On Fire (Maya Jane Coles Remix) – Bo Saris
Coles carriess on the wave of pristine original productions and edge, innovative remixes across the deep house scene. Taking on ‘She’s On Fire’, a soulful Motown vibe from Dutch born London based singer Bo Saris, she wraps the emotional vocals around a solid, deep groove transplanting it into a late session power house.
Touching Me (Original Mix) – Finnebassen
This new track on the Noir label makes use of a laidback house groove and subtle vocal licks, which all come together to make a track that wouldn’t sound out of place on one of the many Balearic islands, that house music fans will be flocking to this summer.
Planets (The Revenge Lost Groove) – The 6th Borough Project
This 2009 track is an obsessive disco-house number that reminds the great hours of mid-90s Chicago house a la Sneak or Paul Johnson, or its Detroit cousins Moodymann, Rick Wilhite and the Harmonie Park crew.
Murderous (Vocal) – Mosca ft Ben Westbeech
The track has all the hallmarks, great vocals, simple unintrusive melodies and infectious tribal percussion. This Bass track is reminiscent of the UK Funky scene before it got ruined by playground lyrics and grime offcuts
LSD-25 – Butch
On a limited vinyl release of 500 copies out on Cecille, this track is one to save for those special moments. A fusion of deep tech house and 60's progressive acid rock this track ties beautifully ties together both cultural sonic revolutions. Knocks, snares and deep groove are overlaid with a extended stressed guitar ballad that roars its way though the 11 minute long track.
Rampa – Everything
'Everything' starts off with Meggy moaning an affirmative mmmhhmmm through the first few bars before expanding into catchy and explicit lyrics. The spanking claps and overall pumping sex appeal of this tune will ultimately loosen all hormonal congestion a dancefloor could suffer from.
Dirty Honey – Tom Demac
Hypercolour returns with another raw sounding, sub heavy house music hammer. The double kicks and eerie bass notes jostle about like mischievous loiterers until a recognisable “hey, today, baby I got your money” vocal sample from ODB/Kelis ups the ante yet further. Playful, poppy and propulsive.
Pride (Johnny D Remix) – Osunlade
Johnny D steps in to revive a sleeping classic from Strictly Rhythm in the early noughties. Whilst the original is still fresh and vibrant with afrobeats and the consummate vocals of Nadirah Shakoor, the remix adds the traditional deep tech house groove bristling with tension and pure danceability.
Warm Cologne – Gabriel Ananda
This summery track finds Ananda rolling out the warm bassline and glittering synths. Its simple escalating piano melody trips us along before strings sweep us through the break by a bouncy rasping snare.
Undercover – Marc Houle
Jacking drums sit alongside clinical robot voices, the break of the track melts down to a chip tune melody straight out of a vintage Sega game, followed by that ever present archetypal Houle bassline. It’s a track which in parts is a retro Chi-Town house modernised into a sweaty dance floor work out for the creepier moments in the club world.
Carrier Wave – Patrick Siech & Gustav Sllcher
These two artists come together for Truesoul's latest exploration into the deeper realms of techno. Carrier Wave is a hypnotic soundscape with a deep space elasticity of a haunting, glitchy14 MHz groove topped off with cavernous sounding delayed chords.
Love and Hate (Cari Lekebusch Remix V2) – Octave One
430 west celebrates 20 years with two killer remixes of octave one with with Swedish Techno don Cari Lekebusch who turns in a peak time groover that stays true to the original.
Bare – Rodriguez Jr
This is closing track to the highly acclaimed debut album 'Bittersweet', a hybrid of techno, melancholy dub and hands down hedonistic music, exploring across a range of textures and moods. This 'Burial-esque' track brings back the tempo for a poignant and conciliating finish.
Richie Hawtin 'New Horizons' at Village Underground, London
A textbook all out sculptured mix of dark room techno
Confessions - Burning Tears
Luv Shack records has been paving the way for Viennas new electronic music the scene, kicking of the proceedings with this all killer deep house electronica pack. 'Confessions' is a punchy almost reggae trance with the big claps and a massive gospel shout out that really do light up this energy laden track.
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Easy Life – K-nto
. K-nto's Rock Steady EP on Funk Mansion records is a short mix catalogue of classic jazz, disco and hip hop samples with funky basslines and strong beats combining with new sounds. Easy life is a feel good hip house groove sampling the delightful vocals out of Billy Stewart's 'Summertime'
Cereal Lover – Ray Mang
This has probably been one of my favourite tracks over the last few months. Sampling 'Flakes – Sugar Frosted Lover' this re-edit sculpts it into a groovey dubbed out disco nugget driven by rhythmic guitar sequences fit for any occasion.
Let It Go – Huxley
This track was signed to Hypercolour after Huxley dropped it at a festival to a 5 strong crowd gathered around the back of an ice cream van.Almost every section of this track is catchy; from the stuttering drums, the nagging basslines, the hefty leads and the prominent full vocal
Author: Simon Ambrose
Upon the Daze – Avatism
Thomas Feriero aka AVATISM brings his "Perseverance EP" to Dumb Unit. Following along the same lines as previous releases, ‘Upon the Daze’ uses moody filtered vocals and deep dark basslines alongside a melancholic mix of dubby chords and synths.
History Of Soul (Aki Bergen’s Future Jazz Band Edit) – Aki Bergen
Aki Bergen’s colossal rise to the top of the deep house Beatport charts 3 times over the past year have seen his name cemented in many deep house lovers minds. History Of Soul (Aki Bergen’s Future Jazz Band Edit) has a slowed down dark melodic bassline with a strong vocal sample played over the top adding several different interesting elements to the mix.
Work It – Harvey Mckay
Released on one of the biggest electronic music labels on the planet; Soma Records, the Glaswegian is just one of many techno artists emerging from the underground scene in Glasgow. Receiving much support from the likes of Stephan Bodzin, Laurent Garnier, Richie Hawtin, Michael Mayer, Luke Slater, Slam, and Green Velvet.
Delic – Ryo Murakami
Released straight onto Poker Flat Recordings back in 2011, Ryo Murakami’s high quality production skills show through with the clever use of percussive elements in the track showcasing Ryo’s distinct sound.
Author: Matt King
One Lonely Knight - Arto Mwambe
Beisswenger and Phillip Lauer ran into each other when releasing solo 12"s on Punkt Music (RIP) in the early 2000s. Since then they've been sculpting a live sound with the occasional release on underground german labels. This track outlines their deep skudge electronic crushed up rhythms
Belle Rive – Nicolas Masseyeff
Following a string of well received EPs, Nicolas released a solid album "Motherland" on Stephan Bodzins 'Herzblut' label. This is one of several standout tracks, deep with pulsating synthesizer waves and an overall theme that’s both uplifting as melodramatic.
Can You Feel It (Supernova Remix) – Chez Damier
Chez Damier has played close witness to many of the pivotal moments in the history of house and techno and 'Can You Feel It' stands up against every house record ever made. 20 years later Supernova adds to the package with a deep, rich, typically twisted, rolling groove.
Simple Girl (Tiger & Woods Remix) – Dale Earnhardt Jr
T&W have placed their very gifted, very dance-oriented hands on the single, remaking it into a chilled-out upbeat electronic song for any weekend fiesta. Billowing soprano vocals scat for most of the seven minutes, intermixed with coquettish xylophones and drum machines. It’s smooth, lush, vivifying, and one song that will stay on rotation for the next few weeks.
Heartbreaker (Extended) – Crazy P
The UK musicians in electronica outfit Crazy P started out with a deep love of house and disco. Their fifth album, When We On, is a buttery mix of beats with the honey-hued tones of Danielle Moore. Today's Top Tune is "Heartbreaker."
In Love – Tim Green
Feel-good, atmospheric, sunny-side disco-inspired piece. House at its finest with its smooth vocal cuts and creamy synth lines. A golden wave of dance club nostalgia comes over us in the most beautiful way, whilst holding its sounds rooted in the modern Tech House scene.
Jazz Fusic – Chris Lattner
Fuse resident Enzo Siragusa, teams up with Lattner to create a querky little houser with a twist of a smile about it, Chunky kicks, overlay statements and a groove melody you can switch the lights off to.
Elements Of Fife (Main Mix) – The Revenge
Scotish rising star, Graeme Clark, started creating a skewed blend of electronic music using a couple of his dad’s old drum machines, a 4 track and a sampler. This has continued to develop producing tracks like this slow grooving New York / Chicago style percussive house club jam
Playdo (Laura Jones Remix) – Matthew Burton & Nick Lawson
A hypnotic groover, the original mix of 'Playdo' is alive with quirky sonic detail and trippy spontaneity, the spring-like sounds and spry electric keys provide ying to the yang of the moody bassline, clicky drums and evocative vocal ris
Step Aside (Lightweight) – Life and Death
A slice of laconic lazy house with growling, pulsing bass line gradually turning more and more analogue and acidic as the warm enigmatic omnipresent pads infuse snarling dismissive vocals…serious sonic skullduggery.
Under The Sheets – Maceo Plex
Fresh release from Jonny Whites’ No.19 Label, ‘Under The Sheets’ uses a deep hypnotic bassline, old school drums and distorted vocals to create a song which is mesmerizing from start to finish.
Relax (Jordan Peaks Rogue Rework) – Nicco
The combination of a pumping bassdrum, garage-house style snares, rolling bassline and techy synth stabs makes this one of Jordan Peaks signature tracks.
Quell – Real People
Working with labels such as Ibadan, These Days, Offering recordings, Kolour Recordings and Blockhead Recordings, Quells music is not easily put into one category. Full of heavily reverberated vocals and uplifting strings make this track one for the old school house fans.
Wavedancer (Monika Kruse & Thomas Schumacher Remix) - Monika Kruse
Releasing her first track in 1996 and still staying up to date, techno legend Monika Kruse releases this minimalistic techno track.
Author: Matt King
After starting out at an incredibly young age in Detroit as a protégé of Techno god Kevin Saunderson, Marc moved to New York becoming a prolific figure during the halcyon period of house music. MK became one of the genre’s most respected producers and in-demand remixers whilst his timeless productions have had a renaissance through the sets of the Crosstown Rebel collective.
Freek 'N You (MK Dub) – Jodeci
• What was the music scene like where you grew up?
Well I grew up in Detroit. Detroit is like dance music House music Mecca, no matter what type of music it is if you listen to on the radio every sound on the radio they play they “speed” up, pitch up so you can actually dance to it. I grew up on that so it’s embedded in me.
I Can't Get No Sleep (MK mix) – Masters at Work
• How would you describe your electronic sound, who are your influences?
Hearing and meeting Kevin Saunderson influenced me then things began to happen. I moved up to New York and that sound mixed with what I grew up on gave me the perfect idea, I knew where to go. I knew how to keep my influence I also know how to make a down tempo danceable that was just in me. New York was known for being more mellow smooth underground type of sound and in some way I knew how to give it energy how to make the sound more alive.
Can You Feel It (New York Dub) – Chez Damier
• Out of your entire discography, which one still stands out for you?
When I made “Burning” I don’t know if it changed my life it’s weird because I was so young when I made that record I was 18 I did not know the feedback. I put the record out myself and distributors kept calling back to reorder. I had nothing to gage it on, I did not know if those numbers where bad or good or average, I was thinking it was average it was not 10 million copies I had enough to buy a new car I guess it was ok.
Burning (Vibe Mix) – MK
• How do you balance your old underground tracks with your more commercial work?
The funny thing it’s a lot harder bouncing the two styles than people may think, one of the other thing is that I work with Willow Smith which is more Hip Hop kind of edgy, comparing that to Pitbull which is more totally commercial. I keep trying to bring back MK and that’s raw and pretty hard to juggle that’s why it has taken so long to do an Mk record.
Push The Feeling On (MK Dub of Doom) – Nightcrawlers
• Are we going to hear any more underground MK records?
The underground records are coming; it’s good that I DJ right now and touring. Like I said I don’t DJ that much these couple of shows, playing certain MK records people are going mad when I play my tracks. I guess that this is the type of sound that’s in, the “MK sound”. I have just done a remix for Morgan Geist under his ‘Strorm Queen’ guise and I will be working on more material soon.
Given (MK Dub) – 4th Measure Men
• I’ve heard you’ve starting playing a couple of shows, hows that been?
The first one I did was with my brother Scottie Deep in Leeds, La Loop party. I didn't know what the turnout would be. The place was full and as soon as I played the Burning the crowd lost it, they absolutely lost it, was a good feeling. The response was amazing the funny thing was that the oldest person was like 25 years old, to be able to play my records and other deeper sound that I like. It’s very exciting to see and makes me want to go back producing a real MK record.
MK House Masters Mix
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I Wanna Go Back (Featuring Blake Baxter) (Original Mix) – Ben Sims
Having developed an impeccable reputation, Sims is not doubt a legend in the world of techno. The emphatic drive of this huge sounding thumper takes things back to his home territory with the addition of rhythmic trumpets and tasty detroit vocals.
Pitched to the Max (Sasha Carassi Remix) - Tom Hades
Sasha Carassi takes this tune down an industrial subliminal route, Carefully letting off shuffling snare and attacking hats to guide through the darkness whilst using trademarked atmospherics to create his renowned, ominous hard vibe.
From Within – Johannes Heil
This landmark label release harks back to Johannes anthems of the nineties with fluctuation melodic patterns, atmospheric strings and constant 4 on 4 kicks.
Slow Dance – Heartthrob
New Yorker-turned-Parisian-turned-Berliner Jesse Siminski is producing some of the more accessible side of the Minus label whilst staying true to things deep dark and minimal.