KORNÈL KOVÀCS - DOWN SINCE ‘92 [120bpm]
When I first heard the drop in this track, I had to turn it off because it was too good.
I could already imagine myself playing it to death; over and over until I knew every second of it by heart. I didn’t want that to happen. Unfortunately, it has begun. You can imagine my panic when I discovered it was released on limited 10” red vinyl. Leave it to say the panic has subsided due to the immediate purchase.
Kornèl Kovàcs is from Sweden, and he’s touched on everything I love about house music. From the lightweight-cheesy vocals to the semi-tropical bass-filled xylophone, this track is too good to be true.
Studio Barnhus, the record label behind it’s release, have a huge spot in my heart now. Be on the lookout for future vinyl endeavors from them on their website. Meanwhile, catch up on everything Kornèl has touched via his SoundCloud. And, as always:
MARLEEN ALLEN - THESE EMOTIONS (ETCH REMIX) [130bpm]
This is Monday morning at it’s very chillest.
I’ve been an anxious wreck lately. Fortunately, Zak Brashill has provided a deep, soothing, calm-downer for me and the rest of the world. I can’t find the original to save my life, but I’m not sure that really matters.
On the two-step tip, Etch seems to transcend the mediocrity normally associated with “deep garage” and Burial style-biting. He’s kept it minimal, but included the soothing, familiar sounds of vinyl popping. The vocals are distant, but not chopped up. Instead we can hear the core of the original emotions that had been expressed.
You’ll want to keep up-to-date with this guy, so be sure to follow him on SoundCloud and check some previous releases. And, as always:
KLIC & LOKIBOI - I WONT (STEEL REMIX) [128bpm]
If you think about it, three different human beings put energy into this track, and it shows.
Here’s some forthcoming pressure from the prolific Top Billin label. While the original remains in a realm of deep, almost minimal bass music, Steel has provided a glowing remix. With thunderous rhythm and skittering vocals, this one’s not to be missed.
Look out for this release shortly on Top Billin, which includes the original, a Funkystepz remix, and an added bonus. In the meantime, listen to more futuristic, epic sounds from Klic and Lokiboi. And, as always:
MARIBOU STATE - GOT ME DOWN (HXDB REMIX) [115bpm]
This is just unbearably gorgeous.
I’m so happy that HXDB (Hexadecibel) has provided this slow-burner remix for the masses. It’s still house, but slower, and with more groove. He’s kept fairly true to the original; vocals and synths remain. But here we’ve got big bounce, big claps, and big feeling.
Maribou State are set to release their single “Got Me Down” on The Fat Club in a few weeks, along with some fantastic remixes. Listen to the original, and look out for the release. Meanwhile, you’ll want to catch up on everything HXDB has touched via his SoundCloud. And, as always:
ALEX AGORE - WANNA GET AWAY [124bpm]
Deep, rhythmic, repetitive, mesmerizing.
Maybe I’ll learn how to string those words together at some point, but they’re the ones that come to mind when previewing Alex Agore’s new EP.
I think I’m more excited about the vinyl being released today than I am about the digital form being released shortly. Quintessentials Records has really gotten it right, as this EP deserves tangible movement.
Be sure to order the physical form today, but for the rest of us living in 2011, the digital format will be available here on the 21st. And although Alex Agore refers to his SoundCloud as a “home for unfinished tracks,” I’ve found some seriously epic gems that shouldn’t be overlooked. Be sure to go show love.
COMBO - SO REAL (HUXLEY REMIX) [124bpm]
It’s time for some deep house.
These are two fairly well-known artists putting forth some pressure and not receiving nearly enough hype. The fantastic Rebirth Records released this in mid-October, and it seems few people are fully realizing its weight.
Huxley provides the throb-heavy remix. His deep and classic vibe is familiar yet updated for current ears. It’s dj-friendly, but entirely listenable in its entirety.
Check more sounds from Combo and Huxley, and be sure to order this before it’s too late. And, as always:
J-ONE - THE FALL [128bpm]
This track can’t be heard in the morning. It’s meant for the night.
J-One is on some deep, late night vibes. With heavy, almost tribal percussion, it immediately paints a picture. Then the ambient soundscapes arrive; noises you can only hear outdoors, far beyond the comfort of your computer speakers.
It’s astounding to look at the body of work Simon Jones has offered the world. With almost 50 tracks looming on his SoundCloud alone, we can hear him ranging from dubstep to garage with ease.
I’d love to see a vinyl release of this, it’s absolutely worthy. Whether or not that will come to fruition isn’t known, but keep an eye out for future works from J-One here. And, as always:
SBTRKT - HOLD ON (UNKNOWN REMIX) [121bpm]
One of the most devastating songs of the year has been mysteriously remixed.
I stumbled upon this vinyl release via some online crate-digging, and was astounded when the vocals hit. Sampha really broke my heart on the original, and the remix artist has managed to deconstruct and repurpose it into something strikingly minimal and gorgeous.
German label Love Unlimited Vibes (L.U.V) has released this track on a stamped white label, decorated only with their logo and “luv.three” on the flip. After a little bit of rabbit-hole web-searching, it appears that Matthias Meyer may be the remix artist in question, but I could be completely wrong.
Regardless, you should probably order this before it’s too late, and as always:
VYBEM - YOU WERE WRONG [140bpm]
Thank god someone’s still making 140.
Vybem is a Londoner, deeply rooted in grime and UKG from a very young age. His oldschool influences are apparent in this track; floating, chopped vocals and a 90’s vibe, but with tight 2011 production.
DENCH! Recordings have offered a free EP showcasing their roster of talent for having reached 500+ FaceBook likes. It’s a fantastic look into things to come, covering the entire spectrum of bass music. Get this EP ASAP from their website.
Be sure to follow Vybem on SoundCloud for more infectious, future-retro beats, and as always:
DRAKE - THE REAL HER (VVV BOOTLEG RMX) [128bpm]
The man behind VVV never ceases to amaze me. This time he’s offered the world a remix of Drake’s recently dropped (or leaked) track “The Real Her,” prior to his long-awaited sophomore album.
This remix is begging for play on a Sunday afternoon at sunset. He’s kept the sensuality and yearning found in the original, but added a lush atmosphere, and hopeful vibe. Minimal at it’s core, and gorgeously layered.
A few months back we featured VVV’s edit of Grouper, which was haunting and unbearably beautiful. Listen here. Be sure to look out for future releases from him on Fortified Audio, and show love on his SoundCloud.
ELIPHINO - MORE THAN ME [118bpm]
Well, here’s one of the most massive releases of the year.
London man Tom Wrankmore has given the world a dancefloor sensation on his forthcoming release from Somethink Sounds. The production is tight; a steady beat that keeps it minimal and epic. With a vocal backing that rolls through your mind with blinding familiarity, it’s hard not to fall in love.
His previous release, The Undivided Whole EP, is still available on vinyl, order that before it’s too late. Look out for the Halloween release of this one (Oct. 31st) to drop and take over the world. Get familiar with more tracks from Eliphino on SoundCloud, and as always:
KRAMPFHAFT - HYPER DREAMING [136bpm]
Joris van Grunsven is making tracks that beg for a rewind, because you won’t believe what you’ve just heard.
His new “Makin’ Magic” EP on Rwina Records gives the audience a little bit of everything; it’s new age bass at it’s very best. Incorporating juke, dubstep, and two-step garage could go terribly wrong, and he’s managed to do it unimaginably well.
On today’s track, “Hyper Dreaming,” we even get a lightweight moombahtone rhythm, which I generally find annoying, but coupled with the epic, rolling synths and bigger-than-life bass, it’s an instant hit.
Go grab this on vinyl for the true experience, and listen to more from Krampfhaft on SoundCloud. As always:
SWITCH - I STILL LOVE YOU (CRYPT REMIX) [128bpm]
At a loss for words, this is just too stunning.
I wish I knew more about the elusive UK producer Daniel Shell, also known as Crypt. What I do know is that he consistently teases the internet with snippets of gorgeous tracks he’s created, and his first vinyl release on Get Some Records is not to be missed.
Today he let us in on a full track, and it’s ready for the world.
I won’t bother trying to explain what this track sounds like, because everything is just too perfect. Instead, go check out all of his tracks on SoundCloud, and listen to the original track here.
JUKE ELLINGTON - TELL ME WHAT YOU NEED BITCH [155bpm]
I’m so happy to have stumbled upon this.
Juke Ellington is not from Chicago, which is otherwise known as the birthplace of the juke/footwork movement. He is, in fact, from Belgium, but you could’ve fooled me, because these sounds are taken straight from the streets.
The vocals are pitch-perfect; some classic R&B vibes. And you can nod your head to whichever beat you feel: some super-fast juke, or some sexy hip hop.
Follow Juke Ellington’s movements on SoundCloud, and as always:
RUNAMUCKER AND EPLP - NO CURE [130bpm]
Here’s another tune from the prolific Night Shift Collective Crew, this time a collaboration between two fantastic artists.
I suppose “emotional garage” would be a spot-on assessment of this track. We’re presented with a classic, deep two-step rhythm, emotional vocals, coupled with floating synths. It’s exactly what I needed today.
What’s most interesting to witness is the two producers’ unique styles, when observed separately, and how they’ve formed a cohesive, gorgeous track. Look out for a forthcoming collaboration EP, surely not to be missed. Be sure to check out more tunes from Runamucker and EPLP on Soundcloud. And, as always: