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!
Saying that Editor's Kutz is going string would be an understatement, and although the label is only on their seventh outing to date, it feels like much longer that we've been graced with their inimitable style of disco editing. There's four cuts this time, a timeless bunch of disco groovers that have been re-moulded for the modern ear and its need for a steady but of 4/4. "Shining Bright" from VinylAddicted is any disco lover's dream come true, while Dan Johnson's "Love Affair" is a solid, fist-pumping bomb with one mighty bassline. "Stop On By" is more laid-back and cooler in its approach, but "Get Ready" is the shining star here, a deep, wet slice of dynamite funk that you could leave on repeat for hours on end.
Andalusian siblings the J&M Brothers are no newcomers to music production. Over the last six years, they've released a range of house, techno and disco tracks on a wide variety of labels. Fan The Flames sees them pop on Midnight Riot for the first time, with a quartet of tasty cuts that sneakily combine classic disco samples with their own beats, synths and musical flourishes. Cheery opener "Back To The Dancefloor", for example, embellishes samples from a killer old Peter Brown disco cut with sparkling new synths and wavering melody lines, while "Give It All" beefs up a head-nodding, 110 BPM disco-funk groove with chunkier drums and throbbing bass. Elsewhere, "You Got Me" is a sun-kissed chunk of Italo-disco/Balearic boogie fusion, while "Dubbing Funk" lives up to its' self-explanatory title.
Rinse FM resident and Food Music co-owner Shadow Child returns with a full length and boy are we excited! According to the label, the Connected LP takes inspiration from "small warehouses, basements of buildings, abandoned places" and sees the UK based producer collaborate with an all-star cast of UK house and tech-house that is truly impressive. There's a lot of quality tunes on here and many to choose from, but for our money we'd bet on his collaborations with: T Williams on the funky and swinging "Do You", his teaming up with UK house hero Ben Pearce on the deeply emotive "Nothing Ever Hurts" (feat Laurel) and with Tring's finest Huxley on the dark and slinky wobble of "Err". Let's not forget his killer remixes too: There's his take on Jaydee's legendary "Plastic Dreams" and of the classic "Papua New Guinea" by Future Sound Of London.
Hard Ton are the fun loving Venetian duo comprised of DJ Wawashi and heavy metal singer Max. Soaring falsettos "conjure up memories of smoky dancefloors during the heady days of HI-NRG" and are behind such fabulous titles titles like "I'm Your Machine" and "We Came Here (To Jack)". Their new track "Queer Nation" is a buzzing and grinding all analogue techno jam featuring a massive roll call, name dropping everyone that matters! There's a hot remix by Classic Recordings man man Luke Solomon too, which gives it that early noughties west coast tribal house vibe. Brazilian via Berlin Rotciv steps in to lend a helping hand on the deep acid groover "Style Ga Galore" plus they offer up something a bit more lo-slung and dusty on the deep disco of "The Way You Rock".
The latest E.P on Craig Bratley's impressive Magic Feet imprint comes from the man himself, ably assisted by Crazy P chanteuse Danielle Moore. Even by her high standards, Moore's vocals here are particularly husky and atmospheric, and perfectly compliment Bratley's dark, woozy, throbbing backing track (think sharp Italo-disco fused with pitched-down acid house). The accompanying remixes are predictably fine, too. Andrew Weatherall naturally steals the show by turning "Play The Game" into an epic chunk of sparse and druggy synth-pop-goes-clubbing weirdness, though Hsyertic's muscular, shirts-off Italo-disco interpretation is pretty darn tasty, too. In other words, it's a very strong E.P, all told.
Newcastle Upon Tyne's fast rising star Christoph returns with nine tracks of sheer power for Hot Since 82's powerhouse Knee Deep In Sound. Starting out with the slinky and seductive progressive house of "Closer", featuring Jinadu's soaring and elegant vocal work. Lead single "Alone" gets really adrenalised with its powerful arpeggio fuelling this pre-peak time weapon and yet again featuring some great vocals. Other highlights include the moody atmospherics of "Absent Mentor", which is perfect for the late night and label head honcho himself Daley Padley turning in a typically explosive rendition of "Closer" like he only can!
If low-lung and druggy drag-house is your thing, then look no further than this new jam, "Psycho X Girlfriend" from veteran American DJ Eddie Amador. Clocking in at nine minutes, the tune boasts a relentless bass loop, campy vocals and samples, jazzy chords and searing hi hats. Elsewhere, remix-wise, Ardalan delivers a spectacular, skippy minimal-house rework whilst CJ Jeff gets even heavier and deeper with his sparse and trippy percussive version of the mantra-like 6am.
Bay Area buddies Homero Espinosa and Mark Farina are old studio buddies, producing a string of collaborative singles for Moulton Music. Here, they recuit the services of smooth vocalist Ori Kawa and pitch up on Classic. "It's All Right" effortlessly combines the duo's usual hazy, soul-flecked deepness with the jazz-fired rhythmic swing and low-end bump more often associated with Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's imprint. This latter aspect - and its' sneaky bassline borrowed from a David Joseph/Larry Levan classic - is explored further on the superb accompanying Dub, which also includes some life-affirming piano solo business.
Canada's Rennie Foster isn't afraid to break new ground - he's already bravely pushed saxophone acid for example. Here he's moved on to retro hip-house, with the classic mix of "Do It Like Hip Hop" fusing 90s organ-bass house (think Robin S) with vintage interview clips of rappers explaining themselves. It's a potent mix that lends itself to a more thoughtful dancefloor experience. Electro-house producer Spiltmilk, rolls up with a stripped back 4/4 version with some pretty squelchy low-end.
Phil Weeks is without a doubt one the busiest people in the business, with a relentless release schedule on Robsoul that manages consistency, unleashing grooves of the funkiest, bumpiest and loopy variety, week in week out. It's time for another volume of Robsoul's Most Wanted, Vol 6 to be exact and it's an all-star affair as per usual! Highlights for us this time around weren't limited to: label mainstay Around 7 with the funky lo-slung groove that's fittingly titled "Word Of Low", Romanian wunderkind and rising star Guy From Downstairs with the thumping yet emotive soul jam "The Mesteacan", The Bosconi affiliated Minimono on the disco loops of "Buddy Now Buddy" and man of the moment Tommy Vicari Jnr with more quality as displayed on the simply uplifting "Pasci".
Leigh Morgan of Fancy Human is back and proclaims the doubt on everyone's mind at the moment on "There's No Meat On Your Love", a deep, slinky and emotive number with femme vox murmurs, soulful elements and lovably wonky synths. "I've Got Strength In My Hands" stays on the deep house tip with some bittersweet vibes; those Detroit-ish chords work wonderfully. The hi-tech soul leanings continue on "Patting With A Purpose" with its massive pad progressions which build and build during the track. which we thought was a highlight!
Earlier this year British duo Kideko & George Kwali unleashed underground club slayer Crank It. It totally blew up and became a summer anthem caned by the likes of Annie Mac. Now it's been snapped up by Ministry, given an overhaul (with new vocals by Sweetie Irie and Nadia Rose) and remixes by the likes of Mac's boyfriend Toddla T. He's joined by Coco for a pounding wobble-heavy 4x4 dancehall rework, whilst FTSE goes stripped back tropical with creepy synth buzzes and artificial steel drum riffs. Lastly TC goes all-out crazy for an explosive DnB assault.
Berlin's masked crusader returns! In an effort to resimulate his nightlife experiences with recent audiences as seen at his new event series The Masquerade, he's been led to create these delightful mixes featuring a collection of edits, exclusives and remixes which come as two parts: day and night. In the Berlin based producer's own words: "The night mix is one for your perfect club night. The day mix is the ice cubes in your cocktail". With that in mind, highlights on the former came in the form of some great remixes by the man himself, such as Ultra Nate vs Roland Clark with the rather bittersweet "The First Time Free", Simion vs MD X-Spress' "God Made Me Feel It" and Subb-An's slinky hit from a few years back "This Place (Nic Fanciulli Remix)". On the latter, chill or cruise to Canadian deep house godfather Nick Holder's remix of Daniel Steinberg's "No One Can Change Me" or Kapote's "Fuck Music" given one funky and lo-slung makeover by Berlin-Hamburg connection Session Victim.
New York's 25-year old EDM star Jenaux doesn't even know how to spell the word 'underground'. Nope this kid goes straight for the top delivering huge, arena-sized sing along dance hits that are not even distant cousins of Ron Hardy or Larry Levan. However, those guys never had social media going into meltdown every time they released a new anthem, so its swings and roundabouts really. Here he rustles up another titanium-strength floor filler in the shape of "I Want Your Love" -all high-pitched diva samples, piano-house riffs and epic, stomping beats. Prepare to be rocked.
A London based Aussie, Sonny Fodera has been all over 2016, appearing on a zillion compilations, delivering hit DJ mixes for Defected and Radio 1's Essential Mix and of course not forgetting his mega hit, Feeling You. For his next trick, he has a long player, Frequent Flying, tucked up his sleeve and "You & I" is our first glimpse of it. Lead by a big and soulful radio-friendly vocal from Janai, the track is a bona fide anthem featuring a low-swinging electro-house bassline with retro piano house chords and breaks. Another mega hit in the making we reckon.
Hannover legend Mousse T teamed up with London's Dino Lenny back in 2010 for the brilliant house anthem "Summerdays" which joined a handsome list of previous hits such as "Sex Bomb" and "Horny" to name but a few! The track now gets some brilliant remixes this year which equally beg your attention. First up "Summerdays (Soledrifter's In Sand mix)" goes for a deep and dubby late night flavour with sexy and emotive elements. Next up, the "Ziggy Phunk remix" sees the Copenhagen disco Stu get some sleazy and lo-slung flavour into proceedings, which is perfect to introduce the late night shift. If that was not enough, there's a handy extended mix of the original for serious DJ use only!
Cologne's Freddy Verano was already starting to make waves for himself as a DJ when, in early 2015, he dropped his debut single, Moments, which boasted the vocal talents of Sam Smith. The resulting hysteria catapulted him into the big league and the success of follow-ups Your Woman and Comets helped keep him there. Now he's back for more on "Move Like Me", a slinky and warm tropical house cut that builds slowly before becoming an uber earworm thanks to a seriously catchy vocal melody courtesy of the mysterious Lissa.