Welcome back ZF fans! After a brief hiatus over summer, we’re kicking the magazine back into shape with a new series devoted to bring you new music. Tunes We Dig is our new project combining feature articles with our Spotify platform. Through a weekly updated playlist, we aim to bring you the freshest club-ready cuts from the alternative dance music scene. Every Wednesday we’ll drop ten more tunes into the list, selected either by Zone Focus or handpicked by a special guest selector. 

To kick things off, it seemed only right that label owner, Mike ZF stepped up to supply some beats for the playlist. Influenced by a wide spectrum of sounds, his personal favourite picks of this year’s releases reflect genres that he feels most passionately about. From nostalgic indie dance to melody-driven breaks, there’s enough in this first hour to get the blood pumping. Check out his thoughts on a sample of the chosen tracks below.

Samuel Powell – Floating 

I first fell in love with this song after watching the spectacular music video that Samuel had uploaded. Afterwards, he messaged me and surprisingly revealed he used to produce under POMPEII and had previously released on the ZF Selects Three compilation. One of the greatest things I love about being a label owner is finding out how artists grow over time, so this beautiful track undoubtedly needed featuring on the first Tunes We Dig. 

Bicep – Apricots

The Isles album by the Belfast duo, I’m already calling as an award-winning album of 2021 (maybe even the best). The lead single Apricots, moved me physically and emotionally right from the first listen. Those warm synths and big room breaks definitely give me the chills every single time. It’ll be gorgeous music like this that fills the clubs in the new year and remind us of why we love to dance. 

Tommy Farrow – Let’s Just (Jansons Remix)

I know Tommy from my seasons in Ibiza, so it filled it me with joy to see him breakthrough on Stress Records this year. The original of this song is a bone-fide anthem with all the feels of 90’s euphoria; a tune that was constantly on repeat during this summer. London producer Jansons steps it up a gear further, supplying a rework which brings more four to the four power to this rave gem. 

Woolfy vs. Projections – Cruel Summer (Musumeci Wax Off Remix)

This spin on Bananarama’s 1980s pop classic was aptly dropped during the “cruel summer” of 2020. Purposefully done or not by Permanent Vacation is up for discussion, but two things are for certain. Firstly it’s their best selling release for this year. Secondly, Musumeci was the perfect candidate to inject a little Italo flavour over those nostalgic vocal samples.

Adana Twins, Echonomist – Subway Yard 

If I absolutely had to pick a favourite tune of 2020, I think this electro breaks hybrid would come out as the winner. Adana Twins have had a sensational 12 months with hit releases with Cocoon Recordings and Diynamic. It makes total sense though, that they would save this absolute hammer of a tune to self-releases on their own TAU imprint. 

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