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.
As the summer festival season comes to a close, Goldroom unearths a fresh batch of tracks to help us forget that cold months are ahead. LA-based Goldroom’s second EP, “Embrace,” is a stunning combination of tunes that builds upon his past successes with breakout single “Fifteen.” The EP includes six tracks, two of them new – “Embrace,” and “Adalita.” Previous favorites “Only You Can Show Me,” “Fifteen,” “Sweetness Alive,” and “Pacific” are also included. The title track “Embrace” demonstrates the blissful vocals of little known Ariela Jacobs and Goldroom’s incredible selection of upbeat and fun synths. The second new track, “Adalita” features the vocals of Chela (responsible for the vocals on “Fifteen”) with dynamic strings and summery keys. If Goldroom’s sound is indicative of the continuing reliance upon electronic production in the indie world, then we are in for some good times ahead. And, perhaps, a mild start to the dark days of 2014!
Words cannot described how excited I was to see that the latest Drumcode release not only features Adam Beyer tracks but is in fact a set of collaborations between Adam and his partner, Ida. I’m relatively new to the Techno scene, but I always eat these releases right up. “Unanswered Question” is an aptly named track that upon first listen is immediately recognizable as an Adam Beyer track. The signature double pronged kick makes an appearance throughout the track while the almost dirtybirdesque synth adds dynamism. The unanswered question vocal sample serves as the name of the title track. The two remixes don’t do it for me – I prefer the original track. Rounding off the EP, we have “Virga” (again a collaboration between Adam and Ida). Virga has a very different sound than the typical Drumcode release – it’s a much lighter track, and reminds me of Cirez D a bit. The kick takes a backseat to the driving hihat and synth line. Another set of strong releases from Drumcode, as we wait for Adam and Ida’s forthcoming release “You Know” on Truesoul.
The next single from Basement Jaxx’s forthcoming album is called “What A Difference Your Love Makes.” The UK-based duo has been around for ages and it’s exciting to continue to see new material from them. Premiered on B.Traits’ BBC Radio 1 show, the “Jaxx Chic Booty” presents a different take on the single. It features classic house grooves and fun sounding vocals. The track is light and surprisingly heartfelt. It’s available for free on their soundcloud, so get it today!
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.
Anna Lunoe’s debut single, “Breathe,” is a mildly repetitive yet crazy catchy track. Surprisingly being released on Fool’s Gold Records, this track does not fit the label’s typical style. Anna’s dark vocals define the track, laid on top of stabs of deep house sounds (listen for that occasional click click click). Otherwise the track does not blow me away, but assuming Anna will be an interesting one to watch – perhaps we will see followup tracks on a different label.
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.