Fall is upon us and the days are getting shorter. So fire up your heater and load up on some tea and enjoy over an hours worth of expertly curated indie rock, jazz, hip-hop, and psychedelia. Featuring new music from the likes of POND, Father John Misty, Francis and the Lights, as well as Silvester, this list is best served over long conversations and brisk strolls. Be sure to follow the playlist and keep up to date as we’ll shuffle around the sounds as the season progresses! Artwork by the talented: Mariano Peccinetti
RUFUS’s 2016 album “Bloom” has catapulted the group into superstardom. It’s tough to nail down a crowning track, but for me it has to be Innerbloom. The original 10+ minute odyssey is incredibly stunning, and Lane 8 just put an amazing touch in it. More subdued in nature, this edition showcases the softer elements of the track. Stream it now.
“Lane 8 proved to be a perfect tap for the ‘Innerbloom’ remix package, returning to the fold with the peak time display of heart-wrenching mastery that has made his singular take on electronic music a standout over the last few years. By adding rolling percussion and a fresh flowing lead, Lane 8 has transformed the original into an anthem fit for divine moments of elevated dance floor sensation.”
Back in August, the multi-instrumentalist Sebastian Carter announced his debut EP, City Lights, with the first single, “Shallow Waters,” and since then, he has seen a wealth of support from names like Jamie Jones, Lane 8, Tensnake, and more. This is particularly exciting for Sebastian as he has been working diligently on crafting a new artistic direction, while finishing up school at The Modern Music Institute in Brighton.
His City Lights EP shows him exploring ethereal electronic soundscapes embellished by organic live instrumentation, vocals fromJulia Church, Atonal, and Tosca Singer, as well as dynamic rhythms, ranging from house to downtempo and everything in between. As a whole, the release is a soulful and eclectic body of work that reflects his artistic authenticity, as he seems to draw upon a pool of UK-centric influences to cultivate his own experimental, genre-bending style that truly sets him apart from the rest. Enjoy the release above and buy/stream the EP here!
Upon Access was only founded this year but already it is a label with a reputation for putting out great new music. Curated by Australian producer and DJ Made in Paris, the label’s next release is from brand new singing Somersault. He is a young producer who has come a long way from working as a funk guitarist to producing music played on international festival stages and securing hits in the Beatport Top 100.
Stampede goes first and is a slick and spacious deep tech cut with a writing synth line that snakes about above smooth drums. Smeared pads add real scale to the cut and help suck you right in to the midst of the spaced out groove. Finishing it off in style are some harmonious melodies that stick long in the brain. On the flip you’ll find It’s Erotic, another sensual groove that is rooted in deep and rubbery drums. This one has more textured synths and heavenly pads all adding up to a roomy tune that will make your hairs stand on end thanks to its subtly epic intentions. Somersault is sure to have secured another hit here with another fine release. The EP is already supported from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Oliver Schories, Sossa, DJ Karotte and more. Listen below!
Riding high off their mighty BBQ tour, the infamous Dirtybird clan has set their dials for full speed towards the 2nd annual Dirtybird Campout this weekend. The 3-day excursion secluded in southern California features summer-camp games and activities (you’re literally assigned a Dirtybird camp counselor), a comedy stage, after hours, endless BBQ, refreshments, and of course friends and familiar DJs from around the world.
One of the best things about the campout is the the musically-educated crowd it attracts. As a festival celebrating the Dirtybird sound, fans flock from all over with a positive easy-going candor that reflects the music that will carry all weekend long. Needless to say, vibes will be 10/10.
The Dirtybird campout has just officially SOLD OUT, but tickets may still be available if you know how to keep your ear to the ground. To get you ready for the madness, rinse through a selection of live sets from last years campout below!
Symbiosis Gathering has become an essential part of the global festival scene, and it’s continuing to influence society with its widespread offerings. Music and art are at the forefront of the “Symbi” experience, and with a venue like the Woodward Reservoir, those elements are given a gorgeous and unique water-filled backdrop. Much like every year, this year’s gathering captivated the masses and gave attendees plenty to brag about, from the surreal art installations to ripping sets from the Desert Hearts crew, Seth Troxler, RL Grime, and more. If you didn’t have a chance to make it out this year, be sure to check out this photo recap and get hyped for next year’s special total solar eclipse gathering in Oregon that is most certainly a must-attend, week-long festival.
The never ending search for what to do on a Friday night in Los Angeles has reached a head this weekend with Outspoken and Dig Deeper’s happenings at Couture this Friday. The German House aficionados, Session Victim, are bringing their live chops to Hollywood for what is sure to be an immersive evening of good vibes and better music. With Dig Deeper’s Masha and Alison Swing on support duties, expect a well curated set list and a dance floor that’s been dialed in. It’s not too late to get tickets, and if you need more convincing check out Session Victim’s Boiler Room set below!
Mat Zo is an artist who has always been well-respected for his detail-oriented production work spanning across multiple genres. His most recent endeavor, the 3-track MAD EP, shows him exploring bass-heavy sonic territory while utilizing broken-beat rhythms, from hip-hop beat vibes to faster juke-like sounds. In conjunction with the release, the studio wizard also announced his MAD North American tour, which takes him across the U.S. and Canada through November 25th. Check out the EP and full list of dates below. The EP can be purchased here and tickets are on sale here.
Belgian duo Raw District return to the Crosstown Records label with their latest release, “Addicted,” featuring Caribbean vocalist Aquarius Heaven. The result is a wicked combination of German techno and Bahamian beats that makes for a real tribal tech dance floor churner. At just over 9 minutes long, the tune features an eclectic array of breaks and builds as the song morphs and transforms into alternate versions of itself until it reaches it’s final form at around the 7 minute mark. Slated to be released on the 23rd of September (link HERE), look for remixes from Rampa, Doc Martin, and the B-side titled, “The Alchemist.”
TEE MANGO, aka Mr. Millionhands, the curator extraordinaire, is a man who exudes character. From his always in demand fashion line to his masterfully produced back catalogue, he’s an artist in pretty much every sense of the term. Which is why his debut LP stands out as one of the more carefully crafted vibes of 2016. With a mix of sounds ranging from house to electronica, the project spans a wide range of emotions in its entirety.
There are delicate late night progressive vibes a la “TUNNEL VISIONS” as well as some downtempo emotive house via “NIGHTSWIM.” For those who like their House a little bit funk’d up, look no further than “ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE” and “I SEE YOU DANCIN.” On the more experimental end of the spectrum there is the track “BREAK OF DAWN” with a smidge of breakbeat as well as the instrumental intermission titled “I CAN SEE STRAIGHT.”
It’s some all around good clean sexy fun for the freshmen LP of a producer whose releases date back to 2012. While his history in the scene makes him a veteran in his own right, it’s the subtle imperfections that allow this album to breathe amongst its contemporaries. Comfort zones are established and shattered as you move from track to track adding a respectable layer of intrigue as the LP plays cover to cover. Slated to be released on September 23rd on the Millionhands label, this is certainly not one to sleep on.