This week on The Club I've got a hefty dose of techno to accompany the usual deep house that I've been sharing with you over the last few months. It seems the more I dig into a genre, the farther away I move from what The Club was originally founded on, which was big room progressive & electro house. Colin & Steph have taken over the task of bringing you more big room but every few weeks I'll come fully prepared with selections from the deeper shades of dance music and hopefully a new mix each time. Today's mix features 40 tracks and 2 hours of deep house into techno from the best of this week and Week 43. Thanks again to Julia Martineau, Dustin Kennedy & James Ledger for helping out on this week's post.
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Ellum Audio 2013-03-11
Recently underground heavyweights Maceo Plex and Danny Daze joined forces for Ellum Audio and this week released their first EP under the alias Jupiter Jazz, fittingly named "Booty Jazz". With this inaugural EP following up from their successful remix for Switchbox's "Pirates Poetry" earlier this year, the release is simple – three tracks and no remixes and is exactly what you would expect from producers of this calibre. The highlight of the record, "Technology" oozes trippy universal sounds that have been ingeniously integrated with typical Maceo Plex vocoders and Danny Daze basslines. The subtle vocals and perfect percussions really compliment each producer's own element and makes. This EP is up there with the best so far this year and will undoubtedly top charts and stir excitement amongst the deep house community. Grab your copy via Beatport if you're digging the vibes; it's Booty Jazz!
Nobody Else EP
Aus Music 2013-03-18
Straight after being premiered in their recent Essential Mix, Dusky return to Will Saul's Aus Music imprint for the release of their Nobody Else EP. Available from March 18, the release is straight up 4/4 house. With beautiful vocal loops and deep chunky bass throughout, it's clear the British duo is coming up big time for their first transmission of 2013. With 2012 bringing them releases on School, Simple, Leofah and even Maya Jane Coles' Dogmatik Records, this four-track EP, complete with that signature low-slung garage percussion, long breakdowns and perfect vocal stabs is everything you want from a deep house record and has every ingredient to get a dancefloor moving. Although "Atone" smashes out tech-house percussion, the other three tracks on the release are full of those deep Dusky chords.
Fantasy (Kele Remix)
I received a few emails recently about tracks featuring two of my all time favourites; Futurecop! (We premiered the Lifelike remix of their latest single today) & Kele from Bloc Party, who's recent remix for MS MR is a full on bass driven deep house track with that round deep bass that Kele, like many others at the moment, have taken a fondness for. Admittedly I haven't been really keeping up to date with Bloc Party but when Kele first split off from the group his sound wasn't too far off from the original, however obviously more dance infused. This latest remix takes him into another realm altogether, deep and dark and hinting at what might lie ahead for the UK vocalist/lead guitarist turned producer.
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Copy Paste Soul
Look At Me
Thanks to several past EPs, London-based producer Copy Paste Soul gained recognition in 2012 and the support of notable artists such as Homework and Tensnake. Recently signed to Berlin label Exploited, we can expect great things to come from this young producer, whose release "Look at Me" was premiered on BBC Radio 1 by Annie Mac and Skream & Benga. "Look at Me" is upbeat deep house with a grimier touch of wobble to it, and a sound reminiscent of fellow UK producers Disclosure. Break beat and vintage chord give this track an old school feel that is highly danceable.
Azari & III Remixed
Dim Mak / Turbo 2013-02-25
With the release of their debut album last year, Toronto's eccentric "house band" Azari & III exploded onto the underground scene. With the likes of Jamie Jones, Disclosure, Tiga and Maceo Plex remixing their tracks, this compilation album carries more weight than most. On this edition of The Club, we've included a few of our favourite remixes, but strongly suggest you give the rest a listen as well. Maceo Plex's version of "Manic" has a slower, bass heavy tempo and is much smoother than the original upbeat version. With a grumbling and distorted intone in the background, and reverberating vocals in the foreground, this remix has an undeniably deep house sound. The lesser known track "Indigo" takes on a more light-hearted feel that is jauntier than its original, thanks to a remix by Voyeur. Finally, Locked Groove's take on "Manhooker" gives a far more techno feel to the original track, dominated by singer Starving Yet Full's sultry vocals. Whatever your preferences are, this album's diversity in sound can be truly appreciated by anyone who loves electronic music.
It can be a challenge for producers who attempt to morph a classic rock hit into an electronic remix worthy of a spot on dance floors, as expectations are oftentimes kept higher. The bonus track, “Strange”, by Adana Twins is a cover of The Doors’ “People Are Strange” we think deserves a chance to sooth your musical curiosities. The Hamburg duo consisting of Take It Easy and Friso (surprisingly they aren’t related) have been catching a lot of attention these days and their hot streak continues with their Everyday EP featuring the cover track we speak of. Soothing and eerie, it’s a beautiful track laid down with piano that’s perfect for bringing the crowd’s energy downwards as the night comes to a close.
Hot Creations 2013-02-25
Thank the house gods that Hot Creation exists. Honestly, it’s hard to find a bad track on that record label, as it’s constantly spewing out quality deep house and continues to sign on outstanding artists such as Benoit & Sergio, Digitaria, Danny Daze, Miguel Cambell, and Infinity Ink. The PBR Streetgang remix of Butch’s “Faith” is another one of those songs the label can add to its list of delectable hits. Appearing on the Highbeams EP, the track features hypnotic vocals by Benjamin Franklin that have been chopped from the original and a strong reverberating base line. Inspired by Radiohead’s “My Iron Lung”, this track along with the original on this EP attest once again to the creativeness that makes this label so damn good! Throw in the Maceo Plex & Miguel Campbell remixes and you've got one of the biggest releases this year.