The music world mourns the loss of influential French producer, Philippe ‘Zdar’ Cerboneschi, one half of the seminal house duo Cassius. Him and his partner Hubert ‘Boom Bass’ Blanc-Francard have made a huge mark on the music scene as Cassius since the late 90s. Their latest album, ‘DREEMS,’ released today and a new music video for the song “Don’t Let Me Be” popped up a couple of days ago. The track and video serve up a beautiful slice of sun-kissed nu disco featuring vocals from Owlle. Philippe worked with the likes of Cut Copy, Phoenix, Cat Power, Kanye, Chromeo and many more. We lost a genius, but he leaves behind a potent legacy of unforgettable music. Grab your copy of the album here and check out the super infectious video below!
The Houseum Records crew is a continuous source of jams on jams. Not only do they have an ear for top notch house, but they highlight some of the best up and coming artists around. One of their latest releases peaked our interest. His name is Marc Brauner and he also forms half of the Traffic Report duo. This is his first vinyl EP with the formidable imprint titled ‘Sad But Ambitious‘ and here is a bit more on the title track from the label:
“The title track of the EP has its name to mark a time in Marc Brauner’s life where he felt sad about his life and work situation but still was ambitious enough to keep working on the tracks that are finally getting their release now. It comes with a nostalgic charm invoked by rising pads and classic drums combined with a deep bassline and a tear drop bell melody. It’s a melancholic track, which you can both dance and cry too.”
The prolific Róisín Murphy proves time and time again how talented she is. She lays down the law with a funky new dance track called “Incapable.” It has a bit of everything from house to pop to retro future to funk. She always has a clear and effective idea for the direction of her music and we are always going to be here for the ride. The visuals and audio harken to the best parts of 80s music with a modern edge that she executes gloriously. Take the audio clip for a spin and make sure to give yourself some space to dance!
Boys Get Hurt should score indie films. His latest remix for New York indie-rock band Jaguar Dreams and their track “Mean Somethin’” gives us all the feels. He has a golden touch for beautiful, piercing synth pop melodies. This remix carries a bit of summer melancholia that hits all the right spots during a sunset drive. And the way he arranges the track really makes the lyrics shine. Check it out below!
Gessafelstein and The Weeknd‘s collaboration gets a sultry revamp from Allure. He taps into the the R&B vibes in The Weeknd’s vocals and builds a slinky and melodic groove. The synths have a great ebb and flow that pairs beautifully with the lighter chords that flourish throughout the track. It’s perfect for poolside lounging.
Raleigh based powerhouse Hush Hush returns with another exuberant slice of top notch house. Four brand new originals dipped in the most glorious of bass treatments and tipped for the dance floor. We can build a warehouse party around this EP, it’s so damn good. He always has an ear for those perfect vocal samples to get you hooked and trying to sing along. You’ll catch an earful of sumptuous chords, sweeping synths and seductive basslines. These tracks are definitely going to be on our summer sets. Check out the full EP after the jump and you can grab your copy over on the Hush Hush Bandcamp page!
It’s Pride month and we’ve got a case of FOMO for World Pride happening in New York this year. It’s also had us on a hunt for those quintessential club tracks to get the bodies in motion and we definitely hit the jackpot with this new single from Owl Eyes. We totally fell in love with her while she was on tour with Flight Facilities. She put on a great show and always delivered flawless vocals. This new single is giving us disco diva life. “You And I“ is one you’ll want to keep on repeat. And the video is super stylish, sexy and infectious.
The Chemical Brother‘s string of memorable visuals continues strong and they show no signs of slowing down. A couple of days ago they dropped a new video for “Eve Of Destruction” featuring Aurora and Nene. The track opens their new album ‘No Geography’ that was released over a month ago. The video harkens to Power Rangers-esque battles and never misses a beat with the editing. You know what to do after the jump!
Amtrac has a brand new remix making the rounds with the Secretly Canadian imprint. This time it’s for Miami based R&B singer/songwriter Steven A. Clark and his brand of confessional singing. His vocals are paired with Amtrac’s melodic house grooves and undulating synthscapes. It has an emotive ebb and flow that builds and enhances the message in the vocals. A bit of late night euphoria for you to treat yourself with.
It’s been a few weeks since this baby dropped and we still can’t shake it from our minds. Never Dull has been an instant favorite for us and his brand of house is classic and contemporary at the same time. His latest EP called ‘Groovin’ really laid it down with prime sampling, instrumentals, melodies and beats. Each one serves up a smorgasbord of house, funk and disco. There’s three amazing originals and an equally stellar tech house remix from Danvers that seals the deal. The EP is out now via Spanish house imprint theBasementDiscos.