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.
Our favorite Parisian, Zimmer, worked with Norwegian singer Emilie Adams for “Escape”. It’s the first track of his “Coming of Age” EP to be released July 10 on Roche Musique. Escape is deep, with warm tones and ethereal vocals, backed by a catchy piano line, before the drop speeds things up. We’re looking forward to hear the rest of the EP.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from TÂCHES, but it seems like it’s for good reason. The mystery producer, who is known for his irresistible deep house grooves and iconic, anonymous branding, has come through with his first release in a few months. His latest, “Prints of Whales” featuring PB Kaya, displays TÂCHES’ refined sound, fusing dynamic synth work with edited vocal cuts and warm chords over relaxed, yet driving rhythms for a clubby gem. Watch out for TÂCHES making his way to the U.S. for a run of gigs in June and be sure to pick up this free download.
Our weary hearts are very susceptible to feels this time of year. Having just battled winter’s icy grasp, they are primed and ready for a warm embrace. This seasonal transition into a welcomed period of rejuvenation thus provides the leitmotif of Sprung Selections Vol. 3, and encourages the curious game of catching feelings.
Happy hunting xx
I don’t know which part of Loud Luxury’s “All For You” I like more: Kaleena’s powerful vocals, Loud Luxury’s beautiful chords during the versus, or the deep bass heavy drop. “All For You” is the culmination of future and deep house creating a modern sound that tactfully pays homage to classic UK deep house. And what complements this vibe the best? Soulful, gospel-esque vocals from Kaleena Zanders, of course. Stream the track below and keep your eye out for this rising Canadian duo.
Spring is the season for dreamy daytime tunes & sultry moonlit dancing and our SpringGlo 2015 mix by aRod is the perfect mix to fit that mood. All the vibes are present on the mix with hot new tracks by Jamie xx, HNNY, Du Tonc, George Maple, Jonas Rathsman, Serge Devant & Damiano + many more. Enjoy the mix from daytime to nighttime & make it last all Spring…
001 Seoul – The Line
002 Jamie xx [feat. Romy] – Loud Places
003 Kazy Lambist – Doing Yoga
004 HNNY – Solsidan
005 Beshken – Hiro
006 Chloe Martini [feat. Azteka] – Volatile Dreams
007 Du Tonc – Animals
008 George Maple – Where You End And I Begin (SHIZUKE$A Edit)
009 Just Kiddin’ – Getaway
010 Jonas Rathsman – Wolfsbane
011 Serge Devant & Damiano [feat. Camille Safiya] – Fearing Love
012 Great Good Fine OK – Too Much To Handle (Penguin Prison Remix)
013 SBTRKT [ft. Denai Moore] – The Light (Xinobi Rework)
014 Tame Impala – Let It Happen
Order! The Speaker of the House has just released a new original. Hot off the heels of his well-received track “Seein’ Stars”, the 22-year-old producer has wasted no time putting out new music. Turning up the heat again for “I Know You”, the multi-genre artist blends inspirations from Future House and Deep House. Featuring his own vocals, the Philadelphia-native has an undeniable knack for consistently trying out new things but always producing a sound that is undeniably unique. Grab a free download of the track here!
San Francisco-based musician, Rob Garza, holds a legacy that will surely outlast the test of time. As a founder of the international music group, Thievery Corporation, Garza was at the forefront of electronic music movement many years ago, and after decades of accolades, he still remains as a trusted tastemaker as his genre-defying music continues to resonate within listeners around the world. By fusing elements of dub, trip hop, reggae, and bossa nova with an electronic backbone, he’s created his own lane that has inspired other artists to follow in his footsteps without regard to the status quo. Now as he continues on his journey as a solo DJ/producer, Garza explores new sonic frontiers in dance music, while also starting his own label, Magnetic Moon Records, with his debut Palace of Mirrors EP, due out next Tuesday, March 10th.
In celebration of Garza’s new EP, we sat down with him to discuss the release, how music is a type of transportation, why he returns to Burning Man year after year, how the thriving electronic music scene is a double-edged sword, what’s next for his solo career/Thievery, what he likes to drink (of course!), and more. Read the full interview after the jump.
Whitney Fierce is a name that you’ll want to be remembering. A member and touring member of Hercules & Love Affair, she’s no stranger to high class musicianship. She’s taken her well-rounded musical influence to the decks for a solo effort, lead today by the first single off of the forthcoming “Broken Car Window” EP. “The Night Air” lies on the darker side of the deep house spectrum, showcasing skillfully crafted percussion elements and a devious bass line. An accompanying remix from Eric Sharp lightens things up a bit, reworking the track with jackin’ house flair. The release is capped off with a launch party at Golden Box in Hollywood tonight, the 24th. She will be joined on the decks by Eric Sharp, Bystander, Give In and Londonbridge — RSVP here.
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There’s nothing more soothing than the velvet sound of Erlend Øye’s voice. From his solo work to his collaborative work, Erlend Øye has been a major part of electronic music’s history over the last 15+ years. His original work made him an Indie darling & his remixed tracks have made him electronic music icon. “Versus”, the Kings of Convenience remix album from 2001, spawned a handful of classic remixes from Royksopp, Four Tet, Riton & various others. Ewan Pearson’s remix of “Sudden Rush” (from Erlend’s first solo album) was a 2003 underground classic. And Fred Falke’s remix of “Golden Cage” by Whitest Boy Alive is considered by many (myself included) to be one of the greatest remixes of all time. In 2014, Erlend Øye released his second solo album, “Legao”, and this week saw the release of the album’s first official remix. The track “Rainman” received the offical remix treatment from German DJs Alex Barck (a Jazzanova founding member) & Comixxx. The remix follows suit with many of the aforementioned classic remixes of Erlend Øye, finding its beauty in the laid back subtlety of the music while allowing the always heavenly vocals to shine.
The remix is out now via Bubbles Records & available exclusively on Beatport.