Premiere: Riccio – Tessie

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Italian house DJ/producer Riccio has waded in many musical waters over the years. His list of credits include running the Main Street Records shop in Bologna, helping to present the Main Street Festival in Southern Italy, and spinning his brand of soulful house vibes in clubs from Copenhagen to New York.

Having released EPs on Messalina, People Must Jam, and Editorial, Riccio makes his return to Bosconi Extra Virgin (where he released his Pretty Eyes EP in 2014) courtesy of his Here You Are EP.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere “Tessie,” a vibey late-night instrumental brandishing funky drums, delicate synth melodies and urgent strings. Soak up the chill vibes below, and be sure to check the full release on August 3.

 

Moisees 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Moisés Ramírez co-helms Duro Records along with parter Mateo González. Duro (which means hard in English) was founded in 2015 in Mexico City and aims to release quality dance music.

In addition to running Never Stop Music and producing music under his Silver Light moniker, Moisés is a resident DJ at Club Social Rhodesia and MONO, two of the top clubs in Mexico City.

Moisés brings his wealth of dance floor expertise to the Train Station Philosophy EP, which is set for release on July 28 via Duro. His EP is right on time, offering three cuts bathed in acidic goodness and deep-house vibes galore.

Ahead of the EP’s release with spoke with the man himself and asked him to share five cuts currently dominating his DJ sets. Continue Reading

Vice Media Shutters Electronic Music Site Thump

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Vice Media, the Brooklyn-based global publisher run by Suroosh Alvi and Shane Smith, laid off 2 percent of its workforce (60 employees) today, shuttering electronic music site Thump and Vice Sports in the process.

The cutbacks affect personnel in sales, branded content, editorial and corporate areas in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

The move, which was first reported by Variety, is said to be one of the steps the company is taking to move toward growing its video operations internationally.

Back in 2014 co-founder Shane Smith gave away a million dollars in cash at Vice’s Christmas party.

Thump launched in 2013 and was dedicated solely to electronic music and DJ culture. The site covered a wide swath of dance music and tried to distinguish itself by embracing Vice’s snarky flair for storytelling.

Thump’s editor Editor Michelle Lhooq confirmed Thump’s shuttering via a tweet stating that a story about Arca’s boots was the “final post ever.”

Last month, Vice announced that it had raised $450 million from TPG, a deal that valued the company at $5.7 billion, as it looks to expand into original scripted programming. The financing is being used toward the creation of Vice Studios, which will produce scripted series for both digital and linear distribution. Vice is also backed by Disney and 21st Century Fox.

Premiere: Hifi Sean feat. Crystal Waters – Testify (Sandy Rivera Main Mix)

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From 1985 to 1995 Sean Dickson served as the singer-guitarist for Scottish alt-dance band The Soup Dragons. The quartet blazed musical trails by traipsing along the border of dance and rock with infectious hits like “I’m Free” featuring Junior Reid and “Divine Thing.”

While the Dragons are no longer, Dickson is now producing music as HiFi Sean. His collaboration with US house legend Crystal Waters of “Gypsy Woman” fame spawned “Testify,” a gospel-house floor burner so big that it’s played in every set before each concert during U2’s Joshua Tree 2017 world tour.

Originally released in November 2016 on Sean’s own imprint Plastique Recordings, the track, along with a five remixes, will be released via Defected on July 21.

We’re thrilled to world premiere Sandy Rivera’s joyous re-rub. The New Jersey master behind Kings of Tomorrow, Soul Vision and Mysterious People bathes “Testify” with his signature soulful style and its energy simply can’t be denied. Hit the play button below and prepare to be lifted from your feet.

Click Box 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Back in May we premiered “I Saw It” from São Paulo minimal techno master Pedro Turra’s Slow Dancer EP. It’s a four-track affair full of spellbinding synths, funky basslines and trippy grooves issued under his Click Box alias on Silencio Music.

Having released music on lauded imprints including Richie Hawtin’s M_nus and Magda, Marc Houle and Troy Pierce’s Items & Things, Turra’s latest sonic excursion shows his limitless musical chops and paints a sonic portrait of a producer who is clearly not interested in repeating himself.

We checked in with Turra and asked him to share five cuts that are currently decimation his dance floors. Spoiler alert: one of the cuts is from his latest EP! Continue Reading

Premiere: Døob, Armie & Javi Green – Bushes

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Spanish imprint Clockpoets, which maintains footholds in Ibiza, Barcelona and Mallorca, return with their second release by way of Døob, Armie and Javi Green’s Deaf Humans EP.

It’s a great release boasting three deep-house jams as well as a remix from Rico Casazza.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere “Bushes,” a groovy slice of chugging deep house that’s guaranteed to get any party started right. If you’re looking for a track with a dramatic buildup and breakdown, well, we’ll politely advise you to look elsewhere because this one’s smooth sailing all the way.

“Bushes” is a sleek jam that effortlessly grooves along with the grace of a high-speed bullet train. The producers treat us to airy stabs, cracking beats and synthy squelches for maximum effect.

Hit the play button below and discover “Bushes.”