Top Albums To Keep You Warm This Winter
With snow starting to fall and trees starting to be trimmed, it’s about time to choose the perfect winter warmers. Fuzzy sweater? Check. Hot toddy? Check. Great new music? Check. And. Mate. Here are our picks for top albums to keep you nice and toasty this season!
The stunning debut album from Santé is a far cry from his past productions in the best way possible. Instead of creating club-aimed tracks, the German producer zoned in on making “listenable” music with a focus on vocal collaborations. The resulting 10 tracks are moody, dynamic, and just plain good. Each of the 7 featured vocalists add unique feelings to the cuts, from the sultry funk of Ovasoul7 on “Tounge” to the rich melodies of Dirty Vegas’ Steve Smith on “Time To Pray.” The tracks’ backbones – Santé’s synth and percussion parts – venture into both house and techno territory, and although minimalistic would be a delight to listen to on their own, proving his prowess as a producer. Curl up buy the fire and let this gorgeous record keep you company.
Be prepared to be blown away. Reverse Proceed is one of the most ambitious albums we’ve heard in a long time. Its 14 tracks are a varied yet collective expression of electronic music, ranging from the heavy-hitting techno Slam is known for to the simply blissful (perhaps even ambient). From start to finish, the album is packed with nuances and layers that keep your ears perked up and finely tuned in. Each sound has a purpose and a direction, aiding to the forward movement of the entire work. Sweeping synths, fine-tuned drums, and scattered blips comprise this joining of the old and the new, one which could only come from a duo with over 20 years of experience and a life-long obsession with electronic music. Your brain and your body will be moving in no time.
There’s nothing like a rousing collection of techno mixed by one of the most distinctive duos in the game to get the blood flowing. Watergate 17 is the latest installment of Watergate club’s mix series, skillfully arranged by Pan-Pot. The 19 featured tracks, a mixture of new, exclusive, and timeless, combine to form something truly special. The mix begins with the atmospheric sounds of Pavel Petrov and builds up until its first climactic moment, brought to us by another of our favorite duos, Whyt Noyz. The energy stays consistently high, weaving through complex cuts like Skober’s “Bring It To Me” and Ben Klock’s remix of Josh Wink’s “Are You There.” Closing out the compilation are two delicious exclusive collaborative Pan-Pot tracks, the first with Slam and the second with Vincenzo. A snapshot of all things Pan-Pot, this mix is an exciting listen from start to finish.
The debut album by French power trio Apollonia (Shonky, Dan Ghenacia, and Dyed Soundorom) was most certainly worth the wait. Tour à Tour is a sensual, playful exploration of house music which takes the roots of the genre and adds twinges of disco and funk, tribal rhythms, and spacey sounds in order to bring life to the Apollonia vision of “black music and white soul.” Most tracks land on that sweet spot between music for the dance floor and music for the headphones, making the album adaptable to just about any listening scenario. Freaky cuts like “Mouche Tsé Tsé” are coupled with deep ones like “Haight Street,” but regardless of vibe, they all have a certain entrancing air about them. Therein lies enough detail to make you want to listen to it over and over again, as we certainly will be for a long time to come.