We saw Summer poking it’s head out and invited it to stay. That means tasty festivals, sun-kissed bike rides along the beach, longer days, better lays, and even, a smashing new fixtape to usher it all in. Strait out of Belgium and just touching down on our Southern california turf, Aeroplane has landed and is here to destroy Coachella in all of its cosmic glory. He says this tape is like a bike ride in space, and we must oblige. After all, thats actually a pretty amazing description of Coachella after all.
It takes a babe to blog us into festival season, sometimes. Actress, model and music video muse, Victoria Geil, has this weekend covered for ya. The anxious excitement of the drive out to this magical world on the barren edge of nothingness… the total and unapologetic poolside maxing as the sunshine and liquors flow… the punctuated moments of elation… the epic naps that tie it all together.
It’s all here, ladies and gentlemen: this is Coachella, as told by a babe. If you’re a babe, you’ll love this. If you love babes, you’ll need this.
This three mixtape series is conveniently tailored for use from the moment you begin your pilgrimage to the desert, to the moment you return to your respective basecamps upon the fateful completion of that final Sunday set. Get it into you.
Then follow me for more, as we explore BABECHELLA 2: Party Vibes and BABECHELLA 3: Chill Vibes in playlists and commentary.
I’ve got to be honest here– it’s pretty neat to see your best buds produce music you really love, particularly when it’s one of GDD’s own. The first time Tropicool played this out, I leaned over and asked him what the Hell this remix was. You can imagine my delight when he replied, “an old analog Juno and some incredible stems.” You sly bastard.
His signature touch of feel-good cosmic radiation we know from his mixtapes and Waves ≠ Raves series shines through into his production as well, which that fabulous, fat bassline punches over all the way through. I’m not huge on disco, but I’m a sucker for a big sexy groove when I can get it, and this one’s got me hooked. Pour yourself a glass of rum and tell people it’s iced tea, there’s no turning back now… the funk has been unleashed.
It’s another amazing round of hot new tracks courtesy of your boys Stevie Ewald + aRod. And when we say hot new tracks, we mean it. All ten tracks in The Dirt #151 are fresh out of the oven. And the best part? They’re all free for your taking. A brand new remix by The Twelves (of The Knocks, no less!)…yeah, that’s in there. New originals from Cyril Hahn, Gorgon City, Figgy & Cory Enemy? Those are in there, too. Plus heaters by our homies Panic Bomber and Huerta, Tchami, and a ridiculous anthem by Mayhem, Antiserum, Gents & Jawns.
Get’em while they’re hot.
Stevie Ewald + aRod
This one’s been a long time coming. My bud Joakim, 1/2 of Forever Kid, unveiled the location of an event known simply as Foreverland one fateful Saturday a few weeks ago, and a few hours later a cool 650 people and a veritable militia of street artists, sculptors, and painters had swarmed the spot ready for some strange. What followed was a righteously sweaty couple hours of edits, remixes, and live, sample-triggering fingerwork storming through the ranks of disco, pop, funk, blog house, Super Mario, and beyond, from years past all the way up to today.
With a pair of remixes already under his belt this year, the London-based Swede, Blende, has been keeping busy in the studio working on projects like his forthcoming Paramount EP that’s set for release on Monday, April 7th via Eskimo Recordings. He now gives us a proper first taste of his new EP with the unveiling of the title track. In “Paramount,” Blende brings a peak-time vibe to his modernized, funky disco style with big piano chords, driving grooves, and layered synths – all seemingly arranged with the nightclub in mind. If this single is any indication, the Paramount EP is bound to be a crowd favorite. Stay tuned for Blende‘s GDD™ Guest Mix coming next Wednesday, April 2nd.
TOUGH LOVE PRESENTS BRING THE HEAT VOL 01 is a fearsome four pack of instant House classics. On their brand new EP, Tough Love somehow find a way to be equally dirty as they are classy. They manage to mix emotion into House music that not many artists can balance the way they do, mixing the soulful & playful with the gritty & dark. Tough Love do every genre well on BRING THE HEAT VOL 01, whether it’s House (Tech or Deep), Garage or Disco, this new EP will have an equally resounding effect on festival, club & warehouse dance floors everywhere.
BRING THE HEAT VOL 01 has already garnered MASSIVE support from some big kids on the block: Amine Edge, CAMEO, Dirty Channels, DJ Pioneer, DOORLY, Got Some, Hannah Wants, Kolombo, Low Steppa, Martin Ikin, MistaJam, Poupon, Prince Club, Robosonic, Sharam Jey, Sidney Charles, Sonny Fodera & more.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve been supporting the burgeoning disco ambassador from across the pond, Jack LNDN. While producing a handful of brilliant remixes, such as his hit rendition of Porter Robinson’s “Language,” he has been refining his already distinctive sound behind-the-scenes. He now manifests this revitalized signature style with the release of his new Drop Out EP, which we have the pleasure of premiering for you.
From the Timothy Leary-infused beginnings in the title track, “Drop Out,” to the feel-good vibes in “In Paradisum,” the EP showcases a more mature Jack LNDN that seems to have pin-pointed the music that resonates within his soul. By blending layers of dreamy melodies, spacey atmospheres, and groove-driven rhythms, he has created a piece that will keep listeners coming back for more. Listen/download the EP below and keep watch as Jack LNDN emerges from the UK.
Our very own Tropicool has released his latest tape which might be his smoothest musical mosaic to date. Tropicool is known for his extensive and carefully curated tracklistings always curating a very special & intimate vibe with just the right amount of funk. This tape in particular transitions from funk, into piano driven sexy house, and ends with some very deep tones sure to have you swimming in your own puddle. Deeper than his previous work, but just as infectious, this one is perfect served with a whiskey and reserved for an intimate occasion. Enjoy responsibly.
You’re looking good out there blogosphere… To get you in the spirit of this Valentine’s Day, This weeks GDD™ Guest Mix comes to your from Chicago’s own Ghosts Of Venice. Just long enough to get your fix, this is 30 minutes of pure baby making music. With classic hits from the likes of Donna Summer, Barry White and more – and every track even has ‘Love’ in its title! How fitting for this romantic edition… now get on the freak train with this one and love someone up the right way.
Happy Valentines <3
1. Donna Summer – Love To Love You Baby (Ben Jay vs. Get Down Edits)
2. Phreek – May My Love Be With You (Joey Negro Tribute To Patrick Adams)
3. Barry White – I’m Gonna Love You (KiMO’s Love Is Here To Stay Edit)
4 Rose Royce – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (LNTG Rework)
5. Active Force – Gimme Your Love
6. Gayle Adams – Love Fever