In 2016, Ekali stepped behind the decks of HARD Summer‘s Green Tent to throw down a trap set that would arrest the many ears that collectively make up the electronic music industry. However, for those attuned, HARD Summer 2016 was hardly an introduction to Ekali’s low end acumen.
Commissioned to produce an official remix of Flume‘s “Smoke & Retribution,” Ekali had already begun attracting listeners well before he landed a slot on the festival’s lineup. Ekali’s rework of Flux Pavilion‘s iconic “I Can’t Stop,” picked up by Big Beat, further spotlighted Ekali’s taste making talents.
A lion had entered the release ring and Ekali’s HARD Summer 2016 showing affirmed it. Rife with electronic originals and revamps alike that have aged well since their inclusion in this earlier endeavor, such as Valentino Khan‘s “Deep Down Low,” Ekali’s set is jam-packed with productions that can now be considered genre classics.
Ekali’s current continues to flow through dance circles. As the producer progressively gravitates towards a more melodic style of bass, and as his following awaits the arrival of his debut album, not to mention an LP from his elusive new side project, Ekali’s HARD Summer 2016 set offers streamers a nostalgic glance back at his sonic foundation, and an opportunity to marvel at what he’s built in the time since.
A day into 2020, Noisia has ensured the year begins on the right foot with the premiere of Noisia Radio sixth season. The legendary trio debuted the first iteration of their radio show in 2015 with motivations to connect with listeners and channel a broader range of music outside drum ‘n’ bass. Although the group announced their plans to part ways last September, Noisia will continue activities through the end of this year.
Curating an eclectic mix of drum ‘n’ bass shades from their own imprints VISION and DIVISION as well as selections from Shogun, Methlab, Ram, and more, Noisia’s season premiere brings an unrelenting amount of fresh, genre-defiant picks to the showcase. From ominous numbers like Melle’s “Patron” and Proxima’s “Limestone” to niche electronic tracks like Deft’s “Rollon” and unreleased goodies from Art1fact and Halflow, the episode promises dark energy of all nuances handpicked by none other than Noisia themselves.
As the year comes to a close, people everywhere come together to celebrate a yearly tradition. While opening presents and watching the ball drop in Times Square is nice, drum ‘n’ bass fans have a better end-of-year treat to look forward to. Maduk is back with his “Yearmix” for Liquicity to wrap up the best of 2019 DnB.
Since 2012, the Dutch drum ‘n’ bass producer has crafted an annual mix celebrating the finest offerings of the genre. The mix focuses more on the liquid side of drum ‘n’ bass, but overall the current state of the genre is well represented. From L Plus‘ massive remix of Rameses B‘s track “Open Your Eyes” to WHATEVA‘s plucky remix of Mura Masa‘s hit “Love$ick,” there’s a little something for everybody in 2019’s Yearmix. Of course, a handful of Maduk tracks deservedly make the cut as well.
Stream the mix on SoundCloud below, or download it here.
Threading modern house sound with soul is all part of Dombresky‘s personal brand. With an animated flourish, he stamps it on Diplo‘s famed “Diplo & Friends” serial, rendering an hour’s worth of tunes that scale the house continuum.
From galvanic four-on-the-floor rhythms to robust bass house inclusions, a subgenre in which Dombresky notably reigns as an electronic expert, the mix is Dombresky’s self classification: a force to be reckoned with. One would be hard pressed to disagree. Dombresky’s goody bag of cuts features originals from Steve Lawler, Pirate Copy, Bourbon, and more.
The sandy surrealism of RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s Burning Man set spans 90 minutes of surefire transfixion. The live endeavor, like the dust of the playa, has settled, landing in its full-length form on SoundCloud.
Originally delivered atop the Robot Heart bus in Black Rock Desert, the set is a tactile jaunt; staccato percussion rhythmically labors at the opening. It’s a structural anticipation of what is yet to come in the textured set. The beats agilely pound, synths ebb. The arches, staggered throughout, are tantalizingly slow in their development, attention demanding. Listeners would be remiss to direct it elsewhere.
Appropriately catalogued as “playa tech,” the electronic outfit’s Burning Man stint is an affective deviation from their typical live format. A particularly arresting highlight colors the 51-minute mark, where RÜFÜS DU SOL work in an alternative version of SOLACE inclusion, “All I’ve Got.”
In light of CRSSD dropping the first wave of artists who will be playing during the festival’s 11th edition in March, it’s time to take a trip back to Kaskade‘s full Redux set from the festival’s 10th edition. Kaskade’s set is perfect for those looking to get a sultry start to their day. The set features Kaskade originals in their entirety with the exception of a brief hiatus, where the producer drops “Everything in Its Right Place” by Radiohead (Gigamesh/ DiscoTech Remix / Glass Petals Big Intro Edit).
Whether or not Kaskade will return is currently unknown, but after listening to his one-hour set from the festival’s previous edition, fans can only hope he will be back to grace listeners with one hour of deep house.
The mix comes on the heels of Gryffin’s long-awaited debut LP, Gravity, and mid-way through both artists winter tours. Insomniac has a number of events lined up to close out 2019, including their New Year’s Eve countdown in San Bernadino, California.
Adam Beyer and his famed techno label Drumcode took over Tobacco Dock in London for a massive Halloween party, and his set is now out for revelers to relive their favorite IDs from the night.
Beyer has been busy as of late, recently coming off an EDC Orlando performance and the Drumcode showcase in Brooklyn at Avant Gardner.
Drumcode hosted not only the label head himself but a suite of heavy-hitting techno acts including Alan Jeweil, Wehbba, Pig&Dan, Layton Giordani, and Enrico Sangiuliano, to name a few.
The set has been uploaded to SoundCloud as part of Beyer’s latest installment in his Drumcode Radio Live series. Make sure to have a listen as he throws techno enthusiasts into the middle of his dark and twisting two-and-a-half-hour set.
Revisit Boys Noize‘s stellar mix from 2016 celebrating the work of two French house labels, Roulé and Crydamore. The two labels were owned by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo who would go on to form the legendary group Daft Punk. In their own right, the labels were driving forces in the late 90s French dance scene and would help set the stage for the immense success Daft Punk has gone on to enjoy.
The mix features an hour of tracks by Bangalter and Homem-Christo themselves, as well as label members Stardust, DJ Falcon, the Buffalo Bunch and more. Boys Noize’s factual tidbits scattered throughout the mix add some fascinating dance music history to the jubilant mix as well. “It was a little before Daft Punk released their first album, Homework,” Boys Noize says in the mix, “so it’s interesting to see how both of them already had great ideas, used the label as a playground but kept the best ideas for the Daft Punk project.” Listen below.
2019 has been quite the year for Finnish producer Yotto. The former Anjunadeep prodigy left the label in July to launch his own record label, Odd One Out. Midway through his world tour, his first mix under the new label has arrived.
“One One Out Mixtape 01” features 90 minutes of deep house and dance cuts, including several original IDs from Yotto himself.
“There’s a very bad episode of Friends where Chandler recycles an old mixtape from his former lover,” Yotto writes. “This is that mixtape. Music from me, my friends, my favourites and my enemies.”
If this stellar mix is a sign of what’s to come from the young label, Odd One Out should certainly top any deep house fan’s watch list.