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
Electronic music legend Moby returns this year with a new album, Innocents, to be released in October. The preview single “A Case For Shame” sets a dark and haunting, yet uplifting tone. The track is downtempo electronica with orchestral elements beautifully interspersed in. While it’s similar to previous gospel-inflected songs from “18” and “Play,” the voice of Canadian Al Spx (singer of Cold Specks) takes it to a darker place, a la her signature doom soul sound which mixes gospel and goth. Her voice channels old school blues in some places, while sounding fresh and pretty in others – almost like a case of multiple personalities. Speaking of which, special kudos to Spartaque who managed to remix the track and give it a happy electro pop feel with a touch of the ’90s, not something that could have been very easy to do. DJs should also dig up Sharam Jey’s electrodisco rerun. Moby furthers his artistic palate by directing his first music video – an experimental amalgam of underwater footage with masked animal characters in white sheets. I would love to hear what Moby’s “specific meaning” is the video as all I get from it is a suicidal escape from taunting people.
2013 is going to be a big year for the Freemasons. Starting the year, “Tears,” their stadium-housed take on “Purple Rain”- featuring vocals by inimitable Katherine Ellis, created huge buzz on Soundcloud. Next up was their epic mix of Depeche Mode’s “Heaven” which is already storming the clubs. Out now is their first official release, “Bring It Back,” an updated take on the classic Freemasons sound – big room happy house with elements of “Da Funk”-era Daft Punk hooks, uplifting keyboard lines, and wildly-effected vocals. The brilliantly-executed drop-out, leading to a massive speed-up, had me flashing back to old school rave days when the DJ would drop “Thousand” by Moby and watch the candy kids try to keep up with it. Speaking of kids, the stop-motion video made by the duo featuring Legos, action figures, studio gear, and post-it notes coming to life is beyond brilliant. Along with “Butter’s Theme,” the video proves that artistic creativity trumps big budgets every time.