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.
Ultra Music Festival stands alone, distant from the EDCs of the world, as the landmark event for every DJ that graces the decks of its stages. Much like how football fans have the instinctual ability to recall the stars and game changing plays of Superbowls past, electronic fans will, naturally, always remember their favorite artists, the corresponding set list and major moments from any given year at Ultra.
Headliners of the annual festival share the same glory as Superbowl MVPs, but it’s also the opportunity for dance music rookies to find their breakthrough with one everlasting set, to be remembered in the same vein as the Superbowl rookie who becomes immortalized with one historic catch. With hundreds of DJs slated to perform at Ultra this year, we take a narrow look at the members of the freshman class who are due to establish themselves under the South Beach sun this March.
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!
Dusky are back with their third EP in six months this week with the release of Calling Me, a collection of three simple and elegant tracks spanning the divide between future bass, deep house, and garage. With both a debut Essential Mix and the massive remix of Justin Martin‘s “Don’t Go” off Ghettos & Gardens, the London-based duo have been quite buzzed about in 2012, but this latest effort does not fall flat to the pressure that comes with early hype.
“Calling Me” doesn’t try too hard; it delivers a chunky bass line with melancholic vocals (sampled from some 90s throwback favorites 112) and heavy reverb in the intro. “Muriel,” available only on vinyl for now also leans heavily on the bass presenting only hints of other elements of production like claps, sirens, and mildly spoken word samples. “What I Do,” out on digital, presents more rhythm and blues and UK garage influences identifiable with some of the duo’s previous material. The EP is out now as the first release on Loefah’s School Records.
Dusky is at it again with their newly minted instrumental remix of Victor Simonelli’s uber-classic Cloud 9 original, “Do You Want Me Baby.” In this dub version, The London-based duo shoots the track into modernity while maintaining the vintage house vibes. The sounds are as lush and glowing as they come. You may recognize this from other mixes we’ve recently featured, but the track is finally out on Toolroom Records.
Tesfa Williams, better known as T. Williams, burst onto the house music scene in 2010 with “Heartbeat,” and since then has impressed critics and fans alike with a multitude of remixes for Dusky, Maya Jane Coles, and Disclosure — to name a few. Today marks the release of his latest production, the throwback “Dreaming,” a track we’ve heard spun multiple times on Radio 1 in recent weeks.
If this release doesn’t already convince you of the man’s staying power, look no further than his recent Pain & Love EP, also released on PMR Records back in September. As T. Williams continues to develop his craft, he seems to continue to meld old school R n’B vibes with modern day house rhythms in new and inventive ways.
Masterful deep house and progressive label Anjunadeep is at it again with the release of their Anjunadeep Remixes Collection 02 which manages to package up ten of the best reworks, reshapes, and re-edits from the scene over the last year. From start to finish this collection keeps it downtempo and groovy in the best way possible; it would work on a late night dance floor just as well as your next dinner party.
Unfortunately we do not have a full album stream for you, but we’ve linked to some of DA‘s favorites in the tracklist below and if you really love what you’re hearing, follow the links to purchase on Beatport.
Bristolian progressive/deep house veteran Jody Wisternoff releases a remix package for “Out of Reach” today, the lastest single off his debut Trails We Blaze artist album released on Anjunadeep back in May. This collection includes extended, radio, and dub edits of the track as well as remixes from Dusky’s Alfred Taylor and Brazilian newcomer Andre Sobota. While much of the original track focuses on Johnathan Mendelsohn’s soulful vocals, the radio edit cranks up the BPM to something more suitable for nightlife. In traditional Dusky fashion, Alfred Taylor’s remix slows down the tempo, stutters the vocals, and elevates the bass. Andre Sobota, on the other hand, shows us his promise once again with his dark, tribal, and totally creative take on Jody’s original. Listen to and purchase the tunes after the break.
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.