CRWNS, a fresh 21-year-old producer/DJ, seems to be jumpstarting his ascent up the ranks of dance music’s elite. With two previous releases to his name, and now this latest offering, he’s cultivating his own sound within the low-end-focused sphere, and many are picking up on the authentic vibes that he always delivers. On his remix of Major Lazer & DJ Snake’s “Lean On,” CRWNS supports MØ’s vocals with a flurry of shimmering synths, which are complimented by arpeggiated melodies and vocal edits that help drive the mid-tempo rhythm. Download CRWNS’ remix here, and watch out for more from the young talent.
After releasing Bells & Whistle’s Hands EP just a couple of months ago, Desert Hearts Records delivers the tasteful, 2-track Sound Engineer EP from Orlando’s own Michael Rosa, along with remixes from Halo & Ché, Butane, and David Scuba. Having attended and played last year’s Desert Hearts Spring festival, Rosa mentioned that this psychedelia-drenched, tech-house EP “truly is a Desert Hearts inspired release,” and it was created “with the 70 hour experience in mind,” which is clearly apparent upon first listen. It’s a dance floor-centric offering that’s sure to ignite clubs and festivals far and wide.
In conjunction with the release, we have the pleasure of premiering David Scuba’s rendition of the title track, “Sound Engineer.” The Superfreq boss has transformed the track with his own techy touch, using a new groove, subtle percussive accents, sound effects, and pulsating synth work for a tripped-out remix. Check out the remix above, listen to the whole EP below, and read more about Michael Rosa in our Q&A where he discusses how his new EP came together, his new party, Rabbithole, how he linked up with Desert Hearts, and more after the jump.
Pick up Michael Rosa’s Sound Engineer EP for free download here.
Continuing on their streak of successful releases, New York City’s house music trio, TKDJS, comes through with a stand-out rendition of Basement Jaxx’s “Never Say Never” featuring ETML. As the second installment in a three-part remix series that aims to showcase a different aspect of their sound, this new remix elevates the mood with piano chords and the original’s vocals before dropping into heavy, bassline-driven sequence that evolves throughout for a club-ready jam. Enjoy the remix above and grab the free download here.
Catch TKDJS live at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on August 21st!
I don’t have that much energy nowadays, but Los Angeles-based techno junkie Modus gives it to me every time. His dark twists on big tracks really stand out in a monotonous river of medicre remixes. Tough tough european-style techno vibes durn Drake’s “Energy” into a dark club knocker. I’ve already heard this one being rinsed around town in Los Angeles, and I have no doubts that this one will be a staple for the forseeable future. Grab the latest from Modus for free below.
Wood Holly was responsible for one of the livest bootleg packs I have ever heard, so I’m always keen to see what he’s got in the pipelines. His latest is shockingly more on the dark side of things. Really haunting vocals, scratchy percussion and cool synths blanket the listener before that absolute vortex of a bass arrangement steals your soul. Can’t believe he’s giving this one away for free via Perfect Driver Records, grab it right now! Thanks Wood Holly!
Ever since one of our favorite dirtybirds, Justin Jay, dropped his Momentum EP on Pets Recordings just months ago, we knew it was going to be a fantastic year for LA native. In the midst of recent announcements for TomorrowWorld, Dirtybird Campout, CRSSD Festival, and Holy Ship 2016, Justin is coming through with his long-awaited collaboration with Chris Lorenzo that’s been dubbed “Storm.” Driven by both breakbeat and four-on-the-floor rhythms, this outstanding track showcases a hybridized sound featuring West coast and UK vibes for a perfect transatlantic offering. Listen to the track below and download it here via the tastemaker label, Black Butter Records.
After dropping his remix of Oh Wonder’s “Lose It” last month, Jerry Folk is back with a new original for those in need of a nu-disco groove. On “Futura,” Jerry fuses an array of synths, keys, edited vocal samples, and a driving rhythm for a smooth jam that evokes memories of a care-free drive down PCH in the summertime. Listen below and download it here.
The Summer season is ripe for The Interns as they return with the third installment of The Interns Present mixtape series, this time reviving the signature soul that pushed their debut tape to over 50,000 plays in it’s 8 month tenure online. It’s the sound that’s come to define their live sets as they’ve rocked pool parties at The Standard DTLA and Hotel Figueroa, respectively, post Spring solstice in 2015.
With a slot at EDC Las Vegas 2015 now in the books, and a handful of gigs up and down the California coastline, things are just starting to heat up for the boys and they’re not showing any signs of letting up!
As for ‘Wet Hot Los Angeles Summer’ you can hear the influence of many late nights on the dance floor and long days in the festival circuit. The mix is really an homage to the sounds that inspire them to get up and dance combined with the cult classic movie set to make its return later this year. It’s perfect for those looking for a spicy afternoon soundtrack or some late night fun as it offers some insight to the non-Angeleno’s on how to get after it, Southern California style. Listen above and download the mix here.
7/16 – VS w/ special guests @ Fais Do-Do – Los Angeles, CA
7/18 – Blended w/ aRod @ Lock & Key – Los Angeles, CA
7/24 – Conga Room w/ BONES – Los Angeles, CA
9/26 – GDD Boatylicious – Long Beach, CA
10/2 – Harlot w/ Bixel Boys – San Francisco, CA
Whenever a new Matt DiMona track ends up on my SoundCloud feed I’m always eager to give it a listen. There is something special about his aptly named “feel good house” brand that consistently keeps me coming back for more. His new remix of “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea” by Los Angeles based indie rock band “XYLØ” is no exception. Matt DiMona effectively utilizes the gorgeous vocals and interlaces them with infectious chilled-out melodies, bass plucks, and pads. Be sure to grab the free download here.
Rothchild just unveiled a sparkling new remix for ROOM8’s tune “No Hard Feelings.” Disco house lovers take note, as this one brings wicked cases of dance fever. Shearing dance floor synths crescendo and roll throughout this production, with some punching bass to bring her home. The ethereal vocals float atop the midsections and create a dreamy vibe. Download it for free and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for more goods this producer.