Fred Falke & The Knocks - Geronimo
You want to go to the sky with me? Geronimo!
Just listened to Frenchman Fred Falke’s Kitsune minimix via Soundcloud and it is definitely one of the best sun-kissed disco —> electro mix that I have heard in a while.
“Geronimo” is the final track on the 30 minute set and it is exactly what I’ve been missing in electro house… banging yet not over the top, blissful and melodic, pure feel good raging music. Check out the minimix and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo - Teardrop on the Fire [download]
Hailing from Birmingham, Hannah Wants is one of the multitude of rising electronic music talents from the UK today. I only discovered her music a few days ago, when listening to catz n dogz essential mix (which I highly recommend by the way…) and now I am stoked to have found her unique and irresistible beats. When I heard the “Teardrop on the Fire” vocal sample on the Essential Mix at around [50.05] followed up by some banging deep house with an even smoother passage into a slower, grooving rhythm, I had to pause and find the tracklist STAT and look into what artist made me get out of my chair and dance unrestrainedly with headphones on. Don’t forget to download the track for free in [320 kbps] above from the artist herself…More to come on Hannah Wants, keep an eye out for her!
DJ Snake - Together [free download in 320!]
I never thought I’d be listening to hardstyle in a non-ironic fashion in 2013, until I heard this mind blowing jam “Together” that my good friend Noel shared with me today. “Together” pays homage to the good ol’ days of that uplifting, “we-are-pirates” sort of rising synth combined with that sharp kick drum, resulting in a whole bunch of people from the Netherlands and Melbourne battling it out on the floor to see who has the superior shuffle.
According to his Soundcloud, DJ Snake is “Born & Raised in Motherfuckin’ Paris,” and I absolutely love that he reps his Parisian roots hard. This track is absolutely flooring to me. Hardstyle meets trap in a manner that is très fantastique. I have to admit, trap generally does not scratch the right itch for me, but this track is absolutely on point for everything that I do enjoy about the genre.
The first drop is masterful, with the requisite repeating “bounce” vocal / lasers and a bassline that would light up any dancefloor. The song once again tilts its head in the direction of that classic hardstyle sound and build, but the second drop is pretty unexpected and absolutely godly. The heady arabian sounding bass along with the repeated “work” vocal is guaranteed to get people slithering.
The best part? He’s giving the track away for free via his Soundcloud in 320kbps quality. Class act. Throw this track on repeat, because if you’re like me you were probably wishing that “Together” had another few minutes on it. Werk.
Azari & III - Hungry for the Power (Jamie Jones Ridge Street Remix)
Woke up this morning remembering the Hot Creations showcase in Barcelona last year with Jamie Jones and Richy Ahmed. I clearly remember going absolutely bonkers when Jamie Jones dropped this track, taking this original tune on a walk on the darker and deeper side of the spectrum. Not a new tune or anything but definitely on my list of favorites. Stay deep.
Mount Kimbie - Made to Stray [download free next 7 days]
‘Shadows turn to grey
A slave today
He cowered beyond reckless tracks of impulse
Made to stray around rough coasts
When grace is close to home’
First track released off the new Mount Kimbie album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, whichdrops May 27th on Warp Records. So excited for the sophomore album by my favorite experimental beat artisans, Dom and Kai. Can’t wait to see what they have done since the heady, blissful, and ethereal Crooks and Lovers.
Spooky - Candy (James Zabiela Remix)
After posting that last track, I’ve been on a James Zabiela kick. Another jam from his set at EDC 09. Melodic progressive house broken beats with some echo chamber action. This one’s for you Aaron! Float on.
Underworld - Holding the Moth (Audiojack Remix) [download]
Hello readers! It has been FAR too long since I’ve posted anything, so I’m going to kick off my posting again with a track that is fit for rocking a large room, festival, headphones…any locale with the bass.
The English house legends Underworld take you on a journey on this track, with the techno duo Audiojack cutting it up spectacularly. This track is dear to my house-loving heart. I’m pretty sure the first time I heard it was at EDC 2009, I definitely remember James Zabielaletting this song bang on the main stage with tens of thousands of people in the L.A. Coliseum, and hearing this jam takes me right back. Turn it up and let it take you on a ride.
with a glass eye on you
electric eye on you
who could dance like you
dance like you dance all day
pleasure dance like you delay
…keep it simple
Miguel Campbell - Not That Kind of Girl
Jamming to deep house is a surefire way to get your morning started on a groovin’ note. Those familiar with The Magician’s mixtapes, specifically #26 will instantly recognize this massive tune by another Hot Creations star Miguel Campbell. After sampling “How to Dress Well,” The Magician launches into this heavenly disco track, which features Beck Lott’s smooth vocals along with a steady, stomping beat. It blows my mind that this release was a B-Side, which just goes to show you the prowess of the deep house vanguard of Hot Creations. Get your morning started right, and start stomping!
Todd Terje - Inspector Norse
Norwegian producer Todd Terje delivers some delectable, space-age disco goodness with “Inspector Norse.” I heard jam dropped by Christian Martin at the first Dirtybird party of the year this past weekend, and I was so stoked when this song started playing! Everybody started grooving to the fun and funky beats immediately, and my happiness level went through the roof as the entire room got down to this massive party track. I hope to hear this spun on a dancefloor in space one day. This one’s for you, min Norwegian, Siv Rakel! :)
Thievery Corporation - Satyam Shivam Sundaram (Feat. Gunjan)
“To summarize Satyam Shivam Sundaram means that the path of truthfulness (Satyam) is always conscious based (Shivam) and leads to inner happiness (Sundaram).
Or to acquire inner happiness one should follow the path of truthfulness and conscious based decisions.” Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite Thievery Corporation tracks. If you haven’t heard the album which this song is from, The Cosmic Game (2005), I highly recommend you check it out. ”Satyam Shivam Sundaram” is heady and hypnotic; the use of the sitar and the echoing vocals teleports the listener to another cosmic dimension. Rob Garza and Eric Hilton make up the duo, and they put on a helluva live show with all their supporting artists… If you ever get a chance to see them live, or even for a DJ set, you should see them immediately! I was lucky to catch them at the Greek Theater in Berkeley a while back, and their show is honestly one of the coolest live sets around.
Julio Bashmore - Husk
Massive deep house tune that Julio Bashmore closed his set (encore!) with in San Francisco last weekend. People all hopped up on stage and got down hard to “Husk.” Thanks a ton to Jeremy for the track ID. Close your eyes. Let the music take you away. And STOMP!
Amine Edge & Dance - Going to Heaven with the Goodie-Goodies
A banging deep house track from mid-2012, which samples Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hold Ya Head” / “Suicidal Thoughts.” First heard this tune on David August’s live at Sankey’s Ibiza opening set, and then I heard this tune dropped at a club over the weekend and had to tear it up on the dancefloor. One of my favorites of the year.
Rokia Traore - Laidu
Its been quite some time since I’ve posted any music, but now that I’m back from France/Europe, I will be posting regularly again! Malian singer Rokia Traore does some amazing things with her voice on this track. This song is absolutely beautiful. Scope it.
Dusky - Essential Mix 2012-10-13
GO DEEP. As a huge fan of the deep house genre, the UK duo Dusky takes the clean and deep bass to a whole new level. It is a perfect mix for an afterhours, warehouse soiree. This is hands down one of my favorite essential mixes I’ve heard all year. I can only imagine a 2am-6am set with these beats going down. Thanks to Alexandra for opening my eyes to this one.
Untold - Anaconda (Tribal Guarachero refix)
Lose your inhibitions and get tribal on this track, folks. Truly a fantastic and catchy beat. Heard this first on Mount Kimbie’s XLR8R podcast which came out recently, if you haven’t given it a whirl I suggest you peep their take on future bass ahora mismo. Get weird, get tribal.