The industry has now recovered from their extended Christmas holiday, and we are starting to see labels ramp up their release schedules. There is a huge amount of quality and exciting projects in the House music world at the moment - it really is a great time to be a DJ. To help guide you to the real treasures and treats, here is Traxsources’ list of artists to watch out for in February 2016.
1. Fred Everything
Fred Everything - producer, remixer, label boss (Lazy Days) and all around House music stalwart - has got some tasty treats lined up for release this February. Continuing his long-time association with Atjazz, Fred is releasing another clutch of super-sophisticated Deep House - the ‘Ô / Her’ EP - on the Atjazz Record Company on February 26th. It’s a four track EP which also comes with an exquisite remix from the Atjazz man himself Martin Iveson. Ever-busy, Fred is also putting out his vocal track ‘Believe’, featuring Kathy Diamond via Strictly Rhythm on the 26th (exclusive to Traxsource).
2. Philip Bader
Berliner Phillip Bader spends most of his time either pumping out quality Tech House or tearing it up on his heavy DJ schedule. His chunky dance floor destroyer ‘Happy’, released on Material last month has been a big tune for Phillip and we think his next release on Snatch, the edgy, snare filled ’Break it Down’ EP is going to be even bigger.
3. Louie Vega
We’re not going to waste your time listing Louie Vega’s accomplishments. Instead we just wanted to let you know of two super-hot releases coming from him this month. Firstly, it’s all about Louie’s album which is out on February 12th: ‘Louie Vega Starring… XXVIII’ - want to know who he’s got guesting on the album? OK, how about Funkadelic & George Clinton, The 3 Winans Brothers and The Clark Sisters, Jocelyn Brown, Nick Monaco & Soul Clap, N'Dea Davenport, Lisa Fischer, Cindy Missile, Anane Vega, Monique Bingham, Caron Wheeler, Josh Milan, Bucie, Tony Momrelle, Kaylow, Vikter Duplaix, Foremost Poets, Adeva, Covertion & Leroy Burgess, Kenny Bobien, Zara McFarlane, Luis Salinas, Roberto Roena, Diviniti, and Byron Stingily. Yep. Lead single from the album ‘Just The Way I Like It’ featuring Cassio Ware is out on February 26th. The whole project is going to be huge.
After a two year production hiatus, producer KRL is making a welcome return to the excellent Wolf Music Recordings. His latest EP turns in four Deep House cuts aimed squarely at the dance floor, and includes the moody ‘So Far’, which features the vocals of Janine Small. All four House tracks showcase his original approach to sampling and production and the EP should perform well.
5. Low Steppa
Great stuff coming from the reliable Low Steppa this February. He has somehow found the time inbetween a hectic international DJ schedule, releasing and collaborating under a number of different guises and running his Simma Black and Simma Red labels, to come up with the ‘Sleepless Nights’ EP for Shadow Childs’ Food Music. He’s not neglecting Simma though, as he’s just put out the superb ‘Tales from the Loft’ EP which is already picking up plenty of DJ praise.
We were very pleased to hear that Berlin based artist and producer Moomin is releasing a follow up album to his 2012 success ‘The Story About You’ (Smallville). His second long-player, ‘A Minor Thought’, drops via Smallville on the 5th February. Expect 11 tracks packed full of layers of warm pads and synths, distinct, ticking beats and plenty of musicality.
7. Electronic Youth
It’s going to be a busy February for London’s Electronic Youth (Sexy Trash Digital). MIhalis Safras' respected Playmobil label has just put out EY’s ‘Despina’ EP featuring a trio of quality Tech House tracks. This month also sees the release of EY’s remix of the 1998 anthem ‘I’m In Love’ from Sha’lor. Both releases are set to make a big impact in the coming weeks.
8. Kevin Yost
Remixer and Producer to the stars (Eric Clapton, Everything But The Girl, the Kodo Drummers etc.) Kevin Yost had a great start to 2016, with his sophisticated ‘Don’t Give In’ EP (Leena) haunting many of the more discerning dance floors around the world. Exclusive to Traxsource on the 12th February is Kevin’s ‘Shout’ EP on i! Records, four tracks of House goodness delivered in his signature funky style. We are also very pleased to have the talented Mr Yost as our guest on Traxsource LIVE! on February 12th where he’ll be dropping dope tracks by the truckload.
9. Pablo Fierro
We’ve had our eyes on rising star Pablo Fierro for a while now. Specialising in superbly produced percussion-heavy Afro-Deep-House, his productions and remixes end up on the USB sticks of a wide range of DJs from different ends of the House spectrum. His broad appeal has led to his latest project, a remix on legend Gilles Peterson’s ‘Havana Cultura’ album, which will no doubt bring his productions to an even larger audience. February also sees the release of Pablo’s huge remix of Pino Arduini & Javier Bollag's ‘Los Pueblos’ on DFTD, a peerless combination of Afro / Tech dance floor devastation.
10. Dantiez Saunderson
Continuing the Saunderson family tradition in fine style, Dantiez Saunderson kicked off off 2016 with the storming pianos of his ‘Collaboration’ EP on Great Stuff, produced with London’s Per QX. Next up, Dantiez drops another collaborative project: his ‘Funky Town’ track on KMS as one half of The Saunderson Brothers alongside 7th Star. Dantiez also has a great sounding 4 track EP due out at the end of February on Sam Divine’s D-Vine Sounds.
So, with a mixture of big-name established artists and up-and-coming producers all delivering top quality House music of all shades, February is shaping up to be a feast for fans of deep beats and speaker-shaking b-lines. House music all night long!