French DJ/producer Agoria has released his much anticipated Scala EP for Dixon & Âme’s Innervisions – his first original work in two years. The title track, “Scala,” has been in constant rotation from the likes of DJ Tennis, Damian Lazarus, Tale of Us, among others. This timeless piece has all the qualities of a stripped down, melodic gem. The track is rich with an emotional melody and features flawless rhythmic progression. The collaboration with Francesco Tristano on “Kick The Peace” is a bit more downtempo, using brooding chords and spacey synths to make a quirky yet mesmerizing release. Original works from Agoria are few and far between, but this EP shows why it’s always well worth the wait.
Although the identity of Ten Walls is still unknown to many, his first contribution under said moniker for Dixon and Âme’s Innervisions is the Gotham EP, and it’s arresting. Hints of this producer’s work has been surfacing since late March and early April, and over the last few months the lead track from the EP “Gotham” has really taken to the international dance music scene (I, for one, felt as if it was played nonstop during Movement in Detroit). The thing I probably most appreciate about the work he’s done on Gotham is the degree to which he’s flexed an unapologetic diversity in sounds and styles. Of the three tracks on the EP, none of them sound even close to similar and although they’re all quite polished and mature, I’d never assume the same brain was behind them all.
Back in January, Duke Dumont dropped “Need U (100%)” on Blasé Boys Club, and now the groovy, deep disco track has gotten the Skream treatment. Just what the “Skream treatment” entails has come to change over the past few months. After going back-to-back with Disclosure in the Boiler Room, releasing the soulful Kreepin’, and recently previewing his newest house original “Bang That,” we are witnessing the dawning of a new Skream. His take on Duke Dumont’s “Need U (100%)” is a resplendent and genial house remix on the cheerful vocal track: a dazzling declaration of his new direction. Skream’s remix of “Need U (100%)” will be released on March 31st.
With chart-topping releases like “Street Walker” and “The Giver” tucked firmly under his belt, British house producer Duke Dumont has returned to the production front with his latest installment, “Need U (100%).” The track, an inaugural outing on the Blasé Boys Club imprint, is supported by A*M*E’s delicate feminine vocals on top of a well-produced nu-disco/house cut. This floor-friendly track is packed with groovy synth work that is punchy in all the right places. If you haven’t hopped on the Duke Dumont wagon yet, make sure to check out his recent Essential Mix debut where he showcases exactly what he’s all about.