Dutch house has become something of a club trend in the past few years -- tracks like DJ Chuckie's "Let the Bass Kick" and Afrojack's co-produced "How I Like It" [which Major Lazer later re-worked into "Pon De Floor"] gained mainstream popularity by adding a grimy underlay of catchy bass kicks to otherwise pop-leaning club jams. It's the type of thing that even old-school-house heads have taken to for the no-frills danceability of the genre. For this week's mix we turn to Jesse Voorn, a lesser known cohort of the aforementioned Dutch dance heavyweights, as he shows off the malleability of the genre for classic house imprint Strictly Rhythm's DJ mix series (Just Blaze mentioned his appreciation of the label in our Hive interview). The eight-song set features tracks with the genre's signature minimalistic, melody-driven tunes -- the Digital Freq remix of Voorn's newish "Gazin" release included -- but it also adds some flare along the way. Haze and Full Intention's "Signification" intersperses trance organs and laser beam build-ups with progressive house, for example. Later, Dirty South and Thomas Gold's "Alive" hides drum 'n' bass snares behind Kate Elsworth's lovelorn pop vocals to turn the track into mega-club dance gold. Sure, this is the kind of glow-in-the-dark goodness that's made for massive outdoor festivals but, considering it's January, we'll resign ourselves to making a rave out of our livingrooms instead.
Cidada, "Hit My Ego" (My Digital Enemy Remix)
Plastik Funk, "House Ya!" (Jeroenski Remix)
Bastian van Shield, "Nobody" (Tujamo Remix)
Haze & Full Intention, "Signification" (Main Mix)
Donati & Amato, "Falling" (Jesse Voorn Remix)
Lex da Funk, "S.T.U.K."
Jesse Voorn, "Gazin" (Digital Freq Remix)
08. Dirty South & Thomas Gold, "Alive" ft. Kate Elsworth (Mind Electric Bootleg)