Thee Cool Cats
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve last checked in on House purveyors Thee Cool Cats, but that doesn’t mean the Mexicali based project has lost any steam even slightly. With massive releases for the likes of heavy-hitters including Toolroom & Cuff under the TCC banner, the latest slice of bass-fueled, dancefloor cutlery from Thee Cool Cats, “Thee Weekend”, carries on in a new direction of sorts for one of our favorite club outfits. Formerly a duo, the club rumbling house single “Thee Weekend” which finds its home on surging underground imprint Monotonik; marks the first release as a solo project for Thee Cool Cats, and its got us hooked all over its sticky groove. In that same tasteful Thee Cool Cats aesthetic, but uniquely new as well, “Thee Weekend” sits on shuffled hi-hats, crushing bass swells and a hypnotic vocal to create yet another earworm for our Ninja faithful.
About the latest tune, Thee Cool Cats shared with us: “This is a track I have been sitting on for some time and has really been causing a ruckus in my sets, it’s what I like to call house music with attitude and can’t wait for people to finally hear it…”. It seems like his prophecy was on point, as “Thee Weekend” already boasts an impressive slate of artist support from Vanilla Ace, Croatia Squad, Sander Kleinenberg, Vintage Culture & Sharam Jey just to name a few. For our DJ family, you can pick this one up now on Beatport as well. So, get a leg up on your weekend (get it?) and listen to “The Weekend” above.
When artists take their first step forward with a new project, it’s both nerve-racking and exciting. The same goes for us when we see someone launching a project. However, once we heard what Camino Cabal had to offer with his debut EP, we only felt excitement for what’s to come.
After listening through the Camino Cabal EP, it should come as no surprise that the man behind this has already worked with the likes of Lindsey Stirling and Afrojack. Camino’s style is a fresh mixture of acoustic meets electronic. It’s hard for some to pull it off, but he does it without a hitch; creating smooth records that sway back and forth between a poppy singer/songwriter style and heavy bass. This motif is ridden through each of the three singles. Not only will you be headbanging, and dancing your ass off, but you will be singing along to the memorable lyrics that have a tinge of an old-school feel to them. All three singles are worth the listen, but if we had to pick a favorite, we’d run with “Black Sugar Sky.” It’s just too good. Check them all out and get ready for the official EP release next week on the 16th!
There’s nothing quite as intriguing as discovering a new artist via their first ever single. Without a full catalogue to explore, the possibilities feel endless and such is the case with Bristol newcomers Punctual. While the production duo don’t necessarily offer a new sound altogether with their debut, “Eva,” it’s crisp production and emotive vibe open doors for a wide range of possible directions. Utilizing an addicting vocal loop, ambient pads and building percussion, Punctual create an organic, house-inspired atmosphere bursting with positive energy. Airy guitar and piano melodies only add to that ambience leading up to a dance-floor ready climax.
Fans of TMN-favorites Petit Biscuit, Tourist or Maribou State, definitely don’t want to miss this one. Give “Eva” a listen above and keep your eye out for more new music from Punctual. We’re certainly excited to hear where they take their compelling sound.
Dub's Up ft. Problem & Whitney Phillips
This year we’ll be hearing a lot from the new project, Coolwater Set. They have an album in the works and based off of the two promotional songs they’ve released, it should make a big splash. Following their stellar debut single, “The Coast,” the group has released “Dub’s Up,” which we might like even more. Right from the start, Whitney Phillips comes in with a brilliant pop vocal melody and you know it will be a gem. Hear for yourself above and keep an eye out for The Coast EP, which is due out soon.
Baltimore’s Gabe Acheson, AKA Goldwash, is an artist who’s been catching fire recently for his avant-garde blend of existential funk music. Throughout 2016 this guy has been polishing his silky smooth jazz stylings and the result is nothing but quality. After making waves on BBCR1 with future funk tracks such as “But U Won’t” and “Need To Hear,” the 21 year old musician is back with another hit, “Honest.”
The track’s a slow jam that sports the sweet vocals we’ve come to expect from the artist, alongside a groove inducing bass line that promises to have you feeling the funk. Seeing as this guy’s been gaining a ton of momentum as of late, definitely check the tune out and keep an eye on Goldwash going forward!
Here we have a much too long overdue post on an artist we’ve had our eyes on for a while now, Bronze Whale. Their latest release, “Hear Me,” only gives us more reason to keep our eyes glued. Providing quite a shift in sound from their previous work, Bronze Whale executes versatility with grace. The boys take a step away from the relaxed future bass, and take on a concept that infuses their initial electronic sound with upbeat pop elements.
The tune is a direct reflection of its title, as Kenzie May’s clear voice elegantly glides over the lively production in a way that enhances every single element of the track. “Hear Me” holds on to our attention from beginning to end, making a statement that we can’t ignore (or resist).
Dirt Monkey Ft Harvey J
Super Sayain(Wooli Remix)
One of our favorite Colorado creators is Dirt Monkey. Recently he released his CHROMA album that featured a collaborative single called “Super Sayain” with Harvey J. Dirty Monkey didn’t stop there as he enlisted a fellow animal loving producer to flip his single into something new. That producer is Wooli, and his remix can be heard for the first time in the dojo with this Music Ninja Premiere.
In its original form, “Super Sayain” was a strong hybrid tune that straddled the fence between trap and dubstep, something Dirt Monkey does often. With Wooli’s take, he keeps some of the trap influences, but brings in a more future driven style to the mix. Airy synth-scapes weaved into the classic vocal chops and subtle wubs make this one a straightforward, yet massive remix. If there was anyone who wasn’t jiving 100% with the more heavy style of the original, then this remix will be perfect for you. It still has that big, encompassing attitude, but the tone of Wooli’s remix is much less in your face. Wooli did an amazing job with this tune, which you can download for free. Chances are, you’re looking forward to more Wooli just as we are!