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Norman Cook a.k.a. Fatboy Slim has tracked down the mischievous producers who had bootlegged some of his biggest songs and rather than slap a huge court case their way, has invited them to join his label with an official release. For round four, Riva Starr and relatively new name Ronario provide the remixes. We absolutely love the "harder than nails" electro house remake of 'Star 69', complete with that familiar vocal sample we all know and love.
Head Honcho Mark Knight & rising Dutch champion Koen Groeneveld have joined forces to bring you 'Put Your Hands Up', a track that does exactly what it says; an energetic slice of tech goodness with a vocal chant screaming to 'Put Your Hands Up'! The track is split between two mixes, one courtesy of Mark Knight & the other from Koen Groeneveld, taking the track into slightly different directions, both with equal floor rocking impact.
The innovative Paul Kalkbrenner works from his techno palette and remixes one of house music's biggest hits of 2009. Paul takes Michel Cleis's anthem and emerges with a fresh new twist. Remixing such a massive hit is not always an easy task but Paul has hit the mark and lands a unique mix with catchy vocal edits, minor chord sustains and simple percussion.
More experimental and innovative than Alan Fitzpatrick's previous work, this EP represents the start of a process that will see Alan release his debut album on Drumcode in 2010. Title track, 'Face Of Rejection' leads off the overall vibe of the EP with its stark, brooding menace and heavy throbbing groove. The EP is heavily industrial and hypnotic with a relentless intensity, with tracks built to twist out the atmosphere with their subtle changes of pace and raw energy. Outstanding!
Moguai strikes back with another phenomenal single for Deadmau5's own Mau5trap label. The release comes along with the track 'Lyve' which has clear influences from a Deadmau5 production, teasing the listeners with just a touch of electro house goodness, and a repetitive riff that is nothing but infectious. On the flip comes 'Imperial', which closely reflects the typical Moguai style his fans know and love. This is another great release from an always reliable label.
Based on the early 90's hit by O.T. Quartet, German producer/DJ Jerome Isma-Ae hands in an intense remake of pure progressive delight. 'Hold That Sucker Down' is a fierce weapon on the dancefloor, peak-time and building tension from the very first beat. Rumbling beats, deep but infectious melodies and heavy distortion make this new Jerome Isma-Ae an absolute crowd-pleaser.
We find it unusual to discover that this is Agoria's debut release on his own InFine Music label, with over 20 releases since its birth in 2007. However, we must assume he was waiting to create an EP worthy for his own label. The release 'Magnolia and Libellules' is a double a-sider, and an absolute work of techno art. Agoria's experiences and influences are apparent with both tracks, which blends Detroit techno, modern house music and synthesizer drenched electronics into every single satisfying beat.
Holland's homeboy Laidback Luke has had an amazing year and continues to bring us the best house music exclusively. This time around he teams up with Gregor Salto from G-Rex. 'Shine Your Light' and 'Step By Step' is a two track release featuring the soulful vocals of Mavis Acquah. With top notch production and an excellent vocal performance we will be seeing these tracks floating in the charts well into the New Year.
Techno DJs playing filtered house? Well, earlier this year it happened, and it was Pitto's 'Feelin'' that caused the delectable dancefloor controversy. The original version has gone on to become one of the biggest club releases of 2009, appealing to house jocks and techno monsters alike. Now, brand new remixes have arrived to bring even more filtered goodness into the warehouse parties, courtesy of District One (Bart Skills & Anton Pieete) and Joris Voorn, each mix being as amazing as the original.