The once mysterious, now not so mysterious, Route 94 is back on that production grind with a new release on Defected Records that follows suit to its predecessor, “My Love.” Less anthemic, but equally as club ready, “Tell You Why,” features a bassline that can hold its own on the dance floor as pitched up vocals set a sultry tone for the production. With his “Fly 4 Life” EP out soon on Defected, you can be sure to find this tune alongside other Route 94 originals at the end of this month.
It’s an all Australian affair with one of the country’s most prominent techno lords in Craig Williams and his new EP which just dropped on one of the savviest labels in Sweat It Out. Craig’s mastery of all things analog once again shines on this release. His formula of thumping, four to the floor tracks are fit for the clubs, and the title track ‘Saw Throat’ is garnering support from the likes of Claude VonStroke, Crookers, and Yolanda Be Cool. And for all the budding producers out there, send Craig a receipt of your purchase of the EP and he’ll send you a sample pack which includes the stems for both tracks. What a legend!
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After storming onto the scene with his hit release on Hot Creations three years ago, Danny Daze has been a man on a mission. Growing up in Miami and DJing raves before he had a drivers license, his 15 year love affair with electronic music is finally catapulting him to an elite level. Earlier this week, Danny’s Silicon EP dropped on Jimmy Edgar’s label Ultramajic, and it is nothing short of awesomely brash, forward thinking techno. His recent move to Berlin by way of Barcelona after a short stint with Ellum boss Maceo Plex has clearly rubbed off on Daze. Elongated sirens, manic percussion, and transposed vocals are prevalent throughout the EP, while still holding some dance floor sensibility. In conjunction with the release, he also did a mix for Mixmag, where he flawlessly journeys through 74 minutes of white-label rarities and forthcoming gold. Stream both the EP and mix below.
The trumpet player sits cross-legged front and center with a lone spotlight to illuminate his cause as the drummer keeps the beat patiently in the background. The room is dimly lit (naturally), and the clinking of ice cubes rattling around in my goblet of whiskey compliment the quiet acoustics of the space. Smoke vapor is ruminating as it dances freely in the minimal light available as the dull roar of intimate conversation comes into play. People are dancing, but not maniacally, it’s more of a lonely waltz as you wander the dance floor in an attempt to discover yourself. Head in the air, arms wide open, spinning and shuffling as the melody shifts in intensity. This escape that is offered is so meticulously calculated, from the white noise that gently makes it’s presence known in the background to the muted reverb drenched trumpet, it almost lets you know that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, because it’s exactly where it’s supposed to be. Check for Francis Harris‘ “Minutes Of Sleep” EP out on Scissor and Thread February 24th. Stream the project preview after the jump.
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An early Tuesday morning treat courtesy of the fine people at Thump, “Soul Satisfaction,” the first track on a new EP being released by Brooklyn producer, Bit Funk, is being given away as a free download. Instruments galore as the chorus gallops to groovy piano chords and a punchy jazz drum kit. The funk is made real through the evocation of soulful vocals backed by a healthy dance tempo. This is a superbly stellar production from the artist whose original works catalogue is rapidly expanding, it should be interesting to see what the rest of this project adds to his repertoire.
After discovering Lindsay Lowend over a year ago, I knew that he had great potential. Now with a more refined sound and plenty of releases, including his Wind Fish EP on Symbols Recordings and a handful of stand-out remixes, he has been creating a substantial amount of buzz around his distinctive talent. We couldn’t wait for more Lindsay Lowend music, so we’ve enlisted him for this week’s guest mix. Enjoy his eclectic offering below.
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Twin Turbo, the baby brother to Tiga’s legendary Turbo imprint, readies their next release with Phil Kieran. Kieran oozes class on this EP with carefully pitched sonic noises and the kind of tight percussion that’s fit for a dark warehouse. This package sees the re-release of Saturdays, a track that made its rounds on the festival circuit this summer after it saw a release on the Turbo Miami Lifestyle compilation in March. The standout track for me on the release comes from the Polish duo Catz ‘N Dogz, whose take on Saturdays is a chunky, behemoth of a track that left me with sweaty palms and a mildly uncomfortable feeling of nausea and slight euphoria, which is exactly what you want in a techno track. Pick up the full EP when it drops on November 18th.
Today, Antonio Cuna, better known as the Brooklyn-based producer Sweater Beats, just released his That Feel EP, on Kastle‘s Symbols Recordings. On the EP, he showcases a fresh take on his R&B-leaning future bass sound swapping out samples for original vocals for the first time. Check out That Feel below and purchase it on iTunes.
In celebration of the release of That Feel, Sweater Beats has put together a GDD exclusive “15 Minutes of Timbo” mix highlighting select Timbaland-produced tracks that have greatly influenced his music. Additionally, we were able to chat with Sweater Beats about his experience as a musician growing up in the suburbs of Maryland, his vision for the new EP, what he hopes to accomplish with his career and more. See the tracklist for the mix and the full interview after the jump.