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.

D.J Genius 313 - Like That! (dotdotdot records)

A native son of Detroit, D.J Genius 313 (born: Sidney Jordan), has had a musical career spanning decades across several genres of music.

Attending high school with Detroit’s own Eddie ‘Flashin’ Fowlkes, his love for electronic dance music was forged early on as a member of Twins, a social club crew who threw huge parties in the early ‘80s. They were inspired by the European new wave music and progressive fashion seen in UK magazines like The Face and iD. This was then interpreted by late night Detroit FM radio shows such as the Midnight Funk Association, hosted by legendary radio host The Electrifying Mojo.

Jordan was featured as part of the famous Hot Mix Crew on Detroit’s WGPR and later ended up living in the same building as Juan Atkins, helping the techno originator put his studio together. Juan later returned the favor by critiquing Sidney’s first techno tracks.

Come take an intergalactic ride with “Like That!” This potent cut — and its pared-down dub — feature classic-sounding elements and a chunky groove that undeniably come out of the Detroit-Chicago house music axis. Proper vibes. It’s part of a long line of releases bearing the name of Sidney Jordan/D.J Genius 313 — there’s a treasure trove of music waiting to be sprung onto the dance floor.

Tyler Stadius (Deepen) – “Cool dub. Something sort of creepy and dark for the late nights.”
Alien Tom (Native Alien) – “Wicked house. Nice one.”
Lee Guthrie (Click Therapy) – “Nice, I like both mixes.”
Eric Davenport (Guesthouse) – “Cool Groover. Crowd pleaser.”
Mozaic (As You Like It) – “Great chunky groove.”
DJ P-Rez (Not So Fast Records) – “I’m diggin’ this. I’ll play it.”
George J.J. Flores (Sol Sundaze) – “Really like this dub!”
Anthony Pappa (Red Light District) – “Both mixes are nice.”
Jean Jérome (Kut ‘N’ Paste) – “Nice old school vibes!”
Kosta (Vibe FM) – “I’m down with this Detroit!”

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

Tony H - Piano Ain't Easy (Viva Recordings)

Viva welcomes the return of Tony H — the Panamanian sensation — with a club-primed new double A-side single. As the proprietor of his Late Night Munchies and Munchies After Dark imprints, as well as regular supporting slots with the biggest DJ names touching down in Panama, Tony H — AKA Anthony Henderson — has developing a growing global following. His popular mix series — The Drive-Thru — can be heard each month, inspiring an ‘every 4th Wednesday’ club event. Recognizing Tony H’s talent and this pair of killer tracks, Viva was eager to bring him back on board the label.

The single opens with the moody “Piano Ain’t Easy” and its steady, snapping rhythm and percussive effects. The proverbial piano enters with Detroit-inspired chord play, occasionally filtered and cut-up to match the beats. This one’s for peak time at the dance den. On the flip side, “Fool Me Once” takes a deeper path with swirling pads, a crisp drum track, and a beguiling vocal hook. The track is sublime, introducing arpeggiated melodies, dark background stabs, and spacious reverb hits as it progresses. The late night just got a whole lot later.

Laurent Garnier (F Communications) – “Superb deepness – will play for sure.”
Vanilla Ace (Toolroom) – “Nice summer vibes.”
Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) – “Super Dope. Will push.”
Red Rack’em (Bergarac) – “Digging Piano Ain't Easy - will play at this big outdoor party I am playing on Saturday, this will really fit.”
Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House) – “A classy, jazzy house cut.”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Fool Me Once is superb! Heavenly bassline.”
Jon Manley (hOUSEwORX) – “Smashing new pair of tracks from Tony H. Stunning house music right here.”
George Joseph John Flores (Sol Sundaze) – “Killer EP! Deep stuff.”
Mark Mac (The Sounds Collective) – “I love Fool Me Once. Cool tracks.”
Franksen (You FM Clubnight Radio Show) – “Just spot on. Easy instant classic tunes. Great release, fulla vibes and honest groove!”

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

Smok - My Soul (Viva Recordings)

Viva Recordings welcomes the Finnish producer Smok to the fold with My Soul, a stunning trio of deep house gems. Otherwise known as Juha Moisala, Smok hails from the exotic-sounding far north city of Oulu and has been active in Finland’s house music scene since 2002. From clubber to DJ to producer, Smok’s journey has found him recording for labels like Salted Music, DeepClass Records, Artizan Music, and Phat Elephant Recordings. Viva Recordings is just the latest stop on this emerging talent’s ascent.

My Soul” opens the EP, announcing itself with a swinging, crisp four-on-the-floor rhythm. Gentle chords, a percolating bass line, and string swells plant the seed for the filtered and arpeggiated melody that drives this lovely tune. The following track, “Chasing,” features dramatic piano splashes and a chunkier balance of beat and bass. It’s here to add a pensive but flowing flair to late night dance sessions. “With the Stars” closes the release on an even deeper note, hypnotizing with pulsing pads, deep subs, and a drum pattern accentuated with a clap that warmly hugs the stereo field. Smok’s My Soul is exceptional, a deep EP for thoughtful floors.

Andrew Emil (Broadway and Wilson) – “This whole EP is FIRE! ‘My Soul’ IS the ONE!”
Demarkus Lewis (Grin Music) – “Classic deep vibe on these. ‘With The Stars’ is my favorite on here.”
Jay Hill (Superfreq) – “Soul rising music here! Loving these vibes.”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite) – “Sweet, summery sounds.”
Ivan Garci (Vlosfer Records) – “What a release! Love it.”
Phonogenic (Moodmusic) – “Nice, Smok with those summer groovers. ‘Chasing’ is the one to beat here.”
Lee Jones (Country Gents / Buslife) – “Crikey! The first two tracks are so good.”
Taigo Onez (Bang Le’ Dex) – “This is so wonderful. It’s hard to pick a favorite here, excellent release by Smok!”
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show, Perth) – “Wow, this is absolute class. Exquisite.”
Mark Mac (The Sounds Collective on Stafford FM) – “All 3 tracks are spot on for me. Loving the vibes.”

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