Although the US gave rise to the likes of Diplo, Kaskade and Moby, it simply does not stack up with the flocks of producers spilling out of Europe. Everywhere from Scandinavia to the UK to Central Europe acts as a breeding ground for up-and-coming DJs. Therefore, this Tunesday brings you a taste of European acts that have hardly yet peaked the interests of Americans.
Jessie Ware—“Tough Love (Cyril Hahn Remix)
Cyril Hahn started his career out strong with his sultry remake of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” and Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body”. This Swiss producer, currently based out of Vancouver, soon gained recognition by The xx amongst other alternative artists, leading Disclosure’s label to sign him. In one of his more recent pieces, Hahn reworks Jessie Ware’s original to make it more forward driving by switching out BenZel’s original synths for more uptempo ones. Like BenZel, Hahn keeps Ware’s ethereal vocals unscathed.
Lilly Wood & the Prick & Robin Schulz—“Prayer in C” (Robin Schulz Remix)
Although producing has clearly been treating him well, Robin Schulz has also expanded to co-found his own label, Lausbuben Records. Fans recognize this German’s work by a light-hearted rhythm and mesmerizing vocals, as can be heard in this song as well as his more popular “Waves”. The original track for this piece comes from Lilly Wood & the Prick’s 2010 album Invincible Friends. Schulz dims their pipes and acoustics but maintains Wood’s breathy melody.
Parov Stelar—“The Mojo Radio Gang”
Although the Austrian musician released this track nearly five years ago, few artists have managed to combine jazz, swing and electro as flawlessly as Parov Stelar has. The instrumental aspects work alongside the dance-inducing electronic beats to create something both technically advanced and fit for clubs. “The Mojo Radio Gang” comes from his 2009 album Coco, which he has followed with three other full-length records.
Jan Blomqvist—“Big Jet Plane” (Original Mix)
With his dreamy, melancholic voice overlaid on euphoric minimal techno, Jan Blomqvist has the power to break the monotony of the two-step dancing that plagues Berlin. This German artist mirrors the likes of Radiohead, but with more of a push to get his audience dancing. Blomqvist is currently covering Europe’s festival season while he works on compiling his debut album. Although he has already stopped by to play in other parts of the world, his appearances are likely to increase as his popularity does. Blomqvist also works his magic in “Time Again”.
Ornette—“Crazy” (Nôze Remix)
Ezechiel Pailhès and Nicolas Sfintescu came together in the early 2000s to fuse jazz and vocal-heavy minimal techno, suited for the dance floor. The Parisian duo produces under the label Circus Company, which Sfintescu himself founded. In this remix, Nôze adds vocals and a dance driven beat to Ornette’s ‘free jazz’ style, a term this multi-instrumentalist coined in the ‘60s.
Lykke Li—“No Rest For The Wicked” (Joris Voorn Remix)
Joris Voorn pushes Lykke Li’s original even further out of its genre than A$AP Rocky’s version, which sets aside melodic and gruff vocals. Voorn’s track doesn’t really take off until over a minute into it. However, when it does, the Dutch DJ proves that he can maintain the melancholy in its lyrics while making it a bit more uplifting in its beat.
Patrick Ebert—“No Other Love”
Patrick Ebert—not to be confused with the professional soccer player of the same name—only started producing recently. His deep house, which comes straight out of Berlin, provided for a heavy set at Feel Festival last weekend, leaving fans interested in what the future holds for this semi-newcomer.
Banks—“Warm Water” (Snakehips Remix)
Even with the addition of breakbeats, distortions, keys and synths, Snakehips, like the other producers above, manages to keep the original vocals as the track’s centerpiece. The London-based pair utilizes Banks’s smooth, hypnotizing voice to create a successful rework that blends indie pop and electro. The only fault lies in the ending; the tracks fades off rather than having a powerful conclusion synonymous with the rest of the track.
Aleah—“Water and Wine” (Stefan Biniak Private Edit)
As professed on his Soundcloud page, Berlin producer Stefan Biniak wishes to get a reaction out of those who listen to his music. He recognizes that “if you can get a whole room full of drunk, stoned people to actually wake up and think, you’re doing something”. With his ambient sound featuring the vocals of Swedish acoustic musician Aleah, Biniak is likely to do just that.