This week brings another addition to the growing collection of g-house dance floor weaponry. I thank my lucky stars every day for artists like Amine Edge, Dance, Kolombo, Sishi Rosch, and Marco Darko for cleverly combining aspects of two classic sounds to further fortify this compelling and fast-growing sub-genre. For those not familiar, Frenchmen Amine Edge and Dance are at the forefront of the budding g-house movement. As an additional recap, g-house (short for gangster house) combines elements of deep house with hip-hop vocal samples to provide a delightful sonic concoction for the listener. With regard to the main course today, “My Girl” is a home run hit perfectly in advance of Amine Edge and Dance’s forthcoming album release on the reputable Get Physical imprint. Released Monday on the delightfully sleazy Mr. Nice Guy imprint out of Miami (the label’s SoundCloud bio states, “No Hype, No All American Smiles. Just Talent & Dick Length. Not accepting demos 2013- 2015.”), this track should earn lasting play this summer with its sleazy bass line and catchy vocals set amid splashes of funky electro. In addition, I’ve also included an Amine Edge + Dance Mix so that you may further marinate yourself in g-house flavor. Enjoy.
Earlier in the week, as we all begrudgingly sat up in our beds with Monday pummeling us at full force, the boys at Hot Creations decided to drop yet another EP of filthy jackin’ house beats. Now it’s Friday and your responsibilities have likely shifted from work to play, and we implore you to start the weekend off on a good note. Begin with this latest tribute to the famed Chicago house sound that comes courtesy of Europeans Darrius Syrossian and Hector Couto and their Who’s the Douche? EP. It’s a 4 track package that twists through classic Chicago house beats and moves into deeper, more contemporary sounds with your meaty bass lines, bizarre vocals and most of everything else that has gotten you giddy about the deeper stuff. Any way you dice it, we are dealing with a silver bullet of underground versatility and a couple sure-fire weapons for the summer. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the EP and do the artists a favor and buy their music; it’s win-win.
Darius Syrossian – Who’s The Douche (Original Mix)
Darius Syrossian, Hector Couto – We Both Loco (Original Mix)
Darius Syrossian, Hector Couto – Can You Feel It (Original Mix)
Darius Syrossian, Hector Couto – House is House (Original Mix)
For those of you who don’t know, Dance Music veteran Kaskade got his start by producing Deep House and Lounge music via his debut album It’s You, It’s Me. Released in 2003, It’s You It’s Me was a 13-track collection of deep, groovy, and soulful music. Although most of the tracks have a 4-on-the-floor beat, they don’t sound like or feel like what you may know House music as. Almost every song has serenading vocals and smooth bass lines, best enjoyed late at night or in posh hotel lobbies. In honor of the 10-year anniversary of Kaskade’s debut album, he just wrapped up a nine-city U.S. tour, dubbed the It’s You It’s Me Redux tour.
The tour stopped in major U.S. cities such as New York, Chicago, Washington, and Los Angeles and all of them sold out. These were intimate shows with Kaskade spinning Deep House/Lounge tracks from his earlier days as well as edits, remixes, and general songs that fit into the overall vibe. Kaskade thought it was especially fitting that Deep House is making a come-back, having prime crowds for the sets (see Tweet below). The final show in San Diego spanned three hours and Kaskade recorded the whole thing, editing the live mix down to the best 100 minutes (complete with crowd interaction), released yesterday. There were no bangers here, no festival anthems – just straight smooth tunes mixed seamlessly into each other. A standout track, for example, is Kaskade’s Late Night Alumni Redux Mix of “Raining” which I think I like far better than the original because it’s so funky. I wish I had been in attendance for one of these shows, but I’m glad Kaskade did us the favor of releasing his set from San Diego. I’m left wondering if some people in attendance expected the Kaskade we currently hear at shows and were surprised by the unique format of the Redux tour.
Editor’s note: these songs are best listened to with bass. They are some funky Deep House/G-House tracks that have a kickin’ bass line and if you listen to them on your laptop or on your iPod headphones, you won’t be listening to their full potential. You’ve been warned.
The weirdest thing about “Shake That”, by Marlon Hoffstadt & Dansson, is that I heard it on a W&W Mainstage podcast. If you’re at all familiar with Mainstage, it’s a podcast that brings the latest and greatest in Big Room, Electro, and Trance – certainly not a typical place to hear Deep House. But there I was on a Saturday afternoon run, and there “Shake That” was in my headphones, and boy did my mood pick up. The track has a deadly combination of a funky bass line with Nate Dogg’s (RIP) sampled vocals originally from the track “Get Up” . Both producers hail from Germany and produced this track for the Deep House label Play It Down, which has the tag “here for real house music, nothing crazy, just good stuff”. The Jesse Rose Re-Fix doesn’t deviate too far from the original mix, but it does tweak the vocals to add more of a lyrical element to the track. The Shake That EP dropped at the end of March, which is why it receives In Case You Missed It status, but I cannot see this one going out of style all Summer.
I’m on my way to the liquor store
With E-V-E and my nigga Roast
Got too much game to be slippin’ on
I let you know if you didn’t know
It’s 4:00, club is lettin’ out
Met in the club now we playin’ house
I’m drunk as hell so I’m showing out
Put on my glove then I knocked it out
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.
Today’s post offers you pure deep techno; one of these newer sounding sub-genres that results from no longer being able to use the term “progressive house” to describe anything underground anymore. I can assure you that the music to follow in this post would have been called progressive house at one point—I swear. Luckily there are folks out there who refuse to become ensnared in the modern day “EDM” sub-genre marketing ploy. You crave those pops and clicks and tasteful atmospherics paired with thoughtful builds that vintage prog heads love, but can no longer find in that section on Beatport. Enter producers such as Faktorm, Clockwork [Life and Death], Avatism, Carlos Sanchez, and Javier Carballo. They push a sound that in many ways resembles the decidedly tribal progressive house of the early 2000s (a la John Digweed Global Underground 19- Los Angeles), but also adds modern deep house and minimal tech elements. What results is a perfect storm of underground juiciness. Our mix selection today is from Spaniards Faktorm and Egoist b2b [Bonobo Concept]. It begins with an Avatism Remix of Jeremy & Walker- Bedouin [Vakant] that is already a tried and true deep tech anthem. Other highlights include: Re Dupre, Angelo Fracalanza – Connect (Original Mix) [PopArt] and Dubspeeka – She Loves (Glimpse Remix) [Skeleton]. In addition I’ve also included a portion of the Freaks and Chips EP, featuring the production of Javier Carballo, Carlos Sanchez, and Hector on the remix duties. Enjoy.