We Want Your Soul (Trumpdisco remix) - (3:25) 127 BPM
Review: Legend has it this was an unsolicited remix sent to Freeland's Marine Parade label, and to our ears it's a near faultless update of the 2003 hit "We Want Your Soul", with robo-voiced verses and chanted choruses laid over a thick and crunchy electro beat by Aussie tech-heads Trumpdisco. Anyone that's heard their remakes of Fake Blood, Boy 8-Bit, Fatboy Slim and more will know they're masterful at putting a glitchy spin on things, and here, they break down the vocals into a giddy blur at points before launching straight back in with the beats. A perfect crossover for breaks and electro fans, this is destined to be huge.
Review: It's an all Brazilian affair and a meeting of like-minded electro heads on this new release on Bugeyed. Felguk's 2008 hit "All Night Long" gets a reinvention from upcoming duo Darth & Vader, who have recently been bumped by Armin Van Buuren and Tim Healey amongst others. Constructing a Sebastian/Justice-like groove from parts of the original, the pair also arrange slowly-enveloping bass licks around the tune whilst preserving the vocodered vocal shots and the epic, proggy builds and drops. Simply a huge tune - electro doesn't get much bigger than this.
Review: A one-off release from the Plumps, "Hump Rock" sees the electro-breaks duo absolutely destroy Billy Squier's classic "Big Beat" - the sample behind Dizzee Rascal's "Fix Up..." and, only a few decades earlier, Run-DMC's "Live At The Funhouse". "Hump Rock" breathes a gale of life into it though - bit-crushing, looping and generally rinsing it out with some gnarled bass thrown in too. Heavy and very, very fun stuff.
Review: Already proving to be a staple in sets from big name electro heads such as Herve, AVH, 2ManyDJs, Zinc and the Bloody Beetroots, "I Need" is a triumph from Aussie-born, London-dwelling duo The Loops Of Fury. Anyone who heard the enormous "Rack 'Em" from last year will get the gist straight away - slowly rising electro leads jiggle between huge drums and Sebastian-styled funk bass shots, while a sly and pitched-up Motown vocal sample ushers in a breakdown of astral pads and even a brief drop of the Amen break as well. It's got it all, and it's no surprise that so many heavyweight DJs are rinsing this one hard at the moment.
Review: The second instalment of Foamo's space Summer Series, "Vibrations" once again sees the Fat! resident blur the lines in a thrilling way. A mix of 2-step beats, 90s house organs, old-skool drum hits and garagey vocals, "Vibrations" is a true heavyweight that proves just how versatile and genre-bending Foamo can be. Perfect for fans of all strains of house music.
Review: Dutch producer Funkerman not only runs the Flamingo label with Fedde Le Grand, but has also had a string of huge hits like their collaborative "Wheels In Motion" or "Speed Me" from 2006. E3's mix gives the latter a sped-up and rather radical re-rub, adapting the classic Korg M1 organ part from Robin S's "Show Me Love" into a huge Dutch house stomper that dices up section of the original's vocals like a DJ cutting in between tracks live. It works well, updating a big tune for modern dancefloors and maintaining momentum throughout.
Review: 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.
Review: A single-track wobbler from electro-swing producer Jamie Berry, "Marvellous" is a subtle builder that slowly brings up some swinging jazz horns over a tight electro beat, complete with thick bass throbs and some flitting synth leads.
Review: Monstrously massive main room action here from Canadians Rich and Hirshee with added vocals from the other side of the globe courtesy of Aussie Amba Shepherd. Opening softly with a neat, spine-tingling arpeggio before dropping into some slinky bass action, Amba's prominent vocals develop with the elements building into an epic crescendo. With a chorus that will have you singing out loud for days on end, a super-euphoric build up and a sizzling bass riff in the pay off, this is guaranteed to cause major merriment on all the biggest floors. But then what did you expect from Chris Lake's Rising imprint? Essential
Review: When we look back at the past few years, it's impossible to pick out one tune from the Woodsman which is anything other than brilliant. from 'Advanced' and 'Monotone' to more recent 'Champagne Dream'. The latest High Contrast sleeve with his name across the top is due to a wicked new remix of last years 'Inside Me' from Tiesto favourite Bassjackers. Who sympathetically inject a little more attitude and grit than the Original, with the standout male vocal still intact.. This is big!!
Review: A peak time roller here in the shape of Fuzzy Hair and Fancybeat's electro funk remix of "Rinse Out". Featuring an odd but addictive mix of electro horns, funk riff and a memorable vocal snatched from a well-known movie (we won't ruin the surprise), it's pure dancefloor fire - and damn fun to boot.
Review: After a long, slowly building intro, Ben Siko's latest, "Back To '80s", positively launches off thanks to an Alan Braxe-style bassline, chunky electro drums and a whirling synthline. With classic French-touch filtering coming into play around half way in, Siko breaks things down to the low frequencies before slowly building the track up to another euphoric drop. Some excellent electro-disco thrills on this single release from the Eclektek label.
Review: The Plumps have become neatly unpredictable; with not so much as a whiff of formulaic laziness, the only consistency is the level of production. Here "Hammerhouse" sees them turning their hands at a DJ Hell/Carl Cox circa "F.A.C.T." style of rolling acid electro that would have sounded just as good 20 years as it does now. Complete with a heavenly breakdown that seemingly comes out of nowhere (and disappears just as quickly), it's yet another triumph for Grand Hotel's dirtiest stopouts.
Review: An electrifying winter warmer AND a cool title about pigs? Mr Trash, you're spoiling us! Last month saw a release on Axtone and a massive overhaul of Digitalism, now this... A level peaking stomper that rises and rises until an almighty, dreamy drop sweeps you clean off your feet. An epic build up and major pay off follow, making this one of Tommy's most devastating club tracks yet. Let's pig out on this!
Review: Jamie seems to like flinging out these one-track specials on Flak. Good for him! Why clutter the release with remixes when the original packs enough punch to knock out parties from now to 2092. Electro-swing a-go-go, this is an unapologetic joy ride fun town with all the horn parps, squidgy bass burps and weird, trippy glitches you'd expect to see along the way. Cause some dancefloor "Magic" today!
Review: Master Mood's "Los Angeles 515" (so named because it features a sneaky sample from the opening credits of The A-Team) is so big, it sounds like it would rival Lance Armstrong in the 'sneaky substance abuse' stakes. Everything about it, from the screeching electro noises and Thomas Bangalter-ish compressed synths, to the child-scaring wobble bassline and obligatory hands-in-the-air breakdown, screams "banger". You have been warned.
Review: "Recently Lost" it on the dancefloor? You will do when this gutsy rabble-razing stomper gets dropped. The partnership of Dean Cohen and duo Eran Hersh and Darmon is a production match in heaven as both acts contribute their penchant for high-impact synth work. With a soaking wet "Rez" style acid line, air-punching stabs and an epic breakdown, you'll be so glad you lost it, you'll never want to find it.
Review: An upcoming American producer who's already shared stages with Skrillex, D.I.M and Switch, Jake Carpenter's The Chaotic Good alias offers up the dirty thrills of "Don't Stay Home" this week on Dirty Fabric. A mutant and chip-tuned banger that mixes breaks, heavy electro with a touch of dubstep gnarl, TCG arranges this chopped and punchy slice of mayhem perfectly.
Review: A one-off release, taken from the Canadian electro duo's excellent J0T5 EP from earlier this year, sees St Mandrew tear apart the Italo grooves of the original with a devastating revisit. Anyone familiar with Mandrew's collaborations with MSTRKRFT's JFK will know what to expect - bubbling bass, fast electro-glitch textures and some heart-racing drum sequencing are all on show on this A-Trak championed mix.
Review: Here we have two brothers from Leeds who are unapologetic about their mission to produce uplifting feel good party music. Bouncing firmly in the electro-swing camp, these energetic chaps have lived up to the genre's ideals of fusing house beats to like, really old swing, jazz and big band music, with their new single, "Chimichanga Cha Cha". Shuffling modern beats nestle with a vintage Mexican party sample (a jovial ode to the eponymous burrito!), before some heavier wobble bass kicks in to push things up a gear or two.
Review: The ever reliable sub frequency merchant Peo De Pitte follows up his previous release on Elite Force's U&A label "Who Do You Love" with this new-meets-old school romp that flies out of the speaker with the grunting grace. With a bumpy, bass-fuelled riff and a heavenly synth-soaked drop, it's two parts Dirtybird silliness and one part Meat Beat Manifesto retro flavour... And a billion parts guaranteed chaos causer.
Review: Currently residing in Leeds, producer Jamie Berry has carved out a decent niche for himself thanks to his prolific approach to releasing his own electro-swing productions. For his latest offering, he has teamed up with enigmatic singer Octavia Rose for a track that really defines his sound more than any other. Berry has really learnt how to fuse antique 'neo-Charleston' vocals and melodies seamlessly with contemporary electro-house production techniques resulting in a dance-floor smasher!
Review: French funkster Matvei's bubbling up a cauldron of flavours right here with "Fly". A veritable rave rainbow, there are shades of electro, glitch, dubstep, D&B and breakbeat all in under four minutes as we're pushed around from party-perked pillar to pit-shoving post. Delivered with an exciting, unpredictable dynamic, "Fly" is full of surprises.
Review: Two of electronic music's biggest tickets collaborate, and every switch that's ever been invented in the history of switches has been flipped. Soft, emotive and rich in melody, Dillon's usual moombahton madness is tamed and TEED's leftfield subversions have been reigned in: "Without You" is nothing but a lush, languishing trance-tinged workout laced with TEED's soul stirring falsettos. Group hugs on the dancefloor guaranteed.
Review: The subject of intense discussion since early airings last December, Afrojack chose Ultra to really hammer this new anthem home and it's been on repeat ever since. "Air Guitar" is a dynamic stomper that builds from an infectious, stripped back rhythm to a deep, driving bassline to an outrageous, full-flavoured riff by way of a dreamy breakdown. A heady injection of instant chaos, Afrojack is on firing form right here.
Review: Just to make sure we're singing from the same hymn sheet here, newcomer Juyen isn't chatting about some amazing new strawberry preserve here. Oh no. "Superjam" sees him chatting big room, turbo EDM that rattles with a demonic pendulum hook, bellows with potty-mouth bass and stomps like a moombahton track at twice the speed. Leave your toast at home... With Juyen in town you're not going to need it.
Review: Not the most prolific of artists, but when this Frenchman releases something, attention is required. From his Turbo treats to his Bromance beats, every track he conjures up is a rich, alluring web of synthetic goodness. This latest composition is one of his most paranoid pieces to date; it's one long ominous acid line. All sludgy and slo-mo it promises to take your floor to some dark, dark places. Comes complete with one of the most spooky videos we've seen in a while too...
Review: Also available as a stomping electro original, here we find Rocstar's head honcho Cut La Roc adding an elephantine riddim switch for added party pressure. Maintaining the tight balance of gritty hookage and dreamy melody, La Roc's beat dynamics give the track a robust, roof-raising appeal. Like all the best remixes, this complements the original while taking it to a whole new dimension. Keep on giving? Keep on dancing more like...
Air Guitar (Ultra Music Festival Anthem) - (6:14) 131 BPM
Review: America's leading dance label for many years, and a global leader in large scale events, Ultra follow two weekends of their flagship UMF Miami event seeing over 400,000 dance music fans witness the biggest DJs in the world. As if that wasn't enough they have put together a equally large compilation album and upon it featured some of the biggest stars to produce totally exclusive tracks. One such name is Afrojack, with the rocking 'Air Guitar'.. which seriously kicks. Distorted electric guitar licks and heavy electro flavours pound the senses and speakers making it an instant dancefloor weapon. Check out the full compilation too for even more party fireworks.
Review: Scot Project might not know the order of the alphabet (having previously released "W", "C" and "P") but he certainly knows his way round the studio. His own remix of "B (Baby)" is a huge piece of big room science that reminds us that less is almost always more. Booming beats with a nagging vocal loop, it teases on the edge of insanity before a euphoric drop sooths our souls and shivering spines. The original is a lot more blatant and driving; with a series of pumping beats that build and build, it's an instant peaktimer with more stomps than tingles.
Review: Dutch DJ Houblon makes his debut with this bold-assed banger. Heavy electro that flirts playfully with trance, "3 Steps" is just one long acid-riddled hook that peaks and spikes with gnarly, forthright funk. Heavenly respite comes in the form of soft church-like synths on the breakdown before Mr Houblon ramps the insanity back up for one final hurrah. An impressive entrance.
Review: 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.
Review: The fledgling Axed imprint kicks into gear with another new talent, Italy's Francesco Bettio, who proceeds to drops a rather epic dosage of synth-heavy electro house in the form of "Drivers". Think Deadmau5, think Plump DJs, or even Calvin Harris and then go deeper and further into deep italo disco territories.
We Interrupt This Program (Prok & Fitch vs My Digital Enemy remix) - (6:20) 128 BPM
Review: An out-and-out classic from 2005, Coburn bucked the last decade's indie/rock-inspired trend with this Status Quo-level air guitar hoe-down. Great Stuff were the first of many labels to sign this historic sizzler and now they're returning to it with two consistently slamming UK production teams - Prok & Fitch and My Digital Enemy. With a robust, gritty electro groove, thunderous drums and a playful sense of drama on the build-up, it's a respectful update that brings the original kicking, screaming - and indeed air guitaring - into the future. Get with the program... Then interrupt it with this!
Disco Zombie (Tony Senghore remix) - (5:37) 126 BPM
Review: Released this spring, there's a heavy Boys Noize flavour to "Disco Zombie". All old school stabs and a sharp acidic riffage, it's been a peaktime missile for all the biggest DJs this year. Ever the switch-flipper, Senghore has given the track a darker, more industrial techy twist. Eschewing the angular stabs for a more gradual, menacing groove, it's a highly complementary reversion that will work for DJs who live on both the techy and electro sides of the EDM city limits.
Review: Synonymous with the anthemic sax of his huge, genre-defining electro smash "Destination Calabria", Italian producer Alex Gaudino works similar magic with "Chinatown" - a mighty proggy electro/trance hybrid that typically doesn't skimp on the fizzing beats and epic melodies.
Review: Devilishly powerful techno from Welsh producer DJ Argy on this single-track release, which sees a slew of abrasive and brittle synths getting looped and layered over thick kicks and claps on "Group Therapy". With a developing progression into some huge, techno-trance chords, the bass is kept minimal so you can feel the full force of those gnarled-up synths.
Review: Another very impressive release on Plasmapool from Miles Dyson, following up last year's "I-Tune" release with another storming electro single. Taking no prisoners, Dyson feeds huge trance stabs, sub-worrying bass hits and some big room drums into "Trackster" and tops it all off with some ear-splitting synth builds that are guaranteed to rinse out any dancefloor it comes in contact with.
Don't Let The System Control You (LKiD remix) - (6:02) 130 BPM
Review: Reset!'s piano-splashed retro house bomb was released earlier to great acclaim. Complete with Turbofunk and Summer Of Love remixes we thought it was a done deal. But no, Cheap Thrills had more in mind by giving emerging electro upstart LKiD a helping hand up the bass culture ladder. Respectfully leaving the spine-tingling elements in place (the emotive vocal, the euphoric pianos, the lolloping groove) he's added a rather silly squelchy bassline and naughty stabs into the mix giving it a whole new attitude-ridden edge. Stick it to the system.
Review: Iconic French producer Bob Sinclair employs German legend Tocadisco to give his classic electro house track Iche Rocke a typically lysergic rerub. The track originally came out in 2001 and featured remixes from Thomas Schumacher, Cajuan and Gregory Minimal among others, and here Tocadisco delivers a remix primed for contemporary electro house dance floors. A huge treatment with gritty, enveloping synths buzzing over the top of a thumping beat whilst the catchy and iconic "in der disko" vocal lines are pitch shifted to perfection and looped to distraction. One listen and you'll be in a Teutonic trance!
Review: With a back catalogue bulging with formidable electro house bangers for labels like Spinnin' and Doorn, you'd expect this latest audio missive from Nick "Starkillers" Terranova to be equally as robust. You'd be correct. Now on serial hit-chasers Azuli, Terranova is in fine form on this vocal builder. After a moody, surprisingly deep start, "Shut It Down" soon morphs into a twisted electro banger. After a brief vocal breakdown to catch its breath, it then ratchets up another ten notches in pursuit of total dancefloor domination!
Review: Israel's Flash Brothers get their drumline and marching band samples well and truly out of the bag on this huge and unique newie on the Big In Ibiza label. After a drum-only build up (in the same vein as Vitalic's "Fanfares"), the titular salsa motifs start to come in and the whole thing takes off in a hugely unique and fun way. If it's a more conventional house rhythm you're after, Cut & Splice has got you covered with a remix that squeezes the original's vocals into a floor-pounding electro stomp.
Review: Austrian label Etage Noir Special is currently going through a transitional stage. Originally set up by Parov Stelar as a sublabel of house imprint Etage Noir Recordings, it is now run by Andy Korg and Aka Tell who are better known as two thirds of the A.G.Trio. With a new look which includes fresh artwork and design and an evolving artist roster the label is going through a relaunch but as "Heads-Up Raves" proves, as far as the music goes they're sticking with ferocious electro house.
This time, the impressive electro monster comes from rising Parisian star, No1Else. Grabbing attention with last year's "Cocaino Combo," a furious, raging banger full of hard drumkicks and shredding synths, he returns with a three tracker of more of the same. All three tracks come armed with super heavy side chained riffs and some filthy distortion. With tons of energy and angry synths, these tracks have been likened to Justice on speed.
"Heads-Up Ravers" is simply a peak time banger. Trashy and nasty, the track keeps a raw feel as distorted bass leads the way. "Kick-Ass Derby" sees filtered sawtooth synths, clicking snare drums and distorted beats dominate in a track whose nastiness is so apparent that it causes an atmosphere of unease for anyone who is in ear-shot of its glass shattering distorted bass. "Broken Amplid" finishes the release in rough and untamed fashion. Again, distorted bass and big, crashing breaks collide amongst the whirlwind of noise and devastation.
Certainly not one for the faint-hearted, this release is pure and simply a club banger. Relentless to the finish, what it lacks in crispness it more than makes up for in energy and spirit. As this young label continues to grow it will be interesting to see what sounds they put out next.
Water Born Computer Virus (original mix) - (4:27) 130 BPM
Review: Out on the Plumps' Grand Hotel Records, this new double-dose of tunes won't disappoint fans of the duo's breathtaking electro-breaks sound. With "Boomer" riding a low-slung dancehall/tropical rhythm, complete with nice live drums, flat and full bass and catchy vocal hooks, it's perfectly balanced and could easily fit in the sets of everyone from Douster to the Stantons. The other inclusion, "Water Born Computer Virus" is a sleek piece of stripped-down bass-heavy electro, more of a builder than "Boomer" with some nicely warped vocal loops and a clawing lead that'll etch itself onto your brain in no time.
Review: The latest in T&A's long-running series of exclusive electro-bass nuggets sees crew member AC Slater deliver two fine examples of fired-up, late-night delights. "Full Power" makes great use of a pitched down vocal on the drop into a stew of slowly rising synths, nicely underscored with some acid-influenced beats. "Hip-Hop Drop" hits the spot even harder with some frenetic tropical drums anchoring a k-hole inducing set of pitched-down pads and sparkling techno chords.
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
Review: 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.
Review: Now established as one of Juno's favourite production duos, New Yorkers Jacques Renault and Marcos Cabral - aka Runaway - unearth a couple of lost jams from 2007. "She Did It For The Money" first appeared on vinyl via Cosmo Vitelli's excellent I'm A Cliche imprint, and is given a digital dust off here. And what a gem it is - a slo mo Italo/EBM chugger that would go down at a treat at one of Andy Blake's World Unknown parties! Accompanying track "The Lorimer Stomp" is every bit as good, coming correct with a burning guitar riff and arpeggiated synths.
Review: Originally from Chicago but now resident in LA, Alex Kidd gives shouts out to his adopted city on this new two-track release via Crude Trax. The title track walks the line between hypey electro and smoothed-out funky mainroom influences nicely - keeping the bass and drums heavy but not so they get in the way of the gleaming pads and shiny synth stabs that let the track launch. "Project Blue" however throws everything at the wall - adding some nifty LFO wobbles to the bass and dropping an upfront beat that won't fail to set a dancefloor on fire.
Review: A 2011 rerub of a stone-cold classic from the man himself. Adamski gets behind the boards for a revisit of one of the '90s biggest beats. Nicely rearranging parts from the original 1992 version into a more tech'd up, wigged out progressive jam, Adamski doesn't disappoint - despite the fact that he's replaced Seal's original parts with an all new vocal. Rob Roar & KutOff get involved with their own remix which will play nicely into the hands of anyone searching for a deeper extension of this mighty tune.
Review: Something very special from the incredible Modeselektor, who hook up with legendary Kenyan MC Abbas as well as East African spitter Nazizi on this single that's come out of the BLNRB (Berlin meets Nairobi) project and live shows from the end of last year. The 'selektors cook up a slow, hip-hop-ish beat for the two MCs, and then chop, dice and occasionally vocoder the vocals into a playful yet mean treat. Boys Noize picks up the tempo and uses choice phrases to embellish a "Perculator"-esque tune that's on-point as always. A quartet of peerless talents all at the top of their game; this comes highly recommended.