Dance Music Blog


Life’s A Jungle | Vol. 11


I’m back, let’s get wild!

I know what you must be thinking: new year, new Gary. Should I be concerned, has he lost his touch? The answer is absolutely not, I’ve been gathering the spiciest tracks and fully intend to bring the heat like a goddamn olympic torch.

Rushing off to my flight to Santo Domingo but take these vibes and run with them. Make questionable choices this weekend. Buy floral cloth at wholesale prices. Start scaling more building facades. Upgrade your tamagotchi options. Sous-vide your meats and notice the difference. Listen up and vibe out!

Semi-coherent ramblings brought to you by Gary Paradise

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Jay xero & Sean Glass — We’re All Friends


Aside from being a bossman at Apple Music, supporter of talents with his label Win Music and professional connector of cool people, Sean Glass also happens to be an adept producer in his own right. Last year his stellar remix of Flight Facilities Down To Earth powered parties far and wide, and now he’s back for more with a brand new collaborative original alongside Brooklyn’s own Jay xero, called We’re All Friends.

The track embodies the spirit of acceptance and equality that house music brings, and that’s something we can definitely get behind. Blending deep tech house grooves and a tribal undercurrent with commanding vocals courtesy of NY’s Rochee, this one’s sure to get anyone and everyone grooving on the dancefloor. It’s also got Yolanda Be Cool’s stamp of approval as well, so we can assure you it’s equal parts worldly banger and just off-kilter enough to really get people’s attention. It’s Friday ya’ll, let’s turn up the heat.

Annabel Jones — IOU


Last year London’s Annabel Jones stormed onto the scene with her breakout single Magnetic, the AObeats remix of which has racked up nearly two-million plays, and this week sees her triumphant return with a new single, IOU. The British songstress continues to herald her message of ‘honest pop’ here. IOU is immediately, undeniably infectious, yes, with it’s catchy electro-pop melodies, punchy bass kicks and twinkling instrumentals – but it’s lyrical content is also refreshingly genuine. As Jones puts it herself:

“It feels like many pop stars have forgotten they carry responsibility…I don’t want to make some-one feel empty. I want them to feel full of meaning.”

Well it’s safe to say she’s succeeded thus far. Enjoy IOU below, and lookout for her forthcoming EP, Libelle, out soon via Crooked Paintings/Atlantic Records.


South Africa by Dennis Swiatkowski

Meet POSTAAL. The Paris/London–based duo recently released their first single of the year, entitled BURNIN’. It’s a slow–building cinematic track that will have you captivated within the first few moments. Throughout it’s brief four minutes, the track leaves quite an impression, with a burgeoning, emotive atmosphere, poignantly arranged instrumentation and the soulful vocals of Parisian gospel singer Pascal Toussaint all coming together to create something quite simply, brilliant. This is your ticket to the past, present and future, get lost in it.

BURNIN’ is available to stream now. Keep an eye out for more from POSTAAL this year as well, it’s sure to be a big one for them.

Elior — Sweet Love (ft. Josephine)


Well–known for his tasteful takes on the likes of Susan Vega and Destiny’s Child, the latter of which landed a spot on our Top Remixes of 2015 list, Amsterdam songwriter and producer Elior returns this week with an all new single. Sweet Love is a sizzling piano house jam cut with a touch of pop, that puts his energizing style front and center. A crisp percussive beat kicks us into gear from the start, quickly joined by deep chord progressions, driving vocals and some killer guitar riffs to round it out. It’s a clear indicator he’s got a lot more up his sleeve than reworks, and we’ll surely be hearing it pop up in plenty of sets over the coming months. Catch the track below, and keep your ears perked for more original material from Elior soon.

The Weeknd — Tell Your Friends (Just Kiddin Edit)


Just Kiddin hop back across the pond this month to kick off their North American tour, and we’ll just start by saying if you miss them when they come through your town, you’re doing it wrong. Passive taunts aside though, you’re really a winner either way, because the boys are celebrating the tour by gifting us this choice new edit of The Weeknd’s Tell Your Friends. If you know anything about JK, you’ll now they’ve got no shortage of sleek arrangements and balmy vibes to share. This one continues the trend without a doubt, bringing together vibrant grooves and an infectious vocal hook in an upbeat package, sure to flip any gloomy mood right–side up.

The edit’s only available through then end of the tour on the 27th, so be sure to grab your copy now, right here.

Tickets •

02.05: Primary, Chicago
02.06: Alexander Gastown, Vancouver
02.10: La Cave, Costa Mesa, CA
02.11: Elevate, Salt Lake City
02.12: Avalon Hollywood,
02.13: Bang Bang, San Diego
02.19: Webster Hall, NY
02.20: Kingdom, Austin
02.25: 1050 Folsom, San Francisco
02.27: Vinyl, Denver

The Jam Jar | Curated By Robotaki


January’s come and gone in a flash, and now it’s time to look forward to what’s next. Today we’ve got a longtime favorite producer and friend of ours, Robotaki, jumping in to take the reigns on selection duties for the first Jam Jar of the new month. Starting us off in style, Preston’s put together a great list of top picks, giving us an inside look at his eclectic tastes, personal inspirations and hinting at a forthcoming release that’s got us pretty excited. Tune in below and enjoy!

Want to listen to the whole set in a playlist? Do that on Soundcloud here.

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Fatboy Slim — Praise You (Sondrio Remix)


Hot on the heels of an outstanding rework for Baio, which garnered both Beats 1 and Triple J plays from Anna Lunoe and Aston Shuffle respectively, Australia’s Sondrio goes back to his roots with his latest. He tells us he’s always wanted a version of Fatboy Slim’s classic Praise You to play out in his sets, and inspiration struck to make it a homage to the Jackin’ House style he cut his teeth on. It’s a choice example of the finesse Sondrio’s production has, seeing him weave an array of sleek synths and percussion in with those notable lyrics, and giving it an energizing yet slightly sensual vibe. Though we sit here staring into the grey abyss that is San Francisco’s current cityscape, we’re at least able to feel a small reprieve and transport ourselves to the bright shores of Sydney while we give this one a spin. Seek warmer weathers with us and give Sondrio’s sizzling new remix a listen below.

Icarus — Home (feat. Aurora)


UK brother duo Icarus are out with a brand new track today by the name of Home, which features the talents of Bergan’s Aurora. The guys have absolutely stunned us with some of the most engaging house music of the past year, beginning with their seminal Don’t Cry Wolf EP, then followed up by the Ride This Train single. Now it looks as though they’re set to continue the impressive run with this latest output. Home is an invigorating six-and-a-half minute escape into what’s truly a beautiful piece of music, bursting with ghostly instrumentals and burgeoning backbeats that are exquisitely built around Aurora’s emotive vocals. It’s a special track, and we think it’s bound to feel that way for many people. It’s also really best felt through listening yourself, so we’ll leave it here now, and encourage you to experience it in all it’s brilliance. We’ll just lastly say, if you’ve yet to get on board with Icarus, now’s the time.

Hear their interview for the track on ‘Annie Mac’s Hottest Record’ as well, here.

Mr. Rogers — I’ll Take You (Solidisco Remix)


Our favorite feel–good aficionados are back at it and making a splash with their first release of the new year. Solidisco deliver a fresh remix of Mr. Rogers’ I’ll Take You this time around, bringing that signature infectious funk we love so much. It’s a boisterous affair from the start, pulling us in with a catchy progression and chopped up vocals then proceeding to turn things up to 11 with some serious piano jamming. When you’re in search of a pick-me-up, there’s really nowhere better to look than this NY duo, and they’ve proven that yet again with this one. The boys have been dropping some teasers of their upgraded visual look over the past week as well, so it’s safe to say we can count on plenty more heat from them in the coming months.

The remix is out now as part of the official package via Big Beat, with alternate takes from Jenaux, Catchment, LBCK and Sem. Pick it up on iTunes here.


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