Author Archives: Colby Reis

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The productions of Craig Williams go a long way in my MP3 library – his remixes are known for taking dance pop anthems and morphing them into techno laced dance floor stompers. A hefty trait to be known for, to say the least. His latest is no exception taking Duke Dumont‘s 2015 fanfare “The Giver” and reducing it into it’s simplest four on the floor counterpart. Ripe for anytime past midnight, it’s sure to bring the ruckus to any club or festival setting.

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DJ Dodger Stadium are back with a brand new track + visuals to suit and the result is another smash hit for the forward thinking Body High label heads. The simplicity of the vocal tracking on DJDS records is what strikes me as so refined, (thanks Jerome LOL) and you can really feel the idea become a song in that regard. “You don’t have to be alone,” starts out as just words and becomes a feeling invoked sonically through progressive piano riffs and mind bending synth stretches complete with sporadic yet well placed percussive patterns (thanks Samo Sound Boy). It’s intrinsic in its nature, something we first heard from their debut LP and is more refined in their second run at production.

The visuals complete the package with courtesy of Directors Daniel Pappas and Nick Walker. Pappas is responsible for a majority of the visual treatment from “Friend Of Mine” and is complimented by Walker’s portfolio of video work for FKA Twigs, Beyonce, and Freddie Gibbs. I’m sure there are a lot of interpretations available as well as people who would say I’m thinking too much, but for me, the video represents a sense of disconnect from the city/suburban life and a reunion with the primordial relationships we developed with Mother Earth and others who cherish it’s sacred nature. Also, it could just be some dogs having a bomb ass day. Either way, the message is clear, you don’t have to be alone.

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Well well well, it looks like the Fantastic 4 are real after all! Monkey Safari have paired with some BIG names for the release of their latest remix EP featuring their cosmic new tune, “Walls.” Perfect for staring at the clouds, or you know, generally existing, the German duo delivers a reaffirming anthem to help guide you to the light of the dance floor. The fun doesn’t stop with the Original Mix, though, as three House music heavy-weights interpret the tune to their own taste.

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Another weekend of hanging with friends in Los Angeles and talking about how f***ing hot it is as sweat drips ever so distastefully from your already over saturated brow line. Keep it cool on us this weekend, though, as we provide a new Too Hot For House Music: Summer Breeze edition, because nothing beats the slightest glimmer of some wind on your face as the sun reminds you who reigns supreme this weekend. There’s plenty of non house music vibes to go around with garage rock, surfer blues, UK indie, 70’s soul, and downtempo/RnB all properly represented in this weeks playlist. So dig in, give thanks, and stay breezy y’all.

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Aptly described as “Motopony with a little stank on it,” Lonely Boy delivers a disco delight ripe for the summer season. Featuring Lonely Boy’s stimulating synths and one funked out bassline, he makes sure to leave room for the Motopony vocals to walk it out. Reminiscent of Modest Mouse on a spicy one, add this to your sunny day playlist and let the good times roll.

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Whenever the latest RA Live Session comes out I drop everything to see what the latest and greatest has to offer. In a world where DJ’s reign supreme, the come up seems to be strong with those looking to innovate and create on the fly. David August has already had a big week with the release his official remix for The Acid which is rapidly racking up the play counts, and this RA Session will be one in the same. Sampling the revered Alfred Hitchcock, August finds inspiration in the author’s haunting words of wisdom as he creates a fully improvised 16 minute live piece that is bar none my favorite session to date.

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One of the biggest treats on this years HSMF15 lineup was the venerable Chemical Brothers and the return of their live show, so imagine the excitement that ensued when HARD announced it’s one off lineup for a special evening in San Francisco. Accentuated by the vivacious and lively Brodinski (+ more TBA) it gets harder and HARDer to pass on the short trip up North. The event itself is being held at a hollowed out Military Armory now owned by the porn behemoth kink.com (click if you dare #NSFW) and is outfitted for a wild evening with friends in the Mission.

Tickets go on sale Thursday 6/4 at 10 AM and can be purchased HERE.

Don’t sleep on this one of a kind show, who know’s when you will get the chance again!

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The armageddon is upon us!! Two straight days of rain and the city of Los Angeles is still trying to figure out how to water proof their every day life. The drivers are suddenly MORE terrible, your room a couple degrees cooler, and your mood is shot to hell from being cooped up like a caged animal! Well fear no more, we’ve put together a LA Rain Survival Kit via a 20 track playlist as curated by Colby J. and Jonah that is sure to flip that frown upside down. From funk to soul and even some rock-n-roll the vibes are a plenty with some throwback’s scattered amongst some expirmental and down-tempo. We’ve got all your bases covered so hop on out of your covers and get your endorphins on with a little dirty dancin’!

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I first heard about RY X on October 12, 2013 – 3 years after his self titled (then Ry Cuming) debut album was released on Jive Records, 1 year after his collaborative project, HOWLING, with Frank (Âme) Wiedemann saw its first release, and 1 year before The Acid, a three piece band with RY X as the front man, would release its debut LP. At the time he was just an enigma, shrouded in layers of cloth and surrounded by the Greek Theater stage curtains, closed tightly in anticipation for Above And Beyond’s acoustic run in Los Angeles. RY X was the opener, a position he had found himself in before, as Ry Cuming opening for Maroon 5, but this time was different. It looked like he had just spent the last year wandering the Australian outback (his native land), complete with long hair, long beard, and tribal markings on his face; he wasn’t putting on a show, this was who he had become. As the lights went down he gave the crowd one piece of information about himself, “My name’s RY X, good luck finding me after this, I’m not really any where.” Continue Reading

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You know, sometimes you just need to stop what you’re doing and thrash about for a bit. So it is with great pride that we introduce to you, “Too Weird For House Music,” a playlist tastefully curated by Colby J. + Troy Kurtz to help you shake it out. So have your moment, say fuck it to your e-mails, don’t do your laundry, look at pictures of baby animals on the internet, wear two different socks, and most importantly…STAY WEIRD!