Start your week out with some smooth deep house by London’s very own, Maya Jane Coles. MJC first caught my ear with her Florence & The Machine remix of ‘Spectrum‘. Much like her remix, Maya Jane Cole’s [second] mix for BBC keeps you zoned to the beats and crave even more. She has shows all around Europe this year but is also making a few stops in the US at Verboten Stageone in New York with Sasha as well as Chicago’s Wavefront Music Festival. Seeing her live would definitely be a treat. MJC’s mixes compliment the deep house genre so elegantly and I’m sure a set by her would be one not to miss. She is also debuting a new album this July titled, Comfort but until then enjoy this essential mix MJC posted on her soundcloud two days ago.
Pete Tong handed over the decks to Polish duo Catz ‘N Dogz for this weeks’ Essential Mix for what is going to become a staple mix for any deep house fan in the months to come. The alpha males behind Pets Recordings (brought us Eats Everything) took on this honor head on; incorporating some of their newer work while drawing a lot from previous releases and even asking some friends to donate unreleased material for the two hour marathon. Constantly working with the guys of Dirtybird among others, these guys are helping bring tech house back to the forefront of electronic dance music. I really don’t know where to begin on how much I am digging this mix so I will let the release speak for itself..
Whether you’re charmed by their bass-heavy, colourful and always groove-laden DJ sets, drawn in by their arresting live show, weaving your your way through their illustrious output as producers, or delving into the magical tunes curated from their close network of friends, Grzegorz and Wojchiech (or Greg n’ Voitek) are simply two of the hottest house Catz (n’ Dogz) on the scene today.
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Headlining clubs, one day ragers, even starring on the big stage at events like Global Dance Festival is all to common for the boys of Zeds Dead these days. Hardly playing in front of a crowd of less than a few thousand has given them exposure beyond their wildest dreams. Mad Decent scooped up the guys a ways back and have helped them release a number of EP’s although they still enjoy releasing that free sheet, with treats like their SnowStorm Mix for Nemo and the very fresh Rachet all within the last month. This exposure has not been limited to the US as Pete Tong recently hired them for a mix of essential proportions. Starting off with a plethora of unreleased and VIP material, ZD quickly want to point out that they are no longer the up and comers. After nailing down many of their classics from the early days, they moved into some heavy remixes before showcasing their collaborations with the big man Omar Linx. The mix has literally a countless number of tracks showcasing not only their vast range of work, but also the progression of genres they have concurred. This is a true coming of age mix for them. I’ll let Bruce Willis do the rest of the intro…
When Pete Tong himself says who he thinks are the future stars of 2013, you better perk up and listen. As part of BBC Radio 1‘s January programming, the Essential mix show will be featuring the “future stars of 2013″ as picked by Mr. Tong and his colleagues. His pick to kick off the month? French Express labelmates Perseus and Jonas Rathsman. Also home to indie dance pioneers Moon Boots, Chris Malinchak and Isaac Tichauer, all of whom have been featured on this blog at one point or another, French Express is leading a movement where the sounds are relaxed and the vibes are euphoric, pumping out some of the most emotional and melodic productions imaginable from a electronic label. Hopefully, you’ll recognize some favorites right off the bat and the fun continues on for a full two hours. Can’t say enough about these DJ’s and this label and how excited I am that they are getting the attention they deserve. Tracklist after the jump.
For those of you unfamiliar, Eats Everything is one of the hardest working producers in house music. He has helped keep underground house music alive and well on a grand scale. Recently coming off tour with the Essential Mix program’s host Pete Tong, he serves up a new essential mix filled almost entirely with Eats’ edits (or “Rebeef’s”) of 30+ tracks. His type of deeper melodic house often incorporates many different elements of techno and jungle, among others, making his style very unique indeed. This is easily going on my list of the best essential mixes of the year. If you’re looking for more Eats Everything, check out his latest EP Slow For Me which was released just a few weeks back on Futureboogie records.
Russ Chimes returns to the spotlight with his neweset single Turn Me Out, premiering it live on Annie Mac‘s Firday night show on BBC 1 Xtra. As he headed to the BBC headquarters he began to hint that he would be delivering something very special through his Twitter, which immediately blew up with excitement. I don’t think even BBC was ready for this one, as Russ released an absolute belter onto the late night airwaves around the world. Pumping so much positive vibes into every beat, you find yourself getting a little turned on by the second half the track. Although it isn’t the official release it is all you need to get your day started right. Good luck with the five day hangover everyone!
Russ Chimes – Turn Me Out (non-HQ Annie Mac radio show rip)