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.
SF-based DJ producer Matrixxman (born Charles McCloud Duff) loves straddling the Matrix-like invisible line between classic Chicago house and melodic Detroit techno. It’s a gift, really. Duff himself refers to it as “resurgent techno atavism.” Back in 2013, his solid debut The XX Files EP garnered critical acclaim and standout cut “Protocol” has been rinsed by a host of the underground’s elite including Levon Vincent, Len Faki, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, and Boddika, among others. Most recently, he just released his four-track Amulet EP on Matthew Dear’s signature Spectral Sound imprint including notable tracks like “Venetian Mask” and “The Caravan.”
Hailing from Hawaii, New York-based DJ, producer, and singer Kim Ann Foxman is oh so hot right now with her soulful, acid-tinged party sets. The mixed-Filipino triple-threat spinstress definitely rocks the spot. When she’s not working the crowd behind the decks, you can find her in the studio capturing her distinctive, emotive sound on tracks like lightning in a bottle. Most notably, she collaborated with hot house hand Maya Jane Coles last year on her 2013 smash “Burning Bright.” Recently, Foxman released a new deep-house single “Let Me Be The One” for Heidi presents Jackathon Jams so we decided that it was a perfect time to peek into her top tune stash.
UK-based artist Luke Jones has entered into the latest trend in music, producing trap-style EDM under his moniker Gold Top. The moves that he has made with an arsenal of speedy hi-hats into monumental drops has attracted the attention of triple platinum rap artist Soulja Boy. The two worked together on a new collaboration “Gold Like This” that dropped this month. To commemorate the new release, we reached out to Gold Top to see if he wouldn’t mind lending us a few of his favorite picks of the moment. Here’s what he had to say.
Shadowy tech-house DJ producer Shiba San’s definitely on a musical tear at the moment. With deep roots in hip-hop, the mysterious Frenchman’s brand of booty shakin’, bottom-heavy house on recent releases like “Okay” for Claude vonStroke’s dirtybird and “Boom Shak” and “I Like Your Booty” from his All About Booty EP on CUFF are authentic and intriguing. So much so that we thought it was the perfect time to find out more about him and what’s in his sonic arsenal before the long holiday weekend. Here’s what he had to say about his eight current tech-house heaters.
Englishman Mark Knight is a modern DJ whose comfortable at the forefront of culture. Now, with the recent release of his latest house single “The Return of Wolfy,” we thought it was an opportune moment to catch up with the Toolroom boss and find out what’s rocking his world right now. Here’s what’s you’ll hear from him over the weekend.