It’s safe to say that Mark Knight is easily one of our favorites here at Without House. His funky, tech-house style is top notch and his productions are always of the highest quality. His latest rendition, Your Love, is no different. It’s a new take on Kylie Minogue’s classic Can’t Get You Out of My Head. Mark swaps Kylie with a male voice and deepens the vocal sample greatly, giving it a much darker undertone. The beat is absolutely infectious and really catches your ear from the start. This song is sure to be stuck in your head after only a couple listens. It’s got that fun, bouncy, signature Mark Knight sound. Like his last release Ten with Sander van Doorn and Underworld, this tune is sure to wreck dance floors across the globe. Make sure to grab the full version once it drops on April 22nd.
The time has finally arrived! Music enthusiasts throughout the globe have been anxiously awaiting new Daft Punk material for the latter part of six years. With their new album Random Access Memories set to release May 21st, Thomas and Guy have released the lead single Get Lucky featuring Pharrell Williams. This is not the first time the French dance titans have worked with Pharrell. They actually produced the N.E.R.D. tune Hypnotize U that was released back in October 2010. Get Lucky is a ode to the past for Daft Punk fans as they ditch their sound from Human After All and return to their funky, futuristic, disco roots. This song has an all-encompassing feel to it. I could see it being blasted in the club or at a wedding reception. It’s got timeless appeal. The vocals from Pharrell fit perfectly with the melody, and I hope we hear more of him on the album. His voice works really well with the groovy, disco sound from Thomas and Guy. The dance community is giddy for the release of the entire album, but this song should serve us well until mid May.
Seeing that Coachella Weekend Two just wrapped, I thought it would be appropriate for us to provide our review of Weekend One. Austin and I had the extreme pleasure of witnessing some amazing artists during our time in Indio. This post will provide a brief recap of the weekend and highlight our favorite electronic acts. We’ll have another post with our favorite non-electronic acts that we saw.
WHYH’s Top 3 From Coachella Weekend One:
1. Richie Hawtin- MY GOD…there is a reason this man is the Michael Jordan of minimal and techno. My friend Gies put it perfectly “Now I can see how people in Berlin party for days straight listening to this stuff”. Richie’s set was impeccable. The mixing was flawless and people did not stop moving during the duration of his 90 minute set. It was impossible not to get down and dirty with each new selection Richie provided. The Yuma stage was my personal refuge for the weekend. The tent was decked out in disco balls, bangin speakers, and adults with great taste for dance music. I’m a firm believer in the Richie hype now and can’t wait to witness another one of his incredible sets.
2. Booka Shade- What else can be said about these guys, all they do is deliver! Every time I’ve seen them they absolutely crush it and closing out the Mojave tent on Saturday night was no exception. They played some tracks from their new EP Blackout: White Noise as well as Booka Shade classics like Charlotte, In White Rooms, Regenerate, Night Falls, and Body Language (Interpretation). Arno and Walter had the crowd going nuts and definitely garnered themselves some new fans along the way. Throughout the course of the show I heard people proclaiming their love for Booka Shade that had never seen them perform before. It’s definitely love at first set with these guys!
3. Simian Mobile Disco- SMD played earlier on Saturday night on the Gobi Stage. They were the perfect warmup to get me in the right mindset for Booka Shade. I had never seen them perform a live set before, so it was quite a treat to watch them operate. They played some hits like I Believe and Audacity of Huge. I’m assuming a majority of their set came from their new album and unreleased material. It was an awesome blend of house and techno served Simian Mobile Disco style.
Eric Prydz- Pryda smashed the Sahara to close out the weekend. I could not think of a more perfect ending. It’s really amazing the variety that Eric puts into his sets. This was my third time seeing him and second in the same month; each set was completely different than the last. The highlights from his set were opening with his remix of Faithless’ Not Going Home, dropping Power Drive and EPIC Radio 003 ID, and debuting his new smash F.A.T. (see video below)
Loco Dice- Loco Dice followed Richie Hawtin on Sunday evening in the Yuma tent. I was in the perfect state of mind after Richie’s set and Loco Dice kept the wave going. He played a bevy of techno and tech house bangers, picking right up where Richie left off. After his set was over our group realized we just danced our asses off for three hours straight…it felt no more than 30 minutes. We were completely lost in the amazing tunes that Loco and Richie were pumping out. I was literally hypnotized by their music.
Hot Chip- As the sun set on Saturday evening the UK pop group took to the main stage. Hot Chip has steadily been building themselves a reputation as one of Britain’s best pop bands, and their set did not disappoint. Playing mostly their new album along with classic hits, they had the main stage in a dance frenzy from start to finish. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off Saturday evening. Below is a video of my favorite song, “Flutes” from the Coachella live stream.
My apologies for the lack of trance the last couple weeks. Hopefully the tracks tonight will make up for it. I’ll be featuring a couple Anjuna remixes along with some fast-paced Armin and vintage Tiesto.
First up is a brand new remix from Anjunabeats artist Ilan Bluestone. He takes Tritonal’s Bullet That Saved Me for a ride and works magic to the track. I was not the biggest fan of the original version but Ilan’s remix is something that I can definitely get down to. If you’ve been sleeping on Ilan Bluestone it’s time to wake the hell up. This guy is one of the fastest rising trance producers and all of his productions recently have been top notch.
Next is the Mike Koglin remix of Ronski Speed’s Sanity Dub. The original mix was my favorite track off Anjunabeats Vol. 10 and the Mike Koglin mix definitely does the original justice. It’s hard-hitting but keeps the original melody in tact, which I love. You still get that euphoric feeling even as the pace quickens. This is probably one of the better trance remixes I’ve heard so far this year.
Armin van Buuren has been promoting a Who’s Afraid Of 138?! campaign recently that I fully support. Even though Armin ventured into the electro sound somewhat it’s great to see that he still appreciates his roots in the BPM thumpin world of trance. His new album Intense is due out in early May and one of the tracks pays homage to his recent campaign. It’s appropriately titled Who’s Afraid Of 138 and I’m really digging it. I hope we see more of this out of Armin; his sound when he cranks up the speed is like non other.
Throwback Track of the Week:
This week I’ve got Tiesto’s most well known track of all time. Adagio For Strings is an absolute masterpiece. I long for this Tiesto and wish he would start producing trance again. Listening to his old albums and mixes is a real pleasure, and this song signifies the legendary status that he deserves.
Got a new Tech House track for you today from UMEK & Mike Vale. The song builds slowly for the first three and a half minutes of the song and then progresses into some excellent bouncy drumlines. This one is sure to be a crowd pleaser on the dance floor. It has just enough of that continuous build through the song to keep it moving, along with the simplicity Tech House can make so beautiful.
The UK duo continue to pump out track after track of unbelievable music. “You & Me” is a clean house track accompanied by smooth vocals from Eliza Doolittle. We had the opportunity to check them out live this past week in Portland and they did not disappoint. The live setup gave fans a great perspective as to what does into producing these tracks. If you have the chance – please see them live. Have a listen to Disclosures newest single.
Two new Trap bangers for you today.
The first is from the Swedish Duo Cazzette. Cazzette has always been in between genres- blurring the lines between house and harder styles, so it is no surprise to me that here they try their hand at Trap. It is a hard song to fuck up, lets be honest. Tim Berg’s Alcoholic has been remixed by almost everyone and as long as you keep the vocal line “Call it what you wanna call it, I’m a fucking alcoholic” the song is gunna go off. This one is no exception, enjoy.
Next up, a Trap mix of the instant classic Who from Plastik Funk and Tujamo. The song gained instant appeal with big name DJs all around the world, putting the song in their sets. This trap mix is good- not beautifully mastered or finalized but it is rocking, there are no doubts about that. Good work Victor Niglio, keep em coming.
Pretty Lights is back with a new release titled Around The Block, featuring vocals and rap from Talib Kweli. I am a huge fan of everything pretty lights puts out, and I am so happy to hear the direction of this new album. His other recent releases were a bit dubby and heavy, and he (at least on this single) appears to have returned largely to his funk, soul, electro mixture that blends so beautifully together to create his sound. He is also creating a documentary to show different this process was than making any of his previous albums. As he states in his snippet, instead of using vinyl samples- he uses live instrumentation to create his depth of sound. As always, he will be giving away his masterpiece of an album ‘A Color Map Of The Sun’ for free July 2nd.
Check out the new single, the new video, and a sneak peak of the documentary below.
Download Around The Block free directly from PL music:
Here’s the new music video for Around The Block ft. Talib Kweli:
And the snippet of the upcoming documentary The Making of ‘A Color Map Of The Sun”:
The hottest song of the year is out. I’m more excited to bring you this song than any other I’ve blogged about before. Justin Martin is hands down one of my favorite producers of all time. Justin makes everything from deep groovy house to bangin breaks, so it isn’t that surprising he wanted to try his hand in a trap remix. Justin Martin chose well by taking the most recent release from arguably the hottest trap producer in the game, UZ. Justin transforms UZ’s Trap Shit V13 into a house tempo track that still contains everything you look for in a trap banger.
Check out the original and Justin Martin’s remix below:
Pleasurekraft is back with a new single featuring Jaceo & Vedic titled American Hustle. The vocals in this song are by far the best part, serving as a satirical view on the current status quo in America. I honestly feel the duo could have done a bit more with filling out the rest of the track, its good don’t get me wrong, but I was looking for a little something extra sprinkled in there. I’m expecting remixes of this track to be awesome. Enjoy!