Last week I got to quickly catch up with one of my newest favorite people to share a LOL with, Petey from North Carolina duo Clicks & Whistles. I first discovered Clicks & Whistles when AC Slater intro’d me to their EP that was to be released on his label Party Like Us… since then I’ve grown to have a large appreciation for the Clicks & Whistles sound, a sort of Southern-influenced intelligent interpretation of dance music. From tracks like “Fumando” (on Salva’s Frite Nite imprint) to “2 Much Higher” (on Kastle’s Symbols), Clicks & Whistles combine engineering prowess with Dirty South background to anthemic and danceable effect.
What I enjoy most about Petey is his infectious charisma that flows seamlessly from his DJ sets to his personality. Whenever he’s around the air is light-hearted which is a great asset to have. To be quite honest I had completely forgotten my sheet of questions so most of this is a bit willy nilly and was oft-interjected by 12th Planet and Protohype interjecting with a question or noise… but even so Petey and I handled it like absolute pro’s and shared many a LOL which is sort of the point, so here we go:
The Remix Ryan Gosling AKA Canadian Montana AKA Rap Game Drake’s All White Tracksuits AKA The One Man Boy Band AKA Ryan Hemsworth (that was fun) just delivered a nice little package of 7 tracks tucked into the “Still Awake” EP available for download on his website.
Still Awake is almost exactly what you’d expect it to be: ephemeral beats heavily influenced by the sort of transient “head in the clouds” state of mind you find yourself in when you’ve just been awake far, far too long. For Ryan Hemsworth fans, it’s that perfectly cooked grilled cheese, satisfying and exactly what was needed to hold you over. Some may say it’s a bit bland but fuck those people because grilled cheeses are delicious and this EP is yummy too. The brilliant track names are basically the parmesan crust to the EP, as in DAMN, I thought this was just a grilled cheese now you had to go top it off with this next level shit DAMN.
I was listening to this as I started my morning and to be honest was going to call it a bit boring, but timing is everything and this is an EP for 4am hazes, for sitting on a beach cliff, trolling for Selena Gomez .gifs on Tumblr, I don’t know. It’s perfect little EP, topped ironically for me by the track “Perfectly” and highlighted by a very Rustie-sounding remix of the track by Taquwami.
Stream the tracks below and once you realize you do really want that grilled cheese go ahead and download it off his website: RYANHEMSWORTH.com
Out now is the latest from Le Castle Vania’s label Always Never Records, an amazing and multi-faceted six track EP from Miami based producers SLDGHMR. I’m really impressed – there’s not a whole lot of young American producers that have finesse and versatility in delivering an EP that progresses from barreling techno to indie/nu-disco type stylings whilst maintaining a sound true to their artistry.
It comes as little surprise that Kastle, a man who’s such an avid and exuberant pusher for music (his own, and his label’s), has just released his first full length album only a short three years after starting this musical project. With a mind-blowing flow of releases, remixes, mixtapes, and shows already in his repertoire, Kastle’s been one of the most useful and gracious advocates of the forward-thinking musical movement in the US. As many talented and unique artists as there are in the world, Kastle is one of very few who I can introduce to absolutely any one of my friends and have them fall hands-down in love with his music without failure.
The past few months have been an absolute flurry of activity for the young Canadian remix prodigy that is Cyril Hahn. With undeniably infectious takes on tracks from female crooners like Destiny’s Child and Mariah Carey, his SoundCloud has hit massive play counts. It’s slowed R&B with pop sensibility… a danceable, oxytocin-laced fusion of groovy and catchy with touches of garage and UK vibes. Pretty much what every person with reasonable taste in music wants to put on their sex playlist. Who could be mad at that?
After his multitude of successes with his releases and mixes, he hit Europe for tour, and it’s finally that time for him to hit the states. Naturally it wouldn’t be a trip to the US without a stop in LA, which I am more than thrilled about. Having officially joined the AM Only roster, a whole North American tour in the works, and multitudes of Coachella friends in town, Cyril Hahn has much to be excited about for his show tonight at the Belasco. I can’t tell you who the special guests (YES, MORE THAN ONE!) are, but I can tell you it’s being presented by Goldenvoice (cough cough)… and you have two clues in the previous sentence. Oh yeah, I can also tell you that apart from Cyril Hahn guaranteed to provide some sexy jams this evening, the special guests are FUCKING AWESOME and you basically are a big dummy if you miss out.
Purchase tickets below, oh and if you’re on the fence about it (shame on you), go ahead and listen to the GDD Guest Mix he did to get you in the mood.
GDD has decided to put a new spin on our weekly Dirts, and instead of pairing up internally we’re branching out and pairing up with artists. So every Thursday, hop on board with us and some of our favorite artists – where you’ll get your weekly dose of 100% free tracks from us and a cool little selection of music that gives you a bit of insight into the minds of the DJs and producers you know and love.
I’ve partnered up with none other than one of my best friends, probably one of the funniest and coolest dudes in the business, the #10 gentleman on my Sexiest DJs list: Max from Prince Club. He’s the DJ version of Tom Hardy and smokes more than a chimney, and because of that we present his top 5 tracks to smoke to. Click the jump to see some of my favorite free tracks of the moment, and check out Max’s favorite stoner jams as well. Enjoy!
One of my biggest delights in life is seeing a boss lady hold her own amongst a crew of dudes. Enter Louisahhh, the reigning queen of Bromance, a record label literally named with dudes in mind. After moving from down the street to the depths of Paris, I finally caught up with my fellow short-haired princess in Miami. After a lengthy and insightful lunch at The Standard, discussing the antics of the Bromance crew to the politics and progression of the industry, riding bikes and Avicii carts around South Beach, and an astoundingly ludicrous trip to Miami’s most infamous Hard 2 Leave strip club party, I left WMC as charmed as ever by one of the most soft-spoken yet commanding females I know. That could only mean one thing: get her on board for a LOLerview!
Check after the jump for a really delightful edition of For The LOLs, and make absolutely sure to check out her upcoming EP on Bromance, Transcend, out on the 22nd of April. It’s amazing.
In anticipation for his debut EP on Always Never, Crywolf has continued along his recent path of free releases and dropped his first single from the EP for free download on his Soundcloud. The track, entitled “The Moon Is Falling Down”, is a valiant introduction into Crywolf’s EP, showing off the vibe and extension of Crywolf’s production styles. A haunting and soft melody aided by vocals from Charity Lane (who appears on his previous free giveaway, “Silence Pt. II“) drops into a crashing and cascading drop that brings a surprising adrenaline rush to the track.
You can listen to and download the track below, as well as purchase the whole EP on iTunes, Beatport, and pretty much every other place you buy music. Click after the jump to stream the rest of the tracks on the album as well!
Up for this week’s edition of the GDD Guest Mix is Kloak, a good friend of mine who with the start of 2013 announced his new musical identity and direction. Having worked in past years under the pseudonym EMU, he shed his dark and deeper dubstep disposition to take a new, housier direction. With that of course comes a new name; thus Kloak was born. Combining a steady flow of new original tracks appearing with an expanded palette for a wide and rich spectrum of house and garage influence tracks, he’s been making strides as Kloak.
You can peep his exclusive mix for us via the SoundCloud stream below, it’s a fast paced juggle of house, garage, and other derivatives of the dancier end of bass music. Tracklist is after the jump, and be sure to stay tuned here at GDD for more from Kloak… oh and in the mean time go peep his own soundcloud here.
Dj Clap-Unbelievable from Matt Gerber on Vimeo.
Daedelus’ has always been a prominent figure in regards to representing the “weird” end of dance music, aided by his Magical Properties curations on the touring and label front. The latest release on Magical Properties, the Best Night Ever LP from DJ Clap, is an erratic and fast-paced exploration of different musical styles and influences. Along with the release, DJ Clap has also released a music video for the LP’s single “Unbelieveable”. Like the song itself, the video is an insane and frenetic footwork piece. Not for the faint of heart, not for those comfortable with an unforgiving staccato track.
The video is premiering right here on GDD, but for the whole Best Night Ever album, you can go and grab that here and stream it below.