It’s official – my Holy Ship! cherry has been popped. Three days on the 4th largest cruise liner in the world with some of dance music’s most devoted attendees was one for the record books (now I do it all again in February). It’s pretty incredible to be in such close quarters with some of the most talented DJ’s around the globe, and I think this shared connection allowed for a lot of risks on the turntables, that, or the expected three sets from each performer willed them to dig deep into their collection. Either way, the music was incredible, as was the setting and the vibe. So swell in fact, I’ve put together my Top 10 Tracks as heard on Holy Ship! 2015 (January Sailing). Continue Reading
Samba meets Jazz meets Funk meets Sunshine in the newest compilation series from the Los Angeles based label Chit Chat Records. It features some familiar names; Poolside, Fatnotronic (Gorky from Bonde Do Role + friend Phillip), Daniel T. (Cosmic Kids), and TonyAdams, as well as their interpretations of some v rare Brazilian Boogie jams. Infinity pool day dreams and scanty one pieced females drift in and out of palm tree shadows as these four producers work their magic to bring you an innately unique musical experience. Set to be released early 2015, this vinyl ought to be the perfect addition to any connoisseur’s collection. Stay tuned!
There is something about the Winter time that makes me feel more.. sophisticated. Maybe it’s the Peacoat, maybe it’s the soul satisfying cup of coffee needed to keep warm in the early hours, or maybe it’s the music. One London based label has my admiration, and for good reason. A casual afternoon spent devouring their SoundCloud collection has led to some prolific and merciful finds. To me, it’s music that sounds like a piece of the composer was put into a given production, a piece that they might not get back but needs to be shared nonetheless. It takes a certain kind of artist to create music like that, and Erased Tape Records has managed to find a bountiful lot of them. Continue Reading
The Gorgon City guys really know how to pick em’.. Zak Abel, fresh off his recent feature on Gorgon City’s debut album (see “Unmissable”), is rearin’ to go with his latest single, “These Are The Days.” It’s jazzy with a familiar four-on-the-floor and a punchy kit to compliment as Abel’s vocals glide through the verses and glisten as the chorus hits. The attitude is there to elevate the production, but the kind that comes from reveling in the glory from another good day on earth. Get with it..
At the tender age of 19, XO has begun a budding career as a multi-faceted producer, songwriter, and DJ out of the UK. His sound, forward; his lyrics, relateable; vibes, on point. It’s exactly what I’ve come to expect out of the UK at the moment, illustrious coupled basslines with diverse percussive arrangements that accentuate the featured vocalist. For his debut EP, “Through The Night,” a three track feature takes place with a credible range of tunes from sultry sub-soul to to hustling UK garage that is reassuring for his Freshmen release. We got the chance to exchange words with XO after “Through The Night” was released on December 1st where his affinity for Justin Timberlake comes to life, his highlights from the year as a newcomer are revealed, and some possible projects for 2015 divulged.. dig in! Continue Reading
The weather is here to stay, it would seem, so you best bunker down with some stellar beats and good company. The first of which I can help you with per the latest single to be released on LA based Next Wave Records and their latest signee, Atlas Bound. With intermingling vibes from wavy synths to soul infused vocals, there’s not much else to TALK about, just listen..
Montreal’s most soulful house duo is back on the best coast and the vibes will be bountiful this holiday season. You can catch Prince Club in Portland and Los Angeles this weekend and you best believe Gotta Dance Dirty will be gettin’ in on the action! With BONES bringin’ some tunes to compliment the LA run, Colby J. of The Interns will be puttin on for his city up North. Both nights will be bass heavy four on the floor ruckus filled evening’s each with a distinct personality all its own. No Vacancy in PDX has been hosting some of the brightest underground talent this side of the hemisphere, and on the flip side, Hollywood’s newest night club continues it’s tear of tasteful and wicked lineups with an intimate affair of it’s own. Get tickets to whatever’s closest and get in on the party:
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“This time around, I wanted that shit to sound tough, crisp — and fucking massive,” big words from the legend Mark Ronson who’s latest album “Uptown Special” is sure to live up to the self induced hype. Enlisting a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist to assist in the lyrical division, as well as a legion of critically acclaimed musicians and talent Ronson himself drove down to Mississippi to discover/acquire will surely assist in the imminent success of this project. If you’re going to do something, you mine as well fucking do it, it would seem. Among the deep roster of talent Ronson has enlisted is Kevin Parker of Tame Impala fame, a talent which made the cut for three seperate appearances on the record. The result, as embedded below, is not quite full quality, but certainly worth the listen. It is a driving psychedelic journey with influences rooted in the American South and and post funk movements that paint a pretty heavy picture. Hear for yourself..
Don’t call it a Day Of The Dead Afterparty but the gang’s all there! Fresh off their festival sets at the Fairplex this weekend, Booka Shade and Galantis are co-headlining a post festivus show at The Mayan the following Monday. Galantis burst onto the scene after their gigantic Coachella set and have been releasing hit after hit ever since. Booka is up there with the all time festival greats, known for their action packed live sets and other worldly DJ sets, it’s safe to say the combination of the two will make for a memorable evening. To top the show off, get there early for opening vibes courtesy of The Interns who’s debut mixtape proved that even with their day jobs, they’ve still got soul! Buy tickets HERE.
Bearson must be feelin sprung lately with these sensual edits and originals. This time James Bay receives the remix treatment to his tune, “Let It Go” that features some healing harpsichord and finger snapping to compliment the delicate cymbals. Next Wave Records is on a melodic tear lately, stay tuned for what’s to come!