dj hero candy cruizin comfort zone page 136

The fourth instalment of singles from DJ HERO‘s sophomore album on GROUND LEVEL Don’t Say the B-Word is a triple header, with the combined forces of “Candy Cruizin’,” “Comfort Zone” and “Page 136.” Preview below, or head straight to Beatport to grab all three cuts.

Candy Cruizin, a tribute to the US candy raver scene, is a laid-back groover full of uplifting chord sequences and acid baselines.

Comfort Zone is a peak time monster combining the dark tones of a menacing female vocal and blips and blips , underpinned by heavy 808 beats.

Page 136 on the other hand is Miami electro meeting modern electro, quite fitting for a producer who’s just moved back to Florida!

For full streaming previews check Spotify.

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In anticipation of the upcoming FREESTYLERS album, Push and Play, Matt Cantor and Aston Harvey dig deep into a vault of retro sounds for their new single, “Electro Shock.” Built on the foundation of early hip hop and 80s b-boy dynamics the new tune and accompanying video harnesses the power of vintage electro. Forget about the chainsawed synth and grab your Adidas.

Watch for the long player to drop sometime in August. Proceeds from the album sales will also go to the Afro Caribbean Leukemia Trust (ACLT).

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body heat spring summer sampler

The relatively new imprint Body Heat wants to spread some disco love. The Milan-based label captures the flared vibe from the 70s and tints it with a smidge of electro, creating a genre all its own. Turbo funk has been around a while and Body Heat are simply showcasing the Italian born energy. In doing so the label has four tracks for free download from Toxo, Rocoe & Umberto Lumber, The Couch Potatoes, and Msystem.

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What place comes to mind when you think of Techno? Berlin? Detroit? How about small town Italy?  If this sounds strange, you may be forgiven in forgetting that much of Techno’s roots owes itself in part to Italo Disco of the late 70’s and early 80’s.  In contrast to the upbeat, pop-y Italo Disco, today’s Italian Techno is characteristically quite deep and dark by comparison, even when compared to its contemporaries from Germany and the USA.  The latest release by the duo LABBRATEK is no exception.

“Water Ice On Mercury 8.7″ features remixes by SCAM and EXILE.  While the former is a classic Techno thumper and the later is a nice little spacey Electro number (not to be confused with Electro House), the deep, dubby, atmospheric elements of the original really sets the tone for the entire release.  Perfect for dark basements or headphone listening alike.

You can catch Water Ice On Mercury 8.7 right now at Beatport on I Cieli Di Orione Records.


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plump djs

PLUMP DJs are one of those acts I’ve thankfully crossed off my bucket list. Their sets are legendary and their ability to flow between genres is practically unmatched. While playing in Manchester at Lowdown & Dirty‘s fourth birthday, they did what was expected…and more. Thankfully they recorded the set. Listen and grab the free download below.

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Yolanda Be Cool - SYF - Fritz Helder

Australian duo YOLANDA BE COOL return with a brooding and chugging re-interpretation of the Ace of Base hit “All That She Wants.” The track features vocalists STARVING YET FULL (SYF) and FRITZ HELDER formerly of Azari & III – their first piece of work since the Canadian outfit disbanded. This collaboration between four of the brightest minds in electronic music today resurrects the Ace Of Base ‘90s pop classic in a way that’s both modern and timeless while keeping the anguish that lay in the original.

The two-part remix EP released on Dim Mak Records February 4 and February 18 respectively, includes the original version from Yolanda Be Cool and features remixes from a cast of big names and rising producers including Human Life, Walker & Royce, Plastic Plates, Wordlife, and Go Freek. We were lucky enough to preview these so I say with sincerity, this is definitely a release worth watching for.

First package: (Release date: 2/4)
Original Mix
Human Life Mix
Walker & Royce Mix
Walker & Royce Dub

Second package: (Release date: 2/18)
Wordlife Mix
Plastic Plates Mix
Go Freek Mix

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Three or so odd years ago (and believe me, the years have been odd :P ), I met a new face to the city of Lethbridge, Alberta. He told me he was from Winnipeg and into trance. I now have the pleasure of informing and hopefully convincing you to help a friend and fellow DJ out. To help someone grab hold of their dreams and win a remix competition through Beatport. A contest where he currently sits in the number 1 spot!

A.I.M (Angelic Industrial Melodies) got his first record deal at the age of 14 (Electrogroove Records) and has been rolling up the electronic music mountain ever since. He is currently in his 4th year of university towards a bachelor of digital audio arts. He is currently helping us throw parties in Lethbridge under the company Bassworks.

Just last month a remix competition kicked off on Beatport hosted by tyDi for his track “Live This Lie”. Seizing the opportunity, A.I.M whipped up a big room stomper in hopes of catching a piece of the dream. Of the 605 entries, his remix currently sits on top at numbah one! (Yes, I am proud).

So I am asking the Manalogue masses for that extra little push for the local boy! Help a brutha out with a VOTE in his direction. The competition closes in 3 days and the winner will be announced Jan. 28th.

Voting can be done HERE

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