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Michal Menert – The Space Jazz Album [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Smooth as fuck. That’s how I’ll elect to describe Michal Menert‘s brand new album Space Jazz, released this past Tuesday April 21st through SoundCloud (streaming) and Bandcamp (name-your-price download) on Super Best Records. It’s safe to say I have a majority of Michal Menert’s fantastic music in my iTunes library (62 tracks to be exact) and I’ve been a huge fan ever since I fell in love with the Pretty Lights Music family. For those who don’t know, Menert is a Denver-based producer who worked as a co-producer with Derek Vincent Smith (Pretty Lights) on the chart-topping Pretty Lights album Taking Up Your Precious Time. When Derek decided to found the label Pretty Lights Music, Menert was an obvious choice to become the first artist signed to the label and did so with his 2010 solo album release Dreaming of a Bigger Life. That album, Dreaming of a Bigger Life is one of those pieces that brings me back to a certain place and time. I’ll spare you the bulk of the details, but picture driving to the beach with the windows down in the middle of the Summer – it was the perfect vibing album.

Since that time back in 2010 Michal Menert has truly made a name for himself. He’s released a second massive album similar in style to his first, called Even If It Isn’t Right and has taken on headlining spots around the world. Moreover he’s brought the studio to the stage with his Big Band which is an 18-piece ensemble that Menert leads. In fact, this weekend Michal Menert will be brining his Big Band show to Red Rocks Amphitheater for one of the biggest performances of his career.

Space Jazz is significantly smoother and a bit more mellow than his previous two albums. And this isn’t to say that it’s worse because it’s certainly not – I’ve enjoyed listening to it three times in a row today as I write this. This album, like the previous two, is a musical journey filled with vintage vinyl samples and hard-hitting beats. Michal Menert’s Facebook page describes the album as “a fusion of yesterday’s elements and tomorrow’s ideas”. Where Space Jazz differs is in the vibes. There are more lyrics, more rhyming by guest lyricists, as well as softer bass lines. I remember Menert as someone who pushed heavy synth basses across his songs but those have been toned down to create more of a well-balanced sound.

Space Jazz is the culmination of two years of composition, recording, and mixing, and should prove to be a defining album not only for Menert’s career but for the genre of electro-soul and hip-hop based electronic music.

If you like any of the sounds coming out of the Pretty Lights family of artists, you’ll surely enjoy Michal Menert’s latest album. Make sure to catch Menert any time he’s on tour (I’ll be seeing him on May 14 at the Hawthorn in San Francisco), and definitely interact with him on Twitter or social media because he’s fucking hilarious.

DJ Marky & XRS – The Way (Featurecast Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Coming at you with some FRESH breaks today we have a brand new remix by UK native Featurecast. He took the classic track “LK (It’s The Way)” by DJ Marky & XRS featuring Stamina MC, and turned it into a feel-good Spring-turning-into-Summer party gem available for FREE DOWNLOAD. For those unfamiliar with Featurecast, he “is a man on a mission to funk his way across the globe, bringing his unique brand of mid-tempo Breaks, Hip-Hop, Funk and Bass to venues and festivals all over the World,” according to his Facebook page. Artists such as Krafty Kuts, Fatboy Slim, DJ Yoda, Z-Trip and A. Skillz have all sung Featurecast’s praises and after hearing this gem chances are you will too. Here’s what Featurecast writes of his “The Way” remix:

Hi everyone,

It’s feeling a little like summer here in the UK so I thought it’s a good excuse to give this DJ Marky remix away taken off my last mixtape Blam! Hope you all enjoy it :) and please don’t forget to help spread the word by sharing and re-posting where you can :) I really appreciate all your support.

Thanks

:) FC

For Featurecast bookings please contact Tomas @ tomas@daniomanagement.com

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Madonna – Hung Up (Unknown Associates & Colour Castle Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

How about a nice groovy Deep House tune to get your week started? No club bangers here, but some nice blissful Deep House perfect for winding down your night or for play by the pool. Our friend Boyd Barnes, who is a member of Unknown Associates out of Sydney/Wollongong, sent me this track today. It’s a remix Unknown Associates did with fellow Aussie Colour Castle (whose remix of “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” I posted last year) of one of their favorite Madonna tracks “Hung Up”. The whole Unknown collective is celebrating its second birthday and they are preparing to drop their Dance Education Vol. 2 EP very soon.

I’m quite impressed by the work Boyd, Trent Elliott and their team do and they’ve only continued to get bigger and better. From the excellent House tracks to the live set I had the pleasure of seeing Boyd spin at the Holy Ship preparty this year, things seem to be going in the right direction for our friends down under! Make sure to grab the free download HERE and check out the EP when it drops!

Tommy Trash & Wax Motif – HEX Deconstructed [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Tommy Trash and Wax Motif. Two Australians prominent in the dance music world who we associate with slammin’ tunes and even wilder DJ sets. Waxy and Tommy collaborated on a track called “Hex” back in the Fall, released on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings. The tune is a huge Progressive House banger with Tommy Trash’s signature bass lines and percussion topped with uplifting melodies that will get stuck in your head for days. Though no lyrics are present, “Hex” has all the makings of a polished Progressive House tune from two veterans in Tommy Trash and Wax Motif. You would surely expect “Hex” to be a frequently-played track during festival season.

I was very interested to see that Tommy Trash and Wax Motif stepped away from the dance floors and into the studio to work with a full orchestra on the “Deconstructed” version of “Hex”. This version features Tommy Trash on piano and classically-trained musicians playing “Hex” in a whole new style. Daniel Heath arranged the Deconstructed version and it sheds a whole new light on a huge dance track. It’s always interesting for me to see dance producers stripping things down and going back to their musical roots.

Enjoy the track and free download!

Tommy Trash & Wax Motif – Hex Deconstructed

You Don’t Have To Wait Until Tomorrow For Prince Fox’s First Original Track [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Well I had fun with that title. And I had fun listening to Prince Fox‘s brand new track “Wait Until Tomorrow” which premiered today on This Song Is Sick. For as quickly as Prince Fox’s name has grown it’s hard to believe “Wait Until Tomorrow” is the New York native’s first original track (similar to Autograf recently releasing their first original after being a notable name for years). I like what Prince Fox (real name Sam) did with this song but I’m a bit surprised at its overall sound and feel, as I had come to associate him with the Future Bass realm. But hey, there is NOTHING wrong with mixing it up and flexing your creative muscles – and to produce quality music across genres shows just how talented you are as an artist.

Prince Fox’s remix of “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith may have been my first exposure to Prince Fox but with songs like “Wait Until Tomorrow” it’s very obvious the producer isn’t going anywhere. This fantastic Housey song, almost what I would consider Tropical House, is vibey and melodic and could very easily rock dance floors or sunsets.

Shout out to Sam on the track, I’m disappointed I missed you last week in San Francisco but we heard the show was awesome. We’re looking forward to catching you soon!

For more Prince Fox, check his mix for Too Future – it’s rockin.

Just Kiddin’ – Thinking About It (Get To Know’s Futureboogie Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

“Thinking About It” is a song by up-and-coming duo Just Kiddin‘ that dropped on Beatport back in July 2014 and it’s been one of my favorite songs in recent months. The track saw tons of play in DJ sets and mixes and for good reasons – a catchy vocal hook, a sexy House beat, and melodic synths for days. The Magician, Clean Bandit, Blonde, and Annie Mac all supported the track and it became many peoples’ soundtrack of last Summer. The lyrics really do get stuck in your head and that’s perfectly fine with me. The other day Just Kiddin’ reposted a remix of this track on SoundCloud, one that was not originally part of the remix package. The remix is by an artist named Get To Know and it was titled his “Futureboogie Remix”.

Available for free download, the Get To Know remix is quite fantastic. As the title might suggest, Get To Know’s remix oozes a funky boogie vibe that can only be achieved by certain French artists or by traveling back in time to the 1980s. The infectious vocal hook remains intact, but the drums, synths, and bass line bring us back a few decades with a track that is pure bliss. Larry Holcombe, who hails from London, has a very fitting name in Get To Know. He’s a newcomer who doesn’t have a ton of work on SoundCloud, nor many social media followers, but it’s obvious he soaks up as much funk as possible. He has an Azealia Banks remix, below, that is quite tasty as well – a long distance away from the original track.

Keep an eye on Get To Know because he’s certainly on to something, especially if you like Funk House. And show the dude some love for his free downloads!