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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The ever groovy and mysterious plot of Zhu continues today as he receives his first Grammy nomination. Amongst a tough crowd of contenders including Bassment Jaxx, Clean Bandit, Disclosure & Duke Dumont, the faceless producer got the nod for “Faded.” This is such an amazing accomplishment for the whole Zhu camp, a testament to their freakish attention to detail in terms of branding, marketing and sound. They obviously made a huge impression on the electronic music scene this year, and we’ll all be anxiously awaiting to see if he takes home the hardware on February 8th.
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Something must be in the water over in Australia. The Sweat It Out! boys are always nailing it with not only the originals but incredible remix packages to boot. We’re proud to bring you the exclusive Dom Dolla remix of Benson’s new jam “Hot Mess.” The original (as the Sweat promo dictates): “It’s wonky. It’s swampy. And yet somehow, kinda poppy. And Lex Famous kills it on vox.” Dom Dolla takes the pop driven original and creates a jackin bass heavy trip thats fit for the club. His remix is our fav by far and we’re lucky enough to be rolling out the premiere… fans of Gorgon City, Motez and Duke Dumont will be all over this one.
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Around this time last year, we premiered the first mix from the Belgium-based house music duo known as Arches. Since then, we’ve continued our support while they’ve released top-quality music like their new There’s A Place EP on Columbia Records, and their fresh remix of Keisza’s “Giant In My Heart.” We though it was about time for an Arches guest mix feature, so they’ve delivered a stand out mix featuring the latest and greatest house music of their own, as well as tunes from Duke Dumont, Redlight, Just Kiddin, Friend Within, Moon Boots, and more.
The Miami brethren Damaged Goods has sailed into deeper waters, releasing his new original “Oops” for FREE download today on his soundcloud. With a soulful house bassline, progressive chords, and a teasing vocal sample from Tweet & Missy Elliot – we have summer groove ready for every set from the pool party to the festival circuit. Fans of Anna Lunoe, Duke Dumont and Yolanda Be Cool will be all over this one… Grab this one below and let the vibes ride high!
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• Nicolas Jaar and Sasha Spielberg release “Don’t Tell Me”
• Duke Dumont gets second UK #1 with “I Got U”
• Hear Todd Terje & Bryan Ferry’s shimmering cover of Robert Palmer’s ‘Johnny and Mary’
• Mosca to Inaugurate New Label with 12″; Preview It Now
It’s undeniable that “I Got U” is rapidly establishing itself as the anthem of the soon to be sunny days, and with that title comes a jam packed remix package featuring the likes of French Express magician, Jonas Rathsman. The original track’s pumping back beat is toned down by the sultry ethereal house vibes of Rathsman, transforming it into more of a day dream than its pulsing predecessor. Check the whole package, out soon on iTunes, featuring remixes by MK, Tensnake, Bondax, and High Contrast.
• Duke Dumont releases new music video for “I Got U” ft. Jax Jones
• Download Brenmar‘s “High End Times Vol. 1″ Mixtape For Free
• Watch James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Erykah Badu in RBMA Documentary
• Tessela up next for Radio One Residency Show
New York’s burgeoning producer/DJ duo, Solidisco, brings a modern edge to the classic house sound, riding on the fringes of Studio 54 sensibilities. They consistently bring the funk and keep it groovy – as proven by their latest jam, “Top of the World” featuring Skyy. For this week’s GDD™ Guest Mix, Solidisco offers up a tasteful concoction of only their own originals, bootlegs, remixes, and unreleased tracks. Download/listen below and mark your calendars for Solidisco‘s remix of Mystery Skulls’ “Ghost,” featured alongside Fred Falke, Claude VonStroke, and Viceroy for a massive remix package out on February 18th.
Man, the Love Sublime EP release is just so perfect. Tensnake has lined up an unreal remix cast for the March 9th release, with Duke Dumont, Le Youth, Jonas Rathsman, and Ewan Pearson all contributing their styles on the already groovy original. The Duke himself posted up his rendition via Soundcloud this week, and it’s easy to tell that we’ll be hearing this many times leading into the spring. Mark your calendars, Tensnake will be bestowing his very much anticipated debut full length, Glow, on March 11th just in time for festie season √+