Author Archives: aRod

Overdue

Our Manchester man Clancy is back with a brand new EP entitlted “Overdue”.  An aptly titled EP – regardless of how prolific a producer Clancy has become, it always feels like we’re due for more.  The title track along with another original, “Can’t You See Me”, are exactly what we’ve come to expect from Clancy: dark pulsating Deep Electro/Deep House that will rattle the foundation & the melt the dance floor of any club they’re played in.  Toss in a Deep House pumper from GDD homeboy URULU and you’ve got yourself one fantastic EP.

“Overdue” EP is out February 10th via Dirt Crew sub label S P I E L.
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Collins - Cyclist

On his latest remix, Cyclist gives us a glimpse of himself that we normally don’t get to see.  On his remix of Joshua Collins’ track “To The End”, Cyclist shows off a love for 70s AM Rock with this magnificent six minute soft rock jam.  It never hurts to embrace your inner Steely Dan or channel your stoner pals the Doobie Brothers as Cyclist does here, jamming like it’s the 70s & getting lost in the groove.  Waaaaay cool, man.

“To The End” EP is out now via On The Fruit Records + the Cyclist remix is available HERE for free.
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klaxons

It’s hard to believe that it’s been eight years since Klaxons dropped tunes on us like “Gravity’s Rainbow” & “Atlantis to Interzone”, paving the way for The Bloghaus Movement last decade.  Their new studio album (the band’s third and first since 2010), is set for release this Spring and will feature powerhouse acts like Chemical Brothers, James Murphy & Erol Alkan.  With collaborations like those, Klaxons‘ message is clear in 2014: these guys are not messing around.  Furthering this notion is the group’s hiring of red hot duo Gorgon City (whose current song “Ready For Your Love is #4 in the UK) to produce the new album’s first track.  The song, “There Is No Other Time”, is a pounding piece of Indie Dance Pop that is sure to piss off their crazy core fans (just check out the scathing comments already) but will most certainly win them plenty of new ones.  Klaxons are back.  Tell your friends.

“There Is No Other Time” is out March 23rd via Akashic Records.
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Banks - Brain

For her latest release entitled “Brain”, BANKS recruited fellow LA suburbanite Shlohmo to help produce the track.  If the sheer mention of those two names isn’t enough to make your lip quiver, knees buckle and heart skip a beat, then you may want to check your pulse.  It’s the kind of collaboration that dirty dreams are made of.  BANKS’ truthful, undisguised lyrics are equally matched by Shlohmo’s spellbinding beats.  ”Brain” draws you in then builds into a controlled, scintillating frenzy.  By the time the song reaches its paralyzing climax, you won’t even know what hit you.  ”Brain” is dark, dazzling perfection.
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same hearts

 

Not being able to choose a favorite song from a quality remix package is a good problem to have.  On the remix package for his latest song “Same Hearts” (featuring Bear Mountain), Pat Lok presents us with this most glorious of problems.  The original is a dreamy, cosmic jam that straddles the line between Deep Disco & House while the remix package offers up a little bit of everything ranging from Indie Funk (Oxford) to Darkside Haus (Shelby Grey) to 80s Disco Funk (Ride The Universe…my personal favorite).  And if that’s not enough for you, just ask the experts:

Goldroom: “really like RTU mix and Oxford’s, original is super fun and stands out with an original style” 
Mighty Mouse: “love this, all versions great”
Drop Out Orchestra: “The Ride The Universe Remix is fun!”
Cosmo Baker: “Pat Lok does it again. A stomper.”
Cyclist: “Greatest song ever written”

So the experts all agree: Pat has a great package.

Grab the original for FREE plus the remixes (HERE), out now via Holographic People.
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Rogue Vogue x Cyclist

While the new Cyclist remix of “Until the Dawn” by Rogue Vogue (feat. Patrick Baker) will certainly make you boogie & fill you full of 80s nostalgia, the track evokes a more specific 80s memory for me.  Cyclist’s remix conjures up the persona of some of my favorite 80s anti-heroes & reminds me of all things that made me want to be like them when I was younger.  They were the type of anti-heroes who armed themselves with self-deprecating humor & absurdity who somehow always managed to be the coolest person in the room.  Ridiculous & witty, always managing to get the girl & solve the case.  Acting a fool but playing it cool.  Not an easy thing to do.  The Cyclist remix of “Until the Dawn” evokes memories of movies that starred these type of anti-heroes.  Movies (with underrated soundtracks) like “Fletch” or “Real Genius”.  They were playful & upbeat yet somehow mysterious & seductive.

It’s difficult for me to accept the “this song has an 80s vibe to it” generalization and just leave it at that.  Sometimes specificity (even if it’s something as absurd as comparing the song to a Chevy Chase film) is the only way to let someone know that a song brings out the 80s anti-hero in them.

The “Until the Dawn” EP featuring remixes by Cyclist & BRONX is out February 6th via Kiez Beats.
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solidisco - totw

If you’re going to put out a proper piece of Disco, make sure you dig deep into your Disco treasure chest to find the right starting point.  New York duo Solidisco knew exactly where to look when producing their latest track “Top of the World”.  They kept things in the New York family and used the classic label Salsoul Records as their starting point.  Salsoul Records are considered by many to be Disco royalty and part of that royal family were NY Funk/Boogie outfit Skyy.  Taking a sample from Skyy’s 1980 track “Here’s to You”, Solidisco create a glamorous + infectious Disco House track that will immediately make anyone slip right into happy dance mode.  Good luck getting this one out of your head.

“Top of the World” is out January 24th via Ultra Records.
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Luxxury x Eagles

The LUXXURY Edit Series keeps on rockin’ & rollin’ with the latest edit of the overblown Eagles classic “Hotel California”.  So what does someone like LUXXURY do with a track like “Hotel California”, a track that everyone has more than likely heard one too many times in their lifetime?  He breathes new life into the track by adding some vocoders & Moroder-esque synth bass and takes the track to an entirely different + new cosmic level.  Grab this smooth piece of a Slo-mo Disco for free & float away into outer space…
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Coachella Balloon 460

Acres of lush green grass.  Majestic palm trees highlighted by a purple mountain backdrop.  Sunny Southern California skies.  Desert nights in the Spring.  Cutting edge art installations.  The hottest artists/DJs in the world.  And 75,000 of your closest friends.  As far as music festivals go, The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is as good as it gets.  What makes Coachella the premier festival in the country & one of the top festivals in the world?  First and foremost, the music.  Coachella first began in 1999, took a year off in 2000, and since then, I’ve attended the last 13 festivals.  And if there’s one thing I can say unequivocally, it’s that the music lineup always delivers.  Not only does Coachella consistently offer the hottest musicians of the moment, the festival has also played host to some of the greatest acts of all time: Paul McCartney, Prince, Madonna, Roger Waters, Radiohead, Daft Punk, Dre & Snoop & many others.  Artists come out of retirement & bands reunite for Coachella.  Musically speaking, it’s an A-list festival.  But to achieve that A-list status, you have to deliver the goods from top to bottom.  While keeping an eye on the mainstream, Coachella has always had its finger on the pulse of the underground.  At the height of the Disco Punk revival in 2004, Coachella made sure to book acts like LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, !!! & Le Tigre.  During those glorious Bloghaus years from 2007-2009, Coachella didn’t miss a beat with Bloghaus darlings MSTRKRFT, Klaxons, Justice, Sebastian, Kavinsky & Ghostland Observatory.  And last year Coachella took a more underground approach by adding the Yuma Tent & keeping things deep & dark with acts like Seth Troxler, Maya Jane Coles, Julio Bashmore, Loco Dice & Richie Hawtin.  For Coachella, it’s ALWAYS been about the music.
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The Dirt #141
[Photo courtesy of LaurelRae]

It’s The Dirt #141 brought to you by Steven N. Ewald + aRod.  It’s a brand new year and we’re taking things up a notch.  We’ve got a 12-pack of freebies from big hitters like Treasure Fingers & The Knocks, Chromeo, Salva, Dillon Francis feat. TEED and the latest French Express release from Lane 8.  Plus plenty of other freshness from our GDD mates Traveler, a blissed out Chris Jylkke remix of a Lana del Rey “classic” & plenty of straight up HOUSE MUSIC to kick this year into gear.  Strap in for this week’s wild ride…

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