INTERVIEW: Duane Harden Interview 2014 #NB4U

Nearly 15 years since the release of his first single, the classic “U Don’t Know Me” with Armand Van Helden, Duane Harden finally releases his debut solo album #NB4U (Naked Before You). In the time elapsed, he has grown into many roles – singer, songwriter, producer, label mogul, author – all of which has contributed to his current release.  The album features collaborations with everyone from Ferry Corsten, Sidney Samson, and Louie Vega to Bimbo Jones, Jessica Sutta, and Chris Willis.  There is truly something for everyone on the album.  This kind of diversity of talent is not a surprise, if you take a moment and search for Duane on, it might blow you away to see how many incredible records he has been involved with over the years.

DJ Ron Slomowicz: Let’s start with something I’ve been wondering about.  How did the Chicane “One More Time” collaboration come about?
Duane Harden: Chicane sent me a message and it was the usual process from there. I think he may have gotten the idea from Ferry Corsten because they work together a lot and I did the Ferry Corsten track “Love Will.” It was my first dive into that genre of music, so maybe he thought it would be a cool idea to do a track with an underground, soulful dance artist.
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Notable Dance Podcast #035

The Young Punx – Harlem Breakdown (DJ Mark One)
Patrick Baker – Summer Lover (Gazzo vs Dani Deahl)
Jason Herd & Stafford Brothers ft Sherry St Germain – Wicked Child (Extended)
Mel B – For Once In My Life (Sidney Samson)
Erik Arbores – Get Ready (Original)
Hardwell ft Matthew Koma – Dare You (Extended)
Denzal Park – Animal (Club)
Thomas Gold ft Kaelyn Behr – Remember (Original)
Benny Benassi – Back to Pump
Markus Schulz – Remember This (Original)
Baggi Begovic – Dragon
Sia ft The Weeknd and Diplo – Elastic Heart (Pitron Sanna)

SONG OF THE DAY: Sidney Samson & Killfake – “Revenge of the Acid”

Dirty dutchman Sidney Samson seems to be on a roll (no pun intended). Following up last month’s monstrous “YLB,” he teams up with rising duo Killfake for the multi-genrebanging “Revenge of the Acid.”  Listening to the track the first time, the flow is kind of unpredictable.  The build from each drop is a bit unexpected. At one point, I was expecting it to go all Azzido Da Bass “Doom’s Night” or Joy Kitikonti “Joy Energizer,”  and the vocal bit or harsh noise effect surprises me (as it would the crowd going mental on the dancefloor).  While the track is in the ’90s revival milieu, the deployment of acid keys channels both acid house and retro techno with a unique flavor that makes it stand out from the plethora of tracks currently out there.  I realize this, because after putting it in Notable Dance Podcast 028 last week, the amount of reaction eMails have hit a near record level.   DJs should jump on this track now, and y’all can expect to hear this in club sets throughout the fall.

Image Courtesy of Spinnin/Doorn Records.