If the festival scene has one thing to take away from 2016 it’s that the boutique festival circuit is a force to be reckoned with. With a capacity big enough to satiate your festival needs, yet small enough to remain personable, it’s no wonder these experiences championed the hearts and minds of many a dance music purveyors. Here in Los Angeles, the Desert Hearts signature brand of parties stood out for their curatorial expertise ranging everywhere from music, to live art, and live performances. Their club shows, and festival at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, set the bar high for the rest of the year, and with the announcement of the return of both their Spring Festival, and City Hearts Tour, it’s clear that 2017 will continue their streak of excellence. To get a better sense of the community, view their 2017 Spring Festival announce video below and be sure to check out the dates for their City Hearts Tour coming to a city near you! Tickets + more information available HERE.
Can’t end the year without a little more sweat! Our aussie brethren label Sweat It Out has dished out the Club Sweat Workout Series Volume 2, the follow up compilation featuring some young guns from our side of the planet – a devilish medley of bass driven belters and upfront house music. Here’s what the Sweat crew had to say about the release:
Hard to believe Sweat It Out began nearly 9 years ago (feeling old – ouch). At the time, we debated whether the origin of the name was because we used to eat hot thai food on a Tuesday with the goal of sweating out the weekend (weird that we didn’t think this should have been done on a Monday but I digress), or whether it was because of the amount of sweat AJAX would let out whilst dj’ing.
What we did agree on was a love of sweaty basements and music for such surrounds. Our WORKOUT SERIES epitimises exactly that.
Here we present 5 tunes that are made for clubs of around 200 people, with sweat dripping off the ceiling and heads turned slightly sideways. Shall we say, where we feel most at home.
Big love to SMALLTOWN DJs, RUMPUS, J.WORRA, COSELLA, FROM DROP TILL DAWN, LYNDON KIDD, and last but not least, BRILLSTEIN – you all killed it!
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In an attempt to “Derail The Reptile Revolution,” Clarian has slung together scintillating mini-album set to be released November 21st on LA imprint, Culprit. Featuring intergalactic tech and warp speed acid undertones, the project serves as a lethal reminder of our lurking lizard overlords. We premiere “Acid Moon” for you today in advance of the release, a hearty chunk of lunar goodness with an acid flair for the dark side of the moon. Enter Clarian’s universe with the below stream and keep your eyes peeled for the project’s release later this month.
The five songs, each with distinct personality, are inspired by California desert mirages, neon Hollywood glow and faded sunsets over the Pacific. Neo-Future meets vivid Retro Analogue dreams…David Lynch’s “Dune” with the ghost of Hunter S. Thompson fully present.
Cosmic post-disco joins slow-burn techno, adorned with bits of New Wave, futuristic acid house and layers of celestial melodies that make for one-of-a-kind journey through space and time.
So SLUGGERS just dropped a scary as tech-house EP just in time for Halloween. I just cruised through this bad boy and there are definitely some big tunes in it. Whether you’re partying or trick-or-treating this weekend, get your techno fix either way.
“The EP kicks off with a skull-rattling title track punctuated by persistent drums and breathy hi-hats, leading into the sinister to the droning vibes of “Doses” followed by “M1,” with it’s wailing organ sounds and catchy beat. With “SDFMIA” and “So Much Love” wrapping up the collection, Miami nightlife has never sounded so wonderfully dark.”
RUFUS’s 2016 album “Bloom” has catapulted the group into superstardom. It’s tough to nail down a crowning track, but for me it has to be Innerbloom. The original 10+ minute odyssey is incredibly stunning, and Lane 8 just put an amazing touch in it. More subdued in nature, this edition showcases the softer elements of the track. Stream it now.
“Lane 8 proved to be a perfect tap for the ‘Innerbloom’ remix package, returning to the fold with the peak time display of heart-wrenching mastery that has made his singular take on electronic music a standout over the last few years. By adding rolling percussion and a fresh flowing lead, Lane 8 has transformed the original into an anthem fit for divine moments of elevated dance floor sensation.”
Back in August, the multi-instrumentalist Sebastian Carter announced his debut EP, City Lights, with the first single, “Shallow Waters,” and since then, he has seen a wealth of support from names like Jamie Jones, Lane 8, Tensnake, and more. This is particularly exciting for Sebastian as he has been working diligently on crafting a new artistic direction, while finishing up school at The Modern Music Institute in Brighton.
His City Lights EP shows him exploring ethereal electronic soundscapes embellished by organic live instrumentation, vocals from Julia Church, Atonal, and Tosca Singer, as well as dynamic rhythms, ranging from house to downtempo and everything in between. As a whole, the release is a soulful and eclectic body of work that reflects his artistic authenticity, as he seems to draw upon a pool of UK-centric influences to cultivate his own experimental, genre-bending style that truly sets him apart from the rest. Enjoy the release above and buy/stream the EP here!
Upon Access was only founded this year but already it is a label with a reputation for putting out great new music. Curated by Australian producer and DJ Made in Paris, the label’s next release is from brand new singing Somersault. He is a young producer who has come a long way from working as a funk guitarist to producing music played on international festival stages and securing hits in the Beatport Top 100.
Stampede goes first and is a slick and spacious deep tech cut with a writing synth line that snakes about above smooth drums. Smeared pads add real scale to the cut and help suck you right in to the midst of the spaced out groove. Finishing it off in style are some harmonious melodies that stick long in the brain. On the flip you’ll find It’s Erotic, another sensual groove that is rooted in deep and rubbery drums. This one has more textured synths and heavenly pads all adding up to a roomy tune that will make your hairs stand on end thanks to its subtly epic intentions. Somersault is sure to have secured another hit here with another fine release. The EP is already supported from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Oliver Schories, Sossa, DJ Karotte and more. Listen below!
Belgian duo Raw District return to the Crosstown Records label with their latest release, “Addicted,” featuring Caribbean vocalist Aquarius Heaven. The result is a wicked combination of German techno and Bahamian beats that makes for a real tribal tech dance floor churner. At just over 9 minutes long, the tune features an eclectic array of breaks and builds as the song morphs and transforms into alternate versions of itself until it reaches it’s final form at around the 7 minute mark. Slated to be released on the 23rd of September (link HERE), look for remixes from Rampa, Doc Martin, and the B-side titled, “The Alchemist.”
TEE MANGO, aka Mr. Millionhands, the curator extraordinaire, is a man who exudes character. From his always in demand fashion line to his masterfully produced back catalogue, he’s an artist in pretty much every sense of the term. Which is why his debut LP stands out as one of the more carefully crafted vibes of 2016. With a mix of sounds ranging from house to electronica, the project spans a wide range of emotions in its entirety.
There are delicate late night progressive vibes a la “TUNNEL VISIONS” as well as some downtempo emotive house via “NIGHTSWIM.” For those who like their House a little bit funk’d up, look no further than “ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE” and “I SEE YOU DANCIN.” On the more experimental end of the spectrum there is the track “BREAK OF DAWN” with a smidge of breakbeat as well as the instrumental intermission titled “I CAN SEE STRAIGHT.”
It’s some all around good clean sexy fun for the freshmen LP of a producer whose releases date back to 2012. While his history in the scene makes him a veteran in his own right, it’s the subtle imperfections that allow this album to breathe amongst its contemporaries. Comfort zones are established and shattered as you move from track to track adding a respectable layer of intrigue as the LP plays cover to cover. Slated to be released on September 23rd on the Millionhands label, this is certainly not one to sleep on.
The dog days of Summer are coming to end, and what better way to memorialize the everlasting daylight than in playlist form with some tunes that take you from Summer 16 to the bittersweet days of Fall. Brohlson and I deliver 20 tunes that define the changing of the seasons and ease you into sweater weather with selections from Natural Child, Jerkcurb, Captain Supernova, James Blake, Bon Iver, and the Don, Elton John. Have a listen and be sure to subscribe to the playlist as we prepare for a new edition, set to be curated later in the Fall!