The picturesque and often sleepy city of Santa Barbara has recently produced some prominent acts in the likes of Seven Lions and Traveler. Shying away from the typical 4×4 house pattern, they’ve carved out their own unique styles of electronica. Justin Kleiner, another rising producer from Santa Barbara, has just released his Along The Way EP, and the ambient package is an impressive mixture of dramatic soundscapes and thematic drums that were prevalent in early M83 or Sigur Ros tracks. Kleiner has also drawn up a fine collection of artwork that’s tied in with the release that can be found on his site called Auxin. Grab the entire EP for free download below.
Mr. Flash is a producer who intrigues me to an extremely high degree. Besides producing songs for one of the rappers I admire most, Mos Def, he also produced Sebastien Tellier’s, “My God Is Blue” LP in its entirety. Well I guess that production stint inspired the sounds inside as an album teaser has surfaced on Ed Banger Recs SoundCloud page that features some selects from the upcoming project. Continue Reading
Black Butter Records have themselves yet another fine young recruit on their hands with Swiss producer Pablo Nouvelle. Pablo Nouvelle describes his music as “a mix of melancholic pop, modern soul and dance music”. That sound holds true on his latest track, “Poison”, a moody, soulful, dance pop song held together beautifully by French songstress Tulliae. If the sophisticated sounds of “Poison” are any indication of what’s to come from Pablo Nouvelle’s upcoming EP, then arousal levels are on high for the new EP release (set for late July).
Calibre and Noze are locked in for remix duty on the new EP along with the always fantastic Maxxi Soundsystem (below).
LA producer, CRNKN, has released his first official EP this week on the free-release imprint, Nest, putting together six tracks as a concept EP with a diverse menu of genres that leans far from the music he was making just a year ago. The EP, The Clearing, shows a truly creative side of CRNKN that sets him apart artistically from his peers — a rare quality amongst the publish now/think later mentality that is the dance music community as of late. From Flume-ish chillout to Gesaffelstein-like Techno, CRNKN tells a story with The Clearing that has us fully entertained. Download the EP below and watch the very cool concept video for the EP as well. √+
Santa Barbara’s Seven Lions has come a long way since we first started supporting him here on GDD in 2011. After a handful of singles, a pair of EPs, and countless gigs around the world, the studio wizard has returned with his biggest release to date – the Worlds Apart EP – out now on Casablanca Records.
This latest offering goes beyond just being a typical collection of songs as it is a truly astonishing work of art with emotional depth that is undeniably apparent at first listen. Boasting collaborations with world-class vocalists such as Ellie Goulding and Kerli, Seven Lions manifests the music that resonates within his soul through his eclectic and ethereal brand of electronica. Enjoy Seven Lions‘ Worlds Apart EP after the jump, and purchase it on iTunes.
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
My personal one to watch for this year is on a warpath of production and his newest creation doesn’t stray from that truth. The mysterious Parisian known as Tchami has spread his viral sound this year into some huge originals and remixes for the likes of Mercer, AlunaGeorge, Oliver and more. Today he dropped a preview to his forthcoming original “Untrue” and it is on another level of feels. I’ll just stop talking and you can just listen below…
WMC – Don’t miss Tchami @ HARD Miami!
Artwork by Joyce Su
After giving us a fantastic guest mix and releasing a new edit of Just A Gent, Vindata comes through with their stand-out debut EP, …For One To Follow, out now on Symbols. From the catchy, goose-bump-inducing beginnings with “All I Really Need” featuring Kenzie May, to the pumping club-ready tune, “Exposé,” that closes out the 4-track release, the rising LA duo has produced this EP to perfection, proving that they are more than worthy of the acclaim that they have been receiving from around the world. With this being one of Vindata‘s first releases, you can expect a lot more of their forward-thinking music to come. Purchase Vindata‘s …For One To Follow EP on iTunes and if you’re in LA, come see them live, along with Kastle featuring Ayah Marar, Sweater Beats, and Lindsay Lowend, at the Symbols Showcase hosted at Sound Nightclub in Hollywood this Thursday, March 6th (Tickets). √+
After storming onto the scene with his hit release on Hot Creations three years ago, Danny Daze has been a man on a mission. Growing up in Miami and DJing raves before he had a drivers license, his 15 year love affair with electronic music is finally catapulting him to an elite level. Earlier this week, Danny’s Silicon EP dropped on Jimmy Edgar’s label Ultramajic, and it is nothing short of awesomely brash, forward thinking techno. His recent move to Berlin by way of Barcelona after a short stint with Ellum boss Maceo Plex has clearly rubbed off on Daze. Elongated sirens, manic percussion, and transposed vocals are prevalent throughout the EP, while still holding some dance floor sensibility. In conjunction with the release, he also did a mix for Mixmag, where he flawlessly journeys through 74 minutes of white-label rarities and forthcoming gold. Stream both the EP and mix below.
Really vibing on this one this morning. Nottingham singer-songwriter, Indiana, just unveiled her latest single, “Solo Dancing,” yesterday, premiering on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show as his sought after “Hottest Record.” A beautiful slice of Electro-soul, Indiana’s relevant lyrics and effortless vocals pour out over dark, rolling synths creating a well-rounded crossover jam. If you happen to be in London, check out her set tomorrow night at Oslo.