StartfromSKratch Levels Up With Feel-Good House Cut “Dreamer”
Hailing from Chicago, IL, San Diego-based producer StartfromSKratch is no stranger to a feel-good House cut. Following the release of his previous club heater “Of Yesterday” earlier this year, the enigmatic artist now returns with his brand-new release “Dreamer.”
As the sun sets in the summer season, “Dreamer” exists freely to remind House lovers that variety and energy remain keywords all year round. Alongside a signature driving bassline and stacked synths, “Dreamer” delivers new-found emotive energy, fusing teasing builds with a smooth topline to produce a fun yet poignant track.
With a growing catalog of Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Funk-infused productions, StartfromSKratch’s borderless and adventurous mentality is reflected in his discography, as he effortlessly floats between sub-genres.
As StartfromSKratch embarks on the next stage of his career and continues to forge his way, this release delivers several irresistible climactic moments to heat up the dancefloor, projecting the independent artist on an upward trajectory.
About the artist
With an exemplary ear for sound, a talent for production, and an insatiable hunger for success, independent producer StartfromSKratch was encouraged to work creatively from a young age. Influenced by the likes of Don Diablo and Clean Bandit, he has developed his craft to become an entirely self-sufficient artist, producing, mixing, and mastering all of his productions.
A true perfectionist, StartfromSKratch’s sound continues to evolve, as does his desire to collaborate. Harnessing true encounters and emotions is second nature to this artist, as he creates an experience for fans, bringing like-minded individuals together in a safe space.
With support from global music blogs and 20,000 streams on his most recent single spurring him on to release three further funky house cuts in 2022, the sky is the limit for this exciting talent as he continues to intrigue listeners with a unique persona and consistently good club bangers.
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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!
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Apollo Xo Drops “Believe,” A Guaranteed Hit For The Dance Floor
Apollo Xo unleashes a new hard-hitting banger. The talented DJ and music producer joins forces with Maximo Quinones to bring “Believe” via Bang This.
The hectic and impressive release schedule of Apollo Xo marks another unmissable milestone with the release of “Believe.” Following the introduction of his latest production “Haunted” and the remarkable remixes of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s “On My Knees” and Frank Ocean’s hit “Pyramids,” the Chicago-based DJ is back with another powerful track.
This time, he collaborates with Maximo Quinones, whose signature sound and style that blends elements from Tech House and Deep House has surely caught the attention and praise of listeners all over the world, and has reached the top positions on major charts across major streaming platforms, matches Apollo Xo’s unbeatable sound to bring forward this surefire masterpiece.
On “Believe,” growling basslines, a groovy powerful beat, and a catchy vocal sample kick off this stellar track.
The song releases itself to a vibrant drop where the beat and the booming synthlines keep the party going. Playful vocal chops and electrifying sonic elements take the track to a higher ground, calling its listeners to reach the dance floor and enjoy themselves with the unparalleled immersive experience that is dancing to an Apollo Xo track.
An Apollo Xo production in full force this track also highlights the skills and impressive sound of Maximo Quinones. The groove and uplifting vibes of this production certainly keep proving why Apollo Xo’s name is one to keep a close eye on.
Don’t forget to follow Apollo Xo across all his social media as he continues to unveil powerful productions that keep pushing boundaries and hitting new milestones for this gifted artist.
‘Believe’ is out now via Bang This, and available in all major online stores and streaming platforms.