Author Archives: aRod

alice russell x fkj

Is there anybody out there right now making smoother music than FKJ? Whether it’s remixes of contemporary artists , remixes of artists from the past or original work of his own, FKJ’s brand of silky smooth, soulful electronic music is absolutely sublime.  FKJ adds to his list of majestic tunes with his remix of the 2005 classic “Hurry On Now” by Alice Russell.  Here is what FKJ had to say regarding how he came about remixing her:

“I was streaming some Alice Russell tracks and found out that this acapella was available…completely felt in love with it and remixed it straight away. So here is my interpretation.”

aRod

Perplexus

“Put You On”, the new track by London mystery duo PERPLEXUS, is already garnering massive support in the UK and could very well become a world wide smash this upcoming Summer season.  ”Put You On” has that missing ingredient that every Summer pool party could use a little more of: 2-Step.  One can certainly envision “Put You On” being a staple during pool party season out here on the West Coast.  PERPLEXUS add a modern gloss to the throwback sound of 90s 2-Step…it may only a matter of time before the shimmering hi-hats & smooth, soulful vocals of “Put You On” come cascading down from every Hollywood hotel rooftop pool and out onto the streets of LA.  The UKG sound is sleek & sexy and one we hope makes its way across the pond this Summer.  PERPLEXUS, show us the way…

“Put You On” is out July 6th via Sonus Music Ltd.  Pre-order your copy HERE.

aRod

MH Colours

In anticipation of their new album (due out later this year), Miami Horror strategically released several new tracks, much to the gratification of their worldwide fan base.  The wonderful new tracks (along with a handful of remixes) should be enough to tide Miami Horror fans over until the new album is released.   One of those tracks, “Colours in the Sky”, is a dreamy, uplifting synth track that features vocal work by Cleopold.  Cleopold was able to pull double duty and put out a remix of his own.  Cleopold’s remix is treated with elegance & grace, upping the bliss factor and taking “Colours in the Sky” the heavenly new heights.

aRod

florrie x figgy

While French Express bossman Perseus was able to pioneer the Tropical RnB movement from a few years back and Kaytranada was able to elevate that sound with an edgier Hip Hop vibe, East Coast producer Figgy found a way to perfectly balance all of the aforementioned elements to come up with his own brand of sexy, soulful Deep Disco.  Whether it’s original production or remix work, one listen to Figgy’s SoundCloud is enough to lure anyone in.  With standout remixes of BANKS, T-Pain & Phantogram (to name a few) already under his belt, Figgy keeps that sexy remix train rollin’ with his latest, a remix of “Wanna Control Myself” by UK chanteuse Florrie.  The result is another deep, hypnotic jam sure to put you in the sexiest of moods.

aRod

midnight shift

There are certain artists, past and present, who I will always be on board with no matter what their involvement is in a project.  One past artist who I am always on board with and one current artist who I am always on board with both happen to be present on Gomma Records’ latest release.  When I found out that Nancy Whang would be reworking Donna Summer, excitement levels were high.  ”Working The Midnight Shift” is thought of as one of Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder’s finest collaborations.  The updated version of the track gets a fantastic vocal revamp by Ms. Whang.  She teamed up with dynamite producer Bonar Bradberry (one half of PBR Streetgang) to bring a polished, cosmic & energetic sound to the 1977 classic that Donna Summer herself would have been proud of.

“Working The Midnight Shift” is out May 16th via Gomma.

aRod

Without Time

San Francisco’s MyKill teamed up recently with Keith Walker of The Holy Coast to produce the song “Without Time” and the outcome of this fine collab turned out to be magical.  ”Without Time” is filled with glowing synths and sexy saxophone…just the type of soothing ingredients that will instantly warm your body and mind and whisk you away to beaches filled with soft white sand & endless sunshine.

Grab the FREE DOWNLOAD & let the Summer chill out begin…

aRod

Needy

What more can we say about Pat Lok that we haven’t said already?  He’s well respected amongst his peers as well as all the big name blogs, he kills it at social media, has extensive knowledge of the NBA & is an all around good dude.  Included in that all around game is his ability to produce quality tunes.  Whether it’s his remix game or his original production, Pat Lok is always on point.  His 2014 hot streak continues with his latest track, “Needy”.  ”Needy” is a Deep Disco/Tropical House tune that manages to capture both the light and the dark.  There’s no denying what a sexy track this is.  Late Summer night sexual energy.

“(Everyday and night) I need you baby”

“Needy” is out NOW on Beatport via MANI/PEDI & includes remixes by Robotaki & Ekali.

 

aRod

eddie & rick james

The Dirt #154, brought to you by Troy Kurtz + aRod, is stacked from top to bottom with diverse sounds and alluring tracks, all for your listening pleasure.  Find 10 ready to download songs that range from a grip of unreleased demos to tasty bootlegs that breathe new life into familiar tunes. Come in and catch a vibe.

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The Babe Report: Desert Discoveries for WKND 2

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(Welcome back to another killer guest post from none other than Babe in Residence, Miss Victoria Geil herself)

WE 3 BABES made it back alive to Los Angeles out of the desert.  We survived a sandstorm, several marriage proposals, and midnight hikes out of the venue.  We had a marvelous time, so marvelous that I’m finding myself tempted to reappear for Weekend 2 ;D

PRO TIPS must haves: tissue, hand sanitizer, SPF and a scarf (to sit on the ground with and also to cover your face for the dusty walk home).  Leave your headdresses and light toys at home.  Get your kicks painted at the Lacoste party.  Dress comfortably.  HYDRATE.  Put away your phone to save battery – you can’t even refresh your instagram anyway.
If you suffer from FOMO anxiety, just know that there is at least 21 other epic things happening ALL AT THE SAME TIME and there’s nothing you can do about it except to enjoy yourself.  Just know what scene you’re going for – fashion, business, celebrities,  partying, pool hopping, or you know, for the music.  But don’t fret, wherever you go the people watching is guaranteed to be fascinating, the new friends will be fun and you’ll have a ball!
Here’s what I enjoyed (musically) the most from weekend 1…

By now you’ve already seen a ton of “DOs & DON’Ts” articles regarding Coachella.  We’re not here to tell you what to do at Coachella.  You know how to party hard without going overboard, so what more do you need to know?  I mean, we do know of one SUPER STEALTH area with a clean indoor bathroom & easy access bar that isn’t VIP…but we ain’t tellin’ where it is.  That one is best to find all on its own.

What we can tell you are things like don’t fret over the Yuma Tent lines.  They might be long at times but they go fast.  The Yuma Tent is twice as big this year and twice as glorious.  Hot Since 82, The Magician, Tiga, Cajmere, Laurent Garnier, BicepYuma Tent delivers all weekend long, so jump in line – it won’t take long.  Also, don’t sleep on the Heineken House: Chela, Human Life (w/Anabel Englund), Anna Lunoe, Flight Facilities & Classixx will all be performing.  Same goes for the Do Lab – there’s plenty to see there like The French Express crew (sans Jonas Rathsman) plus acts like Sweater Beats, Kidnap Kid & many others.  And most of all, GO SEE OUTKAST.  Don’t listen to what people said about them in Weekend 1.  I was there.  Sure the energy level could have been a little higher (from the performers AND the crowd).  And sure their special guests were a bit lackluster.  It didn’t matter.  They still sounded great & the set list was amazing.  I imagine they’ll make a few minor tweaks and be even better in Weekend 2.

OK, here are FIVE BUZZY TUNES that set the desert on fire last weekend & are sure to get you going Weekend 2.  GO FORTH, 2ND WEEKENDERS!

Lorde – Tennis Court (Flume Remix)

The Gobi Tent could barely contain massive crowd for Flume & once this song played, the tent exploded.

AlunaGeorge – This Is How We Do It

Miss Aluna Francis is a superstar in the making.  She brought some serious desert swervin’ to the Gobi Tent with this one.

GusGus – Crossfade (Maceo Plex Remix)

Maceo Plex played the biggest, baddest Yuma Tent set of the weekend & this track drew countless oohs & ahhs.  Cue the air blasters!

Disclosure x Friend Within – The Mechanism

Excitement levels were high for this track going into Coachella, so who better to drop this bomb on the Yuma Tent than The Magician himself.  The bearded man in the tux played a ballsier set than most expected.  It was non-stop magic.

Oliver Heldens – Gecko

There was a Gecko loose in the Yuma Tent during The Magician’s set & it went WILD.  Just ask our very own BONES.


aRod