When a song comes together on the first take, it’s usually something special. This is exactly what happened with this fresh offering from the masterful producer David August, along with Sissi Rada, the harpist of David August & Ensemble. After hearing Sissi Rada singing in Greek and playing the harp, August invited her to record with him, they got together, and Sissi jammed on top of his harmonies on his Prophet 5 synth. Her first take is the one that we have the pleasure of enjoying.
“Patria” has all of the ingredients and more for a stand-out David August track – a slowed, yet impactful, house groove, evolving synth work, organic percussive elements, and Sissi Rada’s unique vocals – brought together under a veil of musicality and deeper meaning. Have a listen and download above. Read more about the track from David August himself below.
“Back then I was in my bedroom studio. We had noises from the street, roommates next door, but the take captured the magic and the spontaneous moment of just doing music. I didn’t want to record it again. Her lyrics are about the devastating political and financial situation in Greece and I tried – as much as I could – to reflect that with my music.
Now, one year later more people than ever try to find a new life and a new home. For me it was one more reason to put this out finally, there won’t be a better moment. “Patria” is my contribution for all the lost souls of this earth.” – David August
The Los Angeles-based band, Phases, has tapped Washington D.C.’s Eau Claire for a remix of their single, “I’m In Love With My Life.” This remix is the newest addition to Eau Claire’s growing catalog of remixes for the likes of Marvin Gaye, MIA, Husky, and more. The emerging house producer is quickly establishing her melodic and groovy style, and her rendition of “I’m In Love With My Life” serves to strengthen it with its keys, arpeggiated synths, and smooth bassline under the original’s vocals. Listen to the remix below!
The Hawaii-born, LA-based producer, Mahalo, is coming through with his first official release on LAMP (Los Angeles Music Project), following the release of his successful debut EP on Sleazy Deep. This newest tune, “Wave Attack,” is a clubby tech-house groover with hints of G-house that round out the thumping track. With this being just his second official release, Mahalo is undoubtedly showing great promise. Listen below and download it here.
Our friends at CRSSD Festival have teamed up with our Aussie brother Wax Motif & ToneDen to bring you the exclusive opportunity to nab some sweet festival tix. If you didn’t make an appearance at CRSSD Festival 2014, you missed some seriously amazing tunes (and craft beer). Equipped with one of the most stunning backdrops in festival history, CRSSD Festival unites the best of the deeper roots of electronic music with a food & drink offering I dare you to beat. A 21+ experience, expect to have an amazing time at this year’s event. Enter to win your free passes below:
GDD favorite Sweater Beats is one to watch. He’s done official remixes for big name artists like Flume and Alesso, and toured with Chance the Rapper and Chet Faker. Now the LA producer is back with an official remix for the R&B talent JoJo, reworking her new single “When Love Hurts” into an end-of-summer anthem. Sweater Beats chops the vocals into an insanely catchy new melody that effortlessly flows over the track’s bouncy rhythm. Stream the remix below and catch Sweater Beats on his ‘Future Feels’ World Tour, including 30+ dates with artists like GTA, K Camp, Bondax and Jai Wolf.
Like a bat out of hell, Soulwax has slapped their name of some of hottest tunes in recent memory. Plowing through Jungle and Tame Impala like nothing, they’ve now put their spin on Hot Chip. “Huarache Lights” was one of the monster tracks from “Why Make Sense?,” and these guys just took it up a notch. They turn the tough melody from the original tune into a crunchy 120ish masterpiece. Those characteristic chimes throughout the tune remind you that you’re not the water that’s apparently flowing on Mars.
Crooked Colours are a live electronic trio, creating music that has one foot in the indie genre and one foot in a darker electronic realm. Comprising of Phil Slabber, Leon Debaughn and Liam Merret-Park, their sound has often been compared to a combination of English indie-rock foursome Alt-J and US electronic duo Crystal Castles. Today, we have the awesome opportunity to premiere their latest tune, “Steps.” Dark vox couple with a haunting soundscape to create a really epic neo-techno creation. Enjoy!
Chicago’s prolific house music producer, Roy Davis Jr., is still on point, even after decades of strong influence in the scene. His newest release comes as a remix of Kim Anh’s “Shadows,” and he easily does justice to the original, while giving it his own flair. On his remix, Roy Davis Jr. keeps the soulful, psychedelic vibes strong with a smooth four-on-the-floor rhythm that’s accented by strings, phaser-ed guitar work, and chopped n’ screwed vocals. Enjoy below and buy it on iTunes.
2015 for Justin Jay has been one for the ages, and he’s rolling on into the last quarter of the year with the wind at his back. Just last Friday, the LA-based producer/DJ took over the BBC Radio 1 airwaves with an after hours mix feature on Pete Tong’s show, which followed the slot helmed by VIVa Music’s Steve Lawler. Throughout the year, Justin has been teasing his new project, Justin Jay & Friends, so not surprisingly, he decided to include a few new unreleased tracks, amongst an array of groovy jams from the likes of Catz ‘N Dogz, Adriatique, Dimitri From Paris, Aroop Roy, and more. Definitely let this mix carry you into the weekend, and if you haven’t been able to catch Justin on his Mom, I Graduated! World Tour, see when he’s coming to a city near you here.
Get ready for some serious feels. Known for his superb handling of the low end, Kasbo is no stranger to the GDD feed. A laid back, almost haunting ballad spills out of your speakers and wraps you in a warm embrace. Piano chords, string melody and these soulful vox samples take you on a serious journey. Hats of to Kasbo on this magical little number. Give him a shout on Soundcloud and download this boy for free.