Music for the Masses
by DJ Ron Slomowicz
A roundup of great house, electro, hardstyle, progressive, drum & bass and vocal dance tracks.
Disciples - On My Mind - [FFRR]
The British trio The Disciples is the modern incarnation of the Motown sound. Impeccable, soulful vocals with catchy hooks are their trademark, as is the silky house production. “On My Mind” is instantly addictive, like a boy band pop song, but with so much more depth in the emotional vocal delivery. Then comes the “on my mind” vocal which goes up and down as an arpeggiated hook which is so catchy. Just the title, repeated over dubbed out beats, would be a monster club track. In a sea of soundalike vocal house tracks, “On My Mind” stands out as fresh and unique.
Jus Jack - Love Somebody - [THE BEARDED MAN]
The crazy rain and harsh weather of the past week had us yearning for something light and groovy to warm us up. “Love Somebody” is the musical version of sunshine. Happy and melodic house rhythms with trop overtones will get you moving as the song (about looking for love) makes you yearn for a springtime frolic. With each successive release on leftfield indie dance label The Bearded Man, NYC-based DJ Jus Jack brings something fresh for the dance floors around the world.
Kove & Joseph J Jones - All or Nothing - [COMMUNION GROUP]
After “Love Somebody” lightens the mood, “All or Nothing” might just throw you back into the darkness. The frenetic energy of drum and bass is best harnessed for intense and emotional lyrics. This deep collaboration of Kove & Joseph J Jones is a total ultimatum demanding pure devotion from a loved one. This is clearly serious, and the beats intensify as the song progresses. With the commercial success of Sigma and DJ Fresh, it would be easy to imagine “All or Nothing” making it’s way onto radio, or at least a TV show soundtrack.
Wolfgang Gartner - Badboy Sound - [KINDERGARTEN]
The sign of a truly creative producer is that they can take a trendy sound and change it to something that is uniquely them. Wolfgang Gartner follows up his brilliant track “Devotion” with an even more experimental take on future house. This time he adds classic rave noises, broken beats, and grating electro for a signature sound. The energy is explosive even though the BPM clocks in at 126. With the direction he is going and the word “badboy” in the title, we hope a collaboration with Vato Gonzalez is forthcoming.
Seamus Haji - Touch Me / Saw Your Face - [BIG LOVE]
Just about every dance music tastemaker around the world championed the brilliant “He is the Voice I Hear” by Chicago producer The Black Madonna. The authentic disco feel- with real instrumentation- captured everyone’s heart. No stranger to disco, Seamus Haji is also inspired by the classic disco vibe and goes a bit more underground with his new two-track EP. The midtempo groover “Saw Your Face” is so breathtakingly lush that it sounds like it could’ve been a Gamble and Huff production. Touch Me is a modern take on disco, with more of a house flavor, yet still feels classic in tone. Since both tracks are built around vocal samples, we could only imagine how amazing full vocal pop toplines would sound on them.
Jaguar Skills ft Wide Awake - Fly - [VIPER/INSANITY]
When Rozalla originally released “Are You Ready to Fly” as a follow up to the global smash “Everybody’s Free,” it was oddly embraced by the goth scene who misheard the word fly as die. That came to mind when listening to this creatively updated version which replaces the original breakbeat house rhythms with a unique blend of hardstyle, trap, and trop. While the chorus is exactly the same as the original, the verses are rewritten and modernized but keep the rhythm structure and melody in place. The aggressive energy of “Fly” inspired Danny Dove (under his alias Westfunk) to go for a more big room sound with an electrohouse track that sounds like it should’ve been Martin Solver’s next big smash club tune.
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