[House] Bleu Clair – Step Into It

Bleu Clair is coming off a big year in 2022. To kick off 2023, he’s dropped his solo single “Step Into It” that feels a little too appropriate for where the Indonesian talent is at in his career. Taking the success in stride, this hit continues to showcase why Bleu Clair is one of the hottest in house right now.

“Step Into It” blends some classic sounds with a fresh sentiment backed by Bleu Clair’s iconic production. It builds beautifully into a massively climactic drop with a sax solo that is just SO DAMN COOL. The unique approach to a song with such a distinct payoff makes for a nice change of pace from the usual while Bleu Clair proves once again he’s got the X factor.

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[House] Rich Furniss – Out Of This World

After a heavy year of coverage in the dojo, we’re not slowing down the support for Rich Furniss. The New York creator kicks off the new year with our favorite record of his to date. “Out Of This World” truly lives up to its name and we’re sure it will make its way into your playlist as soon as you hear it.

Rich has had a knack for catchy records, but there’s something particularly special about this one. The almost frenetic energy paired with the washed out melodic runs are just impeccable. We can’t get enough of it on our end and we hope you feel the same way about the next stepping stone in Rich Furniss’ evolving career, which recently saw him take the operation reigns over at the Quincy Boy imprint.

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[House] San Pacho – OYE

OYE! SAN PACHO RETURNS! The Croatian house magician is back with the new single “OYE” as well as his North American tour that has thirteen dates in total. You’ll be sure to hear the new song that pays homage to the classic N.O.R.E record “Oye Mi Canto” from 2006.

The techy treasure’s latin inspired sound is elevated with bubbly production and bustling percussion that is catchy enough all on its own. Never holding back, San Pacho adds his signature bells and whistles (metaphorically speaking) for one of his most energetic songs to date. It’s a fun one. Let it take over your party playlists and if you’re around one of his tour stops, don’t miss out!

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[House] Late June x RUNN – Late Nights

New Zealand producer Late June joins the legedary RUNN for a sexy chiller “Late Nights.” If there’s one song that we’re happy we get to jam through the holidays, it’s this one. Kick back, grab your hot chocolate – maybe toss some whiskey in there – and enjoy this on repeat.

Late June is no stranger to incredibly infectious productions as he’s wowed listeners all over the world with his signature sound. RUNN has done the same on the vocal side offering up larger-than-life records that stand the test of time. Although this one is more intimate, they imbue it with so much emotion for a big original to close out the year.

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Rich Furniss Joins Quincy Boy Operations With LEFTI [TMN Interview]

Over the course of 2023 there’s been a few house heads that have stuck out to us and Rich Furniss is undoubtedly one of them. We’re not the only ones he’s caught the attention of, as on top of his production prowess the NYC talent was recently tapped to join operations of the burgeoning Quincy Boy label by its founder LEFTI.

What a way to cap off the year, yea? Especially considering that 2022 was Rich’s first full year after launching his brand in September 2021. The growth through impeccable records like “Game On” and “Summertime.” To celebrate his big year and the integration with Quincy Boy, we brought both Rich and LEFTI into the dojo for a chat on what’s upcoming, as well as their insights as we move into 2023!

TMN: What advice would you give to other artists who are trying to grow their digital presence on and offline?

LEFTI: Well, I think the way to grow your presence is to show presence. Digitally – you can put out music, DJ mixes, bootlegs, edits, live streams, and network online just by commenting and liking posts. Get involved with the community and just be part of it. As you contribute to the stream, eventually, things will grab and connect. Offline, there is nothing more powerful as an artist or DJ than going out. Go meet people, run into acquaintances, and hopefully, get some introductions and make new ones. Be supportive of others and guarantee you will always meet someone who may connect with you down the line.

Rich: BE YOURSELF. Let your personality shine through in your art. Let it shine through on social media and when you’re out doing shows. Being genuinely yourself will help you create the connection you are looking for.

TMN: How would you describe the vision of Quincy Boy Records?

LEFTI: The vision of Quincy Boy is simple, we just want to put out music we love with people we like. We want to build our own little community of artists and like-minded individuals – that’s really it.

Rich: I just want to do what I love with the people I love. I’m super excited to work even more closely with LEFTI and N2N. I really hope to bring some of my skills to help with events and branding.

TMN: What was one of the coolest or most uplifting moments of this year?

LEFTI: There have been a few. We received some major, MAJOR support from a plethora of A-listers which was incredible to receive, but to be honest, it wasn’t until we really took it to the streets and started putting on events. This was where I personally felt the excitement of the label in more of a “physical” sense. I’ll never forget our first official event which just happened. We walk up to the door guy and he goes, “Oh, YOU are Quincy Boy, there are a bunch of people that were asking about the party on the way in.” I instantly think to myself, “Oh cool, I wonder which of my friends are here,” and to my surprise, I didn’t know a single person in the venue! It was a great moment and an incredible party.

TMN: What are some 2023 goals?

LEFTI: It feels like we are just getting started. Although technically it’s almost two years in, now building things up in the ‘events’ space, we want to see where that takes us as we do have some tiered goals for venues we hope to collab with on a party. Otherwise, we are hoping to get a further reach with our releases as we continue to grow our catalog and roster.

TMN: Looking back, what were some of the best choices that helped you get where you are today?

LEFTI: Believing in yourself and trusting your gut. All of the times I’ve made choices against these concepts, things didn’t work out how I was hoping, and sometimes, it’s intimidating to take matters into your own hands but another choice that has helped me is learning to be as self-sufficient as possible and learning as much as I can both on the technical and business sides of the industry.

Rich: I think for me, it’s all about the community that you surround yourself with both in and out of music. Being around people that inspire you, that dares you to be better, and push you. There are so many people that have helped bring me to where I am today, some that do not even know what an impact they have made. I am thankful for everyone that has been part of my path. This is another reason I am so excited to work on Quincy Boy with LEFTI and N2N.

TMN: What would be your dream label to release on?

Rich: Quincy Boy, of course.

TMN: What most excites you about 2023?

Rich: I’m excited to keep growing, to continue to make better and better music, and to keep growing my community. I truly love what I do, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to keep doing it on bigger and bigger stages. I’m excited about the journey.

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[House] Matroda – Temperature

Ahh yes, another hot one from Matroda! Released on his label Terminal Underwound, “Temperature” is a potently groovy jam that is one of Matroda’s catchiest to date. Fun from start to finish, there’s no moment during its three and a half minutes where you’re not vibing hard.

Matroda has long been one of house music’s underground pillars and its records like this that prove why. His impeccable sense of groove matches his tasteful production that flows masterfully throughout. Every part of the song feels like a special moment, which is something that permeates most of Matroda’s catalog. It’s not easy being so smooth, but Matroda finds a way.

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[House] San Pacho – As Long As We Got House EP

The Croatian king San Pacho has graced the world with his six track EP, As Long As We Got House. We know it’s not even a full sentence, but we can’t really argue against the claim! Especially if it’s some sexy house from San Pacho.

Some dance music fans aren’t exactly attuned to the tech house style with the criticism that it can feel boring. That’s certainly not the case with San Pacho who breathes immense life and – frankly – swag into the mix. Each song stands on its own, but unite together for an incredibly strong EP. It’s got character, it’s got different styles intertwining to perfection. As Long As We Got House is a bold statement that San Pacho backs with an impressive project that will stand among the strongest house EPs of 2022.

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