UK House rising star Dots Per Inch has served up another new tune. This one is his forthcoming new single for the London based Xylo label. Too Far sees Dots Per Inch teaming up with vocalist Bia in a track that crosses club and radio play boundaries. It’s Dots Per Inch’s most song oriented tune so far; turn up the bass.
Bai’s soulful yet slightly vulnerable voice glides perfectly over Dots Per Inch’s sweet combination od House, Bass and a little Garage skip. Aimed at summer dancefloors, this tune even brings a little Topical vibe to the booming bass as DPI peppers the track with an Island melody guaranteed to go down a treat at festivals this year. Too Far neatly packages Garage Rhythms, Deep House bass and a compelling groove with a sing-a-long chorus in a huge crowd pleaser.
♫ Dots Per Inch (Feat. Bia) – Too Far (Original Mix)
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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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A brand new reMix from the man Edwin Van Cleef. This one slipped out quite quietly earlier this month as the new single, on which the reMix featured, from Kindred Spirits dropped. Out on Green Martin, the single is called Folies D’anta; which according to Google Translate means ‘On the old follies’, we’re sure something gets lost in context there. Check it out.
Cleef brings it, in warm House style, here. Easing us in with some deep chords and a pounding kick, Cleef slowly serves up a spacious atmosphere before injecting a growling bass into the gradually evolving proceedings. Before things kick off we’re taken through a haunting, ringing, breakdown that snare rolls it’s way into the tracks euphoric and captivating final length. A tune to get lost in.
♫ Kindred Spirits – Folies D’antan (Edwin Van Cleef reMix)
Kindred Spirits’ Folies D’antan is out now.
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Next up on Crosstown Rebels is the new single from label head honcho Damian Lazarus. We’ve never really been too sure who The Ancient Moons are, but the track features the soulful vocals of new LA based singer Moses Sumney. Having already ranked up the honour of being one of Pete Tong’s Essential New Tunes, Vermillion is due out next month. Give it a listen below.
Kicking off in tribal fashion Vermillion is soon dousing you ears in a warm House groove. There’s an interesting combination of world percussion and twisting arpeggios that keep the tune high energy in contrast to Sumney’s breezy, laid back vocals. This is hypnotic House pulled into a Poppier arena, and it really works.
♫ Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons (Feat. Moses Sumney) – Vermillion
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons’ Vermillion is released 27th April.
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Parisian Horizontal Discomeister Zimmer is back with a brand new track. Saturday Love has the French producer teaming up with fellow Parisian DJ and Producer Pallace and enlisting Boston based singer Aria Lanelle for vocal duties. It’s his first tune since last summer’s Sensify Me and it sees Zimmer side-stepping his normal smooth groove and wearing his love of Piano House on his sleeve.
Saturday Love is warm as hell. Zimmer put’s his own Tropical twist on a Chicago House sound, complimenting the deep warehouse bass and hammerfall piano hooks with the ubiquitous poolside Disco vibe having island keys shoulder to shoulder with skippy 909 drums and vintage House synths. Lanelle’s playful vocals tie the track together nicely. Summertime stuff!
♫ Zimmer X Pallace (Feat. Aria Lanelle) – Saturday Love
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Having collaborated with the likes of Bremnar and Sammy Banannas, New York based House singer/songwriter Shyvonne is gearing up for the release of her début EP. The release was co-produced with Chuck Wild and sees her taking on a UK Deep House sound whilst keeping a classic late 80s/early 90s House vibe. Listen up.
Give Into Love is smooth and slinky with a comfortable House groove. Paying respects to the history of House, from Chicago through UK Bass, Shyvonne delivers a soulful performance and has a classic voice that when paired with Chuck Wild’s production mixing both the retro and the new presents a timeless dance music sound.
♫ Shyvonne – Give Into Love
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Up and coming British producer Mark Dobson, A.K.A. Ambassadeurs, started his adventure in electronic music production with OctaMED on the Amiga; this immediately endears him to us as we are old school MED fans. Fast forward to the present day and he’s been slowly but surely making a name for himself with a succession of well received reMixes and steady touring. He’s just released his new EP, Can’t You See?, as a Beatport exclusive and we can give the title track a listen right now.
Can’t You See? neatly bridges the gap between dreamy Chillwave atmospherics and bassy, Future R&B styled UK Deep House. Ambassadeurs lays on waves of lush Synths and haunting samples over a shuffling beat. For such a spacious track, Can’t You See? is pretty upbeat as Ambassadeurs stabs and a twisting lead line into a frenzy as the song progresses. There’s even a little Dub in the mix too. A complex and intricately crafted epic.
♫ Ambassadeurs – Can’t You See?
Ambassadeurs’ Can’t You See? is out now.
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Here’s a big new tune from Manchester producer Sam O’Neill A.K.A. TCTS and featuring Mr. Leo Kalyan on vocal duties. Thinking About You is a huge and emotive House track that’s catchy as hell and bound to be doing the business this summer.
Check out the video, directed by WVLFCVB, and follow this disgruntled warehouse worker’s daydreams.
TCTS’ Thinking About You is released 30th March.
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Have you checked out the new single from Manchester’s electronic adventurer Techniques yet? Don’t You Want To Love’s enigmatic, dark, grooves caused a bit of a stir when recently released and the Manc producer is already working on the eagerly awaited follow up. In the meantime check out this epic reMix of Michael Jackson’s 1988 hit, Smooth Criminal.
Kicking things off in low key and moody fashion, Techniques introduces us to a low-slung bassline and stuttering Techno beats to pair with Jackson’s vocals, here turned into some kind of hypnotic mantra. A cinematic journey through the world of Tech and Deep House, this reMix retains the drama of the original song, but drags it onto some futuristic Sci-Fi dancefloor where Jacko is fighting off an android invasion. Mesmerising stuff.
♫ Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal (Techniques reMix)
Techniques’ Don’t You Want To Love is out now.
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This week saw the release of the reMix package of Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down. Smith has experienced a meteoric rise to stardom in the past year, going from ‘that guy on House records’ to Brit and Grammy Award destroying superstar who can entice the very best in production talent. Like this reMix from the awesome Maya Jane Coles. Check it out.
Lay Me Down is a great showcase for Maya’s particular brand of enigmatic vocal House. With her trademark low slung basslines and cavernous synths Smith’s song takes on a whole new persona. A haunting and intoxicating new track with a compelling groove, this one takes it’s time to travel it;s mesmerising journey, drawing you deeper and deeper in as it does.
♫ Sam Smith – Lay Me Down (Maya Jane Coles reMix)
Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down is out now.
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