This has been a strong summer for UK based Alex Metric, who’s spent his time touring all over the world playing out the biggest festivals in the industry to collaborating with some of the biggest names in the game for his new hit single. His unpredictable and insatiable sets at HARD Summer were some of our staff favorites and quite the musical expeditions. With roots and influences spread throughout the early days of the electronic industry, his eclectic taste and style surely shines through in his music. For those who haven’t had a chance to catch Alex this summer be sure to checkout his latest August DJ Mix and without further adieu:
There is not much I can say about Loco Dice without waxing poetic about the man. He is a fucking absolute legend and in complete honesty seeing him for the first time changed the way I appreciate, enjoy, evaluate, and interpret dance music. I’m not even kidding.
His impeccably-chosen selection of tracks for his most recent compilation “Loco Dice In The House” is out now on Defected, which has allowed for both the label and the artist to extend their reach past what individually may have tied them to a particular sound or style. Traversing across a wide array of music, from older productions, his own work, tracks via his label Desolat, brand new tunes, and influences from hip-hop to Detroit techno, Loco Dice continues to solidify his identity as a master storyteller. Every step in the process of curating and mixing a compilation is one Dice pulls off with immense accuracy: from the track selection, to the order, to the piecing and mixing and layering. Loco Dice is one of the best at compelling you to dance, and to never stop dancing.
In liu of the 2-Disc compilation, as well as his full-flexed weekly party USED+ABUSED in Ibiza, I sent over a few questions to Dice to answer. I’m incredibly happy he found the time to talk to us amidst his unrelenting tour, promo, and residency schedule, and without further ado here is out chat with one of GDD’s all time favorites (not to mention #8 on our Sexiest DJs list): Loco Dice.
Walter Ego’s new EP on MadTech, the Heaven EP, is out next week on August 5th, and it’s house-y garage-y goodness. The title track opens up the EP is soulful and warm, big garage vibes, bubbly pads, and soft organs in the background. It has a nice little shift towards the end, sharper drums and slightly more aggressive pads take it to an interesting new level. ‘Grab Somebody’ is a little bit more energetic, the combination of jazz-influenced hi hats and cuts of acid with what could almost be a xylophone on the chord progression deliver a fascinating and danceable house tune. The last track Jam Roll (For Love) takes things to a deeper and darker place, much more moody synths and pulsating bass. All three are solid in their own right, MadTech really nailed the choices, making the Heaven EP a memorable listen and a great asset for many a variety of DJ crates.
On Monday I hopped back on my favorite social media platform, Twitter, and got to chatting with MadTech Records (specifically James, who heads the label) and the latest artist on their top-notch and busy release schedule, Walter Ego. The boys and I discuss the artistic process, our influences and current musical explorations, food, and much more. You can check the interview behind the jump.
Reaching the end to his US tour with an intimate performance this Saturday night @ HARLOT in San Francisco, the house legend Sander Kleinenberg took a minute to to tell us how the summer has been how he’s evolved with the scene…
GDD: You’re nearing the end of your US Summer Tour. How have the shows been so far? Bigger scale or more intimate performances?
SK: Shows have been great, mostly intimate clubs, 500 capacity hang outs, but also a festival in Chicago that really was fun to do.
GDD: Whats the difference you see in the US tour dates versus playing shows like your ibiza residency?
SK: Not a lot to be honest, house music is a universal thing you know ; )
GDD: You’ve been DJng and producing for over 15 years – how has the music scene shaped your sound from what it was to where it is now? Was there outside influence or have you always made your own path?
SK: I travel a path less travelled and took some chances that ended up being inspiring and exciting, its not always the easiest path but its the most rewarding in the end. i dont really have major influences but people like Larry Levan, Laurent Garnier, Diplo, Sasha etc are heroes to me. People that made and make a difference.
GDD: Who are some of your favorite producers right now?
SK: I love Sharam Jey, Kolombo, Botan, i like that low tempo funk disco thing they call Nu-Disco a lot.
GDD: You play HARLOT in San Francisco this Saturday. What’s so special about the city?
SK: San Francisco always has the wind of change blowing through its fundaments, thats a fact that is very exillerating.
Come out to Harlot SF tomorrow for an intimate DJ set from Sander, alongside our very own BONES!
Tonight, some of our favorite women in dance music will be taking the reins at Exchange in Downtown Los Angeles — Magda and Blond:ish. We were able to have a quick chat with the Montreal-born, London-based duo responsible for releases on some of our favorite imprints (Kompakt, Get Physical, Defected) ahead of their set tonight where we touched on their love of 70s psychedelia, how they link up with labels, their Cherry residency, and more. Read on and give a listen to their remix of Maya Jane Coles’ “Everything” out this week…
Nicole Moudaber has been taking the Techno world by storm lately. Starting out years ago as a prodigy to Carl Cox to recently releasing the well-received ”Believe” LP it seems that the only direction she is headed is up! We were lucky enough to catch her 4 hour set at Cielo in New York last month and got a few minutes to find out about her upcoming collaborations, thoughts on the industry and future plans! Check it after the jump!
I had a chance to swap back and forth a few questions with Aussie mysterious wonder kid, Touch Sensitive this past week, hoping to learn more about his emulating elusiveness. Turns out he’s quite a cool cat, humble, and has a passion for music that is truly breathtaking. With massive releases such as ‘Real Talk’ & ‘Pizza Guy’, Touch Sensitive has enjoyed his time on the top of the beatport charts, but now its time dive into the deep end, and learn a little more about the man behind the music.
Interview & Media After the Jump
It’s a rarity in the current market to find a dance music act that is dissatisfied with merely DJing, but NYC-based duo and childhood friends Greg Paulus and Nick DeBruyn AKA No Regular Play are an anomaly amongst the mass of electronic music artists out there — incorporating live vocals and instruments into nearly every set. As an enigma to the norm, No Regular Play have been recognized for their unique style and performance, joining the Wolf+Lamb family at the notorious Marcy in New York, with additional releases on reputable imprints like No. 19, Supplement Facts, and Leftroom. With a forthcoming EP due out on Justin Miller’s HAKT along with a very cool outdoor show in Grand Park in Downtown LA this Sunday, we had a chat with Greg and Nick about their creative processes, live performance, daytime parties, and much more.
In anticipation of Edit Murphy‘s upcoming performance on the WIDE AWAKE Art Car at EDC Chicago on May 26th, we sat down with the Smoke N’ Mirrors rep for a chat about his new Metro EP, Deep Disco, and his thoughts about the first Electric Daisy Carnival in his hometown of Chicago. Additionally, we have a free download of his single, “Keni,” to hand over to you today. It’s a melodic tune brimming with ol’ fashioned feelgoodery, and now it’s yours for free. Read the interview below and make sure to catch Edit Murphy on the GDD™-hosted WIDE AWAKE Art Car in Chicago next Sunday, May 26th.
One of the UK’s best kept secrets, Eden Anderson aka Special Features, is on a path to international stardom with his trademark, melody-driven progressive house that is both emotionally moving and powerfully adrenalizing. Earlier this week, he marked his transition from a mega-remixer into a true producer’s role with his first solo original track, “Illusions,” released on the well-respected tastemaker label Big Beat Records.
We had a quick chat with the promising up and comer about the story behind “Illusions,” how he may want to be an astronaut, items on his bucket list, his future plans, and more. Check out Special Features‘ enlightening new track below and read the interview after the jump.