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House Cat Hits: Top House Music Releases of the Week

Edition [11.3.23]

by Nicholas Lorenzo
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Joy Anonymous – Cult Classics

Joy (Anonymous)’s new album “Cult Classics,” released via Astralwerks, is a testament to their transformative journey from pandemic pop-up party hosts to dancefloor icons. This vibrant collection effortlessly weaves together house, disco, and soul, offering a dynamic and pulsating musical experience. With earlier hit singles like “JOY (Head To The Sky)” and “JOY (404),” the album embodies the essence of a night out, oscillating between euphoric beats and introspective, emotive melodies. It reflects the exhilaration of celebratory moments and also delves into the depths of life’s complex emotions. Their evolution is evident as they collaborate with industry giants and gear up for a special album launch show at Below Stone Nest in London, promising an immersive experience for their audience. “Cult Classics” is a testament to their growth, a kaleidoscope of sounds that encapsulates the essence of human experiences within the dance music landscape.

Speaking on the record, Joy (Anonymous) say,

Cult Classics is the soundtrack of Joy Anonymous meetings over the past two years. It began in Imogen Heap’s house in Romford. where we spent two weeks working with various friends and new collaborators to form the skeletons of what was to become the album you hear today. Then we took these sounds on tour and tested them out in meetings around the world, honing and developing the sound on the move. Joy Anonymous is a movement where people feel included and feel safe to share expression and emotion. We have tried to capture that in the sound, process, and delivery of this album.”

Sammy Virji — “If U Need It”

Sammy Virji, the UK-based DJ/Producer, continues to solidify his position as a trailblazer in the Garage scene with his latest single “If U Need It,” released via Astralwerks. Featuring an infectious vocal hook and an irresistible groove, the track showcases Virji’s pioneering approach, pushing the boundaries of the genre’s potential. Timing couldn’t be more perfect with his imminent sold-out headline show in London at EartH on November 17th and a subsequent tour spanning Australia, New Zealand, and his debut North American tour in February. Following the success of his viral DJ Mag stream and the remarkable growth in audience engagement, exceeding a 300% increase, Virji stands as a testament to unwavering dedication and perseverance in the live circuit. With a repertoire of collaborations and notable achievements in the UKG and UK Bass scene, Sammy Virji’s “If U Need It” is yet another testament to his prowess, solidifying his status as one of the hottest artists in today’s dance music landscape.

Walker & Royce – No Big Deal (Part 1) EP 

Walker & Royce‘s latest release, Part 1 of their eagerly anticipated album “No Big Deal,” is a rowdy, energetic testament to the duo’s signature playfulness and unrestrained style. The four-track EP encapsulates the vivacious, larger-than-life essence of Walker & Royce, featuring collaborations with talented artists like Barney Bones and Glass Petals among others. ‘Cheap Thrills’ and ‘Stop Time’ showcase the duo’s knack for weaving together exuberant basslines and tech-driven, synth-heavy beats, while new partnerships with Harm Franklin and Reggie Watts add a fresh dimension to their sonic palette. With its bold, lively personality, Part 1 offers a sneak peek into the wild and vibrant world of Walker & Royce, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the upcoming segments of the No Big Deal album. Their current headline tour and festival stops further cement their position as vibrant entertainers in the dance music landscape, signaling a triumphant return to Dirtybird and a warm welcome for fans to immerse themselves in the infectious energy of No Big Deal.

Odd Mob, OMNOM, HYPERBEAM – “Mind Awake, Body Asleep”

The collaboration between Odd Mob, OMNOM, and HYPERBEAM on “Mind Awake, Body Asleep” is a stunning amalgamation of their diverse styles and expertise within the electronic music realm. The pulsating beats and hypnotic rhythms drive the listener into a trance-like state, perfectly encapsulating the track’s title. “Mind Awake, Body Asleep” presents an immersive experience where the music takes control, commanding attention and transporting the audience into a transcendent, hypnotic dance journey. It’s a testament to the synergy when three talented artists join forces, delivering an electrifying and mesmerizing sonic adventure that leaves a lasting impact on the listener.

Hardwell, DJs From Mars, Tomcraft – “Loneliness”

“Loneliness,” the collaborative effort between Hardwell, DJs From Mars, and Tomcraft, is an electrifying fusion of talent that reignites Tomcraft’s classic hit from the early 2000s. This modern reimagining seamlessly combines Hardwell’s signature big-room sound with DJs From Mars’ unique mashup expertise, breathing new life into the iconic track. The updated version not only pays homage to the original but propels it into contemporary dance music spheres, sporting a fresh sonic landscape and enhanced production elements. The song’s familiarity is met with an invigorating twist, delivering a high-energy, festival-ready anthem. 

BLR – “Who’s Playing”

BLR’s latest release, “Who’s Playing,” is a mesmerizing journey through ethereal soundscapes and pulsating rhythms. The track beautifully intertwines deep, melodic house elements with a compelling progression, showcasing BLR’s adeptness at creating an entrancing atmosphere. “Who’s Playing” is a hypnotic and emotive sonic experience, cementing BLR’s reputation as a maestro of evocative, mood-setting electronic music.

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