Zona - Time (Remixes) (70x7 Records)

Zona is an eclectic house music combo comprised of Dimitri Craven and Jerry Andrews, based in Los Angeles. The duo pushes a 'live' deep house style and has had previous acclaimed releases on Good For You Records, Kapa, and House Tribe Records. Zona focuses on the soulful and inspirational facets of house music, collaborating with a number of talented vocalists and players to realize their finely textured sound. 70x7 Records is the pair's own label, and recently issued the full length album Peace, Love and Understanding to much worldwide acclaim. "Time", featuring vocalist Valerie Moise, is the latest single from the album and is featured here with a quartet of fantastic remixes.

Respected house music veterans Eric Kupper & Lenny RX turn in a brilliant and moving version that displays their production prowess. Starting simple with a kick, snare, and syncopated bass line, the mix introduces the lovely vocal and quickly fills with layers of chords, pad washes, and dubby effects. Exceptional stuff. Mikey V, of L.A.'s Hawt Music collective, drops a high quality remix tailor-made for the underground, surrounding the vocal line with skippy beats, pulsing chords, and an all-around uplifting and deep vibe. Santa Monica's Agent Blak mixes up the rhythms for a punchy Broken Mix, and Reda Briki brings a deep, late night 'playa' feel with his LDN Switch Remix. Overall, it's a varied and distinct package that never lets go of Zona's core composition and Valerie Moise's seductive voice.

Tony Humphries - “Nice original track and remixes.”
Lenny Fontana - “I love the underground vibe … very cool.”
Gene Farris - “Good stuff!”
Terrence Parker - “I love the Lenny RX & Eric Kupper mix!”
Tyree Cooper - “Dope remixes!”
Beppe Gioia (Garage Family) - “The Mikey V remix … deep.”
Master Kev - “A great remix from Lenny RX & Eric Kupper!”
Alexander East (Planet East) - “I love all the mixes.”
DJ Craig C (The Other One) - “I’m loving the original and Lenny RX & Eric Kupper nailed the remix.”
Vincent Kwok - “Great stuff.”
Craig Stewart (Montana & Stewart / DCSTrax) - “Feeling the Lenny RX & Eric Kupper mix … very tasty.”
Distant People (Foliage / Seamless) - “I love this feel … so effective but captures a house mood that really resonates with me.”
Richie Roberts (The Dance Factory, BBC) - “I now have to completely reorganize this week’s radio show as this will now be The Dance Factory's ‘Future Force’ track … an absolutely amazing remix.”

Available now from:Beatport, Traxsource, iTunes and Spotify.

DJ Pippi & Sandro S - Fatal (Cold Busted)

Italian by name, German by trade, and with a career forged by Ibiza, DJ Pippi once again has hooked up with Sandro S, the name behind one of Italy's top house labels, CibiCaldi Recordings. Together, along with a short vocal feature by Laurance B, they have created a vibe-laden, breezy and jazzy cut for Cold Busted. Chilled, but not lacking in groove, "Fatal" is a rhythmic and classy killer with impeccable timing, landing during a summer where much of the world's attention is focused on Brazil. Using bells, shakers, and a hiccup of vocal chants, a tinge of samba gives way to the refined cool of a balearic touch, both reflective of paradise settings.

Moving on to the remixes, Green Street are three production minded friends that host the Str8 Busted Podcast out of the southeastern United States. Their Dub ups the funk with more prominent guitars and the introduction of a wailing organ melody and stabs. Mojo Rising hails from a Los Angeles rave DJ background, having taken that initial spark and channeled it into academia in order to grow as a downtempo and trip-hop producer. He adds smooth, rhythmic glitches, more booming -- but deep -- bass, and an angelic vocal hymn to the breakdown. Finally, Polish Cold Busted fam LoopMaffia takes a complete departure from the original heading towards experimental electronica with mutating synths, hard-to-place percussive elements, and strange voices fitting of the 'Grim Void' remix title. An included instrumental of the original rounds off another hot Cold Busted release sure to kickstart an idyllic summer.

Bill Brewster (djhistory.com) - “I really like the original and the Green Street dub.”
Basement Freaks (Goodgroove / SunsetSoul) - “Cool … I like the quica!”
Kid Loco - “The Green Street dub … nice one!”
Jask - “This is very nice.”
All Good Funk Alliance - “Cool jam … and I’m loving the remixes.”
Inland Knights - “Love it!”
Quincy Jointz (Timewarp Music) - “All good, it’s hard to choose a favorite. I think the Green Street dub is the one for my DJ sets but I also dig the spaced-out version by LoopMaffia.”
Robin Parris (Parris & Vanucci / Dancefloor Outlaws) - “The Green Street dub sounds like the ghost of Morcheeba’s ‘Big Calm’. Cool for hot, lazy summer evenings.”
Pathaan (Globetronica) - “Groovy!”
Black Mighty Wax (Irma Records) - “Great vibes for the summer!”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) - “I like the original’s pulsating rhythm and driving bass.”
Sam Hopkins (AccuRadio, Chicago) - “The LoopMaffia remix is a solid left field number.”
Clairvo (Tilos Radio, Hungary) - “Each song here has its own character, and all will get played!”
Niksa Dragolin (Eurostar Radio, Croatia) - “Very hot stuff. I love the original tune … it’s perfect for what I’m playing at beach parties. Yeahhh!”
Roger Cowell (The Joint Sessions, Barcelona) - “Very nice. I’m going for the original version for this summer’s beach party sessions … it will fit in perfectly, with the Brazilian vibes.”

Available now from Beatport and The Cold Busted Shop.

Mark Graham feat. Jean Honeymoon - Passion (Smooth Agent Records)

Smooth Agent Records is proud to release the long awaited single “Passion” by UK-based producer Mark Graham with Glasgow’s Jean Honeymoon on vocals. Having released most of his music on his own Rehab label since 2008, Mark is a producer who likes to blend classical, jazz, latin, and hip hop into his stew of dance music sounds, influenced by everything from Aphex Twin to Thelonious Monk. The vocals on the jazzy, liquid drum n’ bass of “Passion” are by Ms. Jean Honeymoon who has a unique, almost whisper-like singing style. Jean has released numerous productions from house to downtempo chill-out, and has worked with producers such as Monodeluxe, Rubberlips, Union Effect, Victor Maximilano, and Burkina Lounge.

The strong songwriting of “Passion” has lent itself to a number of exceptional remixes, touching on deep, soulful house, broken beat, and drum n’ bass styles. Smooth Agent’s own Sean Smith delivers a dreamy and soulful afro-flavored house remix that will delight the deepest of DJs. Chicago’s Union Effect (Mindfood, Smooth Agent) reveals a spacious, classic sounding deep house mix with melodic piano complimenting Jean’s lovely voice. Canadian DJ / producer Scott Totem adds a splash of tech-house to his deep treatment resulting in a pulsing, bass fueled ride while Don Clark aka Re:search (Re:direct Recordings, Deep Hype Sounds) presents a bright, cascading interpretation of “Passion.” Italy’s Monodeluxe (Little Angel, Vibe Boutique) flips the script with a broken beat, downtempo version that’s soulful and chill. Also, Cleveland’s Quentin Allen unveils two remixes under two different guises - a shuffling Deep Tech mix as Karu and a meaty drum n’ bass remix under the name of Illform. There’s a lot of variety here, courtesy of Smooth Agent Records … sit back and dive in.

Ron Trent - “I like the Moondelux, Union Effect, and Sean Smith versions.”
Graeme Park - “A very cool and interesting selection of grooves … particularly feeling the Monodelux mix.”
Alton Miller - “Very nice music … I’ll support this for sure.”
Glenn Underground - “The original of ‘Passion’ is hot on its own.”
Abicah Soul - “Love it!”
Mr.V (Sole Channel Music) - “Dope! Great vocal.”
Davidson Ospina - “It’s all about Scott Totem Remix for me … slammin’!”
Andy Compton (The Rurals / Peng) - “Lovely!”
Daz-I-Kue - “Yep, I’ll be playing a number of these mixes.”
Jaymz Nylon - “Incredible mixes all tied together with soul and heart.”
Edground (Grooveland Music, Brazil) - “Amazing release. Great remixes here.”
Fish Go Deep - “Good range of mixes with Sean Smith’s standing out. Nice vocal.”
Groove Assassin (Pacha / Defected) - “Super dope … a slamming set of mixes.”
Christos Kedras (Kapa Music) - “Strong package with lots of great mixes. Sean Smith, Union Effect, Monodelux, and Karu all have done excellent job.”
Andre Harris - “I’m loving the Scott Totem mix.”
Dean Serafini (JJazproJect) - “Such sweet vocals. It has to be the Union Effect Mix for me.”
Alex Dean (Low End Theory Radio Show) - “I’m loving the Sean Smith mix … beautiful vocal house music.”
Joey Silvero (Distant People) - “I like the bounce to the bass. The Re:search mix is really cool.”
Jamie Topham (CDPool) - “Cool release from Mark Graham with the Smooth Agent label delivering a heavyweight mix package.”
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House) - “The glamorous remixes by Union Effect and label head Sean Smith are by no means to be missed.”

Available now from Juno Download and Traxsource.

Suburban Dream - Not Who You Said / Everything Comes Apart (Suburban Dream Recordings)

Suburban Dream Recordings was founded by Dublin producer Ciaran McCarthy in late 2007, aiming to focus on quality chilled electronic music, from downtempo and ambient to more electro-acoustic sounds. Bucking the trends, Ciaran proclaims that the label “ignores current fads, sticking to making music that is honest, heartfelt and motivated only by love.” This latest release is from Ciaran himself under the name he shares with the label, Suburban Dream. The project has released a number of singles, receiving support from the likes of Mixmaster Morris, Ben Mynott (Big Chill), Kid Loco and broadcasters like Soma FM and Chilltrax. Suburban Dream releases works through Parklane Recordings, iLabel, Lushgroove, and Bonzai Elemental but also continues to work with his namesake imprint.

This single, “Not Who You Said,” is an atmospheric but solid track incorporating a deep house feel behind a punchy kick drum and hi hats that whisper as one becomes more immersed in the soundscape. Filtered pads and stuttered and pitched vocals give the track a memorable hook. It’s all very mellow and pretty, yet with a lingering dark edge. Blocks of air and clickiness give the track a slight dubstep feel – of the Burial variety but with a lushness.

Occupying the b side, “Everything Comes Apart” is a deep cinematic piece that carries the listener as it builds from its ambient beginning to a powerful percussive piece, only to float back to ambience. Continuing to build excitement through sound, the track ends unexpectedly leaving the listener wanting more.

Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe) - “Really fantastic. Perfect for my head. I’ve been missing this space and I didn’t even know it.”
Tensnake - “Nice chilled out broken beats and balearic stuff.”
Irregular Disco Workers - “‘Everything Comes Apart’ reminds me of some ’80s Italian horror film soundtrack. Really cool!”
Q-Burns Abstract Message - “This has got that proper balearic vibe that’s always a pleasure to run across.”
Justin Harris (Freaks) - “Nice and deep … warm up for sure.”
Hippie Torrales - “I’m loving ‘Not Who You Said.’”
Manuel Sahagun (Candy Music) - “Moody beats … I’m liking it!”
Black Alley (In Control Radio Show, Germany) - “I’m liking the dreamy atmosphere on both tracks … perfect for very early morning sets.”
Deadbeat Disco Radio Show - “Fantastic vibes on both cuts here … feeling the wonderfully sparkling atmospherics of ‘Everything Comes Apart’ most of the two, but both tracks shimmer with real quality.”
Borja (Lovemonk / Soleado Radio Show) - “Beautiful moods … nice one!”
Clairvo (Jazz Drive Radio Show, Hungary) - “Really lovely dream soundscapes … a must-have chill out release.”
Aja Allsop (Ketch-a-Vibe Radio Show, UK) - “The phrase ‘extremely lush’ is what comes to mind!”
Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show) - “Lovely release. ‘Not Who You Said’ is my favorite.”
Ornette (Radial Blur Radio Show, MyHouse-YourHouse) - “This is ideal for a misty morning house set. I’m a huge fan of this release.”
Christos Kedras (Kapa Music) - “Dreamy landscapes, almost-haunted melodies, broken grooves … I love it!”

Available now from Juno Download and Beatport.