MNEK bass fuelled new single, The Rhythm, is due to drop next month; loaded with jump-up beats and warping synth bass alongside his instantly recognisable vocals. It’s not a new track, but the new release comes with a shiny new video.
Check the video as shop assistant MNEK is amused by various flying dancers.
The London crew is all getting together for this one, rising retro-House producer XO is gearing up to release his début EP, Though The Night, at the start of next month and for the record’s second track (after last month’s title track unveiling) track he’s enlisted the help of Mr. Leo Kalyan on vocal duties for a song that was co-penned by songwriter extraordinaire MNEK. This is Pulling Me Under.
Pulling Me Under is a slow groover, a warm and laid back late night jam. Combining Kalyan’s future R&B croon with some involving Deep House sounds; all slotted into an simple and infectious Pop song. The driving forces of the music are all understated and emotion, like the gentle piano hook the runs throughout that contrasts nicely with the feet moving beat. XO is definitely on our radar as one to watch now.
♫ XO (Feat. Leo Kalyan) – Pulling Me Under
XO’s Through The Night EP is released 1st December.
New York Disco don turned Deep House master Chris Malinchak has really brought his A-game with his new single, Happiness. In fact that’s not all he’s brought; also along for the ride is one of the UK’s best voices (and songwriters to boot) MNEK.on vocal duties. No word of a release date yet on this one, but you can bet it’ll be soon. This is too cool to keep a lid on for too long.
Laid back and blissed out, Happiness is smooth as hell, probably the smoothest House tune we’ve heard in a while.. Both deep and dreamy, Malinchak brings sleigh-bell chimes and warming sub basslines to ride over a steady robotic beat. The human side of the track is delivered by MNEK, with a heartfelt and passionate performance that gives the song it’s heart. A blisteringly good combination.
It’s hard to believe that Every Little Word is MNEK début single. The London based singer/songwriter/producer has had his fingers in so many pies in the past couple of years his name had become almost ubiquitous with the UK dance scene. As part of the reMix package for the single, Hot Chip and The 2 Bears’ main man Joe Goddard had turned in this feel good House mix of the tune.
With a big woozy bassline to draw you in Goddard delivers a version of Every Little Word that capitalises on MNEK’s catchy chorus and serves it up on a glorious House platter. With a mellow groove that belies the dancefloor tempo, this remix flow along on a wave of warm synth bass and shuffling hi-hats. You just help but vibe to the comfortable groove and soulful vocals.
This is Hold On, British producer Duke Dumont’s follow up to his chart topping previous single Need You (100%). Whereas the Need You featured the vocals of A*M*E, this time it’s A*M*E’s old school friends MNEK’s turn to step up to the mic, because the London Pop/House producer scene is getting so incestuous and it had to be done. With his last offering hitting number one in the UK charts, expectations are high for this cut.
Swaying a lot more toward the soulful and the House than the post-Disco Boogie/Chicago House mix of Need You, Hold On is more thoughtful. A smoother, more laid back sound is presented here with slick beats and warm tones underpinning MNEK’s vocal ensemble-esque performance as it rides the double-tap snare. Gorgeous vocals and sumptuous production could land Dumont his second smash hit.
Throw in this big warp bass Electro-House mix from UK producer MNEK, premiered last week on Annie Mac’s show, that does some really interesting things with the original. Upping the grit on the track, MNEK drop a tight party-starting groove that is not only in your face, but leaves a surprising amount of the original arrangement intact (and you know I love it when reMixes do that!).