After a decade of producing gems, Maceo Plex finally unveils his dark alter ego, Maetrik, on dual owned label Ellum Audio! This moniker has recently released ground breaking tracks like ‘The Reason‘ which has been widely supported by Dance Music icons such as Sven Vath. In a nutshell, this EP perfectly exhibits the talent that Eric Estornel has to offer his fan base.’Unleash The Beast EP’ consists of two Maetrik originals and a Maceo Plex deep house remix that will feed into your ominous dark bass line needs. Experimenting with his distinct sound and taking it to new heights, the release of these tracks will just be the beginning of Maetrik/Maceo Plex take over.
The highly anticipated compilation from label Items & Things, Variables, has finally been released! A breakthrough label, Items & Things is owned by the prestigious Magda, Marc Houle and Troy Pierce, and has presented copious levels of talent that will surely continue to flourish throughout the remainder of this year.
Each DJ/producer brings their own certain flavor to the label and has begun on a platform that has a great collective mixture of familiar names and undiscovered talent that the three truly believe in. The tracks included bring a fresh new tech sound which is bound to unearth the true colors of the producers musical personality
“The label is a platform to launch the music that we love. There are no rules, just sounds we like and artists we believe in”
Oh yes oh yes! First off, a big happy birthday to dance music icon, legend, god and multi-deck wizard – Carl Cox! Growing up in the UK, Cox always had a magnetic pull to groovy music such as Aretha Franklin & Booker T – thanks to his parents who grew up to the funky island sounds in Barbados. Musical magic began to happen once he reached the age of 15, collecting all the soul and funk tracks he could and spending all his money on his first pair of decks.
” guess the early signs were there – my passion for music combined with an over-whelming desire to entertain as many people as possible.”
Mid-80′s, everything changed – the discovery of Acid House presented itself to Cox in Brighton and the rest is history. From being the first disc jockey to think of hooking up a third deck to his first single “I want you” – Carl Cox has YET to do something wrong in dance music history.
Not convinced yet? Take a listen to his FIRST essential mix (which includes huge milestone tracks such as Makusa Inc – Africa) and create your own opinion. Mr. Cox has had over 20+ essential mixes – either live or studio recordings and every single one is worth the time spent to listen.
9/10/94 Essential Mix
This legend, as well as a handful of others, are the reason we have evolved to to such high masses and for that we thank you!
Dean Marriott, also known as D. Ramirez or the owner of Slave Recordings, does an amazing job capturing the essence of tech house in his latest EP, Fragile Tension which is out now on Great Stuff Recordings. Ramirez has never been one to stay too close to the spotlight, releasing many tracks under different monikers such as The Lisa Marie Experience or Rambo. But, does an incredible job embracing the use of groovy & dark vocals that tie along great with the echoing of drums in both tracks, ‘Fragile Tension’ & ‘Boom Boom,’ which is too ingenious to not blow up!
UK based record company, Heidi, graces us with three tracks (including a remix) from globally known female disc jockeys Maya Jane Coles, Miss Kittin, and tINI. The diversity in this package is uncanny because of the trio that has come together to deliver us a versatile compilation that fits anyone’s music taste buds.
Twenty-Three year old, Maya Jane Coles has quickly began to build a widely known reputation for herself as she continues to amaze and attract a promising fan base since her blow up in 2010. ‘Getting Freaky’ is no exception to her style of a melodic groove, entrancing vocals, and sexy bass lines. It would be very wise to keep an eye out for this young talent as she is being widely supported by music icons Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, and etc.
Maya Jane Coles – Getting Freaky
With over 15 years on her disc jockey belt, Miss Kittin presents us with ‘Girlz’ which has the classic 90′s techno touch that can help recall the times in the scene that she grew up on. With a hypnotic percussion and engulfing bass lines, this is techno at its finest. Along with this sound from the past, tINI hits us with her own version. With an experimental edge, this track’s formula is rearranged with a dark minimal sound that syncs perfectly to the subtle percussion and slowed-down bass line.
Miss Kittin – Girlz
Today brings the release of Marco Lys’s re-dub of Prok & Fitch vs. Daley Padley – The New Wave, part of Stealth Record’s Ibiza 2012 annual compilation. With legend Roger Sanchez at the helm of Stealth, you know that the everything coming from the imprint is quality, and Lys’s re-work is no exception.
Ibiza has a rhythm that can’t be reproduced, but it can be utilized beyond the shores of the vaulted island. Lys’s stripped down re-dub is the perfect accompaniment for a Fourth of July pool party, your parents will likely even get into the groove. The infectious hooks are hard not to get down to.
Prok & Fitch vs. Daley Padley – The New Wave (Marco Lys vs. Prok & Fitch re-Dub)
Some of the releases that have stemmed from the young, underground talent in NYC as of late have been nothing short of remarkable. Producers like Ralph Berr, David Berrie, and now Rejoyce have garnered support from tech heavyweights such as Loco Dice, Marco Carola and Luciano. ‘Tha Drama’ EP is a fantastic example of a catchy yet deep track built for the dancefloor, and fits perfectly of Nervous, much like Berrie’s ‘Underslang‘. Keep an eye out for Rejoyce, as he has releases coming out on Kaiserdisco’s KD Music and another big EP coming out on Exotic Refreshment called ‘Holler Girls‘. Buy ‘Tha Drama’ EP HERE!.
Itâ€™s not hard to look at 2012 and call it John DahlbÃ¤ck‘sÂ most successful year yet. And that statement has just blown up exponentially after a mega-preview of eight new weapons made itâ€™s way onto his YouTube tour channel. From initial listens it doesnâ€™t sound like a dull moment throughout the whole bunch, with genres crossing over everywhere from feel-good euphoric house on ‘Embrace Me,’ to techno blips on ‘Comet’ and ‘The Trip,’ to that ghetto bass weâ€™ve heard as of late on his last release.
Hardwell is riding a wave of proggy tech-house glory, presenting a stripped down production (we would prefer it to be slightly more undressed, but to each his own) ‘Three Triangles,’ out now as a single and part of Toolroom Records’ Ibiza 2012 Vol.1. The synths and build-up lend the underlying tech-house tune a progressive bend, and the result is like a seamlessly blended that will surely cool you down and be an integral part of your summer music rotation.
The Ibiza compilation compliments Toolroom Knightsâ€™ residency at club Space, with tracks from Mark Knight, TiÃ«sto, Hardwell, Funkagenda, Popof & Olivier Giacomotto, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, UMEK, Michael Woods, Nic Fanciulli, Maceo Plex, Manuel De La Mare, Alex Kenji & Maya Jane Coles. Phew, that’s quite the mix, eh?
Hardwell – Three Triangles