Needless to say, Storm Queen and MK’s overhaul of the UK charts with “Look Right Through” was a big old landmark for Defected Records and the global house community alike. Bubbly BBC favorite Annie Mac was not immune to the #1, this week choosing GotSome’s recently aired remodel of the track as her befitting ‘New Music Monday’ installment. Off the heels of their phenomenal Bassline EP, the duo unveils their Animal Style VIP remix to assert that their first Defected offering as a duo was no fluke. Tight grooves and sluggish leads work in well-orchestrated unison to give the chart-friendly remix an otherwise ungroomed edge, one that is sure to be welcome in wake of the original’s commercial success. Storm Queen and Kinchen may have been the big news this week, but GotSome remains a quality nod to British house music that demands some serious attention for the year ahead. (more…)Posted by
While the electronic music scene continuously grows and expands into new directions, true talent stems from the artists who are able to bring older styles back into the mix. Enter British producer Ejeca, a 90′s garage/house enthusiast who has recently proven to be a nu-house force to be reckoned with. The Belfast native has remixed his favorite UK band Bloc Party’s hit, “Montreal,” showcasing the versatility of house music when a clever DJ is willing to break the mold. Through upbeat hi-hats, deep melodies and a smooth and subtle reworking of Kele’s vocals, Ejeca’s remix proves to be a track that everyone from the UK underground to the global main stage won’t be able to resist.
Best of all, fellow Irish DJ Annie Mac has re-released Ejeca’s take on “Montreal” for free download. Go ahead and grab the track from Mac’s SoundCloud and sit back for some feel-good deep house happiness.
“I’ll Let You Go,” the latest output from Isaac Tichauer, is an example of the great power of driving, purposed house music. A steady house beat greets you from the outset before fragile bass wobbles and some encroaching synths fill out the mix to create a thumping, lumbering bass jam that rocks for a full six minutes. From there, subtle deviations expand on the musical themes – spliced vocal samples, both singing and rapping, filter in and out as the beat breaks and modulates.Posted by
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British indie-dance outfit The Other Tribe have blazed the summer trail with their instrumental antics, with their choice of remixers aptly following suit. Following in the footsteps of S.P.Y. and Future Connoisseur, fellow UK floor reprobate Grum is on the case with his own take on forthcoming single “My Girl.” Already a staple new talent on the BBC airwaves, the Leeds-based producer opts for an uplifting progressive remodel over his more recent deeper tendencies. Grum’s remodel sparks outspoken euphoria and melodic distinction worthy of Pryda friends and beyond, offering up a track that is certain to solidify his stature on the European circuit for the remainder of 2013. (more…)Posted by
Between the nod of approval from Annie Mac and breaking the ranks of Be-At.TV, Welsh breakout Sion had made considerable waves throughout 2013. Debuting this month for Chase & Status’s MTA Records, the 20-year-old artist takes proceedings to a deep and dulcet medium for “Make Me Do.” With his penchant for murky yet melodic house cuts already well affirmed, the tracks subtle synths and hypnotic sample work reaffirms why this young contender has become his nations apple to the eye where underground club cuts are concerned. Adding yet more high-profile attention to his little black book, “Make Me Do” is a post-summer sign-off unlikely to go ignored by the global community and its growing taste for Sion’s aural getup. (more…)Posted by
Past the golden days of the Hacienda, Manchester’s Warehouse Project has been a solid institution to the North of England and its dotted clubbing legacy. With an open sigh of relief from those further astray from the overstated capital city, Trafford Park Road will once again play host to what has come to stand as the UK’s alternative clubbing season. Launching with an all-star showcase from Axwell, Armand van Helden, Mark Knight and MK on September 27th, the weekly events will run through to New Year’s Day, offering hosted nights from the likes of Steve Angello, Armin Van Buuren, Disclosure, Rudimental, Annie Mac and Richie Hawtin and a host of their industrious peers along the way. With rare and wonderful appearances from Phoenix, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and a 2013 finale from Nile Rogers alongside Hot Chip, there is quite literally something for every possible taste on this year’s jam-packed bill.
Alex Metric and his LA-residing peer Jacques Lu Cont unite to test the waters of commercial dance music with their latest collaborative endeavor for Ministry of Sound. Initially premiered by Annie Mac as a powerful dub mix, the duo returns alongside Niki & The Dove’s front woman Malin to unveil an infectious vocal edition of the track to see in the late summer party season. A crossbreed of nostalgic electro and emotive indie pop, “Safe With You” reaches a quality peak in the radio-friendly club fuel that Ministry have come to pioneer throughout their dotted legacy. Armed with a sing-along spectacle cut perfectly for the modern market, the duo unites to show that 21st century club land need not fear the commercial crossover when placed in the hands of two of Britain’s most consistent electro pioneers.
We here at Dancing Astronaut have seldom had cause to question Annie Mac’s taste for a tune (even when she’s on maternity leave). This week’s Free Music Monday offering is no exception, coming from up-and-coming British talent Chris Ward, also known as Tropics. Taken from his Home & Consonance EP, “Courage” rallies vacant electronica with a bluesy background, allowing Ward to extend his deep instrumental canvas to the max. In yet another stirring extension from the British shores, Tropics hits the nail on the head for everything right about the sound stirring in his native land and the eclectic maneuvers we have regularly witnessed from its unexpected annexes. Hit more hear the track and download a free copy while you are there. (more…)Posted by
Before Pete Tong dropped Axwell’s anticipated new premiere and Daft Punk’s long awaited interview on BBC Radio 1′s dance music marathon last night, Annie Mac shared the new dub mix collaboration between talented Brits Alex Metric and Jacques Lu Cont “Safe With You.” Featuring the vocals of Malin from Niki & The Dove, the track boasts pure energy with a big room flare in a perfectly mastered 80s dance feel. Jacques Lu Cont spoke of the inspiration of the release with Annie:
“What I really love is working on music where the objective isn’t about how commercially successful it has to be. Within dance music it’s totally liberating and you do what makes you feel good. The other thing that’s good with DJing is no matter what you’ve made, you know within five seconds of putting that record on in the club whether it’s any good or not, and you don’t get that anywhere else. It’s so immediate and magical like that. I’m enjoying every second of it.”
Release date on Ministry of Sound is still to be determined.Posted by