1. North Base and Jenna G- “Beats So Loud”
North Base is a Drum & Bass group made up of Manchester producers Silver, Prophecy, and Splice. In 2012, they came in third place in the National Drum & Bass Awards for “Best Breakthrough Producers” and have since been picking up impressive momentum with successful hits and remixes at the top of their genre. Fresh out on Viper Recordings this past week they have “Beats So Loud,” which features a catchy melodic vocal from Jenna G, with rolling basslines and liquid-smooth production to back it all up.
2. Michael Jackson- “Love Never Felt So Good” (David Morales Red Zone Mix)
Fans were full of excitement when the posthumous release “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson came out, followed by a mainstream EDM remix by Fedde Le Grand, but many dance music purists were left wondering: “Where are the underground remixes? Where can I find a new Michael Jackson remix that sounds more like the old white-label Michael bootlegs that back-in-the-day DJs coveted on vinyl?” Look no further- David Morales has it covered. His Red Zone remix is a dancefloor masterpiece, and is accompanied by 3 other fine mixes, including a classy house tribute directly following the Red Zone smasher, all officially released on Epic Records.
3. Mike Hawkins- “Revolt”
Mike Hawkins has a great vision that he has gotten DOORN records behind. This supersonic monster of a tune is full of enchanting sounds and melodies, arabesque breakdowns, and heavy drops that you would expect from this label, run by Sander Van Doorn. The success of this record is imminent, but our humble hero Mike Hawkins is not keeping the success for himself: every cent of the single’s proceeds will be donated to Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund for children’s rights, survival, development and protection. Lend an ear and lend a hand.
4. ZHU- “Faded” (Vanilla Ace & Dharkfunkh Remix)
ZHU has a sexy falsetto voice, which is the perfect sound to mix with the dark, deep production of Vanilla Ace & Dharkfunkh. This remix of “Faded” is truly intoxicating.
5. JSuave- “Back It Up”
Bay area drum & bass producer/DJ JSuave has taken a turn for the twerk on his recent Soundcloud jams. Here is “Back It Up,” the leading track of three bouncy booty-shakers.
6. Chet Faker- “Gold” (Flume Re-Work)
A soothing male vocal and a chill, smooth track make a perfect pair on Chet Faker’s “Gold,” and this reinterpreted version by Flume adds a nice heavy and emotional feel to the original that electronic music fans will appreciate. It’s like adding vodka to your lemonade.
7. Dubfire feat. Miss Kittin- “Exit”
Dubfire and Miss Kittin are a techno artist collaboration made in heaven. Dubfire’s production on “Exit” is a monstrous wall of sound, and Miss Kittin’s signature sultry vocal is hypnotizing as ever, with chops and effects that will bend your mind. “Exit” is a journey you’ll never want to end.
8. Nick Thayer- “Our Rules” feat. N’Fa
If you’re too close to the bassbins when this heavy drop hits, you’re going to get knocked over. This glitch hop banger is for extreme bass music fans only; extremely potent with absolute filth.
9. Oliver Heldens feat. Becky Hill- “Gecko (Overdrive)” (JayceeOh & Dani Deahl Remix)
JayCeeOh and Dani Deahl took this recent deep house hit by major sensation Oliver Heldens and turned it out into a banging trap remix, which adds a totally different spin on the vocal by Beck Hill. Blasting 808 beats and pitch-bent vocal edits are what trap fans are addicted to. The whole bass music community could’ve missed out on this catchy tune altogether if it weren’t for this well-accomplished remix. Available for free download on Soundcloud.