Los Angeles’ rising talent, Mister Blaqk, has been keeping the local scene healthy with his stand out DJ sets, and occasional parties like his mimosa-fueled FEELS brunch event a few weeks back. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, he’s delivered the inaugural FEELS Tape, which marks the beginning of his new mix series, and it’s been keeping the vibe right on this holiday. In true FEELS fashion, Mister Blaqk kicks off the tape with slower, smooth jams before masterfully building up the energy with a diverse array of groove-driven house, and other surprises littered throughout. Enjoy the mix above and check out the tracklist after the jump.
A couple of years ago, I attended Lucidity Festival for the first time, and ever since, I’ve wanted to return for its eclectic music programming, vibe, art, and down-to-earth crowd that prefers an intimate experience. Just last week, Lucidity announced its 2015 lineup, months after selling out of the initial “Early Owl” passes, and it’s looking like it will be another fantastic 3-day weekend run from April 10-12 in Santa Barbara. Headliners such as The Polish Ambassador, Thriftworks, and Fort Knox Five hold down the bass music front on the Lucid Stage, while Elephant Revival and Dirtwire grace the Alive stage, along with other stand out underground and local talent scattered throughout.
In addition to the Lucid and Alives stages, the Nomad stage, curated by Santa Barbara’s Music Is Love, rounds out the bill with an on-point selection of house, techno, and some more bass music. Artists like Doorly, dirtybird’s Christian Martin, Pumpkin, Perfect Driver affiliates Wood Holly and Ballast, Trevor Kelly, Bix King, A La Mode, and a couple of our own, The Interns, will man the decks on that stage throughout the Lucidity weekend. To highlight the Nomad stage, we’ve put together a music-focused showcase of select artists from its lineup to get you ready for what’s to come.
Enjoy the showcase after the jump and pick up tickets to Lucidity here.
If you haven’t been paying attention, two of the biggest technically skilled DJ’s in the industry have come together to release tunes over the past four months. E.A.S.Y. consists of Shiftee and Enferno, who are on a mission to prove that they are more than just DJs. Their latest is called “Coming Around Again,” and it features a really well-constructed bass arrangement and pitchy vox samples. Download the track for free, and stay posted for more from E.A.S.Y.
Royal is a D.C. based producer who has been on the come up over the past year. His beautifully melodic yet hard hitting tunes just keep getting better, one after the next. In preparation for his freshman EP, Royal released “Passenger” and “Round Two,” both of which are rapidly approaching half a million streams a piece. The full EP includes three more tracks, all vocally and melodically stunning. This guy’s ability to produce and curate a project of this magnitude bodes extremely well for his future.
Over the past year, the gifted vocalist, Mark Johns, has been making quite a name for herself, showcasing her pipes on handful of jams from her Moving Castle squad and more. For her latest effort, she’s teamed up with Australia’s bass music specialist, Sable, for a chilled-out cover of “Ni**as In Paris” by Jay-Z and Kanye West. If her music thus far is any indication, Mark Johns is set for future success, so have a listen and keep her locked.
Over the past month since it’s release, we’ve seen some awesome remix work done for Indian Summer‘s latest “Loveweights.” None of which, in our opinion, have received such unique and hard hitting alterations as this, an official remix from Ape Drums. Fresh off his tour with Bro Safari, Craze & CRNKN, this dude has been rising through the ranks of bass music at a crazy pace with signature man-bun still intact. A jungle-inspired percussion selection and stunning vocal sampling make this one a dance floor killer — stream it below!
For those who aren’t familiar with SoySauce, you’re not entirely alone. This production team has remained a bit of a mystery in it’s 8 months of existence, all the while dropping some unexpectedly huge tunes. Today, however, they dropped a brand new track and made an announcement revealing up-and-coming producer Royal as one half of the group. Listening to both bodies of work will definitely offer a good insight to how his skill set is incorporated into the SoySauce project. As for the track, “Broken Record” is smart and ethereal, featurig vocals from Joni Fatora and a really vibey bass arrangement. Enjoy!
Let’s start off with Brenmar. This guy made some huge noise in 2014 with his tunes, including three extremely well-received remixes of Rick Ross, Beyonce and Route 94. His style is difficult to pinpoint, but obviously draws inspiration from jersey, hip-hop, and a handful of other bass music genres. For his take on Theophilus London, he decided to slow things down a touch, letting the original track shine in a different light. Look out for his forthcoming “Award” EP set to be released later this month on Fool’s Gold Records.
Enter Sliink & Nadus, two of the most outspoken leaders of the jersey movement, which you can explore further yourself in a recent Vice documentary on genre. These guys have both become very well known in their own regards for their jersey/bass production prowess, and it was about time that they tag-teamed a track. They don’t disappoint, as they transform Theophilus London’s track into rough, tough dancefloor bomb. Enjoy!
Our good homies over at Dim Mak Records called Boots N Pants have whipped up 30 minutes of the grooviest, funkiest, housiest jams yule hear from Aoki’s label all year. They thoroughly impressed us with this track listing, as its a proper house driven mix steering aside from their regular main stage appeal. Here’s what they had to say:
Happy Holidaze to the Dim Mak massive! As a ‘lil treat for you this season, we present our free “House for the Holidays” DJ mix! This shrewdly-arranged 30 minute mix highlights a selection of Dim Mak’s recent and forthcoming house offerings (from G, to deep, to future), along with some choice bootlegs. Mixed by hometown favorites Boots N Pants, the set features tracks and remixes from the likes of Justin Martin, Chris Lornezo, Jacob Plant, Taiki Nulight, Bixel Boys, Yolanda Be Cool and Daniel Fernandes.
Kenna – Relations (Justin Martin Remix)
Chuck Inglish feat. Chromeo – Legs (Yolanda Be Cool Remix)
Borgore – Fame (Daniel Fernandes Remix)
Rich Homie Quan – Type Of Way (Boots N Pants Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]
Panic City – Real Lies (Original Mix)
Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo feat. Kid Ink – Boneless (Chris Lorenzo Remix)
Ookay – Drop Et Agen (Original Mix)
Keys N Krates – She’s So High (Taiki Nulight Remix)
Yolanda Be Cool – Cause I Like It (Benson Remix)
Botnek & 3LAU – Vikings (Bixel Boys Remix)
Jacob Plant – Louder (Kayliox Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]
Borgore – Syrup (Boots N Pants Remix)
Jacob Plant – Ice Cream (Original Mix)
Joe Ghost – LIBG (Janpier x Waverokr Remix)
Shaun Frank – Mind Made Up (Original Mix)
Up-and-comer Loosid has been peaking a fair amount of the interest with only a handful of releases over 10 days. Another anonymous figure, I’m beginning to see a theme here. Regardless of the mysterious details surrounding the producer, the project is impressive, crossing over genres effortlessly and skillfully. The previous releases include trap, house, and future house, stepping into a new arena today with this John Mayer remix. Without further ado, enjoy this glitchy-yet-melodic take on the classic jam.