Author Archives: Colby Reis

Another day, another dollar. Unless you’re out there with high hopes to make this Monday extraordinary, like Vienna producer, Filous, who seemingly clears away the cobwebs to reveal a much more magical rendition of the mundane day. Fluffy for all the right reasons, this deep pop is precisely what the doctor ordered. To make matters more sublime, a free download has been offered up to keep the party going until the end of time in your iTunes library. Pour it up, pour it up, that’s how we ball out.

HARD Summer may seem like months away, but what’s not to get excited about when it comes to finding out the new venue for this years festival. Set in stone for Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, a massive all grass venue is the first thing that comes to mind. Once the initial enamor of the lush and lively fields wears off, the promise of a fifth stage brings the excitement back to fruition. Just ten minutes from downtown LA, HARD keeps it’s roots planted firmly in SoCal. The only thing left to do is get your early bird on sale tickets this Friday at 10 am to make sure you’re a part of the summer shenanigans set to take place August 2 & 3.

Tickets: http://hardfe.st/1dvb8JB

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It’s been a while, you could say, since it was last possible to catch Audion (Mathew Dear’s Techno Alter Ego) on tour. In that time you may have discovered your love for techno, as he discovered a love for changing the way you receive Techno live. With a career expansive album in the works titled, “Audion X,” Mathew Dear has put together an evening long odyssey to accompany the immersive audio visual content from his forthcoming album. SUBVERTICUL will feature a custom stage setup that was built by Heather Shaw (of Amon Tobin’s groundbreaking ISAM tour fame), whose team has created a labyrinth sculpture based off the Audion “A” that pulses, spins, and grows in response to Audion‘s ever shifting rhythms. We recently had the chance to speak with Dear about what to expect this Saturday at the El Rey, how it all came together, and how it is all still coming together. Continue Reading

The trumpet player sits cross-legged front and center with a lone spotlight to illuminate his cause as the drummer keeps the beat patiently in the background. The room is dimly lit (naturally), and the clinking of ice cubes rattling around in my goblet of whiskey compliment the quiet acoustics of the space. Smoke vapor is ruminating as it dances freely in the minimal light available as the dull roar of intimate conversation comes into play. People are dancing, but not maniacally, it’s more of a lonely waltz as you wander the dance floor in an attempt to discover yourself. Head in the air, arms wide open, spinning and shuffling as the melody shifts in intensity. This escape that is offered is so meticulously calculated, from the white noise that gently makes it’s presence known in the background to the muted reverb drenched trumpet, it almost lets you know that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, because it’s exactly where it’s supposed to be. Check for Francis Harris‘ “Minutes Of Sleep” EP out on Scissor and Thread February 24th. Stream the project preview after the jump.

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Chic feat. Nile Rogers, Giorgio Moroder, Tensnake, Oliver, and Destructo. Woah. The biggest names in Disco from the past two decades all in one sentence, all on one bill, this coming May, as presented by HARD. With their Dischoteque stage in recent years, HARD has given the nod to the timeless genre on multiple occasions, but this time they give it the spotlight for what is sure to be a transcendent timeline of Disco’s existence in the modern dance music industry. On one hand you have the men who have virtually given birth to the movement, men who have worked with the legends your parents used to get down to. Then on the other, the producers who have/are keeping the genre alive in it’s current state. You have the chance to hear history unfold, a chance to understand an idea that has managed to keep it’s footing all this time. Continue Reading

Warning: this will make you feel some type of way. As if my obsession with this track couldn’t get any more real, MNEK had to go and drop the four on the floor, insert an unmerciful amount of piano, and let his talented vocals run rampant on the track. Guaranteed to stir up every emotion you’ve got in your arsenal, grab the nearest tissue box and just let em flow…

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Two of London’s finest have teamed up for a hot little house record that’s sure to set your hump day straight. With a vocal performance from Will Heard that better land him a stellar Valentines day, the story of a lonely lover who just wants to find someone significant in the world is backed by a thumpin’ bassline from Tourist. Progressive chords in the background compliment and swell at just the right second for a musical release to call home about. Out soon on Tourist’s Patterns EP, keep an eye out for the project on Method Records.

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We all remember that historic day, when “Crank Dat (Soulja Boi)” graced the airwaves for what seemed like an eternity. The dance, forever emblazoned in your memory from viral videos and constant air time, still strikes a nostalgic chord, though. So when White Noize & Nima G sample the hook and throw it over a crankin’ bassline with some dark techno synths, you can’t help but feel some type of way. So go find a backpack to nugget or go participate in some lunchtime shenanigans, because this track will take you backkk.

Those who were fortunate enough to catch Disclosure on tour last year might remember rising hip-hop star Vic Mensa, who landed the task of opening for the then budding production duo. As the come up became real with the Disclosure boys, Vic Mensa rapidly cranked out his own productions, keeping his candle burning closely and similarly to his tour mates. Now that the tour has concluded, Vic has taken the time to release a freestyle to the tune of “When A Fire Starts To Burn” that turns the track into a full on blaze. With no signs of cooling off, it would be advantageous to keep Vic close on your radar.

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Time to get weird with Mr. Toks and Colby J. as we bring you The Dirt numero one-forty-cinco. We’ve rounded up the best of the net in this weeks downloads, and we’ve got a lot of variety for you to pick from. From vibey house, to rock-n-roll edits, to some downtempo and experimental tunes, all your bases are covered. As per usual, scoop up the lot of them in the .zip’s, should you be so intrigued. So sit back, press play, and ride out to the tunes we’ve put together.

Toks’ Dirt #145 .zip (Tracks 1-5)
Colby J.’s Dirt #145 .zip (Tracks 6-10)