Djs are saying its harder to find good music. We think they need to follow us more closely. Find out what 15 house tracks exceeded excellence this month.
After nearly five years of weekly house charts compiling the best in genre, it's time has come to an end. But with one door closing, another one opens and a new era begins. We are glad to now bring you a monthly chart showcasing only the best choons released each and every month. Soulful house, tech house, jackin' house, deep house, etc. We've got the entire spectrum covered right here in this chart kicking off with Mr Mike "God Made Me Phunky" Dunn who takes the prize for this month's best house track.
1. "DJ BEAT THAT SHHH" - MIKE DUNN FEAT MD X-SPRESS [MOREABOUTMUSIC]
Back in '94, Chicago house legend Mike Dunn penned the definitive house classic "God Made Me Phunky." 23 years later the man is still on the scene staying as relevant as ever with a work ethic backed up by worldwide touring and nearly a thousand credits to his name on Discogs!
Add one more notch to his extensive catalog with this hip-house, funk and bump choon he playfully calls "Dj Beat That Shhh."
2. "SUNSHINE PEOPLE" - DARIO D'ATTIS [DEFECTED]
Brass Construction's '77 disco-funk classic "Happy People" was expertly sampled on Cheek's '96 revision with a pounding bass-line and a filter funkier than no other. 21 years later, Dario D'Attis takes his turn by slowing the tempo and adding a ton of groove. Another certified club classic for Defected to add to their storied catalog.
3. "MIND'S EYE MELODY" - LONE [R&S RECORDS]
British producer, LONE returns to his home at R&S with the second volume of Ambivert Tools featuring three euphoric beauties including this captivating brilliance he calls "Mind's Eye Melody."
4. "GOING BACKWARDS (MAYA JANE COLES REMIX)" - DEPECHE MODE [COLUMBIA]
Maya Jane Coles' 4th ever Essential Mix last week concluded with this club-friendly, '80s goth makeover of the latest Depeche Mode single by the reigning underground queen herself.
5. "ROSE MARINES SAGA" - HOSH, MUSUMECI [FRYHIDE]
Up until this past May when German producer H.O.S.H. kicked off his new label Fryhide with the glorious mix album, Stories From Sa Talaia, he was known for his rather outstanding production output for Solomun's Diynamic imprint. Now with the new label and four subsequent EPs showcasing the tunes on the album, the man has set the bar for many more high-quality releases to come.
The harmonious tune featured here is easily one of the top cuts of the month. It's called "Rose Marines Saga" and it's a collaboration with Italian producer, Musumeci.
6. "MIA NEGRITA" - BLACK LOOPS FEAT FELIPE GORDON [TOY TONICS]
Toy Tonics' second edition of their VA Jockey Jams series includes this lead, standout cut from underground leaders, Black Loops. They call the tune "Mia Negrita" and it features a bass-guitar driven b-line complemented by a gentle Rhodes piano organ on top of a funky, stuttering 4/4 rhythm. Welcome to house music heaven.
7. "TELEFADE (BEDOUIN REMIX)" - HOJ & MODD FEAT. AMEGA [ALL DAY I DREAM]
On Hoj's newest EP on All Day I Dream, he's enlisted NYC duo Bedouin to add their own melodic spin on a Mid-East inspired house cut called "Telefade." The Brooklyn two-some did so by taking it deeper and adding a bubbling arp that perfectly fills the even spaces.
8. "SET THE CONTROLS FOR THE HEART OF THE SUN" - BEDOUIN [CROSSTOWN REBELS]
If you're like me, you've already heard this fantastic rework of a Pink Floyd classic a few times over the course of the last year. Most notably in the middle of the Yucatan jungle this past January when Bedouin road-tested it at the great and wondrous Day Zero gathering.
9. "CAREO" - HUXLEY [MOON HARBOUR]
Huxley's Portuguese vocal-house bomb "Careo" is a refreshing reminder that Summer is still here.
10. "FLAMINGO (MARKUS HOMM AND MIHAI POPOVICIU REMIX)" - PYSH [MANJUMASI]
The output of San Francisco's Manjumasi has been nothing short of stellar and the 8th release is no exception thanks to this fantastic floor-burning remix courtesy of Markus Homm and Mihai Popoviciu.
Cue 31 seconds in and enjoy the incredible bass-line!
11. "LETTER FOR POLY" - CORNUCOPIA [TALE & TONE]
This ethereal new production comes to us from a mysterious artist by the name of Cornucopia who kicks of the brand new label collaboration between long-time friends and colleagues, Lee Burridge and Hoj.
12. "RABBIT HOLE" - KIWI FEAT. CACTUS SAUNA [MODA BLACK]
British producer, Kiwi makes his debut on the Moda Black imprint with an unconventional house cut that features some playfully ominous vocal stylings from Cactus Sauna.
13. "BENEVOLENCE" - FREDDY BE & SAVI LEON [UNDER NO ILLUSION]
We presented you with the exclusive premiere of this irresistible, soul-drenched tune from Freddy Be with Savi Leon earlier in the month and we just can't stop playing it.
14. "MOON BUGGY" - DARIUS SYROSSIAN [SNATCH! RECORDS]
Darius Syrossian adds yet another certified floor-banger to his catalog.
15. "MYGUT (SOLOMUN REMIX)" - SUPER FLU [MONABERRY]
This last minute addition to the best of the month house chart was just released but upon first listen, you will agree that Solomun's remix is absolutely epic!