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. √+
Virginia-bred and LA-based Petey Clicks has been on a tear since stepping out as a solo act. Signed to AC Slater‘s Party Like Us Records, Petey has been producing some bass nasty heat and continues to cross genre barriers like a BAWSE.
With “BAE”, the title track for his forthcoming EP, we hear a fresh chord progression, accented with some playful vox – all bundled together to make one solid, summer-toned bass tuneage.
BAE is out August 12th on Party Like Us Records. Listen to it here.
The homies at Boomrat are rounding up the homies over here for their neat, new DJ Bag playlist series, starting things off with BONES himself. Tune in above, or head to their platform for the finest selections in bass heavy house and garage, from my main man, the booty rumbling Lord of Lowend himself. Gonna toss this playlist on and go lay under a fan and think about cool parties I’ve been to. Hump DAAAAYUH.
Last week, Treasure Fingers dropped a wobbly, club monster in the form of Honey Dip. While he reigned supreme for years at that top of the ‘nu-disco’ field, it appears he’s since disavowed his affiliation with the glazed genre and shifted efforts to making some manic house tracks, and we really couldn’t be any happier. Today, we’re premiering the Sluggers remix of said track. After gaining a bit of momentum with releases on OWSLA and Fools Gold, the Miami duo are quickly carving out a name for themselves. Enjoy their free download of Honey Dip below, and get hyped to hear more from these new kids on the block.
Over the course of the last month, UK producer Hostage has given away a free track every week. As a consumer of dance music, that’s one hell of a great deal. We’ve been longstanding fans and supporters of Hostage for years, harking back to the golden era of banging bloghaus. He’s since shifted his focus to making tidy house cuts, all the while keeping faithful to his roots in bass music. Grab all four tracks below, and keep an eye out for the man because you never know when he’ll give away an EP’s worth of tunes away for free.
Right in time for the weekend is 71 minutes of pure vibes, cooked up fresh by Poupon. He’s recently relocated to Amsterdam, and the warmer Summer months must be treating him nicely. This mix is packed full of goodies, and it also includes a couple unreleased tracks by the man himself. Grab the free download & full tracklist below.