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.
Mat Zo has had a legendary rise to fame over the past few years and him blowing through Boston is not to be overlooked. The producer and DJ has had a long and interesting career, starting out as a Drum and Bass producer (MRSA) and moving into his current persona as Mat Zo, who has taken the trance and progressive scene by storm, most notably for his track “Bipolar”, his collaborations with fellow progressive producer Arty “Mozart” and “Rebound” and most recently his notorious collaboration with Porter Robinson “Easy”. He also dropped one of the most diverse and interesting Essential Mixes that you could ever hope for back in early February. We’ve got two tickets to give away so jump on it by entering through the PunchTab widget.
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…
The essential mix series hosted by Pete Tong continues its’ tear during 2013 with a brand new mix brought to you by the tropical producer Tensnake hailing from Germany. Fairly unheard of within the states, Marco Niemerski has been a staple in the underground disco scene that has seen its’ rise over the better course of the last decade. Tensnake is most known for his smash single Coma Cat released back in 2009, but don’t think that he hasn’t been making music since then. On the verge of releasing a new album, Tensnake sneaks in at least two unreleased tracks within the mix and has quite a tour lined up in North America this year. It is about time you became familiar with this cat as he pumps up the disco madness in this week’s Essential Mix (download link available if you click through to Soundcloud)!
Continue reading to see a full list of North American tour dates along with the hefty tracklist used to cfreate this wonderful mix!
For the lovers of deep house and tech house this collaboration is welcomed with open arms and some very big smiles. The big bloke from across the pond and recent recipient of UK ‘s DJ of the Year Award, Eats Everything has teamed up with Dirtybirds’ heir apparent Justin Martin for their first of many EP’s titled Feather Fight. This collaboration comes as no surprise as the two have similar styles and views on the world of music as well as much admiration for each other. They have played some legendary back to back sets in the past and it will be interesting to see how often they will be booked together following this release. The first track on the EP was originally aired of Eats’s Essential Mix in December and the buzz only got louder after that. Feather Fight brings high energy, lovely vocals, along with the great breaks and jungle drum lines making it a quintessential tech track. The b-side of the EP dives a little darker while maintaining the same high energy taking you ona roller coaster of emotions. Harpy carries on for more than seven minutes going through waves of booty clapping and calming patterns, but don’t ever get to comfortable as change is right around the corner. Overall this is a great EP and will go great in anyone’s’ collection in my opinion!
Not much needs to be said about this mix! Eric Prydz takes on the prestigious decks at BBC Radio 1 for a third time to throw down an absolutely perfect 2 hour set that truly is essential. Prydz stacks the mix with fifteen unreleased tracks as well as one remix that has only been heard during his live sets. For those who thought his 2007 Essential Mix couldn’t be topped, I think it just might have with his 2013 edition. Prydz has been looking forward to this set with much anticipation and for good reason, I haven’t heard a more complete mix in some time. Pete Tong is starting the year off strong first with the French Express, now Eric Prydz, and not sure if you heard, but Mat Zo makes his debut next week…