Applebottom has grewn rapidly during in popularity during 2013. Here’s a great remix by Applebottom with his signature lo-fi bass and synth. This type of house is poppin’ up all over the UK at the moment, especially after Disclosure gained massive succes!
What some people has described as being a teaser, is merely just excessive in my opinion. The first 2 minutes are a build up, but they have no similarity or resemblance to the remaining 3 minutes. The first time I heard this track, I had the feeling: “what’s the fuzz about?”. The second time I impatiently skipped the song until I found the sound I was looking for - the sound of Applebottom.
This is simply one of those tracks that anybody ought to like.from the french record label Kitsune. Kitsune has been a major player in house, more specifically in bringing you genres such as french house and fidget. This track is very melodic and features great guitar riffs, and it is from Chela’s first EP.
This remix of the track ”Stand Still” has just been released. This is premium house from a favourite of mine - Flight Facilities! The original version is great, but this remix by Mario Basanov takes the track to another level.
My focus is often on the vocal - if it is used correctly it’s an instrument in itself and not just lyrics. This is the case here. Another great thing about this track is that it reminds me of artists such as Booka shade.
Title: Stand Still Artist: Flight Facilities Genre: Deep house Year: 2013
Here’s a great track by R-zone “If You Going Thru Hell Keep Going” mixed with 2 other tracks. The mentioned track lasts about 2 minutes and is a great blend of acid and classic house.
Here’s how R-zone describes the track on the profile: 'If U Going Thru Hell Keep Going' is a paranoid, angsty bit of house jack with a busy synth line, hard hitting percussion and plenty of muddy, murky atmosphere.
The following two tracks is not exactly my cup of tea - you might like them however.
Title: If You Going Thru Hell Keep Going Artist: R-zone Genre: House, classic house, acid Year: 2013
New tracks by GotSome from the “Bassline EP” released on Defected Records.
The first track “Bassline” is absolutely crushing during the periods with vocal. The other tracks are great as well, the 2nd track “Don’t Want You Back” features a 90s house sound and has similarities to Disclosure. The third track is a great mixture of tech house, minimal and 90s house. What I like about these tracks is, that it is easy to recognize the uk house sound currently spreading throughout the world.
Here’s a guy from one of the hottest places at the moment - Brooklyn. Machinedrum mainly remixes tracks fusing genres such as drumstep, electronic, hip hip and trap.
This remix of Theophilus London is a marvelous synthpop version of a hip hop track. It has a great sound - just like Kavinsky e.g. and would’ve been perfect on the soundtrack for "Drive". What gives this remix edge is not the synthpop nor the 2nd vocal, but the brief pauses with only drums and the vocal of London. The transitions creates a focus on both the vocal as well as the simplistic acid-like synthpop rhythm.
Title: Cold Pillow Artist: Theophilus London feat. Jesse Boykins (Machinedrum remix) Genre: Synthpop, hip hop, electronic Year: 2013
Another track from Machinedrum which I think is noteworthy, is remix of a track of his own. In this track he exploits the same effect from the transitions as with the other track. This track also features a 2nd “chorus-vocal”, and steel drums giving the track a sort of relaxing reggae feel.
Title: Let It Artist: Machinedrum feat. Melo-X (Machinedrum breathing remix) Genre: Hip hop, electronic Year: 2013
Smooth house track from Defected Records by Art of Tones. This is a very authentic house/dance vocal with a lot of depth and power. The bass line of this track is simply just great, and it sounds as if it was made for nothing else but to dance to.
Title: My Love Artist: Art of Tones feat. Tanya Michelle Genre: House Year: 2013 Label: Defected Records
This track brings forth thoughts of metal hammering lightly on metal in an industrial factory. There’s a dirty feeling to this track. I’m imagining a rave in an abandoned factory in the midst of Berlin. Apart from this the track is rather simplistic, and if there’s one thing I like, it is either simplicity or exaggerated details. The vocal is dark and suitable for the mood which is set in the track. In the background there’s sounds of hammering metal rods and tube, giving the track the raw feeling. The scratchy bass kick reminds me of “BSOD - A Bit Sketchy”, and it creates the feeling of an increased tempo.
Title: Glamour Artist: Maison Sky Genre: Minimal techno, tech house Label: Rinse FM
Here’s a remix of a great deep house track by Smash TV. It is slow, laid back and rather simplistic in the sense, that there is only a few sounds/instruments/synths etc. simultaneously. I enjoy the smooth humming and the arrangement of drums and bass.
The track is not progressive - however compared to the original version - it is slightly more progressive and has a more electronic sound.
What REALLY compells to me is however the simple use of bongos, I am a man of simplicity, so when used well - I find it fantastic! They are looped constantly, with the same drum pattern, yet it really adds depth to the track and makes it a great deep house remix. The original version is also worth checking out!
Title: Noise & Girls (D33P Remix) Artist: Smash TV Genre: Deep house Year: 2013