Quality not quantity. That’s been the subtle motto of 21-year-old producer, Durante, who defined his sound in 2014 with the original production, “Slow Burn,” racking up over a million listens after premiering on YouTube giant, The Sound You Need. He followed that with an official remix for London songstress, Laurel, once again laying down his pleasantly delicate touch for a beachy, House take on the original that became an instant favorite of 2014.
Now, in his third outing, Durante goes for a perfect 3/3 with new original, “Full Moon.” Snagging inspiration from House legend Kerri Chandler, the youthful producer puts his old soul on display in the club-ready record. Where “Slow Burn” and his remix of “Shells” exhibited Durante’s ability to make tunes for the sunshine, “Full Moon” highlights the nocturnal side of his skillful production and is fully aimed at dimly lit, peak time play.
Listen first below and get more of Durante on Soundcloud. √+
The homie Justin Jay has been on the underground scene for years now, and he’s just entered his senior year of college. The classically trained producer explains the balance of work and school in this rad lil mini-documentary filmed in Los Angeles. Get to know the Dirtybird Records prodigy a little bit better in this short but informative vid from NHQ.
This month saw the release of the idiosyncratic new album, Whorl, from the genius minds of Simian Mobile Disco — stripping back their usual arsenal of analog equipment and using only 2 modular synths, two sequencers, and a mixer to record over an hour of expansive and atmospheric electronica live in the California desert.
Following up the innovative album’s release, James and Jas of SMD have taken Whorl on the road, hitting nine dates in North America in September along with a string of European dates running into December. This week, the guys come through Los Angeles for their anticipated live performance at the El Rey Theatre, and in advance of Thursday’s show, the pioneering duo have given us a signed vinyl copy of Whorl along with a pair of tickets to the LA show.
Enter to win through Punchtab below, and if you haven’t already, make sure to listen to the incredible new album in full w/ visuals on YouTube.
The young homie, Durante, has released his incredible piano-laden smash, “Slow Burn,” today on free-release imprint Nest, blowing us away with his soulful groove and spot-on vocals from Chuck Ellis. The new tune is something straight off of UK radio, finding that perfect balance between popular accessibility and driving dancefloor vibes. Download it for free below. √+
Our good bud, SNBRN, has been on a remix tear as of late, putting his sun-drenched steez on everything from Mark Morrison to 50 Cent to Ace of Base, and today he caps off his string of summertime tunes with a beautiful remix for Indiana’s “Heart On Fire.” He incorporates a lovely chord progression matched with dance-y, shuffling hi hats for a remix that feels equally accessible and (poolside) dancefloor ready.
Listen below and download here. √+
Miami Horror will be releasing the Wild Motion EP ahead of their sophomore album due out late this year, equipped with remixes from Pete Herbert, RAC, and this retro-vibe take from Chicago’s Rogue Vogue. Strapped with an energetic lead synth and a 90s house hi hat shuffle, Rogue Vogue’s remix highlights the singalong vocals from Miami Horror while incorporating his signature Chicago-infused style.
French producer, Valy Mo, has been cranking out some soulful House and Bass-infused tunes this year, and today, he’s released a top notch 3-track EP titled Tokyo Bright on Skrillex’s free-release label, Nest. Equipped with his signature, boundary-blurring style production, Tokyo Bright ventures from pitched-down vocal House to club anthem fair to a bass’d out closing track that stands apart yet inherently belongs. He’s content with keeping his sound wide open yet finds a way to keep all of his productions within the same realm of sound.
Listen and download the EP below.
Funkmaster, Ghosts of Venice, has taken on Mystery Skulls‘ dark synth jam, “Paralyzed,” for a remix release on Warner Bros Records — transforming the shadowy, vocal-driven original into a sunlit spot flush with twangy guitar riffs and 80s-inspired synth work. The new look from Ghosts of Venice highlights his ability to see elements of a song that mesh well with his individual style (in this case it’s Mystery Skulls’ glossy vocals) while incorporating a new repertoire of components that launch “Paralyzed” into an entirely new realm of dance music.
Listen first below and pick up the remix package out on WBR tomorrow.
Ministry of Sound has teamed up with Defected Records to re-release Oliver $ & Jimi Jules‘ spring smash, “Pushing On,” which has been ubiquitous since its March release — sitting snugly in Beatport’s #1 spot for a nice while in addition to massive Radio 1 support and a proper rinsing at clubs everywhere in Ibiza and beyond.
And speaking of Ibiza, Made To Play/Play It Down boss, Jesse Rose, has put together a lovely “Live from the Villa” remix to coincide with MoS’ August 31st release, equipped with a dramatic intro and a classic piano-based groove that easily transports the listener poolside on some sunny Balearic island. Have a listen to Jesse’s top notch remix below. √+
Sultan of Summer. Dance Music’s Jimmy Buffett. Mayor of Vibestown. Whatever you wanna call Viceroy, it’s clear that he has home field advantage at any summertime pool party, and Splash House in Palm Springs is the homecoming game. Round 2 of this summer’s poolside soiree is coming up quick (August 8th-10th), so we wanted to check in with our pal Viceroy in a little different way — with the Hawaiian shirt honcho responding to our inquiries only in the form of GIFs.
Get some laughs below and pick up your tickets to Splash House here!
Bonus Round: cultivate the finest #Splashvibes with our recommended playlist for the weekend here.