On this past weekend’s Essential Mix, Hamburg-based Tensnake took over the decks for 120 minutes of what could quite simply be described as a whole lot of fun. Tensnake has been producing for over ten years, but has popped up in popular consciousness with the heavily rotated “Coma Cat” and more recent campy 90s revivalist track “Mainline” with Syron (of which you can watch a live performance at Cafe Mambo Ibiza here). If we’re looking at the sliding scale of genres between disco and house, Tensnake’s Essential Mix lies somewhere between Todd Terje, French Express, and Bicep — layering major elements from both canons of sound while still keeping a steady eye on more modern tropical melodies.
Are you curious to journey down into the so-called “underground” but have no idea where to begin? We are noticing a shift towards these niche-genres as the American electronic market continues to mature, and it’s even more apparent from the recent Ultra & Coachella lineup announcements. We are here to help enlighten you on EDM’s sultry counterpart by providing a list of deep house songs that are gentle on the progressive ear. This is meant to be a guide for those who are new to the genre and wish to explore. Delve into a range of Ibiza anthems, new releases, and instant classics. Deep house does not have the fiery buildups and extreme drops flaunted by progressive producers. It has something else – a deep, soulful and entrancing groove.
It has been a while since we were treated to an original Tensnake tune. So to start the week off right, the German-born electro-house producer officially released “Mainline” via Defected Records. The track has been played out on BBC Radio 1 over the last month, giving disco fans another throw-back track receiving airtime. “Mainline” gives listeners a retro-house beat with vocals from UK songstress Syron, who we previously heard on Rudimental‘s “Spoons.” Like Tensnake’s previous productions “Coma Cat” and “Reckless (With Your Love)” , “Mainline” transports listeners with fun-loving poppy ’90s hooks. The tune is accompanied with a music video complete with a color splash of graphics, over-sized hoop earrings, and vests to fit the bill. Click below the break see check it out.
Ready for a road trip or maybe just your morning commute? French-Californian Zimmer, drawing from disco, house, and funk alike, warms your body and slows your anxiety on this April 2012 edition of his monthly mixtapes. Zimmer always derives his monthly tapes from different themes and last April’s was inarguably focused on drawing up a soundtrack fit for wanderlust, adventure, and carefree daydreaming. Using both his own productions and those of nu-disco and house champs like Housse De Racket, Goldroom, Moon Boots, Tensnake, and Sebastien Tellier, Zimmer delivers a perfectly delightful and enlightening mix for your morning.