The homie AC Slater goes Garage with his latest offering released today on his own imprint, Party Like Us. Low, rumbling basslines and clean percussion characterize the three-track Night Moves EP, with AC exhibiting a movement away from big time bangers and more into the realm of dark, grimey warehouse vibes. “So Sweet” has to be my favorite track from the release, featuring high pace vocals from collaborator Megan Thomas that really stand out above the wonky sub bass. Preview the EP in full below and pick it up here. √+
It may be Fall in the States but down in Australia the Spring season is in full effect. And today we’ve got a double dose of Spring time Aussie love featuring Melbourne’s Owl Eyes and Adelaide’s Motez. Owl Eyes has geared up to release her new “Nightmixes” remix EP which features an all star cast of remixers (Playmode, The Aston Shuffle, Goldroom & Cassian, et al). One of the standout remixes from this red hot EP is the Motez remix of “Open Up”. Motez takes the sexy lullaby & flips it into Springtime dance mode. The Motez remix has hints of many genres from Deep House to Disco to Garage but in the end it’s just one big feel good House track made for dancing under the stars.
Todd Edwards is a G. Besides his obvious accolades like working with the robots on multiple albums and releasing scores of singles and remixes in his 20+ year career, his vocal reconstruction technique in productions (along with another G, Marc Kinchen) has truly set him apart over the rollercoaster ride of dance music in America since the 90s. To call Todd Edwards an innovator would be absolutely spot on, which is why the reputable XLR8R asked him to put together an hour long selection for their new mix series, Innovators.
This is honestly one of the better mixes that I’ve heard in a while, and the high number of quality unreleased tracks that Edwards has included in here is just splendid. Get it on ya. √+
Listen and download over on the XLR8R Soundcloud. Tracklist below. Continue Reading
The wait is over! Prep School Recordings has released today the debut EP from The Supertraxxe, the much anticipated 4-track release that crosses boundaries from Disclosure to Justice to Oliver and back again. The Supertraxxe’s funk-infused take on indie dance is fresh and infectious, pairing classic disco elements with modern synth grit. Get into the groove and see for yourself… support this young guns!
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2013 marks the 10-year anniversary of Toolroom Records — the UK-based imprint founded by the legendary Mark Knight. To celebrate the seminal benchmark in the label’s history, Toolroom has gone back through the years and handpicked 100 tracks from the back catalogue for a historical compilation of massive proportions.
Additionally, Toolroom has selected a number of all-star singles to re-release along with remixes, including this 2006 smash from Dave Spoon titled “At Night.” Spoon, now known to most “new” dance fans as Shadow Child, has called upon fellow Brit T.Williams to help him remix the Electro/House/Tech crossover hit, adding in a fresh bassline and some Garage percussion.
Find a ton of great content on Toolroom Ten here, and have a listen to the new remix below.
Kastle’s newest remix on Minds On Fire Records takes on UK’s Youan and his single “Your Trust” released on the Your Trust EP. Youan is someone Annie Mac featured in her FMM segment the other week, now this Kastle edit flips the original upside down adding a heavier lead synth and bassline that brings about more balance to the piece. Originality makes this house edit uncharacteristic of Kastle’s normal downtempo sound, but nonetheless he delivers the same fashionable vibes to get your freak on. The killer combination of Youan’s vocals shows what happens when two budding UK producers pair up to get you vibin’ on the dance floor.
T.Williams is on the brink of explosion. The PMR Records artist will be touring as direct support to Disclosure on their US tour this fall, and his first original release of the year will be out this month. The Feelings Within EP boasts 4 fantastic tracks exhibiting pure musicianship and an on-point crossover between Garage and House that competes at the same level as the Lawrence brothers. Watch out world. √+
This hot season is winding down but that doesn’t mean the music is cooling off at all… Our aussie friends Yolanda Be Cool have given us the exclusive premiere on their version of Indian Summer’s pumping track “Grand Rapids”, off their recent release Foreign Formula on Sweat It Out! music. The YBC duo loved the original so much they wanted to ‘Rechunk’ that would fit perfect into club sets… DJs don’t sleep on this one!
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Salt Lake City’s budding producer, Xian, has released a preview of his new track, “Feels,” via the fresh San Francisco-based label, Dusty Records. After putting out his Lifted EP and a number of remixes in the past four months, he is back with an addictive original. Xian keeps things smooth, bassy, and soulful in his vocal-tinged, future-garage-esque tune. Check it out below, and if you dig it, you’re definitely going to want to have a listen to some of his other music after the jump. Can’t wait for this one.
Walter Ego’s new EP on MadTech, the Heaven EP, is out next week on August 5th, and it’s house-y garage-y goodness. The title track opens up the EP is soulful and warm, big garage vibes, bubbly pads, and soft organs in the background. It has a nice little shift towards the end, sharper drums and slightly more aggressive pads take it to an interesting new level. ‘Grab Somebody’ is a little bit more energetic, the combination of jazz-influenced hi hats and cuts of acid with what could almost be a xylophone on the chord progression deliver a fascinating and danceable house tune. The last track Jam Roll (For Love) takes things to a deeper and darker place, much more moody synths and pulsating bass. All three are solid in their own right, MadTech really nailed the choices, making the Heaven EP a memorable listen and a great asset for many a variety of DJ crates.
On Monday I hopped back on my favorite social media platform, Twitter, and got to chatting with MadTech Records (specifically James, who heads the label) and the latest artist on their top-notch and busy release schedule, Walter Ego. The boys and I discuss the artistic process, our influences and current musical explorations, food, and much more. You can check the interview behind the jump.