Our buds over at Main Course kick off the new year with SNACKS 17, a massive compilation from some of the best rising talent in the scene. Packed with everything that’ll hit from your house to the club to the rave, it’s weapon ready across the board. We we’re happy to get the green light on premiering LA native Chris Bushnell‘s lead off track “Whistler”, and believe us – it gets things pumping real quick. We caught up with the man himself, who filled us in on how the song came to be:
My style is tough to define. I like that. Whistler’s just another example of this. I started the track in a Chicago airport after sleeping through boarding and missing my flight. Seven failed stand-by attempts later, and I’m wonk-ing the fuck out in an empty delta terminal with blood coming out of my ears…
The question is “how would you describe the song”… It’s wonky. It’s energetic. It’s unstable at points. It’s purposely basic. The vocal is borderline dumb, and to many, the drop sounds out of key… I’m cool with all of these because whatever you wanna call it, it sounded different and got me moving. That’s all I really care about. So enjoy this one and the rest of SNACKS 17.
Listen and grab the (week-long) FREE DOWNLOAD below!
21-year-old Swedish producer Kasbo has been building a steady fanbase with non-stop remixes this year leading into his recent single “Call”. He’s doing a very exclusive run of 2 US dates over the New Year weekend including a stop at SnowGlobe music festival in Lake Tahoe, California and to celebrate, he’s shared his first mix ever. The 40 minute collection of tracks features some of his favorite tracks right now and a majority of his own originals and remixes including an unreleased original to finish it off!
Catch Kasbo in the US over the holidays:
SnowGlobe Music Festival – Lake Tahoe, CA | 12/29 Decadence Music Festival – Denver, CO | 12/30
The swiftly emerging indie-pop/rock/electro trio Paper Route has been making their name known through stand-out songs like “Laugh About It,” which is the lead single off of their forthcoming album due out in the Fall. The Nashville-based group is currently being supported on Alternative radio nationwide, so they are bound for more success. In celebration of the release, they’ve enlisted Utah’s 19-year-old producer, Jorgen Odegard, to transform “Laugh About It,” into a melody-rich, mid-tempo groover appropriate for dance floors. Have a listen above and don’t miss Paper Route live at The Echo in Los Angeles on June 20th, Soda Bar in San Diego on June 21st, and Popscene in San Francisco on June 23rd.
In the midst of the release of a widely praised debut album, mystery entity Karma Fields has come up with an innovative new way to fully experience the LP as a whole. With the masterful touch of visual artist Raven Kwok, Karma Fields’ album “New Age | Dark Age” is now a complete experience with the integration of a full album video. In the short period of Karma Fields’ existence, this type of sensory elevation is something that fans have quickly become accustomed to. With the full album video as a prime example, the marriage of sight & sound has become a signature element with what Karma Fields has set out to accomplish. Experience “New Age | Dark Age” in a whole new way.
And in an unexpected turn of otherworldly sexiness, Karma Fields has unleashed a breathtaking reconstruction of Janet Jackson’s recent song “No Sleep”. This is Janet Jackson like you’ve never experienced her before. This is Janet Jackson in another dimension.
Inspiration can strike at any time, whether in a positive or negative light. The mysterious young gun known as JOYRYDE has channeled his anger into his production and creating a beast of a track built on a fusion of bass house and hip hop, with piping energy all the way through. The result is Hari Kari, the Japanese term for a ritualistic suicide method of Samurai – but today that deadly act comes in the form of a free download. Listen to his words and grab it below!
“Yo Rydrz. someone made me feel not so happy a few weeks back and this record is the result.. When the world fucks with you CRANK THIS SHIT and HARI KARI those f**xx… Stay fresh team.. J” – JOYRYDE
It’s been another scorching week here in Los Angeles, and of course, there have been several great remixes to match. Some of dance music’s finest, including the funky fresh duo Soul Clap, LA native Sage Caswell, Symbols boss Kastle, New York’s Bender, and Anjunadeep’s Jody Wisternoff, have been lending their talents to their counterparts for some fantastic offerings that hit all the right notes. If these remixes are any indication, we’re in for a fall season overflowing with excellent music, and what can we say? We can’t complain. Listen to Soul Clap’s rendition of Slow Hands’ “I’ll Find Me” above and check out the rest after the jump.
E.A.S.Y., aka Enferno and Shiftee yo, is a group comprised of two beat-smiths who are keeping things fresh with their productions, and live performance concept that merges DJ elements with drum machines, keyboards, and more. Having released two original singles and an official remix of A-Trak’s “Push” in recent times, they’ve been on their game, and they’re coming through with another stand out release. E.A.S.Y.’s latest, “Like That,” moves between mellow hip-hop-esque sounds and big, glimmering synths that drive the uplifting vibe over a a mid-tempo backdrop. Check out the song above. Buy it on Beatport or iTunes, or stream it on Spotify.
Newcomer Alessia Cara broke through with her addictive hit, “Here,” off of her Four Pink Walls EP, and now the official remixes for it are starting to surface. One of which that caught my ear comes from the 20-year-old Winnipeg-based producer, Vincent, formerly known as XVII. After releasing remixes of Meek Mill & Drake’s “R.I.C.O.” and Flume’s “Some Minds,” Vincent is keeping his momentum rolling into the last quarter of the year as he delivers this outstanding future bass rendition of “Here” that gives Alessia Cara’s vocals a backdrop of wobbly lush synths, and punchy low-end for club/festival use. Enjoy!
As we inch closer to the last quarter of the year, many artists are bringing their A-game for a strong finish. Some have been working tirelessly on albums all year, while others have been staying consistent with singles and remixes, but there are those who have been doing it all. For this week, I wanted to do a roundup of some of the stand out remixes that surfaced over the past handful of days. The Dirtybird don Claude VonStroke, funked up duo Soul Clap, electro-pop producers ROOM8, Anjunadeep affiliates Jody Wisternoff & James Grant, and France’s beat-smith, Nebbra, have all come forth with some remixes that are cutting through the noise, and keeping the dance music community happy and healthy. Check out Claude’s summery, jazz-infused rendition of Catz ‘n Dogz’ “Get It Right” featuring Tanika above, and check out the four other highlights after the jump.
In case you did not know, I have moved to Berlin.
I am focusing on Curses when it comes to the clubs and Safer At Night, but primarily out here working on a full length under my own name less DJ oriented.
The departure from DTL has been a heartfelt one.
I’ll return one day, but my head is not there right now. I found myself going through all the unreleased tracks though, and felt it sad to leave them to the dust.
So….from grimy bass vibes to rockabilly surf bits –
I have uploaded a handful of these demos 2008 – 2013 for all of you to enjoy.