ARTFUL (Mark Hill) has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry for over a decade. his touch in music has helped produce classics, such as Craig David’s “Born to Do it” in 2000, noted by MTV as the top 3 R&B album of all time. Having worked with Jessie J, he received the early promo for “Bang Bang” with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. He realized that Macy Gray’s song “Bang Bang”, released on the same day was in the same key and felt it was only right to make a bootleg of the two.
Naturally, it has a garage vibe you’d expect from one of the pioneers in the genre. Check it below and grab the free download.
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Several labels released their #beatportdecade last week, with varying focus. While some labels took this as an opportunity to focus on specific genres or recent releases, KMS selected a single compilation of 10 tracks which they’ve touted as their top tunes of the past ten years. These tracks represent both the old and new sound of the landmark label; they demonstrate how the sound of techno has evolved over time.
The compilation delivers with some top names kicking us off; the opening tune is Pig & Dan’s “less is more” rework of the classic Inner City tune Good Life, a beautiful update of a track that doesn’t seem to have aged despite the years that have passed.
It then moves on to tracks from New York underground legend Brandon de Carlo, and a Carl Craig remix of the beautiful Till We Meet Again by Inner City. The compilation then moves to focus on some of the newer artists, the next generation of KMS who have really shown their stuff in the past couple of years. Ian O’Donovan’s stellar “Firefly” as well as Bicep’s tune “Vision of Love” are great examples from more recent times, as well as Dantiez Saunderson’s “Red Confession”.
The compilation is rounded out with two excellent tunes, highlighting 3 of the most exciting new KMS artists. John Norman’s 313 sings an ode to the motor city, while P-Ben’s remix of Killed Kasette “You” brings the new Detroit sound.
Overall, a very well-rounded glimpse into where KMS comes from, and more importantly, where it is going.
After over a decade in the music industry, Toolroom Records is going back to their roots, re reigniting their passion for house music with their #RESET campaign. It’s about refocusing; it’s about credible House music.
The label has always held a strong musical vision and tight artist roster and Toolroom’s new album series and new events concept is sure to spark this new journey. The first single in the project comes from AMTRAC. “Those Days” may sound familar. The tune has been around since 2012 but now has an official release on a mighty label.
To compliment the #RESET project Toolroom unleashed a brand new website with interviews, new videos (more to come over the next week), events and more. Read more at toolroomrecords.com. The label’s founder, MARK KNIGHT, also explains the project in this video. Catch it below.
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I had a fantastic time on the white isle this year, and with my August chart wanted to share some of my favourite tunes that were rocking the island’s many clubs. As always, the parties were a blast, and a special shout out to Bora Bora and Danny O for the great hospitality. Stay tuned, as I’ll be sharing my live set recorded at Bora Bora beach club, where I went B2B with Danny O for a special 2 hour set. Until then, enjoy these tunes!
Nathan Surreal – Binary Omania (Eversines Remix) – KMS Records
Rennie Foster – Perimeter Abstract (John Norman Remix) – Thoughtless Music
Sailor & I – Turn Around (Ame Remix) – Life And Death
John Norman – Approaching Tiffany – Dynamo Recordings
Harvey McKay – Something Good – Intec
John Norman – 313 (Antwon Faulkner Remix) – KMS Records
&ME – After Dark – Keinemusik
Etai Tarazi – Ready Or Not – Octopus
Skober – Membrane – Drumcode
Dantiez Saunderson & John Norman – Resonance – CR2 // KMS Records
Here’s a deep and sexy jam from TÂCHES. Exploring the boundaries of RnB, TÂCHES redirects WET‘s “Move Me” into the sonic territory of house music. The time is right, let those hips sway and feet wander.
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Catching the end rays of summer, NYC-based duo SAVA & RAZZ, bring the beach vibes with their bootleg of the “Wonderwall.” Clearly the duo aren’t shy to introduce new friends either. Their shimmering twist on a classic Oasis tune brings together a little moombah shuffle, sax, and calypso rhythms.
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Here is quite simply, the meanest and darkest track of 2014. The sonics are huge, while the track itself isn’t exactly. In his latest single for Black Butter Records, the Bristol producer, WOZ, hammers out a massively sinister, minimal, bass-saturated cut. When this one drops, it’s all serious business. Grab it from Beatport or order it from the label direct.
We posted the b-side, “Trust Meh” a few weeks back. It’s no walk in the park either.
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