To ring in the last month of the year, we have The Dirt #55 that should be on repeat throughout your weekend. Grab all of our picks in the .zips below, then catch commentary and GDD™ exclusives after the jump!
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Launched last summer, AIAIAI’s TMA-1 headphones have quickly become the headphone of choice for a vast number of DJs on the world circuit, competing with industry heavyweights Pioneer and Sennheiser. Made with DJs in mind, AIAIAI designed the headphones with Tomas Barfod and Fredski of the Tartelet label, and enlisted a diverse range of artists to road test them in their various stages of product development. Artists involved included Matthew Dear, Luciano, HudMo, Erol Alkan and Kode9. We took some time out to put the TMA-1s through their paces and here’s how we found them:
3 weeks ago London based Boiler Room took their gear over to Amsterdam Dance Event for an afternoon broadcast from the Minus label. Sets on the day came from Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Seth Troxler, and Ambivalent, and it was probably the most impressive Boiler Room we’ve seen to date. Take a listen to this recording of Richie Hawtin doing what he does best:
What’s good dirty dancers? It’s Friday, and there are few better ways to soundtrack your weekend than with this latest helping of The Dirt! Troy Kurtz & Sweet FA have been hard at work, handpicking a few of their favorite tunes of the moment, so without further ado, we’re happy to present The Dirt #48…
• Casino Times – That’s The Truth (Original Mix)
Beautiful slow-burning house from a duo to watch closely in the coming months. This is a rework of the De La Soul and Chaka Khan track ‘All Good’. Vibes!
• Mercury – Sweetness (Original Mix) √+
Giving the nod to old school house with their combination of electronic piano and soulful vocal stabs, Mercury‘s new Sweetness release is an absolute gem. Can highly recommend the full EP, which also features a stellar remix from Catz N’ Dogz.
• Groove Armada – RJ’s Theme (Original Mix) √+
Progressive tech-house from Groove Armada‘s recent Red Light project. The synth build is pretty much identical to Danny Daze‘s summer smash ‘Fall Away From Love’ which is maybe why I dig it so much.
• Jack Dixon – Clear (Original Mix)
Awesome piece of uptempo house music from Londoner Jack Dixon. The percussion on this track is so crisp. Looking forward to checking out his Knowledge EP which drops next week on Losing Suki.
Eliphino – More Than Me by somethinksounds
Set for release on Halloween via Somethinksounds, Eliphino‘s new track ‘More Than Me’ has been on repeat for the past couple weeks. The versatile London-based producer has already had a release on Gilles Peterson‘s Brownswood imprint, and he’s bound to kick up a great deal more heat with this tune when it finally drops.
The new M83 album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming was officially released earlier this week, and it sits comfortably atop the contenders for album of the year. This track is from one of Anthony Gonzalez’s earlier albums, and might be one of my favorite songs of all time.
• ASAP Rocky – Wassup
NY drug dealer turned man rapper ASAP Rocky is the truth. He’s got a promethazine infused swagger, and it slow-grinds all over this Clams Casino beat (same guy who produced the mesmerizing I’m God.)
• Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out Words Gone (Dark Sky Remix)
Dark Sky is back again with an extremely emotional mix of Bombay Bicycle Club. Never one to disappoint, a hypnotically deep groove bounces around crooning vocals. Buy the track here.
If you haven’t heard, the consummate businessman that is one Sean Combs AKA genius has teamed up with Guy Gerber to form the 11:11 project. Even though it sounds a bit kooky, the likes of Jamie Jones, Soul Clap, and Renaissance Man have already been on the remix cartel.
• Solomun & Stimming – See You Everyday
I’ve been slamming this one in a lot of sets lately. I really dig the rain/thunder samples. Well played.
I’ll leave you with some witch†haus to get you in the mood for Halloween. And a birdy told me there is a /// Halloween mix dropping sooner than you can say, “OMG LOOK AT WHAT THAT GIRL IS WEARING I CAN SEE HER EVERYTHING!”
LDN The Together Winter Music Festival is set to take place in London at the end of next month, with Alexandra Palace playing host to two mammoth nights of EDM. Curated by Lock n Load (the guys behind South-West Four), the festival has been split down the middle: Friday for Bass culture, and Saturday for house and electro. The lineup for each day is huge, with Chase & Status headlining the Friday, and Eric Prydz playing his last EPIC show of the year on the Saturday, here’s a full rundown:
Friday 25th November – Day 1:
Chase & Status • Nero • Skrillex • Knife Party • Zane Lowe • Camo & Krooked • Ms Dynamite • Mistajam • Dj Fresh • Jaguar Skills • Modestep • Feed Me • Joker • Gemini • Friction • Yasmin • Union • Flux Pavillon • Doctor P • Funtcase • Roksonix • S.P.Y • dBridge + More TBA
Saturday 26th November – Day 2:
EPIC (Eric Prydz In Concert) • John Digweed • Pete Tong • Sander Van Doorn • Simian Mobile Disco • Sebastien Leger • Chris Lake • Jeremy Olander • Death In Vegas • Vitalic • Fake Blood • Fenech Soler • Sebastian • Maya Jane Coles • Alex Metric • Grum • Russ Chimes • Starsmith • John Dahlback • The Japanese Popstars • Mark Fanciulli • The Glimmers • Utah Saints • Reset! • Hot City • Burns • Monarchy + More TBA
LDN Our buddies at Potty Mouth Disco have curated yet another monster lineup for their Halloween Warehouse party on October 28th. Taking place at Village Underground, Hot Creations‘ man of the moment Danny Daze is topping a bill that’ll also feature sets from Agaric, Martin Dawson, Jay Shepheard and Clive Henry. Early bird tickets are selling fast, so we recommend snapping them up to avoid the inevitable bun fight on the door.
Danny Daze [Hot Creations]
Clive Henry [Hot Creations]
Martin Dawson (Live) [Crosstown Rebels/Get Physical]
Jay Shepheard (Live) [Retrofit]
One of the hardest workers in EDM today, Pete Tong maintains a hectic DJ schedule and dedicates his life to exposing the freshest tracks and emerging talent via his radio shows. This year, on top of his touring festival appearances and residencies at Pacha Ibiza and Encore Beach Club in Vegas, Tong re-launched his legendary FFRR imprint – once home to Orbital, Brand New Heavies, Jay-Z, Armand Van Helden and the man himself – under the umbrella of Warner Music Group.
With one hell of a biography, it seems unsurprising that people have forgotten about Pete Tong’s production talents. This week, the British Dance Music Ambassador released his new ‘Wardance’ EP on Toolroom, featuring remixes from Matthias Tanzmann and Tom Flynn. Check out the previews below, and swing by Beatport to pick up the release in full:
Last night we were tuned in to the Radiohead takeover of Boiler Room at Corsica Studios in London. Fantastic sets all night, but I was most impressed with Dan Snaith aka Caribou, whose track selection throughout his set with Jamie XX was utterly brilliant.
This year, Caribou’s been releasing quite a bit of material under his Daphni alias, the most recent of which came in the form of the Ne Noya EP, which dropped last week on Snaith’s own Jiaolong imprint. The three-track, vinyl only release, features an edit and 2 Daphni originals, and it’s the B-side ‘Yes, I Know’ that really stands out – a ballsy slowburner that combines acid with soul:
Incase you missed it, another vinyl only release: Daphni’s ‘Ye Ye’ dropped earlier in the year via Kieran Hebden/Four Tet‘s Text Records:
Dutch duo Mason have had a busy year touring their live show in support of They Are Among Us, an album that featured heavy-hitting collabs with Roisin Murphy, Sway and Aqualung. With another big release in the pipeline, Mason have kindly given us an exclusive In Flagranti remix from their forthcoming Le Big Bob EP, which arrives in stores next month. In Flagranti doing what they do best, have dosed the original with sample-driven electro and italo basslines for your enjoyment:
Released via Animal Language, Mason’s ‘Le Big Bob’ will be available from Beatport on November 14th.
On Wednesday Native Instruments launched their hotly anticipated iMaschine; a $5 Apple app and sister product to their vastly popular Maschine. The new iMaschine app offers a string of looping, sampling and effects possibilities from the Maschine enabling you to sketch musical ideas on your iOS device and then upload the resulting grooves as 44.1kHZ 16-bit WAV samples either to your DAW or directly to Soundcloud.
We spent the past couple of days putting the iMaschine through its paces, and what we found most impressive about the app is how pared back it is: it’s a really easy interface to navigate on the fly. While the initial sample library may seem limited (particularly when you compare it to how extensive the Maschine is), NI strike a healthy balance in terms of offering just enough to engage experienced producers, while not allowing the app to be so complex as to confuse those using an interface like this for the first time. What’s more, for those so inclined, the iMaschine gives you the option to buy or upload pre-existing loops, instruments and sample banks from the AppStore or your DAW, which means that the possibilities are endless.
Hear how we got on with the iMaschine after the jump…