Notable Dance Podcast #021

Gero ft Kullai Timi – Turn Around (Marcus Jakes)
Wookie ft Eliza Doolittle – The Hype
JW & Tom Harwood – Tommy Sax (Greg Stainer)
My Digital Enemy & Jerome Robbins – Feel Good
Mat Zo ft Chuck D – Pyramid Scheme
Maison and Dragen – Colossuem (Original)
Sick Individuals – Drum Machine
Nick Skitz and Amba Shepherd – Get Your Gun (Rave Mix)
Candyland & Big Chocolate – Its a Shark (FTampa Remix)
Sunset & Solid Skill – Alive (Spark 7)
BT & Aqualung – Surrounded (Super 8 and Tab)
Rivaz and Benny Benassi ft Heather Bright – Tell Me Twice (Bright Lights)
Tiesto ft Kyler England – Take Me (Bassinvader)

SONGS OF THE DAY: Botnek – “Through the Night” and My Digital Enemy & Jason Chance “Feel It In the Air”

These are probably two tracks that you wouldn’t place together, unless of course you were a lover of ’90s italohouse and clocked both vocal samples as coming from diva Ann Marie Smith. Coming off the heels of a massive mix of “Easy” by Matt Zo and Porter Robinson, Canadian duo Botnek has been ceremoniously anointed the next big thing by Dim Mak founder Steve Aoki. Tracks like “Panama Bass” and “Rass” laid the ground work of the electroglitch sound that they’ve developed succinctly over the past few years. For “Through the Night,” they nicked the vocal line which sounds like a sample of Sharada House Gang featuring Ann Marie Smith “Dancing Through the Night.” Starting off like just about any other stadium house track, the magic comes as the vocal is deployed throughout the intro, leading to a drum fill that crescendoes into glitchy electro madness. Whether that vocal effect becomes the “Botnek” trademark or just another sound in their wheelhouse is yet to be seen, but for now they’ve got a massive record that is set to be a massive festival anthem this season. The collaboration of My Digital Enemy and Jason Chance led to the recently unleashed, frolicking “Feel It In the Air.” The energetic mix of tribal and piano house has a definite feel of a big nineties club track with a bit of electro to keep it sounding current. Playing it in my club sets since it was released, the vocal sample has been driving me nuts because I kept thinking it was Motiv8 “Rockin for Myself.” It wasn’t until I heard the Botnek track that it hit me, the sample is from “Move Your Feet” by 49ers featuring Ann Marie Smith (the song which Motiv8 sampled). When combined with “Move On” by Leonardo GloVibes, these tracks point out that the current ’90s house revival movement is also paying its due respect to Italohouse.

Images courtesy of Dim Mak and Zulu Recordings.

Notable Dance Podcast #017

Roger Sanchez ft GTO – Troubleman
CLS – Can You Feel It (Prok Fitch)
Crazibiza – My Lips (My Digital Enemy Remix)
Wideboys – Wonky
Botnek – Through the Night (Original)
Junxsterjack – Lets Get This Party Started
Moska – Sick Kick (Original)
Nicky Romero vs Krewella – Legacy
Calvin Harris ft Ayah Marah – Thinking About You (Firebeatz)
Audien – Iris (Original)
Don Diablo & Matt Nash ft Noonie Bao – Starlight (Otto Knows)
Markus Schulz ft Sarah Howells – Tempted (Extended)
BT ft Aqualung – Surrounded (Original)