German producer Reboot, AKA Frank Heinrich, is typically known to carry a darker, minimal techno feel in his production. However, his latest creation “The Frenchie Thing” – the title track on his upcoming three piece EP – steps out of the dungeon and takes on a much warmer approach.
The track is made up of glimmering percussion, a balmy rolling bass line, and a light, but soulful piano chord sequence. With its up-beat tempo, undoubtedly tropical vibe, slow build, and an all around happy mood, nostalgia of the summer dance season immediately creeps in when it hits your ears. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the track make a heavy influence on dance floors around the globe as warmer temperatures come knocking.
Heinrich seems to have stepped out of his comfort zone on this track, and one could argue he nailed it, judging by the fact House juggernaut Defected Records signed the EP. Look out for the release March 2nd, where “The Frenchie Thing” is subsequently joined by tracks “Hooks N Breaky” and “Lubricalifornia.”
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 so that you may join their journey in influencing the house music landscape.
Friend Within is one of the biggest names in house music right now. Hailing from Liverpool, the UK based producer has had releases on Dirtybird, Method, and Pets Recordings and has been endorsed by the likes of Pete Tong, Annie Mac, and Disclosure just to name a few. Thanks in no small part to his colossal banger of a tune, “The Renegade,” Friend Within has been steadily on the rise in the United States while he has established his talents abroad having played to sold out crowds in Ibiza, Chinese Laundry in Australia, and recurring sets at XOYO in London.
And while he maintains an air of mystery, one thing is certain: his shows have gained a certain amount of notoriety for their incredible energy and vibes enriched in the juices of classic house music (something that is made very clear on his most recent release “The Holiday”). He daftly combines elements from the old school and the newer, bass heavy electronica to invent himself in a genre that breathes – and currently lives off – deep sound; this makes him a wonderful showman and, even more importantly, a self-aware producer who rolls with the punches.
Back again with another round of serious funk this week. TFT #6 has some serious jams, with a subtle hue of hip hop, that talk for itself…check out below:
Louis La Roche — The Receiver
He’s back!!!!!! Mr. La Roche himself is finally here with an EP that just brings the heat. His original mix, “The Receiver,” is an absolute beauty, something that brings back memories of some of his oldest hits. Upbeat and very danceable, this indie dance track is one of the hottest songs of 2015 so far — and only means that Louis will be busting out more throughout the year.
Jafunk — Dazed
I just recently heard this song and it legitimately may be one the best tracks I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying in a minute. If you’ve got sensitive ears, you’ll notice this production samples The Spinner’s “I’ll be Around” or the chorus you may recognize as “whenever you call me…I’ll be there.” This tune is everything you could ask for in a dance track: sexy synths, driving bass and an extremely funky vocal. Oh yeah…this is a must listen.
Ella Henderson — Mirror Man (Henry Krinkle Remix)
If you haven’t heard of Henry Krinkle yet, the time is now. He’s definitely an up and comer with an extremely unique vibe that resonates with almost any audience. Once known for his minimal instrumentation and trapped out basslines, This track pulls from his recent deviation into the house-sphere and is highly funky. I’m a fan, enjoy!
Tesla55 — It’s You (Bishiclet Remix)
Another name to remember is Monsieur Bishiclet from Brooklyn. This guy is highly romantic and his slowed-down, synth-filled french house tracks ensue sensuality. A real “believer of the boogie” this guy brings computer love to its finest with this fine remix of Tesla55. It’s deep and brings a nice crescendo around a filtered vocal. Definitely check this out!
Soulja Boy — Pretty Boy Swag (Michael Berry Remix)
This is my party track of the week! Michael Berry absolutely rips it up with this one. He makes Soulja Boy look like he did in 2003, good for absolutely no reason. I can’t refrain from bumping my head to this one, it’s like I want to resist…but I won’t. He takes an extremely heavy bass line and matches Soulja Boy’s lyrics on top, making the chorus oh so catchy. Don’t judge, take a listen…definitely add this one to your set.
MIX OF THE WEEK: LeMarquis x Chill Music
Had the pleasure of shoveling 8 inches of snow off my driveway to this…and it made it SO much better. LeMarquis is a leader in the housed-out hip hop category and his mixes of such tracks as Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” and Ludacris’ “Stand Up” are true examples of production capability. Huge fan of his and this mix only shows his maturation even more, here’s the tracklist:
Fréderic Chopin – Polonaise #3 In A, Op. 40/1, “Military”
Yellowlunarhuman – Feel The Same Way
Jay-Z – 99 Problems (Pham Remix)
La Fine Équipe – Make U Greedy
Wild Belle – Its Too Late (Employee Of The Year Remix)
DJ 2slo – Donald’s Track
Durante – Full Moon
AlunaGeorge – Supernatural (Pomo Remix)
Sam Gellaitry – Understanding
GEOTHEORY – Finally
Justin Timberlake – Sexy Back (Ft. Timbaland) [Pakem Remix]
Whitney Houston – Fine (LeMarquis & FAB Remix)
J-Louis – Can’t You See
Ludacris – Stand Up (LeMarquis Remix)
Pomo – How I Feel
Ashanti – Rock With U (LeMarquis Remix)
Goldlink – Bedtime Story
Marlin – Unreleased
Kaytranada – Seeu Enni Way
Sango x Goldlink – Wassup
Axe On Wax Records just had it’s newest release yesterday with the Raw Axes EP. With original tracks from Cera Alba and Rosenhaft and remixes from Oli Furness and Kindimmer, Axe On Wax has shown us that the guys from across the pond know a thing or two about deep house. The tracks on here have already gained support from artists such as Audiojack, Jacques Renault, Huxley and that list is sure to grow since this is officially out. This record is available only in vinyl which you can purchase here on Juno. For those without a turntable, keep your eyes peeled for a digital release later next month!
Golf Clap is always putting out quality tunes on their Country Club Disco label, but this one is a freebie courtesy of the Detroit duo themselves. “Recovery Room” is a flowing, vibey house track that puts their production skills on display. The chopped and gated vocals are on point and the utilization of their Roland TR-8 and TB-3 has created crisp drums and a bouncy bass-line. I’ve listened to this song countless times already over the weekend and I’ve been liking it more and more.
Be sure to check out more stuff from Golf Clap as well as their label Country Club Disco. They make great tracks, but their skills behind the decks are just as great. They have countless hours of mixes recorded on their SoundCloud, so head over there and have a listen. Make sure you grab the free download for this track while you’re at it!