Everything that Duke Dumont touches turns into gold. The England native has a unique ear for blending deep house with singalong vocals and uplifting melodies, helping his music deftly ride the line between dance and pop without straying too far from his trademark sound.
While he doesn’t have the same kind of hype or following as artists like Hardwell and Calvin Harris, the Duke has quietly become one of house music’s most respected producers with two Grammy nominated tracks from the last year to his name – “Need U (100%)” and “I Got U.” – and stand-out releases like “The Giver (Reprise).” Earlier this year, Dumont shed his dance music tendencies in favor of his furthest foray into pop to date on his massive, Daft Punk-influenced “Ocean Drive,” the lead single off of his forthcoming Blase Boys Club Pt. 1 EP.
With “Ocean Drive” becoming one of the summer’s biggest hits, Dumont has donned his tastemaker cap to handpick the up-and-coming, Australian-based artist, Hayden James, as one of the remixers for the official “Ocean Drive” remix pack. James flips “Ocean Drive” on its head, doing away with the 80s pop-influenced feel of Dumont’s original in favor of a reverbed-out atmosphere and subtle guitar accents that gives the track some serious feels. If the original was perfect for a late afternoon drive down PCH, then pack your bags, because Hayden James’ remix is taking you across the country in the dead of night.
As a bonus, check out Shaun Frank’s groove-infused, deep house take on “Ocean Drive” below.
I made at least 20 different variations for this mixtape cover, and I showed my friends the different versions and gathered opinions on each cover. This one was always my personal favorite, but literally no one else’s. So why was it selected? Well, probably because I’m stubborn–but also because there is something to be said for sticking with your guts. There is a basic instinct that comes with any creative endeavor and everyone might not appreciate it at first (or ever), and that’s okay as long as it reflects a piece of you.
I told a musician friend that art is an energy you have to learn to control, and now I’m not really sure I agree with that. Lately, I’ve been thinking about what makes a classic album (you know, trying to create a classic mix for ya), and I actually think what makes a classic album is an artist unleashing his or her unique (sexual […sorry]) energy in an untempered environment. For this mix I tried to start at the base level (“The Floor”) and find these really unique artists with extremely recognizable styles to create this really gritty, powerful hour of music. Also, it’s kind of dancy, which is mostly why it’s called “The Floor.”
- Sydney in Theory – Diamonds & Dirt
- George Barnett – Down on Me
- Benin City – Wha Gwan
- ASTR – R U with Me
- Sylvan Esso – Play It Right
- Hayden James – Embrace
- holychild – Happy with Me
- Lime Cordiale – Sleeping at Your Door
- Lolawolf – Drive
- The Hard Knocks – Coast
- Ben Khan – Eden
- Jagga – Hold Me
- CliffLight – Summer of Sin
- RÁJ – Ghost
- Body Language – Charm
- John Wizards – Muizenberg
- High Highs – A Real Hero (College Cover)
- Twin Shadow – Old Love / New Love
- Great Good Fine Ok – You’re the One for Me
- Bipolar Sunshine – Love More Worry Less
- Lontalius – Furthest Thing (Drake Cover)
What am I supposed to say? An old love called me yesterday.