Pipes is crazy. Crazy in the best ways. A couple of weeks ago they played the BODY HIGH takeover of the Boiler Room, and what impeccable timing I must have walking into this track playing. It takes a lot for me to enter a sweaty room wearing pants and a wool shawl (apparently my fashion sense gives 0 fucks that it was mid-August) but this brought me right in and ended all potential hipster conversations I may have had (seriously, sometimes I question if anyone ever actually dances on Boiler Room) because I was too busy losing my shit.
More to the point, after begging Stevie Be (half of Pipes) for the remix, he finally posted it for the entire world to enjoy. Go over to their Soundcloud to have a listen, shake your booty, and look forward to their upcoming releases on two very solid labels: Body High and Boysnoize Records.
There is not much I can say about Loco Dice without waxing poetic about the man. He is a fucking absolute legend and in complete honesty seeing him for the first time changed the way I appreciate, enjoy, evaluate, and interpret dance music. I’m not even kidding.
His impeccably-chosen selection of tracks for his most recent compilation “Loco Dice In The House” is out now on Defected, which has allowed for both the label and the artist to extend their reach past what individually may have tied them to a particular sound or style. Traversing across a wide array of music, from older productions, his own work, tracks via his label Desolat, brand new tunes, and influences from hip-hop to Detroit techno, Loco Dice continues to solidify his identity as a master storyteller. Every step in the process of curating and mixing a compilation is one Dice pulls off with immense accuracy: from the track selection, to the order, to the piecing and mixing and layering. Loco Dice is one of the best at compelling you to dance, and to never stop dancing.
In liu of the 2-Disc compilation, as well as his full-flexed weekly party USED+ABUSED in Ibiza, I sent over a few questions to Dice to answer. I’m incredibly happy he found the time to talk to us amidst his unrelenting tour, promo, and residency schedule, and without further ado here is out chat with one of GDD’s all time favorites (not to mention #8 on our Sexiest DJs list): Loco Dice.
Kastle, the HMIC of one of GDD’s favorite labels Symbols Recordings & pusher of all good aural sounds and producers, hit me up a few weeks ago with the preview for Lindsay Lowend‘s new EP saying he ‘had a prodigy on his hands’. I think he was right.
Well, the young #freelife boys have done it again. Bixel Boys are no strangers to the fusion of R&B with dance music, injecting the R&B vibe into both their DJ sets and their remix selections. This time, they pick none other than one of the most MFTF (music to…. you fill in the rest) R&B babes in the game Robin Thicke for what they VERY BRILLIANTLY dub an “R&Bmix” (this is almost as good a dub as ‘Skreamix’… almost). I really love that they have called this “girl trap” which is both wildly hilarious and mildly inappropriate. Go have a listen for yourself, and when you hear this in the club I dare you to not A. gyrate to this or B. gawk at girls gyrating to this. Bixel Boys, you dogs.
Oh yeah, free download. Bitches love a free download.
Walter Ego’s new EP on MadTech, the Heaven EP, is out next week on August 5th, and it’s house-y garage-y goodness. The title track opens up the EP is soulful and warm, big garage vibes, bubbly pads, and soft organs in the background. It has a nice little shift towards the end, sharper drums and slightly more aggressive pads take it to an interesting new level. ‘Grab Somebody’ is a little bit more energetic, the combination of jazz-influenced hi hats and cuts of acid with what could almost be a xylophone on the chord progression deliver a fascinating and danceable house tune. The last track Jam Roll (For Love) takes things to a deeper and darker place, much more moody synths and pulsating bass. All three are solid in their own right, MadTech really nailed the choices, making the Heaven EP a memorable listen and a great asset for many a variety of DJ crates.
On Monday I hopped back on my favorite social media platform, Twitter, and got to chatting with MadTech Records (specifically James, who heads the label) and the latest artist on their top-notch and busy release schedule, Walter Ego. The boys and I discuss the artistic process, our influences and current musical explorations, food, and much more. You can check the interview behind the jump.
LA collective Wedidit (known perhaps best for their work with acts like Shlohmo, RL Grime, and visual artist Sus Boy) have just released a dual-sided EP from new artists to their roster: C.Z. and Arnold. “Das Why” is C.Z.’s track, what I happily am going to dub as “evil runway” thanks to a very amusing Soundcloud comment thread. Tamed horns, repetitive vocaling, squeaks and drips, and the tiniest tinge of 808 cowbell, “Das Why” is dark but still relatively charming, a novel combination that WEDIDIT has made its name in. The other half of the EP, Arthur’s “Plus and Minus” is much more atmospheric, with pitched-up melodic vocals, piano chords, and little additions of triplet-snares. Though the two tracks contain similar elements (cut-up repetitive vocals, toned-down base elements (horns, piano), and little sound trinkets) and thus work well together, they’re very aesthetically different.
Accompanying the release is a music video for the tracks, designed by none-other than WEDIDIT’s own Sus Boy. Sus Boy, however mysterious of an entity he presents himself to be, has been making serious waves in the world of the internet this year, doing everything from designing EP covers to websites to tour visuals to music videos, each time with an perspective that is oft-imitated but somehow all his own.
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Next up from Jesse Rose‘s busiest imprint of 2013, Play It Down, is a two-track EP from a brand new name to the label: Christian Nielsen. Over the years Jesse Rose has not only had many secret or not-so-secret monikers of his own, from Alias Jonez to Black Rose (with the legend Henrik Schwarz), but also has released music from many friends and peers under different names.
Christian Nielsen is the latest name to add to this tradition, and with a little research I’m sure any fan could figure it out. But for now, we are left with the Shades EP, which contains two house-y tech-y club jams that with simple progressions are able to do some heavy-lifting in keeping the floor moving and the people dancing. ‘Push’ is the house-ier and stronger of the two tracks, and subtle layers and changes in the track make this a real ‘push’-er in a DJ set. ‘Slick’ is a little more uptempo, a little more techy, and after the 4:06 mark I’ll be damned if you don’t do the obligatory “WOOOOOO!!!!!” that happens when you’re witnessing the peak mark of a classic house/techno track.
Shades EP is out next week on Play It Down, but you can stream both tracks via their Soundcloud below.
Arca is not an easy artist to stomach, but he’s not supposed to be. The young producer, currently based out of NYC, is no stranger to weird, fragmented, and borderline creepy productions, which is likely why the Kanye West recruited him for Yeezus. With production credits on half of the album, Arca makes a prominent appearance on the record, whose caustic and rough sound was either eagerly lapped up or blatantly disliked by Kanye fans.
After a more than nine-month hiatus from releasing content as Arca, he’s dropped a mixtape, 25 minutes of disjointed, awkward, beat-heavy music collectively titled “&&&&&”. Arca’s music is as unpredictable as it is cohesive, one minute hazy and melodic and the next abrasive and chilling. The wonder of Arca’s music is that whether it’s weird or uncomfortable at times, it’s worth it to the point of wanting to listen again and again. Like the aural version of “Enter The Void”, &&&&& explores landscapes and viewpoints with immense imagery and thought, and though not for the faint of heart a worthwhile, imaginative, and exquisite.
You can download the mixtape via his Soundcloud below, and if you care to be extra tripped-out, go ahead and listen to it from his website: arca1000000.com
A few days ago young UK producer Tourist uploaded a new track for download on his Soundcloud, and it is e m o t i o n a l. Almost painfully simple, with cords that sink right into the deepest parts of your heart and mind, barely-there vocals, and a very UK-sounding piano melody that tugs at you to dance, ‘Stay’ is beautiful and sombre, a true testament to this combo that Tourist has made a name for himself in.
The track is a preview to Tourist’s upcoming EP on Method Records, out sometime before the end of the year. With the backing from Disclosure (who he is playing with at their curated Warehouse Project on Nov 22), and big guns TMWRK and AM Only representing him, it seems as though Tourist is geared to bring his charismatic yet melancholic sound to prominent places in the near future. I gotta say, I’m excited to see it happen.
Artwork by Guillaume Bonte
Oh boy I am very excited about the guest mix this week. One of my latest and most exciting discoveries is young French beat boy Phazz, and in this fine week of July he’s handed over an absolutely wonderful exclusive guest mix to us. Chock full of exclusives, intelligent re-works, and various unique up-and-comers, the mix explores the beat-based jambalaya of everything from jazz, R&B, and club influences and beyond. I see huge amounts of potential in Phazz, his work with vocal-pitching on remixes of Ryan Leslie and Cassie is really astounding and the direction he’s been taking as of late has a huge appeal.
You can stream and download his mix via our Soundcloud, and check out the tracklist and our interview with him after the jump. I predict big things from Phazz, really excited to see what’s next!