Indulging us in another week of dance music hits, Pete crowns Eric Prydz new track “Layers” not only as the one of the “most in demand tunes in the world” but also as his Essential New Tune. We also get to hear Nervo’s favorite picks for the weekly Goody Goodies, and witness Armand Van Helden as the fifth member knighted into Pete Tong’s Hall of Fame.
Kicking off the progressive take of Pete’s show, we are infiltrated with the Swedes including Sebastian Ingrosso & Axwell’s new Monster’s Inc tune “Roar,” the hyped of Carli remix of Ingrosso & Tommy Trash’s “Reload” and Axwell’s massive new tune “Centre of the Universe,” among others. Pete plays Disclosure’s “Grab Her” as his favorite cut off their new album ‘Settle.’
Nervo slides us through their current personal picks including Ummet Ozcan’s “Airport” and Mike Magoo’s “The Show” while talking about their upcoming album and Ibiza summer plans. Pete names his future new star as the Miami born techno star Danny Daze, while we finish off with a limited edition weekend hot mix from German deep house master Henrik Schwarz.
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Miami native Danny Daze returns to Maceo Plex’s Ellum Audio with the three-track The Calm EP. Fresh off the release of his Jupiter Jazz side project with the label head himself, he continues his onslaught with a deep minimal cut that uses a set of robotic-sounding vocals that are cast over meticulously layered synths — making for a proper club outing. Dexter takes the reins on the remix, transforming it into a peak time techno track with an added burst of energy. On the flip side, “I See You” is a bit darker, equipped with pulsating chord progressions and a dreary set of vocals in tow. Danny Daze has shown that 2013 is his year to come into the spotlight and with an Essential Mix in the works for this summer, we have no doubt that he’ll make that happen.
Danny Daze and Maceo Plex have banded together as Jupiter Jazz and in the release of their first EP Booty Jazz, they’re poised to corner the market for provocative house music. The best collaborations form from a true coalescence of strengths, and in many ways this EP arises from just that. Danny Daze has the rattling big booty Miami bass lines, and Maceo obviously brought along his vocoder and set of trippy top line tools.
The release is a simple one — three original tracks, “Shake It Mama,” “Technology,” and “Good Girl” with no word of remixes. “Shake It Mama” feels like the obvious strength from the EP — it’s a track that’s mature in production and elevated in sound. “Technology” is straightforward and skillfully constructed, but feels slightly out of place (albeit appropriate for a B side) on Jupiter Jazz’s quest for the meaning of booty jazz. “Good Girl” is important because it shows progress. It’s both minimal and deep, both warped and tight — it’s Jupiter Jazz.
Maceo Plex and Danny Daze have joined forces under their Jupiter Jazz moniker to give the remix treatment to Switchbox & NAtz’s “Pirates Poetry.” Working with NAtz’s hypnotic vocals and the German duo Switchbox’s peak time grooves, Maceo and Danny tasked themselves with implementing sequences of thumping basslines and stabbing chord sequences. We like what we’re seeing off this new collaborative project and hope that the combination of two industry heavyweights means more far-out productions. This one was out yesterday on Maceo’s Ellum Audio, get your copy of the Jupiter Jazz Remix or the full EP after the break.
We’ve gone over the biggest artists, albums, and tracks of 2012, but our end of the year roundup really wouldn’t be complete unless we talked about our own favorites from this year. These are the songs that made us feel, gave us chills, made us party, and made us cry. You’d probably find these tracks with high play counts in our music libraries and dripping with nostalgia if you make us talk about them further.
Lithuanian production duo Mario & Vidis released the slow and soulful “Care” back in June, and a impressive array of friends have stepped up to provide us some remixes of the original. The remix package, out yesterday on Silence Music includes efforts from Danny Daze, Downtown Party Network, Darius Vaikas, and Trickski. Danny Daze stays in line with what we know and love — a dubbed-out bass heavy version of the original. Downtown Party Network remove much of the bouncier pop elements and transform the single into pure deep house while Darius Vaikas strips out the most elements of the track in order to highlight a more eerie feel.
One volume of remixes for Justin Martin‘s Ghettos & Gardens obviously was not enough. The original album, the first full length effort from dirtybird frontman, was released back in May while the first (and incredibly solid) set of remixes came to light in early October. This time around, Martin rounded up friends and family alike to deliver a collection of remixes both diverse and rapturous. In debating which of these tracks to highlight, I found it literally impossible to play favorites.
Are you a drum and bass fan? Leroy Peppers (Christian Martin) and Shadow Child have fantastic reworks of “Don’t Go” and “Riding Spaceships” for you, respectively. Thought you couldn’t like “Ruff Stuff” any more than you already did? Eats Everything chops Martin’s vocals, turns up the subs, and adds in massive drums. Martin’s brother-from-another-mother Claude VonStroke dirties up the title track to fit it somewhere between a deep house anthem and true melodic bass. Tanner Ross totally flips the switch on Danny Daze‘s remix of “The Gurner” from Vol. 1 and transforms it from sexy deep electro house to a funky pop with a vintage twinge. Of course we can’t forget “Booty clap” extraordinaire Kill Frenzy and his brilliant bassy take on one of Justin Martin’s most beautiful songs, “Butterflies.”
Last year Leeds-based producer and DJ Miguel Campbell made his Hot Creations debut with the release of his hit single “Something Special.” The track was discovered by Jamie Jones a year prior at Miami Music Week, and fully embodies the throwback deep house sound that Campbell has come to represent. With said release, his recent Essential Mix, and this Back In Flight School artist album, he is showing that he is not a one-track success, but more likely a music producer that is pioneering a wave of inspirational sounds in the deep house realm. Read on to hear our take on this impressive album from the man himself.
Fresh off the May release of Ghettos and Gardens the album, Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird imprint presents us with volume 1 of the remix package. Each rendition ranges across the entire dance music spectrum, showcasing everything from relentless drum & bass to soulful deep house grooves.
Dusky, Catz ‘n Dogz, and Danny Daze each offer their own deep house rework. French Fries offers the glitch/trap sound that everyone seems to be keen on these days, and Ardalan’s remix is experimental, bass-heavy tech house at its finest. The last track on the release, Bachlors of Science’s drum & bass remake, is a flawless uptempo reconstruction, featuring the bass-heavy facade Dirtybird has come to represent, with a glimmer of that old-school UK garage sound to it as well.