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Sep 02

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Sep 02

Crookers Crowned Club ‘King’ With Years and Years Remix

Dancefloor-friendly Italian production boss Crookers' remix of the bright, UK chart-topping synthpop anthem King by Years & Years is a bumping and breaking soulful house jam.

Crookers himself states that this was to be an official release from Interscope/Polydor, but that "everybody involved forgot about this remix," which he believes is "pretty sexy." Official remixers for the track included the likes of The Magician and Arty, so it was certainly a top-tier affair. Crookers continues that he's releasing his take without the label behind it to share it with us and "see what happens."

Download Crookers' excellent remix here.
Years & Years - King (Crookers Remix) [Free Download]
Sep 02

Aeroplane Shares Soaring New EP ‘Page One Is Love’

Vito de Luca, known to most as Aeroplane, releases his Page One Is Love EP, which includes a couple elegant new originals and the message, "if life is a book, page one is love."

de Luca shared new material from his house-centric side project Flush in July's Come Back Baby. He keeps his disco and house roots at the forefront of his Aeroplane project as well with the EP's title track and Dancing With Each Other, which, while both are follow-ups to the lilting synth-happy number Let's Get Slow, take a less pop-oriented approach.

Proving that "less is more," Luca's simple chord progressions drive the track against rich, self-made vocal clips. He shares on the Eskimo SoundCloud page that he couldn't find a vocal sample that worked with his production, so instead decided to make it himself.

The tracks rely on a traditional house rhythm, with Page One Is Love taking a heavy-handed piano direction, while Dancing With Each Other gets funkier with Luca's impeccable synth lines. Though the house rhythm is a prevalent element throughout the tracks, each production factors in well-placed interludes to break the tension and showcase Luca's seemingly infinite creativity when it comes to crafting dance floor anthems.

Grab the Page One Is Love EP, with remixes from CASSARA and Ten Ven, now via Eskimo here.

Aeroplane - Page One Is Love (Original Mix) [Eskimo]
Aeroplane - Dancing With Each Other (Original Mix) [Eskimo]
Aeroplane - Page One Is Love (CASSARA Remix) [Eskimo]
Aeroplane - Dancing With Each Other (Ten Ven Remix) [Eskimo]
Sep 02

Rising Anjunadeep star Yotto releases his ‘Wondering’ EP

We're pretty big fans of up-and-coming Anjunadeep star Yotto here at LessThan3, and having premiered Slowly back in the middle of August, we're pleased to announce that his entire Wondering EP has finally dropped, and it's just as good as we'd anticipated.

The title track launches straight into the cool and groovy deep house we've come to expect from the Yotto name and features a sultry and chilled-out vocal from CAPS. The deep and soulful Slowly provides the perfect bridge into closing number Coming Back To You, a slightly more upbeat track with some lush synth stabs and a very sleek and stylish vibe about it. Once again, it's worth pointing out Yotto's sublime production skills--his technical wizardry coming second only to his knack for writing a decent tune. It's a talent that has seen him net not just one, but two places on the forthcoming Anjunadeep 07 compilation, an honour reserved for only the brightest and best the label has to offer. With plenty of support from some big names already, the only major downside to this release is it's left us begging for more!

Get your copy of the Wondering EP here.
Yotto - Wondering feat. CAPS (Original Mix) [Anjunadeep]
Yotto - Coming Back To You (Original Mix) [Anjunadeep]
Yotto - Slowly (Original Mix) [Anjunadeep]
Sep 01

The Digitally Imported Dial 20: House

We're back with our weekly series with Digitally Imported, The Digitally Imported Dial, where we highlight some of the best channels and shows available on the Web’s premier electronic music streaming radio platform. Every channel is curated by hand, so we’re hearing from the men and women behind the scenes how they bring us the music we love.

In the lineup of Digitally Imported’s almost 90 channels of electronic music, House is an absolutely essential offering. DI House has been around for over a decade now, and recently got back its original curator, Jolene Poydar, as the channel director. Learn about her Missouri house roots, the sound she feels defines "house," and more in our interview below.

Perhaps surprisingly, Jolene first fell in love with house music in Missouri:

I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. During college, I lived in Missouri and London. After a brief return to SF, I was drawn to New York and have been here ever since. The ironic thing is, I discovered and fell in love with house music in Missouri. There was a tiny, dark club that had a DJ from Chicago and he would play house music every weekend -- and every weekend, I was there to dance. It’s still how I like my house music: in a sweaty, small, dark club. I started DJing in college, back when there weren’t many female DJs. When I moved to NY, I had to take a break for a few years because I couldn’t afford rent AND records! But eventually, I found my way back and chose DJing for a career. In New York, I’ve played bigger clubs and had residencies at bars and clubs all over town. I’ve also traveled to different parts of the globe to DJ.
Jolene's house tastes were originally gleaned from the Chicago curators of the sound:

My house appreciation was formed by the Chicago sound. I still always veer towards a raw, sexy track with a real funky bassline. With that said, there are so many other beautiful forms of house music. I’m influenced by Frankie Knuckles’ melodic keyboards, snippets of Tony Humphries’ gospel vocals, Jeno’s (Wicked Crew) selection of psychedelic instrumentals, and Naked Music’s funky guitars. As long as it has a smart song structure and makes me feel something, chances are it will end up on the DI House channel. But as our fan base has pointed out, I truly can’t say “no” to a funky bassline.
Jolene was the founder of the DI House channel, and has recently taken the reins once again:

I was the founder of the house channel back in 2002, and painstakingly encoded all of my music from vinyl to mp3s. After five years, I had to step down because of my hectic schedule. I’ve just recently become channel manager again! So if I may be so bold, I’d say that my new monthly show “Colorsplash Mixes” featuring DJ Jolene premiering on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. would be my favorite (every 4th Wednesday)!
Fred Everything and Maxxi Soundsystem are some of Jolene's favorite artists to play on the channel:

I’m drawn to producers that have an intelligent musical background. Fred Everything, Olivier Desmet, Maxxi Soundsystem, Giom, Inland Knights, Johnny Fiasco, Charles Webster, and Jimpster are my top picks, to name a few.
Jolene also gave us a list of some of the best tracks she's found while curating the DI House channel:

There are some songs that simply stop me in my tracks and force me to listen. Here are a few that have done just that:

Logic Box - Liquid
Furry Phreaks ft. Terra Deva - Want Me (Like Water)
Roots & Wings - Come Over To My Place
Nice 7 - Time To Get Physical
Asadinho & Ingrid Hakanson - Love Capacity (Lonely Boys Max Capacity Rework)
We asked how Jolene stays involved in listener feedback, and how she knows what the audience enjoys most:

That’s an interesting question because I’ve just recently re-adopted the channel. I am currently listening to the channel along with the listeners to see which songs fit into my concept of the DI House channel overall. There will be some fine tuning over the next couple of months to make sure that it is staying true to the house sound. Listener votes and comments hugely influence what needs to be kept or taken off, and where the channel will head in the future.
Most of the artists on DI House are underrated, in Jolene's opinion:

Because I select underground house music, I’d say most everyone on the playlist is underrated. But there is something truly inspiring about people producing music for the love of the music alone. I think, somehow, it makes for the best house music possible.
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