What I Want

DJ turned producer Daniel Alcala, who’s become much more recognizable simply as Alcala, first started gaining notoriety over a decade ago cutting his teeth as quite the crafty decksmith, while opening for the likes of Fake Blood, Matt Darey, Viceroy and Yolanda Be Cool. However, Alcala’s star didn’t truly start to shine until a steady output of remixes for artists like Crystal Castles, Givers, Royksopp, Kavinsky, Dragonette, Nightriders and M83 began worming their way through a number of dance industry corners, eventually finding their way to the top of multiple online charts in the process. Today, we’ve got our hands, or rather ears on Alcala’s latest original, “What I Want”, and as the snow and gloom in this writer’s home city of Denver settles in, it’s proving as the perfect atmospheric pick-me-up. “What I Want” rides the contemporary house backbone of a thick, syrupy bassline, shuffling hi-hats, rising pads and deft vocal chops for its first half, but during an excellently executed break we’re hit with the kind of classic house piano that would make Marshall Jefferson crack a smile,  bringing the entire track together in a clean, cohesive and utterly groovy design.

While Alcala’s remixes are the tunes nabbing the rising artist millions of YouTube views, we’re quite in tune with his latest body of work for which our latest TMN Premiere take its name, the What I Want EP which is getting set for a November 20 release. But, until the full extended-play is unveiled stream its title track “What I Want” before anyone else above.

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