By DJ Ron Slomowicz Australian artist Anna Lunoe’s single “Breathe” has been out for a few months and gaining buzz as she’s been touring North America. Listening to the original track, it’s
By DJ Ron Slomowicz Swing-house had a moment in the ’90s with “Doop” and “Prohibition Groove,” and again a few years ago with big hits by Gramophonedzie and Yolanda Be Cool. The
By DJ Ron Slomowicz Bellatrax ft Sophia May – Falling For You Platinum Monkey – Banano Absolut Groovers ft Master Freez – Do the Cha Cha (Tradelove) Alistair Albrecht, Steven Cole ft
By DJ Ron Slomowicz German producers Thomas Knoll and Marcel Florschutz are known, respectively, for progressive and minimal house. Yet when they work together as Boss Axis, their sound is smooth, melodic
SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Matt Consola & James Torres ft Pollo Del Mar & LFB – #WhiteLadyProblems
By DJ Ron Slomowicz Earlier this year, I wrote up “Google Google Apps Apps” by PERSIA ft Daddies Plastik for its call to political action to fight gentrification- as voiced by ferociously
By DJ Ron Slomowicz I am having flashbacks and I’ve never done LSD. Not only is ’90s house music back as NuHouse, every subgenre is being brought back. H2SO4 is the chemical
By DJ Ron Slomowicz “Show us what you got/when the motherf*king beat drops.” If you’ve been in a club or turned on BPM Satellite radio anytime in the past year, you’ve no
By DJ Ron Slomowicz Tropical heat is the perfect cure for the cold winter storms. “Do the Cha Cha” by the Absolut Groovers ft Master Freeez was a summertime Beatport hit, bringing
Australian artist Anna Lunoe’s single “Breathe” has been out for a few months and gaining buzz as she’s been touring North America. Listening to the original track, it’s easy to hear why- it’s catchy and somewhat familiar, with a bassline and hook that just etches itself in your mind. When I first heard it, I thought it was a new single by Infinity Ink as it share the dark, hooky bassline and rhythm structure. Also evident is a full-on ’90s house-styled production, yet it sounds modern and futuristic rather than derivative or dated. The mixes are varied takes on retro vibes, yet all are interesting and creative – a rarity for most EDM single releases. Sleepy Tom uses stutter/stop segments, making the remix sound like a modern, more esoteric take on freestyle. Treasure Fingers’ mix is so retro eighties, complete with vocal effects, that it sounds as if Debbie Deb was getting ready for a big 2014 comeback tour. Danny T bangs out a straightforward, almost literal ’90s house mix. Mixing speed garage and traditional Hi-NRG samples/effects, Wordlife’s mix feels wrong when you describe it, but it is just as wonderfully strange as it sounds. The video for Breathe is quite compelling as well, with a claustrophobic, kinetic vibe that captures energy without the usual suspects in most dance music videos.
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Swing-house had a moment in the ’90s with “Doop” and “Prohibition Groove,” and again a few years ago with big hits by Gramophonedzie and Yolanda Be Cool. The Young Punx release their version with “Kowloon Kickback,” yet there is something special about the track which sets it apart from the others – all of it was recorded on live instruments on vintage 1930s recording equipment. How better to capture the real sound of swing? The result is a magical mashup of old school swing and modern electro – blending the first take solos with precision electronic fusion. Its the kind of project that you wish there was a “making of” video to accompany it. While the original version is brilliant, it’s not the most club-friendly, so they wisely brought in Gramophonedzie (the guy who sampled the timeless Peggy Lee song from Who Framed Roger Rabbit “Why Don’t You Do Right” to create the massive hit “Why Don’t You”) to give it a house structure and tempo while keeping the original vibe and instrumentation in place. Easily one of the most creative tracks of 2013, one could only hope that they pull in a vocalist like Sherry St Germain, Sam Obernik, or even Fantasia Barrino to sing a fitting topline.
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The Young Punx – “Kowloon Kickback”
Bellatrax ft Sophia May – Falling For You
Platinum Monkey – Banano
Absolut Groovers ft Master Freez – Do the Cha Cha (Tradelove)
Alistair Albrecht, Steven Cole ft Matt Heanes – Reaching the Headlights
Rasmus Faber ft Kirsty Hawkshaw – Clear Rain (Akinyan Portable Toy Box)
Nari & Milani – Patriots
Egor Azarkevich – Minsk
R3hab & Lucky Date – Rip It Up (Nicky Romero)
Steve Aoki & R3hab – Flight
Hard Rock Sofa & Skidka – Let Me Hear You Scream
Don Diablo – Origins
Showtek & Justin Prime ft Matthew Koma – Earthquake
Tritonal ft Skyler Stonestreet – Electric Glow
Chris Lake ft Jareth – Helium
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