March means one thing in House music - the fun-fest that is the Miami Winter Music Conference is just around the corner. Labels are ramping up their release schedules and putting together their Miami showcases, all of which of course, is great news for music fans, DJs, clubbers and dancers alike. Here’s the Traxsource rundown of which house artists and producers are delivering the goods this March.
1. Kaytronik aka Karizma
It’s going to be a big March for Baltimore born and bred purveyor of Deep House Karizma, who is releasing his new LP ‘Thee Album’ under his Kaytronik alias at the beginning of the month. The enigmatic producer also has a remix included on the big new Catz ’N’ Dogz remix album (Pets Recordings), which is dropping mid-March and is a high-profile project featuring the likes of Claude Von Stroke, Fred Everything, Jamie Jones and Matthew Herbert.
With a successful background in Electro and Dubstep, Skapes is the latest House project from genre-hopping UK producer Alex Calver. Releases on Simma Red/Black, Punks, Cheap Thrills, Audio Rehab and Toolroom have showcased his production chops to fine effect and picked up plenty of DJ traction. Next up, just in time for Miami is a killer three track EP on Simma Red, the ‘Mean Streets’ EP, which we think is going to do some serious damage.
3. Robert Hood
Founding member of Underground Resistance, Techno Warrior Robert Hood is back with a superb two track EP of characteristic, uncompromising future-funk, out on 7th March on Dekmantel. Hood is scheduled to release three EPs for Dekmantel which will form part of a full album, and which will be his first project under his own name for three years. Expect the real deal.
Demuir (Guesthouse, DNH, Mile End, Milk & Sugar, GLA) is going to be having a busy March, which big releases on Great Lakes Audio on the 11th and I’m A House Gangster on 18th. Demuir’s soulful take on the Jacking sound proved so popular last year that he was voted Traxsource’s #1 Jacking House Producer of 2015, and 2016 is already shaping up to be another year of dance floor success for him.
With a string of releases on some of the hippest labels around (including Dirtybird, Street Tracks, Toy Tonics, etc.), low-end specialist Ardalan has been garnering DJ respect for a while now with the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Audiojack and Riva Star playlisting his productions. He’s about to drop another bomb for Dirtybird in the shape of his acid-flecked shuffling monster the ‘Thunderdad’ EP. It’s due out on the 18th of March, and if you’re in Miami for WMC, chances are you’re going to hear it.
Following the big success of last years ‘Rye Lane Rhythms’ EP on Delusions of Grandeur which was charted by Luke Solomon, Jimpster and Lay-Far amongst others, Nebraska is back with a track on D.o.G.’s ‘Delusions 50: Part 1’ compilation. The superbly named ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’ drops at the beginning of April and also features tracks from Ugly Drums (BBE, Freerange, Classic Music, City Fly) and Session Victim (Toy Tonics, !K7, Defected, CR2, Blended Music).
London-based Nat Self, also known as ZDS, has a big release out this month, just in time to hit WMC. The four track ‘ Walk In Love’ EP features two originals and two re-rubs from Sante Sansone and label owners Supernova. The EP is in a similar twisted vein to Nat’s recent collaboration with Doorly, the monstrous ‘Want Silver’ (This and That) and we are expecting it to perform equally well.
8. Leon Vynehall
Publicity-shy Lean Vynehall prefers to allow his music do the talking. Luckily for him, releases like his dreamy, sophisticated ‘Midnight On The Rainbow Road’ EP on Rush Hour are good enough to do just that. Vynehall isn’t prolific, so the news of an entire album of material is likely to get plenty of DJs excited. Running Back will be releasing his ‘Rojus’ 8 track album on the 1st April and it's full of the hazy, organic, quality Deep House that we hoped it would be. One for the heads.
9. Local Options
Chicago House soldiers Santiago and Frank Solano team up for more of their Local Options project with a release on their home town’s Large Music. The ‘Promises’ EP (released March 4th) is a three tracker packed to the brim with pristine beats, impeccable production and a dash of Chicago grit. Key track ‘Plus One’ is an 80s-soul referencing Nu Disco killer and is another cut which you might just be hearing up and down Nikki Beach during WMC.
Following the success of his ‘She Did The Bass’ on the Lapsus ‘Five Stars: Suite 08’ compilation, Freedomb comes storming back with some more serious Tech House. His ‘Round Trip’ track is included on the Stereo Miami label sampler released on 29th February; he has a release lined up for Great Stuff and also a super-hot four tracker, the Devil House’ EP, is coming out on the 14th March on Criminal Hype.
Whether you make it to South Beach this year or not, it’s a great time to pick up some of the industry’s best releases of the year. Miami, baby!