Ice Field (Thero Remix)
In the midst of winter, here’s a tune that’ll help you reminisce the good ol’ summertime. Reworking Slow Skies‘ “Ice Field”, NY-based producer Thero has put out yet another classic remix for our hearing pleasure. Subtly speeding up the original track, Thero incorporates a series of tropical synth, including a xylophone melody that is both catchy and memorable. Don’t forget the killer sax line that comes in a little later that absolutely steals the spotlight. The vocals are kept to a minimal, which gives it a more organic feel. The overall feel of the tune is comparably more mature than his other work, while keeping it sexy and fresh. 2015 is going to be a big year for the tropical artist, so stay tuned in for more dope music coming your way!
As most of our dance aficionados may be aware, The BPM Festival in beautiful Playa Del Carmen, Mexico -which more or less features a “who’s who” lineup of proper house, techno, disco and every niche genre in between- is just within a day away from what will most rightly be an absurd, dance and party-favor fueled 9 days -and quite the important party for much of the dance community worldwide. So when we heard one of House music’s most prominent labels, Toolroom Records, was putting out a special mix and album -Toolroom Mexico- to kick things off, mixed by one of 2014′s most successful American underground dance artists making their label debut, Thee Cool Cats; our interest was more than piqued.
Featured within their stellar mix album which includes an eclectic batch of house cuts from Dusky, Doorly, Vanilla Ace, Todd Terry, Green Velvet and loads more, lies Thee Cool Cats’ latest offering: “Swerve”. “Swerve”, to say the least, is a bouncy slice of carefully crafted, tech-fueled G-House in the same vein as the scuzzy vibrations coming out of the Dirtybird camp. We’ve heard Thee Cool Cats delve into breezy disco, club-floor G-House; and this latest wrinkle in their production game is as appealing as anything else from the forward thinking dance producers. We’re bounced from proto-typical, and expertly engineered G-House to the blissful feels that have come to attach themselves to Thee Cool Cats’ stainless output effortlessly, creating a unique playability which wouldn’t sound out of place while cruising in your station wagon or the middle of a clammy, peak-hour dancefloor. “Swerve” is available for download on Beatport now, and for our friends out in Playa Del Carmen this week, be safe and bump this one in the sun.
Control Feat. Miki Rose
El. Train is a master of all things laidback. Moving away from his impressive remix collection and beats, the Brighton native kicks off his original EP release slotted for this Sunday with a sensual joint featuring the sultry vocals of Miki Rose. Taking a minimal and wavy approach, El. Train really lets Miki take over the track, which is evident even in her lyrics, and finds an optimal balance between his soulful production and her voice. Clocking in at under 3 minutes, “Control” is more of a tease than anything for the upcoming “Something Between” EP, but it’s certainly a delicious slice to hold us over until the Shimmy Records‘ Sunday release. Don’t miss this free download and be sure to keep an eye out for El. Train’s new project on the way soon!
Full Crate x Mar
Nobody Else (Hotel Garuda Remix)
Here we have a juicy dance tune to help ease the mid-week struggle. Electronic duo sensation Hotel Garuda just came out with this remix of Full Crate x Mar‘s track titled “Nobody Else”, and it’s everything you’d expect and more. The already catchy original track that carries a PBR&B vibe is spiced up and turned into this house goodness. Without overdoing it, Hotel Garuda incorporated a futuristic bassline and trap beat that almost resemble the sound of Disclosure. The bouncy and complex drumbeat will make you get off and dance your pants off. That’s guaranteed.
We’re thoroughly impressed by yet another dope track by Hotel Garuda, hats off to the talented duo. Make sure to check out another remix of the same song by Sebastian Carter, or click here while you’re at it. There’s always time for good music.
Black Coast Official
Enough ft M. Maggie
Stan Rapoport is Black Coast. He teams up with New York songwriter, Maggie Miller (M Maggie), for the emotional pop tune ‘Enough’. This one stirs up a lot of feelings. It’s about the challenging time in a relationship when partners wonder if they are enough for each other. Ultimately, it comes down to feeling love. “What you gonna do when you got it?”
Black Coast delivers production that sets the mood perfectly for M Maggie’s vocals. Her poetic style comes out in the dynamic lyrics, co-written by Rapoport. This song flows very nicely and the chorus really brings it home. Only their second release on Soundcloud which means a lot of work remains unheard. Be sure to tune in.
Actin Crazy (Prod. By 40)
It’s hard to believe that Action Bronson is yet to release a major label debut album given the amount of quality content he’s put out over the last few years. With a due date of March 24th now slated for his debut, Mr. Wonderful, the Queens emcee dropped a glimpse into the project just a few minutes ago. “Actin Crazy” features production from Drake‘s in-house beat-master, Noah “40″ Shebib, which complements Bronson’s lyrical acrobatics surprisingly well. The instrumental, unsurprisingly, proves ethereal and airy with Bronson’s chorus matches his current career position, “Opportunity be knocking, it got a let a mofucka in.” Of course, the song wouldn’t be complete without lines like “All I do is eat oysters/And speak 6 languages in 3 voices.” Give this one a listen above–we’re certainly excited to give Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful a spin in a few months.
One More Time (LUCA LUSH Remix)
Soundcloud, even with its quirks, bugs and uncertainties, remains an amazing tool for music discovery from both a fan and artist perspective. Over the last couple years, a number of collectives have done a particularly good job curating like-minded artists via SC allowing listeners further opportunity to find producers similar to ones they already know and love. The alaya collective is a perfect example of one such taste-maker introducing us to some of our favorite new artists in the future R&B and chill-bass realm over the last year.
Today, we’re excited to be premiering a new track from New York-based, alaya-affiliated producer Luca Lush, who has been killing the Soundcloud game recently. Before you jump to conclusions about his decision to take on Daft Punk, keep in mind that Luca has already remixed classics like “Let’s Get It On” and “In Da Club” recently with marvelously creative results. His take on “One More Time” is no different as he allows the original vocals to progress over a radiant backdrop before bridging into a glitchy break and finally breaking down completely into an addicting piano melody. By the 2-minute mark Luca has taken full control injecting his unique feels for a truly dynamic, triumphant closing. Grab a free download here and, if you like what you hear, make sure to follow Luca Lush and alaya, who’ve got a new compilation on the way, on Soundcloud at those links.
P.S. If you haven’t heard it already, make sure to check out Luca Lush’s addicting collaboration with Feki, “Club Love,” one of my personal favorites.