Germany-based DJ/producer, Glastrophobie, is making a name for himself with his accessible, melody-driven deep house sound. With a slew of originals and hit remixes of James Vincent McMorrow’s “We Don’t Eat,” Anna Graceman’s “Words,” and more, this 23-year-old is shaping up to be a crowd favorite amongst his other emerging deep house counterparts as he brings his own distinctive touch to the genre. On his guest mix, Glastrophobie shows us what he’s all about, keeping a strong vibe and groove throughout with tunes from Claptone, Karmon, and Kolsch, amongst others, as well as a fantastic closing track – his own “Berlin 10214.” Listen/download below and keep watch as Glastrophobie continues on his ascent in dance music.
Let me preface this by saying I fucking love Doc Daneeka. There is not a track he’s made I don’t like. As for Seven Davis Jr, “One” is an absolute GEM and I mean first “related track” that comes up on YouTube is “Deep Burnt” so you know dude is special.
The two have come together for the new single “What’s It Gonna Be?” from Daneeka’s new EP From Mine To Mistress . The single is precisely what makes the two of them so special, it’s a truly amazing collaborative effort. Doc Daneeka’s banging drums and combination of dark and light in chord progression along with SDJr’s soulful softness leave you all sorts of tingly in all the right ways. The video is just as good as the song, where Seven gets to exploit his weirdness and Doc Daneeka subtly makes his presence known by small interactions between the various worlds contained in the video. Oh, and there’s a very fun guest appearance from XXXY’s cat, why not really?
*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.
The promising Los Angeles-based musician, Christofi, makes his debut with the release of his remix of Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love,” created with fellow producer Glenn Michaels. Fresh out of college this year, Christofi opted out of taking up a “regular” job to pursue his dreams in the studio and behind the decks. Now he’s making his strong introduction to the world with this outstanding “future house” remix that features a blend of piano chords, synth riffs, and a hefty bassline built around the Mary J. Blige’s vocals. Listen/download above and stay tuned for more music from Christofi.
From the depths of Los Angeles, the versatile #Future1Hundred DJ/producer Whiiite has taken the holiday spirit by storm with his annual Whiiite Presents Halloween bootleg pack. The bundle features hard hitting remix twists on classic Halloween theme songs, crossing genres from Dubstep, Trap, Electro, Downtempo, Melbourne, Bassline and more. This years class brings you the likes of Whiiite & ETC!ETC!, Peacetreaty, Kennedy Jones, Victor Niglio, Vaski, James Egbert, JAUZ, Sullivan King, and DotCom. Best part of all, their all for FREE download – so pull out those candy bags and get to grabbing!
Whiiite & ETC!ETC! – Feed my Frankenstein
Jauz – Jaws Theme
Dotcom – Halloween Theme
James Egbert – Thriller
Victor Niglio – Ghostbusters
PeaceTreaty – Put a Spell on You
Sullivan King – The Exorcist Theme
Vaski – The Walking Dead
¡BONUS! Kennedy Jones – Monster Mash DOWNLOAD
niceFingers is a Los Angeles-based production duo, and they’ve just offered up an awesome remix of “Forgot About Dre.” The track begins by sampling the haunting violin melody from “Reqiuem For A Dream,” and suddenly gets a lot more interesting when the bassline from Dr. Dre and Eminem’s classic tune strolls in. All of this madness crescendos and finally drops into a bass-heavy glitch-hop arrangement. niceFingers do a really nice job of transforming these unique sounds into one cohesive work, and you can grab the download for free. Looking for more? I’d check out their latest album, “Dreamery.” Six tracks, infinite vibes.
The Dutch producer/DJs, Pep & Rash, have been enjoying massive support on their “future house” single, “Fatality,” and it’s now getting more buzz with this new Quintino edit. With the original tune already featuring big, melodic grooves and a peak-time vibe, Quintino was able to craft his own sound around the existing elements, bringing it further into festival-ready territory. Have a listen below and buy the edit on Beatport.
New York City’s producer/DJ, Baltra, is making a strong introduction for himself with his mesmerizing new EP, The Vision, which is his debut on Curses‘ well-respected Safer At Night label. In honor of the release, we’ve enlisted this emerging underground talent for a showcase of the distinctive house and techno vibe that he, and the “Gotham”-based label have incubated in the basements, warehouses, and clubs in the city. Weaving through tracks from his EP, and others from jozif, Secondcity, Dusky, and more, Baltra offers up a fantastic guest mix that’s definitely one to hold on to for those late nights/early mornings. Check out the mix below and find his EP, as well as the mix tracklist, after the jump.
No doubt names like Huxley and AUS Music have been tastemakers and champions of the UK house/garage scene since their origins, and in 2014 the two venture into new territory in the full-length album Blurred, an LP release that is a first for both the producer and label. While Aus carries the likes of house kids Dusky, Midland, and Bicep in their roster along with more garage oriented names like Appleblim and Joy Orbison – likewise Huxley trips the line between house and garage with a label family that includes Hypercolour, Tsuba, and 2020 Vision. Although Huxley is known to have recently put a stronger focus into his house orients – a strong prominence of low-end basslines in his tunes still lends itself strongly to garage, dubstep, and breakbeat influences. Blurred, for its namesake, traverses across all of these, extending even further to tiptoe into drum & bass and even pop.
The album starts with “I Want You” which reminds me strongly of a record I can’t remember the name of (though my mind keeps telling me Bonobo… but my body, my bodyyyyy.. nevermind). This is perhaps an influence towards me enjoying the track as much as I do, but the muted and melancholic track glows with undulating charm. “Barne Dance” goes full garage, shuffled drums and pitched vocals dancing carefully with a skipping, pulsating bassline. The album then goes into it’s first female vocal feature, a track called “Give 2 U”, featuring FEMME.
It’s here where Huxley’s affinity towards radio-friendly house shows up, and for me a bit underdressed. This continues to be an issue for me in the other vocal tracks, “Road Runner” and “Say My Name,” both of which fall flat on straddling the line between deep house and catchy pop – a line that has seen itself at the top of UK charts several times this year. The tracks are good, well-made, and the vocalists noticeably not without talent. But amongst the throngs of bassline-house vocal-hook tracks that dominate UK radio and charts, I find it difficult to walk away humming any of the hooks. Highly commendable, however, are Huxley’s efforts in tracks perhaps less radio-formatted, like the D&B stunner “MXR”, the grower-not-a-shower “Reassign” and his clubby collaboration with S-Man (aka Roger Sanchez) on “Callin”. It’s actually the tracks with unfeatured vocals that steal the show for me, “I Want You” and “Never Easy” which respectively start and finish the album with glistening plaintiveness. Tracks like “Reassign”, “Cakewalk” and “Wayfarer” click and build into a throbbing wash, exactly what songs like these should do in their moments.
Blurred is a pleasant listen (I actually am on my fourth go-around as I write this), with tracks that are able to cross from a massive club system to your shit laptop speakers without an overwhelming loss of listenability. I applaud Huxley’s efforts in, yes, blurring lines between the club and radio, between genres like breakbeat and house, and for the most part he pulls it off. But where I can remember and give props to someone like Katy Perry for a hook like “You’re gonna hear me roar,” the hook of “I ain’t your road runner, babe” sits uneasily on top of a solid track and falls short of an infectious sing along. A solid first album effort from the English producer, a clear showcasing of his variable talents from a soundscape perspective and bonafide conciseness in skillful music production. Looking forward to seeing him stateside this week and for whatever’s next from the workhorse producer as well as the always enjoyable AUS music label.
To kick off the Hallo-week and get you ready for the festivities this weekend, we’ve teamed up with HARD Day Of The Dead performing artist Thee Cool Cats for a quick-hitter interview and an exclusive download of their Electricano “Keep Ya Movin” remix. The G house duo from Mexicali has been flexing this one in their sets for awhile now and and we’re happy to be offering you the track for FREE…no tricks, just the treat!
GDD: You guys are making serious noise in the G HOUSE department. How did you guys decide that was the sound you we’re going to focus on?
Tony Edit: Well, it basically goes back to the way we grew up, being an 80’s baby I grew up listening to and admiring hip hop in the 90’s and 00’s, so musically speaking hip hop has always been big influence on me. Including back when both Gerry and I were making electro (shout out to GDD for actually posting a bunch of my old tracks I did with my boy Louie Fresco as Disco Villains during the electro and blog house days much love) Gerry had his own thing goin on as well. Then all of sudden the super Deep House scene started exploding down here in Mexico, you know like No.19 slow mo house, and that just wasn’t really a fit for either of us, one day we heard Amine Edge & Dance’s Goodie Goodies track and that sound just clicked for us, that was inspiration for our tune Hand on the Pump on CUFF (one of the first 3 tracks we ever worked on together in an actual studio) which has gotten an amazing spectrum of support from artists ranging from Pete Tong to Steve Aoki but for us it’s not about making Ghouse it’s about making music that will make you move and DANCE. If you check out our tunes and releases we keep our sound very diverse ranging from the banging bassy Ghouse we do on CUFF to the Nu Disco almost RnBish stuff on Nurvous/Tropical Heat to the Techy Housy stuff we are doing with Toolroom now, it’s all about making good music and having fun …..
Gerry: It wasn’t so much that we decided on it, we just really enjoyed making it and playing it out, it just fit our natural energy and attitude. Honestly for us Ghouse is a genre that we feel anyone can enjoy it’s just fun music to make and to listen to, so that motivates us even more.
GDD: What’s one thing in your production that really stands out as a THEE COOL CATS signature sound?
Gerry: It’s the driving energy they have in them and the raw sound of the tracks in general we try to make it sound as organic and natural as possible. We like for our music to be exciting and sound big. We want it to get out there and reverberate, have people moving and shaking.
Tony Edit: Attitude, Energy, Big Basslines and Quality, we want our tunes to be fun, to make you want to dance and to be that track with something new or fresh that you hear at a club or a show and to be like “man you remember that track that said this or that bassline that was woooahh”
GDD: You guys did a huge remix for Destructo’s “Party Up” EP, how did that all come to be?
Tony: Well, it was funny actually we found out he had dropped our track Grab The Wall ( SLEAZY G) at HARD summer from our boy Ben aka BIJOU from Phoenix (#HUSLTEGANG Lt. watch out for this dude he is making some serious tunes) and then a few days later we posted up the video and tagged him, then he messaged us on twitter saying he really liked our sound and that the track worked really well, so we sent him some more tunes and he started playing those out as well specifically Hand on the Pump and Don’t Kill My Vibe. He then asked us if we would like to remix his latest single and of course we liked the tune and felt we could make it bang a bit more so we jumped all over it.
Gerry: what Tony said ….. LOL
GDD: Day Of The Dead is coming up, how excited are you guys to make your HARDfest debut? What can we expect?
Gerry: Excited is an understatement. We’ve wanted to go to this festival for years but we never had the opportunity to go, so we used it as motivation and told ourselves we wouldn’t go until we played there. When we got the news it was crazy because we couldn’t believe we’d done it.
Tony Edit: #HUSTLEGANG
GDD: Whats the most embarrassing Halloween memory you both have?
Tony: Probably djing out here in Mexicali with Louie wearing Bloody Beetroots masks that were damn near impossible to breath in or see through, let’s just say it wasn’t the smoothest dj set we ever played. Super fun tho (shout to Sunsound for that one)
Gerry: Probably all the dumb costumes my mom used to make me wear to go trick or treating when I was young, in fact she told me last week she has this year’s ready for me to pick up lol
Thee Cool Cats: Just want to say thanks to everyone at GDD for always supporting us and having our backs, also thanks for this interview and we hope you guys really like this remix we are giving away, it has been killing in our sets for about 2 years now and we finally get to give it out to all the people that have always asked us about it …. Cheers