Most Los Angelians know Mike Brillstein as a legend. Whether consciously or not, anyone who’s ever been to a club where any good music was played has likely, nay definitely vibed out to one of Mike’s sets. With fine taste and a penchant for house music, he’s finally made a serious foray into the production world with his new alter ego “Brillstein“. After his two collaborations with Jesse Rose last year, he’s venturing off on his own with a six-track mini EP, Back To Bed, which sees its initial release on Play It Down next week.
Philadelphia duo, Louis Futon, have been nearly breaking the internet with their recent string of remixes, racking up hundreds of thousands of plays for their freshly revamped takes on topical hip hop jawns. Their most recent endeavor is a summery rework of Logic’s “Break It Down,” juxtaposing shimmering synth leads with a deep, bulbous bassline for a laid-back, feel-good anthem. The guys have made it available for free via Facebook before they announce details on their new EP, so grab the DL and keep an eye on Soundcloud for more info! √+
One of Southern California’s finest producer/DJs, Mikey Lion, had early beginnings scratching hip-hop records at the age of 13, but since then, he’s moved on to dance music, cultivating his career through productions and DJ residencies at renowned parties such as Lovelife. Additionally, this San Diego-based artist is also a co-founder and resident of the underground festival, Desert Hearts, that is quickly building a strong community of likeminded House and Techno aficionados, while receiving critical acclaim from respected media outlets like Resident Advisor.
In celebration of the upcoming Desert Hearts festival (Tickets) being held in Apple Valley, CA from April 25-27th, Mikey Lion has delivered an excellent mix of his refined brand of “Tribal Gangster Tech-House” that’ll keep you coming back for more deep grooves. Enjoy the mix below, then head after the jump for Mikey’s upcoming tour dates (including Coachella this weekend), more info on Desert Hearts, and the tracklist for the mix.
Friend of GDD (actually who am I kidding, friend of near every music person ever to do anything in Los Angeles) Mike Brillstein, known to many as Thee Mike B, has been making house music. And it’s f**king good. Over the past year we’ve seen him foray into a new moniker as Brillstein, collabing with Play It Down boss and house champion Jesse Rose on tracks like “Shuffle The Paper” and “Good Wife”. I was hearing big dudes like Loco Dice slamming Shuffle The Paper in sets for months. As Brillstein, Mike B is a heavy-hitter, keeping elements in his tracks that punch you right in the stomach and leave a mark. This year he announced his debut LP on Jesse’s label, which gets released at the end of the month. For now, he’s dropped off a new original for free download. Should be a clear indicator of the smashing direction that the LP will head in – the first track of which just premiered over on Pulse Radio.
Get the download above, and be sure to nab your copy of Brillstein’s Back To Bed LP, which comes out on Play It Down on April 29.
Night Bass pioneer, AC Slater, has released a new 5-track EP today, giving the whole batch away for free as part of the brand new, free-release Nest imprint which will live within the walls of Skrillex’s Nest HQ. The EP, titled Back To The Floor, is jam-packed with club tunes, with bits of Garage, Bassline, Electro, and House all making for an energetic party release. Get ready to hear “Roll Up” in a lot of places you go. √+
To say that Amtrac has found his footing would be a drastic understatement. He’s been on a rapidly uphill climb, and rightfully so. His remix of Depeche Mode‘s Should Be Higher is nothing short of brilliant. The tight musicality in the synth work paired with the legendary vocals of David Gahan make this another belter of a tune.
Last week while we were in the depths of Miami’s strong grip, Main Course‘s Bot sent over a short mix containing a gang of new material — 9 tracks to be exact — so we’d like to share them with y’all as well. From solo originals to collabs to remixes to collab remixes, Bot’s got in all in here for us. Also, keep an ear out for “MSMFN” which Bot just put out for free (as always) on Main Course today. If you love Bot’s weird side like we do, you’ll be sure to love all this new stuff. √+
Bot – Scream 85
Bot – Monky Man
A Lost People – Big Booty Bitches (Bot’s Rework)
Disciples – Catwalk (Bot & Astronomar Remix)
Bot & Astronomar – Fribay
Astronomar & Bot – Drama
Bot & Wafa – MSMFN
Codes – We Get Crazy (Bot & Astronomar Remix)
Bot & Swick – MMBM Continue Reading
Italy’s DJ/production duo, NiCe7, has built a strong reputation for their groove-driven brand of techy, dark, and deep house music. After releasing their outstanding single, “Bassline Soldiers,” on Noir Music and its subsequent remixes on DFTD, they will be repeating the success by rereleasing their hit, “Time To Get Physical,” along with remixes by Sonny Fodera, Argy and Bontan, on March 31st. As we wait for this next release, NiCe7 has given us a proper guest mix to enjoy in the meantime. With tracks from the likes of Subb-an, Phil Weeks, HNNY, and more, the mix is a perfect send off into the weekend as it keeps an addictive underground vibe throughout its 1-hour duration.
It’s practically fact that you can’t have a bad Monday if you kick it off with a little trip to funky town. Miami’s Panic Bomber has reworked The Godfather of Funk and churned out 10 minutes of thigh burning heat. The tasteful ode to one of music’s all-time greats makes it difficult to listen to this one and not have the urge to start dancing.