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Audio Asia: Mixmag Asia's March floor burners

5 essential releases from the vibrant Asian underground

  • Mixmag Asia Crew
  • 31 March 2020
Audio Asia: Mixmag Asia's March floor burners

Good news may be difficult to come by in these strange and troubling times of isolation, but perhaps now more than ever we can take sanctuary in the magic of music to help chase away the blues. Fortunately, the Mixmag Asia team have their ears to the ground constantly, and here we digest five of the very best Asia-related releases that have surfaced in March. As ever, there was plenty to choose from right across the board and massive amounts of quality on display. So read on, plug in and let the sounds of the Asian underground permeate your souls.

1 'Oasis Nocturno' TOKiMONSTA

Title: 'Oasis Nocturno'
Artist: TOKiMONSTA
Label: TOKiMONSTA Music
Release: Out now, you can buy it here

The skilled Korean-American beatsmith delivers a wide-ranging album of expertly produced and introspective sounds. Collaborating with a host of acts, including Sunni Colón, EARTHGANG, and Resehardt, the LA-based artist spans spectrums of neo-soul, feel-good pop, atmospheric house, r n b, and more. From the yearning soul of 'Come And Go', to the four-to-the-floor energy of 'Renter's Anthem', this is a top-quality collection.

2 'The Great Adventure EP' Max Essa

Title: 'The Great Adventure EP'
Artist: Max Essa
Label: Hell Yeah! Recordings
Release: Out now, you can buy it here

Tokyo-based Balearic don Max Essa delivers his most floor-filling work to date on this brilliant EP via Italian label Hell Yeah. The record comprises of a pair of delightful sunset meditations, alongside the storming 'Tombolo' – where spaced-out disco and Italo house flavours combine to spectacular effect. Outstanding.

3 'Earth EP' Maurice Fulton and Peggy Gou

Title: 'Earth EP'
Artist: Maurice Fulton
Label: Gudu
Release: Out now, you can buy it here

The old school meets the new here as seasoned production master Maurice Fulton joins deep house darling Peggy Gou on this freaky three-track EP. Retro US house with a twist on the A-side, followed by two psychedelic journeys into rhythm and bass on the flip. Essential.

4 'Come Dancing EP' Keita Sano

Title: 'Come Dancing EP'
Artist: Keita Sano
Label: Mad Love
Release: Out now, you can buy it here

Berlin-Based Japanese MPC disciple Keita Sano serves up a no-nonsense EP of dance-ready deep house cuts. All of the music works the floor, with the prolific producer showing once again why his name is synonymous with quality. 'Low Corner' is one of the highlights, dark dubby grooves make way for uplifting chords over seven minutes of bliss.

5 'Take Me Back remixes' Yellow Claw, Corsak and Julia Wu

Title: 'Take Me Back (The Remixes)
Artist: Yellow Claw / Corsak / Julia Wu
Label: Yellow Claw
Release: Out now, you can buy it here

A lively remix selection featuring six 'Asia Allstars', namely MYRNE, WUKONG , Frison, Ray Ray, Y3IIO and YÅKO. The cream of the region's big-room dance scene don't disappoint, with their varied interpretations breathing new life into the music. Killer EDM sounds on a package that's packed with energy and certain to fill floors.

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