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GTR013 REMINISCENCE 1000

One of our favorite underground labels, Get Twisted Records, recently hit its one year mark.  The Tough Love imprint is celebrating in style with the release of “Reminiscence 2014″.  The album features 13 of Get Twisted’s biggest tracks released in the past 12 months including heavy hitters from Hannah Wants, Chris Lorenzo, Denney as well as fast rising stars such as Origins Sound & Bordertown (plus many more), compiled & mixed by Tough Love.

The Tough Love imprint Get Twisted is a young, underground House label from across the pond that has separated itself from other labels by finding the perfect combination of professionalism & fun.  We had a chance to talk to the Tough Love crew about the rise of Get Twisted and its future along with the anniversary album & mix.  Here’s what they had to say….
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in the sticks

Since 2012, Perfect Driver Music has assembled a tight crew of rising underground stars including Aaron Snapes, Wood Holly, Matthew Anthony, Mark Starr & more.  Today we’re featuring another one of their crew members on the rise, Trevor Osterman, aka Ballast.  Ballast’s fresh take on the House/Booty/Techno scene is a perfect fit for the gritty sounds of Perfect Driver Music.  We had a chance to chat with Ballast recently & here’s what he had to say…
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pablo nouvelle

 

Black Butter Records have themselves yet another fine young recruit on their hands with Swiss producer Pablo Nouvelle.  Pablo Nouvelle describes his music as “a mix of melancholic pop, modern soul and dance music”.  That sound holds true on his latest track, “Poison”, a moody, soulful, dance pop song held together beautifully by French songstress Tulliae.  If the sophisticated sounds of “Poison” are any indication of what’s to come from Pablo Nouvelle’s upcoming EP, then arousal levels are on high for the new EP release (set for late July).

Calibre and Noze are locked in for remix duty on the new EP along with the always fantastic Maxxi Soundsystem (below).

aRod

alice russell x fkj

Is there anybody out there right now making smoother music than FKJ? Whether it’s remixes of contemporary artists , remixes of artists from the past or original work of his own, FKJ’s brand of silky smooth, soulful electronic music is absolutely sublime.  FKJ adds to his list of majestic tunes with his remix of the 2005 classic “Hurry On Now” by Alice Russell.  Here is what FKJ had to say regarding how he came about remixing her:

“I was streaming some Alice Russell tracks and found out that this acapella was available…completely felt in love with it and remixed it straight away. So here is my interpretation.”

aRod

Perplexus

“Put You On”, the new track by London mystery duo PERPLEXUS, is already garnering massive support in the UK and could very well become a world wide smash this upcoming Summer season.  ”Put You On” has that missing ingredient that every Summer pool party could use a little more of: 2-Step.  One can certainly envision “Put You On” being a staple during pool party season out here on the West Coast.  PERPLEXUS add a modern gloss to the throwback sound of 90s 2-Step…it may only a matter of time before the shimmering hi-hats & smooth, soulful vocals of “Put You On” come cascading down from every Hollywood hotel rooftop pool and out onto the streets of LA.  The UKG sound is sleek & sexy and one we hope makes its way across the pond this Summer.  PERPLEXUS, show us the way…

“Put You On” is out July 6th via Sonus Music Ltd.  Pre-order your copy HERE.

aRod

MH Colours

In anticipation of their new album (due out later this year), Miami Horror strategically released several new tracks, much to the gratification of their worldwide fan base.  The wonderful new tracks (along with a handful of remixes) should be enough to tide Miami Horror fans over until the new album is released.   One of those tracks, “Colours in the Sky”, is a dreamy, uplifting synth track that features vocal work by Cleopold.  Cleopold was able to pull double duty and put out a remix of his own.  Cleopold’s remix is treated with elegance & grace, upping the bliss factor and taking “Colours in the Sky” the heavenly new heights.

aRod

florrie x figgy

While French Express bossman Perseus was able to pioneer the Tropical RnB movement from a few years back and Kaytranada was able to elevate that sound with an edgier Hip Hop vibe, East Coast producer Figgy found a way to perfectly balance all of the aforementioned elements to come up with his own brand of sexy, soulful Deep Disco.  Whether it’s original production or remix work, one listen to Figgy’s SoundCloud is enough to lure anyone in.  With standout remixes of BANKS, T-Pain & Phantogram (to name a few) already under his belt, Figgy keeps that sexy remix train rollin’ with his latest, a remix of “Wanna Control Myself” by UK chanteuse Florrie.  The result is another deep, hypnotic jam sure to put you in the sexiest of moods.

aRod

midnight shift

There are certain artists, past and present, who I will always be on board with no matter what their involvement is in a project.  One past artist who I am always on board with and one current artist who I am always on board with both happen to be present on Gomma Records’ latest release.  When I found out that Nancy Whang would be reworking Donna Summer, excitement levels were high.  ”Working The Midnight Shift” is thought of as one of Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder’s finest collaborations.  The updated version of the track gets a fantastic vocal revamp by Ms. Whang.  She teamed up with dynamite producer Bonar Bradberry (one half of PBR Streetgang) to bring a polished, cosmic & energetic sound to the 1977 classic that Donna Summer herself would have been proud of.

“Working The Midnight Shift” is out May 16th via Gomma.

aRod

Without Time

San Francisco’s MyKill teamed up recently with Keith Walker of The Holy Coast to produce the song “Without Time” and the outcome of this fine collab turned out to be magical.  ”Without Time” is filled with glowing synths and sexy saxophone…just the type of soothing ingredients that will instantly warm your body and mind and whisk you away to beaches filled with soft white sand & endless sunshine.

Grab the FREE DOWNLOAD & let the Summer chill out begin…

aRod

Needy

What more can we say about Pat Lok that we haven’t said already?  He’s well respected amongst his peers as well as all the big name blogs, he kills it at social media, has extensive knowledge of the NBA & is an all around good dude.  Included in that all around game is his ability to produce quality tunes.  Whether it’s his remix game or his original production, Pat Lok is always on point.  His 2014 hot streak continues with his latest track, “Needy”.  ”Needy” is a Deep Disco/Tropical House tune that manages to capture both the light and the dark.  There’s no denying what a sexy track this is.  Late Summer night sexual energy.

“(Everyday and night) I need you baby”

“Needy” is out NOW on Beatport via MANI/PEDI & includes remixes by Robotaki & Ekali.

 

aRod