If we are talking long-serving and outspoken assets to British dance music, Darren Emerson is an outright luminary. Debuting on John Digweed’s Bedrock Records surprisingly late down the line of his whirlwind career, his retort to remix duties for Paul Rutherford’s “Get Real” makes this delayed first strike all the more forgivable. Breaching a sound scope of industrial techno matched with stirring melodic strikes, “Hotdog” is a breed of underground club fuel as conventional to the modern dance floor as it is indicative of the genre’s modern renaissance. Berlin-based label hopper Florian Meindl joins for fluid and far groovier remix duties, offering another positive angle on this well-polished techno set-piece. At a time where the sound of big room dance music is thought to bow to obnoxious drops and repetitive synth lines, Emerson retorts with one of Bedrock’s finest musical assets of 2013.
Release date: November 11
Guy J, an Israeli producer we’ve seen steamrolling forward in 2012 with the launch of his Lost & Found imprint (under megastar John Digweed‘s Bedrock label), is out with his second release on the infant imprint. The two tracks “Vaga” and “We Do It Best” show, as always, Guy’s genre-spanning and melodic production style that lies somewhere in the midst of pure progressive house, tech house, and trance sensibilities. He’s also put out records on labels like Tiga‘s Turbo and techno mainstay Cocoon — only further evidence he can meld with producers associated with pretty distinct scenes within the genre. If you like his style, also take a stab at his guest mix from Above & Beyond‘s ABGT show two weeks back (in the last 30 minutes). Stream and purchase after the break.
Guy J, one of the finest house producers coming out of Israel, launches his very own record label with the release of “Lost & Found.” The groove-inducing song is an elegant progressive house offering full of riveting bass lines and punchy piano play. After the success of two artist albums on John Digweed’s Bedrock Records, and now the launch of his own Lost and Found Records, Guy J is quickly becoming a stand out act to follow.