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Hot new tracks for March

Top releases from February.

As we approach spring, the music charts come alive as producers and DJs around the world release big hitters once again. These creations are dropped strategically now so they can gain traction towards summer popularity.

Over the coming months, these tracks may ascend to anthemic status and collectively become the soundtrack of summer 2020. Whilst it's hard to know which tracks will grab clubbers attention, some tunes are of a higher calibre above the rest.

The past four weeks have provided a plethora of refreshing remixes and original cuts from a whole bunch of blazing artists. Check out our picks to add some fire to your club playlist.

Alan Fitzpatrick vs. Patrice Rushen | Haven't You Heard (Fully Charged Mix) | FFRR | 2 February

Straight in at the beginning of February, Techno stalwart Alan Fitzpatrick joins the Full Frequency Range Recordings family with a curious versus edit. Taking a step away from his usual dark kick drum style, Fitzpatrick serves up a pumped-up version of the 1979 pop classic by Patrice Rushen. Fusing together partial lo-fi percussion and beautiful r'n'b vocals, the track takes on a techno disco tool aesthetic.

Aside from this respectable remix release, the Southhampton artist's output has been impressive in this month alone. He dropped the devilishly driving Step Away for Rekids 150th release and also an EP of four multi-dimensional techno cuts with Unknown To The Unknown. It seems that Fitzpatrick is an unstoppable force in 2020 and we can't wait to hear more.

Alicia Keys | Time Machine (Miguel Campbell Club Mix) | 5 February

The don of deeper sounds, Miguel Campbell crops up with a killer tune when you least expect it. This time he adds another track to his free download edits with a rework of a recent r'n'b hit.

Released exclusively on his Soundcloud, this song was made for warm-up sets and after-party aux cable selection, due to its downtempo deep house vibe. We won't be surprised if we hear this top tune on the sunset strip this season.

Butch | Lale | Innervisions | 07 February

Secret Weapons Part 12 from the Berlin-based Innervisions label is a beautiful listen from beginning to end. The latest edition of the various artist album series curated by bosses Dixon and Âme is a collection of club-approved winners. Track number one, Lale by Butch is a pure deep house mover with a blissful aura.

By pulling together both barely recognisable Baby D samples and euphoric instrumentals, the track will surely make its way into early-morning Ibiza sets this summer. Bryan Kessler, Trikk, Glowal also feature on this incredible compilation. For a lesson in super laid back electronica, be sure to check out Pawn Storm by Musumeci

Solomun | Rotweinfleck | Diynamic | 21 February

From one killer compilation to another - Diynamic continues to impress with the latest instalment of Four to the Four series. Label founder Solomun steps up to deliver a dramatic dance floor symphony. Rising melodic elements and strong piano riffs lead this track into its climatic peak where it releases an explosion of high octane synths. Solomun continues to lead his label by example, producing musical masterpieces like this.

Mladen Solomun returns to Pacha on Sunday 24 May for another series of Solomun +1. The tried-and-tested special guest and resident format will run for a marathon 21 weeks during the summer until 11 October. We expect we'll hear tunes like this one and many other aural delights at this party during the summer.

Ejeca | Ekstac | Skint Records | 21 February

Belfast producer, Ejeca consistently brings fresh and exciting music to the underground table. Whether it's inspired reworks of classics with his alias Trance Wax to warehouse rave aesthetic releases, he is known for his genre-bending style. With this unique vision, he's dropped the Ekstac on Skint Records, which is full of vintage vibes.

Ejeca had this to say about the release “I wanted to make a house/trance crossover track, ‘Trouse' music. It's all based around the big breakdown, vocal and the acid line that comes in. I tried to break a few rules! Nostalgic euphoria from the 90s smiley face era.” We'd certainly like to hear more ‘Trouse' in Ibiza!

Maxinne & Mizbee | Want You To Know | Toolroom | 21 February

One of house music's brightest rising stars Maxinne returns to her home label of Toolroom with a bouncy number. Teaming up with Geordie songstress Mizbee, the two have created an upbeat tune which serves as a peak-time selection with its big room structure and soaring vocal lyrics.

The swinging instrumentals act as an infectious element which will have any dance floor moving and shaking. Last summer we met up for a Sunday roast with Mark Knight and Maxinne to talk about Toolroom and everything in between at the fabulous Relish restaurant - a meal that was the highlight of the clubbing staff's season.

Cristoph | Sleepness Nights | Truesoul | 24 February

Cristoph has cemented himself as one of dance music's in-demand artists in recent years. Countless successful releases on labels like Pryda Presents, Last Night On Earth and Truesoul have seen the artist rise from relatively unknown to headliner stardom. Now back for round two with a banging EP on Truesoul, he presents a club weapon which showcases his raw talent.

Sleepness Nights' pin-sharp productional elements and dynamic structuring makes it a cut above the rest when it comes to melodic techno releases. Cristoph only made two Ibiza performances last year at BODYWORKS. After this new material, we just hope he's booked in for more Ibiza dates in 2020.

Disclosure | Ecstasy | Island Records | 28 February

The chart-smashing brother duo of Disclosure return to the airwaves with a brand new EP. It's been two years since we last heard from UK producers when they released the Moonlight EP releasing five songs over a daily basis. Following the same release format, they excited fans first with filter house-inspired Ecstasy.

Whilst listening through, you can hear all the elements that made Disclosure blow up internationally, so it's equally exciting to hear them revisit their pop-house roots. The pioneering pair said back in 2018 that their third album was confirmed for release later on this year also, so this EP drop is enough to keep disclosure fans satisfied - for now.

Tunes from January which deserve a mention

Edward Artemiev | Resurrection (Reinier Zonneveld 2020 Remix)
Filth On Acid | 31 January

From his early beginnings with Still vor Talent and his hit Things We Might Have Said back in 2016, Reinier Zonneveld went on to found one of techno's newest most critically acclaimed labels, Filth On Acid. Following the trend of techno and trance unison, he made a remix of PPK's 1998 rave hit to play out in sets.

An ID frenzy ensued and demands for the track to be released abounded. After Zonneveld tracked down the original melodist, Film score composer Edward Artemiev, the track was dropped and bust through the electronic charts with its hardcore kick drums.

More recently on Filth On Acid, Australian born DJ, Juliet Fox returns to the label for round two, serving up three pounding weapons pulled straight out of the Berlin underground scene.

Madison Avenue | Don't Call Me Baby (Patrick Topping Remix) | 31 January

Madison Avenue's clubland classic celebrated its 20th birthday in 2019 with Mousse T and Super Disco Club jumping on remix duties for part one of the anniversary release. Part two was released recently with Patrick Topping and Spencer Parker signing up for a remix session.

It was Patrick Topping's version that really broke the mould, adding a gritty new feel to the track. The raw instrumentals which accompany the iconic vocals are patented sounds straight out of Topping's own label project, Trick. The new label venture has enjoyed successful pop-up parties in the UK and will be coming over to Ibiza on Friday 4 September in a venue yet to be revealed.

That's it for now, but we'll be scanning the airwaves to bring you all the best tunes from March for the next article. If you are craving for more music, head on over to our Spotify channel

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