Originally premiered yesterday on BBC Radio 1 by Annie Mac, here is Jesse Rose's remix of Oliver $ & Jimi Jules' track "Pushing On". If there’s one urban club scene worth cutting your teeth on as a DJ, it's Berlin’s. And city native Oliver $ has come through the ranks to become a regular fixture in the line-ups of legendary Berlin clubs. This spring, the producer also collaborated with Jimi Jules to release hit dance track "Pushing On" which certainly hit the Beatport charts hard. He’s teamed up with LA based house DJ Jesse Rose to put together this exclusive mix.
Australian electronic duo, The Aston Shuffle return to Axtone for the 2nd appearance on the label, the 1st being their collaboration with Tommy Trash, ‘Won’t Get Lost’ that achieved true anthem status, reaching the Beatport summit. NEW_ID continue their production purple patch, swiftly following up on their remix of Kraak & Smaak’s ‘How We Gonna Stop The Time’ that garnered support from the likes of Pete Tong, Danny Howard, and manny more. ‘Tear It Down’ was written and recorded in the depths of the London winter earlier this year with longtime collaborator Styalz Fuego (Won’t Get Lost, Thomas Gold ‘Remember’) and Ivor Novello awardwinning, Golden Globe and Grammynominated Amanda Ghost (Florence & The Machine, Beyoncé, Scissor Sisters).
On this remix, NEW_ID have taken 'Tear It Down' from a feelgood house jam, into a sublime slice of peak time house music. Retaining the soulful vocals in their entirety, ‘Tear It Down’ has a magic that’s been in short supply on the mainstages of late but this will be welcomed with open arms.
Nineteen-year-old, rising dutch talent Oliver Heldens has had quite a year so far. "Gecko” might be one of 2014′s hottest instrumentals, and it’s vocal version “Overdrive” is of equal status in regards to complete records, but Heldens is only getting started. Bringing the deep house sounds to a mainstream level of acclaim, the rookie with a veteran stature is one of the leaders in production as dance preferences see a vast shift. Listener’s of his aptly titled Heldeep radio show know this first hand (and have been treated to a premiere of his upcoming Coldplay remix), and it now comes as a treat to have his newest solo production released. Following his aforementioned hit, Heldens primes “Koala,” a disply of plunging deep house sounds padded by easy-listen rhythm, enhancing his own genre to greater audiences.
Indie dance heavyweights Kraak & Smaak debut this month on Spinnin Deep, bringing their infectious production getup to the unsuspecting offshoot for the final push of summer. As one of the first singles to drop from the Dutch trio outside of the remits of 2013’s Love Inflation, “Mountain Top” acts as a reminder as to just how versatile the act has grown since setting the precedent with the Money In The Bag EP back in 2003.
Soulful vocals and that familiar melodic stamina keep Kraak & Smaak’s signature sound reassuringly shy of the current house-by-numbers agenda that has found considerable weight here in 2014. Its ability to match the low-end yearnings of the modern audience whilst keeping it within their own quirky and instrumentally-refined aura makes the track essential listening for those in search of a tried and tested outfit that consistently delivers quality indie dance.
2014 has been a prime opportunity for British heavyweights Dusky to reflect on a titanic run for their underground house maneuvers, but not without priming the next exciting chapter of their musical legacy. While the live leg of this new beginning has seen the duo embrace the global circuit with extended four hour sets, the recorded component of this rebirth comes in the form the Love Taking Over EP, a reassuringly familiar stand on their melodic house panache.
Led by an emotively charged and reassuringly chunky namesake track, the duo’s ability to match coarse percussive elements with expertly woven melodic composure is everything and more you need to know about why Dusky have become kingpins in their music space. “Inta” reaffirms this notion, making with a subtle nod to the mechanically charged sound of tech house and leaving slicked back finale “Expectations” to relish in the less-is-more appeal of their versatile discography. At a time when so many prized British house assets have hung up their integrity to keep in with the radio crowds, the course of their musical conquest has never looked more majestic. It’s taken just two intrepid producers to epitomize how much stamina British house music holds right now, leaving Dusky to sail forward with their 17 Steps imprint as one of their genre’s most exciting contenders in 2014.
The steady road to Duke Dumont’s debut album has been one of significantly poignant form for the commercial house landscape, Essential Mixes and chart-topping ventures all accounted for. Where the likes of ‘Need U (100%)’ and ‘I Got U’ set a precedent in the British heavyweight’s universal capacity, the promise of that all-important full-length number from the Blasé Boys Club proprietor, single number three looks to keep the wheel of hype spinning right through the summer, throwing yet another vocal extension into the equation for 2014.
As poignantly posed for club durability as it is seamlessly tailored to that beautiful overlap between the house market and the radio friendly ranks, “Won’t Look Back” is another solid gold effort to show that radio friendly capacity is far from the enemy in electronic music’s lifeblood. There’s little arguing with the consistency and overall clarity Dumont is bringing to his territory right now, making his agenda for house music capable of standing the test of time all the more unequivocal courtesy of this stand out summer jam.
Two boys, both on their way to the top in their respective genres decided to combine their musical prowess in pursuit of passion, art and good vibes–The Rooftop Boys were born. This passion project from rising house talent, Bender and genre defying artist Hyperbits, aim to bring excellent summer grooves from the rooftops of New York City straight to your ears. Making an enormous impression with their first release, a light Chicago house infused remix of Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2‘, The Rooftop Boys are hard to ignore. Omitting Kanye’s rap, The Rooftop Boys stuck with the vocal sample of Charlie Wilson’s ‘I Know You’re Tired‘, allowing it to shine with bright piano melodies and progressive synth lines accompanied by a grooving house beat. On top of crafting an unforgettable and skilled remix, The Rooftop Boys demonstrate their versatility and talent by laying down the support vocals for the track themselves.
From the first time we heard this track in Steve Angello's BBC Radio 1 Residency we knew it was just something he was keeping in him arsenal. Know we know it's set to relase on his very on Size imprint. The sparkling combo of funked-out bass guitar, drums and synths on ‘Strong’ create a modern and unique track. With muscular hooks, combined with an anthemic vocal, the two Frenchmen have yet again created a massive record.
Finally returning with the long awaited and endlessly teased “Tear The Roof Up,” Alesso brings electro-driven progressive house back to the spotlight with a track that sports a familiar sound but innovates in its execution. A single phrase is danced around by strong and aggressive synths that pack enough punch to carry the production through its nearly seven minute span. “Tear The Roof Up,” though, only marks the beginning of Alesso’s return; along with the full length and high quality new track, the Swedish producer also announced that he would be starting a label imprint and follow with an onslaught of fresh material on top of signing an exclusive recording contract with Def Jam Recordings.
Sandro Silva and Arston have come to represent just two of the accomplished upstarts that have fuelled Revealed Recordings and its stand on the next generation of floor filling talents here in 2014. Off the heels of respective label triumphs “Payback” and “The Universe,” the European outfit unites for their inaugural collaborative offering for the label, bringing with them an experimental take on the big room sound. Soaring orchestral composure meets coherent big room stamina for “Symphony,” showing the daring duo in pursuit of a new dimension to the festival primed sound. Already receiving a huge buzz on dance floors and festival crowds across the continents, “Symphony” is yet further evidence of both artists’ unprecedented ascent of the global industry here in 2014.
What was originally speculated to be a track between Showtek and Jordy Dazz has finally Revealed (wink wink) itself as a collab between Dazz and Australia's Jimi Frew. "Vortex" was first played as an ID track in Hardwell's legendary TomorrowlLand set last year and set everyone abuzz ever since. It's great to finally get the packaged version of this track and to anticipate it being incorporarated in big room sets as the perfect energy juicer. Check out "Vortex" in full below.
Size Records has served the big room game a plethora of diverse cuts throughout 2014, an asset that has kept focus reassuringly set on Angello’s imprint en route to his hotly anticipated debut album. Returning to the label for the first time since 2012’s “Celsius” alongside Norman Doray is German contender Eddie Thoneick, who unites with Abel Ramos this month for what feels like a long overdue debut from the long serving Spanish house asset.
Those who were lucky enough to experience the European big room peak between 2007 and 2011 are sure to relish the coherent club values of “Love Will Never Let You Down.” Taking the sound back to basics amid a complacent period for many of its popular avenues, James Walsh provides the infectious top line that seals a melodic club-facing landmark in the label’s output, one that proves some sounds never age when executed in such capable hands.