Seeing Dennis play the inaugural Sensation America last year reminded me why he continues to come to mind as one of the modern-era house music greats. That was in 2012, but this cut from 2006 is timeless in its own right. The track isn’t too in-your-face, but the sum of rapid percussive variations, (what sound like) ritualistic chants, and perfectly appropriate synth stabs keeps the groove going without letting up. This was never Ferrer’s most famous song — but as DJ Mag recently warned, just don’t call him “Mr. Hey Hey.”
Dennis Ferrer – P 2 Da J
Dennis Ferrer turns the clock back to the 90s on a soulful remix of Nick Curly’s “Underground.” The veteran house producer bolsters the low-key tune with a classic house backbeat and a meandering synth bass line, perfectly complementing its catchy vocals through builds and breakdowns. His climactic organ line has a refreshingly human feel to it, a throwback to the analog era that Ferrer came up during. While this remix has been moving dance floors from Ibiza to New York this summer, you can finally own the release today on Defected Records.
Ahead of the long awaited debut of Sensation America, we’ve decided to break down the lineups for Friday and Saturday. If you’re lucky enough to be going this weekend, you will be spoiled for choice with the likes of Dennis Ferrer, Fedde Le Grand, Joris Voorn, and Nic Fanciulli. Make sure you’re prepared for this weekend by clicking after the break and checking out our special Sensation artist spotlight.
Nick Curly’s “Underground” – the lead single from the producer’s debut album Between the Lines – has gotten a decidedly clubby remix by Dennis Ferrer. The originally techy track is transformed with a choppy vocal start, a playful lead-line and a finale that makes you want to restart the track just to hear it all again. What’s even better is that the remix sounds perfect as part of a larger set, as showcased in the latest Defected in the House Radio Show broadcast. While Dennis Ferrer isn’t known for his remixes, this – his first of the year – truly delivers a strong sound that’s perfectly reminiscent of original house music. Both the original mix and Ferrer’s version will be available on November 12th, but you can enjoy them right now, beyond the break. (more…)
The highly anticipated Sensation America lineup has finally been announced. The event is coming to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 26 and 27, featuring different acts on each day. Mr. White, Sensation’s host and warm-up DJ, will be performing both nights alongside Fedde Le Grand. Friday’s bill consists of Dennis Ferrer, Joris Voorn, and Nic Fanciulli, and Saturday will have Mark Knight, Danny Tenaglia, and 2000 and One.
Welcome to the fifth and final installment of Dancing Astronaut’s top 50 tracks of 2010. I hope all of you are out having an incredible New Years (I’m personally raging at TAO as this is being posted). It’s been an incredible year for both Dancing Astronaut and the EDM world. Our readership has grown larger than we could have ever expected, and you can all look forward to even bigger and better things in 2011. Make sure to check out 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, and 41-50. Without further ado, the top ten tracks in 2010.
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“Hey Hey” has been a huge club hit for some time. We’ve already posted the Funk D and Casey Copa bootleg here on Dancing Astronaut, but a bunch of new remixes of the song just dropped. The first remix is an upbeat electro remix by Vandalism, the producer duo from Australia. The second remix is the newest work by Crookers. Now, Crookers has gotten some flak recently for their movement away from electro/fidget house into newer, somewhat stranger sounds. This remix may get the same type of criticism, but the fact remains this is a very good track. A true drum and bass track with a pretty epic finale. I for one respect their decision to advance their style. They could easily churn out Day N’ Nite remixes, but they’d rather have fun exploring a newer, more interesting sound.