SONG OF THE DAY: Duke Dumont ft AME – “Need U (100%)”

The ’90s are back, and as the wave of stadium house begins to recede you can look for underground house to make its way to the forefront.  We’ve covered the Canadian duo Prince Club, and it seems like Disclosure is getting more buzz than anyone else at the moment, except of course for Duke Dumont. “Need U (100%)” bubbled up from the underground garage clubs in the UK to become a number one pop hit.  Listening to the song, it’s easy to see why. The classic house vibe feels like something King Street or Nervous would have released in the ’90s. Add in the the soulful diva vocals by A*M*E (already buzzing from being nominated in the Sound of 2013 poll) and you’ve got a song that is a fresh take on underground house.  It’s also a nice change to dance to a sexy house jam at 122 BPM as opposed to jumping up and down all night to electro tracks clocking in at over 130.  For those DJs who do require a more uptempo mix, Danny Howard pumps up the energy, adding some electro but keeping the soul of the original in place. Speaking of Disclosure, they recently covered “Need U 100%” with a male vocalist and a more classic MURK-ish kind of vibe. Premiered on Sara Cox’s BBC Radio show, the Disclosure version is giving a second life in the UK to the track amongst the underground hipsters. Maybe it’s time for Disclosure, Duke Dumont, and A*M*E to go into the studio together and see what kind of magic they could create.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Prince Club – “The Way I Feel” / “Come Back”

Writing up recent releases “Free Ur Soul” and “Gotta Let U Go,” it seems like there is a ’90s classic house vibe bubbling up from the underground.  Look no further than Toolroom, who have scooped up the Canadian duo Prince Club, currently leading the old school garage house revival.  Close your eyes and you could be at a ball with queens voguing or getting sweaty at an underground house party.  With vocal samples, ” The Way I Feel” is a little more immediate, sounding like a classic Mark Kinchen dub with a bit of Morales in the mix.  “Come Back” sound like it could be instrumental track for a house remix of a major ’90s R&B hit – in a good way.  As classic as these tracks sound, if you listen closely you will hear the minor tweaks that the youngsters have added to give them a modern feel.  If you are feeling these tracks, be sure to check out their “Only One” EP that came out on Nervous last month as well.

Image Courtesy of Toolroom Records.