Nurvous Records continues its auditory assault of dancefloor-friendly disco heaters in last week’s release, “Enjoy.” Handcrafted by multi-platinum-selling (yes, seriously) producer Gigamesh (aka Matt Masurka), “Enjoy” is another sweaty, peak-hour crowd-pleaser sweetly sautéed in the French touch that has the power to move festival crowds and dorm-room dance-offs.
With the recent explosion of terrace-friendly deep house, countless producers have come and gone, falling victim to the cursed label of “one-hit wonder.” We’re expecting lots more of self-proclaimed poolside four-to-the-floor masters to fall by the wayside in 2013, but one we’re expecting that stay on the radar is Novosibirsk, Russia-based Max Lyazgin. With a catalog only reaching back to September of last year, this deep-disco up-and-comer has already released on one of last year’s fastest growing sub-labels, Nurvous Records. We ran a few questions by Lyazgin about what to listen for in 2013.
Many, many months have passed since I was so graciously handed the promo for Mark Wells’ “Dance With Me,” and the fact that it’s being released to the general public almost upsets me. On it, some of the slinkiest tops, deepest bass, and dancefloor-friendly vocals bordering on snake-charmer status come together to make up one of my favorite straight-up house tracks of 2012.
The stylistic recycling of sounds has become a staple in the scene. It’s a rare treat to come across something that truly stands out and redefines “fresh” in the truest sense. Whoever is running A&R over at Nurvous sure seems to know what they’re doing, because they’ve just signed and released what may be their freshest track to date, Bronx‘s “I’ll Be Loving You.”
Making their Nurvous Records debut this past Tuesday, Brooklyn-based nu-disco outift Chordashian return with another dose of dancefloor demolition on their remix of AIMES‘ “Step Away.” They’ve already done remixes for the popular English duo X-Press 2, been featured on Ben Watt‘s Buzzin’ Fly Radio show, and played a DJ set at the 2011 Electric Zoo festival, but 2012 looks poised to be the true breakout year for Felix Feygin and Michael Bank.
Hyped to be hosting one of the best label showcases at this year’s WMC, Nurvous Records have just released their predicted Conference Jams compilation for 2012—and you can bet these poolside heaters are set to tear down the biz at this year’s annual EDM wonderland. Making his deep house debut on the Nurvous compilation is Ivan Wentur, and his latest, “Your Love,” is a sample of the textbook South Beach slo-mo house sound we expect to hear all day and night next week.
The guys at Nurvous have once again graciously delivered us more deep-disco goodness from the city so nice they named it twice. Moon Boots, of French Express fame, unleashes “Aretha,” a blissed-out summertime deep-houser, smack dab in the middle of one of the most miserable winters on record. In typical low ‘n’ slow Nurvous style, “Aretha” is a sleazed-out take on the modern deep house sound. Rolling bass, chopped vocals, and an arpeggiated synth move the track through its unfortunately short duration, but thankfully there’s plenty of remixes in the package.
Credit their official-sounding name with their home in Washington, D.C., but there’s nothing buttoned-up about Volta Bureau, a trio of disco-besotted dreamers intent on taking house music still deeper in 2012.
The Bureau’s members already have earned ample accolades as individuals: Bernard Farley has recorded as Outputmessage for Ghostly, Melodic and his own Output Noise Records. Miguel Lacsamana is also known as Micah Vellian, with indie-dance credits on Plant Music and Swedish Columbia. And Will Eastman, also a Plant Music regular, is the co-owner of D.C.’s U Street Music Hall, one of the city’s top nightspots
Read on to find out what’s next for Volta Bureau, and check out an exclusive mix that they made for Beatportal featuring all the tracks in their latest Beatport top 10.
Since 4/4 found its way into warehouses sometime in the early ’80s, house music has changed lives like no other genre. While the twisted trappings of mainstream music culture have made their attempts to monetize our great and glorious counter-culture, The Man has never been able to take the soul away. And soul is exactly what Nervous Records has provided the house community since its inception in 1990. One of the longest-standing independent dance labels in the US, Nervous Records is an original, and one of the most successful labels residing within the hallowed halls of house.
From their early records from Todd Terry and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez onwards, Nervous is one of the labels that helped bring dance music to the masses, and they continue to do so today through both Nervous and their new “future music” off-shoot, Nurvous. Launched last year, Nurvous reaches deep into the underground to extract new strains of dancefloor gold, with a wide-ranging roster that runs from veterans like Sharam Jey to relative new-jacks like Lazaro Casanova and Danny Daze.
We were lucky enough to catch up with the brains behind the operation at Nurvous, A&R head Andrew Salsano, who gave us an overview of the label’s philosophy and day-to-day operations. Read on.
Just like we did last January, we turn our attentions to the up-and-coming artists we expect to be making serious waves this year.
We’d like to think we have a pretty good track record with this kind of thing: among the artists featured last year were Arty, Steffi, Subb-an, Nicolas Jaar, Nina Kraviz, Jacques Greene, and Benoit & Sergio, all of whom helped shape the sound of 2011 in crucial ways. (If nothing else, setting the bar at that level ought to inspire this year’s ATW class to get out there and get crackin’.)
We kick off our coverage with deep-house lothario Lazaro Casanova, who gets to go first just because his name is so damn seductive. The Miami-based producer has been releasing for a few years now, but 2011 saw his career shifting into high gear, thanks to remixes for the likes of Maya Jane Coles and Lee Burridge and releases on Leftroom and Get Physical. His new single, “Miami Vice,” is fresh out on Nurvous Records. Read on to meet the man behind the moustache, and click here to check out his latest top 10 chart on Beatport.