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Friday, 31 October 2008

Busy P - To Protect And Entertain (Crookers Remix)

It's not often a track gets flipped on its head, but the Italian duo have done just that. What was originally a down-tempo hip-hop groove is now a supercharged upbeat electro number, and its pretty good. Featuring vocals by LA rapper, Murs this track is going to be hot property on the trend-setting scene.

Busy P's MySpace / Crookers' MySpace / Buy

Pryda - Wakanpi

After the success of Pjanoo, Erik Prydz has high expectations to live up to. Released on the AA side of his Evouh EP, this progressive number has been making huge waves from within the world's biggest clubs. Wakanpi's tribal groove and epic build give Pryda's latest track a good chance of living up to those raised expectations.

Official MySpace / Buy

Friday, 24 October 2008

Niconé - Una Rosa (H.O.S.H. remix)

We haven't a clue as to who Niconé is but their track, Uni Rosa has been one of the most popular minimal house tunes for a while. The H.O.S.H. (Holger Behn) remix comes straight out of Germany with a more electronic and bouncing rhythmic feel. We don't know too much about this tune except it's popularity on the dance floor. If anyone has more information please leave a comment!

Niconé's MySpace / H.O.S.H.'s MySpace / Buy

Picco - Yeke Yeke

African vocalist, Mory Kanté's 1987 smash hit was given a refit at the end of 2006 by German DJ/producer, Picco. Reworked for the modern day, Picco (Volker Heinrichs) managed to keep the song's original authentic charm while making it up to date enough to rock the world's top clubs. Reportedly one of the summer anthems in Ibiza this year supported by Fatboy Slim amongst others, Yeke Yeke also reached to 5 in the beatport.com electro charts. Also worth checking out is the Michael Mind remix. See the original here.

Official MySpace / Buy

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

PODCAST: Highway To House - Episode 004

Slightly earlier than usual, this month we get treated to some deep and soulful house as Copernicus brings us yet another brilliant mix to compliment our ever-changing moods. There will be a new episode every month featuring many of the wide ranging sub-genres of house so be sure to subscribe so as not to miss a thing.

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Monday, 20 October 2008

GUEST MIX: Michael Gray

As part of our ever growing repertoire of features, Best of House is proud to present the new, Guest Mix. The plan is to feature mixes made exclusively for the blog by top DJ's. We ask them for their favourite current house tunes so you guys can stay on top of today's hottest tracks.

This week we got in touch with Michael Gray, champion of chart topping hits such as 'The Weekend' and 'Borderline'. His latest release, 'Ready For This' under the Robot Man alias came out in August and has been a big success in clubs and radio supported by Axwell, Judge Jules and Pete Tong.

MySpace / Download / Playlist / RSS Link

Sunday, 19 October 2008

PODCAST: Bow'cast - Episode 001

Last month Best of House featured this up and coming DJ as a 'one to watch'. Now we've also been fortunate enough to obtain his services for a regular podcast! Every two weeks Nick Bowman will present a new mix in tech-house and techno styles. Currently the London based DJ has caused the greatest upset in the podcast downloads chart moving up over 1500 places to a stone's throw of the top 200.

The first edition of this new podcast is a super smooth tech-house mix. Don't forget to subscrive using the RSS link below.

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Friday, 17 October 2008

NEWS: Learn with Sander!

Popular Dutch DJ, Sander Van Doorn has released the first of three clips about how he puts together his tunes from start to finish including a tour of his studio. If you want a lesson in how to create that perfect club track you need to check this out!

NEWS: Tong searches for talent

Radio 1 presenter and DJ, Pete Tong starts his two week tour of North America next Tuesday and this time he's talent scouting too. UK superstar, Tong is looking for undiscovered producers to make a name for themselves by handing him their demos at his gigs for him to review and play in his upcoming shows.

“I always get given lots of music when I tour USA and Canada so I thought this time we would make it more official.”

Those who are good enough to impress the DJ can look forward to seeing their track released on Tong's soon-to-be digital label available at beatport.com.

Pete Tong's tour runs between October 21st and November 1st. For more information, click here.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Butch - Amelie

Having his records supported by the likes of Deep Dish, Axwell, Steve Angello, and Claude VonStroke the German DJ has come a long way in a short space of time. Having only been active in the house scene for two years, Butch (Bülent Gürler) has already been nominated for Best Techno Artist and Best Remix awards as part of the Beatport Music Awards. This ambient/minimal piece was released on his EP, Papillon last month and will also feature on his upcoming album (also named Papillon) due for release later this month. Definitely one you'll be hearing more about in the not so distant future.

Official MySpace / Buy

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Josh Gabriel - Sine Waves

Californian-born DJ/producer, Josh Gabriel (previously of Gabriel & Dresden fame) produces another killer track to close his new solo album, Eight. Released to the masses via the November edition of DJ Magazine, Sine Waves features a hefty build-up of sinusoidal noise and effects to bring his debut solo album to an exciting climax.

Official MySpace / DJ Magazine

Friday, 10 October 2008

Ministry Of Funk - The Dancer (Castelli Ipanema Remix)

Here's a tune that won't be be forgotten easily. Originally a hit for Sister Sledge in '79, sampled for Will Smith's Gettin' Jiggy Wit It in '98, then turned into a dance hit for Dannii Minogue in '07, Ministry of Funk have now turned the original disco tune into a top 10 house hit at digital download store, Beatport. Released in July, The Dancer is now picking up momentum and should be heard in clubs all around town right about now!


Thursday, 9 October 2008

INTERVIEW: Eddy Temple-Morris

Our latest interview is with dance-rock DJ/presenter/producer, Eddy Temple-Morris. This week he gives us the low-down on what he's been up to as well as his views on the dance scene...

BoH - You’ve been hosting your popular radio show, The Remix on XFM for many years now and have been responsible for the emergence of some of today’s most popular electronic artists. What do you most enjoy about it?

ETM - I love the immediacy of radio, listen to a pile of CDs and downloads each week, then play the ones I love. It's so simple and direct. I also like the fact that I don't have to rely on anyone. If I'm able to stand, and talk, then the show happens.

BoH - Have there been any particularly defining moments?

ETM - The show has been going for nearly nine years so there are quite a few: obvious ones like playing demos by Kasabian, Scissor Sisters, and being the first person to play acts like Pendulum, Reverend And the Makers, Infadels, Alex Metric etc, but the defining moment for me was when I first played a Mix CD by two guys in a band I like, from Belgium. They were called the Flying Deweale Brothers, it was the first time anyone in the UK had heard them on radio. When I invited them for their first ever live radio mix, the phone lines went into meltdown - it was that good. They played at my little club-night and I carried on supporting them because I knew they were the best DJs I'd ever seen and ever would see... Sometime later they changed their name... to 2manyDJs.

BoH - Wow, that's a story to tell the grand-kids! We’ve recently had minimal and electro house prove popular in clubs. What do you see as house music’s next emerging sub-genre?

ETM - There's a groundswell I can feel of - don't take this the wrong way - Gay Electro: that's the most succinct description I can come up with... It's kind of light-loafered, poppy, very musical and melodic electronica with its feet in the 80s, but with production values of now. The best exponent of this, and he will be massive, is a very young Scotsman called GRUM. He's brilliant.

BoH - Who do you think is really at the top of their game in the house scene?

ETM - I don't really know anything about the 'House Scene' - as the prodigy's favourite DJ I share a general loathing of the genre with Liam Howlett, but the people I've been loving in the four-four dance music world this year have been people like The Shoes, DIM, MSTRKRFT, Herve, Jack Beats, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, SebastiAn, Teenage Badgirl, Justice, and I've never stopped loving Utah Saints, Chemical Brothers and Soulwax.

BoH - Any ideas about artists we’re going to hear about in the not-so-distant future?

ETM - GRUM, Plugs, Le Castle Vania and look out for the return of Mylo, and the new Prodigy album which is going to surprise a lot of people and make the entire Nu Rave movement give up and go home.

BoH - You’ve obviously seen a lot of artists come and go. What do you think sets those still around from the rest of the crowd?

ETM - If you make something timeless, if you don't attach yourself -musically- to a fad or a trend, then you'll get longevity.

BoH - Who are your greatest inspirations?

ETM - First and foremost, Liam Howlett for teaching me that dance music could rock as much as rock music, and being the greatest beatmaker and tunesmith weve ever had. Chemical Brothers for their sense of joyous hand-in-the-air music, aimed always at the dancefloor, Orbital for the musicality, Soulwax and Tom Middleton for their eclectisism, Tim Garbutt of Utah Saints who inspired me to raise my game as a DJ, and Barry Ashworth and Adam Freeland for teaching me how to properly connect with a crowd.

BoH - What projects have you currently on the go?

ETM - Its all about The Losers, a dance music production/remix outfit comprising me and Tom Bellamy, the beautiful one from The Cooper Temple Clause (a progressive indie-electronica band from Reading who were never as big as they deserved to be). We've remixed Rage Against The Machine, Candi Staton, The Presets, Slyde and the next Snow Patrol single, amongst many others, and weve nearly finished our debut album.

BoH - Are there any ideas for the not-so-distant future?

ETM - We've just started doing it live... We played our first gig ever at The Dance Rocks Stage of The Secret Garden Party... It went surprisingly well, and we have a handful of gigs booked between now and Chistmas in the north and south of the UK. We just want to get the album away with a label we like and tour it. The live thing works a treat. Tom and I play everything, a lot of triggering, with live guitars, bass, keys and noises.

BoH - For the producers who browse these pages, what does your studio/work station consist of?

ETM - Coming from a live band background, we favour Protools to make our tunes, with Propellerhead Reason and some sexy outboard gear, analogue keys and a Lord Skywave synth, of which there were only 10 ever made.

BoH - Your taste in music is quite eclectic. If only one genre were to survive, what would it be?

ETM - Dance that rocks.

BoH - If you could host your own house music festival who would you invite and why?

ETM - A 'Dance Music Festival' would have to be The Prodigy, because there's still nobody that can touch them live, but if it HAD to be 'HOUSE' music, I guess I couldn't have them, or Soulwax, so my more down-the-line choices would include Tiefschwarz, Boys Noize, Ewan Pearson, Audio Bullys and Slagsmalsklubben.

BoH - Would you headline or watch? (You can do only one!)

ETM - If the Prodigy were playing, I'd support then watch, as I have done many times. Anyone else, I could follow without feeling threatened.

Eddy was also gracious enough to provide us with a track from his band, Losers' upcoming album. This is Friends Are False (Losers Wilson Says Aaron Mix).

You can listen to Eddy's show, The Remix on XFM every Friday evening from 10pm to 1am. For more on Eddy Temple-Morris follow the links below.

Eddy's MySpace / Loser's MySpace / The Remix on XFM

Monday, 6 October 2008

COMPETITION: Ministry offers residency to lucky winner..

Clubbing super-brand, Ministry of Sound is running a competition for all you DJs and producers out there. The prize list is top notch featuring a years residency at their club in London, a spot on their MOS compilation, DJ equipment, a years supply of vodka, and a set on their own radio station. You couldn't ask for more!

All you need to do is send them a 30min mix along with a track you've produced to be eligible for entry. For full details click here. Best of luck!

Saturday, 4 October 2008

PODCAST: Future Technology - Episode 004

Hikari No Sato brings us podcast number four of his Future Technology series. This month we're treated to a blend of funky and electro house to remind us that coming to the end of summer isn't so bad after all. God bless house music.

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PODCAST: Highway To House - Episode 003

Best of House's resident podcaster, Finnish DJ, Copernicus brings us some luscious soothing house this month as summer winds down for another year. There will be a new episode every month featuring many of the wide ranging sub-genres of house so be sure to subscribe so as not to miss a thing.

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CLASSIC: A Guy Called Gerald - Voodoo Ray

One of the biggest tunes of the acid movement, Voodoo Ray is a far cry from the type of house music we hear today. Things just aren't quite the same, as ravers from the late 80's will tell you. Released in 1988 under Manchester DJ, Gerald Simpson's alias, this tune reached #12 in the UK singles chart and became a house anthem. Apparently the title sample was actually recorded as 'voodoo rage', but was cut short due to memory limitations. Now you know.

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Friday, 3 October 2008

Deadmau5 - Brazil (Second Edit)

What happened to the original edit we don't know, but what we do know is Deadmau5 - the biggest thing to shape house music since disco (almost) - has just released Random Album Title, a strong contender for album of the year and Brazil plays a big part in that. The track's epic build and uplifting chord progression make for a simply stunning piece of work. Random Album Title has been available online for a month while the hard copy is available in shops tomorrow.

Official MySpace / Buy

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

REVIEW: Mauro Picotto - The Album

The first DJ to mix live on Top of The Pops released his first album in 2001. The album is very well produced and has a superbly thick, toned kick throughout. It’s filled with classics from the off such as Pulsar, Komodo, and Lizard. Starting with a more melodic, almost Uplifting Trance feel it develops into a rather dark Techno album. Probably the hardest track on the album is Baguette. Pumping a relentlessly unforgiving bass line, you’d be forgiven for thinking it couldn’t possibly have been produced by the same guy who released trance anthem, Komodo. If there’s one album to get you into progressive trance/techno, let this be it. 5/5.

Official MySpace / Buy