December 9, 2013 Posted by admin at 3:48 pm
It’s very likely you haven’t been able to escape ‘The Renegade’ by Friend Within since chart-toppers Disclosure dropped it in their XLR8R podcast earlier this year. Hammered by Radio 1’s B.Traits and Monki and played by everyone including Breach, Eats Everything and Skream, it now sees a full release with three fresh Friend Within tracks as ‘The Renegade EP’ this summer on etcetc.
Wildchild’s instantly recognizable sample is given a fresh spin on ‘The Renegade’, opening with a bouncing 4/4 beat and driven forward by a trademark monstrous Friend Within bassline.
Backed by three brand-new productions, ‘The Renegade EP’ is a masterclass in timeless dance music. ‘The Birth’ brings booming bass to the fore, pulsating with wavey hooks whilst ‘The Work’ feat. Pete Josef – named as Mixmag’s ‘Big Tune’ and included on their recent Disclosure cover-mount CD – shows a flair for marrying soulful, vocal-led 90s house rhythms with shuffling techno sonics. ‘The Scene’ completes the EP with chiming chords, but make no mistake; beneath Friend Within’s groove-laden melodies, this man packs some serious punch.
With previous releases on Dirtybird, PETS and a forthcoming release for Hypercolour, as well as teaming up with Karma Kid and Yasmin for Red Bull’s recent ‘Monki & Friends’ project, Friend Within is making serious friends with his own productions right now. But it doesn’t stop there. Remixes for the likes of MAUSI, Artful Dodger and Fenech-Soler to name just a few, demonstrate a versatility that proves whatever the mysterious Friend Within touches, it soon becomes dancefloor gold.
December 5, 2013 Posted by admin at 10:59 am
The notorious hook from PNAU’s, ‘Baby’, receives a smooth, hypnotic house revival in a rework from front wave French producer, Faul. ‘Changes’ has gone viral in Europe, with noticeable reblog and playlist additions throughout popular YouTube networks such as The Sound You Need.
Charting distinctly throughout Europe also, ‘Changes’ currently sits at #1 on the German iTunes singles chart and is progressing further up both club and airplay charts throughout France, Switzerland and the UK!
Alongside the original and radio mixes, one of Berlin’s most versatile producers, Tocadisco, turns out a sunny LA high quality house groove of ‘Changes’. Stefan Dabruck turns up the heat with some EDM ammunition and Germany’s own Robin Schulz allows us to simmer with a delicate house cut.
A sure fire hit for the summer, ‘Changes’ is set to be the epic return of PNAU into the arena of sophisticated house music and is a good tease into their forthcoming revival in the new year. Untz untz.
December 5, 2013 Posted by admin at 10:01 am
From underground dub to international chart hit, the path of MK’s now seminal remix of Storm Queen’s ‘Look Right Through’ has not been that of your typical house record. Originally signed by Morgan Geist, Storm Queen’s original version of ‘Look Right Through‘ saw a re-release in 2012 but in 2013 rounds off it’s package with remixes from James Jones, Dimitri From Paris, Aeroplane, Art Department and MK.
MK’s Dub III is just one of the three remixes the US house connoisseur has delivered that after hitting the #1 spot in the UK is garnering particular hype on our shores. Included in Ministry of Sound’s Chillout Sessions XVI tracklist, ‘Look Right Through (MK Dub III)‘ will be hanging out as the swoon DJ drop for the summer : )))))))) enjoy.
MK DUB III
December 2, 2013 Posted by admin at 11:13 am
Weird Together is the new studio and live project from Dick Johnson and Nick Dwyer, spurred on by Nick’s love of exotic musics and crazy sounds from all far corners of the globe, and Dick’s love of taking said sounds and moulding them and sculpting them into solid grooves that make people wanna dance lots.
Weird Together’s remix of Atumpan’s, ‘The Thing’, is out now on Beatport through etcetc. To celebrate, we spoke to the gentlemen to suss out their vibe and plans for the new year. Get familiar as we get weird with Weird Together.
WHERE DID THE NAME WEIRD TOGETHER COME FROM?
The first time we were in the studio, a mutual friend walked in and saw us losing it to some old Ethiopian Jazz Records and laughed and said “you guys look weird together” and that was it really. Also at it’s heart Weird Together is about brining the music of the world to the dance floors that we know and showcase difference cultures to our audiences. Our band members come from all over the world and especially in our neck of the woods (Australia and New Zealand) growing up people would often refer to people that were different or from another culture as ‘weird’ – the truth is if we went and did the same thing that they did and tried to start a new life in Africa or South America then we’d be the ‘weird’ ones. So we’re all ‘weird’ together basically,
IS THERE A VIBE FOR THE WEIRD TOGETHER SOUND WHERE YOU’RE FROM IN AUCKLAND?
Definitely – like cities like Sydney and Melbourne, Auckland is a very multi-cultural city. The band has started a great following with the different communities who come out and support but also music fans that love a good dance have been diggin’ hearing something a little bit fresh, and of course it’s a pretty wild & colourful vibe onstage which people having been loving.
CAN YOU GIVE SOME INSIGHT INTO YOUR LIVE SET?
At the core of it, when we play live Dick & I are playing stripped back versions of our tracks like we would a DJ set as it’s great having that seamless vibe, and we have Karima from South Sudan who sings, the ‘Not – so – Trini Steelpan Allstars’ on Steel Pan, Mavs Adegbite from Nigeria on Percussion, and the very mysterious ‘Gaza Tripp’ on Highlife Guitar. That’s the core of the band, and on top of that we have an ever growing cast of additional players that join us each and every show.
WHO WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL COLLABORATION?
It’s a tough one – but let’s get Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen, Alemayehu Ashete, Caetano Veloso, El Guincho, Michael Cleis, Todd Edwards and Mighty Sparrow into a room and if the music sucks at least it will be a good party
WHO ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO SCOPE OUT AT SUBSONIC?
DJ EZ for sure!!!! Haha I used to work in a record shop when I was a teenager in the late 90′s and we used to smash nothing but old EZ Garage Nation tapes and i’ve never seen him before so can’t wait for that. Also Nile Rodgers of course – saw him play in Madrid a few years back and it was exceptional as you’d expect. Oneman has been one of my favorite DJ’s of the last decade so looking forward to that and of course Africa Hi Tech – Mark Pritchard is the donnest of all dons regardless of genre.
WHAT ARE WEIRD TOGETHER PLANNING FOR THE NEW YEAR?
Start releasing more music! We’ve got a lot of gigs forthcoming with NZ festival season but yes – 2014 is going to be the year when we finally start getting the music out there, there’s a tonne just sitting there waiting to go!