How does one review an extensive compilation of Murk, one of house music's most prolific duos? It seems like it would be easy, but the sheer breadth of material contained on Defected presents House Masters: Murk is honestly intimidating. Over the past 20 years, the Florida duo's work has maintained a consistent quality as it's developed and grown with the global underground house scene. It's hard to imagine a history of house, much less New York club culture, without the work of Ralph Falcon and Oscar G. Read more »
Today, San Francisco's Reilly Steel is dropping his debut EP, Challenger (artwork above), via the RISLabs imprint, which consists of two original tunes and a handful of remixes, including this one from ballroom house don MikeQ and collaborator Divoli S'vere. The resulting rework is exactly what you'd expect from the NYC producers: Big drums and big rhythms are the focus, while everything else is stripped back except for a few choice vocal samples and some occasional washes of space-age FX. In short, this one is ripe for vogueing dancefloors the world over. Grab it below and then preview the entire EP, which is streaming in full after the jump. Read more »
In two and a half minutes, Schlachthofbronx's "Slowine" manages to create a mesmerizing and imposing sense of weight on the listener. As the title suggests, the track slowly chugs along a shuffling cumbia rhythm, but the song's arrangement is actually dominated by a tremendous, crushing bass growl. A female voice periodically repeats the song title and reminds us of higher frequencies, but it's hard to not stay focused on the low end here. "Slowine" is part of a double a-side release (pictured above) from the Munich duo that features tracks from its upcoming LP, Dirty Dancing, which hits March 30 via Disko B.
Austrian producers Minor Sick and Abby Lee Tee have teamed up for a collaborative 7" and passed along the b-side, "Techno Hearts," ahead of its release. The tune is a heavenly slice of melodic electronics that exists somewhere between blissed-out house and a more tender side of bass music. The pair weave together an array of patterns throughout the cut's four-plus-minute runtime, layering on more and more detailed percussion as the song takes form. "SundayDay" b/w "Techno Hearts" (artwork above) is set to drop later this month as a 7" only, but you can check out the video for its a-side before then, after the jump. Read more »
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