We've reached a point in the evolution of the future house movement where I'm seeing the same level of market saturation and soundalike tracks as in dubstep's transformation into brostep during the early 2010s. It's sent me searching for the lesser-known labels innovating at the forefront of house. This week's spotlight goes to Main Course, the label run by Neoteric, Astronomar, & BOT, which seems committed to exposing emerging artists. Their new compilation Snacks Vol. 11 came out today.
Be sure to check out last week's chart if you enjoy these selections.
1. “Squad Out", Skrillex & Jauz feat. Fatman Scoop, Adult Swim
There was never any doubt that this track would someday top the chart. We've seen various iterations of the Skrillex x Jauz collaboration as it's been refined through a few rounds of crowd testing, and it's finally here to slay us all. Even DJ Craze recognizes the heat in this track, dropping it alongside Jauz's other big collab, “Rock the Party”. Jauz turned 22 a week ago, and from the start it looks like this year will be even more insane than his last. This track's been put up for free download via Adult Swim.
2. “The Heat”, Landis Lapace, Main Course
I hadn't heard the name Landis Lapace until Saturday, when I heard it buzzing around Nocturnal Wonderland as one of the festival's undercard acts. He was playing against Eats Everything and Chris Lorenzo during the 6pm Sunday slot, an unenviable position for any newcomer, but held his own with vigor, luring in a crowd of passerbys through the scale of his set. By the time he unleashed his new original “The Heat”, it shattered the crowd and destroyed the grass. I'll be going into more detail on his set during our full Nocturnal Wonderland recap, but this track sums it up.
3. “MHATLP (HI-LO Edit)”, Oliver Heldens & Da Hool, Spinnin'
Oliver Heldens is tying himself more deeply to his HI-LO alias with this terrific homage to “Love Parade”. It reminds me of when Avicii released “Blessed” as Tom Hangs and then dropped an edit under his main name. That time, though, Avicii soon dropped the Tom Hangs name, but in Heldens' case HI-LO seems like it's here to stay for now. He's really revitalized a classic: not only will this remix be played out at festivals, but I hope that this edit brings a spotlight back to Da Hool's original tune as well.
4. “Feel It”, Catchment
Can you feel it? Released this week for free download via Annie Mac's Free Music Mondays.
5. “Lost in Translation”, Madeaux feat. A-Trak, Fool's Gold
Our top track last week, “Kill for Me”, came from Madeaux; now, his A-Trak collab is finally here along with the rest of the New Wav EP on Fool's Gold. Spoiler alert: it's filthy.
6. “Careless (SNBRN's VIP Edit)”, Dusky
SNBRN stays true to the original, applying a layer of grit and edge with a few light filters but leaving its structure and most of its production intact. As he well should: the original Dusky tune is pretty near perfection, and SNBRN's VIP edit doesn't mess with a winning story.
7. “F.T.P. (Kayzo Harder Mix)”, N.W.A.
Kayzo's latest free SoundCloud download takes advantage of N.W.A.'s recent resurgence, dosing their classic “Fuck the Police” anthem with a syringe of future house.
8. “If Ya”, Petey Clicks & BOT, Night Bass
AC Slater's Night Bass imprint continues to develop through their fourth release, the new Petey Clicks EP, which features this monster bass-house collaboration with BOT.
9. “Delusion”, BLANC90, Main Course
This week's second Main Course offering, “Delusion” rolls smoothly through the air, and comes from yet another artist I'd never heard of, BLANC90.
10. “Hourglass”, Disclosure feat. Lion Babe, Island
I always like to close these charts with an absolutely massive track, and we can't do much better than this new Disclosure. Even more than forerunners of the future house genre like Tchami, Disclosure paved the way for its mainstream acceptance by bringing back garage feels. It looks like a cross-pollination of inspirations resulted in their new song with Lion Babe, yet another reason Caracal's shaping up to spur the duo from England even further.
If you want to send tracks for consideration please e-mail them to me at neal[\\*at*//]magneticmag.com - I do scour SoundCloud for long periods of time, but there's just so much of this stuff being made every week.