DJ Times Presents Grooves: September 2012

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Each month DJ Times digs through the digital crates to find the finest and freshest new tunes for your listening pleasure. Read more via the digital edition of the magazine.


Bugged Out/Bugged In

Erol Alkan

Bugged Out/!K7/Phantasy

Recorded live, this 2-CD comp mixes past pleasures with present and future, just the way Alkan likes it. While CD2 goes for lighter listening, CD1 features tougher, more electro-flavored dancefloor fare. Highlights include Jimmy Edgar’s Prince-like “This One’s for the Children,” the D-Mix of Model 500’s classic “No UFO’s,” and the Gesaffelstein Remix of Agoria feat. Carl Craig & La Scalars’ hypnotic “Speechless.”

 – Jim Tremayne


Never Leaves You
Ralf GUM

GOGO Music

German DJ/producer Ralf Gum rips it up on this solid full-length house album. You get cut after cut of choice, soulful house vocals, featuring legends like Kenny Bobien, Robert Owens and Monique Bingham. House lovers, jump on this.

 – Shawn Christopher


The Secret Life of Us

Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band

Z Records

Joey knocks it out of the park with this incredible 15-track CD that’s brimming with timeless master-cuts and emotive, block-party jams—everything from wicked retro-funk/disco to heartfelt, soulful party pieces. Dive into the groove—this is some of Joey Negro’s best work yet.

 – Shawn Christopher


“The Love Track”

Oscar P

Open Bar Music

Combining a sick deep-house beat and some classic vocals samples, Oscar drops a riveting number here—both mixes will both move your crowd. The “NY Chicago Detroit Mix” brings a deep, progressive flavor, while the “Garage Shelter Loft Warehouse Mix” pays homage with a sick ambient-soul vibe.

 – Phil Turnipseed


Prime Mover

Alex M.O.R.P.H.

Armada Music

His first studio album since 2009’s Purple Audio is painted with an incredibly wide palette of trance colors, though it never loses that signature Alex sound. Make sure to check the catchy hook of “Sucker Punch,” the majestic “Antara (The Circle),” the sick bassline of “Connected” and the uplifting “Eternal Flame.”

 – Chris Davis



Jean Claude Ades & Vanjee ft. Elsiane

Swings Records

These two way-cool vocal tracks bring a moody bounce to the dancefloor. Elsiane’s original vocals are again on display on this most pleasing rework. Both the JCA and Kellerkind mixes are on point.

 – Phil Turnipseed


“My Side Project” (Remixes)

Darius Syrossian

Mile End Records

Syrossian gives a whole new twist of the rhythm sample taken from Third World’s classic “Now That We Found Love,” working that sick bass line nicely with some cool vocal stabs on the original. The “1994 Session” has two mixes that bring out the best in this dancefloor blazer. We love the original, but that “Butler & Murt Remix” delivers a deep, robust groove that will definitely be a favorite.

 – Phil Turnipseed



“The Seen” EP

Owen Howells

Shades of Grey

Deep, deep house here. The original mix’s sub-bass makes for a bona-fide chest-rumbler/club-thumper, yet the infectious disco groove and ceaseless triangle of the “Dexter Kane Remix” are where this EP really shines.

 – Chris Davis



“Someone Like You”


Soulmagic Recordings

This smooth house piece features a dope, soulful vocal snippet laid on top of a sweet little piano riff from an underground ’70s soul/disco cut—it’ll definitely take you back. Matt Early hits it with a bouncy bass line, jazzy keys and warm vibe. Kings of Groove lay on some thick percussion, while Alfred Alzettos’ re-work is a geared towards peak-hour.

 – Shawn Christopher


“Drag Queen”

Bobby Champs

Pictures Music

Newcomer Champs bring his second EP of the year, just months after his smashing debut. The title track, “Drag Queen,” is a stuttery trip through a synth funhouse, while B-side #2, “Charlie,” is a pounding bass monster. And don’t sleep on the relentless gallop of the digital bonus track, “MINT400.”

 – Chris Davis



“Fighter” b/w “Music in the Night”

Dr. Meaker

V Records

Dr. Meaker rolls out two tight d-n-b releases. “Fighter” kicks off with tightly layered percussive beats that control the track amidst sensual female vocals. “Music in the Night” is a beast of a tune, infused with quality, roaring synthetic bass, tight drum rolls, and stabs of effects. V Records rocks it again.

–       Jen Shapiro




Dabs & Safire feat. MC LowQui

Avantgarde Holland

One wicked tune featuring only the illest of sounds—massive kick and snare drums, heavy bass, and groovy samples. Currently dominating dancefloors worldwide, this one’s produced to perfection. Big up!

 – Jen Shapiro


“I Came To Dance”

Tom Taylor & Gareth Whitehead ft. Robert Owens

Lost My Dog

The legendary Owens continues to influence today’s club producers with his unique style, as more tracks continue to showcase his stirring vocals. Case in point: This deep-house gem. With several mixes here, we love the “Pete Dafeet Vocal Mix,” with its tech-house vibe and soulful undertones. The “Deepened Mix” also gets us excited with its dark no-nonsense bass and rugged style—it’s a banger.


“All I Want Is” EP

Taster Peter & Phunk

Clash Music

The vocals jump right at you on this wicked new single that features several capable mixes. Our picks include the in-your-face original and the funky “Kill Your TV Remix,” with its gorgeous chord work. The sleeper mix, though, is the “Marco Nastic Remix,” a bubbling, dubby, tribal workout that’s drenched in beats and samples.

 – Phil Turnipseed