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Hunt for the Breeze — Aquanaut

Posted on September 19 2014 by Shawn G
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My man Faysal Matin, aka Hunt for the Breeze, is absolutely killing the game right now, and his original production “Aquanaut” is getting rave reviews from producers throughout the game — including Diplo among others. A D.C. native, Matin has been dropping bass-heavy bangers for a minute, via remixes and a new batch of originals that have been showing people his skills. A very futuristic sound, his production reminds you of a Flume meets Cashmere Cat kind of vibe that is becoming a major sound in the dance game today. This track is synth heaven, with a driving bassline that makes you want to jam. It’s smooth and simple, with a really great vibe, until the talkbox comes in and just kills it! Super track, definitely a must listen.

Jacob Bech- Bright Nights

Posted on September 18 2014 by Caleb
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I’m still playing out “Continue” from Denmark based producer, Jacob Bech, almost nightly so I couldn’t be happier to see a new release from him on the awesome Large Music. “Bright Nights” is a tight deep house groove based around a fun stab pattern. It has a soulful house feel to it wrapped up in a modern deep house guise that makes it instantly addicting. It’s rhythmic, funky, and makes you move as soon as it starts. Take a listen below and preorder it now over at itunes:

BABE — Make It Real (VESTIGE Remix)

Posted on September 18 2014 by Shawn G
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This song reminds of an Ed Banger track with its heavy electric drops and bass-booming creativity. A hard, driving bassline that is surrounded by heavy synths and vocals that bring the groove out. It’s a fun, summer night kind of track that will bump with almost any audience. It’s got Indie house waves with a nice french touch up, enjoy!

The Juan Maclean – In A Dream

Posted on September 18 2014 by zacheser
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From the moment you hear the anthemic guitar on the opening track, “A Place Called Space,” you know that the disco age has come back. The long awaited album by one of the mighty pillars of New York’s DFA label, The Juan Maclean, is now the definitive proof that whatever rut dance music may have been in – whether it’s trap or deep house or tropical house – it just can’t compete with the old school.

Marking one of the biggest collaborations for DFA songstress extraordinaire Nancy Whang since the dissolution of LCD Soundsystem, “In A Dream” presents us with the version of old fashioned dance that – in an age of the unstoppable EDM machine – we most definitely don’t deserve, but we absolutely need. Everything from “A Place Called Space” to the stargazing “Love Stops Here” to the synthy house party jam “A Simple Design” is a fervent, affectionate ode written for the music that inspired the DFA label in the first place with tones and melodies and builds that recall the heyday of the discotheque: tastes of artists like The Human League and Herbie Hancock and Depeche Mode find themselves peeking out from the corners of each track like fans in a crowded dance hall.

But what really stands out here is Nancy. A tour de force in terms of her delivery and her songwriting, she acts as the pulse in the array of lush, undeniably appetizing soundscapes that this album represents. “Running Back To You” is a showcase for this as she slips a sweetness into lyrics about looking out the window reflecting on romances that never were which conveys not just a lovelorn vulnerability, but an understanding that something better could be on the horizon even if it’s right in front of you. It’s a faithful merger of classic themes with respect for the 80′s new wave and it hits every single mark.

Even the less approachable tracks for new listeners, like “Charlotte,” have this nuanced approach making them less like B-sides on a record full of straightforward hits and more like a complete meal; like the veggies next to a sirloin steak, the meat is great, but the vegetables are necessary to satiate your needs. And that says a lot in a decade that has so far turned into a race geared towards what new tracks you can pop out (especially with a tired music industry’s switch to relying on digital singles). In this regard, The Juan Maclean proves to be the abnormality, which is an achievement on its own, and one that will more than likely place this album alongside other albums in the higher echelons of music royalty.

Simply put, “In A Dream” exceptionally ventures where few in the dance music industry dare to tread and their journey from track to track impresses with each beat, synth, vocal, pad, and bit of self-aware savviness.

Basement Jaxx — Never Say Never (Louis La Roche)

Posted on September 18 2014 by Shawn G
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Oh happy days! LLR is back and this remix is reminiscent of the funk the first brought me to his sound. It’s been a little while since this Norwich, England-based producer has brought a new track to soundclouds everywhere but this one is well worth the wait. An upbeat, French touch remix of Basement Jaxx’s new single–the pleasantness is overwhelming and brings the soft vocals to the forefront, equipped with synths, 808s and even a cowbell. This track is awesome.

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