Author Archives: aRod

flying high

Los Angeles producer (and GDD homeboy) Falcon Punch has teamed up with New York mystery producers PIXELATED on the brand new track “Flying High”.  Here’s what Avery Henderson, aka Falcon Punch, had to say about the song:

“This song has been in the works for a long time and finally came together when I teamed up with NYC based producers PIXELATED to finish it up adding guitar, bass and several other elements to tie it all together.”

And how beautifully it all does tie together.  The combination of soothing Baelerica & mesmerizing Nina Simone sampled vocals are sure to keep you in a trance for whatever journey you may be on.  Whether it’s a top down, cross-country drive, a sail across the sea or a plane ride above the clouds, this song will most certainly keep you “Flying High”.

aRod

mapei x happy accidents
Happy Accidents‘ new remix of “Don’t Wait” by Swedish artist Mapei is a song drenched with so much sweetness, it’ll make you wanna hug whatever listening device it’s being played on.  Fret not…this isn’t an annoying, off putting brand of sappy, sugar coated sweetness.  It’s an honest, sincere, no BS type of sweetness.  Happy Accidents take the soulful love & friendship anthem and steer it into power Pop territory on their fantastic Indie Disco tinged rework.  It’s the feel good song of the moment and, for the price of a Facebook like, it’s yours for FREE.  Press ‘like’.  Feel good.

aRod

cyclist - sunrise

Like his fellow countryman Pat Lok or like English producer Clancy, Cyclist is an artist who is both well respected by his peers along with most popular dance music blogs.  Like the aforementioned gentlemen, Cyclist’s production work is always of the highest quality.  On his latest track, “Sunrise”, he teams up with Canadian chanteuse Maiko, their second collaboration (“Shine” was the first back in 2013).  While certain dance fads may come and go, Cyclist defies labels & produces the type of music that will most certainly stand the test of time.  And “Sunrise” is no exception.  With its classic Disco Soul vocals & Deep Disco/Jazz fusion groove, “Sunrise” is the type of track that you never tire of.  ”Sunrise” should keep its place amongst your music collection for many Summers to come.

“Sunrise” is out NOW via Toolroom Records.

aRod

hey girl ep

German artist PWNDTIAC digs deep into his big bag of Funk on his new four track EP “Hey Girl”.  The EP is full of big basslines, crispy percussion, bubbly synths, stylish vocal samples and even includes a ripping horn breakdown.  The “Hey Girl” EP skillfully & flawlessly balances throwback 80s Funk & Freestyle with modern Disco & Electro Funk.  Check out the fantastic video for the title track “Hey Girl”.

***BONUS POINTS TO ANYONE WHO CAN GUESS THE SAMPLE IN “HEY GIRL”***

The “Hey Girl” EP (with additional production from Digitalfoxglove on “Ready”) features two massive remixes by Justin Faust & Douze and has already received big support by Tensnake, Boris Dlugosh, Sleazy McQueen, Henry Saiz, Vincenzo & Chordashian.

“Hey Girl” EP will be available June 30th via We Love This.  Grab your pre-order HERE & be ready to get down!

aRod

marzleon

As far as debut singles go, “L O N E R” by Marz Leon, is a gritty, confident piece of work that has all the makings of a seasoned veteran.  Marz Leon is a Los Angeles producer who has chosen to embrace the realistic attributes of her city rather than focusing on its pretense and the result is a powerful, dusky slice of Electropop noir.  ”L O N E R” has a dark, sexy, cinematic attitude & sound reminiscent of artists like Portishead, Morcheeba & Sneaker Pimps.  It’s the type of attitude & sound that is sorely missing from popular music today.  Marz Leon, show us the way back…

aRod

lok x baker

Like two crafty NBA all-stars, Pat Lok & Patrick Baker run the pick & roll (The Pat & roll?) to perfection on the new Pat Lok jam “Could Be Mine”.  Mr. Lok runs the point with style on this love song, setting up his teammate with precision House beats.  Mr. Baker capitalizes on the deep, late night groove by adding his signature smooth, seductive vocals, resulting in some championship vibes from two of the electronic underground’s most respected producers.

“Could Be Mine” is part of the all-star compilation Parables Volume Two, out now via Kastle’s Symbols Recordings.

aRod

30s

Black Butter Records continues to shine as one of the most diverse record labels in electronic music.  Their latest release by new London outfit 30s, entitled “Stockholm Syndrome”, is a further testament to the label’s diverse (and growing) reputation.  ”Stockholm Syndrome” is filled with highly addictive feels anchored by the dreamy, seductive sounds of vocalist ZOEE.  Aside from the fact that she hails from London, I can’t say that I know much about ZOEE.  But…I’m pretty sure that I love her.

“Stockholm Syndrome” is out NOW via Black Butter Records.

aRod

GTR013 REMINISCENCE 1000

One of our favorite underground labels, Get Twisted Records, recently hit its one year mark.  The Tough Love imprint is celebrating in style with the release of “Reminiscence 2014″.  The album features 13 of Get Twisted’s biggest tracks released in the past 12 months including heavy hitters from Hannah Wants, Chris Lorenzo, Denney as well as fast rising stars such as Origins Sound & Bordertown (plus many more), compiled & mixed by Tough Love.

The Tough Love imprint Get Twisted is a young, underground House label from across the pond that has separated itself from other labels by finding the perfect combination of professionalism & fun.  We had a chance to talk to the Tough Love crew about the rise of Get Twisted and its future along with the anniversary album & mix.  Here’s what they had to say….
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in the sticks

Since 2012, Perfect Driver Music has assembled a tight crew of rising underground stars including Aaron Snapes, Wood Holly, Matthew Anthony, Mark Starr & more.  Today we’re featuring another one of their crew members on the rise, Trevor Osterman, aka Ballast.  Ballast’s fresh take on the House/Booty/Techno scene is a perfect fit for the gritty sounds of Perfect Driver Music.  We had a chance to chat with Ballast recently & here’s what he had to say…
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pablo nouvelle

 

Black Butter Records have themselves yet another fine young recruit on their hands with Swiss producer Pablo Nouvelle.  Pablo Nouvelle describes his music as “a mix of melancholic pop, modern soul and dance music”.  That sound holds true on his latest track, “Poison”, a moody, soulful, dance pop song held together beautifully by French songstress Tulliae.  If the sophisticated sounds of “Poison” are any indication of what’s to come from Pablo Nouvelle’s upcoming EP, then arousal levels are on high for the new EP release (set for late July).

Calibre and Noze are locked in for remix duty on the new EP along with the always fantastic Maxxi Soundsystem (below).

aRod