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Music is said to be the universal religion; it spans across geography and culture and through time and space, serving to unite people in the way that only melodies, rhythms and beats can do. Electronic music has managed to navigate a melting pot of genres while preserving a resilient, ethos-driven backbone; producers draw inspiration from all over the world, and our scene celebrates this diversity. In the spirit of this celebration and of its own mantra, Rebel Yard’s newest compilation series, The Highest Grade, will focus on a variety of musical styles from all over the world.
The first volume of The Highest Grade: Caribbean Kush, centers on the island culture of the Caribbean with an experimental EDM flair. After finding their niche with the reggae influenced track “Original Don”, Rebel Yard Music‘s heads The Partysquad are turning things up a notch with Caribbean Kush, which features fellow Rebel Yard artists such as Fellow and Punish.
The Amsterdam Dance Event is partnering with Rebel Yard Music in the release of The Highest Grade. On September 1st, they will be heading to Aruba to experience the Island Life, a massive party appropriately named to bring the essence of Caribbean Kush to life. It’s safe to say that The Highest Grade will be on heavy rotation during this celebration of cutting edge music. Treat your ears to this new compilation and imagine yourself living the Island life already.
Eliza Rose’s New Music Video “Pleasure Peak” Is Set In Ibiza
Eliza Rose collaborates with the renowned House music icons, The Martinez Brothers, for an incredible club jam titled “Pleasure Peak.” Best of all, it features Ibiza as the setting of the music video.
Furthermore, you can expect the sound of the classic Chicago House bassline from start to end. The pulsating beats, drums, and dreamy synthesizers also work their magic.
Last month, Eliza teamed up with the Martinez Brothers for a gig at Hï Ibiza, where they dropped this track for the first time. The crowd went nuts, it was epic! And they’ve also got this cool music video directed by Isaac Lamb, filmed in the Balearic Islands. It’s got vibes from iconic videos by artists like Missy Elliot, Aaliyah, Kylie, and others.
In the visuals, you’ll see these awesome artists having a fun time on the sunny island. They go sailing on a yacht, drive around in a Jeep, and eventually hit the club. This shows the different sides of a perfect day and night in Ibiza, just like how the song itself has both bright and dark elements.
Lastly, “Pleasure Peak” is a sexy cut you can enjoy during the last days of summer or on your next holiday.
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Pure House Music Magic: “Take It Back” By Mousse T. & Davie
Mousse T., has released a fresh jam called “Take It Back” featuring NYC vocalist Davie via Glitterbox Recordings. This legendary label is like a second home for the German House guru, who’s been rocking the dance floor for ages with his groovy style.
As a matter of fact, the talented British DJ and producer Ben Westbeech also joined the party, co-writing this adrenaline-pumping track. Certainly, you can expect a total ’90s throwback vibe, with RnB-inspired vocals flowing effortlessly over Mousse T.’s ultra-chic beats.
In a similar fashion, the music video promises a good time if you don’t stop watching before it’s over. Moreover, it strikes a balance between the old-school and the contemporary.
Whether you’re a DJ or simply a music aficionado, the contagious rhythm of “Take It Back” will have you moving within seconds. Also, don’t worry if you can’t resist hitting replay and accidentally making some noise in your neighborhood. Without a doubt, those nearby will be drawn in by its pure House music magic and might even join your groove.
At the end of the day, music has the incredible power to bring people together. Just check it out yourself!
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Soul Central Announce 20 Years Of “Strings Of Life” With New Version & Label
20 years on from first dominating the Music industry with a round of era-defining anthems, Soul Central present their own label CENTRL Music – Launching with a rework of their all-time anthem “Strings Of Life.”
Soul Central is most famously known for their version of “Strings Of Life” which became a worldwide anthem and one of the most prominent songs in clubland. The duo Paul Timothy and Matt Mckillop are presently celebrating 20 years at the forefront of House Music. The track originally placed Top Ten in the UK charts and received an NMC award for extensive radio plays following its release on the highly respected Defected Records. Time Out listed the song within “The 20 Best House Tracks Ever”, receiving similar accolades from The Guardian, LA Weekly, DJ Mag, and Mixmag.
Soul Central’s brand new take on the chart-topping classic has brought the track into the modern day, whilst maintaining the old-school essence of the original. A skill few can pull off. Strings Of Life / Un Amore Supremo pacing is a credit to the duo’s experience in arranging, where every build-up creates the perfect amount of tension leading towards the euphoric piano riff that is synonymous with the heart and soul of ‘House Music’.
The release has garnered support from industry players including Gorgon City, Joseph Capriati, LF System, Honey Dijon and Paco Osuna following on from their original supporters Pete Tong, Fatboy Slim, Roger Sanchez, Sonny Fodera, LP Giobbi, Annie Mac, Carl Cox, Danny Howard, Hannah Wants, Paul Oakenfold, Sam Divine and Sarah Story.
“I’m beyond excited to share our new updated versions of one of the all-time clubland classics. Over the past two decades we have constantly evolved and remained firmly focussed on creating poignant, joyful releases that actively celebrate House music and the emotional connection it evokes.” — Timmy Vegas
The new version was first featured as the final track from Graeme Park’s Hacienda House Party during lockdown which is estimated to have engaged over 4 million listeners following their first show across digital platforms showcasing icons ranging from Moby, Danny Tenaglia, Inner City, and David Morales.
CENTRL will play host to a string of new releases from the duo as they catapult far beyond their original House roots. With new singles with E-Man from ‘It’s Yours’, Cevin Fisher, Inaya Day, and many more memorable names, the duo plans to take in a more electronic-focused vibe whilst aiming to supersede previous success.
“We have an incredible amount of music that we cannot wait to share. Over the last few years, we’ve been working to raise the bar musically and grow the brand with a whole new audience. It’s great to see so much love continuing for Soul Central and our releases. Strings Of Life / Un Amore Supremo is an important part of our journey and it’s amazing to see clubbers and DJ’s across the world in full support. We love to connect people on dancefloors and ignite sustained memories.” — Matt Mckillop
Soul Central continues to top charts, receiving a Grammy Award nomination for their collaboration with iconic vocalists Crystal Waters and Robin S. The Duo have also expanded their CENTRL Music brand to worldwide syndication, following on from their Galaxy FM Switzerland, Sweden, Ireland, and Spain show and their new residency with Select Radio – The UK’s No.1 dance music station.
2023 saw the duo sign a multiple album deal with Tru Thoughts, and launch their ‘Days Of Disco’ brand in Ibiza recently featuring alongside Faithless, Joe Goddard (Hot Chip), and Gok Wan whilst collating a run of hot new releases being scheduled. With all of this, the act shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.