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.
Suara, the dance label headed by Spanish producer Coyu, continues to push boundaries with new signings and releases that continue to spotlight pure groove heavy music. Past breakout successes for the label include Technasia’s track ‘I Am Somebody,’ Sonic Future’s ‘Move Your Hips’, and Tuber & Berger ‘Imprint.’ As a part of this A&R obsessed strategy, Suara regularly puts out compilation EPs with standout tracks from up and coming talent. Suara’s most recent label showcase, Suara Showroom 19, features great tracks from John Made, Youri Donatz, Bjorn Wolf, Basti Grub, and Spencer K. Our clear favorite from this installment of the Showroom series is Youri Donatz & Bjorn Wolf’s collaboration ‘Bedroom.’ ‘Bedroom’ sees the talented producers collaborating once again, with Youri Donatz merging his signature phat basslines with Bjorn Wolf’s (no stranger to Suara) funky melodies. ‘Bedroom’ kicks things off with a deliciously infectious bassline that immediately beckons you to the dancefloor. Well timed-breaks, vocal snippets, and off beat hi-hats all contribute to make this a surefire booty shaker.
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.
Coyu’s label Suara is well known for quality dance music, focusing mainly on innovative tech house with the occasional darker/techno release. The label’s releases are continually charted by some of the biggest names in the scene (Maceo Plex, Carl Cox, Marco Carola, Laurent Garnier). Earlier this year, the label released Tube & Berger ‘Imprint Of Pleasure’ which quickly became the year’s top charted tech house track on Beatport. For its next release, Suara signs the label debut of Charles Siegling, better known as Technasia. Technasia’s ‘I Am Somebody’ EP includes two originals, the title track and ‘Sensuela,’ along with a delaze dub mix of ‘I am Somebody.’ The track shines with a distinct head-down, side steppin’ groove broken up by abbreviated vocal shouts. Check out the other two tracks below.
Russ Chimes, a british-based producer known for his uplifting expressway mixtape series and recent dance friendly single “Turn Me Out” is showcased on BBC Radio 1’s In New DJs We Trust for a 30 minute guest mix. The mix features tracks like a unique mashup of Paul Woolford’s “Untitled,” with the TEED remix of Disclosure’s “F For You,” Nora En Pure’s “Come With Me” mashed with turn me out,and Pedestrian’s “Hoyle Road,” mixed together beautifully. While the dynamic mix is short, it provides a unique window into the mind of this aspiring DJ/producer. We can only hope that this is a sign of bigger things to come. With the recent success of deep house technicians across the world, it will surely soon be Russ Chimes’ time to shine.
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!