South American duo HIIO has been making the rounds enlisting some of clubland’s finest vocalists (Abigail Bailey, Terri B, Giuseppe Viola, Lauren Rose) to sing on the tracks they’ve released this year. For their fifth single “I’ll Be There,” they’ve brought in gospel house singer Max C (recently heard on the phenomenal “Ordinary People” with Sultan + Ned Shepard). Actually, “Ordinary People” and “I’ll Be There” share similar DNA – uplifting gospel with soulful house vocals over electro/stadium production. There’s a classic vibe to Max C’s voice and it feels like it could have been taken from one of Strictly Rhythm’s hallmark ’90s vocal records. The remixes are strong across the board with Muzzaik and Hoxton Whores both contributing swing-influenced house-vibed takes and John Jacobsen going in a slightly harder tribal direction.
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3Lau, Paris & Simo ft Bright Lights – Escape
Angger Dimas – Never Been
The Shapeshifters – No Need No Body
Fedde Le Grand Sultan Ned Shepard – No Good
Eddie Halliwell – Go (Original)
Stonebridge, Matt Aubrey, Holevar ft H W – Hold On (DJ Mog)
Dan Black ft Kelis – Hearts (Kaskade & R3hab)
HIIO Max C – I’ll Be There (Club)
Mysto and Pizzi – Surrender
Andrea Belli & Joe Rok ft Jonny Rose – Lighters (Jack and Joy Mix)
Julie Thompson with Super 8 & Tab – Your Secret’s Safe (Original)
Da Hool ft Emmalyn – Into the Unknown (Antillas & Dankann)
Freemasons ft Katherine Ellis – Tears (Radio Edit)
When you talk to an Italian DJ/producer, you can feel their passion and love for the music. Italian duo Antonio Romeo and Maurizio Zoffoli started working together in 1996 under different pseudonyms. Back in 2003, they launched the Nari and Milani name and have achieved success with hit singles (“Let it Rain” and “I Got You”), remixes, and a solid DJ touring schedule. Their weekly radio program “I’ll House You” is available on their Soundcloud page and is definitely worth subscribing to.
RS: How did the two of you meet up?
Nari: We met at a radio show, Ronni was a host and so was I. We both lived in the same city and had the same passion for music. Years later we found that we worked well together and decided to create and produce music.
RS: You worked with R3hab and MYNC on the new “Miami” track, how did that come about?
Nari: At the time that we decided to make the track we were in Europe, R3hab was on tour in Australia, and MYNC was on tour in America so we connected on Skype. We made the track, MYNC made the melody, and R3hab rebuilt the track and it was finished in 21 days.
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