Dance music has, and always will be, inherently political. It’s something we sometimes forget in recent years with all of the cake throwing and pool partying, but it’s true. It’s political because dance music’s legacy came from a political place. It came from the black community, the queer community, the nerd community; dance music evolved from an otherized, underground hub of outsider culture before eventually becoming the mainstream behemoth it
London’s Mick James just released a fantastic chiller of a track, bringing his blend of UK garage and 2-step into the mix. “Shelter Me” is a remix of Sade’s “I Never Thought I’d See the Day,” which lends a silky smooth vocal and lush soundscape. Mick James definitely preserved all of the best parts of the original and added in a beefed up bass line complete with diving sub hits. Embrace
Italian producer Counterfly (a.k.a. Lorenzo Olivieri) released his debut Glazed EP on Broque.de a few months ago. Glazed is influenced by classical, jazz, ambient, and IDM. Counterfly created wonderful, laid-back soundscapes perfect for everyday listening. My three favorites off of the release are “Death Of A Squirrel,” “Glimmers,” and the title track, “Glazed.”
Neutral is a DC-based DJ/producer duo composed of Yomimbi and T3k, and their new house track is spreading deep, spacey vibes throughout the region. “NTFLXNCHLL” features a mellow vocal sample from Ameer Dyson, otherworldly atmospheric pads, and a bassline that gives the track a deep vibe. You can catch Yomimbi this Sunday at We Can Make It Work 001. Listen to and download “NTFLXNCHILL ft. Ameer Dyson” for free:
A little late to the punch on this one, but local up-and-comer DNNY KAY dropped a track about a month ago full of bassy goodness. DNNY KAY utilized some funky chord stabs and a raw sounding bass line to give it that bass/future house vibe. It’s free to download so grab it if you like it, and be sure to check out all the other freebies on his page!