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‘Don’t Look Back’ Because This Week’s New Music Will Take You To A Beautiful ‘Utopia’| Fresh Music Friday

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Above & Beyond – ‘Anjunabeats Volume 16’

GRAMMY-nominated electronic trio Above & Beyond presents the 16th edition of the iconic Volume series, arriving on their Anjunabeats imprint. Featuring 33 tracks over two discs, ‘Anjunabeats Volume 16’ features exclusive new music from 30+ artists, both fresh and familiar to Anjunabeats fans. Sketched on the road and in Jono, Tony, and Paavo’s London studio over the past year, this new mixed compilation showcases the direction of Anjunabeats over the next 18 months.

BT – ‘Paper Chairs (Alex Sonata & TheRio Remix)’

Alex Sonata & TheRio have taken BT’sPaper Chairs’ above the clouds is really only half the remix’s incredible deal. It’s the way in which the Scottish-Italian pairing have done it, that’s every bit as remarkable. A reimagining in the truest sense of the word, their rework is a tale of two sonic styles brilliantly drawn together.

Maurice West – ‘Gasoline’

Keeping the studio output on an impressive level, Dutch DJ and producer Maurice West drops another incendiary cut after his recent rework of Michael Sembello’s global hit ‘Maniac’. The perfect accelerant for when the dance floor’s about to burst into flames, ‘Gasoline’ brings with it a set of fierce vocals and anthemic synths that will set any party ablaze.

Ben van Gosh – ‘Satellite’

Ben van Gosh is an up and coming producer from The Netherlands with impressive releases so far. His first ZYX Trance outing is called ‘Satellite’ and is a very powerful, euphoric, feel-good trancer. It will amaze and excite with its powerful driving basslines, thumping kicks, summery free floating synths and emotional melodic touches. The breakdown is graced with nice, luscious synths, atmospheric strings and sensitive melodies that allow space for the magnificent, energetic hook to grow and explode to a big crescendo moment that carries our mind miles and miles away. 

Fedde Le Grand – ‘Shake That Ass’

Shake That Ass’ kicks off with a pulsating bass and a hard-hitting, jaunty rhythm, paired with a pitched-down vocal cut. Leaving the iconic melody very much intact, Fedde Le Grand brings the refrain into a hyper-charged and contemporary setting that’s sure to resonate with the modern audience. Playing on a continuous loop, the vocals take the focal point, leading up to an explosive beat drop that oozes with palpable energy and atmospheric ambiance. With four-on-the-floor sensibilities, the high octane production serves as a stellar addition to Fedde Le Grand’s already-established discography and is sure to set dancefloors worldwide ablaze with energy this summer.

Zomboy – ‘Dead Man Walking Pt. 1’

After turning heads with high-octane bass house heater ‘Desperado’, dubstep don Zomboy reveals the first EP to grace his newly launched label. Landing on the UK legend’s Rott N’ Roll imprint, ‘Dead Man Walking Pt. 1’ encompasses recently-released fan-favorites ‘Desperado’ and ‘Flatlined (feat. Micah Martin)’, in addition to two new decimating dubstep anthems.

Millero – ‘Old Friend’

“As an EP [‘Old Friend’] the tracks share the common theme of having been produced with the dance floor in mind. They’re all very ‘me’ I guess, yet, despite these common threads, each has its own significance and identity.”

Millero

Stephan Bodzin – ‘Tron / Caligula / Marathon Man (The Remixes)’

Marc Romboy’s Systematic imprint has issued a remix package of Stephan Bodzin’s acclaimed tracks ‘Tron / Caligula / Marathon Man’. The five-track release includes remixes by several label favourites, including Raxon, Fedele, Mathew Jonson, Elax and Hannes Bieger.

Kura – ‘White Line (The One)’

Touching down on Armada Music again, Portuguese creator Kura delivers another phenomenal production that hooks listeners from the off. Alternating between dreamy plucks, an incredible vocal hook and a thrilling, club-centric beat drop, ‘White Line (The One)’ will rouse listeners at every turn.

Bassrush Records – ‘The Prophecy: Volume 6’

Bassrush Records is ready to reveal the sixth installment of its bi-annual ‘The Prophecy’ compilation album, featuring 11 new tracks from some of the most promising names in bass music. 

Kill The Noise – ‘Don’t Look Back (Moore Kismet Remix)’

Kill The Noise announces his ‘EMBRACE REANIMATED’ remix album, with the first offering – Moore Kismet’s genre morphing remix of ‘Don’t Look Back’. 

Jonathan Kaspar – ‘Umfang’

“My third Kompakt EP [‘Umfang’] feels particularly special as it is the first time I’m releasing on my home label with dancefloors being open again. The result is four different tracks producing four different vibes, each of which transport my pandemic desires into today’s world.”

Jonathan Kaspar

Joe Smooth – ‘Promised Land (Floorplan Paradise Remix)’

A banging yet soulful edit from Robert Hood’s Floorplan, this rendition of Joe Smooth’s iconic ‘Promised Land’ makes for quite the nighttime experience. Fusing the deep shades of Techno with classic strings, an infectious flute melody and the original’s visionary vocals, this record will have the crowd groovin’ and movin’ on the dance floor as one.

Model Man – ‘Take Me There (Laurence Guy Remix)’

London-based DJ and producer Laurence Guy has dropped a remix of the Model Man track ‘Take Me There’, out via Mahogany Records. Building on the restrained euphoria, Laurence Guy’s rework of ‘Take Me There’ utilises rousing piano chords, fleeting vocal samples and punchy drums. The original first appeared on Model Man’s acclaimed self-titled debut album.

Ace Aura – ‘Revive’

Ace Aura’sRevive’ EP weaves through vibey melodic riddim, hard hitting dubstep, trap and even the bubbling subgenre hardwave.

Ben Hemsley – ‘Erase Me’

“‘Erase Me’ is a very special track for me. I make all sorts of records from Techno to Rave, but when I make Trance records it’s always very important for me to make a track that feels authentic, like it can stand the test of time. And with ‘Erase Me’, I think I’ve done just that.”

Ben Hemsley

Oscar L – ‘Arena / Utopia’

Arena’ is a wild journey that builds suspense throughout the track, periodically dropping into dark and unpredictable grooves. The various sections are wound together by a hefty midrange synth that fluctuates and oscillates chaotically, shifting to half-time permutations that seem to slow down time itself. ‘Utopia’ is more straightforward arrangement-wise, starting off strong and leading into a big breakdown that’s characterized by shuffling arpeggios and an ethereal, ghostly vocal. The mix becomes awash in reverb before slamming back into bass and drums that underscore Oscar L’s more intricate ear candy elements.

Riot Ten x SAYMYNAME – ‘Loco’

Multitalented bass producer Riot Ten and Hardtrap godfather SAYMYNAME team up on the massive new single ‘Loco’, out on Dim Mak. The track marks the debut for Riot Ten and SAYMYNAME’s new collaborative project, BLOODSPORT

Tom & Collins x Hollaphonic – ‘Honey’

Tom & Collins and Hollaphonic are sweetening the pot with their debut appearance on Insomniac Records, a gooey vocal-led single aptly titled ‘Honey’.

Drizzy Sam – ‘Uthando Lungihlulile (Kintar Remix)’

“First time I listened to the original [‘Uthando Lungihlulile’], I fell in love and was convinced I could turn this emotional track into my own club version.”

Kintar

*Featured image via Oscar L, Kill The Noise, Moore Kismet and Maurice West*

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