Human Movement, the house duo out of Sydney, Australia just released a new original titled “Stranger” yesterday. These guys have a knack for having bass lines in their tracks that flow and sound so good and they showcase that in their most recent release. They also utilized some pitched down vocals and a synth that gives this house track some techno flavor. If you like this then you should check out the remix they put out last week: Sweetland – Solanum (Human Movement Remix)
This is ‘The Spotlight.’ Many artists pass through D.C. on a weekly basis, but this column highlights one specific artist who happens to be playing in the district during the week. That way, you may join their journey in influencing the house music landscape.
Moombahton is partially responsible for the resurgent, diverse dance music community we see today in Washington, D.C. and no act can lay stake to that claim as much as Nadastrom. The duo, comprised of DJs Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom, has been on the forefront of the scene since its inception: at a party in 2009, Nada made the career defining choice to blend house and club tracks with dancehall. And while he wasn’t the first artist to manipulate club music with Latin and reggaeton influences, it didn’t take long for the mash of genres to spread throughout the underground community in Washington. Fast forward to 2015, Nadastrom is easily one of the biggest electronic acts to arise out of D.C. having played all over the world including dates at Electric Daisy Carnival, Fabric, and Electric Zoo as well as featured spots by the reigning Queen of BBC Radio One, Annie Mac.
The group, along with frequent collaborator Sabo, is also a driving force behind the Moombahton Massive parties thrown regularly at D.C.’s crown jewel of the underground dance movement, U Street Music Hall. These parties, which have also lead to the group’s involvement in curating stages for HARD, are notable for bringing in some of the hottest talent from all over the world – such as Toddla T and Munchi – as well as consistently being on the cutting edge of the subgenre often employing unique visuals and killer audio to complement the freshest sounds in the movement. These parties continue to sell out venues worldwide as well further proving that Nadastrom’s imprint on tropical bass is becoming deeper as time rolls forward.
But while they’re presence moombahton is still incredibly strong, their 2015 self-titled release on Friends of Friends sang a very different tune as it featuring soundscapes and character from a wholly different sonic catalog; an album which saw the duo experiment with what was already considered, by them, as an act of experimentation. This shift in direction marked a breakthrough for the group, and moombahton, as it allowed for a new ebb and flow showcasing a welcome branching out that connected the subgenre to many of the other molds featured in the canon of house music. In regards to their self-titled LP, Nada described it as a project where he and Nordstrom wanted “people to get lost in the tunes.”
Nadastrom’s mentality and overall approach as a group towards music has always been one about inclusivity and allowing the positive energy in a room to grow to its furthest, and most instinctual, potential; they have always seemed to find that balance between going full-on rager and blissed out commune which is not only a testament to their talent as tastemakers, but also as individuals who understand music is an experience which requires feeling. And as they begin to tread new ground as their sound evolves alongside the very subgenre they helped christen, the only thing we have left to say is, “Rock on.”
We slept on this for a while, but it keeps creeping back up on us. Our good friend Brennan Bryarly, better known as Colorado’s option4, put together a phenomenal track with underground tastemakers TNERTLE that bumps, breaks, and rattles the dancefloor. The track, “All On the Floor,” makes fantastic use of a vocal sample that has a gritty, G-house swagger reminiscent of what artists like Hannah Wants and Preditah have been cooking up recently while containing a crucial, expert level balance through the use of horns, a stellar sub bass, and a pitter-pattering percussion combo that adds a funky Latin beat vibe.
The best part of the track, however, is it was produced with giving back in mind: for every download, a donation will be made to Cadence & Cause which will provide clean drinking water to those in need. Bryarly, who is easily one of the house game’s biggest team players, believes that music should be used to connect each other and improve the lives of those around us and by putting out this track, he’s making an effort to give resources to those less fortunate. A killer track for a killer cause.
Stream “All On the Floor” below and visit Cadence & Cause for more details.
Eric Prydz has been on fire as of late between his killer remix of CHVRCHES, last year’s anthemic “Liberate,” and the powerhouse that’s his most recent outing, “Generate.” Now Kölsch, who is at the top of the game in his respective field, is on the remix of “Generate” which he has flipped into a constant build into the heavens conceived through the implementation of swirling, atmospheric pads and arpeggiated synthesizers along with the sampling of Prydz’s hook into what could only be described as an exercise in exultation. It’s spiritual cleansing in an audio format: the kind of music that evening raves into the early hours of the morning was made for or, at the very least, the pleasant reminder as to why we love dance music in the first place.
With a forthcoming release in the next few weeks, this is one you’re gonna want to get your hands on. Stream Kölsch’s remix of “Generate” by Eric Prydz below.
Dennis Kruissen is back with a smokey new remix of r&b bad boy The Weeknd. “Devil May Cry” is turned into a massive piano house thumper complete with speaker shaking bass and airy guitar lines. Kruissen has a knack for mixing alot of energy into chilled out melodic tracks, and this is one of his best yet. Take a listen below and grab the DL while you can.