Out in May is the new release from dancefloor renaissance man Ben Mono on MadTech. It’s taken from MadTech’s MadTech 02: Ibiza compilation alongside the likes of Human Life, Bontan, Celsius, Leftwing & Kody, Josh Butler and Alexis Raphael. The track, Gamma, sees Mono in Deep House mode but giving it a twist of something close to our hearts, Bleep House. Check it out.
The lead lines or hooks of Gamma could have been taken directly from a release in the brief golden ear of the Warp Records cantered Bleep House scene. The Sci-Fi stabs and synthetic House robo-riffs could easily slide onto any number of records from that period; but here Mono layers them over a booming, festival ready, UK Deep House rhythm section. This is machine funk at it’s finest. Whether you came for the bass or to jack, this one’s got it all.
♫ Ben Mono – Gamma
Ben Mono’s Gamma is taken from the MadTech 02: Ibiza compilation; released 11th May.
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FineArt is a new producer hailing from windy Brighton. Despite being pretty unknown and just dropping his first track that track has been championed by Annie Mac, who gave it a première on her Radio 1 show. Ruffneck has just been released by Sony. All of which leads us to believe there may be more than meets the eye here. Who FineArt is we’re not sure, but we sure do like the tune.
There’s tons to love about Ruffneck, not least that it kicks off startling similar to The Human League’s Love Action before launching into some hammered House piano. The track is a soup of dance music tropes; the deep bassline is pure Bleep House, the 909 Hats and piano nod to Chicago, the lead and samples are Rave central and the breakdowns UK Deep House gold. All this should be a mess, but FineArt makes it all work perfectly together. A proper festival anthem.
♫ FineArt – Ruffneck
FineArt’s Ruffneck is out now.
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Consistently awesome House duo Waze & Odyssey are gearing up for the release of the next EP. These workaholics art dropping new sounds at the end of this month in the form of the Ways Of The Underground EP. As per-usual these guys pour whatever the fancy into a retro dancefloor melting pot and the results are classic dance music gold. Check out the EP’s lead track, Feel On Fire’ below.
It’s bit Chicago, a bit Acid, a bit Deep House, a bit Rave. Feel On Fire rocks a punchy and deep Bleep House bassline against Warehouse beats, Acidic burbles and Rave leads in a concoction that hits the spot. Nostalgic and upfront, this track draws on peak moments in dance music’s history and delivers them in a fresh package. Intoxicating dancefloor magic.
♫ Waze & Odyssey – Feel On Fire
Waze & Odyssey’s Ways Of The Underground EP is released 23rd February.
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Don’t Tell is the new single from dance music all-rounder Ben Mono. Out this week on Strictly Rhythm, the single features the vocals of renowned Rave voice Rachel Wallace and sees Mono continue along the path set out in his most recent releases into full-on UK Bass mode via Deep House.
Kicking off with some woozy keys, Don’t Tell brings with it everything you’d expect from a big, Garage influenced, floorfiller. Fit for dingy clubs or big festivals, Don’t Tell mixes up a little classic Rave in the riffs, a little UK Bass in the basslines and a whole heap of underground Jackin’ grooves. Wallace’s vocals sound classic as ever, as if lifted straight from a 90s Rave anthem and implanted into the bass heavy monster.
♫ Ben Mono (Feat. Rachel Wallace) – Don’t Tell (Radio Edit)
Ben Mono’s Don’t Tell is out now.
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While they are busy working on their next proper release, not-French Frenchmen 2CV have decided to give away two tracks to tide us over. Fievre is the first. Both the track come straight from 2CV’s live set and have never been available before. This one is not so much “living room Disco” as kitchen Electro-House.
Interplaying between solid Disco licks, grinding Electro-House riffs and bouncy ElectroPop leads, Fievre hits you with a mesmeric hook that keeps on going and doesn’t let up. Once you’re drawn in there’s all manner of sweeping synths and stabbing melodies in a track the never gets boring. With so much going on, 2CV still manage to keep the groove levels up, and keep your head nodding. We’re looking forward to track number two.
♫ 2CV – Fievre
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We got our hands on this one last week, and it serves us well on our travels this past weekend. It’s Canadian House & Disco master Pat Lok with his reMix of Disclosure and Eliza Doolittle’s hit You & Me, from Disclosure’s number one album Settle, and Man is it huge! This track;s right on point to dominate dancefloors int he coming months.
Deep, bassy, swept up with Rave leads, this reMix delivers a hedonistic cacophony of concentrated electronic sounds. Brutally ripping Doolittle’s vocal from the original, Lok pairs them with a growling, system destroying, beast whos subs hit you like a gut punch while you head is kept busy with layer upon layer of Rave stabs. Already getting support from some of the scenes biggest names, expect to hear a lot more from this one if you frequent the right clubs.
♫ Disclosure (Feat. Eliza Doolittle) – You & Me (Pat Lok ‘Homies Wear’ reMix)
Disclosure’s Settle album is out now.
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OK, so this is full-on cheesy. Unintelligent, uninspired, lowest common denominator dance music. But there’s just something about it that’s pretty infectious. Sure it’s the same old arpeggiated mid-90s Trance leads and really obvious builds, but this reMix of Shiny Toy Guns’ excellent single Somewhere To Hide, from their album III, by New York producer Gosteffects won us over.
Gosteffects keeps a good level of excitement and works the vocals well to deliver a pretty epic dance track. It’s not the kind of thing that would usually be to our tastes (at least not since the early 00s) and is probably what uninformed Americans would call ‘EDM’, but we just can’t help but like it. Maybe it is the big builds, maybe it is the cheesy leads, maybe we’re just not a cynical as we used to be (yeah, right!), but this has us wishing we were dancing in a field with thousands of others. Switch off and enjoy.
♫ Shiny Toy Guns – Somewhere To Hide (Gosteffects reMix)
Shiny Toy Gun’s III is out now.
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France’s On The Fruit Records have snapped up the début release from ‘not French’ Paris residents 2CV. Spun out of the club they ran of the same name Guido le Saint & Jus de Veau easily shifted their focus to producing what the like to call “living room Disco”, which we guess means intimate and funky electronic music. Let’s take a look.
The release is a double A-Side single, Bacon and Afrique are both sample heave examples of innovative Nu-Disco. Not tired old 70s grooves and over side-changing here, there’s something a little more interesting going on. Bacon takes it’s inspiration from a rugged guitar sample and builds a Electro Disco framework around that out of warm synth bass, and bright, springy leads. All these elements coalesce to form a floorfiller with a unique enough sound to stand out from the crowd. It’s flipside, well, you might want to be sitting down for this…it’s flipside samples one of the greatest songs of all time, Toto’s Africa. We always say, when you;re tired of Africa, you’re tired of life. Afrique doesn’t go crazy with the Toto sampling, just takeing the bares of hook and using it to underpin a Cosmic track that flirts with the suggestion of old school Rave and Acid House amongst a Spacey, sometimes gritty, but ultimately comfortable dance track that really is designed for a peak-time-lost-in-dance situation.
♫ 2CV – Bacon
♫ 2CV – Afrique
2CV’s début single is out now.
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Dance-Bass-Pop singer Katy B’s new single is pure House vibes with a hint of old school rave. What Love Is Made Of follows on from her free Danger EP of late last year and is the first hint we’ve had of the sound of her forthcoming second album, due out in the autumn. Sounds like it could be a storming release.
Building on a groove Chicago core What Love Is Made Of layers a big Rave riff and Katy’s silky vocal in a departure from the more urban sound of her first album. This track is more slick, euphoric, 90s DancePop than Katy’s previous releases. What you are treated to here is an uplifting array of bright synths and driving beats with some incoming hands-in-the-air moments. Possible not destined for the same chart success as her first crop of singles, What Love Is Made Of will definitely strike a chord with lovers of intelligent House-Pop.
♫ Katy B – What Love Is Made Of (Radio Edit)
Katy B’s What Love Is Made Of is released 8th July
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“I made some not disco” Canadian, er, Disco, producer Pat Lok exclaimed on Twitter yesterday evening. Well, for a start he wasn’t lying, and it’s awesome to see producers playing fast and loose with genres. Many artists produce their best work when experimenting and branching out, and let’s face it Nu-Disco is getting a bit repetitive, it’s no wonder the more creative on the scene want to spread their musical wings.
So where does that leave Pat, the track Crazy Juice is a brooding Chicago House/early 90s Rave crossover that keeps Lok’s funk, but channels it toward a darkened warehouse. Loaded with shuffling 909 beats and a big warping bassline, Crazy Juice brings the kind of strobe light vibe that takes us back to our youth. One for a full-on night out.
♫ Pat Lok – Crazy Juice
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