During the summer, this track was smashing sets all over the world without an ID. That was until last week when it was unveiled on BBC Radio One. Coming from longtime collaborators Hannah Wants and Chris Lorenzo, “Rhymes” is an achievement in house music designed to provoke a 4/4 ruckus if not a full blown groove session.
Indicative of their collaboration style, “Rhymes” is a vocal based, bass heavy grime heater that instantly lures you in like a moth to the flame. And because it’s nothing short of dynamic, it appears as if this track may have cross-genre appeal considering the exhibition Hannah Wants and Lorenzo have on display for us; we’re talking about a jacking bassline, a literal siren that calls out people onto the dancefloor, and a drop a little more than halfway in that is so wild it’s bound to make everyone erupt into an aroused state of pandemonium. This is all without mentioning the obvious passion for hip-hop production this duo has which grounds the track in a relatable way for uninformed clubgoers and elevates its status from a neat filler track to a setlist highlight.
Pick up “Rhymes” on Friday as part of the Annie Mac Presents compilation or wait until next week when it sees a release on Beatport.
As the “Melbourne Bounce” subgenre continues its stranglehold on mainstream EDM, track after track continues to be churned out by the likes of TJR, Will Sparks, and Deorro. But with every emergence of a new category comes a few tracks that go against the grain in an attempt to take their niche in a different direction even if it’s only for the sake of amusement. This is “Dark Chicago” by Adrian Gia.
Coming off New York’s Brooklyn Fire label, the Australian producer decided to strip away the big room and main stage aesthetics that have made Melbourne Bounce so popular amongst Kandi beaded ravers and he’s replaced it with a minimalist techno vibe that is sure to turn a few heads. In a way, “Dark Chicago” is exactly what the name makes it sound like: a deeper, more sinister, edgier take on Chicago house music. And that stems out from every element of the track including the thumping bass that straddles a fine line between disco edit and main stage ragefest, a woodblock sample that keeps the tempo up, and a good use of ambience. There’s even the added novelty of a sample from the film “The Blues Brothers” to immerse it further in Chicago flavor (and even that has been deepened and darkened for the sake of solidarity).
In the end, Gia’s noodling around with the Melbourne format has produced a very tight, concise track which is much more rooted in the underground techno scene than the mainstream Ultra scene and that, my friends, is worth the full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, and wearing sunglasses.
Get ready, D.C. There might be a new sheriff in town.
Coming out of the shadows, the mysterious Washington based Wave Age is a project rooted in bass and house music that, according to the official bio, draws influences from artists like Justin Jay and Friend Within. This much is evident: the enigmatic producer is out to make you drop whatever you’re doing and dance.
The first release, “Thug Love,” is a deep cut with an obvious love for being tongue-in-cheek. Combining the acapella from Khia’s “My Neck, My Back” with a bouncy, UK bass backdrop, “Thug Love” is a finely tuned experiment in giving us the goods without any fuss or muss. It’s a filthy, groovy, spaced out odyssey that explores not just underground house music, but also the current fascination with old school, throwback hood anthems from the Millenial generation’s childhood thereby cementing the track’s undeniable earworm status with a self-aware finesse which is deserving of the loudest sound system you can find.
In other words, if you’re in dire need of a replacement for Breach’s “Jack” in your setlist, I think Wave Age has you covered.
Download Wave Age’s “Thug Love” via the official Facebook page and stream it below.
Spank Rock’s “Gully” was a surprise this summer: the kind of guilty, filthy house track that DJs love to slip into their sets just to grime up the dancefloor a little bit. And in the spirit of bringing down the house, Baltimore’s Spank Rock is back to make the dance music crowd unleash their inner hellions.
The cleverly named “Back Up” is a miraculous exercise in blasting the doors off the hinges with high-tempo, dirty beats and a Baltimore club inspired aesthetic that leaves no room to take sides. Instead, the track makes the line between different cliques of the current dance music community an incredibly blurry one; it refuses to follow any rules thereby creating a fresh, trill-heavy, relentlessly rowdy slammer guaranteed to unite everyone under the sole purpose of going nuts. This spirit is masterfully crafted by Kid Kamillion’s personal touch on the production end leaving us with a hard hitting banger comprised of sick builds, earth shattering drops and, of course, a vocal delivery by Spank Rock which is both ferocious and unstoppable. To put it simply, “Back Up” ultimately wants us to stop tweeting or texting or Facebooking for a moment and just drop it as low as you can to the floor. And at a swift 3 minutes, this track doesn’t mess around.
You can grab “Back Up” tomorrow when it’s released by Bad Blood and Boysnoize Records.
One of Blisspop’s favorite producers, option4, is ready to set some monitors on fire with his latest remix. An epic retooling of the most recent heater by Fool’s Gold Records’ Sammy Bananas, the option4 remix of “Money Time” is a bass heavy, tech house jam that has all the dub the children crave with an exceptional portion of ultra juicy, super slick grooves. Everything from the sexy 808 hits to the ambient synth pads clamor for peak hour play time; there’s even a nice steel drum element in the remix which relaxes your nerves while the beat and emotionally rich synth notes drive blood through the track’s heart, pumping and pumping and pumping until you can’t help but let go.
This is a dark trip through a musical wonderland lavish enough to be considered in the same playing field as works by Grum, Maceo Plex, and Groove Armada. It’s a must download.
You can pick up option4′s take on “Money Time” via digital music platforms.