Canadian Blu J have once again tapped into listeners’ emotive cores with a rhythmic rendition of Shallows’ track, “Matter.” Giving the pop-punk original a futuristic, mid-tempo update, Blu J hit the mark by creating a crisp, melodic remix.
The remix dives back into an 80’s techno feel, channeling a darker sound with the help of some sultry synths, alongside vocals that tie the track together. The mix is the latest edition to Blu J’s ever-growing archive of mellifluous dance music.
Carrying a genre can often lead to a sharp and sudden case of fatigue, but Parisian heavyweight Tchami just hasn’t gotten this memo yet. Lumbered several years ago with flag-bearing duties in the rise of the so-called “future house” sound, the Parisian’s footsteps have always felt intrinsically focussed on leading a creative and quality driven charge in spite of the genre’s rise to popularity.
On return to Tchami’s own Confession imprint, “Adieu” befittingly says goodbye to some of his more hallmarked musical attributes, channeling a dialed back and semi-progressive take on proceedings. It’s different, but the track keeps enough groove and stamina to have us convinced this one hasn’t been outsourced in the studio department. 2017 is going to be a year where a lot of artists jump ship on the sound they stapled their industry presence with, but for Confession’s latest, Tchami shows that there’s room to shake things up without shamelessly chasing pastures greener.
Tchami has announced that his newest North American tour is imminent. Deemed “Prophecy,” the concert series shares its name with the producer’s recent collaboration with Malaa. The tour is set to begin February 2 in Orlando, Florida. From there, the DJ will be making stops all around the US and Canada on a thorough, 32-date tour.
The Prophecy Tour will see the return of Tchami’s famed cathedral stage production, which is decorated with illusions of magnificent stained glass. Fellow DJ and “Pardon My French” affiliate Mercer will accompany the future house pioneer for all of the dates. The Prophecy Tour concludes on March 18 in Seattle, Washington.
View the full tour schedule in the flier below. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Future house sounds have thrived in the the dance sphere for the last several years, with a significant number of DJs beginning (or continuing) to embrace elements like heady synth stabs and more dynamic percussion in their sets. One such purveyor whose strong following speaks to the sub-genre’s success among the masses is Don Diablo.
The veteran producer has delivered “Switch,”a brief, yet tasteful track which drives along spry bursts of melody interspersed with retro vocal samples and demands heavy dancing from start to finish. It’s certainly a no-frills track, yet is incredibly catchy and will undeniably spark joy among its listeners – par for the course with any Don Diablo release. “Switch” is now available on the producer’s imprint, Hexagon.
Diplo and Autoerotique combined their hitmaking sensibilities into “Waist Time,” kicking off their year in the most “turned up” fashion. Their collaboration commences by immediately assaulting the ear drums with pungent, wompy synthesizers and tech-house inspired kicks, building up excitement with the help of Jamaican vocal samples before dropping into a cacophony of ecstatic sonic layers. The combination of both the Caribbean flavors often heard in Diplo’s tracks and the intense electro & future house stylings of his Canadian counterpart turned out to be highly successful, with “Waist Time” naturally expected work any dancefloor it touches in the coming year.
Thus far, the year is looking bountiful for both acts involved in this slammer of a track. “Waist Time” will be Autoerotique’s first signed record onto the prolific Mad Decent imprint, while Diplo recently announced his partnership with Bacardi under the Major Lazer moniker along with Walshy and Jillionaire. Listen to the full clip below.
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Here comes the ‘Thong Song’ remake we never expected to hear emerge from Canada. Toronto duo Loud Luxury have been plugging at it for a couple of years now, but have more recently shown a house orientated flare that’s holding fort on the digital circuit. ‘See It Again’ pairs the Sisqo hit’s unmistakable vocal hooks with a more digestible take on the so-called future house sound, rallying pitched down G-house hallmarks along the way. As a marker for the DIY producer culture outside of the North American comfort zone, Loud Luxury are looking to be a promising export from the Canadian circuit for 2017.
With his sophomore album, 10 Ways To Steal Home Plate, officially in the bag along with a few other singles and a two-track EP from his new R&B side projectOpeneyes, veteran DJ and producer Wolfgang Gartner has had a productive year to say the least. Taken as a whole, 2016 has seen Gartner return to his stylistic roots from the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Many of the tracks on his new album have a distinctly retro sound, notably the funky disco house collaboration “HURRICANE SLURRICANE” which features Dam Funk and E-40, as well as his recent single “Baby Be Real,” released in November. He continues his journey into the sound of the past with his latest single, “Devotion,” out this week on Spinnin’ Records.
“Devotion,” features an R&B vocal topline alongside classic house elements and more modern dance tropes. The main bass recalls the future house trend of the last few years, though the groove, vocals and subtle subsidiary synth-work all speak to Gartner’s decades-long career.
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It’s Friday and that means this week’s edition of our music discovery series is a playlist of some of the most exciting and emotive house tracks out right now. Whether you are in the mood for getting ready for a big night on the town, or just a casual hangout with friends — we definitely have you covered.
Highlights: Out of the gate is Plastik Funk’s bangin’ track “Ever” which offers itself as a blissful future house masterpiece. Its vocal chops and groovy basslines are bound to get any listener up and dancing. Next up, Mixre’s remix of Tchami & Malaa’s “Prophecy”. This incredibly bass-heavy remix packs a familiar punch to the original and it certainly keeps the weekend spirit propelling forward.
A little over halfway through the playlist we see a slight mood shift with Left/Right’s very recent rendition of Radiohead’s “Codex”. The Left/Right remix takes listeners on a journey through beautiful piano chords, broken beat and euphoria.
Just when you thought you were tired of all the songs about California, Miami-based duo Atellagali have unveiled one that’s really worth listening to. Featuring smokey smooth vocals by Silk Matthews, the tune is a satire of sorts, paralleling the indifference and sometimes outright blindness so many people choose to adopt in a world plagued by an overcoming state of materialism, a disregard of the environmental crisis, gun-violence, and more.
Sunny as a summer afternoon, the song’s upbeat, carefree vibe belies the powerful message in its lyrics, as Silk Matthews sings “Welcome to the jungle, welcome to the concrete world; look at all the plastic, suffocating boys, suffocating girls…Welcome to my city, welcome to my ‘Oh my God.’ Have you heard the radio? Baby boy just shot his pop, and I don’t know why we’re living this way, but we do.”
Keep a close eye on Crankdat. He’s got the attention of industry heavyweights across the bass music spectrum, and his uncanny knack for producing blistering remixes has landed his work in DJ sets across the world. The Ohio-based beatmaker is back with a new rendition of a vintage Skrillex piece, taking on the classic “Weekends” with Sirah, and updating the tune for 2016 with a boisterous bass house treatment.
Stepping up to remix “Weekends” isn’t Crankdat’s first foray into Sonny’s catalog either. Crankdat took on Skrillex and Wiwek‘s “Killa” earlier this year, and now he’s following up on that remix with another equally aggressive rework of “Weekends.” Swapping out the original’s house tempo for a more trap-leaning pulse, Crankdat ups the ante on an early Skrillex landmark with driving synths and pitched down vocal chops, offering his new rework as a free download.
Skrillex struck the intersection of bass music and house with his seminal 2010 debut, My Name Is Skrillex. Now, six years later, a huge wave of producers inspired by Skrillex have come out of the woodwork, and Crankdat continues to shine at the top of that list.