With his debut album ‘Glow’ finally scoped to drop in March, German tunesmith Tensnake drops one of the two promised collaborations alongside legendary Chic member and songwriter Nile Rodgers. Since his Defected hit “Coma Cat,” the production maven has consistently remained a champion of long past musical hallmarks and this return to the spotlight offers a hint of things to come. Returning collaborator Fiora’s emotive vocals and Rodger’s signature guitar licks make for an intriguing addition to the German producer’s own chiming melodic tendencies. At the tail end of a year where nostalgic nods and strong songwriting have fuelled singles and albums alike, “Love Sublime” is dance music for the instrumentally adept and eclectically inclined masses. If this early-rising single is anything to go by, 2014 may well be the year of the snake.
Release date: TBC
Released in mid September alongside a remix from Mano Le Tough, Tensnake’s “58BPM” was an instant vocally driven progressive house hit. Perhaps too slow for dance floor consumption, Tensnake returned to the studio to rework his own track into something a bit more viable for smoke-filled lounges and late night after hours. Originally produced as a personal edit to bring Fiora’s vocals front and center in his sets, Tensnake chopped his own production to bits and stitched it back together with a bouncy, sex-fueled bass line, pitch-bent vocals and fluttering padwork.
“In the beginning, the idea was that this mix reminded me of the chopped up Todd Edwards style: I made it for fun and also it’s more amusing to have a silly name! Originally, I made it more as an edit for myself but then we decided to release it…. hope you like it.” – Marco Niemerski / Tensnake
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After accompanying the robots on their public emergence at the VMAs following the video premiere of “Lose Yourself To Dance,” their second collaboration that follows “Get Lucky,” Nile Rodgers says that Daft Punk isn’t the only electronic act he’s working with. While his collaborations with Avicii are well documented with “Lay Me Down” from True being one of six completed records, it’s being confirmed that the disco legend has been in the studio with David Guetta and that they’ve already cut two tracks. Rodgers claims “it’s a good year for me and dance music,” before going on to reveals that he’s been working on some underground focused music with Tensnake and Chase & Status.
“The guy I’m working with mostly right now is Avicii. We’ve cut like six records together and we’ve got the new record with Adam Lambert. We just cut three records last week. My God, David Guetta! I’ve already done two tracks with [him]. And some more underground stuff with Tensnake, Chase & Status.”
When asked about performing with Daft Punk in a live setting, Nile attempted to keep his lips sealed but simply left it at: “Something might happen.”
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.