2014 was a pretty mental year for dance music, and it warms our hearts to see the sudden explosion of house music catching on here in America. With acts like Disclosure, Duke Dumont, and Clean Bandit getting Grammy nominations, it’s safe to say we’re in for a wild ride in 2015.
Here’s my 60 minute take on the last 12 months that features music from Oliver Heldens, Gorgon City, Maceo Plex and much more.
Best wishes in the new year!
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Anonymity has slowly but surely become a more popular route by producers aiming to gather a bit of buzz. In the case of Geist, it’s working. Since the release of “I Need Ya,” a techno-rooted, big room underground style collaboration with Schumi, curious ears have been awaiting their return. With “Hey Hey,” the duo kicks of the first of five releases making up the #EXPECTCOLOR EP. The achieved sound is a bit more lighthearted and dancey than their first release, offering a larger sound spectrum to their mysterious project. Grab the free download and stay tuned for the rest of their debut EP.
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GDD has teamed up with Healthgoth.com to bring you a definitive soundtrack for your workouts. We’ve enlisted some of our favorite DJs and producers to make mixes for you to blast in your headphones to help drown out the Top 40 and help you finish that last rep. The first installment came correct from Philadelphia street bass god Starkey, and we’ve enlisted the help of the Brazilian power-duo, Mixhell, to bring you an hour of thrashing techno that includes new heat from Barnt, Brodinski, and a host of others to get you sweating.
Local Venice producer Ruff Hauser dropped a bomb of an EP yesterday. The whole package consists of three originals and a bonus download remix of “Gotta Get Thru This.” All of the tracks are bass house club killers, utilizing super high energy bass lines and tech influenced percussion and sampling. The production value in all of these tracks really speaks volumes about Ruff Hauser, a guy who I can see getting huge in 2015. Grab the EP on Beatport and snag the bonus free download here for your efforts!
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LA-based producer NGHTMRE is back today with a free edit of “No Type.” We’ve really seen him to be all across the board in terms of genre. Whatever the case may be, from melodic trap to bouncy house tracks, the production is always solid. This take on Rae Sremmurd‘s latest radio smash features a rolling bass line and slight alterations of the synth work laid down in the original. Definitely one for the dance floor, so grab the free download before the weekend starts.
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Our favorite Isla Vista indie/electronic ensemble, FMLYBND, is back in big fashion today with their take on “Where Is My Mind.” This track is a really sick transformation of The Pixies’ original, featuring an ethereal intro that crescendoes into bit more bass-heavy chorus section. All of the melodies and underlying sounds are spot on with the original, down to the vocals at it’s conclusion. Grab this free download, and keep an eye on FMLYBND, as they hit the road this month (tour dates after the jump) and plan on delivering a freebie every month for the next year.
Faith Evans fans stand up! San Francisco production team WhiteNoize is always good for a house jam, and they’re giving away the latest one for free. “Never Knew” features an infectious bass line coupled with samples from the classic “Love Like This.” There’s something super appealing about the simplicity in this track as WhiteNoize continue their hot streak, fresh off the release of their “Solomon’s Groove” EP. Grab the free download and enjoy!
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GDD has teamed up with Healthgoth.com to bring you a definitive soundtrack for your workouts. We’ve enlisted some of our favorite DJs and producers to make mixes for you to blast in your headphones to help drown out the Top 40 and help you finish that last rep. The first mix comes correct from Philadelphia Street Bass God, Starkey, with an hour of grime and heavy bass to celebrate his new record, BA66, which just dropped on SMOG. Tune in and get to sweating.
Almost a year ago, the Miami based outfit Sluggers crept onto the scene with a 4-track package on OWSLA. It was a blend of thumping, warehouse inspired techno that raised more than a few eyebrows. They followed that up with a release earlier this year on Fools Gold, which saw them shift gears slightly to glitchy synth work and wobbly bass growls, however, their latest efforts seem to have reverted back to their original approach. Their Voyager EP, which dropped yesterday and is available for free download courtesy of Main Course, sees the duo make considerable strides on honing their sound. The standout track is Particles, which is an absolute weapon that’s fully equipped with a bellowing siren and processed snares that are fit for an ENTER stage. Contact follows similar suit with tidy percussion work and slick vocal chops, and Horizon closes the EP out with dirtybird-esque breaks and bass design. This release is another reason why Main Course has quickly become one of the most influential labels in the game right now, and should also give Sluggers some proper momentum heading into 2015.
After the success of their track, ‘That’s Right‘, which came out earlier this year on Mad Decent, Wuki and Jesse Slayter have teamed up once again to energize The Weeknd’s lullaby, Often. And in an exciting turn of events, it appears that Bmore is making a solid push to come back into the lime-light. It warms my nostalgic heart to hear the sounds of yesteryear seamlessly merging with the production prowess of the the present, and I tip my hat to these guys who are pushing the boundaries of dance music. Also, major kudos to Wuki, whose banner year hasn’t stopped as Jack U just included 3 of his tracks in their Diplo & Friends mix that dropped earlier this week. Expect to hear a lot more from these guys in 2015.