High-flying funk advocate Miguel Campbell marks an untimely peak in his global presence with the third single from his debut album Back In Flight School for Hot Creations. Off the heels of remix duties for Butch, “Beams of Light” is a hypnotic embodiment of the smooth yet supple combination of killers beats and warm melodic composition that has hallmarked his rise to fame. While Alexis Raphael’s take ups the tempo and scatters the lead work, Crooked Man’s Crooked Colors remix scores from a notably sinister sound scope from the outset. Finished off by Cerri, whose remix strips back the heyday acid sound whilst maintaining its vintage edge, this collective package screams unprecedented promise for the road ahead for Campbell and his likeminded peers at camp Hot Creations. (more…)Posted by
It was pleasant and clear for Day 1 of Movement Electronic Music Festival and the techno was ripe for the picking. We entered without hassle, weaved our way through the low maintenance crowds between several of the five stages, and were wowed by how enjoyable a festival experience really can be. Paxahau, now in its 8th year of promoting the event, took care and special attention to space the stages appropriately, control crowds in a realistic way, and generally make attendees feel more like human beings than cattle. The stage locations were interpreted quite literally in some ways, Beatport right by the riverfront, Electric Forest in a grove of trees, and the Underground Stage, well, in an underground parking area.
Butch’s latest Hot Creations release gets the remix treatment from chart-topping producers Miguel Campbell and Maceo Plex. The emotive vocals from Benjamin Franklin lay the groundwork for the deep house heavyweights to rework the tracks, each offering their own unique styling. Campbell — who recently released a full length LP on Hot Creations — returns to the imprint with his deep disco grooves and funky basslines. Ellum label boss Maceo Plex offers a deeper cut, using light percussive tricks and a grizzly, whirling bassline to give it that Barcelona flair.
Butch feat. Benjamin Franklin – Highbeams (Miguel Campbell Remix)
Butch feat. Benjamin Franklin – Highbeams (Maceo Plex Remix)
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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.
The underground had a big year in the US in 2012 and we only felt it appropriate to highlight some of these amazing artists independently from potentially bigger or more commercial artists in the dance music world today. We considered the year these artists have had in terms of production, live sets, and overall influence. We also generally picked artists we love and admire; artists we feel are extremely important to pushing electronic music forward. This list of 25 names includes legends and young guns alike, but we can assure you that every single one of these artists is incredibly talented and is well worth a listen or a trip to a club for a live set. Picking up where we left off yesterday, we will continue the countdown with our picks from #15 to the #6 spot.
Every Saturday night at 1am in the UK, Pete Tong allows an artist of his choosing to take over the Radio 1 airwaves for two full hours. The Essential Mix is legendary and for many of these DJs and producers, the pressure feels immense. A stellar mix can shoot you to recognition, solidify a career, or facilitate a comeback. Although with the generous input of fans, Pete Tong does eventually crown an Essential Mix of the year himself (last year: Above & Beyond), we also put our heads together to decide on the ten mixes from 2012 that made us listen again, and again, and again.
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.
This morning we are delivering into your headphones the most proper house the world has to offer. Today’s mix is courtesy of the lovely people at Defected Records. Every week, the label releases a stunning showcase of some of the newest highlights in the underground and deep house world on their radio show. This time around you’re treated to two hours of groove-laden tunes, one from Copyright and the other from the man Miguel Campbell, still sparkling from his summer Essential Mix and recent release of Back in Flight School on Hot Creations. Subscribe to the Defected in the House podcast here and click through for this mix’s tracklist.