Ten of our top picks for dance floor reactions for October 2014. This month we take the elevator down to the basement for a breeze through what’s going off down underground. With releases from 100% Pure, Juicy Music, Hotfingers, MTO and others – we’ve got a straight up guide to what’s doing the business this month on planet House.
Want More – Not Gonna Lie (Simma Black)
Simma Black mean business this year and we catch them in the middle of a ceaseless line of heavyweight releases from some of the most exciting and innovative forward-thinkers in House music. Production buddies Want More have established themselves as a reliable pair of minds for all things underground House and ‘Not Gonna Lie’ is another instant classic for their discography. Built up around a hypnotic Old Skool piano line – the production is a nod to the classic UK rave sound with a double dose of 2014 for good measure.
Bryan Cox – Butter Funk (Hotfingers)
Bryan Cox has become somewhat of a must-have for the discerning label boss and with the likes of Toolroom, Spinnin, Defected and Great Stuff all in the box of labels he’s released on – there’s no denying the guy’s skills. ‘Butter Funk’ is a seriously funked-out workout that’s all about the upfront guitar slaps that carry the beats and bass, which get some heavy swing action from the perfectly timed offbeat hats. Hotfingers is one of the best House music labels in the world and that’s just that.
Jaceo – Chaman (100% Pure)
Jaceo’s no newbie to the sales charts when it comes to teched-out House cuts, so no surprise he’s back up there again with ‘Chaman’ – a ridiculously effective dance floor detonator. When Jaceo let’s the drops go, the tribalistic percussion licks, slick one-shots and mind-bending vocal swipes are rampant and produced to perfection. 100% Pure do it again, as this one’s really going off in the clubs right now.
Peter Brown & Lizzie Curious – Rushing (Sphera Records)
Peter Brown & Lizzie Curious’ ‘Rushing’ is doing the rounds right now with the House mobs and rightly so. The lush breakdown demands smoke and strobes on the dance floors and the bouncy bass is a treat at high volumes on a system that can do it justice. On the books at 1605, Pacha, MOS, Tiger and many more – Peter Brown’s an in demand producer and rightly so.
Bazu – 50 Below Zero (John Acquaviva & Olivier Giacomotto Remix) (Definitive Records)
Tech dons John Acquaviva & Olivier Giacomotto do a job on Bazu’s Definitive Records effort ’50 Below Zero’ and it’s a cold-hearted ripper. Stripped back, moody and all about the crude bassline, there’s something uncanny about just how good the likes of John Acquaviva & Olivier Giacomotto can make the simplest of synth patches sound. Guaranteed crowd bass-face expressions on impact.
Simion – U+I (Betoko Remix) (Hedonism Music)
Simion’s ‘U+I’ has been a staple for a tonne of track lists recently and they went to town on the remix package, but it’s Betoko’s lush and deep rework that gets our vote. The ghostly breaks work in beautiful harmony over addictive warped synths and a stack of technical nuances and moments that make Betoko’s remixes and originals so memorable. The progression into the busiest parts of the track just gets better and better with every listen, especially after the 100th time of listening – trust us we’re already there.
Robbie Rivera & Jus Jack – That Sound Reboot (Juicy Music)
Robbie Rivera & Jus Jack go full Samba on us with ‘That Sound Reboot’ – a ridiculously lively tribal effort that’s pretty intense, even by Juicy Music’s standards. If you’re stuck for a massive carnival-style switch up for your sets – you’ll not find anything new that comes close. Robbie Rivera’s been a staple in House track lists for many years now and he just keeps on delivering, so long may it continue.
Booka Shade – Love Drug (Jean Aita Remix) (Blaufield)
Jean Aita’s done a fine job on Book Shade’s ‘Love Drug’ and it’s our pick of the reworks which is impressive considering Maya Jane Coles was one of many that got the nod from Booka Shade. Jean’s given the original a serious re-rub and made it a little more dance floor friendly, which it needed in our opinion, as much as the original was huge too.
Kove – VCO (MTO Records)
Kove’s ‘VCO’ from ‘Murmurations’ which drops later this month has turned heads – ours included. One of the only people around who musically says “shut up, I’ll release alternating Drum & Bass and House records if I want to” – you can’t argue with his open-minded musical outlook purely on the grounds that everything he makes is ridiculously good.
Supernova – So Wet! (Material)
Just dropping on Material, Supernova’s ‘So Wet!’ is a dark and underground selection that’s boasting a nasty reese synth on a few of the drops and some seriously wonky vocal warps and backing synths. Always reliable in this domain the Supernova boys prove again why they’re one of the most exciting pairs in Italy right now.