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.
Ever since we caught wind of Disciples, they’ve been a favorite of ours. With their deep house sound matched with just a touch of pop sensibilities, it’s no surprise that they’ve been on a steep ascent, gaining recognition for the original, “They Don’t Know,” and more. Now after Justin Jay unveiled his “They Don’t Know” remix, France’s Sirus Hood steps up to the plate to mesh his g-house sound with the Disciples smash for a deep and bouncy groove. Enjoy above and pre-order your copy on iTunes, ahead of the remix pack release next week.
In true Desert Hearts fashion, San Diego’s tech-house specialist, Mikey Lion, has brought us a brilliant, emotionally-charged mix dedicated to Love. This vibe-heavy one hour offering shows him drifting off of his path of signature party-starting selections to deliver something a little different from what you’ve come to expect. Mikey Lion drops the tempo just a tad, and keeps it smooth, groovy, and thought-provoking as he guides you through mellower jams from Monkey Safari, Dusky, Super Flu, new Desert Hearts Records signee, Ché, and more. Press play, read on for some words from Mr. Lion himself, and take a peek at the tracklist after the jump.
“For my latest mix, I really wanted to go in a different direction from what you’d usually hear from me. With Valentine’s Day and City Hearts LA coming up this Saturday, I wanted to dedicate a mix entirely to what I think is the most important thing in the world, Love. There’s a reason Love is the main theme that drives our festivals and Desert Hearts Records. Our community has been able to open the hearts and minds of so many incredible people and our goal is to ultimately share that message of love with the rest of the world.
So this mix is dedicated to all of you lovers out there. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, if you have love to give I believe the universe will return that love to you. Some of these songs are new and some are old, but they’ve all had a profound impact on my life over the years and I wanted to put something together that really makes you feel. Hope you enjoy the mix. Make sure to hug your loved ones a little bit tighter today.” – Mikey Lion
Steve Huerta has done it again with a couple huge tunes. Coming wrapped in a neat package from Anjunadeep are “Say It Wasn’t” and “Bear Witness.” Both of these tracks feature beautiful driving melodies that are tied together with just the right amount of bass. The ethereal vocal sampling is another strong point, adding that much more dimension to each track. On top of it all comes a remix from Locked Groove that bridges the acid that the techno junkies may have been missing. Enjoy!
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We recently featured Tough Love‘s latest tune “So Freakin’ Tight,” and now their label is hitting the headlines. Established in 2012, Get Twisted Records has been supplying London and the rest of the world with huge garage/bass/house tunes. The latest release comes from Taiki Nulight, who came into 2015 hot with a massive remix of Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo. The “Higher” EP includes two tracks that are straight laced for late nights turned early mornings. The bass house vibes are strong, stream them below.
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WMC is just around the corner, and we’re already counting the days til we’re back in South Beach. To add to the excitement, we’re privileged to bring you the exclusive premiere of KANT‘s ‘Sub Man’ off Toolroom‘s forthcoming compilation MIAMI UNDERGROUND. This track goes into the depths of house and sends you jackin straight into the darkness. Deep, minimal, and reminiscent of the late nights in Miami to come, get lost in this new original from KANT – and be sure to pick it up when it drops on Feb 2nd!
Kicking off the Miami season in style, blending brand new exclusives & this year’s hottest alternative tracks from the biggest artists is ‘Miami Underground 2015′. Offering an array of fresh, underground beats from Maceo Plex, Dubfire, Sven Vath, Maya Jane Coles, Deetron, Alan Fitzpatrick, Sidney Charles, Hollen, Weiss, Dosem, Jay Lumen, Eelke Kleijn & many more, plus 14 brand new 100% exclusives from KANT, Full Intention, Kevin McKay, Ben Remember, Bluford Duck, Low Steppa, Retchordz, Mario Ochoa, Erik Hagleton & Thee Cool Cats! – Release Date: 02.02.15
One of our favorite dirtybirds, Justin Jay, is currently finishing his last semester at University of Southern California, but that isn’t stopping him from releasing outstanding productions. His latest effort is a brooding remix of Disciples’ hit record, “They Don’t Know,” that takes a dive into the shadowy realms of deep house that were never fully explored by this gifted 22-year-old, until now. With this remix release on February 22nd via Pete Tong’s FFRR imprint on top of a forthcoming EP on Catz ‘n Dogz’ Pets Recordings, major upcoming gigs like Holy Ship!, and more, Justin Jay is prepping for an enviable last semester and a massive 2015.
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Rising LA house/indie-dance artist SNBRN makes his Ultra Music debut with the release of “Raindrops”. In “Raindrops”, the Southern California native carefully balances warm piano chords and Kerli’s infectious vocals with an undeniably catchy synth hook. This expertly crafted interplay of melody results in a sublime piece of house music.
“6 months ago I met Kerli at a small studio in Venice Beach, California. We shared our stories, really got to know each other and came up with a concept that would evolve into the song you hear today. We wanted to create a song that would be powerful and moving yet also something you could really groove to. The lyrics really hit home for me and I’m so excited to finally share it with you guys. It was such an unbelievable experience to work with Kerli and create something so beautiful from nothing. The best things always take time; the wait was definitely worth it. I present to you RAINDROPS.” – SNBRN