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Apr 26
2015

Sydney Blu Takes On Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’

Massive Attack's seminal 1998 hit Teardrop has long been a dance classic, frequently used in TV and film, yet it still manages to maintain its reputation as a well-respected piece of songwriting. Now, 18 years after it was originally released, Canadian heroine Sydney Blu has concocted her own tech house remake of Teardrop, and it's rather special indeed.

Featuring the vocals of Jamie Lee Wilson, who provides a performance that is easily on a par with the original efforts of Elizabeth Fraser, Sydney manages to retain the chill-out, trip hop feel of the original, while injecting a smooth and soulful groove that gives the track a totally different lease of life.

With plenty of support already behind it, Teardrop is shooting its way up the Beatport charts. Pick it up here.
Sydney Blu & Jamie Lee Wilson - Teardrop (Original Mix) [Blu Music]
Apr 26
2015

Apple Watch Users Can DJ On The Go

As verdict for the Apple Watch's practicality continues to roll-in, users will be surprised to learn that among the many apps that can be used with the watch, an app to DJ is one of them.

As originally reported by Engadget, an app called Djay by Algoriddim allows Apple Watch owners to browse their iTunes library and sync tunes to a deck where they can then mix a few tracks. Some other features the app offers is a crossfader, the ability to loop tracks, and a few audio FX to give a more realized DJ experience. Djay's functionality is limited at the moment and not yet available as a stand-alone app for the watch, which means that watch users have to update their software via Djay 2 for iOS from another iDevice.

Watch Algoriddim's video about the app below and get the full details at their website here.

Apr 25
2015

The Technodrome 02

Techno fans the world over know about Berghain (pictured), the infamous, super-exclusive Berlin club that sits as the world headquarters for the genre. You might not be cool enough to get inside, but with the second edition of The Technodrome, featuring new techno music from Adam Beyer, Alberto Ruiz, Francis Preve, and more, who cares?

Adam Beyer - Stone Flower (Original Mix) [Drumcode]
Head-honcho of Drumcode and reigning techno king Adam Beyer returns with the lead track from his upcoming Stone Flower EP, out May 4. In typical Beyer fashion, the tune is a hard-hitting blast of pounding techno music that still manages to deliver an irresistible groove as it showers the listener with dark vocals and late-night tribal energy. Pick it up here when it drops.

Coyu feat. Daniel Wilde - Desire (Alberto Ruiz Remix) [Suara]
Majorca's Alberto Ruiz has been a favorite of mine for a while thanks to his deliciously dark and driving tunes, and his latest, an after-hours rework of label boss Coyu's vocal-driven original, is yet another perfect addition to your digital crates. There's a reason his name always seems to pop up when people start asking for new techno tracks. Pick it up on Beatport here.

Recondite - Think Twice (Original Mix) [Life and Death]
Yes, I already featured Recondite in last week's edition, but I would be remiss if I skipped over the German maestro's newest EP, out on can-do-no-wrong label Life and Death. The title track will have you coming back again and again to lose yourself in the poignant and pensive array of pulsing synths, understated percussion, and slightly sinister vibes. Pick it up on Beatport here. PS - He's playing the official MEMF afterparty on the Saturday, and the lineup is STACKED.

Jayforce - Movement Nation (Original Mix) [Funk'n Deep]
I've seen and lost my mind to Toronto's Jayforce more times than I care to count, but for those who haven't, here's a taste of what the CZ resident brings to the decks. Primed for those hot, sweaty afterparties that go on until the sun comes up, Movement Nation features demonic vocals, relentless percussion, and something inherently wicked. I get chills every time I hear the buildup. Pick it up on Beatport here.

Francis Preve - Weeble (Original Mix) [Audiophile Deep]
Need to take a little breather? This next tune, the title track off Austin, US-native Francis Preve's new EP is a chunky, wobbly walk through fat basslines, whistles, oomph-inducing vocal samples, and a booty-shaking rhythm. Perfect for peak-time in the club or at a dirtybird BBQ, you can pick it up on Beatport here.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202327389
Adam Beyer - Stone Flower (Original Mix) [Drumcode]
Coyu feat. Daniel Wilde - Desire (Alberto Ruiz Remix) [Suara]
Recondite - Think Twice (Original Mix) [Life and Death]
Jayforce - Movement Nation (Original Mix) [Funk'n Deep]
Francis Preve - Weeble (Original Mix) [Audiophile Deep]
Apr 24
2015

Entranced 20

It's the big two zero for Entranced, and to celebrate, we've got you something a little extra as we take a journey through the week's finest new trance music. Our special bumper Entranced 20 features double the usual dose of trance anthems, and includes new music from Armin's Gaia alias, Las Salinas, Husman, and plenty more.

Akira Kayosa & Hugh Tolland - Untitled Ending (Original Mix) [Monster Pure]
First up this week, British producers Akira Kayosa and Hugh Tolland team up for a peak-time epic trancer in the shape of Untitled Ending. Full of bright, uplifting melodies teamed with tough rhythms and a classic rolling bassline, this one has seen support from Aly & Fila, Giuseppe Ottaviani, and Andy Moor to name but a few. It's out now on Monster Pure, so show your support and pick up a copy now.

Bobina - Flying Kitten (Original Mix) [Magik Musik]
Taken from Bobina's new album #Uplifting, Flying Kitten is the hard-hitting opening track. The name is tied in with the equally bizarre album artwork, but there's nothing unusual about the track itself. As you'd expect from the Russian trance veteran, Flying Kitten is serious trance at its best. The whole album is rather special, as unusually for an artist album, many of the tracks are remixed. Featuring the work of Sean Tyas, RAM, and Photographer, it's well worth getting your hands on, so grab yourself a copy now.

Claus Backslash - Ibiza (Need U) (Original Vedrá Mix) [Redux]
With Ibiza season almost upon us, this track from island resident Claus Backslash is the perfect way to get you in the mood. The Original Vedrá Mix is named for the mysterious rock that lies off the north coast of the White Isle. Ibiza isn't quite sunset material, more late night in a club, but it features all the ingredients that should make it a hit over the summer--infectious melodies, enormous atmosphere, and a familiar vocal sample I can't quite place. Grab your copy now, and get yourself in the Ibiza state of mind.

Craig Connelly & Dan Thompson - Welcome To Earth (Original Mix) [ASOT]
British producers Craig Connelly and Dan Thompson have gotten together to bring us some peak-time trance that should raise the hairs on your neck. Built around some utterly mind-blowing leads and huge production, Welcome To Earth is ASOT at it's very finest. While we're in the Ibiza mood, the location of Armin's ASOT parties for the 2015 season hasn't yet been announced, but we're expecting news imminently. One thing is for sure, this one is bound to feature at whichever venue is chosen and is out now for your own listening pleasure.

Gaia - In Principio (Original Mix) [Armind]
While we're on the subject of Armin, it seems the Dutch legend has been busy in the studio with Benno de Goeij under their ever popular Gaia alias. The duo's latest tracks In Principio is more of the same floor-destroying trance that the Gaia name has become famous for. This one features a nice simple melody, but comes with buckets of energy that is bound to get crowds jumping. Experience the magic yourself by grabbing your own copy now.

Husman - XV (Original Mix) [Armada Captivating]
Rising star Husman has firmly planted his flag on the trance scene, and it's all thanks to solid productions like his latest effort XV. A mix of big room rhythms, plenty of mental synth wizardry and even an orchestral break, XV is dark and dirty in parts, but should spread a smile across your face in others. It's out now on Armada Captivating, so grab yourself a copy, and also check out Husman's XV chart over on Beatport.

Las Salinas - Popeye (Original Mix) [Enhanced Progressive]
It's tough to say exactly why Tel Aviv based duo Las Salinas decided to name this one Popeye, but it's certainly worth a listen. Full of the smooth chords, gentle melodies and lush production the Israeli pair are known for, this one has received plenty of support from the heavyweights, including Above & Beyond, Ferry Corsten, and Cosmic Gate. Grab your own copy now from Beatport, can of spinach not included...

Mitka & Niko Zografos - Phoria (Ferry Tayle Remix) [FSOE]
A collaboration between San Francisco-based producer Mitka and Niko Zografos, with a remix from Ferry Tayle. What more could an uplifting fan ask for? Phoria features plenty of catchy little plucks, throbbing bass, and a slightly chilled production style. It's certainly got loads of the euphoria hinted at in the title, and is out now on Aly & Fila's Future Sound Of Egypt imprint, so get your own copy now.

Paul Miller - Oasis (Original Mix) [Vandit]
German producer Paul Miller returns to Paul van Dyk's Vandit label for a refreshing trancer in the shape of Oasis. Full to the brim with tough rhythms, techy synth lines, and dark, moody breaks, Oasis has a touch of psy-trance about it, and a mysterious edge that suits it to dark and loud underground dancefloors. It'll probably sound just as cool in your headphones though, so grab a copy now and turn it up loud!

Stephen Kirkwood - Artilect (Original Mix) [Lange]
Rounding things off for this special edition of Entranced is a bit of tech trance with a welcome dose of uplifting thrown in for good measure. Artilect is the latest work from Scottish producer Stephen Kirkwood, and while the build and drops are all about tough rhythms, rough basslines and Apollo 11 vocal sample, the beautiful break features plenty of lush synths, emotional melodies, and even the odd piano. Artilect is out now on Lange Recordings, and you can also check out Stephen's top picks via his Artilect chart.
Akira Kayosa & Hugh Tolland - Untitled Ending (Original Mix) [Monster Pure]
Bobina - Flying Kitten (Original Mix) [Magik Musik]
Claus Backslash - Ibiza (Need U) (Original Vedrá Mix) [Redux] -
Craig Connelly & Dan Thompson - Welcome To Earth (Original Mix) [ASOT]
Gaia - In Principio (Original Mix) [Armind]
Husman - XV (Original Mix) [Armada Captivating]
Las Salinas - Popeye (Original Mix) [Enhanced Progressive]
Mitka & Niko Zografos - Phoria (Ferry Tayle Remix) [FSOE]
Paul Miller - Oasis (Original Mix) [Vandit]
Stephen Kirkwood - Artilect (Original Mix) [Lange]
Apr 24
2015

Friday Favorites 105

Doh--here comes your boss! Quick, minimize this window and start frantically typing to the beat. It's Friday Favorites 105.

Jesse Champagne Progressive/Techno | Gui Boratto - Haute Couture (Original Mix) [Kompakt]| Gui Boratto wasn't a name I was intimately familiar with until late last year (shame on me), but ever since I caught his recent performance in Toronto I have been hooked by the Brazilian's deep, ensnaring sounds. Although it was released nearly seven years ago to the day, Haute Couture's beautiful mix of melancholic and uplifting sounds has it feeling as fresh and contemporary as ever. Expansive and progressive but with an underbelly full of rumbling techno, this is audial escapism at its finest. Pick it up on Beatport here.
Mike Davies Tech House | Jay Lumen - Roots 88 (Original Mix) [Relief] Deep and funky tech house from the prolific Hungarian producer Jay Lumen and his latest track Roots 88. Released on Green Velvet's Relief Records, this one has been causing a stir among Lumen's fanbase after first appearing during his BPM Festival set. With a real late '80s flavor about it, Roots 88 even has a breaks-themed video that puts you right back in 1987. So get your copy now and throw some moves.
Yasmin Damoui Electro-pop | Made In Heights - Forgiveness Ease into the weekend with this playful new tune by rising Los Angeles-based duo, Made In Heights. Forgiveness is a clear manifestation of the combined power of Made In Heights--with alternative hip hop producer Sabzi on beats and singer/songwriter Kelsey Bulkin on vocals, we've got a track that appeals to a wide spectrum of fans. Not to mention, the chorus is so catchy, I dare you to avoid humming it through the rest of your day. This single will be featured on Made In Height's yet-to-be-named full-length album, due next month.
Shea Kopp Experimental Jazz/Disco | Jaga Jazzist - Oban (Todd Terje Remix) [Ninja Tune] Todd Terje somehow always manages to create originals and remixes that are sentimentally rooted in the disco sphere and yet with a style that is recognizably his own. His latest remix takes on Oban, a track from a fairly unknown experimental jazz group Jaga Jazzist. The funny thing about the remix is that, even after scouring the Internet, the original track is no where to be found. Nevertheless, the remix drips with Terje's famous arpeggiated chord progressions that feel like some sort of cosmic expedition. The remix will be released May 25 via Ninja Tune, and you can find more of Todd Terje's work at his SoundCloud here.
Marcus Dowling Baltimore Club, Trap | JSaint & Uniiqu3 - Yo (I'm Lit) (Original Mix) [Main Course] The kick and snare of Lyn Collins' Think barrels to the forefront followed by a throbbing synth and hand clap breaks on Yo (I'm Lit), LA's Saint and New Jersey's Uniiqu3's club collaboration for Main Course Records. Yes, that's Uniiqu3 herself also providing the ear-worming and repeating vocal sample, while rising tune-smith Saint continues to fly just beneath the mainstream radar as a top underground producer. Uniiqu3's on a never-ending jet-setting schedule worldwide as a DJ these days, so definitely keep an eye on her schedule for future dates here. The single is available either as a free download or for purchase via iTunes here.
Chris Porter Drum & Bass | L-Side feat. MC Fava - So High (Original Mix) [V Recordings] V Recordings (and its sister-imprint Liquid V) always come through with the freshest D&B from Brazil. From DJ Chap to L-Side, V's put several up-and-coming Brazilian producers on the global radar. So High is one of L-Side's crowning achievements, marrying an emotive vocal from MC Fava with a gritty, syncopated lead synth. Although the tune is almost a year old at this point, it always begs a few rewinds. Pick up So High right here on Beatport.
Jon April Trap | Awolnation - Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf) (Goshfather & Jinco Remix) [Free Download] LA production duo Goshfather & Jinco have been steadily gaining traction as they put out more and more high quality tunes, the newest being their remix of Awolnation's Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf). The two have given the track a trap makeover full of big horns and chopped up vocals injecting a large amount of bassy goodness into a track that was already pretty intense. Grab a free download of the track from Goshfather & Jinco's SoundCloud page here.
exclusive
Gui Boratto - Haute Couture (Original Mix) [Kompakt]
Jay Lumen - Roots 88 (Original Mix) [Relief]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/200771821
Made In Heights - Forgiveness
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201655931
Jaga Jazzist - Oban (Todd Terje Remix) [Ninja Tune]
Saint & Uniiqu3 - Yo (I'm Lit) (Original Mix) [Main Course]
L-Side feat. MC Fava - So High (Original Mix) [V Recordings]
Awolnation - Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf) (Goshfather & Jinco Remix) [Free Download]