John Summit returns to Defected for the first time since his 2020 breakout hit.
Beatport’s best-selling artist of 2021, John Summit, returns to Beatport’s number one house music label, Defected, for his latest hit, “La Danza.”
The Chicago star’s new single follows a vast run of releases over the past few months, including “Human” (feat. Echoes) on FFRR, his collaborative tune with Sofi Tukker “Sun Came Up,” his remix of Purple Disco Machine’s “Dopamine,” and more.
With “La Danza,” Summit brings a high-spirited, Latin-infused vibe that incorporates his trademark infectious groove along with red-hot vocals and a butt-shaking bassline.
Total Science pulls together a selection of drum & bass champions to feature on their label’s new anniversary compilation.
UK duo Total Science‘s formative drum & bass label Computer Integrated Audio (aka CIA Records) ushers in a milestone release celebrating two and a half decades on the scene with the V/A compilation 25 Years Of CIA Records.
The 12-track album follows a strong run of proper, hard-hitting, gun-finger records such as DLR’s Don’t Come Too Close EP and Minor Forms’ two-part Night Trails EP. As one of the most revered duos in the history of the drum & bass scene, Total Science continues to demonstrate their flawless taste in curating high-octane D&B for the masses. Their imprint’s new anniversary compilation is no exception.
With Role Models, we learn more about today’s most exciting acts — and the artists who inspired them. This time, Biesmans explains how Laurent Garnier’s repertoire has inspired his approach to production.
After moving to Berlin back in 2013, Belgian artist and self-confessed hardware fanatic Biesmans found his calling in the German capital’s club scene. He got a job working as the sound technician at one of the city’s most famous venues, Watergate, with the club later releasing his debut EP. The past three years, in particular, have seen Biesmans’ production prowess come into complete focus, with dozens of releases and remixes on respected labels like Correspondant, AEON, 17 Steps, Disco Halal, Running Back, and more. His unique POV-style jamming videos have blown up online, and his live skills are turning heads across the electronic music spectrum.
Having completed this epic sonic journey alongside some of dance music’s most revered acts, we caught up with Biesmans to find out the artist who has most inspired his craft. His answer: Laurent Garnier.
Who has most inspired you on your journey to becoming a DJ/producer?
I guess there is never just one person that inspires you, but Laurent Garnier definitely stands out.
How did you first discover them?
Funnily enough, it is not with “Crispy Bacon” or “Colored City” but with The Sound of The Big Babou The Sound of The Big Babou that I’ve discovered Laurent’s work. I remember seeing the video clip on MTV and I was immediately hooked on that raw, punky, sound. I also listen to a lot of rock, and the edgy side of The Big Babou drew me in. It was something I couldn’t find in any other electronic music that I was buying at the time. After that, I started digging through his repertoire and obviously fell in love with what I found.
What made them someone you wanted to emulate?
I can’t say I wanted to emulate Laurent. I mean, even if I wanted, I wouldn’t come close, so I gave up that “dream” quite quickly! No, but, his music just stood out from what I knew at the time, and it fascinated me so much to see how people like Laurent could break into mainstream radio and yet stay so damn credible. I mean, here is an artist offering people something completely different than commercial dance hits and pulling it off with so much grace. This attitude became such an inspiration to me, and to this day, I’m carrying that philosophy with me.
Have you ever met them in person? Or worked with them?
Yes! We first met digitally somewhere in 2017 after I sent him some promos. To my surprise, he actually listened, liked my music, and started playing it! I kept on sending him more music and eventually met him very briefly after a set in Panorama Bar. Last year I found out that he mentioned my track “After All These Years” in his documentary Off The Record and the idea to invite him to Watergate started growing. The idea became reality in August (in the light of 20 years of Watergate), and I was lucky enough to play before him! As you can imagine, this was a super special and inspiring moment for me!
Did you have any other mentors along the way?
Definitely! During my studies in electronic music at PXL, I had two amazing mentors. Arne Van Petegem and Micha Volders. I worked with them over the course of three years so it’s hard to explain how much I’ve learned from these guys. They really helped me to think outside of the box and pushed me to experiment with sounds and machines. I’m still super grateful for that time with them!
Why is representation so important in the music industry?
House and techno come from Black and LGBTQA+ communities, and this diversity was taken away from the scene for a while. I think it’s so important we keep this industry diverse to keep it alive and fresh. We simply need input from all sides!
Do you hope to one day serve as an example for the next generation?
Yes, I do! I often post mini tutorials in my stories on Instagram, and the responses are always so positive. I also did a few online classes, and people wrote to me to say they got inspired after watching it. These messages really feel good! Inspiring people to create is such a beautiful thing, and I hope I can continue doing that!
Lastly, tell us about the chart you created.
I’ve gathered some of my favorite Laurent gems alongside some artists that have inspired me throughout my career so far and added a few new Biesmans tracks as well.
Berlin-based DJ/producer Denise Rabe showcases her mythological techno and EBM-infused sound for Beatport’s Playlist of the Week.
Since I moved to Berlin 11 years ago, I’ve been performing in the hopes of giving listeners the same experience I had with techno, which made me start producing my own music and kick-start my own label, Rabe (English translation: Raven), in 2017.
Hoping to create a flow that connects with people, helps them to lose themselves in my sound and become part of the collective moment, guided by a story constructed from noisy, energetic, deep, and hypnotic techno, with a touch of EBM — like the chart I carefully put together for you. I hope you can find something in this selection that resonates with you.
I am definitely a big fan girl of Reeko. His productions are unique and authentic with no bullshit; he is not following the hype. Always surprises me with new stuff.
Denise Rabe – Drop It [Belief Defect Remix] [Rabe]
You can hear the bad angel and the good one fighting in all of their music. It’s a constant struggle. Somehow romantic and super sad at the same time. The melodies and the harshness combined mirror yin and yang. For me, it’s all well-balanced. Masterminds!
Quelza – Don’t You Dare [MORD]
One of my favorite new artists on the horizon. Fresh, and also, he has his own tone. His tracks are very intense and juicy. This is not the only track of his that is peak time material.
Adriana Lopez – Hidden Motive [Source Artists]
I’ve been following Adriana for about ten years now. She knows what she is doing. I love the energy in her sets. The track is a classic deep-brain melting all-around talent.
Ø [Phase] – Intensity Fluctuations [Setaoc Mass Remix] [Modwerks]
High-energy music! Also, in his sets, you can feel it in the air. He takes you on a different journey and sucks you completely in. Setaoc Mass brought the soul of the track to another level.
NYC nightlife expert Eli Escobar discusses some of his city’s most defining dance floor tunes.
A fixture of NYC’s dance floor culture, the essential DJ/producer Eli Escobar has been serving up hot slices of dance floor gold in the Big Apple for over two decades. A dedicated representative of his city’s diverse and groundbreaking club culture, his humble hip-hop beginnings in the ’90s eventually led him to become one of NYC’s finest dance music mavens. His Tiki Disco parties in Bushwick have become the stuff of legend. He’s worked alongside pop icons such as Britney Spears, M.I.A., and Lana Del Rey, and remixed the likes of Soul Clap, Hercules & Love Affair, AMP Fiddler, and countless others. In addition, he’s released house and disco gold on classic labels like Nurvous Records, Classic Music Company, and Razor-N-Tape, all while beautifully curating his own Night People imprint. Spreading his dance floor gospel far beyond his city’s limits, this house and disco evangelist brings a slice of NYC wherever he hits the decks.
Having just released his new and marvelous album Once I Was Young, Eli Escobar celebrates by serving up a list of what he sees as some of New York City’s most iconic dance floor tunes. We couldn’t think of a better expert on the subject, and the list will surely not disappoint. Enjoy the tracks and check out what he had to say about the heartfelt NYC playlist below!
“Growing up in New York, you hear music everywhere you go. On the streets, subways, ball courts and, of course, blasting out of cars. There are certain records that are distinctly New York. Made by artists from or living in New York, they captivate our imaginations instantly. Sometimes they capture a moment in time and we cling to them and claim them as our own before the rest of the world catches on.”
“When I first started clubbing, there were records that I would hear everywhere in the city — “Hot Music” by SOHO, “Set it Off” by Strafe, “Is It All Over My Face” by Loose Joints (always answered with an enthusiastic “HELL YEAH!”) and “I Got It Made” by Special Ed. These were New York records that really found their life in the clubs. And they live on to this day. I’ve always played lots of different genres and styles of dance music and for this list I tried to select songs that represent this. But they’re all classic New York records to me. And I’ll never stop playing them!” – Eli Escobar
This is just my theme song. I’ll never get tired of it. And it’s all true! I grew up riding the subways …up in Harlem, down on Broadway. All true! I love the melancholy but joyful feel. I think that’s sort of my area of expertise!
Kenlou – Moonshine [MAW Records]
Masters At Work were the first house music producers I really discovered and got into back in the ‘90s. The catalogue is so vast and deep that it’s almost just too much to comprehend. I picked this one because it has that raw vibe I love and the dope Gil Scott Heron sample and he is another one of my all-time heroes and a New York icon.
Dominatrix – The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight [Streetwise Recordings]
I love this weird record. It’s New York to the bone and one of those records that crossed into every scene… house, electro, and hip hop. I have no idea what she’s talking about but who cares, she sounds so cool!
Zebra Katz – Ima Read [ZFK Records]
It’s hard to believe this record is 10 years old now because it still sounds so ahead of the curve. This song is proof that all you need is a kick drum and some attitude to make a classic dance record.
Visual – The Music Got Me [Prelude Records]
Proto house classic by the late great Boyd Jarvis. I used to play the dub all the time back in the late ‘90s when I first started playing out downtown but now I like to play the vocal. The mix is unreal. Probably one of the very first mixes Tony Humphries did.
House Of House – Rushing To Paradise [Still Going Records]
Super epic Balearic house with beautiful vocals that don’t start til like 8 mins into the song! This came out during a time in New York when we only had a few places to play underground dance music and the scene was way smaller. Everyone loved this record so much. It definitely holds up!
Machine – There But For The Grace Of God Go I [Unidsic Music]
August Darnell is one of my heroes and everything he does feels absolutely New York to me. This is probably his masterpiece. It’s perfection in every way – lyrics and vocal performance, production and the breakdown is a definitive moment in dance music.
Jungle Brothers – I’ll House You [Warlock Records]
The JBs are really important to me. They aren’t celebrated as much as Tribe and De La but in the clubs, they had so many hits. It was them and Deee-Lite who really turned me on to house music. This song is the obvious choice but I would suggest everyone check out their first two albums because they are flawless!
Dinosaur L – Go Bang [Sleeping Bag Records]
This is one of those records that’s so embedded in the fabric of dance music culture sometimes you take it for granted and don’t stop to appreciate how fucking weird and avant-garde of a record it actually is! My personal mix of choice is the Francois K mix. It’s such a trip and the vocals drive people crazy!
LSDXOXO – Sick Bitch [XL Recordings]
I love everything LSDXOXO does! I picked this one because I always play it at Battle Hymn here in New York and people go nuts for it. So I consider it a modern-day classic track for sure.
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