This year has been especially monumental for a handful of UK house artists breaking into popularity. The London based duo Dusky has been a specific example of the successful and growing sound of the underground scene. On the charts, Dusky has gone head-to-head with some of today’s most prominent names in dance music with singles “Nobody Else” and recent Beatport number one, “Careless”. The English duo is back with “9T8,” a percussion-driven techno piece with a deep, repetitive bassline that aids the song’s dark tone. A modulated vocal sample alternates with a pounding, quick-hitting drum to add to the track’s catchy rhythm and ominous vibe. “9T8” will be released on School Records on January 13th.Posted by
Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
British duo Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell, or Dusky, have two major things going for them — releasing records on Anjunadeep, Dogmatik, and Naked Naked, they’re unlikely to feel constrained by a certain genre of dance music and their sheer number of EPs and singles in the last year have kept them extremely relevant.
Not only are these two boys out with a new EP, Careless, on Will Saul’s Aus Music, but they’re just beginning their fourteen date North American tour, hitting major cities on both coasts in the next few weeks. House, techno, and garage are all out in full effect on Careless — making it yet another solid choice for lovers of club music of all kinds. You can listen to a substantial preview now, and the full EP will be out on Aus on September 23rd.
Disclosure took to their debut Essential Mix session on Friday, using the two hour segment to broadcast their influences and showcase what they’re all about. At the forty minute mark, they premiered a brand new track from fellow UK artists, Dusky. The track titled “Sunsets & Dolphins” features a combination of gritty garage-sounding chords, overlapped by a rugged bass line that keeps your senses heightened for the duration of its playtime. There’s no word yet on a release date, but expect this stellar track to get stacks of playtime on the upcoming North American tour.
Beginning in Montreal and ending at inaugural TomorrowWorld in Atlanta, UK-based Dusky are set to embark on a fourteen-city North American tour, spanning the entire month of September, hitting major markets from coast to coast. The hotly tipped pair will bring their garage-influenced tech house to acclaimed venues like Washington DC’s U Street Music Hall, Miami’s Treehouse, and many more. The duo have spent the last year landing releases on major labels across the board and garnering support from industry heavyweights like Sasha and Eats Everything. If you’re looking to catch a pair of genre defying taskmasters, Dusky will fill your void.Posted by
Shortly after the announcement of the full tracklisting for the newest Anjunadeep compilation, Alfie and Nick of Dusky release a hefty preview of their contribution to James Grant and Jody Wisternoff’s mix — “Mr. Man.” The record is Dusky a bit unplugged, offering up softer sentiments than some of their more recent chunky offerings. If anything, the calmer take for Anjunadeep is a shot of heterogeneity into the unfailing Dusky sound.Posted by
London deep house darlings Dusky continue their strong musical showing in 2013 with a new EP release on Breach‘s Naked Naked imprint. Title track “Vanishing Point” is an infectiously deep song constructed around soulful male vocals and a warm ascending bass. Both the track and its included deeper mix truly shine in their minimal and effective breakdowns, where the duo complemented the vocals with high frequency melodies and pads alongside judicious application of echo effects. “Truth Capital T” comprises the release’s more brooding track, sporting a syncopated bass line beneath signature Dusky hi-hats and a compelling spoken word sample. While their Vanishing Point EP doesn’t exactly break new sonic ground, Dusky continue to define their sound and demonstrate their genuine deep house mastery with this latest offering.
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“My Way” is the second official single off Will Saul’s Close album project Getting Closer, due out June 11th on !K7 Records.If you listened carefully to Will Saul’s recent Essential Mix, you may remember this track. The difference, however, is and always will be in a Dusky remix. Joe Dukie’s vocals are heart-wrenching, but Dusky’s instrumentation molds “My Way” into something truly haunting and beautiful. If you thought deep house couldn’t get any deeper, then dive right into this deep end. The remix package will also feature cuts from Midland and Tanner Ross & Slow Hands. Look for it out on May 27th on Beatport.Posted by
Almost as soon as the very hot UK duo Dusky signed to Dogmatik Records, they released “Flo Jam” and an EP by the same name. Through its heavy rotation, the track quite unexpectedly earned the title of iTunes Dance Single of the Year in 2012 and this triumph would not be complete without a remix EP. Up first with the honor of remixing the title track is Mange Tout (better known in English as Eats Everything) with a slow-grinding, bass-dropping version of the track’s original slinky tastes. No deep house tune is complete without an Aaliyah vocal sample, but Eats (as Mange Tout) seems to amplify the late R&B star’s vocals even more than Dusky could. For those still trying to find a way to sneak this track into sets, you may have just found your answer. Check out the entire EP’s remix package when it’s released on April 10th.Posted by
Of all of the events I was scheduled to attend this year, the Hotflush Recordings showcase was one I’d probably been looking forward to the most. I’d been closely following Scuba since Personality and George Fitzgerald since his 2012 Child EP. Already in 2013, the pair have popped up for a killer 70 minute Boiler Room set and George has obliterated the Radio 1 airwaves with his January Essential Mix. This same b2b setup in Miami would fill my giddy fangirl tendencies, but it was also WMC’s worst-kept secret that Adam Beyer would be joining Cirez D as two very special guests of the label.