Armada Music 20 Years Classics pays homage to dance music's rich history and aims to educate a new generation of fans about the artists who shaped the genre. There's classics galore on this one as you'd expect, with several bangers by label chief Armin Van Burren, in addition to seminal anthems such as Joe Smooth's "Promised Land", Inner City's "Good Life" (remastered), Chez Damier's "Can You Feel It" (New York extended dub) and Olav Basoski's "Waterman" (extended mix), as well as appearances by newer artists like ANOTR, Patrick Topping and Jan Blomquist.
Krystal Klear is on a winning streak with his latest release, Automat Kingsland. The music on this album perfectly captures the artist's experiences over the past six months, featuring songs which are fast-paced and dynamic. His goal was to bring the feeling of being lost in the busyness of life to the dancefloor, with music combining both joyful and bittersweet elements to create an overall mix of emotions. Recorded in various cities and now being shared with you through Gerd Janson's Running Back, it's an album that never stops and keeps pushing boundaries
Following the recent Amplify release, Rodriguez Jr returns with another crossover track. "Visions" resounds to rich strings and epic melodies and sees him collaborate again with his wife and vocalist Liset Alea. Playing out over an epic bass, her rousing tones add the requisite amount of drama to the arrangement. Lending the release real underground kudos are two remixes from Tim Engelhardt. The first take sees him meld the vocals with a steely rhythm, overlaid with dramatic, welling chords. The instrumental version follows a similar approach, but with a focus on the relentless groove and knotted percussion as the epic chords arc upwards.
Motives and Jope's "Tides" song, released last year, is receiving a well-deserved remix package with three outstanding remixes by Thysma, Stoac, and Tonco. Each remix is created in its unique way, but all feature a big bassline, melodic touch, and ensure that the distinctive vocal shines like never before. This distinguished pack of remixes will extend the song's lifetime for a long time to come.
Berlin's Superlover's hit track 'Piano Pump, blending house and Italo disco, was originally released in 2019. This time, the esteemed Italian duo NiCe7 takes the helm. Renowned for their releases on respected labels like Crosstown Rebels, Snatch!, and DFTD, as well as their remarkable remixes for artists such as Claptone and Jon Cutler, NiCe7 brings their signature touch to 'Piano Pump.' The remix retains the original's irresistible charm while breathing new life into the composition for modern-day soul-seekers yearning for the dancefloor.
Earlier in the year, Good Vibrations music founder Sean McCabe offered up his interpretations of tracks from Blak Beatniks main man Harold Matthews Jr's excellent debut album, 'Peripheral Visions'. For this second selection of 'Re-visions', McCabe has assembled a crack team of remixers. Rising star Piers Kirwan steps up first to rework 'Into You', placing the spoken and sung vocals above a dreamy and sun-soaked fusion of deep house and broken beat. Wipe The Needle fuse bruk and jazz-funk sounds on their excitable take on 'Love And Hate', before Haze City delivers a genuinely atmospheric and ultra-deep interpretation of 'Deep Into My Sleep'. To round things off, we're treated to an instrumental version of Kirwan's superb, EP-opening 'Into You' remix.