Our friends at LED, Topshelf, AM Only, SMOG, and Massiv are putting on a 3-date mini-tour of Southern California in a couple of weeks, with Los Angeles residents 12th Planet, AC Slater and Clicks&Whistles providing the bass-heavy tunage in Pomona, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Massiv has promised special guests for the tour, and today, they’ve announced that DMC champ, DJ Craze, will be joining the boys for the show at the Fonda Theater December 1st. To celebrate the announcement, Craze has put together a killer mix that has gotten us genuinely excited for the show, with everything from Barrington Levy to Sub Focus getting thrown in the mix. Make sure to get tickets to these shows (Pomona, LA, SD) before they sell out, and have a listen to the wonders of Craze below.
There’s been an odd occurrence within dance music media as of late, with once-reputable sources for electronic music exchanging positive reviews of artists and releases for TMZ-style publishing. Instead of reading headlines heralding promising new talent or insightful album reviews, I find more and more outlets harassing me about embarrassing Twitter rants, DJ beef, and what Paris Hilton had for breakfast in Ibiza. As a genuine fan of dance music and an editor of two dance music blogs, I’m wondering what the hell happened. Continue Reading
It’s difficult to master multiple forms of music, but Brooklyn-based Machinedrum is one of those enigmas who has consistently produced quality tunes within the worlds of Jungle, Footwork, R&B, Pop, and more for years. Taking part in successful collaborative side projects such as Jets with Jimmy Edgar, Sepalcure with Praveen Sharma, and Dream Continuum with Om Unit has allowed him to expand his musical horizons as well, all while finding even more time to produce Pop hits for the likes of Azealia Banks and Theophilus London. To say he’s a busy man would be an understatement.
Just this weekend, he was deservedly tapped by Pete Tong for the glorified Essential Mix on BBC’s Radio 1, including a hefty amount of his own material, from solo work to collaborations. Also notable in this selection are unreleased tunes from Machinedrum featuring MASSIVE names like Kanye West, Pusha T, Bun B, E-40, Lil’ Flip (do I need to keep going???). Get ready to move your feet a little bit. √+
Our mysterious friend has unveiled a new side project dubbed Saol Álainn last week, exhibiting a delicate, downtempo vibe paired with a very pleasant vocal. Easygoing and ethereal, “Nostroke” has found its way into my early morning listening playlist, seemingly becoming more catchy with every play. The single has been handpressed on a 7″ via No Recordings which you can pick up here if you dig what you hear below.
Earlier this month, we featured a news piece announcing Jamie Jones‘ return to his own label, Hot Creations, for the Planets, Spaceships EP — 4 new House cuts that have surely been going deep everywhere from DC-10 in Ibiza to Get Lost in Los Angeles this summer. With the EP finally seeing release on Monday, Jamie has snipped up some long previews of all 4 tracks, giving us a better idea of just how hot these tunes really are. Planets, Spaceships definitely brings me back to the early days of Hot Creations, highlighting a deepness and darkness while retaining a sense of melody and foot-tapping goodness. √+
The massive Deluxe Edition of Flume‘s debut album is now available featuring more treats than you’d know what to do with including this top mixtape featuring tracks from the album along with fresh verses from the likes of Ghostface Killah, Freddie Gibbs, Alexander Spit, Twin Shadow, and more. I love that Flume decided to re-release this album as a massive package. It deserves it. Listen to this √+ mixtape and find the tracklist with all collaborators after the jump.
Going Back is a new feature I am installing today with the intent to shine a light on electronic music throughout the ages. With dance music finding itself in a colossal boom in recent times, it’s important to remember where many of these sounds came from and where some of your favorite producers got their initial inspirations. Continue Reading
Acid House legend and king of the Roland 303, DJ Pierre, is a DJs DJ. Going strong since the late 80s, the Chicago stalwart is as relevant as ever; playing Coachella this past April, performing special guest sets on the BODY HIGH label tour last month in North America, and most recently, releasing a new remix for Spanish Techno producer, Dosem, out on LA-based Halocyan Records a week from today.
Ahead of the release, Pierre has put together an expansive mix for XLR8R of which he explains, “I wanted to disregard any rules or expectations, and I just dove in.” We love that. But don’t expect an hour of Acid here, as DJ Pierre has included a range of tastes making for a solid arrangement with numerous subgenres fitting under the big House umbrella. Download here and head over to the XLR8R Soundcloud to listen, and as a bonus, check a preview of DJ Pierre’s remix of Dosem’s “Atica” below.
The homie AC Slater goes Garage with his latest offering released today on his own imprint, Party Like Us. Low, rumbling basslines and clean percussion characterize the three-track Night Moves EP, with AC exhibiting a movement away from big time bangers and more into the realm of dark, grimey warehouse vibes. “So Sweet” has to be my favorite track from the release, featuring high pace vocals from collaborator Megan Thomas that really stand out above the wonky sub bass. Preview the EP in full below and pick it up here. √+
Coming off of a big summer touring, Anabatic Records boss, Worthy, has put two tracks together for the Flashin EP that has been bumping across dancefloors for the past few months. The title track “Flashin” hits big with the 808s while the B-side, “Trinidad,” incorporates some steel drum vibes along with a sinister, deep bassline. The EP has already been biggup’d by an all-star crew including everyone from DJ Hell and Shadow Child to Brodinski and Zed’s Dead. Pick it up on Beatport today.