DAVE RAMONE BRINGS THE SUMMER TO LIFE WITH ESSENTIAL NEW ORIGINAL

Some tracks are an absolute pleasure to review. Here we have a personal favourite as experienced German house producer Dave Ramone returns with a huge original, ‘Summer Love’. Featuring an impeccable top-line by superb female vocalist Minelli, this vibrant house track is one you can’t afford to leave out of that summer playlist.

Vocal chops with large, well sculpted reverb and lush pads introduce ‘Summer Love’ before the unmistakable voice of Minelli floats over intricate piano chords. The solid structure of this track is evident at this point as a mid-break kick drum injects energy underneath the vocal stem. The track is then in a build with snares and into a house drop segment. All the time the vocal is used to great effect.

Through the drops, Ramone makes this track highly suitable for the club, with these energetic sections making ‘Summer Love’ easy to slip into a DJ set. There is a beautiful hint of future house that extends the audience range this original will appeal to as well.

Lyrically, Ramone and Minelli show a high of creativity, with the words painting a picture of the story this track is telling. It is sung outstandingly well. A huge amount of talent is required to mix the vocal stem as well as this into a track, showcasing Ramone’s abundance of production skills.

We look forward to keeping an eye on this track, sure to be a big hit this summer. Available across digital outlets, check out Dave Ramone Feat. Minelli – Summer Love (Single Mix), here:

 

SKREAMZ HITS THE SPOT WITH DEEP TROPICAL HOUSE VIBES

18 year-old up-and-coming DJ/producer Jamie Mesia, better known as Skreamz, presents his latest, fantastic release ‘Pursuits’. Proving no stranger to the studio, this tropical deep house original showcases the prodigious Spanish artist’s vast production talents. Perfect for the summer, with tropical instrumentation in abundance, ‘Pursuits’ is ideal for those days in the sun.

The intro features shimmering piano chords with police sirens and speeding car samples paying tribute to the apt name: ‘Pursuits’. Shortly, the pace is picked up in a stunning house-style drop with glockenspiel lead overtones complimenting a brass underlay and superb percussion.

Into a break down where the beautiful lead melody continues lightly in the highs. A most pleasant surprise lies in store during the back of the second drop, as Skreamz suddenly increases the energy and introduces more percussion in a highly danceable switch up variant of the drop. Simply outstanding creativity.

The various sections are fused together seamlessly and the mixing is on point. ‘Pursuits’ sounds lively and dynamic on a range of sound systems, furthering our belief that Skreamz really has what it takes to go a very long way in this industry. We look forward to keeping up to date with his future releases as his exciting career unfolds.

Check out Skreamz – Pursuits, available to download free, here:

 

SIMIC’S REMARKABLE CHEAT CODES REMIX

Talented up-and-coming 17-year old producer SIMIC presents his recently released remix of Cheat Codes’ hugely popular summer track ‘No Promises’. With the American DJ group’s original track receiving wide acclaim, following its release in March on Parlophone – Warner Bros, this was a truly excellent choice of track to remix.

SIMIC shows off his studio potential in this rework, the breakdowns utilising the original vocal of Demi Lovato and the group’s own Trevor Dahl, to full effect. Lush piano chords and light percussion underpin the infamous vocal toplines. Towards the drops, momentum picks up and the tension subtly builds.

The drop sections to SIMIC’s remix themselves, are of a well crafted, danceable house style nature, making his version highly adaptable and appealing to DJ’s. The lead synth through the drops is particularly well constructed and the transitions back into the more down-tempo breakdowns are smooth and flowing.

This hugely listenable remix of Cheat Codes massive summer track ‘No Promises’ delivers a unique take on the original track. This is a track that house and pop fans alike will enjoy, and is certainly one to add to that summer playlist or download for your upcoming set.

With a string of fantastic remixes on his Soundcloud page already, this is evidently a competent producer enjoying his sound and translating his ideas well through his DAW. We look forward to hearing what the future brings for SIMIC.

Check out Cheat Codes – No Promises feat. Demi Lovato, here:

PHUSE X JO-B SEBASTIAN DROP ELECTRONIC MASTERPIECE

Talented Californian producer Phuse teams up with Jo-B Sebastian for their exciting collaboration: ‘Breathe Again’. This down-tempo electronic track sounds phenomenal and is incredibly well produced. With its light, pop-edged electronic style appealing to a vast audience, this is the perfect summer track for those days at the beach. It’s genre spanning vibe even gives this track potential on the decks, making it extremely accessible.

From pressing play, the production quality here is obvious. Phuse and Jo-B Sebastian are no strangers to the studio. Phuse was indeed named the 2014 Insomniac Discovery Project Winner for EDC Las Vegas. With a catalogue of strong releases and remixes, it is easy to see why.

‘Breathe Again’ features unique and well crafted synths and light percussive elements, serving as a backdrop to a smooth, almost R&B style vocal stem. The vocal is impeccably and painstakingly mixed here, including fantastic panning FX and backing vocals filling the gaps nicely in a truly dazzling original. An array of instruments from synths to piano keep this sensational four minutes flowing and interesting.

This is a track worthy of much air play and support from the upper tiers of the music industry. If you are not familiar with Phuse and Jo-B Sebastian, it is time to acquaint yourself. We are excited to see what the future brings them and watching this track enjoy a s reception. Available to download for free, check out Phuse X Jo-B Sebastian – Breathe Again, here:

GARY CAOS SERVES UP INCREDIBLE YEKE YEKE REBOOT

Some classic tracks are in desperate need of a fresh look. This has been a current, and immensely successful trend, seen over the last few years in the industry. In steps experienced and renowned Italian artist Gary Caos with his latest phenomenal release: ‘Yeke Yeke’.

This is one of the finest reboots of a legendary track you are ever likely to hear. His update to the 1987 classic ‘Yé ké yé ké’, by Guinean singer More Kanté is fresh, highly rhythmic, superbly produced and ready to cause chaos (pun intended) across the clubs of Europe this summer.

From pressing play you can immediately sense the quality in Gary’s work. Percussion aplenty, the intro allows his track to ease smoothly into any club set. It isn’t long before the famous vocal top-line purrs over the remarkable array of latin and tribal percussion. Underpinning ‘Yeke Yeke’ are well crafted synths and basslines.

Gary Caos is one of the best house DJ and producers of the moment, and has received much acclaim and support from industry heavyweights such as Tiesto, Carl Cox, Milk and Sugar and Chuckie. He has had releases with Armada, Ultra, Ministry of Sound and HedKandi to name but a few.

His stunning dance-floor ready ‘Yeke Yeke’ is suitable for a variety of occasions from beach parties to the clubs. Typical of his productions, this is a record that will certainly inject a touch of funky latin flavour into your playlist or upcoming set. Available now through Gary’s very own Casa Rossa records via Beatport, check out Gary Caos – Yeke Yeke (Original Mix), here:

BEAUTIFUL DEVINE’S FRESH TAKE ON HIP-HOP

It is always refreshing when we are introduced to a small Soundcloud page with incredible music on it. The sense of discovering a relatively unknown gem is fantastic. Here Beautiful Devine is a perfect example. They present their new down-tempo, melodic, hip-hop track ‘Righteous Run’, one you certainly won’t want to miss.

Lyrically intriguing with creativity in abundance, this latest release by the duo is silky smooth and will appeal to a wide audience, from pop listeners to hip-hop and rap fans. ‘Righteous Run’ is lightweight for a hip-hop track, which isn’t a bad thing. Quite the opposite. This melodic, chilled take on hip-hop is stunning and will leave you checking out more of their phenomenal work.

Production by Highvibe is on point in ‘Righteous Run’, comprised largely of piano chords and melodies with a superb depiction of appropriately light hip- hop percussion. The Beautiful Devine vocal stem is perfectly mixed into the instrumental and focus is rightly placed on this effortlessly sung top-line.

With impeccable lyrical creation followed up with a smooth, well sung vocal, Beautiful Devine allow the listener an insight into the story behind the words in ‘Righteous Run’. This is a very promising up-and-coming act and we are excited to see what the future holds for them. Check out Beautiful Devine – Righteous Run, here:

ALEK GRAHAM’S SOUNDTRACK TO TIMES SQUARE

Stateside up-and-coming producer Alek Graham presents his new chill hip-hop instrumental track ‘Manhattan’. Made in his hotel room overlooking Times Square, this track was born from walking the streets of New York and (his own words) “seeing everything there is to see on the crazy island of Manhattan.”

This track has a distinct, incredibly unique, feel to it. It would fall into the category of instrumental down-tempo hip-hop. Yet somehow there is a lot more to it than that. Abstract, cinematic and atmospheric, it flows and evolves through a smooth three and a half minutes. You can actually picture the sights and sounds of Manhattan in your mind while you are listening, which is translation in its finest form.

Simplistic, yet effective, hip-hop percussive elements serve up a solid rhythm from which this track is constructed. Graham fills the rest of the spectrum with complex atmospheric sounds and synths, creating intrigue and adding mystery to his original. There are a variety of unusual and different flavours thrown into this evolving mix.

It is always refreshing to find something a little bit different and free from the atypical constraints of genre boxes. Graham has perfectly recreated an initial idea for a track, found on the fast moving streets of the Big Apple. With mixing and mastering performed by Lucidity, ‘Manhatten’ sounds professional and well crafted.

We are excited to see what the future holds for an artist who is not afraid to write something a little bit different using a producer’s primary skill: creativity. Available for a free download, check out Alek Graham – Manhattan, here:

 

TECHNO MAGICIAN DIEONE RETURNS WITH HUGE DROP

Innovative Canadian techno producer DieOne is back with a bang this week, releasing another huge dark electro based thriller ‘Side Climber’. Continuing his prodigious string of hot techno tracks, this up-and-coming talent is on fine form with his latest original. Dark electro and techno DJ’s and fans will find his unique sound alluring and well fitting for their club nights.

With tracks possessing a particular signature style, completely individual to DieOne, his tracks are distinctive and immediately recognisable. From pressing play on ‘Side Climber’, one knows this is unmistakably his work. Characterised by big kicks and huge, speaker shattering drum loops, his sound design also stands out. Here is a producer absolutely comfortable in the shape of his sound and better still, he is seemingly really enjoying his production journey.

It is always a pleasure to review a DieOne tune, but ‘Side Climber’ may just be his best work yet. Encompassing a funky, club friendly, yet melodic edge to his usual techno-laden beats, makes ‘Side Climber’ really stand out from the crowd. You can just imagine this track being dropped by Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Jeff Mills and other techno greats.

We are thoroughly enjoying watching DieOne’s career unfold and evolve, and bringing you his latest releases first, here on edmlead.blog. Keep up to date with him on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jason.leon.58555

Check out DieOne – Side Climber, available to download free, here:

PIGITAL RETURNS WITH MORE OUTSTANDING ONE DAY IN MY HOUSE

Talented DJ PigitaL returns to the ones and twos to deliver another incredible 56minutes installation of his mix series ‘One Day In My House’. This journey, and it really is a journey, of house music continues his collection of summer-style mixes, #7 of which we reviewed recently. His latest curation of the best house and club tracks is number eight in a series which simply can’t be missed for all dance music fans.

It takes a certain skill to master the art of DJing and set construction. Indeed many high profile artists spend large amounts of their time putting together set-lists and finding crowd pleasers. For PigitaL, this is a skill that obviously comes naturally, his mixes always packed full of phenomenal and interesting tracks.

Episode 8 takes on a distinctly house music flavour, as opposed to episode 7’s tech and tribal vibe. Encompassing house, vocal house, deep house and jackin’ house among other variants, this is a mix that will appeal to a wide audience and one you can rely on for a variety of occasions.

PigitaL’s mixing skills are second-to-none and he eases through the tracklist in ‘One Day In My House’, seamlessly. He is completely competent, comfortable and able on the decks, his DJing skills radiating here.

With plenty to enjoy in 56 spectacular minutes of well mixed house music, PigitaL is a talent we look forward to seeing much more of in the future. Be sure to check out PigitaL One day in my…House ! #8, here:

PREPARE TO BE WOWED BY VOWED’S REMARKABLE DEEP TRACK

19 year-old Parisian producer Vowed presents his latest, absolutely stunning, deep house track ‘Nobel’. The journey for this talented artist has been a long one, beginning at the young age of just 9, playing guitar, piano and drums. Now a decade on he is producing some of the best house and deep music you are likely to hear today.

Distinct, male, spoken word in French begins this outstanding five and a half minute original. Arpeggiated organ sounds fill the remainder of an opening break, with unbelievably well-crafted dynamics. Tension smoothly builds towards a drop section that is not unlike Tchami – Adieu, both in its nature and the quality of production.

Vowed’s sound design is a work of art in its own right here, The bass synth leading the drop is particularly spellbinding. It’s analogue synthesised character epitomising incredible and knowledgeable sound design and processing.

This is seriously impressive work, with two unique, separate styles here working together. Breakdowns with arps and spoken word, combined with drop sections filled with solid percussive elements and bass synths making for subtly grooving up-tempo segments.

Since 2011 Vowed has been perfecting his music production skills in his DAW. All that effort is finally paying off in dividends now and his sound is utterly dazzling. This is a name you will want to become familiar with, sooner rather than later. Check out Vowed – Nobel, available here: