Zeds Dead do it once again balancing elements of a track that should not be able to be done this properly. The Canadian duo balance the griminess of bass heavy music with the chilled, haunting beauty of “Flickers.” Using Son Lux’s vocals in isolated portions broke the track up at just the right moments before hitting you once again with some stellar bass music that won’t destroy your sound system. The sky is the limit for Zeds Dead’s work. I’ll be on the lookout. So should you.
I could lie to you and say I knew what was going on in the kooky as all get video for “Comfortable” but I’d be talking out of my ass. The funky track sort of gets swallowed up by the Kubrick meets Robert Palmer vibe going on in the mansion that may or may not start resembling The Shinning if the video kept rolling. The song is awesome and the visuals for the video are top notch. Those WTF moments, though? Maybe you can explain them because I’m still trying to figure out why three gorgeous women were peeing Soda Streams into the pool. Now I need to watch Eyes Wide Shut and “Addicted to Love.”
The Chainsmokers bring indie progressive dance together on their feel good remix of “Young Hearts.” With a solid melody Strange Talk fits perfectly into this track like Brandon Flowers does to countless remixes. A melody like this is hard to not pay attention to. This remix will have you wanting to move from moment one, even during the chiller moments. What’s great about this remix is that when so many are playing it safe the Chainsmokers made this one their own while still doing Strange Talk justice. Well done.
Argentine duo Heatbeat collaborate with Rodrigo Deem for the blistering trance track “Felina.” Coming in with some blistering trance, this one will have you going right after the orchestral opening. Just be sure not to get lost in the momentary beauty of the intro because you’re about to get slapped in the face with some hard trance. With some electronic pieces added in “Felina” becomes a killer trance track I can’t wait to hear at a show.
The Moonbootica guys are back with “My Hot Dope.” This time, Purple Disco Machine try their hands at this one with more of a house vibe. They create a made to listen house remix that will surely satisfy the pure house fans as well as the new crowd just jumping onto the bandwagon. As more and more tracks are shifting to the shorter lengths it’s good to see “My Hot Dope” hanging in the seven minute region for all the right reasons. There’s no filler, just a lot of solid house music going on.
Mike Mago puts “Man Hands” on the deck with this house original. A groovy sound and in your face melodies make “Man Hands” a positive track that needs to be added to your library. The Dutch house connection works yet again as Mike does his thing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, what is in the water that makes so many Dutch DJs this good? This is a fun tune that you all need to be spinning in anticipation for the weekend. Deep House Mix 2014
Straight up, it takes balls to remix Mat Zo. The dude is so smooth and his fans are rabid about him. You know that if you are remixing Mat Zo you better come correct. Fortunately, Estiva is the person to do that. His work on “Only For You” is spot on. He builds off Mat’s work and makes it his own like a true remix should be. Right out the gate, this one was an ear pleaser. As one of those rabid Mat Zo fans I was hesitant going in. Now that I’ve heard it I want to hear more from Estiva.
Admittedly, I don’t know much about electropical music but I’ll be checking more of it after 20syl remixed “Younger.” A light, feel good remix comes through this one that will have you feeling all sorts of light and breezy even during this gross winter. The positive vibes that ooze off this one are impossible to not enjoy. I can see anyone from the pop fans to moomba haters looking for a lighter touch getting down to the “Younger” remix. Grab your favorite summer drink and post up in the living room with this one, counting down to the end of winter.
With some great energy and an infectious house beat “Somebody New” is the next track to be added to your mixes and playlists. Tiffani Juno’s voice is too perfect on Jakwob’s impressive beat. This reminds me of clubbing in the warm summer air. It’s fun, energetic and perfect on every front. The only problem I have with this one is trying to figure out what’s better: the beat or the voice? Let’s just call it a draw, or we could replay this track a million times until we figure it out. Either way works.
The Swedes do music right. The duo of Alex and Tom make the duo Max Elto, and you need to be on the lookout for these guys. The minimal downbeat of “Backyard Animals” cultivates a layered track that felt just as much indie as it did electronic. This track reminds me of wandering the streets of a city, aimlessly until you fall into something you didn’t think would happen. It’s positive yet dark. Energetic, but subdued. In short, it’s pretty awesome and deserving of at least a few spins.