Simon’s Hedonism Music continues its winning ways with Amsterdam Essentials Vol. 1, a compilation of fresh tracks and mixes by artists including Florian Kruse, Betoko and the label boss himself. We’re pleased to world premiere deep-house doyens Chasing Kurt who make their Hedonism Music debut with “Mad Man In A Haze” featured on the compilation. Chasing Kurt’s career got a leg up after Maya Jane Coles included their early track “Money” on her DJ Kicks release. Since then they’ve released an album on German label Suol called From The Inside, received Pete Tong’s “Future Stars” stamp of approval and have played live at clubs and festivals from Berlin to Istanbul. Listen to their smoldering vocal track below and check out the compilation out now.
Once deeply embedded in the world of nu school breaks, Stanley T Jones, who formerly recorded under the aliases Orange Kush and Jaguar, has evolved his musical POV in recent years. Of his upcoming Sputnik 2 EP produced under the auspices of his housier Congellous moniker, he says, “The idea with Sputnik EP was to simply create some retro flavored dance music, but bringing it up to date with a twist of current musical influences.” Take a listen to the bubbling uptempo gem “Awaken From The Sleep” from the EP — which was notably mixed down on an authentic 1970’s Neve desk — out November 6 on Soba Records.
On their third album, Second Two: Chapter Home, Barcelona band Seward — Pablo (synths, effects and guitar), Adriano (vocals), Jordi (bass) and Juan (drums) — create eclectic gonzo music with a twist. Prone to adding a wrinkle to everything they do, they group celebrated the release of their new LP by playing seven shows in 24 hours in their hometown. The Catalan quartet put album track “Sweet Kick” in the talented hands of London producer Ash Walker, and the results are absolutely stunning. Walker reimagines the song into a gorgeous instrumental complete with delicate guitar and piano melodies alongside shimmering percussion. He gradually builds the tempo and in what is undoubtedly a career-defining remix. Get a first listen to the cinematic remix below, and check the four-piece’s full-length out now on Naim Records.
Linus Quick is about to release his new album, Bring the Light, on TKR, an imprint run by Torsten Kanzler. A year in the making, the ten-track affair finds Quick further exploring melodic techno and taking his sound to an ever deeper level. Ahead of the album’s release we’re thrilled to world premiere “Let It Roll” from the forthcoming LP. From the opening beats Quick gradually increases the tension by peppering the track with slow-building bass, crisp percussion and off-kilter synths, allowing us to bask in the genius of his musical narrative. Listen to the premiere below and check the album when it hits stores on October 31. Now go ahead and step into the light.
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Windy City house DJ/producer Dan X has been in the mix since the late ‘90s. To date he’s released tracks on esteemed labels including Classic, Robsoul, Aroma and Doubledown. Plus, he’s served as half of two production duos, No Assembly Firm and Dirty Sole. Now making music under the alias System 5, he’s a partner in the new Bristol-Chicago Apollo Music Group startup along with Chitown’s DJ Heather and Bristol’s Lil’ Mark. System 5’s Reflection EP is the endeavor’s debut release, and we’re pleased to world premiere “Obsession” from the four-track effort. The classic-sounding house jam packs a tight, no-nonsense groove, crisp percussion and sublime synth stabs. Listen to the premiere below and check out the full EP on October 21.
Things aren’t always as they seem. That’s the learning we took away after watching the offbeat music video for rising Madrid producer Carreno is LB’s “Aesthetic Reflection.” The retro clip focuses on a suburban home where everything on the surface appears to be in order but isn’t. The kitchen cabinets don’t open properly, Stepford Wives robotically roam about and visions of a smoldering fire randomly appear. Watch the world premiere of the video below directed by Jason Poranski and explore Carreno is LB’s emotive Preface EP out now on hafendisko.