Bass, Deep House | Funkystepz – Loveshy EP

Posted by on January 14, 2014

If you haven’t already, meet Funkystepz, a UK-based bass//garage//house//whatever-tickles-your-fancy producing collective. I’m still playing catch up from my holiday hiatus but their latest release, Loveshy EP, is not to be overlooked. In fact, it’s a really well-rounded EP, with a deep house feel running consistent throughout however also considerably versatile and experimental featuring some incredible vocals. These guys have provided you with a perfect track for whatever mood you may be in. My personal favorites include “Feel The Vibe” feat. Monique (oh, you’ll feel it alright) and the über-funky-moomba-house meets Jersey club, “Light Up” feat. Sim Devine. The EP is available for free download, as well as most of their other releases via Facebook. Get down on it.

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Funkystepz – Loveshy EP

Bass, Deep House, Mix | NVOY – Twerktape

Posted by on January 11, 2014

Deep house duo NVOY showcase their sophisticated, dapper style in their sophomore mixtape, Twerktape, redefining the world’s most exploited dance trend in a way that I can totally get down with. In fact, I tested out this mixtape at a pregame the other day and results show that 10 out of 10 party goers were observed to be grooving during playtime. Not bad. Highlights include a variety of refreshingly new (to my radar, at least) deep house and bass tracks, all your favorite NVOY originals, and a remix of “Gas Pedal” that is absolutely legend. So put that champagne on the rocks and the speakers on loud and watch the ladies flock, folks.

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FREE DOWNLOAD: NVOY – Twerktape

Bass, Deep House | NVOY – Perspire

Posted by on December 5, 2013

Just a minute late on this but NVOY’s style is so fresh, I’m not even phased. Last week the Nottingham duo dropped “Perspire,” which, compared to the tracks I’ve shared with you before, takes things to a level one deeper. Their touch on old school house vibes give it something that makes it sound brand new all over again. Give yourself some room to dance for this one.

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Chill, Electronic | Esta – Moet (Ft. JBird)

Posted by on November 30, 2013

This chill track called “Moet” (ft. JBird)  is 1 out of 13 tracks on Esta’s new album “Paradise”. The album was released on Thanksgiving, and it really blew me away. There’s not a single track on it that I would skip. The style is generally mellow and haunting trap/electronic although some songs lean to a more ambient/garage style. Give the full album a listen for yourself on Bandcamp via the link below, and download it for free!

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Bandcamp: Esta – Moet (Ft. JBird)

Chill, Dubstep | Fracture Design – Shadow Avenue

Posted by on November 1, 2013

Fracture Design - Shadow AvenueWow, incredibly beautiful and fresh new garage tune from Fracture Design. It’s hard not to get lost in every second of this. Listening to this feels like I’m walking down “Shadow Avenue” myself.

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Events, Featured | Countdown to ADE Spotlight: Kastle

Posted by on October 1, 2013

Today is October 1st, which means in 16 short days Fresh New Tracks will be jetting off to the Netherlands for ADE: Amsterdam Dance Event, a five-day electronic music festival, conference, and playground taking over the city. Leading up to ADE, we’ll be filling you in on just who and what we’re looking forward to seeing most. And if any of you out there have any insider tips on the best acts to catch, drop either VMan or myself a line and we’ll be sure to add it to our list. 

After browsing through the hundreds of artists set to play at ADE, Kastle’s name was the one that lingered with me the most. The producer//philosopher has beautifully maintained a characteristic, innovative sound over the period of his career thus far. If there’s any slight possibility you’ve found yourself unacquainted with Kastle and his work (which really shouldn’t be the case), then let us give you a little background. Kastle’s music tests the limits of art and expression, ranging all the way across the spectrum from electronic dub, garage, and house to R&B and hip-hop.  Kastle himself, also known as Barrett Richards, is in an artistic sense a renaissance man by constantly exploring the virtues of all forms of art and philosophy. Browsing his Facebook, you might stumble upon an assortment of great music along and thought-provoking quotations with corresponding photos. I’m particularly fond of his Tumblr, which is almost like a window into Kastle’s seemingly infinite pool of inspiration.

Kastle will be headlining the Plafonddienst showcase at The Sugar Factory Thursday, October 17th. Joining him will be Liar, one of the newest additions to Kastle’s very own label, Symbols Recordings, and Tourist of the UK. I’ve heard rumors of these artists putting on live sets that are high energy and perhaps different than their typical sound, so I’m pretty anxious to see what these guys throw down. Keeping my fingers crossed for the Ellie Goulding remix Kastle dropped just a few days ago… (which is available for free download!)

Whether or not you make it out to Amsterdam for the weekend, be sure to indulge in Kastle’s vast selection of free downloads and his full length, self-titled album. While you’re at it, check out this interview with MTVHive where Kastle pairs cocktails with tracks from his album. Cheers! 

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House, Mix | Disclosure Essential Mix 10/8/2013

Posted by on August 15, 2013

Amidst DJ Mag shenanigans, VMA hoopla, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga, this is exactly what I needed. Disclosure gave us their two hour debut Essential Mix on Saturday, and I’m crazy about it. I was at a cottage all weekend so this was an ideal soundtrack for my drive home. Groovy, deep, creative and soulful, Guy and Howard have given us a wicked mix. The English brothers start us off with a 15 minute tribute to the late and great Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla, whom the pair cite as a major musical influence. Then they get right into it with a jazzy tune from Moodymann to set a tone. The rest of the mix weaves in and out of dark garage, lighter house, techno and other genres which are all expertly mixed. Only two songs off of their debut album Settle make appearances in the mix, and only one of those two is the original state. This mix is not a showcase of Disclosure’s music, rather a very entertaining, very well mixed glimpse into the collection of songs and artists that have inspired these two awesome musicians. This mix will be a daily listen for me for a while. It can still be streamed for free on the BBC Radio 1 website (the link below), but only until this Saturday. After that you’ll have to hop on Soundcloud to listen or download it.

BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix: Disclosure