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Let me preface this by saying I fucking love Doc Daneeka. There is not a track he’s made I don’t like. As for Seven Davis Jr, “One” is an absolute GEM and I mean first “related track” that comes up on YouTube is “Deep Burnt” so you know dude is special.

The two have come together for the new single “What’s It Gonna Be?” from Daneeka’s new EP From Mine To Mistress . The single is precisely what makes the two of them so special, it’s a truly amazing collaborative effort. Doc Daneeka’s banging drums and combination of dark and light in chord progression along with SDJr’s soulful softness leave you all sorts of tingly in all the right ways. The video is just as good as the song, where Seven gets to exploit his weirdness and Doc Daneeka subtly makes his presence known by small interactions between the various worlds contained in the video. Oh, and there’s a very fun guest appearance from XXXY’s cat, why not really?

Doc Daneeka’s From Mine To Mistress EP comes out on Ten Thousand Yen on November 11th and contains four tracks. Preorder FMTM EP on iTunes

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No doubt names like Huxley and AUS Music have been tastemakers and champions of the UK house/garage scene since their origins, and in 2014 the two venture into new territory in the full-length album Blurred, an LP release that is a first for both the producer and label. While Aus carries the likes of house kids Dusky, Midland, and Bicep in their roster along with more garage oriented names like Appleblim and Joy Orbison – likewise Huxley trips the line between house and garage with a label family that includes Hypercolour, Tsuba, and 2020 Vision. Although Huxley is known to have recently put a stronger focus into his house orients – a strong prominence of low-end basslines in his tunes still lends itself strongly to garage, dubstep, and breakbeat influences. Blurred, for its namesake, traverses across all of these, extending even further to tiptoe into drum & bass and even pop.

The album starts with “I Want You” which reminds me strongly of a record I can’t remember the name of (though my mind keeps telling me Bonobo… but my body, my bodyyyyy.. nevermind). This is perhaps an influence towards me enjoying the track as much as I do, but the muted and melancholic track glows with undulating charm. “Barne Dance” goes full garage, shuffled drums and pitched vocals dancing carefully with a skipping, pulsating bassline. The album then goes into it’s first female vocal feature, a track called “Give 2 U”, featuring FEMME.

It’s here where Huxley’s affinity towards radio-friendly house shows up, and for me a bit underdressed. This continues to be an issue for me in the other vocal tracks, “Road Runner” and “Say My Name,” both of which fall flat on straddling the line between deep house and catchy pop – a line that has seen itself at the top of UK charts several times this year. The tracks are good, well-made, and the vocalists noticeably not without talent. But amongst the throngs of bassline-house vocal-hook tracks that dominate UK radio and charts, I find it difficult to walk away humming any of the hooks. Highly commendable, however, are Huxley’s efforts in tracks perhaps less radio-formatted, like the D&B stunner “MXR”, the grower-not-a-shower “Reassign” and his clubby collaboration with S-Man (aka Roger Sanchez) on “Callin”. It’s actually the tracks with unfeatured vocals that steal the show for me, “I Want You” and “Never Easy” which respectively start and finish the album with glistening plaintiveness. Tracks like “Reassign”, “Cakewalk” and “Wayfarer” click and build into a throbbing wash, exactly what songs like these should do in their moments.

Blurred is a pleasant listen (I actually am on my fourth go-around as I write this), with tracks that are able to cross from a massive club system to your shit laptop speakers without an overwhelming loss of listenability. I applaud Huxley’s efforts in, yes, blurring lines between the club and radio, between genres like breakbeat and house, and for the most part he pulls it off. But where I can remember and give props to someone like Katy Perry for a hook like “You’re gonna hear me roar,” the hook of “I ain’t your road runner, babe” sits uneasily on top of a solid track and falls short of an infectious sing along. A solid first album effort from the English producer, a clear showcasing of his variable talents from a soundscape perspective and bonafide conciseness in skillful music production. Looking forward to seeing him stateside this week and for whatever’s next from the workhorse producer as well as the always enjoyable AUS music label.

 

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Jesse Rose releases a LOT of music. Between his 12×12 series of last year, an LP and remix LP in early 2014, he’s pushed through the summer (pun about to be intended) with his summer single “Fly Tonight” as well as viral remixes of Rufus, The Acid, and of course, Oliver Dollar’s hit of the season, “Pushing On.”

Well, he’s back with another single this time, where he’s joined forces with the new and somewhat mysterious identity that is Trozé. It comes as very little of a shock that Jesse jumped on this tune – an infectiously simple and extraordinarily tongue-in-cheek rap about chocolate? How could one resist? Jesse lends his finely-tuned knowledge of bumping house vibes to the catchy vocal and there you have it. An absolute smash and a real stand-out house tune amongst the masses and masses of bassline house tunes that you can’t tell apart.

I dare you to not get this stuck in your head. It’s out on Monday on Jesse’s label Play It Down – which recently did a takeover of Radio1 (you can listen HERE) and just launched their DripFM channel “Community” which you can likely access the full download of “Chocolate” and other upcoming label gems.

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Amidst the increasing expanse of DJs and producers in Los Angeles, no matter the background, age or taste, the circle of friendships grows magically smaller and smaller with time. The glue to many of these friendships, it seems, is LA’s nominated favorite: Thee Mike B. Mike is capable of collaborating with damn near everyone whether it be on a track, a radio show, or a party because he’s a tite bud of… well… damn near everyone. Unsurprisingly, fellow good-times bud and LA-transplant Sabo got in some bonafide studio time with Mike B, which has finally manifested itself as: CHUPAVIBRAS. Out on Sabo’s own Sol Selectas imprint, the Chupavibras EP is a self-proclaimed ode to “90′s raves, funky breakbeats, drum n bass, spirit animals, and occasional vision quests.” Described as faster than Moombahton and less anxious than deep house, the three-track EP saw its premiere on Diplo & Friends and has seen love from DJs like Justin Martin, AC Slater, Nadastrom, Astronomar and quite a few more already.

In anticipation for the upcoming release, the boys handed over a 100% exclusive mix over to us here at GottaDanceDirty. That’s correct my friends: a brand new mix never before seen from the duo and it’s right here. I can verify that this mix is 100% bonafide dopeness. AND ON A FRIDAY!? WHAT!? Get your vibes on. Your chupavibes. CHUPAVIBRAS.

You can preorder the Chupavibras EP by clicking HERE.

Tracklist:
1. Chupavibras Intro
2. La Cougresa – Sabo & Thee Mike B
3. My Space Feat. Hollis P Monroe & Overnite (KiNK`s Hardcore Mix) – Sierra Sam
4. Set Me Free (A1 Bassline Nostalgic Mix) – Marc Romboy
5.Anticool – Ago (Numa Crew)
6. Masterplan -My Nu Leng feat. Fox
7. Circles (Eats Everything Rework) – Adam F
8. Soundboy Killer – Special Request
9. Kick The Can – Vitamin D & Ben Pound
10. Destination – Sabo & Thee Mike B
11. Help You – Eddie C
12. Trevoga – Kink
13. Dogz – Redshape
14. CaliFuture (Dub) – Claude Von Stroke
15. Drumapella – Duke Dumont
16. Are You There (Ben Klock remix) – Josh Wink
17. Gateway – Tessela
18. Summertime Madness – Starks & Nacey

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LA Legend Thee Mike B launched his new house-ego Brillstein earlier this year on Jesse Rose’s Play It Down label with the heavy-hitting EP Back To Bed. Filled with six tracks that perfectly capture Brillstein’s style of big, punchy house drums and hip-hop / old-school influences, the Back To Bed EP allowed for a ton of room and direction from the remix front. After Play It Down’s previous remix package (Jesse Rose’s The Whole Twelve Remixes) delivered tracks from legends and newcomers alike from all over the globe, the Play It Down vs Brillstein remix pack comes fully stacked with an all Play It Down roster. Of course label-head Jesse Rose kicks things off with his remix of “Meelo My Bro”, recent PID champion Christian Nielsen ends it with his “Je T’Adore” remix, and a few more of the label’s rotation of producers (namely Dansson, ZDS, Prince Club, and Sqim) each put their own spin on Brillstein’s tracks. It’s a wonderful showcase of how Jesse Rose, as A&R for the label, can curate such a mix of house and techno stylings while still remaining very within the Play It Down umbrella. Inevitably members of the label know how to make a track to groove to and it’s present as much as ever with the new remix package.

As a bonus, Brillstein’s fellow LA friend and producer Matpat had his way with Brillstein’s “Environmental Produce” which they’ve given to you for your downloading and listening pleasure. You can stream all six remixes below, buy them on Beatport HERE and instantly download the Matpat remix by clicking HERE.


Just over a week ago LA-massive Mad Decent dropped a five-flush remix pack of Elliphant‘s “Only Getting Younger feat. Skrillex” on their Soundcloud and like some of the best things in life that shit is free.99! Predictably all of the tracks are heavy hitters, ranging from big-room horn-heavy bounce vibes from TJR and Brazzabelle to the moombahton-tempo squaks of the Milo & Otis remix, to the sped-up DnB halftime version from DJ Vice & Justyle, to my personal favorite sort of experimental melodic trap/beats version from NGTMRE and Imanos. Regardless of what your style or taste is, this is a classic encompassing Mad Decent Party Pack that not only showcases a festival-ready range of styles but also a great look at some of LA’s biggest and baddest upcoming talents.

You can preview the whole pack below and download them over on the Mad Decent Soundcloud.

House music champion Jesse Rose has unleashed his first single of the year (after releasing a full length album + remix album back in February and March), and in true-to-form fashion its a very cheeky and catchy tune – this time an ode to the honorable French house scene. Out now on his label Play It Down, “Fly Tonight” is filter house in its unadulterated glory, its charm and melodies happily bonded with a stomping bassline and drums. The song, along with the super-filtered lyrics, are quite simple in their intent: let go and have fun.

“Fly Tonight” along with a dub version are available now on Beatport, everywhere digitally July 21, and on a very limited vinyl I’m sure you’re going to get your hands on if you’re an in-the-know collector of French house records. If you know, you know…

Purchase FLY TONIGHT here: http://bit.ly/flytonightbp

It’s a bold move to release an album that was self-described as “cold, bleak, glacial” just after the summer solstice, but it appears as though Anticon co-founder Alias has done just that. Three years post-Fever Dream has put Alias in an almost inescapably frigid place, sonically. His new album Pitch Black Prism is unrelentingly ominous, its barren urgency takes shape in sharp, crystalline form. Truly a metaphorically glacial album – iced, structured, oddly beautiful, and with much to be seen under the surface. If you’re a Boards of Canada / Aphex Twin fan… you’re probably gonna like this one.

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Always Never label head Le Castle Vania is firing up the label (cheesy pun well intended) with his latest EP, Feels Like Fire. In it, Le Castle Vania continues to explore re-evaluations of his old records, as well as showing off more collaborations and vocalists from artists we’ve seen him work with in the past. It’s clear Le Castle Vania puts a lot of time into his tracks… the finesse in his technique is noticeable with the structure and engineering of every track on the release. The EP is noticeably less dark and aggressive than his previous work on mau5trap, the signature is all still there but Feels Like Fire makes more of an adult, emotional statement.

The EP begins with “Nobody Gets Out Alive Part II” – where Le Castle Vania revisits one of his older hits (previously with “Through A Keyhold Part II”). New synths, melodies and breakdowns on the track see Part II with an even clearer focus and an amplification of energy and aesthetic. “Come Together” is the second track and lead single for the EP, instantly enticing you with a haunting yet simple synth line. The track then tunnels into a high-speed adventure with a jumpy and pitched drop. At this point in the EP (and in general) it’s quite clear that Le Castle Vania sonically lives in a super-future universe, it’s TRON with all of the bad-assery and none of the cheese. The third track, “Moving In Time” sees Le Castle Vania collaborating with longtime friend and fellow producer MUST DIE – it’s a thrill ride of saw synths and gut punches colorfully strung along by hollowed piano melodies. Then we see another friend and fellow Always Never associate Crywolf on “Part Of Me” – Crywolf making a prominent appearance here with his signature and poignant piano work. The closer track, “Driving Away” is very appropriately titled, as the mood of the track fits perfectly with the movie Drive‘s theme.

All in all, Le Castle Vania continues to show he has not strayed far from his original sound, but instead progressed to his best form yet within it. These are pieces of work that are intricately and carefully made – every sound and layer tweaked and adjusted to peak form. He’s a master of his craft – and it’s nice to see an artist dust off a major track from their catalog and shed the dead weight off it and polish it to a nice sheen.

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Play It Down, the house music label from Jesse Rose, has been churning out records over the past year and a half, when Jesse decided to take his other label Made To Play a step back to give Play It Down some shine. Since then, we’ve seen one of the label’s most frequently released artists bud and blossom into quite the producer: Christian Nielsen. His latest work, the Late Check Out EP, follows through on his previous double sided release with tropical touches on infectious grooves.

It’s prime Ibiza season, which Christian definitely shows off in the title track, “Late Check Out.” Combining beachy horns with a deep and dark rolling bassline, this fits right in with the summer heat… whether you’re sweating at Cafe Mambo by the ocean or in the dark depths of a club. Carrying on, “Can You Hear Me?” is noticeably more light… this is definitely a track where you can see the sunlight while you’re dancing. And then with the flip of a switch, the closer track “Drongo” takes you back to the night time, heavy reverbs and synths that echo and tunnel between your ears taking over as the prominent driving forces in the track. Little bit of something for everyone here. A nice little variety pack from Christian, who’s definitely coming into his own as a producer and delivering solid pieces of music that will definitely get bodies moving from AM to PM and back again.