, Mark Bell, is a class act all his own. Under his underground alias Blakkat, the LA-based artist continues to push the envelope by collaborating with a multitude of artists like Doc Martin, DJ Sneak, and King Britt and recontextualizing their sound in a way that’s specific to them while keeping true to his own deep dance roots. Recently, we caught up with the accomplished DJ producer in Southern California to find out what’s moving him behind-the-decks at the moment. Here’s his current top 10 underground club tracks including standout selections from Slam, Terranova, Moodymann, Adam Port, Chiapet, and more.
Since her memorable Coachella 2014 set out in the Southern California desert, Aussie enchantress Anna Lunoe has been making waves Stateside with her refreshing take on dance music. This weekend, as luck would have it, she’s headed back out to Palm Springs for the latest installment in the Splash House pool party series alongside marquee indie-dance talent Chromeo, Cut Copy, Flume, Gorgon City, Jagwar Ma, and many more. With the new Motez house remix of her latest single “All Out” out today, we thought now was the perfect time to get her top eight pool party jams.
Last weekend, SF-based dance artist, Dirtybird affiliate, and Anabatic label boss Worthy (aka Sean Williams), 36, played at Hard Summer down in El Monte, California. Sounded like a lot fun and color us curious to see what he played during his noon-time Saturday, August 2nd slot during the massive outdoor event. He was game and this week, he obliged us with his seven spot-on Hard Summer 2014 slammers. Catch his full chart now.
Started in Amsterdam back in 2000, Sensation has quickly spread into the worldwide white-only event over the past decade. As you’d expect, event attendees don all-white, all the lavish decorations are in white, and there’s even a Mr. White himself. (No relation to Harvey Keitel’s character portrayal of Mr. White in Quentin Tarantino’s classic 1992 film Reservoir Dogs.) As the official mascot of Sensation and as the house DJ for this annual celebration (and seeing that festival season is in mid-swing), we thought it appropriate to bring you a selection of tracks curated by the festival’s official representative.
Berlin-based DJ producer and BPitch Control boss Ellen Allien is a true creative at heart. Through her signature blend of leading-edge techno, classic electro, and experimental electronic, she’s been a genuine fixture on the global dance music scene over the past two decades. In our latest weekly Weekend Weapons segment, we spoke with the German dance luminary to get her top six dancefloor slammers of the moment including the standout single “Come To Me” from her latest three-track EP Freak.
Filipino-Dutch DJ producer Laidback Luke (born Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen), 37, has made a quality name for himself in the industry over the past decade as a cool, chill guy who definitely brings the heat behind the decks. Along the way, he’s played at some of the world’s biggest dance music festivals like Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Ultra Music Festival, among others as well as collaborated with some of the most influential names including the world’s current number one Hardwell, Steve Angello, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, A-Trak, and Diplo, among many others.
Like most top-flight European-based DJs, German deep house duo Tube & Berger (aka Arndt Rörig and Marco Vidovic) are spending their current summer basking on the beach in Ibiza. Sun, surf, sand, and soaking up some surefire island vibes are in the cards for the Kittball label bosses over the next few months. That said, we thought now was the perfect time to get their top seven deep house jams straight from the idyllic White Isle. Enjoy their current summertime selection.
Last week, the release that blazed up the Beatport charts to nab the #1 spot in our Top 100 Releases (not just in their respective genre, but on the overall site), was from Noisia who’re back with huge sounds on their latest release, the Purpose EP. The Dutch drum & bass trio of Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen and Thijs de Vlieger delivered eight new cuts with the production quality that many bass producers will spend an entire lifetime striving to achieve. They seemingly do it no sweat. Recently, we were graced with the unique opportunity to convene with them, between stops on their heavy tour schedule, and get a definitive list of their favorite tracks of the moment. Here’s the 10 drum & bass cuts they’re feeling right now.
Right now, in 2014, Aus Music label boss Will Saul, 36, is the man. His UK-based tastemaking label is firing on all cylinders with recent quality releases from leading artists like Breach, Bicep, Dusky, Huxley, and Saul himself in the form of his latest deep-house bomb “Pedal Power.” So Midas is Saul’s touch—deep house and techno mixed with soul and melody—that the Englishman was recently selected to deliver the latest installment in the ever-popular DJ-Kicks compilation series featuring a who’s who from his imprint and dear friends. Clearly, we knew that this was the exact perfect time to get his top six tunes of the moment.
Last year, UK-based drum & bass producer Kove claimed the drum & bass charts with his smooth, epic roller “Searching.” Since then, we’ve had a few updates from the producer with his most recent being the melodic ride, “Way We Are” featuring some fetching vocals from chanteuse Melissa Steel. His popularity has gained him regular rotation on radio and appearances from Ibiza to the US and throughout Europe. Recently, we got the chance to catch up with him and get a fresh tip sheet of his current club favorites.