Max Dean Unveils Highly Anticipated Summer ID 'Future Looks Bright'

Nov 18, 2022

Austin Miller

2 min read

If you set foot in a club this summer, there’s a good chance you heard Future Looks Bright” by UK up-and-comer Max Dean. One of the most sought-after IDs of festival season, this ripper was a premiere piece in the sets of many of dance music’s heaviest hitters, including Michael Bibi, John Summit, Hot Since 82, East End Dubs, Andrea Oliva, Nic Fanciulli, and Lee Foss.

With just one spin, it becomes abundantly clear why so many Reddit threads and online forums clamored for this single all season. “Sanam Re” by Indian multi-hyphenate Mithoon and singer/composer Aright Singh gave us the viral vocal loop that took the internet by storm with its use in CJ’s “Whoopty.”

Max Dean repurposes the swirling sample as the staple for this dance floor stepper, proving that some samples have god-tier staying power. A trusty four-on-the-floor kick package keeps things pressing forward. At the same time, synths swim and bounce before clearing space for the reflective monologue by house music guardian Mr. V on the next generation of house music enthusiasts.

Mr. V states, “The future looks bright,” and Max Dean certainly seems to be evidence of that. While only 22 years old, the London-based young gun has put together a handful of impressively strong grooves in one year of official releases culminating in this 150th release of notable label, Repopulate Mars. And we know there’s something to look out for if an artist like Mr. V is in his corner.

Mr. V has had a front-row seat to the evolution of house music since he first entered the industry in the late 90s as Louis Vega’s assistant at the world-famous Masters At Work label. In 2004, he established Sole Channel Music and later a second label, Muzik 4 Tomorrow. In addition to releases on his labels, he’s dropped hundreds of tunes on esteemed imprints like Ultra, Toolroom, Armada Deep, Defected, Musical Freedom, Vega, and Dopewax.

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