Accomplished Dutch threesome Kraak & Smaak return to Jalapeno Records ahead of the release of their debut album to add vocal aptitude to their accomplished deep house playbook with “The Future Is Yours”. Fresh off the heels of mesmerizing house number “Hit The Club” for This Is Recordings, the trios well oiled keys and supple grooves are met by a first-in-class topline from returning collaborator Ben Westbeech, whose penchant for vocal club music is found comfortably in its element alongside this fortified Dutch stronghold. At a time when top lines are liberally donned to little avail, “The Future Is Yours” dares to emphasise the impactful quality vocal dance music from outside the industry comfort zone can bring to the table. In perhaps the most the distinctive offering of their matured club offerings to date, Kraak & Smaak stir a striking aural revolution in their studio output to date courtesy of this easy-flowing toe tapper of immense vocal properties.
Hot off the heels of stirring Essential Mix duties for BBC Radio One, multifaceted Swedish house mogul Eric Prydz extends the grasp of his accomplished musical digressions with latest Pryda offering “Power Drive”. Dropping just four months after the Bergen / Recomondos EP, Prydz’s deep compositional aptitude continues to drive this infamous moniker towards unprecedented quality, building several dimensions of slick melodic lead work before ascending into a hallmarked transition of refined progressive club fuel as true to his musical aura as it is a definitive extension of this album-mongering moniker. While we may never truly know the exact extent of what this Swedish icon has up his musical sleeve, “Power Drive” is yet further testament to an artist who continues to solidify his relevance within modern dance music with unique quality.
Even among the modern mainstay of retro-house compounds, Tiger Bunny frontrunner and devout disco advocate Sharam Jey has consistently turned heads. In response to his latest label EP alongside Kolombo, the German trailblazer drops latest docile solo outing “The Time”. A vivid dovetail of vintage disco schematics and profound song writing, the tracks bleeds with emotive edge and refined club appeal, using supple female vocals and warm melodic builds to rack another home run for the beloved European imprint. Dropping ahead of his next EP alongside Night Talk, “The Time” adds yet another nostalgically charged notch in Jey’s outspoken house armory that sparks wonderment for the ranks of traditionally charged floor play for the modern market.
Having near perfected their fresh-faced take on modern electro house with three subsequent offerings for Armada offshoot Trice Recordings, fast-ascending Swedish duo Daleri see in Miami music week with their latest label offering “Curare”. With the market generally bending to a more common denominator in peak time club fuel, the duos bouncy yet refined third Trice instalment marks a significant peak in relevance for the fast ascending duo. In a blinding display of peak time energy and refined melodic aptitude, the young Swedes set aside their new school stripes to show the wider industry that in spite of their relative youth, Daleri remains a new force to be reckoned with on the modern electro house skyline.
Already painting club land red with their dexterous take on the hallmarked Dutch house sound, fresh faced duo Bassjackers follow-up “Grid” alongside Dyro with a fresh installment for Bingo Player’s Hysteria Recordings imprint with alongside homeland peer Kenny G. In the same unconventional manner as Hysteria’s legacy has collected, “Duckface” deals in a steady ascent towards churning low-end electro house cut reassuringly far from outside of the industry comfort zone. A sure hit on the impending festival circuit a surefire favorite to the ensuing chaos of WMC, this promising Dutch collective make imperative moves towards peak time absolution with this unpretentious yet full-bodied installment of unapologetic club fuel.
Off the back of his latest single for Funk Farm, British progressive maestro Paul Thomas is back on track for Diffused Music with national peer and label favourite Andrew Bennett with the official anthem for Global Gathering with “DatFunk”. Despite having respectively held the lion’s share of support on the British circuit, the duo doesn’t take the prospect of festival accreditation lightly. In a well-oiled amalgamation of layered progressive melodies and imperative peak time builds, this synth-heavy offering ticks all the right boxes where uplifting energy and undisputable relevance are concerned. As apt of a festival anthem as it is indicative of the quality now associated with Thomas and Bennett’s studio work, “DatFunk” adds a sure festival favourite to Diffused Music’s playbook for 2013 whilst celebrating the union of two essential contenders to emerge from the British shores.
In the wake of their shared presence on the line-up for the first People of the Night party at Miami WMC this month, Swedish heavyweight and brotherly Size Records asset AN21 breaks the silence since his People of the Night album alongside Max Vangeli to unite with homeland peers Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman for their recently unveiled and currently untitled collaboration.
Having already ascended the industry ladder alongside Michael Woods and his Diffused Music imprint, Ministry of Sound resident turned aspiring British studio whizz Sheldon returns to the label with his latest audacious and nostalgically charged original entitled “Higher”.
In a year of blatant nostalgia for the British success story known formally across the globe as Toolroom Records, the label commences their tenth anniversary celebrations with a titanic release from triple-threat club icons Mark Knight, Sander Van Doorn and Underworld for ‘Ten’.