Guatemalan phenom Gonzo-Gonzo (a.k.a. José Raúl Gonzalez) has been tearing it up alone and along with his Panamanian partners K.E.E.N.E. in recent years as Cacao Trio (check out their blazing hot Big Shot Guest Mix here), producing righteous 4/4 house tracks and running Cacao Records together.
Today he steps up with his stellar four-track Collage EP that’s chock full of old-school house feels aching to be blasted on a killer sound system.
We’re excited to world premiere “Cuidado” (English translation: watch out) brandishing classic sounds and a wickedly good groove that’ll make you move your waistline to his bassline.
Hit the play button below and enjoy.
Brooklyn, NY-bred vocalist Michelle Weeks has been knocking ’em out on the dance floor since the early ’90s, releasing inspirational house anthems of the highest order. It all began when she lent her powerful voice to Diva Convention’s 1994 classic “Give It Love,” easily one of the best deep-house tracks of the era. Weeks never rested on her laurels and went on to collaborate with big-name producers including Bobby D’Ambrosio, DJ Spen, Kings of Tomorrow, Jamie Lewis, and Joey Musaphia. She’s even handled background vocals for Mariah Carey, Taylor Dayne, and Trey Lorenz.
Just in time for Miami she is about to release “Love Life,” a soulful jam produced in association with Genetic Funk (a.k.a. Grounded Records boss Si Firmin). Destined to be one of the biggest tracks at WMC/Miami Music Week/Ultra Music Festival, we’re extremely pleased to world premiere Genetic Funk’s 420 Dub. (Note that the length of the mix is 4:20 and makes no reference to weed!)
Listen to the debut below and be sure to pick it up on Traxsource on March 17 and everywhere else on March 31.
With a pair of acclaimed albums under his belt (Amazonico Gravitante and Cardos Redondo), Argentinean DJ/producer/musician Mati Zundel, who goes by the musical alias Lagartijeando, will release his third album, El Gran Poder, via Nickodemus’ Wonderwheel Recordings on March 31. The title borrows its names from the Aymara festival that takes place annually in Bolivia and Peru.
Boasting melodies and influence drawn from Brazilian house and bass music, Afro-Brazilian beats, and Andean folk music, Zundel, who is based in the small town of Dolores, has a captivating global view of music.
We’re thrilled to world premiere “Antofagasta de la Sierra” from the soon-to-be released album. Hit the play button below and savor gentle, worldly grooves from one of South America’s most talented producers.
Dutch DJ/producer Alexis Tyrel (a.k.a. Gideon Hommes) has been burning the creative candle at both ends for over a decade, co-running Lessismore Records while releasing his own melodic techno tracks. Perhaps one of his greatest early musical statements is “Rebecca Loos,” a deep-house classic whose title is the name of a model David Beckham reportedly had a fling with.
Five years after releasing his debut album under his Tyrel moniker, Newtradition, Hommes will unveil his second full-length, Return To Planet Alpha, on March 17. The thoughtful 12-track LP is crafted on vintage synths and flaunts his progression as an artist.
We asked Hommes about the genesis of Return To Planet Alpha, and he had this to say:
“Return To Planet Alpha is sort of a time travel to me; it is about going back to the roots of the Lessismore label and maybe more. Unlike other albums I did on Kanzleramt, Sino (never released, for unknown reasons), Lessismore, Anticlub, and Minimalplus. This album is a more classical ‘techno’ album, which was created more than 10 years ago around the period of doing a Lessismore label Night at Ostgut Berghain. An interview with Ben Klock triggered me to record it at the end of last year.”
Ahead of the album’s release, we’re pleased to world premiere “Plant Deltagema Process.” Hit the play button below and enjoy.
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.
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.