Pete Tong and his studio partner Paul Rogers have taken Alt-J’s “Something Good” and morphed it into a downright progressive house masterpiece. The pair breathe rhythmic life into the soothing and poignant folk vocals from the band’s lead singer, Joe Newman. The end result is eight minutes of bliss in music form. This is the type of track we encourage you to sync to your iPhone or burn to a CD and give it a nice play through on your walk to work or drive to the office. As you admire the Fall foliage that is about to ensue, this will be the perfect track to start your day.
Steve Angello’s track “Yeah” has been in the works for quite a while now, and according to him, “it’s finally time to let it go, and put it out there.” After receiving a world debut on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection, we’ve learned that it will be released on September 29th as the 92nd release on Steve’s own Size Records. The song is pure anthemic house, using big synths, powerful drums, and an infectious hook that you will inevitably be fist-pumping to very soon. It actually has a similar vibe to a Nari and Milani offering, and if you ask us, it sounds like the perfect replacement for “Atom.” Stay tuned for the full release in just a few weeks, but listen to the preview for yourself in the comments.
This is the moment Feed Me fans have been waiting for. After teasing us with a short mix on Annie Nightingale’s radio show, Feed Me finally delivers a 2 hour long Essential mix for the estimable Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1. Showcasing the full scope of his production talents, Feed Me brings his unique style of melodic bass music to the forefront on this mix – traversing much of his own personal catalog of tracks including his unreleased collaboration with Kill the Noise “Thumbs Up (For Rock And Roll)” as well as his incredible remix of the Aphex Twin classic “Windowlicker.” Even his old drum and bass persona, Spor, is represented here on the never released “Push Me, Pull You.” Have a listen below and then mark your calendars for his Sunday, September 30th DJ set at Pacha NYC – seeing Feed Me live is not something you’ll want to miss.
Orlando Higginbottom is the eccentrically dressed, 26-year-old producer behind the equally eccentrically named, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, or T-E-E-D for short. Despite his music background (his father was the head of the choir at Oxford – where he also studied,) Orlando has only been producing under the T-E-E-D moniker for 2 years. His debut album, Trouble was released back in June, and now, less than 3 months later, he premieres his first essential mix on the prestigious BBC Radio 1. Clocking in at just under 2 hours, T-E-E-D’s first essential mix is the perfect easy-listening to start your week off right. Bursting at the seams with soul and pure house grooves, the mix effortlessly ebbs and flows through a multitude of tracks that most casual dance music fans won’t recognize. There isn’t a Beatport Top 10 track in the lot, but for what it lacks in mainstream anthems it more than makes up for in funk and style. Featuring blazing tracks from Eats Everything, Justin Jay, and Koreless, Orlando proves his prowess behind the decks, taking listeners on a journey through techno, disco, deep house and electro — all without skipping a beat. For those of you actively searching for new tunes, new vibes and new talent, this mix is a must listen.
Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler — two of the most notable deep house producer/DJs around — come together to take over Pete Tong’s legendary Radio 1 show. Toping Resident Advisor’s Top 100 poll last year at #1 and #2, Jones and Troxler have been breathing new life into the soulful and unforgiving pastures of deep house. This amazing journey of music is a refreshing change of pace from what we’d normally post on DA, but shows what else the world of dance music has to offer. Giving their own commentary and playing their favorite tracks of the moment, this is a two hour mix we recommend you give a listen. Jump past the break for the full track list.
After weeks of listening to terrible quality rips on YouTube from Milton Keynes Bowl, the day has finally come for a proper preview of the Swedish House Mafia’s upcoming — and perhaps final — single, “Don’t You Worry Child.” The song, premiered on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection, has lived up to the massive expectations set by the Swedish trio. “Don’t You Worry Child” is a gorgeous progressive house tune that features the magnificent vocals of John Martin.
With “Don’t You Worry Child,” Axwell, Steve and Sebastian have seemed to have found a happy medium in between the piano chord dominated house tunes that they made their name with, like “Leave The World Behind,” and their more recent big-room synth heavy efforts like “Greyhound.” While there is still some debate as to whether this is in fact their last single, as fans of the Swedish House Mafia from the very beginning, we really hope that it is not. There is no word yet on a release date, but you can be sure that we will let you know as soon as we do.
Update: The official release date is now set for September 14th in the Europe (except UK), Asia, and Australia, Sept 18th in the US, and October 7th in the UK. Official album artwork is up as well.
There’s still no release date for “Don’t You Worry Child” but Swedish House Mafia have officially announced premiere dates for the single. The track will be played tomorrow evening as a part of Pete Tong’s Essential Selection and again the following night on Saturday Night Online with Romeo. Romeo’s website further informs us that he is not only hosting the US premier but will also speak with Swedish House Mafia and Afrojack during the show. Although many of us have already heard a low-quality rip of the track, it is hardly sufficient. Tune in tomorrow night for a high-quality version.
In 2010 Michael Woods released the dance floor staple, “No Access,” but he is just now giving it the vocal treatment. He’s posted a Pete Tong radio rip of the newly-titled, updated version and it’s surprising how much the minor addition has changed the song — and not for the better. The beats are still instantly recognizable but the vibe of the track is completely different; pop fans will likely rejoice but we’re majorly disappointed with this unnecessary and cheesy addition. The dance music world is overflowing with David Guetta wannabes, so we hope Woods isn’t abandoning his sound in favor of mainstream popularity. As Tong said, this is “gonna be huge” and we wouldn’t be surprised to see it get some radio play. However, we’ll always be partial to the original, lyric-free, “No Access,” which we’ve also embedded for you below.
Update: The official video is out now. Check it below.
Pete Tong took to the airwaves last night to debut the next single from AN21 & Max Vangeli’s debut album, People of the Night. “Bombs Over Capitals” will be the follow up to “People of the Night” and “H8RS” — another prized track ahead of the album’s highly anticipated release. The progressive chords are accompanied by an out-of-body vocal from Julie McKnight, providing an uplifting feeling before the drop hits hard. With no word on an official release date, expect “Bombs Over Capitals” to hit the Beatport circuit sooner than later, and stay on your toes for POTN.
In my view, there is no reason to get wound up over the DJ Mag Top 100. In all likelihood, nothing will change. Twenty million people, who, for some bizarre reason, still like David Guetta, will probably ensure he takes the top spot. Hundreds of people who are really into the “underground scene” will be outraged that a) Carl Cox isn’t ranked number one, and b) their favorite minimal producer from Toronto (who incidentally no one else has ever heard of) didn’t make the list. Oh and Tiesto will be ranked in the top five for the 47th year in a row.
With that in mind, I’m not going to justify my choices with an elaborate algorithm of DJ skill + production ability / sellout-ness. Here are five DJs/Producers that I like and am going to vote for: