Watching Los Angeles-based producer, Daedelus, live is quite the experience. From his monome-shredding to his experimental music selection, Daedelus is truly unique when it comes to performance and production. This week, he’ll be putting out a new 5-track EP, Looking Ocean, via Scion A/V, and we’re happy to premiere the first track from the release titled “Endless Sea” — a twinkling, airy downtempo production right up your alley if you’re a fan of his more experimental side. Have a listen above and check Scion A/V for the entire EP this week.
The day has finally come! Flying Lotus‘ second full-length album, Until the Quiet Comes has finally dropped and it has already exceeded my extremely high expectations set by Cosmogramma. The Los Angeles native, known for his genre-bending compositions, has outdone even himself this time; fusing a mixture of hip-hop, jazz, funk, blues, dubstep and psychedelia together to produce an unique cosmic sound. Until the Quiet Comes is a journey. A journey through a psychedelic soundscape that slowly builds on itself with the addition of every new sound and then jerks you back into reality, only to slowly bring you back, note by note. The album offers no dull moments as it continuously stimulates its listener with Flying Lotus’ unparalleled compositions, stunning even the most scrutinizing of ears. Until the Quiet Comes is a real gem; from the dirty low end of Sultan’s Request, the breath-taking change up of The Nightcaller, or the pure and jazzy melodic vibrations of Until the Quite Comes, this album is gorgeous. Until the Quiet Comes may just be my album of the year; I cannot recommend it enough.
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Novocain. Or is it Novocaine? Or Allocaine? Or if you’re Frank Ocean… Novacane? Technically, all wrong. Ubiquitous under the trade name Novocain, procaine is something more or less we’ve all likely had anencounter with over our lives. An alkaloid pharmaceutical used as a local anesthetic (big words, for your health), procaine is synonymous in our minds for dulling pain… and for good reason. By blocking sodium channels into the cell, Novocain is frequently used in minor surgeries and dental work as a way of numbing pain sensations in a small area.
There’s definitely something perplexing about local anesthetics. The paradox of knowing something painful is happening, but feeling it in a different way. Dull, blunt, and softened, like someone is punching you through a pillow. The odd sensation of feeling numb but completely alert at the same time. Behind the jump you’ll find a selection of songs derivative of every direction I could take Novocain in. Blunted songs, songs that feel as though the edge or aggression has been taken off, songs that make YOU take the edge off, ones that make you conscious of their presence in a different way. Get numb.
To those of you that toss & turn in your bed, who find themselves wondering why no channels cater to insomniacs, who grit their teeth at people who get a full eight hours of sleep each night, science has offered up nice little drug called zolpidem to coax them into dreamland. I’m sure you’ve all heard of Ambien, right? Welp, that’s Zolpidem.
Zolpidem is a prescribed drug that very successfully helps to initiate sleep in an individual who ingests it. In the action of helping someone fall asleep, I find that there are some truly special tracks that work in a similar light to Zolpidem. Not to say the songs are boring, and like Zolpidem, if you force yourself to stay awake can have very different effects indeed. (Note: I do not condone doing this with Zolpidem… nor will these songs make you hallucinate…) Right, so after you brush your teeth and tuck yourself in, press play on these songs below & start drifting away…………
This week’s Dirt is a big one. Not only did we up the ante with FOURTEEN big tunes to give away (that’s two touchdowns worth of tracks); we also have a very special guest contributor from one of our favorite sites/labels. Gotta Dance Dirty is pleased to welcome Nancy Lu from Discobelle as our special guest contributor on The Dirt #86. One look at Nancy’s Twitter account and you’ll see that she’s a big favorite amongst many of our favorite bloggers and artists alike. And there is certainly a reason for her popularity…Nancy knows her stuff. When it comes to writing about electronic music, Nancy is one talented + crafty word slinger. GDD™ could not be more pleased to have her on board this week. To top things off, not only is Nancy lending her words, she’s also this week’s Dirt Babe. SCORE.
And now, The Dirt #86 brought to you by Discobelle’s Nancy Lu + aRod…
We’ve always been aware of the multifaceted talent of Swedish producer, John Dahlbäck, and today he’s cemented his versatility even further as he is giving away a full album under his side project, Demure, which features 13 original downtempo tracks made for easy listening. When juxtaposed to his throbbing club tracks, you almost wouldn’t believe that Dahlbäck was behind this, but his description explains it all — “This album is something I first started doing for my iPod. Something beautiful I could listen to on the plane, bus or wherever I was. I’m now sharing this with you. This is not EDM and not for the clubs. This is purely just for listening.” Amen to that Mr. Dahlbäck, Amen. Download the entire album for free below. √+ Continue Reading
Rolling along with the summer mix series – the Hamburg wunderkind Tensnake donates his impeccable tune curation to the The Vinyl Factory’s FACT magazine. This mix is a no brainer for your summer soundtrack – the vibes on this one feel like the warmer nights were finally getting into. Here’s what FactMag had to say about their exclusive:
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The New York duo, Life & Limb, is a project from Populous and Short Stories (the vocalist on Udachi’s ‘Stumble’), and last year the two put together the single, ‘Before the Flame and Flood,’ a breathy, airy downtempo original. Recently, Udachi of Party Like Us Records decided to remix the 2011 original but made sure to hang on to the beautiful vocals from Short Stories, culminating in an overall great tune that he’s giving away for free on his Soundcloud as of last week. Pick it up below. Continue Reading
After an unfortunately lengthy recovery from a devastating seizure, the Dominican big haired moombah badman known as Munchi has returned with his first EP of the year, catching wind on the recent surge of ‘Trap house.’ Just this week he released the entire EP for FREE on Mad Decent, writing a personalized description of each track and how they all break down:
The Rotterdam Trap EP is basically a shoutout to the tracks that were big when I was going out here in Rotterdam at 17. I was kinda sad that these tracks weren’t remixed and basically forgotten. Nah, I don’t really like that lol, so I gave them a little update with some Trap and a lil touch of Bubbling here and there (not Trap Bubbling tho). Haha, and the EP cover was fun to make too lol. One word: Chaos. It looks kinda random, but if you actually look at it, it isn’t. Shout out to my wife!! lol.
So like I always used to do, with an EP release there is the more detailed description with the tracks. Read it or go directly to the downloads below haha, BOW!!
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As with many profound experiences, words cannot express the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that culminated from the 3-day fantasy land, Lightning in a Bottle. After attending, I realized what it was that motivates a company to be committed to “the highest levels of art, production, and aesthetic to always challenge people’s preconceived notions of reality and what is possible.” (website) There are countless festivals and music events in the world, but it is clear that Lightning in a Bottle is in a class of it’s own because of The Do LaB‘s determination to create an event that encompasses music, art, spirituality, and culture.
Read our take on LIB 2012 after the jump!