May 06, 2013
The Best DJ Duos & Groups
Sometimes the best art arises when a collective group of artists share their strengths with each other. This chart celebrates some of our writers’ favorite groups of musicians in electronic music, representing everything from booty bass to deep house. Pop on your headphones and expand your musical tastes.
Jeremy Rathbun’s Pick: Dusky
Dusky feat. Janai - Lost In You (Original Mix) [Anjunadeep]

Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman have been synthesizing their melodic and elegant sounds since 2008. Previously known as the progressive group Solarity, the duo decided to change directions in 2011 and formed the now well-known deep house assembly Dusky. Their debut album, Stick By This, released on Anjunadeep and launched their career to the stars as they received instant notoriety in the deep house scene and a tap for an Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1.

Josh Stewart’s Pick: Daft Punk
Daft Punk - Digital Love [Virgin]

There’s a lot of talk these days about whether or not the hype behind Daft Punk is justified, but it’s hard to argue the impact that the duo has had in their 17 years of playing and producing dance music. There are a myriad of reasons that Daft Punk belongs on this list, be it their widely recognized discography, the ability to have the music world up in arms with a 15 second clip, or the sheer fact that they’ve traveled galaxies to spend some time with us. Daft Punk is and will always be one of EDM’s defining duos.

Matt Heidkamp’s Pick: Disclosure
Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge - White Noise (Original Mix)

Since their first releases in 2010, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, better known as Disclosure, have been on a steady path of world domination. With a hybrid mix of infectious house and garage and an undeniably fresh live presence, the UK duo shows no sign of slowing down. They are slated to release The Singles EP on their new US home, Interscope, on April 30th featuring recent tracks with AlunaGeorge, Sam Smith, and Eliza Doolittle and a remix from Hudson Mohawke. Their debut album, Settle, releases June 3rd on PMR.

Bryan Stauffer’s Pick: GTA
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike & GTA feat. Wolfpack - Turn It Up (Original Mix) [Musical Freedom]

Has any tandem gained more mainstream praise and recognition in the last six months than Miami’s favorite bedroom producers GTA? The innovative brainchild of Van Toth and JWLS is among the most forward-thinking duos in house music, never shying away from an opportunity to show off their unpredictable, booty-bouncing rhythms and frequencies. With collaborations alongside dance music icons Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, A-Trak, and Diplo already in the bag for 2013, we’re anxious to see what madness GTA has in store for the rest of the year.

Mike Davies’ Pick: Super8 & Tab
Super8 & Tab - Teardrops (Original Mix) [Enhanced]

As veterans of the trance scene, Super8 & Tab have been at the top of their game since 2005. Their association with Anjunabeats runs deep through their history and in 2010 the label released their debut album, Empire. They also have a well deserved reputation as prolific remixers, providing excellent reworks for the likes of Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, and Gareth Emery. With two massive releases in the past few months in the shape of L.A. and Teardrops, Super8 & Tab look set to remain a solid part EDM for years to come.

Jesse Champagne’s Pick: Knife Party
Knife Party - EDM Death Machine (Original Mix) [Earstorm]

As former members of the drum & bass powerhouse group Pendulum, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen are hardly newcomers to the scene. That being said, hardly anyone was prepared for the hard-hitting, seizure-inducing sounds of their newest baby, Knife Party. The last two years has seen the release of two widely successful EPs, 100% No Modern Talking and Rage Valley, as well as a host of face-melting performances. The maniacal release their third EP, Haunted House, today, and it’s arguably their best release yet. Whether it’s dubstep, electro house, or moombahton, there ain’t no party like a Knife Party.

Arthur Shikhman’s Pick: Mister Saturday Night
DJ Weekly Podcast - Mister Saturday Night pres. Mister Sunday

Mister Saturday Night is the brainchild of Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin. One part DJ duo, one part beloved party series, one part record label–all great vibes and even greater music. Their sets are well-respected by the most discerning ears both local and overseas, their events showcase special guests like Four Tet and Jacques Greene, and their eponymous label plays host to some of today’s finest records.

Chris Porter’s Pick: Rudimental
Rudimental feat. Sinead Hartnett & MNEK - Baby (Original Mix) [Warner Music UK]

It seems like only yesterday that the collective supergroup known as Rudimental united to bring forth feelings of happiness and joy to the dancing masses. While in actuality three of the four members had already been working together for almost eight years, it wasn’t until about two years ago that the group became a quartet and things really started heating up. Already locking down the number one spot on the UK and Scottish singles charts, notching platinum records in New Zealand and Australia, and remixing the likes of Ed Sheeran, Labrinth, and Wretch 32, the last two years have been eventful for the UK group to say the least. Now, the group has dropped another smoking hot EP in anticipation for their forthcoming debut album Home.

Marcos Milos’ Pick: The Prodigy
The Prodigy - Fire (Sunrise Version) [XL]

Ask any bass music veteran who their formative idols are and without a blink the resounding answer you’ll hear is The Prodigy.
A product of Britain’s rave explosion, their multi-platinum third album Fat Of The Land just celebrated its 15th anniversary, treating us to six exclusive, talent-heavy remixes. On the horizon and in development for the last two-and-a-half years years is their upcoming album, How To Steal A Jet Fighter. Two new tracks have previewed during performances and more are likely to be on the table when they tour select cities around Europe.

Steve Anderson’s Pick: Cazzette
Cazzette - Beam Me Up (Original Mix)

Swedes Alexander Björklund and Sebastian Furrer have quickly risen through the EDM ranks as the DJ duo Cazzette, the second signing of Ash Pournouri from At Night Management, the manager behind the meteoric rise of Swede compatriot Avicii. Their debut album eject. was released exclusively on Spotify this past November and since then, the duo has topped Billboard’s dance charts, garnered 8 million views on VEVO, and collected 19.4 million streams on Spotify while their hit track Beam Me Up has earned 4.4 million streams. With strategic touring that include three appearances at Ultra’s mainstage in two years, and a seven figure, multi-year, exclusive partnership with Island Def Jam Music Group, Cazzette is quite the force to be reckoned with.

Jerry Shikhman’s Pick: Club Cheval
Nero - Won't You (There Be) (Club Cheval Remix) [MTA]

Canblaster. Sam Tiba. Myd. Panteros 666. Together, they are Club Cheval. The production skills of just one of these men on their own is enough to convert any casual EDM listener to a junkie for Parisian club music, but together, Club Cheval can and will transform any ordinary party into a dark, sexy, modern-day Moulin Rouge. While the group is a primary member of Bromance Records, its members are also regularly associated with Marble Music and Ed Banger Records. Check out the remix they did on Nero’s latest release, Won’t You (Be There)–it’s absolutely explosive.

Chris Downar’s Pick: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Ferry Corsten - Rock Your Body Rock (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Mainstage Remix) [Flashover]

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have been off to an exceptionally strong start in 2013 with several festival-smashing bangers like Wakanda, Mammoth, and their remix of Ferry Corsten’s classic hit, Rock Your Body Rock. Although they’re relatively fresh names for EDM fans in the USA, they’re enormously popular in Europe, with multiple mainstage sets at Tomorrowland. Currently they’re extending their conquest to the other side of the pond with tour dates for this summer at Ruby Skye in San Francisco and at Digital Dreams Festival in Toronto.

Josh Bennett’s Pick: W&W
W&W - White Label (Original Mix) [Mainstage]

You don’t get called “The Future Of Trance" by Armin van Buuren for nothing. Dutch duo W&W have been upping the ante for high-energy trance every since their 2008 debut with Mustang, and now they’re traveling the world on the A State Of Trance tours and hitting #1 on Beatport with tracks like The Code. If you like their sound, keep an eye on their relatively new Mainstage label, where they are currently grooming younger artists similar in sound to themselves.

Ilenia Cangelosi’s Pick: Art Department
Art Department - Without You (Original Mix) [Crosstown Rebels]

Damian Lazarus‘ ingenious idea to have two power producers come together to remix Riz MC’s Don’t Sleep sprouted into the deep house paragon known as Art Department. When Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White teamed up in 2010, their bass-heavy debut release Without You/Vampire Nightclub hit the house charts like a sonorous tidal-wave, and their presence has echoed since. Art Department’s soulful synths and jazz-funk percussion make for that perfect dancefloor groove.

Jon April’s Pick: Oliver
Oliver - Control (Original Mix)

Oliver, comprised of Vaughn “U-Tern" Oliver and Oliver “Oligee" Goldstein, is a producer/DJ duo based out of Los Angeles. Creating some of the most dance-party-inducing nu disco tracks of recent memory, the duo has recently started to gain a large amount of popularity, particularly through a close working relationship with the HARD crew. Recent track MYB was featured on Annie Mac’s BBC 1 Radio show and saw a large amount of play at UMF 2013, so it seems as if the duo has only just begun to show what they are capable of.

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