I stumbled upon this track after it was shared by Defected on soundcloud. Don’t know much about them, except that they are an Australian duo. “Run” caught my attention as soon as the vocal sample starts. Its a frantic sound that fits perfectly with the deep house groove and light percussion. While the track is a tad repetitive, it will make for a funky addition to any set. Definitely has that old chicago house feel to it. The track was previously released, but now is on an EP alongside remixes from Luke Solomon and Monty.
The newest EP from Justin Jay, a 20 year old LA based producer, continues those oh so strange sounds that we’ve come to expect. The EP starts off with it’s title track, The Jaguar. This track got me hooked on Justin and convinced me of all the goodies to come. Deep bass melds with a driving synth line, complimented by hi hats, strings, and bongos to bring the listener on a unique ride. A bit of a different sound than prior releases on Dirtybird, so I’m curious to see what’s next for Justin. “Coldwater” is very much an extension of “The Jaguar” with a new vocal and similar synth progressions, but with a darker, more emotional feel. “You and Me” is a deeper track with a strange vocal sample, reminiscent of current deep house sounds. Overall, a fairly good EP from Justin Jay to satisfy us until his next release.
Wow. Couldn’t ask for a better way to start my Sunday. Relatively unknown, Nora En Pure is a Swiss producer, part of Helvetic Nerds. This track has been supported by many across all styles – Steve Angello, Mark Knight, Moguai, and Max Vangeli to name a few. I discovered it in a Russ Chimes mix for BBC Radio 1. “Come With Me” features beautiful piano chordplay, vocals that suit Sunday mornings, and perfectly time sweeps to increase the full, wide sound. The track, unlike so many these days, has proper ups and downs, proving that music can be a journey, not a constant throb of sound. Make sure to check out the other two tracks on the EP.
Toyboy & Robin (of “Jaded” fame) take their hand at remixing Tensnake’s breakthrough hit “See Right Through.” They speed the track up considerably, making it dancier and more uplifting. They inject a bit of the current UK sound, with different, deep percussion and a slight twang of synth. All the while the beautiful vocals of Fiora are retained and never downplayed.
Today it’s Matt Lange’s ( turn to have a full single release of his offerings from this summers Anjunadeep 05. The two track EP features “Way You Know” and “Only You.” Matt is a LA-based producer with past releases on Anjunadeep, Armada, Toolroom, and Silk Royal. His most recent offerings include his chilled out remix of The M Machine’s “Shadow in The Rose Garden” and “In And Out of Phase” with fellow Berklee grad and Anjunabeats/Anjunadeep labelmate Andrew Bayer. “Way You Know” opens with the chilling vocals of Tania Zygar (no stranger to electronic music) layered beautifully over a mellow yet bouncy bassline. The B-side of this EP, “Only You”, showcases Matt’s ability to utilize intricate drumwork, synth lines, and develops into a techier, darker sound.
Bluford Duck (the nickname of a famous old west outlaw), a little known deep house producer based out of the UK, burst on to the scene with their track “Shoulder to Cry On.” First premiered in The Magician’s Magic Tape 36 and featured on Jeudi Record’s compilation of producers to watch, the track is a 2013 re-imagining of Brandy’s 1994 R&B classic “I Wanna Be Down.” The track borrows heavily from the original, laying a pitched up version of the original vocals over an updated groove and baseline. While others have tried similar updates with this track, only Bluford Duck is able to nail it. This has been a staple in deep sets of late and this duo is one to keep an eye on. Their original material sounds promising and 2014 is sure to be a busy year for them!
Sunday Slowdown showcases a track from the archives that empowers us to take a minute to breath, listen, and just exist. When I first heard the original mix of this track, I was not impressed. However, upon hearing Jody Wisternoff’s remix of The Peacemaker Project’s “Ich Lass’ Dich Nicht Zuruck” mixed beautifully with the rest of Anjunadeep 05, the vocals and percussion immediately caught my attention. This song just makes you want to groove, to shuffle back and forth. Picture yourself on a Sunday afternoon, driving along a quiet road. This track forces you to block everything out for a few minutes of our busy lives. The twangs of the sax complete the emotional track.