Premiere: Steve Smith – Happy

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Fresh from a 37-date tour supporting Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Dirty Vegas frontman Steve Smith continues to let his creative juices flow on his upcoming Union EP set for release on February 24. (Watch our 2011 video interview with Dirty Vegas here.)

Smith wrote the EP in 2016, a year that saw him perform for HRH Prince William at a gala at Kensington Palace on November 10, 2016.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere “Happy” from his latest effort. On the cut Smith’s trademark croon is in top form and effortlessly sails over a deep musical backdrop accented with soulful sax and deep keyboards. Take a listen and your ears will thank you.

Steve Smith plays Club Passim in Cambridge, MA on February 22 and Rockwood Music Hall in New York City on March 10.

Premiere: Joeski – Dub Music

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New York house DJ/producer/remixer Joeski’s ascension to the global stage has been incumbent upon one thing: pure freakin’ talent. From playing house parties in Queens, NY,  to spinning at infamous Manhattan nightspots and parties including The Limelight, NASA, Save the Robots and the Roxy, he’s continually evolved his sound both behind the decks and the boards. And not surprisingly his sleek, raw grooves continue to reverberate well beyond the Big Apple.

With 2016 filled with producing and remixing for labels including Defected and Suara, Joeski (a.k.a. Joe Flores) makes a welcome return to Steve Bug’s Poker Flat Recordings with the Lessons in Dub EP.

Where his previous Erotic Sessions EP for Poker Flat was a deep, techy dose of dark insanity (listen to “Come On Here” here), his new three-tracker for the label is swathed in dubby textures, sexy vocal sample banter and groovy goodness.

We’re thrilled to world premiere the title track from our NYC homie that’s rinsed with glorious helpings of bass, insistent drums and gentle washes of reverb. Get an exclusive first listen below and pick up the full release on February 17.

Premiere: Torgny – Ghost


Shaped by the raw energy and DIY spirit of the hardcore/punk scene, Oslo singer/songwriter Torgny’s musical point of view has eschewed fleeting musical fads and trends. His aesthetic achieved critical mass with the release of 2013’s Oil Panic, an album widely praised for its unbridled synth-rock fury.

Torgny returns this month with the first of three EPs from the Cut & Run trilogy due this year on Telemachus Records. He says the theme is a reference to cutting loose a ship’s anchor and sailing away quickly from an urgent situation. “And I think the urge to get out or to be somewhere else can be felt in all of these songs.”

We’re pleased to world premiere “Ghost,” an amalgam of electronic pop brandishing urgent vocals backed by bulging synth-driven melodies and riffs. Check the tune below and track down the full release on February 17.

Image by Willibald Storn

Premiere: Paul Sawyer – Make It Last

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Big things are happening for UK-based DJ/producer/podcaster Paul Sawyer. This month he will launch a new mix compilation series and monthly radio show on Frisky Radio called Textures. Exciting stuff, right?

Krafted Underground is a stunning 31-track compilation brimming with gorgeous cuts from the likes of Third Son, Darin Epsilon, Nick Muir and Tim Engelhardt that are melodic and utterly captivating. His selection runs the gamut of deep and progressive house to ebullient techno.

Ahead of the release of the dynamic compendium selected and mixed by Sawyer, we’re extremely pleased to world premiere “Make It Last,” an exclusive track on the release produced by the man himself.

Listen below and check the full release — and Textures — when they simultaneously drop on February 24. Continue Reading

Premiere: Issac – The Monster (Frank Duke Remix)


Launched in 1993, Fade Records is one of the most consistent house labels in the game. Having released countless dance floor gems (there’s simply too many to mention), the imprint has never wavered in its musical focus. This month founder Chris Fortier unveils the label’s 150th release, a remix package of up-and-coming Mexican DJ/producer Issac’s “The Monster In Your Head,” which was released in 2015. We’re thrilled to world premiere a fantastic re-rub by Atlanta’s Frank Duke. A classically trained percussionist, vocalist and composer who has been making inroads as a house-music producer, Duke bathes the track in techy goodness and warm, lush soundscapes. Listen below and check the full release on February 17.

Premiere: Rowee In The Mix


To commemorate the release of his absolutely gorgeous Egypt EP released last month on Steve Bug’s Audiomatique label, Italian DJ/producer Rowee (a.k.a. Leonardo Gonnelli), who has issued cuts on Seth Troxler’s Play It Say It and Damian Lazarus’ Rebellion, has crafted a sublime DJ mix which we’re extremely pleased to world premiere. His 11-track session is a snapshot of his sound and brandishes blissful tracks by like-minded deep-tech voyagers Stimming, RampaDJ Koze and Adam Port. Spoiler alert! At the end of the mix Rowee peppers in Kocleo’s re-rub and the original version of “Egypt” and it sounds freakin’ brilliant. Hit the play button below and enjoy.

  1. Yokoo, Retza – Satori / Watergate
  2. Stimming – No.17 / Pampa
  3. Butch, C. Vogt – Bliss / Rebirth
  4. &ME, Rampa, Nomi Ruiz, NR – Taste Like / Keinemusik
  5. Rampa – Defiled / Keinemusik
  6. DJ Koze – Asscher Cut (Mathias Kaden’s Flottotto Remix) / Pampa
  7. Rowee, Simon Wish – Art Revolution / Audiomatique
  8. Moderat – Bad Kingdom (DJ Koze Remix)
  9. Adam Port – Working For It Feat Jennifer Touch / Keinemusik
  10. Rowee – Egypt ft. Forrest (Kocleo Remix) / Audiomatique
  11. Rowee – Egypt ft. Forrest / Audiomatique