If the festival scene has one thing to take away from 2016 it’s that the boutique festival circuit is a force to be reckoned with. With a capacity big enough to satiate your festival needs, yet small enough to remain personable, it’s no wonder these experiences championed the hearts and minds of many a dance music purveyors. Here in Los Angeles, the Desert Hearts signature brand of parties stood out for their curatorial expertise ranging everywhere from music, to live art, and live performances. Their club shows, and festival at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, set the bar high for the rest of the year, and with the announcement of the return of both their Spring Festival, and City Hearts Tour, it’s clear that 2017 will continue their streak of excellence. To get a better sense of the community, view their 2017 Spring Festival announce video below and be sure to check out the dates for their City Hearts Tour coming to a city near you! Tickets + more information available HERE.
In an attempt to “Derail The Reptile Revolution,” Clarian has slung together scintillating mini-album set to be released November 21st on LA imprint, Culprit. Featuring intergalactic tech and warp speed acid undertones, the project serves as a lethal reminder of our lurking lizard overlords. We premiere “Acid Moon” for you today in advance of the release, a hearty chunk of lunar goodness with an acid flair for the dark side of the moon. Enter Clarian’s universe with the below stream and keep your eyes peeled for the project’s release later this month.
The five songs, each with distinct personality, are inspired by California desert mirages, neon Hollywood glow and faded sunsets over the Pacific. Neo-Future meets vivid Retro Analogue dreams…David Lynch’s “Dune” with the ghost of Hunter S. Thompson fully present.
Cosmic post-disco joins slow-burn techno, adorned with bits of New Wave, futuristic acid house and layers of celestial melodies that make for one-of-a-kind journey through space and time.
Hot Jams is a compilation from Hot Creations that showcases some of the up and coming talent from the ever bourgeoning label. The four track release is a club thumping EP with an exemplary original production from UK based, Neil Parkes. Wonkily titled, “Peil Narkes,” Neil Parkes delivers a dance floor destroyer in instrumental form. The tune simmers for the first three minutes as a walloping kick and sizzling hi-hat lay way for intermittent synth stabs and a discordant break down to build anticipation. The only release of the tune hits at the 3:35 mark where a neural synth symphony fires on all cylinders carrying you through until the end of the production. Set to be released November 4th via Hot Creations, the compilation features Lee Walker, Pete Dorling, and Greeko, and is available to pre-order HERE.
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
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!
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.
The dog days of Summer are coming to end, and what better way to memorialize the everlasting daylight than in playlist form with some tunes that take you from Summer 16 to the bittersweet days of Fall. Brohlson and I deliver 20 tunes that define the changing of the seasons and ease you into sweater weather with selections from Natural Child, Jerkcurb, Captain Supernova, James Blake, Bon Iver, and the Don, Elton John. Have a listen and be sure to subscribe to the playlist as we prepare for a new edition, set to be curated later in the Fall!
German based duo, Raumakustik, are gearing up to release the followup to their scorching Summer tech anthem, “Raider” on Sept. 23rd via Emerald City and it’s sure to keep the seasonal heat on lock. With remixes from Jey Kurmis and Patrick Topping, the support alone could start a four alarm fire. Today we premiere the Jey Kurmis remix for “Dem A Pree” and the result is a sweltering titan of a tech-house tune with a rumbling baseline and well placed synth stabs to keep your hands and feet moving. Keep an eye out for the full release later this month on Emerald City and enjoy the premiere below!
With over a decade’s worth of experience behind the production helm, Phil Kieran is no stranger to stringing together a cohesive body of work. With no samples accredited on the project, what you’ll hear once it’s released are completely original sounds crafted by the seasoned Techno maven. Aptly titled, “Ode To The Sun,” the project is an attention grabbing solar flare that harnesses the energy of life and spits it back out in 10 neatly packaged tunes. In his own words:
I wanted to capture something very real and raw. Something similar to the feeling you get at the end of the night, and jumping in a car from one after party to another driving through London or New York and then the music comes on the car stereo. It has your attention.
With a minimix available for stream below, these tidbits of auditory info have us chomping at the bits for its official release via Hot Creations on October 7th. Have a listen and mark your calendars because this certainly isn’t one to sleep on.