This time last year saw the release of one of the most hotly anticipated albums from on of the UK's few true crossover dance acts Dirty Vegas. That album was of course "Photograph" and the guys did not disappoint, having produced for the likes of Justin Timberlake, whilst also keeping club land rocking, they have all bases covered and the album got a hammering here at Juno HQ. 12 months on and the DV are back with a brand new remix package "Photograph Remixed" the original gets a slew of dancefloor interpretations from an all-star cast of house producers.
All profits from the album will go to "Operativi al Massimo" the charity organisation offering care and relief funds to the victims of the disastrous earthquake that struck Italy last month. The Dirty Vegas lads Steve & Paul have said "Italy is a truly special place to us, we want to help in any way that we can" we are sure that you can echo that thought, so grab yourself a great album and get involved with supporting a great cause!
The Dirty Vegas guys have recorded an exclusive studio mix for us and are also offering you the opportunity to download a completely free and previously unavailable track "Save A Prayer" (Andrey Exx & Troitski remix). SO get listening, get downloading and get involved!
On his recent releases under the Nu alias, Rolf Fabian Laumer has giddily fused the smooth, clicking rhythms of minimalist tech-house with a range of global influences. The results have, by and large, been superb, sitting somewhere between sun-kissed warmth and haunting iciness. He's at it again on "Man O To", layering a drifting, chant-like vocal over a backing track that somehow joins the dots between cumbia, dub and tech-house. French maestro Pepe Bradock handles remix duties, first wrapping the vocal around a typically dusty, off-kilter house rhythm, before laying down a slightly tougher, stripped back Dub that's the EP's standout moment.
Irish techno hero surprised us all with the summery and housey bumpiness of his full length opus Blinded By The Sun last year in 2016 which signalled a real change in direction for the master producer's sound for powerhouse label Hot Creations. There are now some killer remixes of some tracks from the album: first up Frankfurt legend Roman Flugel who gives "No Life" a deep and atmospheric makeover with a chunky/razor sharp bassline and trippy analogue synth atmospherics throughout: the guy's trademark really. Next up the imitable Andrew Weatherall delivers an epic and euphoric take on "Find Love" which is awash in sublime arpeggios and dusty rhythms and manages to retain the pop inflected aesthetics: those vocals work really well and add another dimension to the track...
Will Saul's tech house power house Aus Music is back with Marquis Hawkes' Sweet Temptation EP that follows up last year's much awaited debut LP entitled Social Housing. The British producer now based in Berlin starts off with the classic house aesthetic of "Eivissa" taking you back to New York circa 92 with its hands in the air piano, pitch bent synth solos and dusty analogue drums: it's all quite euphoric really. Likewise, the title track does some percolator jack business much like The Windy City's favourite son Green Velvet and is completed by some soaring diva vocals atop. Finally, the bumpy vintage acid jack of "Zapper Buesky" calls to mind the sounds of proper yesteryear anthems by Round One or Ten City.
Russian tech house star in New York City Serge Devant is back, this time on Hot Since 82's Knee Deep In Sound for some tough and rolling tech house shenanigans. Hot off releases recently for Crosstown Rebels and Circus Recordings, the Confidence EP lives up to its name on these three very assertive exercises in dancefloor dynamics. The title track's humming sub bass is pure adrenaline, complimented by tough drums, Kevin Saunderson style synth leads and rushy laser zaps. It gets a bit deeper, sexier and funky on the stripped back DJ tool "Life Trap" which is perfect sonic artillery for the late night while "Frenzy" hammers the message home in true style with its booming bassline, swing fuelled percussion and heady synth sounds signalling the start of peak time; all after the massive drop of course.
One of the Stanton Warriors' most iconic and romantic tunes to date: 12 years old and "Still Here" remains one of bass music's finest torch songs. Right now, though, that torch is been amplified into an entire volcano of freshness courtesy of an array of talent artists: Fred V & Grafix add some seriously euphoric D&B theatre, Vanilla Ace updates the original's lingering keys and rolling groove with a thumping house arrangement, Rektchordz get lively on a naughty tech house tip while Mafia Kiss subverts the groove on a deeper twist with various subtle references to the original along the way. Finally the Stantons themselves lay down the previously dubplate-only Shambhala festival version. Can you feel it?
British power duo Waze & Odyssey take a break from their always reliable W&O Street Tracks for an appearance on Edible; the Bristol based imprint by Eats Everything and Nick Harris and follows up great releases by Steve Mac and Robert Bruce aka Rhythm Masters and Merseyside's Mele.We've first got the bouncy and funked up tech house of "Down With Tha" where that very vocal loop is chopped up to perfection. Then we have got the deep and sexy tribal house groove of "Seizure" which will take you back to the turn of the millennium on this west coast style groove, that calls to mind the heyday of Hipp-E & Halo or Tyler Stadius.
OK one more time: he's back! Brighton's favourite son Norman Cook (The Housemartins/Pizzaman) dons the Fatboy Slim alias once again for his new hit single "Where U Iz" on his esteemed Southern Fried imprint. Its release earlier back in 2017 came with some handy (not to mention nifty) remixes but here's one more to tide you over: courtesy of London's KDA (KDA Music/Ministry Of Sound) who injects the track with some sexy and entrancing latin drums, while working the dirty funky loops of the original into the mix rather nicely indeed.
Originally a duo, Crookers continues as a solo mainstream dance act with Francesco "Phra" Barbaglia at the helm. He recently dropped a killer white label vinyl, CRKRS 001, which featured lead track "Innocent". Now Defected have jumped on it, re-releasing the tune with a batch of new mixes. The "Milano mix" is a sultry, smooth and soulful electro-house joint that really showcases Baxter's epic vocals. Elsewhere Kai Alce provides both the jazzy Balearic house "DISTINCTIVE Groove Dub" and the more song based "DISTINCTIVE Retouch". Lastly the "More Than A Dub" is an edgy return to the raw fidget vibes of 2008.