Walker & Royce
Insanity (Original Mix)- FREE DOWNLOAD
As the most popular electronic sounds stateside begin to stray away from gigantic stadium-sized drops coupled with over-the-top lasers, strobes and everything in between; we’ve been gifted with a renaissance of sorts -back to the purest forms of house and its many offspring- thanks in part to efficacious artists like Brooklyn duo Walker & Royce. Sam Walker and Gavin Royce have been plying their stirringly groovy brand of deep-house since 2011 to great critical response behind singles on some of the most influential taste-making imprints in the game including Crosstown Rebels, OFF and Pets Recordings along with the shining and untouchable distinction of being tabbed as one of legendary Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong’s “Future Stars” back in October . Today, they’ve gifted us with a brand new original tune, “Insanity” and we couldn’t wait to share it with you Ninjas. “Insanity” kicks off out of the gate behind a compressed kick drum leading into some entrancing synth work and a welcome vocal track spliced from ‘Mr. Let’s Get It On’ himself, Marvin Gaye. The entire movement plays wonderfully as a club groover, but simultaneously can be aurally consumed in any number of mellow to hyphy settings, proving the pair’s firm understanding of music structure and deft ear for addicting sounds in the process. “Insanity” is being given away as a free download via growing house imprint Night Supply, so take the jump here and grab yourself a digital copy in exchange for a Facebook “like”.
Track Premiere: Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones
I Got U (Jonas Rathsman Remix)
Let’s face it. Duke Dumont’s uber-addictive single “I Got U” was bound to father a slew of remixes from the moment it began receiving its due diligence in live sets from the world’s most influential dance artists. So when we heard about an entire EP being put out behind the clubby house tune, we crossed our fingers hoping that a suitable slate of talented producers would be there to move “I Got U” under their vision. We were more than pleased with the way remix duties were handed out, especially when we discovered Swedish artist Jonas Rathsman was amongst those commissioned. We last featured Rathsman on a stunning original track “I Feel What I Feel” late last year, which was put out on tastemaking dance imprint French Express and in the time since, the Swedish producer has remained relatively quiet except for a few remixes. Suffice it to say, when we got a chance to glue our ears to his trademark brand of dreamy house and disko painted over the Duke’s dance-floor hit, we couldn’t help but be thrilled. Jonas executes his version masterfully, using much of the original stems as its core but infuses a healthy bit of atmospheric tinge throughout. If you’re feeling this one like we were, be sure to look out for the entire EP, featuring remixes by TMN favorites MK, Tensnake, Bondax, and High Contrast. Get shaking a little early today and stream Rathsman’s remix above.
Searchin (Original Mix)
It’s safe to say that the genre tag “deep-house” gets thrown around pretty haphazardly at the moment. We’ve overheard more than our fair share of dance music “aficionados” lumping groups like Disclosure or Bondax under the distinction simply because they are alternatives to commercial EDM, feature some similar sound structuring and run a little slower than those stadium sized electro anthems. However, when we talk about deep-house here at TMN it is most likely pertaining to the pure and soulful archetypal variety. Today brings us a proper house debut from veteran underground DJ and producer Danny Marin, “Searchin”, which is being put out on Night Supply. An intoxicating and bouncy cut in nature, “Searchin” kicks off into a hypnotic house groove under the guise of compressed kicks, sculpted pads and a deep lead synth and bassline. Further glossing up the track is an elegantly pulled vocal slice from Bloody Beetroots and Greta Svabo Beich’s past collaboration “Chronicles of Fallen Love” which adds just the perfect amount of human element to insure “Searchin” a healthy amount of crossover playability, and judging from some of his live 2013 performances with the likes of MK, Cyril Hahn, Ryan Hemsworth, J Phlip and Moon Boots it seems the house guru can and will appeal to any number of differing listeners as well. Grab the free download here and start dancing now.
Jealous (I Ain't With It)
In preparation for their upcoming 4th studio album, electro-funk legends Chromeo have dropped a number of incredibly addictive, feel-good songs in the last few months. Today, the Canadian duo unleashed “Jealous,” yet another testament to their ability to capture the groove of old-school funk, while utilizing the new age sounds of EDM.
This is one that will have you dancing regardless of where you are or who is watching–or maybe that’s just me. Enjoy above and look out for White Women, which is set to drop in May and has all the makings of a great project.
You're My Obsession (ft. Nate Dogg & Animotion)
In the span of just a few recent releases, L.A.’s Dr. Fresch has quickly become one of our go-to sources of consistently proper Disko and House music. We last featured the line-towing producer with the release of a self-titled EP on his own Prep School Recordings imprint, which we fell head over heels for and today we’re happy to bring TMN another slice of the Dr. Fresch picture. Fusing vocal elements from two classic tracks -Animotion’s sticky sweet 80′s heater “Obsession” spliced with a tinge of Nate Dogg’s “I Got Love”- “You’re My Obsession” occupies a unique space between mainstream and underground while exuding the kind of dance credibility most producers yearn for. It was out of the blue that Dr. Fresch was mused to produce this one, from a classic video game session of GTA: Vice City as Animotion’s hypnotic anthem struck an inspirational chord with the producer, undoubtedly while virtually mowing down hoards of police and innocent civilians (because we hear that’s what goes on in those games). He’s been quoted as saying “I was playing GTA: Vice City a couple months back and got inspired to remix my favorite track from the game, “Obsession”. Then, I sprinkled a little Nate Dogg vocal on top, and this is what I came up with.” Well as simple as that sounds, we know there was much more to it than that but we really, really like it.
Gust of Wind (Feat. Daft Punk)
When the tracklist for G I R L was first announced, we knew right away that there was one track that we absolutely needed to hear. With the album stream for Pharrell‘s latest album going up last night, we also figured it wouldn’t be long before that particular song would surface to the net. After teaming up for two spectacular singles on Random Access Memories, Daft Punk and the ageless wonder that we know as Pharrell are aiming to see if they can “Get Lucky” (see what we did there?) with a third team-up on “Gust of Wind.” Unsurprisingly, the trio have struck gold once again, with a groovy, disco-infused number that’ll have you tapping your toes the instant the beat kicks in. Take a listen to the addicting tune above, and be sure to get your pre-orders in for G I R L as soon as possible.
Big Boi feat. Phantogram
While a new album from Outkast seems like nothing more than a pipe dream at this point, we can at least count on Big Boi to always deliver some quality material. For the fifth installment of his “Mashup Mondays” series, Sir Lucious Left Foot brings back the funk, with an 80′s inspired remix that blends the disco stylings of Shalamar‘s “A Night To Remember” with the Phantogram assisted single, “Objectum Sexuality.” The end result is a groovy revamp that may even trump the original. We’d even go so far as to say that this remix–along with its equally impressive visuals–is the best in the series so far. We’ve still got more four more entries to go though, before we can make a full judgment on that.