Aside from putting out a few remixes and guest mixes, house princess Avalon Emerson has made us wait quite a few months for some new material. While her earlier material found Avalon Emerson working with more experimental and less danceable sides of house, “Caroline” is a groove heavy track that was made to be danced to. Aside from the vocal sample commanding “people, come on and groove!”, Avalon Emerson constructs a shaker laced, bass thumping instrumental that manages to sound appropriate for any dance environment while also staying true to her more experimental roots. If you hadn’t heard, TRAP is the next big thing so it looks like house really is going to be the next next big thing.
And so arrives the bittersweet ending to M|O|D’s PENG series. Fortunately, I think PENG 003 is the best of the trilogy. On the first and second installments of the series, we saw each of the five producers begin to pick up new styles after moving beyond their trap roots, and on the third, we see them begin to perfect them. Arnold’s new melodic club-influenced style is bigger and brighter than ever, Rewrote’s ridiculously fresh and eclectic new distortion-heavy sound is more impressive than ever, Yung Satan cleans up his early ’70s rock influenced sound, LiL’ TExAS crafts what is maybe the first futuristic strip club anthem, and C.Z. continues to come into his own as a U.K. garage producer. For anyone who thought M|O|D would never successfully be able to escape the bastardized trap label, this should change your mind pretty quickly. Stream my favorite tracks below, and the whole thing after the jump.