Winter is a strangely curious season. The sun retreats to the southern hemisphere more frequently, the darkness consumes you much earlier than you are prepared to accept, and the emotionally numbing temperatures lead you on a search for things that make you feel something more. Someone to share these dark times with, something potent to spark up, or sounds that reach out to your inner being in ways that vivacious summer anthems can not. Tropicool has come to be known for his sensational summer motif but instead steps into his winter onesie to bring you a compilation mix of sounds that are meant to be shared, be it with good company or something rolled up, to help guide you through the winter season. The warm crackle of a fire, a stiff glass of whiskey, the stench of fresh pine, your favorite pair of wool socks, and Long Drags & Winter Shags Vol. 2.
For those looking to reminisce, Volume 1 is also available to stream.
An early Tuesday morning treat courtesy of the fine people at Thump, “Soul Satisfaction,” the first track on a new EP being released by Brooklyn producer, Bit Funk, is being given away as a free download. Instruments galore as the chorus gallops to groovy piano chords and a punchy jazz drum kit. The funk is made real through the evocation of soulful vocals backed by a healthy dance tempo. This is a superbly stellar production from the artist whose original works catalogue is rapidly expanding, it should be interesting to see what the rest of this project adds to his repertoire.
Welcome to the best of the net as curated by Jonah Berry and myself, Colby J. We’ve been poaching the web in search of only the most proper free downloads to deliver to you in this weeks Dirt segment. A lot of sultry sounds will be made available as this heater of a week here in Los Angeles comes to a cool conclusion, with scattered dance floor fires in the forecast for the weekend. So get down to get up and don’t forget to cop the .zip’s with all the downloads available for your permanent consumption. Continue Reading
Steel Drums, orchestral strings, and a punchy love driven melody decorate Breton’s newest release “Envy” in eclectic fashion for a melting pot of scrumptious musical stew. The multimedia electro-rock outfit is back in tip-top shape after escaping to Iceland in 2012 to record their debut LP at Sigur Ros’ Sundlaugin studio with a renewed energy and aura around their sound. With just a bite of their Sophomore LP War Room Stories in this pretty little ditty, it is safe to say the stage has been set for an even more monumental second go at it. Preorder the LP in digital form here, physical form here.
These days you find a lot of websites posting articles about how the electronic scene is dying, then weeks later about how the electronic scene is thriving, then artists step in and assert their opinions (bias much?), and it stirs up a lot of passion from the bro’s and broette’s who love to get down to some gnar EDM and get all wiggly worm at a festival and sweat on by strangers (now bff’s) to a crazy LED light show that should induce epileptic seizures as any chance of hearing by the age of 65 slowly fades away..and man was that fun for a little bit!! As technological innovations for DJ’s become stagnant, though, the limits for what a live show has to offer has ultimately reached its peak. The stages can get bigger and more money spent towards production, but as I stand 300,000 people deep staring at a stage three football fields wide as Hardwell and Avicii take shelter in a massive owl, I start to have a hard time…getting off. Continue Reading
As if Halloweekend couldn’t get any more action packed, Day of the Dead as presented by HARD is a mere day away. Returning this year in two day fashion with even more heavy hitters on the bill than years past, this years festival will be another ground breaking year for its patrons. With Day Two completely sold out, your opportunity to be apart of this years history is rapidly fading away! Saturday single day, as well as two day passes, are moving quick as the window of opportunity narrows. Check out our top 5 reasons for attending and join us as we burn Los Angeles to the ground at LA State Historic Park this weekend. Continue Reading
It’s taken me a little while to write this. Mostly because I was hesitant to put words over something that spoke for itself. To say it was a moving once in a lifetime experience is a lie, you see, the journey to the Greek was a long and arduous journey that began in the clouds, exactly where A&B’s sounds have the ability to transport you. A small and intimate crowd of friends, Pete Tong, and contest winners were there when the idea of an acoustic show came to fruition, in a hot air balloon above the UK country side with their sounds echoing out to higher beings and a few fortunate souls. When the idea finally touched ground in Porcester Hall, the crowd grew in size and the production grew tremendously. A&B has come to be known for their sold out shows and music that transcends emotions, which is precisely what carried the idea overseas to America, for two nights, to two sold out crowds, and a mass of people open to receiving a gift of sound that will forever live in their dreams. Continue Reading
Fresh off The Dirt from yesterday with Stevie and I, the always summer sounding Panama get a refix from the awesomely instrumental Classixx where a heavy dose of live bass amps up the original prepping it for your groovy endless summer days. The feel of the track is transformed through spacey beach guitar vibes yet the vocals remain intact to deliver their lovely message. Piano riffs scattered throughout accent Panama’s sound perfectly, delivering another instant classic…from the Classixx.
The stoic enigma, Steven N. himself, and I are here with our top 10 free downloads of the week, all .zip’d up like eskimos deep in the Alaskan tundra. A lot of different vibes represented this week as our eclectic tastes represent themselves in free download fashion. Trippy ear visuals from myself; then plenty of pitched down vocals and screwed up vibes from Steven. Dare I say more?
• The Dirt #134: Colby J.’s .zip
• The Dirt #134: Steven N. Ewald’s .zip
Sydney based four piece band Convaire has concocted an indie disco anthem that boosts your confidence and assures that you woke up on the right side of the bed. It’s hard not to close your eyes as you soak in the vibes and sashay from point A to B, grooving to a down under bassline and punchy live drum kit. The lead singer takes charge and makes sure you get exactly where the track is supposed to take you as you day dream about young love and more innocent days through their infectious pop bars. Out now on iTunes, be sure to cop and subscribe to their SoundCloud for future releases.