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Thomas Jack Presents: Tropical House Vol. 5

2014 has been the year of tropical house, and we have Thomas Jack to thank for that.

The 20-year-old Australian DJ and producer seemingly came out of nowhere, but over the past several months his Tropical House mixtape series has taken the internet by storm, and for good reason. Simply put, Thomas Jack‘s mixtapes establish himself as one of the most talented young artists on the planet. His mixing is flawless, taking listeners on an uplifting journey through the many realms of house music, and all of it with his signature tropical twist, often meaning saxophones, pan flutes, and other tropical instruments that us city folk don’t usually hear too often.

Sometimes the music is dark and deep, while other times it’s cheery and catchy (and still deep, of course). The last two tropical house volumes featured guest mixes from Bakermat and Klingande, but Thomas Jack is finally back at it again for Volume 5. It just so happens that Volume 5 is also Thomas Jack’s deepest mix yet. The heavy bassline thumps at a steady pace throughout the 2+ hour mix, seamlessly transitioning from one house banger to another.

Unfortunately, Visa issues prevented Thomas Jack from doing his US tour earlier this year, but it looks like he’ll be making it out here very soon, with shows in San Francisco, Denver, and Palm Springs already announced.

In any case, Thomas Jack’s Tropical House Vol. 5, like the 4 volumes before it, is house music at its finest. Oh, and it’s all free to download via SoundCloud! Stay tropical, friends.

FUTURPOETS – Walk Away LP

This Swedish / Mexican duo FUTURPOETS return to bring us an LP that has a great blend of Nu Disco and Deep House. With Remixes from Matchy & Bott along with Animal Picnic, this release off of Dear Deer is an excellent listen. “Walk Away” is sexy and smooth and brings to the table a great mix of what you would like to find a sultry house release. FUTURPOETS has been a recent favorite of mine as they have not tied themselves down to a specific style and continue to surprise. You can check out their album below.

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Love Is Taking Over for Dusky

Everyone’s favorite Deep House duo is back. Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman, who collectively form Dusky, dropped their Love Taking Over EP today on iTunes via their label 17 Steps. I’ve talked extensively about how there are certain dance music producers, very few of them, who rarely miss. Call me a fanboy if you want, but Dusky definitely fall into that category. The London-based boys have released a string of hits including “Careless“, “Nobody Else”, and their remix of Justin Martin’s “Don’t Go” (to name a few). On the live front, Dusky are a fantastic DJ duo who know how to rock a crowd with underground sounds, booming bass lines, and thumping four-on-the-floor beats.

If you’re familiar with Dusky’s work, the Love Taking Over EP shouldn’t surprise you – at least from a production standpoint. With this release, House music fans are treated to three tracks that show why Dusky have risen to the top of the underground dance world. All three tracks have fat bass lines with complementary driving beats. The title track “Love Taking Over” is too infectious and there’s no way any fan of Deep House could hate it; there’s a good reason it has close to 250,000 plays. The other two songs are a little less radio friendly in comparing them to “Love Taking Over” but they certainly have great composition. “Inta” is a bit faster-paced than “Love Taking Over” and the beat reminds me of something like Catz n’ Dogz’ remix of “Hush” by Thomas Schumacher. Last up is “Expectations” which goes a little Deeper and a little Darker but surely lines up with my expectations of what a good Dusky track sounds like.

There you have it folks, go grab the EP over at iTunes and make sure to catch Dusky on The Next Step tour, where they will be laying down FOUR HOUR SETS. I’m particularly excited for the Halloween date here in San Francisco alongside fellow Brit Eats Everything.

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Tchami Pays Tribute With ‘Move Your Body’ Remix

After exploding onto the scene last year with his huge remix of You Know You Like Itthe French producer Tchami returns today to pay his respects to Chicago’s one and only Marshall Jefferson. Jefferson played a massive role in the development of the Chicago and Deep house scene and was really on of the first people to utilize the piano in a house or club type track like Move Your BodyAt the time of its release Move Your Body brought an infectious sound to club dance floors around the world and Tchami has done an amazing job making additions to the classic while maintaining the addictive hooks and sounds that made this song such a game changer in the first place. Grab the download below, and show Tchami some love for keeping the music free!

Claude VonStroke – CaliFuture [PREVIEW]

Dirtybird’s Claude VonStroke has thrown a teaser at us for his new album, “CaliFuture”. Based In Venice Beach California and absolutely dominating the Deep House scene, Claude hasn’t hit the brakes at all this year. No less than 5 months ago he released Urban Animals, and now CaliFuture is on its way. This is a tale of determination and a strong will that says if you work hard enough you will make it one day! The narrative of CaliFuture comes from Barry Drift who has been featured in many of Claude’s songs, you may recognize him from the song in Urban Animals called “Sugar & Cinnamon”. “CaliFuture” combines an analog synth ensemble with a funkadellic array of drums, that creates an immediately infectious beat. “Eye I Eye” Is an equally groovy and large beat like “Califuture”. Claude takes a simple Vocal and turns it into a glitchy, massive deep house track that will instantly make you nod your head. “CaliFuture” will be available to the public through The Birdhouse July 18th, and will be Released on iTunes on August 5th.

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Treasure Fingers – Honey Dip [Original Mix]

The remix master hailing from Atlanta, Treasure Fingers, is back at it again with a rare but much welcomed original production. Todays track entitled Honey Dip couldn’t be much more fun, including a humorous vocal sample and a plethora of equally interesting sounds and effects. Blurring the lines between a very upbeat house or nu-disco track and or a relaxed trap type track, regardles we are addicted to this original piece from Treasure Fingers. Big thanks to Treasure Fingers for providing us with yet another free download below, and be sure to check out his new tracks with Anna Lunoe and Motez also up on his Soundcloud.