Fans of Martijn ten Velden who know him for his tech house/minimalist tracks and DJ sets might be scratching their heads when they hear ?Shake Your.? Known for ?I Wish You Would,? ?Together? and massive collaborations with Mark Knight, this Dutch DJ/producer has changed his sound. If you look at the name of his record label, you?ll see why. Papagaio means happy father; his new focus on his family and son has inspired him to slow things down (under 124 bpm) and make it groovier. Unlike, say, Disclosure or Prince Club who are making tracks that sound exactly like 90s house, ?Shake Your? has elements of both that sound and nu-disco yet is reconstructed in a way to come across as unique and current. This isn’t a peak hour, floor-filling track but rather something sexy to get your shuffling groove onto. It goes to show that a track can have energy without slamming you in the face with pounding beats and glitchy electro.
Ever wonder what Faithless would sound like in 2013? Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, Toolroom Records pulled together three incredible artists to create a vision for the future. Label owner Mark Knight teams with rising producer Sander van Doorn to create this proggy electro track with a strong vocal performance by Karl Hyde of Underworld. Looking forward always means respecting the past, and there is a clear influence of Faithless (Karl sounds remarkable like Maxi Jaxx, while some of the synth stabs are descendant of the classic Rollo/Goetz “Tuff” sound). The track is definitely unique unto itself with a modern electro feel, big shuffling beats, and dramatic fills. The video reinforces the lyrical message of unity with people coming together to dance their emotions out. “Ten” is one of those rare tracks that are accessible and dancefloor-friendly, yet dark and cool at the same time.