Future fucking Bass. Stwo, Kaytranada, Wave Racer – if you’re into those artists or others like them then you need to check out Point Point and you need to keep your eyes on them. I don’t speak French, but my assumptions have led me to believe Point Point is a collective comprised of French producers AAZAR, DEVOTED.TO.GOD, L’HOMME AUX 4 LETTRES, and NOMÄK. I saw that Porter Robinson was the featured artist on this week’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and as I began listening to it I started scanning the track list. One song in particular stuck out to me, solely because of the title. You guessed it, that song was called “Morning BJ” by Point Point. I certainly appreciate a morning BJ as much as the next guy, and this song is just as good as the act it’s referring to (might even be a perfect pairing). The track, though only 2:30 long, is a collection of danceable beats, beautiful melodies, live drums, pitched-up vocals, and futuristic bass sounds. It’s really hard to describe a track like this, but as one SoundCloud user commented, it “sounds like a morning BJ”.
Check it out for yourself and turn it up loud. Keep an eye on Point Point and check out Porter Robinson’s full Essential Mix for something totally different than what you might be used to from the Electro-House star.
DJ mixes are a dime a dozen these days. You could probably shuffle through your SoundCloud feed and find more mixes than you know what to do with – certainly more than enough music to fill your waking hours with. It’s this reason that I try to be selective when it comes to posting mixes on this blog – they really have to be noteworthy; either something truly unique, or absolute perfection the whole way through. This past weekend brought us two of these mixes: veteran Marc Kinchen (better known as MK) got behind the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix decks for the first time since 1995 and newcomer Oliver Heldens unleashed his Heldeep Mixtape 2.
If you’ve never heard of Marc Kinchen, who typically goes by his DJ name of MK, I’m here to enlighten you. If you know about MK, then I’m here to make sure his Essential Mix doesn’t pass you by unnoticed. MK has been involved in the House music game since the 90s – he’s the very definition of a veteran artist. MK’s first Essential Mix was in 1995 and though he took some time away from dance music to become Will Smith’s in-house producer, he’s very much back at the top of the game. 2013 was a big year for MK as he topped charts with his updated remix of Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through” (number one in the UK) as well as a series of remix duties for big name artists like Lana Del Rey and Sub Focus. Not to mention a personal favorite remix of Jamie Antonelli’s “Divine”. MK’s Essential Mix, to me, was flawless the whole way through. He chose tracks with infectious grooves and plenty of melodies, including 10 exclusives and tons of MK homemade remixes. Though a veteran in the game, MK is really emerging from the pack as a force in groovy, soulful House Music.
*Tracklist after the jump*
I think it’s fitting to couple a mix from a veteran in the game with a mix by one of dance music’s fastest-rising stars: Oliver Heldens. I’ve posted about Heldens quite a bit in recent weeks. His latest original production, “Gecko”, is a fantastic track that saw massive amounts of plays thanks to a premier by tastemaker Pete Tong. Shortly after that, Heldens premiered his Heldeep Mixtapeseries that combined Big Room bangers with deeper and funkier underground sounds. We also were treated to a preview of his “Animals” remix, which I later posted because it was too damn good to ignore (and frankly it sounded nothing like the over-played original by Martin Garrix). Over the weekend I was elated to see Oliver Heldens released Heldeep Mixtape 2. It’s just as good, if not better, than Mixtape 1. Heldens wouldn’t release the track list until it reached 20,000 plays, and just two days later it’s already way past that point. If you want some fantastic tunes that stray far away from your Beatport Top 100, this is the place to get it. We go Deep, we go Funky, we go Techy, and there are absolutely no complaints from me. Turn it up!
It’s always a big day when Eric Prydz releases new music. Yesterday Prydz dropped his two-song Lycka EP under his moniker Pryda and released on Pryda Recordings. As with most Pryda songs these days there was a lot of pre-release buzz surrounding “Lycka” and the b-side track “F.A.T.” Of course, most Prydz fans realize we’ve been hearing both tracks in his live sets and mixes far before yesterday’s on-sale date. According to 1001tracklists.com, “F.A.T.” has been seeing far more play in DJ sets, dating back to March 16th when Dirty South unleashed it as part of his Essential Mix. I think, however, “Lycka” might be the more popular fan favorite, as it’s already been identified as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World and one of Above & Beyond’s most-requested tracks as exemplified by Group Therapy 056 push the button.
Both tracks show off Prydz’s continued perfection and originality in the studio. Signature snares and Pryda synths flow through both tracks and each production spans above the six-minute mark allowing for a true Progressive House sound to shine through. “Lycka” and “F.A.T.” have different feels to their overall construction – “Lycka” is more of an uplifting selection while “F.A.T.” is a bit darker but at the same time is more of a dance floor destroyer. If you ask me, I’m more partial to “F.A.T.” but I really can’t complain about either track.
Eric Prydz continues to be one of my favorite artists in all of dance music and Lycka proves why he remains at the top of the list. I’m not quite sure when my next opportunity to see him live will be but I damn well hope it’s soon.
I was elated to see one of my favorite producer/DJs was being featured on BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix this weekend. The master of booty bass brought his eclectic mix of House music to the airwaves this past Friday, six years after his debut with Essential Mix in 2007. Barclay Crenshaw, better known as Claude Vonstroke, has had a busy year culminating with the release of his third studio album Urban Animal and a 25-city North American tour in support of the release. Even more so, his label Dirtybird is absolutely flourishing thanks to unique and funky sounds by the likes of Eats Everything, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Hannah Wants, Catz ‘n Dogz, and plenty more.
This incredible two-hour mix sees Claude Vonstroke coming off his tour and coming in hot with recent and forth-coming releases on Dirtybird. The first half of the mix is straight four-on-the-floor booty bangers while the second half opens it up a bit with some non-Dirtybird artists, some Trap and Breaks sounds, and a well-rounded dose of dance music therapy. A couple standout tracks for me include the opening Jimmy Edgar remix of “Whip” as well as Doorly’s remix of Claude Vonstroke’s own “The Clapping Track”. Claude even admits the mix took a few takes to perfect and that it isn’t completely absent of “human error”. I trust only the finest-tuned ears will be able to pick up on those errors anyways…
Show Claude and the Dirtybird team some love if you like what you hear! I’ll be looking forward to catching the guys on Holy Ship in six weeks! *Track lists After Jump!*
Aussie girl duo, Nervo, debuted a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and posted it today via their Soundcloud to share with the world. From the massive success the sisters have had thus far with their DJing careers, it’s surprising these two worldly recognized twins hadn’t already made an essential mix, but we can be rest assured – they did so (finally) with flying colors. The mix is filled with house tunes that conduce a perfect party music playlist. The girls – having just returned from attending/DJing the 2013 MTV VMA‘s – are set to be touring around Europe, but are making some stops to the states including playing at Tomorrowworld. Stream the mix below and keep reading for a tracklist.
There I was, listening to the fantastic Essential Mix by Hot Since ’82, and a familiar sample came across the mix. Sure enough it was a sample from one of the best 90s Hip Hop songs in existence: “93 Til Infinity” by the Souls of Mischief. The difference here is the Essential Mix track had no vocals, no talking about how “this is how we chill from ’93 til”. What the track DID have was a chilled out Tech-House vibe thanks to the production work of Matthias Meyer. The German producer/DJ hails from a small town near Hamburg and roams the underground House scene. I can’t say that I had heard of Matthias Meyer before this track, which came out in 2011, but he’s absolutely on my radar now. While I usually have a lot to say in my posts, I’ll let the music do the speaking for me in this one. Definitely go check out Matthias Meyer and see what he’s all about, after you listen to his gem “Infinity”.