Gregor Salto has returned with Funkin Matt to follow up recent outings, “Gimme Sum” and “Bumbum,” with an animated release for Laidback Luke’s MixMash Records. Known to boast a wide variety of sounds; from the tribal drop of “Azumba” to the acid line of “Love Sensation” to the groovy house of “Danny.” Salto brought his fully-loaded arsenal to the studio this February, resulting in the all-encompassing “Foxy.” With a cunning Dutch build, sly injections of synths, and a devious vocal-drop one-two punch, Gregor’s latest release is downright, aptly titled, “Foxy.”
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.
Nervo and Nicky Romero outed one of the biggest releases in progressive house last month with “Like Home,” and the track is now available in the form of its remixes. With help from Nervo’s vocal, the original became a mainstream staple, but Dannic, Dillon Francis, and Gregor Salto have spun “Like Home” in new directions.
Dannic boosts the progression on his take, supplementing his trademark baseline and melodic undertones. Dillon’s facelift strays the furthest with injections of moombah, leaving no trace of Nicky’s original flare. Salto’s version removes all evidence of a feel-good day-time track, creating a deep, dark tune for late night party goers. Listen to all three remixes beyond the break and find the package on Beatport via Romero’s Protocol imprint.
Dutch tribal house duo Chocolate Puma team up with fellow countryman Gregor Salto on a bumping track that takes its cues from seminal 80s Chicago label Dance Mania. “Gimme Sum” employs a more measured approach than Puma’s usual percussive fare, only periodically punctuating the rib-rattling funk bass line that dominates the track. The track succeeds as a modern reinterpretation of a once hot sound; the tactical use of big room synths fit the song while reminding the listener that the year is 2012, not 1986. Head to Beatport to catch the release on Pssst Records.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instragram each week. This week, we’ve got gems from Afrojack, Tiesto, Steve Aoki, and more.
Do you want to have your photos included in our Best of Instagram feature? All you have to do to be eligible is use the hashtag “#astrogram” in your photo entry on Instagram. Keep your photos DA or dance music-related, and we’ll choose one user-submitted photo to include each week. Click past the break to see this week’s #astrogram contest winner.
Leave it to Gregor Salto to take an emotionally-driven rock ballad and turn it into a dance tune, complete with a mellow, but infectious beat. His latest remix features vocals from Skunk Anansie’s Skin and lyrics that touch on the “perils of putting people you love on pedestals,” according to the band. While EDM fans may not be focused on the message, it certainly adds depth to the otherwise happy-sounding track. You can check out Gregor’s remix of the song below and, if you’re into the track, consider checking out the Daddy’s Groove & Cryogenix remix too.
Gregor Salto has solidified his spot as one of my all time favorite producers with his latest release, “Bum Bum.” Its latin flare and house beats are infectious and while the track is reminiscent of “Azumba,” it’s not an exact replica. Salto’s ability to be both consistent and versatile never ceases to amaze me.
The Olympics might be over for the year but Gregor Salto is bringing a piece of them back in his new video for “Azul.” It features Dutch Olympic trampolinist, Rea Lenders performing a variety of tricks and while we love the artistry, we love the song more. It’s a bit of a departure from the latin vibes we’re so fond of but it’s so beautiful and simple that we’re too relaxed to miss them. “Azul” has officially cemented Salto’s place as one of our favorite artists. We can’t wait to see where he goes next on his musical journey and suggest you check him out.
Gregor Salto has been producing since 1995 and although he’s experimented with a variety of sounds since then, we’re partial to those that feature his signature Latin style. The tribal drums, brass instruments, and sprinkles of South American swing in “Zica Memo” are signature Salto. Plus, the vocals reminds us of Maluca Mala, which is absolutely never a bad thing. This track is a must listen.
Hot on the heels of his unique productions “Danny” and “Azumba,” Gregor Salto is back with a remix of Loleatta Holloway’s “Love Sensation.” Salto takes the same vocal that Third Party sampled for “Thank You,” and twists it into an acid-influenced remix with deep, infectious bass. The soulful vocal and Gregor’s thumping sound make for a track that will keep dance floor’s moving late into the night. Head to Beatport for the official release which also includes an instrumental mix.