DC based producer, Manila Killa has had quite the breakout year in 2015. Between his involvement with the Moving Castle collective and his side artist project, Hotel Garuda, all sings show a bright future for the young talent. Following on the heels of his HARD debut announcement at this fall’s Day of the Dead, Manila Killa alongside Kidswaste have graced us with an absolutely beautiful cover of Caribou’s smash single “Can’t Do Without You”. This beautiful cover is filled with gorgeous vocals by Kidswaste, lush synths, and live guitar. Manila says he dedicated this song to a special person in his life, and after listening to it, we can say that person must be pretty lucky. Check out the stream below and grab a free download here now!
If you’re a house head and you don’t know the name Billy Kenny, you’ve already love his music . With tracks supported by so many heavy hitters in the scene, there’s no doubt you’ve caught his sound rinsed in clubs and festivals worldwide. Aside from releasing on Dirtybird and co-running the hidden gem of an label This Ain’t Bristol, Billy now has brought his production onto the perma-hot Australian label Sweat It Out, delivering a howling bass heavy flip for Benson‘s new single “Hollow”. The remix is officially out today, so we caught up with the man himself about the release and his upcoming shows in the USA.
Billy Kenny! Probably one of the most underrated producers right now, with everyone supporting your music from Skream to Chris Lake to Claude VonStroke. What’s one special ingredient that goes into a Billy Kenny track?
Thanks for the kind words! I test everything I make, live in my set’s before they go out as a demo to labels, so if it doesn’t work in the club, it’s most likely going in the bin (or “trash” if I’m in your neck of the woods!) I guess that’s not a specific ingredient, but definitely a formula I’ve been going by.
You’ve got a new remix for Benson just that just dropped on Sweat It Out. How did that come about with those Sweaty Aussies? Was it an easy flip of the original or a major process to get it where you wanted it?
I have indeed, Benson just hit me up out of the blue actually. As soon as I heard the original I was keen, but the final version being released was actually my third attempt! I scrap any idea I’m not fully into after three hours, which is what I did with the other two. Third time lucky aye!?
Your co-owned label “This Aint Bristol” churns out some of the best in underground house music, and your set for a 16 track compilation on September 24th. What was one thing you looked for in selecting the tunes? Who can we expect on the release?
Thanks! Yeah, I’m so excited about the compilation, it’s definitely my favorite release from TAB to date. I have a lot more freedom with our VA’s, so picking tracks for them is always much more fun. I had an idea where I wanted to go with it, but having each individual track stand out as much as possible was my main goal. “Even More Selections” has everything from absolute weapons to warm up and closing time stuff, so a bit of something for everyone! I won’t spoil the fun, but can tell you there’s stuff in there from artists we’ve previously worked with, new faces and of course contributions from our team including Maximono, Abby Jane and myself.
So we here a USA tour is in the works, with some big dates @ The Dirtybird Campout, HARD Day Of The Dead, and Holy Ship!… What are you most excited about with the American shows and the crowds?
I’m crazy excited for all three of these! I’m sure they’ll all be huge highlights of what has already been the best year for me so far and I’m really grateful to Vonstroke and Destructo for bringing me over there. First of all, I can’t wait to eat a burger from Grillson at the Campout and meet the rest of the DB family! I’ve been watching after-movies from HARD and Holy Ship! which both look unreal! Basically all three of those shows are most likely going to blow my mind! I’m getting pumped thinking about them now, so I’m moving on to the next question.
If you weren’t DJing/producing, what would you be doing?
Nobody knows this, but when i first moved to Germany, it was at a time when there wasn’t a lot happening musically, so i applied for a job at a coffee manufacturers just to stay above water. Anyway, about a week later, things just started to fall into place starting with a call i got from CR2 Records who asked me to do some sample pack work for them. A week after that i found a wicked studio to rent and moved in, so i knuckled down and worked on my music. In answer to your question, I’d probably be bagging up coffee beans!
Listen to Billy Kenny’s remix for Benson “Hollow” below, and watch out for This Ain’t Bristol Even More Selections compilation out September 24th!
If you’re looking for something dreamy & cosmic, our girl Zosia has got you covered. Her latest live poolside mix is taken from her recent set at the WAVEY pool party series held in DTLA’s Hotel Figueroa (and hosted by Dim Mak & The Well). Zo’s mix is what poolside dreams are made of. Except, instead of UBERing to the pool party, you fly in on a pegasus & upon arrival, you’re dropped down into a heart shaped pool filled with champagne & glitter. Or at least that’s how this mix will make you feel. It’s an endless journey up through the clouds & down inside a pool of stars…
…or something like that.
Today, Oliver Heldens, aka HI-LO, has emerged with a new edit of Da Hool’s 90’s classic, “Meet Her At the Love Parade.” In recent times, Oliver has included the track in his live sets and Heldeep Radio show, so it’s been making the rounds in fan discussions across the internet. On this HI-LO edit, he’s revitalized the original’s familiar synth work, and laid down both breakbeat and house rhythms to give the tune a bass-filled foundation that’s become a trademark touch of the new alias. Check it out below. The edit’s set for release on September 28th.
Grant Kwiecinski aka GRiZ has been on a musical warpath this year and has surprised fans by dropping a nine track mixtape, Chasing The Golden Hour PT. 1. The first of the multi-part series is being released on the artist’s own imprint, All Good Records. By drawing inspiration from the golden era of hip hop, the mixtape sees him retracing his roots – from early, J. Dilla and Hi-Tek influenced beats to progressive jazz fusion – vibes are high all the way through!
“I wanted to recreate the carefree good vibes you feel when it’s just about sunset on the perfect summer evening and everything is the most beautiful shimmering tint of gold. Chasing The Golden Hour is that magical moment, it is the cool breeze against your back, it is sweet summer swagger in music form. Enjoy the chilled out vibes :)” – Griz
Our favorite track “It’s Over (but it’s just begun) is featured below, and you can stream/download the entire album HERE.
Chasing The Golden Hour
1. Love Will Follow You ft. Russ Liquid
2. Summer ’97 ft. Muzzy Bearr
3. It’s Over (but it’s just begun)
4. Cabin Sessions ft. Exmag & Eric Bloom
5. Blue Vervain
6. Feelin’ High ft. Eric Bloom
7. Sexier Than Austin Powers
8. Sometimes The Truth Don’t Rhyme
9. The Moment Seizes Us
Upcoming Tour Dates
SEP 4 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO [SOLD OUT]
SEP 4 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO [SOLD OUT]
SEP 6 – Electric Zoo Festival – New York, NY
SEP 17 – Symbiosis Gathering – Oakdale, CA
SEP 18 – Kaaboo Festival – Del Mar, CA
SEP 24 – SKY SLC – Salt Lake City, UT
SEP 25 – Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
SEP 25 – Life is Beautiful Festival – Las Vegas, NV
SEP 30 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
OCT 1 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
OCT 2 – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX
OCT 3 – Joy Theatre – New Orleans, LA
OCT 4 – Austin City Limits Festival – Austin, TX
OCT 7 – Duling Hall – Jackson, MS
OCT 8 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
OCT 9 – The International – Knoxville, TN
OCT 9 – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX
OCT 10 – Georgia Theatre – ￼￼Athens, GA
OCT 14 – The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
OCT 15 – Venue 578 – Orlando, FL
OCT 16 – Music Farm – Columbia, SC
OCT 17 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
OCT 20 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
OCT 22 – Calvin Theatre – Northampton, MA
OCT 23 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
OCT 24 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
OCT 25 – Royale – Boston, MA
OCT 28 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
OCT 29 – Egyptian Ballroom – Indianapolis, IN
OCT 30 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween
OCT 30 – NOV 1 – Freaky Deaky – Bridgeview, IL
JAN 3 – Holy Ship 2016 – Miami, FL
Recognize the name Ulf Bonde? You may remember him from a track, “Brother Piña,” that Justin Jay featured in his Desert Hearts Spring Festival live set (@ 1:29:45), but if you don’t, now is a great time to get familiar. Sweden’s Ulf is a brand new LA-based producer/DJ whose musical background consists of classical piano and choir singing. After moving to LA to go to USC a few years ago, and eventually becoming roommates with Justin Jay, he grew a strong affinity for underground dance music. In the midst of school and late weekend nights, Ulf took some time to carefully perfect his craft, but he’s now set for his debut release on September 28th, which happens to be on the trusted label, Culprit.
The first taste of his forthcoming EP, Blossom for Me, is the the title track. Soulful, deep, melodic, and groovy, the track has all of the key ingredients to mesmerize both casual listeners and a difficult dance floor, while also incorporating bits of acoustic guitar, trumpet and harp for a sophisticated touch. Check out the preview here, and stay tuned for the rest of the EP, along with a remix from Justin Jay.
Ulf Bonde is certainly one to watch.
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.
Ever since Louis Futon won me over at Coachella earlier this year, I’ve been keeping an eye on him. In the midst of several Gallant remixes, he surfaced with his own take on “Weight In Gold,” and he executed his rendition to perfection. On his remix, Louis Futon uses creative interplay between the song’s main elements and Gallant’s soulful vocals for a unique, R&B-tinged number that’s still getting love after hundreds of thousands of plays. Enjoy above and stay tuned for more outstanding tunes from Louis Futon.
Damaged Goods is a Miami-based producer with a really electrifying sound. With a handful of remixes of popular tracks on his Soundcloud page, he’s accrued a really high play count in a relatively short amount of time. His latest is a remix for A-Trak and Ibanez for Spinnin’ Records. He really pumps that big room future house sound in this one, it’s truly catered for the club. We’re excited to see whats next for Damaged Goods, but for now go ahead and grab that free download.
No sign of slowing down for Aussie d-floor currency Dom Dolla. Following his recent ARIA #1 single alongside Go Freek ‘Define’, Dolla drops this super smooth remix of ‘Cranes’ for house royalty Monkey Safari. Dom was a massive fan of the original and wanted to keep the haunting vox feel, but totally flip up the bass vibes… Listen below, and add it to your weekday playlist or request it at the club, this musical offering is kinda like that paypal account.. handy everywhere.