Following the success of his sophomore album Little By Little which was released earlier this year, Daniel Goldstein aka Lane 8 releases ‘Let Me’ with Avoure as the second volume of his Root To Branch compilation EP. Conceived to nurture fresh, upcoming talent to his This Never Happened label family, Root To Branch will again
In keeping up with current music trends and working to better classify songs, Beatport has expanded its genres to include a new category.
As of March 20, the music platform now includes a melodic house & techno category. Beatport added this genre to reflect the styles of artists like Dixon, Tale of Us and Solomun. The content that falls under this new umbrella had previously been sorted into Beatport’s techno, deep house, tech house, and electronica genres.
“While Beatport’s main house and techno categories represent the biggest floor-filling tracks across the genres, melodic house & techno brings together a thriving sound that has not be easy to categorize as the lines blur between styles and sounds,” says Beatport label and artist relations director Jack Bridges.
Melodic house & techno is the latest genre addition since the platform added Afro house in December.
Spanish producer AFFKT has kicked off his year under a brand new label: Tronic. Bringing a touch of melodic flavor to the label across three tracks, his Red Crocanti EP exemplifies the forward-thinking direction Christian Smith is looking to take his label.
Red Crocanti’s close “Rufian” serves as an explosive conclusion to the EP. Elastic rhythms hit the eardrums immediately, which AFFKT uses as a launching point for adding in hypnotic, gritty basslines and dramatic melodies. Roaring synths and subtle keyboard accents make an impactful pairing in “Rufian;” one that shakes the dancefloor.
Pre-order the EP, which comes out on January 13, here.
Remember the days of combing your favorite music blogs for brand new tunes, years before the DSP arms race began, circa 2010? Perhaps not…that era seems like ancient history now. However, for those who do recall that time fondly, Hudson Mohawke is finally tossing out a long awaited piece of blog-era nostalgia with his elusive “Foxy Boxing,” which is now getting an official release after more than half a decade of online bootleg circulation. The Scottish beat maker is giving the rare tune away now, though fans have been salivating over this track’s release since 2011, when fellow LuckyMe labelmate Jacques Greene dropped an early, unreleased rendition of “Foxy Boxing” during a Boiler Room set.
The track, in its official, final version plays as an easily digestible instrumental with subtle vocalizing weaved into crisp multi-layered percussion arrangements. HudMo’s new, old giveaway is being released part of LuckyMe’s Advent Calendar series.
The track, titled “Blame,” opens with characteristically ZHU vocals and pulsing synths as accents. An elaborate collection of chords roll into a delicate yet commanding drop taking the listener through a sonic journey. “Blame” is an interesting combination of low and high energy moments leaving the listener both soothed and energized after the tracks closing chord.
Ekali originally premiered the track at Life is Beautiful and later confirmed on Reddit that it was indeed a collaboration between him and ZHU. The track was released just as the Canadian producer’s Babylon tour has come to an end. Meanwhile, Zhu has been busy working on his collaboration with Adidas.
In 2017, Anjunadeep shepherded a dazzling array of artistic deliverances. Old and new artists graced the label, including a slew of releases from acts like Alpha 9, Above & Beyond, Ilan Bluestone, and Oliver Smith — to say nothing of a storied return of the beloved progressive house and trance amalgamators Gabriel & Dresden. It’s more than safe to say that 2017 was an incredibly momentous year for the Above & Beyond clan.
Now, in an effort to showcase Anjunabeats’s 2017 stellar year, the trio’s offered up some of their best music of the past year. The Group Therapy best of 2017 mix boasts 23 stellar tracks and will be followed up by its part two on December 29.
01. ERKKA — Not Only Dark (Plural System)
02. Dirty South feat. Rudy — The First Time (Anjunabeats)
03. Way Out West feat. Liu Bei — Oceans (Anjunadeep)
04. Fehrplay — Aria (Anjunabeats)
05. Grum — Price Of Love (Anjunabeats)
06. Gabriel & Dresden feat. Sub Teal — This Love Kills Me [Gabriel & Dresden Club Mix
07. Tim Mason — Aalto (Anjunabeats)
08. Oliver Smith — Triangles (Anjunabeats)
09. Spencer Brown — Embarcadero (Anjunabeats)
10. Jason Ross feat. Lauren Ray — I Will Be There (Anjunabeats)
11. Andrew Bayer feat. Alison May — Signs Of The Fall (Anjunabeats)
12. ilan Bluestone feat. Giuseppe De Luca — Scars (Anjunabeats)
13. Genix — Olympus (Anjunabeats)
14. ilan Bluestone & Giuseppe De Luca — Frozen Ground (Anjunabeats)
15. Fatum — Superfecta (Anjunabeats)
16. Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston — No One On Earth [Gabriel & Dresden Remix
17. Genix — 6 AM Saint (Anjunabeats)
18. Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford — Northern Soul [Above & Beyond Club Mix] (Anjunabeats)
19. Above & Beyond — Balearic Balls (Anjunabeats)
20. Alpha 9 — Skin (Anjunabeats)
21. Fatum — Chocolate (Anjunabeats)
22. Dirty South feat. ANIMA! — I Swear [Jason Ross Remix] (Anjunabeats)
23. Seven Lions & Jason Ross feat. Paul Meany — Higher Love (Anjunabeats)
The original hails straight from Kygo’s wheelhouse, layering Justin Jesso’s melancholic vocals atop a piano assisted backdrop characteristic of the Norwegian producer’s sound. Kaskade maintains much of the single’s character in his rework, weaving subtle elements like an understated yet ambient guitar melody among the song’s opening chords. The remix maven localizes the majority of his sonic revision at the track’s first drop, trading Kygo’s signature mounting airy tones and piano drop for an echoing ascension that culminates in a drop defined by its piercing synth work.
Between launching their very own imprint REALM, announcing their expansive 22-date “Kingdom Tour,” and taking time to talk with DA on their ubiquitous sound, Gorgon City continues to develop masterpieces in the studio. Their latest creative endeavor comes as their fourth EP project, dubbed Grooves on The Vinyl, out now on REALM.
Totaling four tracks in length, the EP taps into the Detroit tech-house underground to bring these musical tastes into commercial club spaces. Minimalistic builds, rugged bass lines, and steely beats continue to make up Gorgon City’s signature sound stamp. From the 80s electronica inspired synth patterns of “Trouble” to the euphoric releases of “Get Together,” Grooves on The Vinyl does well to remind listeners of Gorgon City’s passionate mission for future-forward house.
Valencian Edu Imbernon has a gift. Everything the artist touches exudes a dulcet essence. It would almost seem as if his blissful tunes were created precisely for the hours before the sunrise or a dancefloor’s denouement.
Having already given his melodic treatment to The xx’s “Crystallised” in 2011 and “Reunion” in 2013, Imbernon’s now returned with a new rework of the trio. Surely, following up Jamie xx’s recent taking on of the group’s “On Hold” is a difficult feat, as the producer’s rework is a contender for one of the best remixes of the year, but Imbernon, of course, only manages to utterly impress.
He’s crafted a meticulous magnum opus with a considerably deeper dance aura. The track’s an expanse and intentional slow-burner, intertwining elements of deep, melodic house and electrifying electronica, but it’s one that listeners will be incapable of resisting in the late hours of the night or throwing on repeat for hours.
Don Diablo‘s highly anticipated track “Take Her Place” has seen some major buzz since its release, featuring soothing electronics from Jersey-native trio A R I Z O N A. The original may have leaned more on the trio’s side of things in terms of production style, centered on vocals and a slower tempo. This time around, Don Dialo leans into his own style and puts his spin on “Take Her Place” with a VIP mix of the track.
The mix includes a more rapid tempo in addition to upbeat, melodic piano chords that easily accompany the eccentric vocals of the original. The drop is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser with its feel-good assortment of synths and vocal motifs.