[House] Laidback Luke & Gian Varela feat. Melfi – Ponme Loco

Laidback Luke joins our friend Gian Varela for the exciting new single “Ponme Loco.” Following up from Gian’s “Veneno” which he chatted with us about, “Ponme Loco” is a club smash that has been released on MixMash Records.

Luke and Gian’s Melfi featured original is catchy from the start. It’s call to action is not hard to follow through on thanks to an energizing production that, although minimal, gets you on your feet and dancing. “Ponme Loco” feels like one of those songs that was just so much fun to make and it shows. Add this one to your playlist for a little latin flare!

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[House] Chris Costello – We Could Be Together EP

Maybe we’re not as in the progressive house scene as we once were – but LA producer Chris Costello has us back in the mix thanks to his debut EP We Could Be Together. The five track EP pays homage to what Chris describes as the “golden era of EDM” with its uplifting energetic sound.

One of the things that sticks out on this EP is that there are vocals on all of the songs, giving them strong accessibility that Chris hammers home with his inviting melodies and crisp production. His style transforms throughout the project, not simply sticking to the archetypal “progressive” sound which gives the EP a dynamic sensibility. Favorites including “Hope You Know” and “Nothing Can Stop Us Now” but the entire EP is solid through and through.

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[House] Marcus James x RUNN – Good Enough

Canada’s Marcus James has taken the next step towards his EP with help from the talented RUNN. Their collaborative “Good Enough” was released on Physical Presents and has already garnered some incredible attention.

Landing itself on numerous editorial playlists including mint Cananda on Spotify, “Good Enough” is well deserving of the love its getting. Packed with inspiring emotion and bouncy basslines, this catchy original is some of the best work from both of these two talents. Check it out now and make sure to stay up to date with Marcus James & RUNN as they both have more music coming soon!

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Latin Dance Icon Gian Varela Chats About Hit “Veneno” [TMN Interview]

Latin star Gian Varela has quite the track record. Having released on such labels as Armada, Spinnin’ Records, Revealed and more, as well as having been the first DJ to ever perform at the Panama Canal in his birth country, Gian’s been making big moves and even bigger waves for quite some time.

His latest endeavor is the house hit “Veneno” that he created in collaboration with Steve Andreas and singer Felicia. Not only did Gian drop this original on BARNATION, but the song comes with a superb music video. Gian joined us in the dojo to chat a little about the project, his recent signing to Mixmash and to let us know what else he has upcoming this year.

TMN: Can you tell us how your song “Veneno” came to be?

Gian: I wanted a record that would link my old music with everything that’s coming up new! Veneno did just that. I worked on it with the idea of merging a guaracha record with a house track with Steve and then with Flori del Pino we wrote the vocals. But we needed an authentic guaracha singer from Colombia who’d be down to work it and that is when we brought in felicia.

TMN: How was shooting the music video for the song?

Gian: It was fun! A bit exhausting as I worked with the team on editing the video as I flew to Amsterdam from Miami. The timelines were a bit crazy but such is life.

TMN: How was the experience of being the first DJ to play at the Panama Canal?

Gian: It was the most challenging project I’ve ever had to do. But in the end once it came out, I still can’t believe we pulled it off. It was an honor and such an emblematic thing for me. There will definitely be a round 2.

TMN: As someone at the forefront of Latin America’s electronic music scene, what are you looking forward to in the next few years?

Gian: Spanish House this year, then the I want to definitely hear more genres in Spanish! From Dubstep to Techno. I believe there is always a way to fuse these worlds together. You can bet on me being at the forefront of pushing this more and more.

TMN: What else is going on in the world of Gian Varela for the rest of the year?

Gian: Having just signed to Mixmash and getting ready for a whole amount of biiig releases with major artists both from the Latin world and the dance music world: I’m really exited! I’m also happy to come back to Twitch and be able to stream and hang out with the fans.

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[Electronic] WODD – Easy To Love (ft. LIA)

WODD has been a producer with some incredibly unique sound design and musicality that has garnered a growing grassroots fanbase over the past few years. Hailing from France, the dubstep producer takes a step away from his headbanging roots for a (house? electro? bass?) song that is sure to get stuck in your head.

“Easy To Love” is a genre-bending hit featuring the beautiful voice of Montreal resident LIA. The introduction seduces you into its dream-like sound whose chill tone completely juxtaposes what’s to come. WODD takes you on quite the sonic adventure with this bombastic bass hit that you just have to experience for yourself.

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[House] Rich Furniss Drops 2 Summer Heaters

Rich Furniss has quickly become a house head that anyone inclined to the 120-130BPM range needs to keep an eye on. His blend of house and disco is impeccable at the same time that he delivers something interesting time and time again. He’s been on a hot streak lately with a bunch of 2022 records including his latest singles “Summertime” feat. L’marco and “All My Love” feat. Andrew Charles.

We’ll start chronologically with “Summertime” which is a beachy viber that works equally well at a pool party as it does a club. The memorable vocal anthem is a bubbly original that expresses Rich’s groovy nature. “All My Love” is a bit more radio sporting a catchy hook that is hard to get out of your head. It has a bit more energy than his previous, but still maintains groove as the central theme of the production. Both are solid records that continue a slew of releases from one of New York’s most promising.

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[House] Marcus James x Danni Carra – Make Me Sad

Marcus James
Make Me Sad

Vancouver’s Marcus James has returned to Physical Presents with his original single “Make Me Sad.” Featuring Danni Carra, this emo-house hit is the first single off Marcus’ upcoming EP that will follow up from 2021’s “The Night We Nearly Threw It All Away.”

“Make Me Sad” pays homage to nostalgic sounds while Marcus adds in his own unique electronic flair. For fans of house music, especially vocal led records, this is just the right kind of song you’re looking to add to your playlists. It feels like a sad song, but at the same time there’s more to it – and with relationships there always is. These dynamic emotions are presented beautifully by both Marcus and Danni throughout the entire song. Give it a listen and give them a follow!

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