Several years after the commercial dance music explosion in the states, it seems as though the masses are slowly but surely continuing on their aural explorations to find new sounds and vibes to match their evolving tastes. The West coast festival culture that has spawned from Burning Man has been a catalyst for a range of dance music sub-genres, but it has been particularly crucial for Sabo‘s slower, moombahton-influenced style. “My deep, slow tribal sound was finally understood by a whole community of open minded people,” the Sol Selectas label head says about his experience playing the Robot Heart bus at that thing in the desert in 2013. It was at that moment when he knew he wanted to create what we now know as Vibe Quest, his debut album.
As a whole, Sabo’s Vibe Quest stays true to its name as it features an array of different sounds and styles, like world music, deep house, and tech-house, cohesively woven together with a common thread of tribalistic electronic music fused with an organic and spiritual touch. The most powerful music is able to transport the listener into different realms, and this album does just that. Sabo says, “My intention with this record is to manifest moments of positive feelings on the dance floor,” and he is surely well on his way to success. Enjoy the album above and be sure to pick it up on Beatport.
Over the years, A Club Called Rhonda has played a pivotal role in shaping Los Angeles’ underground dance scene with its authentic approach to creating its free-spirited parties with passionately curated world-class music programming. House, techno, and disco luminaries behind the decks at “Rhonda” events come standard, and the return of RHONDAVOUS this Friday at Union in no exception. Even after its last outstanding RHONDAVOUS that featured headliners The Martinez Brothers, Guy Gerber, and Bonobo, the influential party brand steps up once again to bring our city by the sea a full night of multi-room debauchery with legends like Kerri Chandler and Felix Da Housecat, as well as Body High’s DJDS, two of Chicago’s finest Roy Davis Jr. and Mike Dunn, a personal favorite, Dauwd, and more. There are simply no other events in LA where you can find all of this talent under one roof for one night, so grab a ticket and get out on the dance floor this Friday.
If you need further convincing, Kerri Chandler’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix should do the trick:
At Lightning in a Bottle 2014, Max Cooper played one of the very best sets of the festival, and ever since then, I have been a devoted fan. Lucky for us, the UK’s studio wizard recently announced that he will be venturing across the pond for a North and Central American tour that will feature all night long sets, as well as his Emergence audio visual experience, which will only make an appearance in San Francisco. With his 11 dates, Max will be making stops everywhere from Boston to Los Angeles from May 26th to June 11th, and he is sure to throw down exceptional and eclectic sets that represent the crossover between science and sound. Don’t sleep on this…
We’ve been following Solé Bicycle‘s Fixtape series since the beginning, and they’ve been successful in maintaining a steady flow of tasteful mixes from some of dance music’s finest. Their most recent offering is no exception, as they’ve brought on the Crew Love bosses, Soul Clap, for an exclusive, live edition of the fixtape series. Taken from the Crew Love WMC 2016 party at the famed Electric Pickle, the mix will navigate you through some deep cuts of house, nu-disco, funk, hip-hop, and more to ensure you receive a healthy dose of eclectic vibes that the Bostonian duo is respected for. Listen above and download the mix for safe keeping, Soul Clap played Yuma at Coachella this year for good reason.
It’s looking like another massive music weekend in LA, and one of the highlights will surely be the Avalon in Hollywood this Saturday night. Featuring the Repopulate Mars mastermind, Lee Foss, former Art Department co-captain, Kenny Glasgow, Desert Hearts’ Kevin Anderson, and RollingTuff’s Matt Ossentjuk, this party will bring proper house and techno to the infamous Hollywood and Vine dance music institution for revelers who prefer to groove into the wee hours of the morning.
To get you ready for the night, we’ve put together a list of 5 top tunes from Lee Foss and Kenny Glasgow, as well as some bonus material from Kevin Anderson and Matt Ossentjuk to make sure you’re well prepared for the vibes to come. Have a listen after the jump and if you’re feeling lucky, enter to win one of 3 pairs of tickets via our Twitter giveaway.
Tickets are on sale here.
It’s safe to say that festival season is in full swing, and it’s only going to continue ramping up from here. Over the weekend of June 10th, Mysteryland USA will be taking over Bethel Woods, NY for its third edition, and with the full lineup by day/stage announcement earlier this week, there is a lot to look forward to. Known for its eclectic musical programming and other sought-after attractions, like the healing garden, comedy tent, yoga, speakers, and more, the U.S. branch of the Netherlands-based festival holds its own in a competitive landscape, and it’s growing into an influential powerhouse with global appeal.
In celebration of the full lineup announce this week, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist featuring the artists that we want to see at this year’s Mysteryland USA. Press play below and depart on aural journey with Lee Burridge, Emancipator, Art Department, Claude VonStroke, ODESZA, Claptone, Matthew Dear, Lido, Eagles & Butterflies, and more at the helm. Enjoy and buy tickets to Mysteryland USA here.
Justin Jay‘s debut album, Fantastic Voyage (The Album!), continues to take shape with yet another release. For this one, the dirtybird talent returns to his more DJ-centric style with a remix of his own track, which is a first for his career thus far. Justin Jay has given “Karma” a shadowy and moody feel as he brings new dimensions to the song with a new arrangement, brooding bassline, 80’s-style synths, and more. This release came at a very appropriate time as Justin Jay went b2b with Skrillex and Justin Martin at a house party in Los Angeles late last night/this morning for Justin Martin’s birthday afterparty.
Tomorrow night, Justin Jay & Friends will be bringing their full live performance to Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right, so if you’re in the area, go check it out. Tickets for that show and the rest of his tour are on sale here.
One of the East coast’s prized festivals, Mysteryland USA, is shaping up for its best edition yet this year on the Woodstock ’99 grounds in New York during June 10-13. Today, they just announced their full lineup by day and stage with additions of Amtrac, Autograf (Live), Infinity Ink (Live), Machinedrum, Mikey Lion & Deep Jesus, Penguin Prison, and Roman Flugel, on top of Lee Burridge, Claude VonStroke, ODESZA, Skrillex, Emancipator and more. To make matters even more exciting, Mysteryland USA also dropped news about the return of their speaker program (Curated and hosted by NPR personality, Anya Kamenetz), the Healing Garden (Curated by Sarah Schroder and back by popular demand), and for the first time in the U.S., a comedy tent has been added with Saturday Night Live’s Kyle Mooney headlining. Check out the full artist breakdown below.
Buy tickets to Mysteryland USA here and for every 3-day ticket you buy, the festival will donate $10 for bottled water for the Newark School System in New Jersey affected by the lead levels.
Over the past few weeks, Justin Jay has been riding a wave of vibe-heavy releases from his Justin Jay & Friends project that’s quickly gaining steam in the dance music world. Ever since they teased fans with surprise live performances, and released “Karma” last year, the band has been in the spotlight, and they’re continuing to further their songwriting-fueled house music as they continue to roll out these new songs that will first make up EPs on different labels, then eventually Fantastic Voyage (The Album!).
“Weatherman,” “Can’t Complain,” and “What Do You Want” are the most recent tastes of the Justin Jay & Friends vibes to come, and they each differ in an exciting way, while also staying cohesive as they’re bound by a signature sound that features Josh Taylor’s vocals, Benny Bridges’ layered guitar licks, spacey atmospheres, acoustic drum samples, and an immersive groove. Enjoy and keep an eye out for more to come.
Festival season is upon us, and the massive lineups keep rolling out as the excitement continues to brew. After announcing phase 1 earlier this year, New York’s Mysteryland USA is adding to the already stacked bill with an eclectic array of talent, ranging from dance music to hip-hop, and several genres in between. The festival’s historic Woodstock venue, Bethel Woods, NY, will be welcoming headliners like Skrillex, ODESZA, and Bassnectar, while also featuring heavy hitters like Gesaffelstein, Young Thug, GRiZ, Keys N Krates, Gladkill, Rezz, and Tchami, amongst others. Although Mysteryland USA stepped outside of its typically underground-centric programming, it still locked in luminaries like Kerri Chandler, Art Department, J.Phlip, Lee Burridge, John Digweed, Moodymann, and more. With all of these acts and other attractions like delicious food, yoga, speakers, Mysteryland USA is about to be a memorable weekend beginning on June 10th.
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