Mord Fustang releases electro house original, ‘VRES’

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Hailing from Estonia, producer sensation Mord Fustang has released a bruising electro house original titled “VRES.” The track begins with echoes of reverberating undertones and minimalist beats. As it slowly builds, a prominent medley of energetic waves of bass layered on top of a steady-flowing kick spills into an overwhelming climax of sounds. Mord Fustang is known for his infectious deep, electro house style that features uplifting melodies and hard-hitting rhythms with intricate technique. With his first release of 2018, “VRES” will undoubtedly captivate house heads from all over the world.

Palms Trax makes rousing Essential Mix debut

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Cheekily dubbed as the west country-born, Berlin-based underground star by BBC‘s Pete Tong, Palms Trax has finally made his debut in the Essential Mix DJ booth.

Real name Jay Donaldson, Palms Trax’ ubiquity in the dance world is becoming increasingly deserved as time carries on. He has bold sonic inclinations and an unabashed M.O. where he moves between genres and decades with ease — rare for someone as young as he. Despite being just 26-years-old, Donaldson’s encyclopedic musical expertise has situated him as an artist who’s talented beyond his years, if one were to see age as but a limit on such a thing.

Donaldson’s Essential Mix is steeped in a resplendent arrangement of classic dance tracks, from Angela’s 1984 “I Gotta Little Love,” to hidden gem house tracks from World Building records’ “Paraíso ’89” by Azura. His splicing of Azura’s track alone is a testament to his adroit crate digging, especially considering that Azura’s breezy Balearic business was extremely short-lived in the Italian house realm, she’s an act who’s slipped through the cracks for most.

Palms Trax has expressed he’ll be working on material for Dekmantel throughout the beginning of the new year and after listening to his deliverance of just the second Essential Mix of 2018, just following Carl Cox, one can only hope to see big things from Donaldson in the new year.

Listen to Palms Trax’s Essential Mix here


Photo credit: Camille Baker


Guillaume Teyssier- Vortex Disco (Murray Lake Remix)
Lord of The Isles- Geek Chic (Kuniyuki’s Journey Remix)
Toulouse Low Trax- Second Trip
JC Project- Andromedia
Nicole Willis- Heed The Sign (Jimi Tenor Remix)
Plus Instruments- Love Is Enough (Jamie Paton Remix)
Angela- I Gotta Little Love
Tony Moore DJ- Tonight
Salentino- You’l Be In Paradise (Instrumental)
Lemonade-Dancer On The Shore (Jex Opolis Dub)
Collins- Autophobia
Mario Moretti- In Love With Nebula
Passarini- Wonky Wonky Wonky
Uabos- Mystic Force
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft- Brothers (Mix Gabi)
Lipelis- Children Song
Colm III- Take Me High (Mansion Mix)
Virginia- Blue Pyramid (Khidja Remix)
Azura- Paraiso ’89
The True Underground Sound of Rome- Sonic Crystals
Mr Raoul K- Africa (12″ Version)
Ess O Ess- Cantillate (Chida Remix)
Pussycat- Le Chat
Lucy Montenegro- Lucy In The Sky
The R- Higher
Jeff Mills- Imagine
DJ Normal 4- Purity 0%
Thursday Club- Westway
Bushwhacka!- 4 Da Night
Jackson Changura- Niyekele
Bob Holroyd- African Drug (Rhino Mix)
Lars Bartkuhn- Elysium
Nu Era- Octahedron
Shokazulu- Part 4
Brown Sugar- I’m Going Through Changes Now
Philip Balou- Ain’t Nothing Like The Love



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Martin Garrix drops off sweeping ‘So Far Away’ remix EP

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Martin Garrix and David Guetta’s collaboration “So Far Away” has deservingly received its very own six-track remix pack. When the single dropped Dec. 1, it received split reviews, as Garrix’s music has long been divisive in the EDM community. Surely, though, if listeners hadn’t enjoyed the original they were sure to enjoy the plethora of alternatives it would soon spawn. Now, the Jamie Scott and Romy Dya-led hit has done just that.

Garrix has gathered six remixes of “So Far Way,” ranging in sounds. With an amped future bass take by Blinders, a more big room, future house take by Nicky Romero and a deep house dive by way of BLR, Garrix suggests that the track’s true grandeur is its ability to shine in a wide variety of interpretations.

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Aaro – Indestructible

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Up and coming Finnish wunderkind Aaro is showing early promise with a new original release landing via European electro imprint Tasty. “Indestructible” takes evident influence from early works by Porter Robinson and Madeon and gives them a contemporary spin with the same keen, methodical production approach. The young beatmaker has clear potential, and his battering new setlist jump starter “Indestructible” undoubtedly shows off firmly planted roots in intricately designed complextro house.

Gritty and distorted while altogether melodic and anthemic, Aaro’s delivers a high octane burst of energy that, half a decade ago would have been punishing sprawling festival crowds. Complextro house is waiting for it’s new champion, and fresh, emerging talent like Aaro have the potential to repopularize the genre in a few short years.

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Bicep flex their sonic expertise in new Essential Mix

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After churning out an innumerable number of classic house tracks under their unpredictable M.O., the Belfast-based Bicep found their niche, or perhaps a more aptly-categorized lack thereof. But such is what earns the Belfast-duo their wide acclaim in the dance realm. Considering the two began as prolific bloggers at their own site, Feel My Bicep, the very weaving of an inquisitive amalgamation of house and electro is in their blood. It should come as no surprise that the duo’s tunes draw from an array of material.

This year, Bicep dropped off their highly-anticipated debut album. The self-titled work was a stylistically expanse deliverance that served as one of contemporary dance music’s deepest releases of the year. It was also an album in which the two flexed their sonic multitudes of both tenacity and flexibility.

Bicep is now ending the year strong with an Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1. In a two-hour voyage through the worlds of Italo, breakbeat, and more, Bicep divulges on one of the most meticulous masterpieces of the last year.

Listen to Bicep’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix here.




Mark Barrott – “Bush Society”

RJ – “Leo”

Fantastic Man – “Dream Machine (Edit)”

Giraffi Dog – “351 Nation”

Hammer – “Atlantic 252”

Tons of Tones – “Oh Ah Ph Ah Oh (John Talabot Edit)

Lake People – “Lamb Shift”

Norwell – “Celestial Bodies (Imre Kisss “Crisis ’91” Mix)

Jacob Korn – “Selene”

Ursa’s Reef – “Love Cult”

Lanark Artefax – “Touch Absence (Edit)”

Rival Consoles – “Recovery”

Claude Speeed – “Ambien Rave (Nightmare Edit)”

Shinra – “Ball & Chain”

Djedjotronic – “Abyssal Zone”

Randomer “Smokin”

Lanngman – 80017A”

Wink – “Superfreak (Super Freak-A-Pella)

Untitled – Untitled

Dan Cough – “B-Jam”

Urban Myths – “Makin’ Me Feel (Edit)”

CJ Bolland – “The Tower Of Naphtali”

Apex Twin – “end E2”

God Within – “Raincry (Spiritual Thirst)”

Modaji – “Belle Epoque”

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Howwler – Chapter 2 EP

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Howwler keeps the spirit of industrial electro alive with the second chapter of his dark and gritty electronic novella. Keeping up the same sonic style he debuted on Chapter One, the anonymous producer’s next two singles continue to chew up sound systems in a flurry of jagged toothed saws and hollow synths. An aggressive and Gesaffelstein inspired work, Howwler’s second chapter has us patiently waiting for the third act in this enigma’s stirring industrial opus.



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A$AP Ferg – Plain Jane (Dr. Fresch Remix)

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LA-based producer Tony Fresch, aka Dr. Fresch, has released his g-house rendition of rapper A$AP Ferg‘s “Plain Jane.” The remix is what Fresch refers to as “Future Ghetto,” with Ferg’s a capella over Fresch’s dark, booming bassline and nefarious production style, which combines electro and house elements.

Infusing Rap and Hip-Hop into his tunes is the name of Fresch’s game. The Ph.D in dance music has also remxied Gucci Mane‘s “Pillz,” and adapted N.W.A‘s “Gangsta Gangsta,” as a tribute to the deceased Hip-Hop legend, Eazy E –– the song that catapulted Fresch’s name to forefront in 2016.

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PrototypeRaptor – Midnight Hour

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Genres tend to come and go in popularity, and the complextro sensibilities of the later 2000’s are just waiting to have another moment in the sun. Championed by the likes of Wolfgang Gartner, Knife Party, and Porter Robinson’s early output, house music’s multi-layered offshoot is primed for another breakout moment, and producers like PrototypeRaptor will be there to set it all off. The veteran Texas-based DJ has steadily built a lengthy catalog of blistering complextro compositions, with his latest drop, “Midnight Hour,” falling right in line, available now via Tasty.

The track features rousing, syncopated vocals ahead of a barrage of growling synth arrangements and snappy percussion breakdowns. Reminiscent of a different time for dance floors, when electro house reigned supreme, PrototypeRaptor delivers a blast from the last decade’s popular dance trends with his own fresh spin on his latest, “Midnight Hour.”

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Inverted Silence – Fusion

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Jazz has enjoyed one of the smoother forays into the electronic production spectrum. With soulful catalogs from the likes of Gramatik, GRiZ, and Haywyre gaining popular traction year after year, the crossovers between jazz and soul’s inherent room for improvisation and rhythm continue to be explored in exciting new ways. One such explorer, Netherlands-based producer Inverted Silence has dropped off a playful new electro-soul cut titled “Fusion” that wraps together funky bass licks, swelling drum kicks, and impressive key work. Proctoring a multi-layered DJ tool perfect for live settings, Inverted Silence delivers one of his most impressive singles to date on “Fusion.”

The emerging artist, real name Midas Klare, grew up with a background in both computers and music, making his production style a natural extension of his comfortable strong suits. Evident inspiration from 8-bit game culture, matched with a fine-tuned ear bring about Inverted Silence’s latest “Fusion,” available via Tasty.

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Katdrop – Holding On

Katdrop – Holding On

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Katdrop may not be a household name quite yet, but with the release of his latest product, the emerging Chilean beat maker may have found his stride. Dropping off a melodic new dance piece, “Holding On,” Katdrop ropes together evident sonic influences from Porter Robinson and early Skrillex house fare on his latest single. The track brings emotive house elements together into a dance floor designed, radio-ready electro cut polished by infectiously catchy vocal arrangements.

“Holding On” comes by way of European house imprint, Tasty, which has proven to be a fitting home label for Katdrop’s growing catalog. Recalling the progressive house that dominated main stages at the turn of the decade, Katdrop’s newest piece suggests the young producer will be ready to ride the genre’s immanent resurgence.

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