Dance floors are a vital testing ground for DJs to debut unreleased tracks, see what works and make tweaks back in the studio. This invaluable real-time research has been helping mixmasters refine productions and remixes since the days of reel-to-reel machines.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut clubs and festivals in March 2020, U.K.-based DJ/producer Luke Jones (a.k.a Biscits) was able to road test the pair of brawny house tracks that comprise his upcoming Jungle Sounds EP out April 30 on Sola Records. It’s evident when you listen to the title track’s finely tuned big-room vibes and swinging beat of the tough-as-nails rager “Drum.”
Below Jones shares five tracks he can’t wait to drop once lockdown ends. Continue Reading →
London-based DJ/producer Seb Zito earned his rep back in the day wreaking musical havoc on his city’s pirate radio stations. He’s since gone on to attain international acclaim for his swinging, bass-heavy productions and flawless low-slung sets.
Zito will soon tick an important box on his professional bucket list when he releases his full-length debut, Truth In My Steps, via Eats Everything’s Edible label.
Due out on April 9, the 11-track release tells his musical ascent from raver to DJ and offers deeper insight into his musical prowess.
Ahead of the LP’s release, we connected with Seb and asked him to share his five tracks of the moment. Continue Reading →
Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year, Buenos Aires-based progressive house DJ/producer Nicolás Rada was on a tear. He had been racking up miles bringing his melodic progressive-house sound to clubs throughout his native Argentina as well as venues in Spain, Mexico, Hungry and The Netherlands.
Rada just dropped a rather spectacular collaboration with superstar Nick Warren titled “Dead Eyes Opened” on Nātiv Records. We checked in with the rising DJ/producer to find out his five tracks of the moment. Continue Reading →
Daz-I-Kue (a.k.a. BB Boogie) helped make an indelible mark on dance music during his tenure with revered U.K. broken beat crew Bugz In The Attic. Now based in America, he’s continued to innovate as a producer, musician and songwriter, collaborating with supremely talented artists including Kenya, Donnie, Trina Broussard, Anthony David, Avery Sunshine, Kai Alce and DJ Kemit.
Currently dividing his time between Atlanta and Nashville, Daz-I-Kue just dropped “Goddess Deluxe,” a soulful disco-fueled romp with Kavita on International Women’s Day on his I-Kue Recordings.
We checked in with the man himself to find out which five tracks are currently in heavy rotation.
1. Kavita – Goddess Deluxe (BB Boogie Original Mix)
Kavita has one of those ethereal voices that just hits your spirit, giving love and light to all the everyday goddesses that support us in our daily lives. It was a pleasure to work on this funky disco stomper in which Kavita’s voice fitted like a glove.
2. Ezel ft Rona Ray – Hard To Stay Away (Original Mix)
The Dominican Republic-based producer just keeps getting better and better with each release and this tune just shows his production, musicianship and mixing skills to the max. A multifaceted talent who will survive this game of music for sho.
3. Daniel March – All Is Not Lost
Daniel is a young Australian singer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter who I had the pleasure to work with and will be working with again in the future. He just exudes deep soulfulness, be it on an uptempo track, or in this case, a beautiful guitar-laden acoustic vibe.
4 Reel People ft Eric Roberson – Save A Lil Love (Terry Hunter Remix)
Reel People never disappoint and always keep in step with the current vibes without being cheesy and always with integrity. For me, they always bring it with the musicality and the songwriting. This release is no exception. Plus, add to that the great Eric Roberson on the vocal/writing duties and Terry Hunter on the remix, this is pure FIRE.
5. Marc Mac – Brudda Fela
As well as being into the soulful, I’m also partial to some b-line business. And this Bruk goodness from 4 Hero’s pioneer Marc Mac’s Ah-Free-Ka EP, is a fine example of what gets me shuffling like a mad nutter on the dance floor (or at the moment, the front room… hehe!).
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