401 WST Releases Debut EP That Blends Hip-Hop With House Music
Canadian duo 401 WST throws it back to the ’80s with the epic debut of their 3-track ‘Our House’ EP, composed of recently released “Do The Damn Thang” and 2 brand new songs that fuse Hip-Hop sounds and House music. The DJ/producer partners create a seamless fusion of genres on “Real Quick” and its accompanying music video; classic urban rhythms are complemented by a deep rolling bassline and kickdrums to add an electronic flair. “Alive” follows suit of “Do The Damn Thang” and is perhaps the more house-influenced of the two new tracks, melding a Tech-House bassline and deeply reverberating synths with hedonistic lyrics about partying and hitting the dance floor – a novel concept in the global pandemic. The ‘Our House’ EP evokes memories of Chicago in the ’80s when Hip-Hop and House were at their heyday in the underground. As Black musicians, the duo places very high importance on taking it back to the essence of where House music began and paying homage to the originators of it all. 401 WST’s sound is raw and unfiltered, providing a breath of fresh air in the age of autotune, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
International DJ 4Korners and emerging producer Ashton Adams come together to form 401 WST, which is named after the highway that connects their Canadian hometowns of Toronto and Cambridge. Prior to the project, 4Korners experienced global success and has performed at the Cannes Film Festival, London Fashion Week, Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi, and the Olympic Games, among others. He has also been awarded the prestigious titles of Canadian DJ Of The Year and an NBA Championship as Official DJ of the Toronto Raptors. Ashton Adams’ production versatility stems from his exposure to a wide variety of genres. From the classic Hip-Hop sound of 50 Cent and Lil Wayne, all the way to Heavy Metal bands such as August Burns Red and Under Oath. As 401 WST, the two artists have set out to create music that focuses less on commercialization and more on the old school values of bringing people together and having a good time. With such a unique sound and feel-good approach, ‘Our House’ is the beginning of an exciting journey for 401 WST.
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Tom Westy Hacks Jonas Blue’s Dropbox, Steals Sample For “Work It To The Bone”
Tom Westy may be a newcomer to the scene, but he’s already making waves with his infectious production style–and his new rework of “Work It To The Bone” is no different. The Welsh talent infuses LNR’s original 1987 classic with a fresh and bold house flavor, using groovy melodies and upbeat, funky bass to make for a catchy and undeniably dance-worthy record. “Work It To The Bone” is Westy’s first single of 2023, following up his recent “Sold My Soul,” also on Helix Records. With the cold weather breaking and festival season and summer on the horizon, this one is bound to be fueling dance floors and keeping the party going all season long.
“My manager also manages Jonas Blue, so I hacked into his samples folder on Dropbox, and noticed a vocal called ‘Work It To The Bone’. He hadn’t done anything with it, so I did. Hope he doesn’t mind.” — Tom Westy.
Welsh DJ and producer Tom Westy experienced his true breakthrough when his remix of DJ Snake and Justin Beiber’s anthem “Let Me Love You” went viral online, picking up over 100k views in the first 24 hours after it was uploaded and currently at over 5M. He continues to prove he’s much more than a one-hit wonder after selling out a show at Melkweg Amsterdam for ADE, and his next single, “All I Do,” earning over 700k streams in 3 months. His music has also attracted the attention of industry heavyweights such as Jonas Blue, Don Diablo, and Oliver Heldens, all of whom went on to sign his singles to their respective labels. His recent touring schedule has seen him play at the world-renowned Illuzion Phuket, alongside UK appearances, where he recently played the NASS festival alongside Majestic. Tom is also no stranger to TikTok and even had a few great viral moments on the platform with his remixes of the iPhone alarm clock and the BBC News theme song, which collectively surpassed 4 million views. There’s bound to be many more releases and shows, so keep an eye out for what’s next from Tom Westy.
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Duke & Jones Release Eclectic, Minimalistic House Single “Program”
British duo Duke & Jones are back with another House release that speaks for itself in the form of “Program,” a minimal percussive track with multi-genre influences. Opening with a strong dose of kick drums and a chopped soul vocal riff that continues for its entire duration, the new single also brings in grungy basslines and tribal instrumental aspects. With a lot of groovy and rhythmic elements, “Program” places its focus solely on the house beats, making it feel like you’ve stepped into a dark, secret warehouse rave. Duke & Jones had a viral hit in the form of “Jiggle Jiggle” with Louis Theroux, but are now back to their first love in producing house music. Read on for their inspiration behind the new track.
“For as long as we’ve been producing, we’ve always loved to make super minimal, percussion-led drops. ‘Program’ takes this classic Duke & Jones aesthetic and spins it into a warehouse-flavored house tune, built around soul vocal chops and West African talking drum samples.” — Duke & Jones
Duke & Jones have always been destined to be the “producer’s producer,” having been friends their entire lives and producing since the young age of 12. Their philosophy has always been to let the music speak for itself; they don’t need record labels or huge co-signs to make an impact in the scene–in fact, they were the first musical act to release an EP on OnlyFans, where they received homepage placement and full social support for comic ASMR edits. The duo is adept at working social media to their advantage; their TikTok series has become a global sensation, and their Youtube channel is full of hilarious content. Last year, their viral hit “Jiggle Jiggle” with Louis Theroux, which started as yet another joke, earned them a number 49 spot on the Billboard Emerging Artists Chart. The track also became an emote on Fortnite and was shared by Megan Thee Stallion, Shakira, Jimmy Fallon, ROSÉ (from Blackpink), Snoop Dogg, Anthony Hopkins, Rita Ora, Coldplay, and more. With an array of talent that goes beyond just producing music, Duke & Jones are certainly ones to watch.
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DeusExMaschine Returns To Serial Records With Second Release, “Better”
DeusExMaschine is back with yet another Disco House concoction in “Better,” an energetic and groovy floor filler that would have any party pumping!
DeusExMaschine shows his experience on this brand-new catchy vocal anthem by blending elements of Tech-House, Disco, and even synth-laden Big Room. This is the latest issue in a series of single releases on Serial Records, with the first release in 2022, “Better” is arguably the best of the bunch. The French maestro displays his signature French Touch, a unique sonic profile he acquired during his upbringing and early career in and around the French House boom. A bouncy drumline, bone-shaking bass drop, and catchy vocal track make ‘Better’ a true Disco House tune that lends influences from French House to more modern styles.
DeusExMaschine is a French DJ and producer who has enjoyed a steady and passionate relationship with music since his early twenties. Born in Lyon in 1975 to a musical family who enjoyed early electronic music, DeusExMaschine began soaking in all he could of electronic music and the scene that housed it in his local area and France. From his early work in the style of Daft Punk and Cassius as part of the French Touch movement, DeusExMaschine has always tried to remain faithful to his roots and incorporate the French Touch into everything he does music-wise, lending influence from alternative genres simultaneously. After a short break from music, the ‘Better’ producer returned under the stage name DeusExMaschine and has been consistently releasing since. His big break came in 2022 with the release of his hit ‘Only You’ which became immediately prevalent on the French club circuit and amassed 1 million streams on Spotify alone. DeusExMaschine aims to continue this success with “Better,” pushing his disco tech sound to the world!