Artists will never come unprepared to a party. They always bring a toolbox packed with tracks that are truly dance floor destroyers. What’s in Your Toolbox features artists’ secret weapons, aka, the tracks they don’t leave out of their USB.
Simon Doty’s origins from deep in Canada’s Western wilderness to a college basketball shooting guard are unlikely beginnings for the development of a finely tuned electronic artist. His consistent yet dynamic signature sound defined by gritty analog synthesis, emotive melodies and tough, driving grooves, has been supported by the likes of Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Jax Jones, Gorgon City, Hot Since 82, and Lane 8. Doty’s highly anticipated debut on Nora en Pure’s Purified imprint is called Dreamscape. The three-track Dreamscape EP is out now on Purified, get it here.
I love Black Circle’s music and this one’s no exception. They always have the magic combination that I’m looking for – melodic and emotive while always being powerful and edgy for the dance floor.
I’ve been playing these guys’ tracks a lot lately and the grooves are always very tough and heavy. This one has a very nineties feel to it which I love and it always seems to get a great reaction!
This is the one many people were asking me for over the course of the pandemic – Ursula Rucker’s vocals always seem to create a magical moment and it’s been really cool to see how many people know it and say the words out at shows while the track is playing.
This one is another example of a great and powerful groove combined with a lot of emotion. The breakdown gets really trancey and uplifting and always seems to get people going.
I’ve been using this one as a last track of the night type of track and it always seems to create a special vibe. I’m always looking for those tracks that can cap things off in an emotional way and this one definitely accomplishes that.
This one is a bit more of a throwback but I’ve also been using it to close out the night sometimes of late. It’s hard to find a track with a more positive vibe than this one!
Artist headshot courtesy of Lee Hon Bong