Madou Kouyate - Nindjougou EP (Wind Horse Records)

Wind Horse Records presents a stunning EP with an international touch — an ode to the influence of ethnic global music on the Indian electronic music scene. Madou Kouyate, an extremely talented singer and songwriter from Mali, delivers a 6-tracker that also features Indian producers Hamza Rahimtula and Unnayanna on remix duties.

Nindjougou” kicks things off, a beautiful song that sparks warmth and speaks to the soul. The tune features Madou’s incredible vocals, delightfully layered with ethnic strings and percussion. “Nindjougou” has an almost folk music feel with an addictive melody filled with uplifting emotion and supported by ethereal stabs.

On the remixes, Hamza keeps things clean and groovy, using elements of the title track judiciously to craft a beachside dance-floor burner. This remix springs to life with a piano stab, giving it a Chicago-house-meets-Africa vibe that retains the flavor of the original while standing out on its own. Unnanyanna’s remix is also special as the afro-house exponent gives “Nindjougou” the acid treatment. The rework also features samples from a xylophone that adds an Asian vibe while a deep, bouncy bass line brings the funk.

Madou Kouyate’s next original track — “Souleymane Sangare” — is more upbeat with a simple yet effective drum pattern coupled with raspy percussions. The song builds with effortless ease, accompanied by buoyant pads that offer the required aural ambiance. Once again it’s Madou’s vocals that stand-out and really take this tune to the next level.

The second of the remixes from the effervescent Hamza is positively breath-taking. The veteran DJ’s incredible ear leads him to produce a track that screams ‘Detroit’ and ‘Disco’ at the same time. It’s a reflection of the influences that have helped shape his music. Cosmic pads accompany a bass guitar riff that will get feet moving, making for a mix to throw down at peak-time or to warm up floor. Rounding out the release is an extended version of “Souleymane Sangare” that can be defined as ‘made for the club’.

Rise Ashen (Balanced Records) – “I’m really feelin’ this.”
Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) – “I love this package guys!”
Alexander East (Planet East) – “The whole EP is banging!”
Chris Udoh (Tigerhook) – “Beautiful work.”
Pete Williams (Natural Rhythm) – “Love all the flavors on this one.”
Jose Marquez (Tribe Records) – “Yes! Great release with great mixes for all occasions.”
Norbert Borchers (House Sound Of Hamburg) – “The Hamza Afro Disco Mix of Souleymane Sangare is very cool!”
Damian Charles (Pointblank FM) – “Unnayanaa mix is killer!”
Marcia Carr (Mi-Soul Radio) – “Impressive set of mixes, this single is beautiful.”
Dean Serafini (Frisky Rhythms) – “Both tracks are excellent, Unnayanaa Remix of Nindjougou hitting the post nicely as is the Hamza Afro Disco Mix of Souleymane Sangare. Impressive!”

Available Now From: Beatport, Traxsource, Apple Music, And Spotify.

Eric Shans & X Miss Ella - Leather Sweater (Viva Recordings)

Brooklyn’s Eric Shans enters the Viva Recordings zone, accompanied by vocalist X Miss Ella. The duo have been working together for many years, Ella’s melodies and vocal style blending perfectly with Eric’s musical creations. Inspired by new wave as well as techno and house music, the two have collaborated on material ranging from sultry synth pop to dark and dirty deep house floor chuggers.

Falling into the second category, “Leather Sweater” is an evocative late night club cut that adds a dose of mood and texture to a DJ’s set. X Miss Ella enchants with a mesmerizing vocal line as Eric’s deep foundation builds into acid line-fueled bliss. The crisp and intricate rhythms point the way forward and keep the nightclub in solid motion. Definitely one for the heads.

Los Angeles producer Tonally — coming off remixes for the likes of Futurewife and Punks Jump Up — takes things up a notch with a driving version that features pulsating, hypnotic synth pads and dramatic stabs. The vocal becomes mysterious, reversed and effected at points throughout the mix. The energy keeps building throughout — a satisfying excursion.

Dubs for both mixes are also available to take the dance floor even deeper. So, let’s see how you look in a “Leather Sweater.”

Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) – “The Tonally Dream Dub is dope.”
Chris Udoh (Tigerhook) – “Very nice dreamy acid vibes.”
Jay Hill (Superfreq) – “Dope acid line, and the artwork is killer. Great work!”
Pete Williams (Natural Rhythm) – “It’s tough to pick between the Dub and the Tonally Dream Dub. Excellent!”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) – “Splendid sounds!”
Zach Van Lue (91X) – “Sick vocal and lovely acid.”
DJ Firefly (Couch Dancing) – “Very hypnotic.”
Chango (101.5 FM KTKE) – “Very strong release.”
Richie Hartness (UM – Syndicated radio show) – “Nice acid twister.”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Awesome! Straight into my July / August top 10.”

Available Now From: Bandcamp, Traxsource, Beatport, And Spotify.

Five Alarm Funk - Widowmaker / Freight Train (Remixed) [Selekta Recordings]

Selekta Recordings returns with the serious grooves of Five Alarm Funk, an 8 piece ‘gypsy-rock, afro-funk, latin’ band from Vancouver. With six fiery albums under their belt, the band lends two rousing cuts — “Freight Train” and “Widowmaker” — to the label for late night remix treatments.

The two original songs confirm the talent, die-hard rhythms, and wall of sound that Five Alarm Funk are known for. Loads of percussion, in-your-face horns, and slinky bass and guitar beam these sounds straight into the boogie zone. And then — the quality remixes come fast and furious. Italian producer and sound engineer Max Paparella delivers a suave nu-disco version of “Widowmaker,” rolling at a glorious spacey pace to add class anywhere it’s played. Selekta mainstay Statedlife surprises with a breakbeat mix of “Freight Train,” giving the dance-floor b-boys a reason for freaky footwork. And NYC house music veteran Dirty Dan totally turns the tables on “Freight Train,” dropping a deep and chuggy four-on-the-floor remix that’s perfect for 4 AM warehouse moments. Feel the funk!

BMD (Timewarp Music) – “Great funkiness on this release guys! Love it. 5 Stars.”
Nightmares On Wax (Wax da Box / Ibiza Sonica Radio) – “All about the max mix for me.”
Severino (HorseMeatDisco) – “Groovy!”
Rusty (All Good Funk Alliance) - (Funk Weapons) – “Funky stuff. Not easy remixes to pull off and I think everyone did a good job.”
Trotter (Royal Soul Records) – “Wow! This is pure gold. Love it!”
Phunktastike (Spirit Soul Music) – “Yeah! Some funky action here.”
Rory Hoy (Super Hi-Fi) – “Really fun release with plenty of funky goodness.”
Mr. Bristow (Subtek) – “Some tasty joints in here.”
The Funk Hunters (Westwood Recordings) – “Funkin Dope!”
Quincy Joints (Ibiza Global Radio) – “Max Paparella Remix is dope.”

Available Now From: Traxsource, Beatport, Amazon, And Spotify.

Juan Hoerni - Unlimited Capacities (Cha Cha Project Recordings)

Los Angeles house music maestro Juan Hoerni strides into 2019 with a terrific new single for his Cha Cha Project Recordings imprint, “Unlimited Capacities.” The original is a bonafide groover, with sterling production and disco elements accompanying spare jazz-infused instrumentation. Sexy hints of vocals pepper the track as Scott Wozniak provides top notch keyboard work. It’s the sound of a sleek night ride through club land, no doubt.

Juan continues his history of legendary collaborations by enlisting none other than DJ Spinna on the remix. Spinna applies his down-and-dirty dance floor approach, bringing out some of the subtle Italo influences within the disco thump. An insistent rhythm is propelled by swirling organ, a bouncing bass line, and clav-like key stabs. This one’s blazing hot, and just in time for summer sessions.

Craig Stewart (Montana & Stewart) – “Superb, we love it!”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite) – “Wow! Can’t pick a favorite here just yet. Both mixes are fantastic.”
DJ Harri (Sub Club) – “Digging these. Will play and support.”
Pete Williams (Natural Rhythm) – “Sweet groover here! DJ Spinna’s remix is the one.”
Jaymz Nylon (Nylon Recordings) – “Simply great music with a nice classic feel.”
Dutchican Soul (Strictly Rhythm) – “Dope track and remix. I will play this out.”
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House Web Zine) – “What an incredible rework by DJ Spinna.”
Deli G (Future Sound of House Radio Shows) – “Both mixes are on point.”
Ricky Inch (Ossom Records) – “Awesome stuff. Scott is off the hook on keys as usual.”
Edground (Brazilian Soul Crew) – “What an amazing release. Loving both mixes, they are perfect for my DJ sets.”

Available Now From: Traxsource, Beatport, Apple Music, And Spotify.