GDD Spotlight

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Snakehips have been a hot topic of conversation online for some time now.  For two London producers who choose to keep their formal identities anonymous, they certainly have a funkified, in your face style.  Unless you’ve been wearing earmuffs for the past two years, you’ve probably heard their original track “On & On” or it’s reworking by Kaytranada.  In addition, their remixes for The Weeknd and Banks are both dancing around the 5 million stream mark on Soundcloud.  Needless to say, their style is completely their own, incorporating elements of hip-hop, soul, and R&B with a new-aged dance twist.

Their latest releases, remixes of Raury, Lion Babe, and a monstrous original “Days With You,” have further cemented their reputation as some of the top purveyors of this soul-centric vibe.  You’re not going to want to miss their set at SNOWGLOBE, as it’s sure to incite dance riots hot enough to melt the Tahoe snowfall.

Snakehips Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

SNOWGLOBE Site | Facebook | Twitter | Single Day Tickets

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*Bedsqueak, bedsqueak* The reason Trippy Turtle may be one of the lesser known artists on the docket for Snowglobe Music Fest isn’t a lack of musical ability, the dude just likes to be anonymous. Before he began touring in his classic green turtle hood, Trippy’s identity was so well concealed that many attributed the act to his close friend Cashmere Cat. While we now know they are certainly not one in the same, one could say that their production skills do go hand in hand.

A true pioneer in the (relatively new to the lime light) Jersey Club scene, Trippy Turtle utilizes an obviously expansive mastery of sound to create truly entertaining and flawless works. Some of his more popular tunes include a huge collaboration remix of “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay” with DJ Hoodboi as well as his latest original “Trippy’s Theme.” If you find yourself in the mood to get down to some bed squeaks and water droplets in Tahoe this year, be sure to catch a sure-to-be stunning set from Trippy Turtle.


Trippy Turtle Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Snowglobe Music Fest Facebook | Site | Twitter

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With a lineup erupting with talent, featuring the likes of Darkside, Caribou, and Nils Frahm, I think it’s safe to say the Dimensions opening party bill was fraught for the spectacular. Having watched all three, though, it was Nils Frahm who stole the show with his magnificent opening set. The scene was very haunted in the 2000 year old Roman Amphitheater that these musicians were fortunate to call home for the evening, and Nils Frahm took full advantage. Donning two sets of keys and enough equipment to warp and loop his own work, it was breathtaking to watch him fuse the natural with the synthesized in such a monumental environment. Mesmerized, I hardly looked away for the full 45 minutes. Let’s see how you fare..


Nils Frahm Boiler Room x Dimensions Opening… by brtvofficial

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It doesn’t seem like long ago the veiled producer Zhu surfaced on the web (4 months ago to be exact) and had the net buzzing about his “Moves Like Ms. Jackson” remix, but a lot has been accomplished since then. With four more originals added to his roster, including his recent hit (named Essential New Tune by Pete Tong) titled, “ Faded.” Now, though, the time has come for others to take on the fruits of his labor as official remixes begin to take shape on SoundCloud. Continue Reading

“I want you to all smell a dubplate because they smell really good. You might never get to smell one ever again…”

Vivian Host, aka Star Eyes hands me a dusty disc, an old DnB record from Renegade Hardware. I smell it and have to admit, it smells perfect. Like old musty books but better, because it’s music. On the bed sits Jess Gentile, better known as Jubilee. We’re chillin’ in the infamous 181 spot in Brooklyn, Vivian’s current residence, while our lovely photographer, Kaitlin Parry of Shoot People, sets up for this Gotta Dance Dirty exclusive look into the lives and music of two of the best bass DJs and producers around.

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Starting off your career with immediate support from the likes of Tiga, Felix Da Housecat, and the other top-tier, heavy hitting electro heads of 2006 isn’t exactly a bad way to get things underway. Three studio albums, a live DVD, and countless crowd rocking performances later, Shameboy are back in the studio prepping another LP for the world. With some big time remixes, ear-popping originals, and more on the horizon before that, it’ll be interesting to see exactly where Shameboy find themselves this time next year. Something tells me, they’ll be right where they want to be…

Full interview with 1/2 of Shameboy, track previews, and free mixtape after the jump.

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This week we continue our series of exclusive giveaways: every Wednesday, Willy Joy & GDD™ have teamed up to give you Free Willy Wednesdays! Each week we’ll give you a new tune out of Willy’s vault. Some are remixes, some are bootlegs, some are 100% originals. Some of them you may have heard played by your favorite DJ or in an exclusive mix, but now they’re yours… for free!

This week brings a massive original tune straight from Willy’s “secret weapons” folder. It’s called Shock The System, and one listen will tell you why! A slow burning thugged out breakdown explodes into siren synths and massive bass, a peak time tune for sure. This is shock therapy at its best!

A couple weeks back I posted the new single, ‘In The Blood,’ from British dance music vets, X-Press 2. The House jam released yesterday on Skint Records has a throwback feel to it, incorporating vocals from Alison Limerick who contributed her voice to many successful dance tracks in the 90s. Needless to say, I was impressed by the release and I wanted to check in with Diesel and Rocky of X-Press 2 to see what they were up to and get their seasoned perspective on some aspects of the burgeoning dance music scene. In addition to our chat, the guys also put together a fantastic, exclusive hour-long mix just for GDD™ that is available for download below. Get into everything after the jump and cruise on over to Beatport to pick up ‘In The Blood’ with remixes from AFFKT, Chocolate Puma, and Seamus Haji. Continue Reading

TheFatRat is no stranger to these parts and it was only natural to feature him in a proper GDD™ Spotlight. We have his brand new logo (pictured above) and an awesome 1-hour mix, which he was so kind to do for us, that contains the premiere of the full FatRat remix of Martin Solveig’s “The Night Out,” and plenty of other excellent tracks ranging from disco to dubstep (tracklist after the jump).

Also, the blogosphere has been well acquainted with his music and some brief information about him, but we have an in-depth interview that discusses reasons behind his anonymity, his production tools, application of the Karma Sutra, something that has made the biggest impact on his life today, and much much more. Not only are we giving you an exclusive inside look into the personality of TheFatRat & a mix for your listening pleasure, but we also have him booked for his live world premiere at our VS party in Santa Monica on Thursday (4/5). If you are in the LA area, you best be there. Now, head after the jump for the interview, check out the mix, and download it for free by clicking the “Buy” button on the Soundcloud player!

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Michael Ullman and Julien Benichou, or Bastille, have been featured numerous times here on GDD™ since our humble origins in 2008, so as their careers have developed and their catalog of productions and remixes increased, I felt it necessary to get in touch with the boys and hear about what they’ve been up to firsthand. As I found out, Julien and Michael have been busy DJing around the country while balancing college, and to top it off, they’ve just come out with a new single, ‘One Night Love Affair,’ that we might just hear Alain and Armand playing out in the near future.

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Read on for our chat about the Disco revival, sampling and licensing, and of course, their favorite cocktails, as well as a brand new mix made especially for you awesome readers here at GDD™. Continue Reading