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.
Ok so Frank Ocean’s second run at it is a masterfully produced Pop/RnB/Hip-Hop wonder album, now let’s move along and take a look at some records that might have flown under your radar. It is no secret that music has been thriving in 2016, but it isn’t just the big dogs that have been particularly on point. Up and comers (as well as some of the more venerable acts) from across the board have been producing up a storm with multi-faceted sonic landscapes that provide more depth and experimentation than your typical pop masterpiece. Let’s take a look at some of 2016’s finest and brightest LP’s: Continue Reading
All around dance music bad ass Junior Sanchez bestow’s his blessing on the latest and greatest from Australian producer Paces and we’ve got the scoop! Synths soaked in Summertime dance delicately with vocals from Guy Sebastian as the song keeps an anti-progressive vibe, perfect for the current carefree season. Look for the full tune and remix package featuring 4 more Junior Sanchez edits out on August 5th via Etc Etc Records. In the meantime, get your fix with the below stream and keep the Summer vibes on high as we charge into the second half of the season!
Rydim is set to release a techno behemoth via Hot Creations on June 17th featuring an intergalactic remix from Simon Baker‘s techno alter-ego, BKR Project. The original is an acid vocal edit that had the dance floor of Berghain in mind, while Baker’s edit takes on a more synth laden house approach. With the vocals scaled back and sampled intermittently, it’s the programmed percussion patterns that take the spotlight as lush synth pads provide sonic escape. For those who can’t wait to get their hands on the EP, there is a link available for pre-ordering HERE!
Hailing from Greece, NTEIBINT and collaborator Stella are no stranger to Summer feel good anthems. The two paired up on the 2015 smash hit, “The Owner,” and return in 2016 with their infectious groove, “Hide In.” What was originally intended to be a ballad highlighting Stella’s vocals was deconstructed and infused with live bass as the track’s foundation. The result is a silky smooth love song with a strong melodic energy about it that’s sure to take over a dance floor near you this season. Look for the official release out June 24th with remixes from Ewan Pearson and Zombies in Miami on Eskimo Recordings.
The third installment in the Official HARD Summer Mix series features none other than House legend Felix Da Housecat and his signature brand of give no fucks dance music. With just about every genre of house represented in this mix, dig in and take a ride with a real OG as he gets you in the mood for the #pinkTENT vibes at #HSMF16. Catch Felix alongside other noteable House acts; Claude Vonstroke, Justin Martin, Andhim, Superflu, Justin Jay, Ardalan, and Will Clarke. Tickets still available at www.hardsummer.com!
The Australian electronic outfit, The Avalanches, have had plenty of time to craft a follow up album to their critically acclaimed Freshmen LP, “Since I Left You.” With rumors circulating in the press dating back to 2011 regarding their Sophomore production, it’s about time some music is finally starting to surface. With members coming and going in the 16 years that have elapsed since their first crack at it, it’s peculiar to see the group transition to a more hip-hop oriented vibe after the overtly house oriented, “Since I Left You.” Check out the visual treatment for the MF DOOM and Danny Brown single, “Frankie Sinatra,” and peep the vinyl preview via XL Recordings below! The vinyl is available for pre-order ahead of it’s July 8th release HERE.
The pathway to stardom hasn’t always been paved for the Baghdad born Motez, but uprooting to Adelaide certainly accelerated his curiosities and access to the dance music culture. With early roots listening to Jean Michel Jarre and an affinity for the abstract and out of the ordinary, Motez shaped his musical belief system on a rejection of predictability. His signature brand of dance music is a proper representation of his talents as a producer intent on leaving his own unique mark on the house music community. Currently celebrating 10 years of living in Adelaide, we recently got the chance to wrack his brain on the current political landscape plaguing Sydney nightclubs, how his tour setup is evolving, and what keeps his creative juices flowing. Continue Reading
One of the most venerable trio’s in the music business at the moment are set to bring their world renowned acoustic show to the Hollywood Bowl this weekend after an incredible two night stint at The Greek Theater some years ago. I was there when it first went down, and I’m glad this concept was expanded upon so more fans would have the chance to be touched by the music of Jono, Pavo, and Tony.
While I will not be in attendance this weekend, I can’t help but become enamored with the latest release off their Acoustic II LP, “No One On Earth.” Bone chillingly beautiful, and hauntingly graceful, I can’t help but dream about the good times that could have been this weekend. For those unable to make it as well, look out for the full Acoustic II LP released on June 3rd.
Once dubbed by Mixmag as their “Future Hero,” the UK based Denney returns to a label he holds dear to his heart. His latest EP, Visualize, is framed around the many different aspects of the night, he says “All the tracks were approached slightly differently when I was making them, I was aiming them for different parts of the night and inspired by different dance floors.” The title track, as premiered below, sets the tone with a house driven beat and heady vocals that would transcend any dance floor scenario. With a bit of an acid break at the end, “Visualize” kicks off his latest EP with a bang so be sure to cop when it’s released on May 27th on the legendary Crosstown Rebels.