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.

Steve Balance - Shade One (Harmonious Discord)

Harmonious Discord’s first selection of the year is from Austin-based tech-house producer Steve Balance (Headset, Bunchlox). Steve is a foundational pillar of the vibrant city’s underground. His humble nature and thoughtful approach have always been front and center in his music. Shade One is Steve Balance’s first project with Harmonious Discord and features remixes from Jeff Scroggin (Denied Music) and newcomer Ajay Kapoor.

The clever “Wander Ring” starts the release, a syncopated, tracky number with finely-enveloped synth washes. The disorienting nature of the musical components are well-tempered with the playful nature of the accompanying drums. Bearded Viking-prince Jeff Scroggin returns to the label to remix “Wander Ring” into a Detroit-style mindful tech masterpiece. Jeff uses vocal sampling and reverb tails to drift from section-to-section while sonic elements dance back and forth.

Shade One” shares the syncopated structure but adds a dash of jack. Pervasive, almost chanting, drum collisions roll into a muddled cascade of arpeggiated synthesizers. Ajay Kapoor joins the label as a fresh-faced talent with an evil disco sound. Ajay borrows the synthetic structure of “Shade One” on his rework but plays with the pitch to create a harmonic, moaning cadence. Coupled with the heavy disco drums, this remix occupies a unique hour in the night.

The release closes with “Resplendent,” an industrious, dark, and troubled love song. Steve Balance flexes multiple muscles in this handy dance floor expedition.

DJ P-REZ (Not So Fast Records) – “Some good stuff for those naughty late nights.”
Lee Jones / Country Gents (Buslife) – “Ajay Kapoors mix is really cool.”
Haris Custovic (Laus Music) – “Lovely deepess…”
Deepshizzol (Deepvibes Radio) – “The Jeff Scroggin remix is nice.”
Kosta (Vibe FM) – “Intense and flexed music on this one.”
DJ Hal (EQ Magazine) – “This is a solid release.”
Nico De Ceglia (Hyena Stomp) – “Nice one!”
Andrea Rraqi (Black Angel Promotion) – “Wonderful!”
Sharlese (KEXP, Seattle) – “Fun Tech house & synth grooves.”
Snooba (Radio Panik) – “Infectious & haunted folklore”

Available Now From: Beatport, Juno Download, Apple Music, And Spotify.

Brett Johnson - Illusion (Subplot Recordings)

Brett Johnson fills a critical role in house music’s underground history. His work for iconic imprints like Classic, Seasons, and 2020 Vision displayed a playful nature missing from most of the electronic landscape. Coupled with recent projects on Get Physical, Visionquest, and Freerange, Brett’s abilities as an innovative artist are undeniable. Subplot Recordings is happy to welcome Brett to the label with three versions of a dizzy concoction called “Illusion.” Each selection is wholly unique and showcases the versatility of Brett’s brain.

B’s Acid House Dub of “Illusion” builds on underground house foundations, riding cutoffs of dusty 303 devices. This acid excursion dances through rounds of playful interpretation keeping bodies moving and brains quaking. B’s Rave Mix is an unforgettable favorite on the project, with stunted Arp baselines and Brett’s classic percussion design. B’s Lost in Thought Mix tempers dizzying effects and sonic spills. An implied heady house jam, Brett covers impressive sonic territory. Listening too closely might drive one a little looney.

Diz Washington (Classic Music Company) – “Just what the doctor ordered!”
Severino (HorseMeatDisco) – “Oh yes, bring it!”
Hector Moralez (Fries & Bridges) – “Nice acid!”
Anthony Mansfield (Roam Recordings) – “Gimme dat Aceeeeed.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) – “Class as usual from Brett. The super spaced out ‘Lost in Thought’ mix is the pick for me, wicked.”
Jimmy Le Mac (Loophole Recordings) - “This is a banger.”
Rees Urban (5 Magazine) – “Love the acid mix, killer.”
Snooba (Radio Panik) – “Infectious Energy.”
Robot84 / Scott Ferguson (Paper Recordings) – “Oh yes. Banging Acid house, love it.”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Oh yes. This is the business. 3 storming tracks with the “rave mix” being my fave. 10/10”

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

Demarkus Lewis - Anything, Anymore (Viva Recordings)

Texas Native Demarkus Lewis is back for his third round on Viva Recordings with Anything, Anymore. Fusing his own vocals and all original production, Demarkus delivers an deep and driving title track swirling with emotion. Static vibrato strings, meandering keys and sub bass frequencies set make this a standout for latenight sets. ”Know Your Angles”
steps things up a notch and balances the project out with a jackin’ workout for peak hours. Squelching filtered sounds, techy beats and a touch of acid round it out for dark clubs and warehouse parties alike. This one definitely covers all of the angles.

Dutchican Soul (Strictly Rhythm) – “Dope tracks! Anything, Anymore is so original.”
Mark Farina (Great Lakes Recordings) – “Very nice!”
Laurent N. (House Nation Radio) – “Sublime EP with top tracks and versions.”
Spettro (Get Physical Music) – “Love the vocals. Super production here.”
Alvaro Hylander (DeepWit Recordings) – “It’s all about Anything, Anymore in all versions. Great stuff as ever from the master! Unique and groovy.”
Edground (Grooveland Music) – “Another amazing release from Mr. Lewis. I will play it loud! Well done.”
Onionz (Electrik Soul) – “This records HOT. Will play!”
Taigo Onez (Bang Le’ Dex Radio Show) – “Woooo! Know Your Angles is righteous.”
SimonG (Volcano Radio) – “Some quality beats … D spreads his sounds to the world again.”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) – “Love this. Demarkus is simply and consistently one of the best.”

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