Toy Boy & Robin – 'Jaded'
The London House & Garage duo known as Toyboy & Robin first caught my ear with the release of 'No More Sunshine,' a floor filler I turn to on many occasions when DJing at our weekly Sunday party, Paradisco. It plays directly to the R&B-based nostalgic trend of house music of the past year as the song is a rework of Sunshine Anderson's 2001 hit, 'Heard it All Before'. With 'Jaded,' the duo proves their previous brilliance was no fluke. A simple kick drum guides the listener as they emerge from a haze of electronic sounds before the Toyboy & Robin's trademark addictive synth hook and melodic unrecognizable vocals draw them to the dancefloor. Much like Disclosure (albeit on a much harder scale), the duo blends elements Chicago house and classic garage into a contagious frenzied affair that's perfect for sun drenched afternoons.
A*M*E – 'Heartless (MNEK Remix)'
You may remember A*M*E as the young U.K. pop starlet that co-wrote and provides the vocals for Duke Dumont's chart topping single 'Need U (100%).' British producer MNEK also co-wrote the Dumont banger, so the expectations for their next musical effort is quite high. MNEK's remix of her latest single, 'Heartless,' lives up to the hype as yet another irresistible pop anthem that showcases everything we've come to love about A*M*E: her cheery attitude, unique voice, and ear for drama. Born and raised in war-torn Sierra Leone, A*M*E relied on pop music from the likes of *N*Sync and Backstreet Boys in order to escape the harshness of her reality. These influences bring a very strong 90's pop influence to her dance records, creating an effective combination that's "nothing too heavy, tragic, sad or anything like that." MNEK's production gives the song more of a U.K. garage sound, which, as evidenced by the tracks above, is starting to become the signature sound of 2013.
Kleerup feat.Loreen – 'Requiem Solutions (Prins Thomas Remix)'
Swedish record producer and drummer, Andreas Kleerup is no stranger to your iPod. He's the man behind Robyn's #1 UK single, 'With Every Heartbeat,' a song that many gay men fell in love with upon it's re-release in 2008. After collaborating with Lykke Li on 'Until We Bleed' and Cyndi Lauper on 'Lay Me Down' it seemed as though Kleerup had cornered the market on sweet sadness on the dancefloor. It's been a while since we've heard from him but with his latest release, 'Requiem Solutions,' he stays true to form, this time featuring vocals by the fellow Swedish vocalist Loreen. Norwegian producer and balearic maestro Prins Thomas streches the song to an epic bliss-inducing eight minutes that's perhaps best enjoyed alone on the dancefloor.
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