After a summer of touring and more, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs was locked in on Rinse FM for his September residency that ran every Friday last month. Each show included a diverse pallet of music over the hour-long affair, and only this UK star could put together such a tasteful mix of house, techno, funk, jungle, and 80’s jams, amongst other genres. To make his residency even more special, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs had some surprises like the debut of his unreleased and untitled house track, which happened during his September 11th episode. In addition to Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, the shows featured guests like Artwork, Justin Martin, Dave Okumu from The Invisible, and the Deep Throat Choir to round it all out. If you haven’t already, enjoy all of the shows below, and see Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs play DJ sets at III Points in Miami, CRSSD in San Diego, and Rhonda in SF this month.
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When a song comes together on the first take, it’s usually something special. This is exactly what happened with this fresh offering from the masterful producer David August, along with Sissi Rada, the harpist of David August & Ensemble. After hearing Sissi Rada singing in Greek and playing the harp, August invited her to record with him, they got together, and Sissi jammed on top of his harmonies on his Prophet 5 synth. Her first take is the one that we have the pleasure of enjoying.
“Patria” has all of the ingredients and more for a stand-out David August track – a slowed, yet impactful, house groove, evolving synth work, organic percussive elements, and Sissi Rada’s unique vocals – brought together under a veil of musicality and deeper meaning. Have a listen and download above. Read more about the track from David August himself below.
“Back then I was in my bedroom studio. We had noises from the street, roommates next door, but the take captured the magic and the spontaneous moment of just doing music. I didn’t want to record it again. Her lyrics are about the devastating political and financial situation in Greece and I tried – as much as I could – to reflect that with my music.
Now, one year later more people than ever try to find a new life and a new home. For me it was one more reason to put this out finally, there won’t be a better moment. “Patria” is my contribution for all the lost souls of this earth.” – David August
The Hawaii-born, LA-based producer, Mahalo, is coming through with his first official release on LAMP (Los Angeles Music Project), following the release of his successful debut EP on Sleazy Deep. This newest tune, “Wave Attack,” is a clubby tech-house groover with hints of G-house that round out the thumping track. With this being just his second official release, Mahalo is undoubtedly showing great promise. Listen below and download it here.
Chicago’s prolific house music producer, Roy Davis Jr., is still on point, even after decades of strong influence in the scene. His newest release comes as a remix of Kim Anh’s “Shadows,” and he easily does justice to the original, while giving it his own flair. On his remix, Roy Davis Jr. keeps the soulful, psychedelic vibes strong with a smooth four-on-the-floor rhythm that’s accented by strings, phaser-ed guitar work, and chopped n’ screwed vocals. Enjoy below and buy it on iTunes.
2015 for Justin Jay has been one for the ages, and he’s rolling on into the last quarter of the year with the wind at his back. Just last Friday, the LA-based producer/DJ took over the BBC Radio 1 airwaves with an after hours mix feature on Pete Tong’s show, which followed the slot helmed by VIVa Music’s Steve Lawler. Throughout the year, Justin has been teasing his new project, Justin Jay & Friends, so not surprisingly, he decided to include a few new unreleased tracks, amongst an array of groovy jams from the likes of Catz ‘N Dogz, Adriatique, Dimitri From Paris, Aroop Roy, and more. Definitely let this mix carry you into the weekend, and if you haven’t been able to catch Justin on his Mom, I Graduated! World Tour, see when he’s coming to a city near you here.
This year, the UK’s producer/live band front man, Duke Dumont, has been maintaining his steady ascent, as he aims to bring something different and refreshing both in the studio and on stage. A couple of months ago, he announced his Blasé Boys Club EP series with the first track “Ocean Drive” that was initially premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. The 80’s-inspired track has become a fan favorite, and it’s now receiving some remixes from Hayden James and Shaun Frank, who have each given their own groovy house music flair – James taking more of a poolside approach, while Frank positions it for late night dance floors. Listen for yourself here. The Blasé Boys Club Vol. 1 EP is due out on October 2nd, and the remixes will be out on October 16th.
The Germany-based label, This Ain’t Bristol, has set out on a path less taken, as they’ve dedicated their curation to UK house music in a region where techno is king. In just a couple of days, they’ll be rounding out a trilogy of compilations with the release of Even More Selections, which features everyone from the label’s A&R Billy Kenny, to Mark Starr, to Fritz Carlton and several more up-and-coming artists who aim to help shape the future of dance music.
In celebration of the Even More Selections compilation release, we’ve been given the exclusive premiere of one of the tracks included – “Now” by Florida’s Mark Starr and Connecticut’s Lux Groove. Listen below to hear their beefy, ghetto-tech-esque stomper that we’ve been jammin’ to all week.
Check out the rest of Even More Selections after the jump, and pre-order it here, ahead of it’s Friday release.
Over the past couple of years, the San Francisco-based DJ/producer Atish has kept me captivated by his live sets and mixes. “Deep, emotive, [and] ecstatic” are all words that come to mind when trying to describe the aural journeys that he takes his fans on every time he plays. Today, Atish delivered his newest mix titled “Intuition,” which comes from his recent introspections. Much like his other mixes, this latest 1-hour offering features an on-point blend of deep and tech, moving between minimal, ethereal, and thought-provoking moments with optimistic and melancholic undertones. Enjoy and download the mix above. The tracklist and more insight into the creation of this mix from Atish himself can be found after the jump.
London’s Floating Points, known for his underground hit “Nuits Sonores,” has begun unveiling new songs from his forthcoming album, Elaenia! The first of which, “Silhouettes (I, II & III),” was released just under a month ago, and it features an evocative, jazz-electronic fusion that’s as unique as it is inspiring. The second is the newest release, “Nespole,” and on this one, he’s opted for more of an ambient vibe as he leaves drums behind to keep a focus on intricately layered melodies, and dynamic changes that fill the rhythmic void. With his highly regarded live set, Floating Points seems to have shaped his album around elements that could seamlessly transfer into a live setting, so we can’t wait to see/hear what else he has in store. Check both tunes out below, and stay tuned for the November 6th album release.
E.A.S.Y., aka Enferno and Shiftee yo, is a group comprised of two beat-smiths who are keeping things fresh with their productions, and live performance concept that merges DJ elements with drum machines, keyboards, and more. Having released two original singles and an official remix of A-Trak’s “Push” in recent times, they’ve been on their game, and they’re coming through with another stand out release. E.A.S.Y.’s latest, “Like That,” moves between mellow hip-hop-esque sounds and big, glimmering synths that drive the uplifting vibe over a a mid-tempo backdrop. Check out the song above. Buy it on Beatport or iTunes, or stream it on Spotify.