Our weary hearts are very susceptible to feels this time of year. Having just battled winter’s icy grasp, they are primed and ready for a warm embrace. This seasonal transition into a welcomed period of rejuvenation thus provides the leitmotif of Sprung Selections Vol. 3, and encourages the curious game of catching feelings.
Happy hunting xx
Los Angeles’ rising talent, Mister Blaqk, has been keeping the local scene healthy with his stand out DJ sets, and occasional parties like his mimosa-fueled FEELS brunch event a few weeks back. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, he’s delivered the inaugural FEELS Tape, which marks the beginning of his new mix series, and it’s been keeping the vibe right on this holiday. In true FEELS fashion, Mister Blaqk kicks off the tape with slower, smooth jams before masterfully building up the energy with a diverse array of groove-driven house, and other surprises littered throughout. Enjoy the mix above and check out the tracklist after the jump.
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. √+
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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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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Amsterdam based Mike Mago has been making serious waves in the house realm, finding unison in deep basslines and future driven leads. His productions have caught the ear of vocal phenom AlunaGeorge, who’s got him on the official remix of her single ‘Supernatural’… here’s what he had to say about the opportunity:
“I was really honored when Aluna George asked me to do a remix. Been fan a AG for ages! I tried to keep the strength and smoothness of the original and to switch it into the style I’m known for. I know this is a really cliche thing to say, but when your remixing musicians you’re a big fan of, it really comes down to that accurate balance.” – Mike Mago
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As we’re inching closer to the business end of 2014, there’s a new label bubbling up out of Australia named October Records. The most recent release comes from label affiliate Frames who pairs up with Elizabeth Rose to provide a two-sided ‘Intentions/Anywhere‘ EP that shares a nice space somewhere between disco and house. Frames dims the lights on his ‘Late Night Dub’ of Intentions, which is a slow burner that morphs into a groovy acid number that’ll have bodies moving till last call. Check the track below and make sure you keep an eye out for these Australian kids as they’re gearing up for a spicy Summer.
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. √+
After being named as one of Boomrat’s Top 50 Emerging artists, Amtrac is well on his way to becoming one of this year’s most consistent producers. His take on RAC’s Cheap Sunglasses, which features the catchy vocal licks of Matthew Koma, sees him skimming the waters of a progressive landscape, tipping the hat to early Kaskade and deadmau5 productions. There are euphoric moments driven by his classy chord progression and energetic arps, but they’re laced with a bit of melancholy from waning strings and moody pads. It’s no wonder that he’s gearing up to provide support for Kygo on tour this Fall, and I don’t think it’ll be long before we see him headlining tours of his own.
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. √+