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Best Of 2014: Deep House

2014 was nothing short of a huge year for the reemergence of the genre that is deep house into the ears of the mainstream festival and nightclub attendee. With massive break-out artists such as Oliver Heldens, Zhu, Gorgon City and many more become rapidly popular the genre is definitely on a full scale upswing currently. With that being said this did not make our job creating this list easy by any means. We were able to narrow it down to twenty songs that we felt really lead the way for deep house into its current lime-lit state. These twenty tracks come from a wide range of artists, but all bring that same strong bouncy four by four sound that we have all grown to love so much in the past year. So without further presentation we give you our MMIBTY editors picks of 2014 for deep house, be sure to check out all the artists pages for more great tunes!

Etienne de Crécy – Night (Cut the Crap) (Sharam Jey Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

One of my absolute favorite DJs/producers from 2014 has to be Mr. Sharam Jey from Cologne, Germany. He’s one of those guys who has carved out his own sound in the G-House world, with thumping bass lines, driving beats, and chopped-and-screwed vocals amidst many of his songs. Sharam Jey’s track “Hum Hum”, which came out in 2013 and saw a remix by Tapesh in 2014 is one of the most infectious songs I’ve heard in House music in a while (“THE PASSWORD IS PLAY!”). If you’re not too familiar with Sharam Jey, you’ll love him if you’re into producers like Kolombo, Shiba San, Sirus Hood, Amine Edge & Dance, Vanilla Ace, and other artists hangin’ out in that realm. I was absolutely delighted to see that Sharam Jey had released a free remix of Etienne de Crécy’s “Night (Cut the Crap)” on Friday courtesy of Mixmag. The song is a little darker than I’m used to hearing from Sharam Jey, but in typical fashion it has hard-hitting kick drums, a fat bass line, and chopped and screwed vocals. I had a great time seeing Sharam Jey DJ live at Hard Summer and Audio San Francisco this year, and I’m ecstatic to be seeing him again next week aboard Holy Ship 2015!

If you like what you hear, show Sharam Jey some love. I have a feeling 2015 will be his biggest year yet…

Etienne de Crécy – Night (Cut the Crap) (Sharam Jey Remix)

Mr. Propz – Nothing Really Matters [Kav Verhouzer Remix]

Dutch producer Kav Verhouzer has exploded onto the deep house scene in the past few months, topping charts with his melodic remixes and style. Today Kav has released his newest rework, an acoustic heart-felt remix of the Mr Propz original Nothing Really MattersGreat use of strings and acoustics bring this track to life and a plethora of sounds give the listener an experience comparable to that of a symphony. Leaving the vocals intact Verhouzer works his magic by building a truly original foundation beneath the track, essentially remixing from the ground up. Be sure to grab the track below and then head of to Verhouzer’s Soundcloud for all sorts of free music and some great mix-tapes.

Jerry Folk – So Long ft. BB Diamond

We have grown quite fond of the young Norwegian Jerry Folk’s remixes over the past year, so the release of this original track So Long ft. BB Diamond definitely made our ears perk up. Teaming up with London’s BB Diamond to create an original vocal track resulted in nothing less than pure airy bliss. Folk’s tracks often carry an overriding vocal element that to some extent drives the track with this original being no exception, however in the past most of his releases have been remixes. With the addition of a bass line that is nothing less than bounce combined with well placed vocals this track does it all. From the synth-pop-esque riff throughout or the additional aired out filters this track is sure to put a smile on your face and get just about any dance floor moving. Grab the free download below and be sure to check out Jerry’s Soundcloud for a stockpile of super fun deep house tracks and remixes.

ICYMI: jackLNDN – Don’t Forget [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Infectious House music brought to you by jackLNDN on this Sunday night. The UK, London-based, producer is one of our favorites here at MMIBTY and we’ve written about him numerous times, sharing his music with as many people as we possibly can. Back at the end of November jackLNDN released his track “Don’t Forget” and it’s been met with amazing responses. While it took me a few weeks to catch up, I’m brining you “Don’t Forget” as an in case you missed it feature, but making sure to point out it’s just the first track on jackLNDN’s Summer Never Ends – Vol. 1 EP. The piano intro hooked me in immediately but what was more impressive is how Jack was able to work in Electro-House wobbles into an otherwise Deep House tune. No lyrics to speak of, but the progression of the tune almost calls someone like a Pryda or Fehrplay into the picture. Turn the lights down low for “Don’t Forget” and make sure to keep an eye on jackLNDN especially with the release of his new EP coming soon!

jackLNDN writes about “Don’t Forget”:

The first track from the new ‘Summer Never Ends – Vol. 1′ EP. This one takes a deeper, progressive route. As always, it’s a free download. Enjoy!

Kid Astray – Back To The Ordinary (Option4 Remix)

Option4 is back on the remix decks, and this time he has brought the bounce to the Kid Astray single Back To The OrdinaryI don’t know if I can say I was really a fan of this track before it got the Option4 treatment. Utilizing the clean and crisp vocals of the indie-pop hit Option4 injects the track with a super fun breakdown and a bass line that is sure to make dance floors across the nation move. Well-placed samples, undermined vocal filters, additional snares, and a great piano hook keep this track moving from start to finish. Option4 truly breathed life into this track with his remix, go check it out now on HypeM and show the Denver ringleader some love!