No prizes for guessing the lead instrument on this new tune from Versuz Essentials... The Balkan Brothers make the humble mandolin a lead instrument that's able to dominate a dancefloor on this mainroom house smasher - devilishly pitch-shifting it into oblivion at one point as part of an enormous build-up. Thankfully avoiding Greek wedding-cheese or any kitsch Balkan-isms, it's actually a greatly satisfying and very quirky winner.
I Just Like To Sample Steve Angello (original mix) - (5:00) 128 BPM
I Just Like To Sample Steve Angello (Sam 'O Neall remix) - (6:03) 127 BPM
Dance singles rarely get such punk-rock names as this new release on Versuz Essentials. For the record, Bang The Hat doesn't actually sample Swedish mafioso Angello, but he comes close to matching the bleepy, Dutch house sound of Laidback Luke, Afrojack and Sidney Samson on this storming single. Backed up with Sam O'Neall's more mainroom treatment, these are two electro-house workers that come with tongue firmly in cheek.
Better Than Ever (Jonathan Ulysses & Steve Haines remix) - (6:31) 128 BPM
Better Than Ever (Diogo Menasso remix) - (6:22) 128 BPM
Better Than Ever (Powa B Rub a dub remix) - (4:47) 126 BPM
Better Than Ever (Thomas Turner remix) - (5:10) 128 BPM
Monstrously large house record here from Versuz, bringing together three leading producers alongside Billie on the vocals, and chucking a stack load more of hot property on the remix package. Space resident Jonathan Ulysses locks horns with Steve Haines for the standout of the pack, with a rolling groove and stripped back arrangement using just enough of the vocal to stay cool in early trance sets too. Heading in a slightly more obvious route is Diogo Menasso, which will work on the mainstream floors. For a balance between the two, head for the Powa B Rub a Dub.. Well and truly all bases covered here with something for everyone.
Better Than Ever (radio anthem mix) - (2:50) 128 BPM
Better Than Ever (extended anthem mix) - (5:48) 128 BPM
Better Than Ever (acapella) - (4:19) 128 BPM
Big room, anthemic funky-tech from this team of producers, combined with Billie's gutsy vocals, make for a sun-kissed house gem that works in some fine builds and drops. Head straight for the Extended mix if you prefer a more stretched-out vibe, and DJs should definitely check out the acapella included in the release.
Turn this one up very loud!! Elekrokid returns to Versuz with a rocking 2 track EP. Following releases such as 'Why Not' and 'Automatik' these two are slightly heavier hitting, directed straight for the peaktime. Both 'Illuminated' and 'Underground' are laced with electro flavours and big brash basslines, while the percussion is kept tight and crisp. With dramatic builds and cheer raising twists they are sure to garner big results on the floor, and 'Underground' especially with its skyscraper-esque build will cause the energy levels to erupt. Check it out!!
Listening to this single-track release from Emmanuel Kosh & Timofey conjures images of bronzed, sweaty bodies dancing in humid climes. Or maybe that's just the title. Either way, "Malayalam" is the kind of melodic electro-house cut that you can imagine being a hit at messy beach parties and in the dark marquees of far-flung festivals. The real killer is the main melody, which rises and falls in line with the complimentary chords and darting synth touches. The beats are solid but not overpowering, giving the track's musicality room to breathe. In a world of harsh, nagging electro-house full of screeching noises, it's a breath of fresh air.