After a noticeable hiatus from the Los Angeles party scene, deep & tech connoisseurs Minimal Effort are back in a huge way. Today, they announced what is probably the go-to Halloween event for those looking to get down to some underground electronic sounds. Every act you read on this bill is more mouth-dropping than the next, and there are apparently still more to be announced. Hold onto your hats as the rest of this story unfolds.
Fresh off the success of his recent smash, “Dirty Work”, Chicago funkster Sam Padrul continues his ride on a big Summer wave with his latest offering, “Hold On Me”. “Hold On Me” features Australian artist Mammals & the song is another fine example by Sam Padrul of how electronic pop music should be properly executed. And, of course, it’s his funk that brings it all together. It’s the type of sexy, pop driven funk that many electronic artists are either not daring enough to try or not funky enough to deliver. With Mammals being no stranger to top team ups (previously teaming up on Goldroom’s classic “Till Sunrise”), this pairing is a perfect Summertime collaboration. Time to set sail on the sea of Summertime funk…
“Hold On Me” is out soon on iTunes & other digital outlets.
San Diego’s pride and joy, CRSSD Festival, is set for its highly anticipated return in the fall, and there is no shortage of top-tier talent that will grace its seaside, sun-kissed grounds. Staying true to its indie meets dance music programming, the festival continues to impress, despite having to follow outstanding lineups from past editions. CRSSD is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand festivals around, and with one look at its lineups and unique venue, you can see why. Enjoy Damian Lazarus’ set from the CRSSD Festival earlier this past spring, and pick up tickets here to kick off your countdown.
Well, its time to fire up the BBQ and spend your days outside. Bit Funk is back with the soundtrack to go alongside that scene. Cue “Destination Sunrise”, a summer jam featuring vocalist Nefe on top of production boasting sprinkles of tropical dance elements, while remaining pop at its core. This track follows up on his late 2015 release of Off The Ground, which has garnered over 3 million streams on Spotify and trickled into mainstream radio across North America.
Although the 4th of July is quickly approaching, we have our sights set on this year’s Woogie Weekend that’s taking place at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA next weekend. Some of the finest house and techno artists like Blond:ish, Rodriguez Jr., Roman Flugel, Mark Farina, Dance Spirit, Visionquest, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and newly added Lee Reynolds of Desert Hearts, are all expected to guide the outdoor dance floors to groove-driven bliss throughout the highly anticipated weekend. If you want in on this, as you should, Do LaB and The Confluence Group are hosting a big festival package giveaway that includes a grand prize of two festival passes and a 25th anniversary limited edition New Belgium bicycle, and a runner-up prize of two festival passes. Enter to win HERE, and if you don’t want to test your luck, buy festival passes here!
Since its launch in 2006, Sabo‘s Sol Selectas label has grown to become a go-to underground label featuring a unique fusion of dance music and world music with tribalistic tendencies. As the founder and figurehead artist, Sabo continues to push the sounds that resonate the most within himself, and this is apparent through the carefully curated releases that offer a distinctive vibe to move hearts, minds, and bodies. For this fantastic Summer Sol compilation, he has reached into different cultures around the world to bring us a collection of 21 original songs created by a family of like-minded producers from over 14 different countries. On top of featuring Sol Selectas artists like Sabo, KMLN, Goldcap, and SAAND, the release also includes gems from more well-known artists like Canson, Dance Spirit, and LUM, while also bringing new artists such as Rodrigo Gallardo, Spaniol, and Armen Miran into the spotlight. Summer Sol has been supported by everyone from Richie Hawtin and Claude VonStroke, to Acid Pauli, Jon Charnis, Yokoo, and more, so hear what it’s all about above and pick it up on Beatport.
Just last year, the inaugural house and techno-focused Woogie Weekend festival descended upon Southern California, finding its home at one of my favorite festival venues, Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. The old Lightning in a Bottle venue served as the perfect grounds for Danny Daze, J.Phlip, Lee Burridge, Sabo, Pumpkin, Jonas Rathsman, and more to throw down memorable sets, while it was also a natural playground for attendees enjoying all that the festival had to offer. Despite the brief bouts of rare summer rain, Woogie Weekend 2015 was a resounding success, and this is ever more true as Do LaB brings it back for a triumphant return this year.
Woogie Weekend 2016 is already looking to be a stand-out festival this season. In true Do LaB fashion, the festival boasts a lineup of heavy hitters, as well as some rarer talents, including Damian Lazarus, Jon Hopkins (Live), Extrawelt (Live), NU, Sebastian Mullaert of Minilogue, Mathew Jonson (Live), TÂCHES, Benoit & Sergio and more. On top of the main acts, LA local crews Subtract, Deep, Favela bar, and more will be heading up the after hours to keep you groovin’ through sunrise, and there will be yoga offerings to help keep your experience balanced. Be sure to grab a ticket here and start counting down the days until Woogie Weekend.
The swiftly emerging indie-pop/rock/electro trio Paper Route has been making their name known through stand-out songs like “Laugh About It,” which is the lead single off of their forthcoming album due out in the Fall. The Nashville-based group is currently being supported on Alternative radio nationwide, so they are bound for more success. In celebration of the release, they’ve enlisted Utah’s 19-year-old producer, Jorgen Odegard, to transform “Laugh About It,” into a melody-rich, mid-tempo groover appropriate for dance floors. Have a listen above and don’t miss Paper Route live at The Echo in Los Angeles on June 20th, Soda Bar in San Diego on June 21st, and Popscene in San Francisco on June 23rd.
Lost in the recent history of electronic music is the era during the early to mid-2000s, when dance music had a true IDGAF attitude. DFA 1979, Gossip, The Faint, Le Tigre…these artists found a way to be edgy & trashy and still have fun while doing it. This mid-2000s electropunk sound took off where Electroclash left off & paved the way for the Bloghaus & Nu Disco movements that followed. And if there’s one artist who has found a way to channel it all & piece it all together with a modernized sound, it’s Jaded. Jaded’s new track “4000Hz” delivers the boom to the dance floor with a wild, punk attitude. “4000Hz” has the kind of edge that is sorely lacking from dance music today. It also has the drive, energy & attitude to fuel any crowd. With festival season upon us, Jaded have given us a monster of a stlyish tune right at the perfect time.