With dance music’s heavyweights constantly inundating the blogs and other media outlets, it’s refreshing to hear about new talent like Los Angeles-based duo, Memory Service. Although these guys are just beginning their ascent, they’re already proving their promise, and with the backing of Black Butter Records, they’re in a fantastic spot. Their debut release, “Whatchugot,” is featured in the sixth edition of the Spread Love compilation series, and it’s a stand-out house track that’s sure to warm up dance floors far and wide with its good vibes and bouncy rhythm. Enjoy and keep Memory Service in your sights!
On Planets have brought the serious vibes with their take on “OMG.” Uptempo percussive elements set the tone for the super smooth track. Really light feels considering the depth and darkness of the original vocals from the MXMS tune. A warm bassline pads your way through the four-minute production, with plucking chords sprinkled throughout. Safe to say I’m digging my first wind of On Planets and I’ll be keen to hear more!
After a year that has included everything from coveted support slots for Nero, to two EPs on mau5trap, and an official remix for Gallant, the mysterious producer, ATTLAS, now known as Jeff Hartford, is capping it all off with the third and final EP in his trilogy. As deadmau5’s protégé, he’s been cutting through the noise with his diverse palette of sounds, including house, progressive, indie, and ambient elements – all wrapped together in productions that often bring cinematic qualities. This latest six-track release, the Sin EP, is a perfect example of this as he bestows a range of emotions and vibes on each track to showcase his studio prowess, and further establish himself as a versatile artist who is not afraid to dive deep into sonic possibilities without regard to anyone’s expectations. Listen to the EP above, buy it on iTunes or Beatport, and stream it on Spotify.
Grabbitz burst onto the scene just about a year ago after remixing “Silent Pictures” by Deadmau5 and has been on a production tear ever since. Now based in LA, he’s garnered the attention of popular producers and even landed an original composition on CSI: Cyber. With a live show rearing to go he’s released a mid tempo masterpiece on Monstercat and it’s sure to trigger some complextro nostalgia from the Blog Haus days. Have a listen below and keep your eye out for his new record “Better With Time” out December 11th!
Since recovering from a severe car crash, the Parisian future-house aficionado Tchami has announced his own record imprint called Confession, celebrating its launch with a free compilation and releasing one track at a time. Today they just dropped a new one from the mysterious producer known as Malaa, and its all the hood inspired house you could want from the French phenom.
In case you missed the first release on Confession, it came from the low end stylings of French Canadian artist ANGELZ:
RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s freshmen LP was one for the books, an artistic expression rivaled by few in 2014, which is why when new sounds started popping up I was curious to see what another trip around the sun would yield for the boys from down under. ATLAS was simple, cool, and sun drenched. A statement piece that tipped the scales in favor of live electronic over DJ sets. So how do they follow up their first look? With a nine minute masterpiece that exudes maturity across the board. “Innerbloom” is a living breathing song that shifts and blends and morphs into an actualized blossoming of the mind, body, and soul. It’s real, they’re back, and we’re all ears…
PreOrder their Sophomore LP ‘BLOOM’ HERE.
Justin Jay‘s been making some serious moves… After a year that included everything from performances at Coachella, Decibel Festival, Electric Zoo, Desert Hearts, and more on his current world tour, to an EP on Pets Recordings, and Dirtybird, amongst other releases, the LA-based producer/DJ is now launching his new Justin Jay & Friends project, which is a collaborative group that he’s assembled with two of his college homies, vocalist Josh Taylor, and guitarist Benny Bridges. This new track, “Karma,” is the first taste of this project, and just as one may expect, the trio deliver a truly outstanding piece of dance music. Check it out here and keep an eye out for more from Justin Jay & Friends. “Karma” is being released tomorrow via Black Butter Records.
“Two sensitive music kids join a frat together… During my first year of college, I became friends with Josh. As a singer/songwriter, he was drawing influence from John Mayer and Jack Johnson, while I was hooked on Dirtybird and going to illegal house/techno warehouse parties. We grew a mutual respect for each other’s interests, but never even considered making music together. Back in January, with one semester before graduation, we decided to jam together, as a somewhat sarcastic joke. I’d never felt so uncomfortable making music in my life and Josh felt the same. I never had to think about lyrics, verses and choruses, while josh had never sang on top of minor chord changes and dirty bass lines. It’s really scary being pushed to do something different musically, but because I had my friends pushing and helping me, I’ve never had so much fun making music before.” – Justin Jay
iZotope’s Ozone software has grown to become one of the go-to tools for mastering in the box. Version 6 saw the introduction of a new signal path system, allowing users to drag and drop different modules from the software, as well as third party plugins for the first time. Now version 7 has introduced new vintage modes, bringing brand new EQ, compressors and tape emulations to the plugin.
Last winter, Electric Paradise attracted over 12,000 attendees for their inaugural festival, and it’s coming back for more on December 19th, along with a great lineup to match. With just over 30 artists set to perform, Electric Paradise has upped the ante and continues to hold the title of being the largest dance music festival in the Caribbean. The one-day festival will include performances from high-profile, main stage-friendly acts such as Skrillex, Diplo, Steve Angello, Porter Robinson, Cashmere Cat, and more, as well as indie-leaning and underground acts like AlunaGeorge, Nicolas Jaar, Guy Gerber, and Hot Since 82, amongst others. Additionally, a grip of local acts like the house duo, Lash, Dav Motta, and more will be rounding it all out to bring vibes cultivated within the Dominican Republic.
Electric Paradise is sure to be a bliss-filled affair, especially with these names on the bill, so treat yourself before the holidays, and grab your ticket here.
Mikey Lion and Sabo have just released their first studio collaboration together. Featuring two original tracks, ‘Into The Jungle’ and ‘Sally’, as well as remixes by Lonely Boy and Joyce Muniz, Into The Jungle puts deep and complex tribalistic drum patterns at the forefront of the mix, driving a unique tech-house sound that both Mikey and Sabo are known to champion. Really digging these strong vibes from the Desert Hearts crew? You’re in luck; the boys have just released a massive winter touring schedule for their City Hearts party. Check out the tour dates after the jump!