One of the dirty secrets of dance music is that DJs often pay ghost producers to do their work for them. From time to time, the real talent behind the superstars step up and release their own music. Dasco are one of those “behind the scene” guys, and with this new release they get the recognition they deserve. Similar in vibe to Duke Dumont’s “I Got You,” “What I Need” is a summery, breezy house track with light instrumentation, sexy grooves, and an infectious singalong chorus. At first, the “I House You” male vocal sample is a bit disconcerting, but after a few plays, it fits perfectly. The remixes keep the house vibe firmly in place with Rob Roar sweetening it up with a bit of a pop vibe, Shoko building around a tough bassline with a strong horn sample, and Sauna Riot giving it a soundtrack vibe. As winter approaches, “What I Need” will remind global clubbers of their holidays in Ibiza and the rest of us of lazy summertime lounging.
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Just as the big room EDM guys alternate releases between big room electro monsters and progressive pop confections, Duke Dumont is doing the same, alternating big pop records like the upcoming “Won’t Look Back” with more club-focused tracks in a series called For Club Play Only. For Part 3, he does two more underground takes on his nu-House sound. “Slow Dance” is sparse, with the bassline as the focus, a keyboard breakdown, and classic acid sounds coming in towards the end. The vocals, obviously sampled because of the placement and structure, say “I wanna slow dance with you” and fit the vibe perfectly. “Mumble Man” is just as the title says, a guy mumbling a line over a retrohouse track. The call and response of the vocal and the effected version is quite humorous, especially considering what they are saying “you deny me… got physical” and “now my body has arrived,” which makes it sounds like a sexual encounter gone awry leading to, erm, self-satisfaction. Both of these tracks will fit a sexy house set, and even though they have the vibe of tracks from twenty years ago, they sound modern and fresh at the same time. If you haven’t heard “Wont Look Back,” do check it out here…
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Zinc ft Sneaky Sound System – Show Me (Cause And Affect Remix)
Chris Malinchak ft Mikky Ekko – Stranger (Blonde Remix)
Duke Dumont – Won’t Look Back
ZHU – Faded
Slam Dunk’d ft Chromeo & Al-P – No Price
David Guetta ft Sam Martin – Lovers On The Sun
S-A Vs. AN21 & Sebjak – GODS
Style Of Eye ft SAL – The Game
MOTi & Quintino – Crash
Benny Benassi ft Gary Go – Let This Last Forever (MAKJ Remix)
Cosmic Gate & Orjan Nilsen – Fair Game
Moby and Darth Vader – Death Star