The Parisian party-starters of High Powered Boys just unleashed their latest tune offering to the gods of high-quality club music, the four-track Udon / Work EP. The duo's two original productions are paired with remixes from Julio Bashmore and Tom Trago to flesh out the release, all of which you can preview here. And courtesy of the Sound Pellegrino label, we're giving you a free download of one of those a-sides, the hyperactive, sax-infused "Udon." Now, we're sure everyone is aware of how easily a bleating brass instrument can turn tracks horribly wrong, but producers Bobmo and Surkin made this sax work well for them by keeping it simple and smooth. After the staccato beats, intoxicating sound effects, hyped-up vocal samples, and deep synth pads of "Udon" work out some next-level house grooves, a sultry sax hook descends upon your ears, and offers a short reprieve from the rhythmic assault before High Powered Boys launch the track straight back into the stratosphere. You can sample more of that magic in the duo's awesome Rippin' Off Canvas Mix, below. Read more »
If you were in Miami last weekend, or are in Philadelphia tonight, you may already be aware that Glasgow label Numbers is in the midst of its first-ever US tour. Numbers artists Jackmaster, Deadboy, and Redinho will be trekking across the continent, sometimes being joined by select Numbers artists based in the US, including LA-based Low Limit and San Francisco's Ghosts On Tape, who will be supporting in their respective cities. Read more »
This slice of deep house comes courtesy of UK-based producer/DJ Simon Baker, whose debut album, Traces, comes out today. "L Train," the second cut from the LP, finds the Leeds producer mining the deeper regions of a funky bassline and pairing it with a sped-up electro beat. As the track's rhythm section happily rolls along, Baker creates vast atmospheres of epicly long pads and gurgling synth swells that pop up here and there along with sharply chopped vocal phrases and glimpses of cascading piano. Although his new record is said to bounce between the club and the more headphone-oriented side of house, rest assured that "L Train" definitely falls in the former category, as we can't imagine it would have any trouble getting a dancefloor moving.
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This year, the massive annual electronic music festival known as Sonar will take place in Barcelona and Galicia across June 16, 17, and 18, and will feature performances from the likes of Scuba, M.I.A., Aphex Twin (pictured above), Shackleton, Toro Y Moi, Floating Points, How to Dress Well, Magnetic Man, Underworld, Buraka Som Sistema, and many more. Read more »
The folks at Scion A/V have teamed up with Rhonda International, the label arm of LA's "polysexual" disco/house night A Club Called Rhonda, to release a new EP (artwork above) for "Return to Me," a new track produced by Marc Kinchen, who's perhaps better known simply as the highly influential '90s dance hit machine MK. Amongst the five remixes of the B.C. x Delivery tune that grace the EP is this classic house-inspired take from GODDOLLARS, which just might be the most faithful to MK's classic sound. Piano reigns king as a handful of chopped chords bounce atop skittering hi-hats and a thumping kick drum, but aside from the eventual mid-section synth breakdown, B.C. x Delivery's vocal is the song's co-star, taking center stage without much accompaniment and longingly belting out a lonely plea in '90s freestyle fashion. This remix, along with the original and remixes from Munk, Art of Tones, and SFVacid, can be found on the forthcoming Return to Me EP.
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