Our buds over at Main Course kick off the new year with SNACKS 17, a massive compilation from some of the best rising talent in the scene. Packed with everything that’ll hit from your house to the club to the rave, it’s weapon ready across the board. We we’re happy to get the green light on premiering LA native Chris Bushnell‘s lead off track “Whistler”, and believe us – it gets things pumping real quick. We caught up with the man himself, who filled us in on how the song came to be:
My style is tough to define. I like that. Whistler’s just another example of this. I started the track in a Chicago airport after sleeping through boarding and missing my flight. Seven failed stand-by attempts later, and I’m wonk-ing the fuck out in an empty delta terminal with blood coming out of my ears…
The question is “how would you describe the song”… It’s wonky. It’s energetic. It’s unstable at points. It’s purposely basic. The vocal is borderline dumb, and to many, the drop sounds out of key… I’m cool with all of these because whatever you wanna call it, it sounded different and got me moving. That’s all I really care about. So enjoy this one and the rest of SNACKS 17.
Listen and grab the (week-long) FREE DOWNLOAD below!
Can’t end the year without a little more sweat! Our aussie brethren label Sweat It Out has dished out the Club Sweat Workout Series Volume 2, the follow up compilation featuring some young guns from our side of the planet – a devilish medley of bass driven belters and upfront house music. Here’s what the Sweat crew had to say about the release:
Hard to believe Sweat It Out began nearly 9 years ago (feeling old – ouch). At the time, we debated whether the origin of the name was because we used to eat hot thai food on a Tuesday with the goal of sweating out the weekend (weird that we didn’t think this should have been done on a Monday but I digress), or whether it was because of the amount of sweat AJAX would let out whilst dj’ing.
What we did agree on was a love of sweaty basements and music for such surrounds. Our WORKOUT SERIES epitimises exactly that.
Here we present 5 tunes that are made for clubs of around 200 people, with sweat dripping off the ceiling and heads turned slightly sideways. Shall we say, where we feel most at home.
TEE MANGO, aka Mr. Millionhands, the curator extraordinaire, is a man who exudes character. From his always in demand fashion line to his masterfully produced back catalogue, he’s an artist in pretty much every sense of the term. Which is why his debut LP stands out as one of the more carefully crafted vibes of 2016. With a mix of sounds ranging from house to electronica, the project spans a wide range of emotions in its entirety.
There are delicate late night progressive vibes a la “TUNNEL VISIONS” as well as some downtempo emotive house via “NIGHTSWIM.” For those who like their House a little bit funk’d up, look no further than “ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE” and “I SEE YOU DANCIN.” On the more experimental end of the spectrum there is the track “BREAK OF DAWN” with a smidge of breakbeat as well as the instrumental intermission titled “I CAN SEE STRAIGHT.”
It’s some all around good clean sexy fun for the freshmen LP of a producer whose releases date back to 2012. While his history in the scene makes him a veteran in his own right, it’s the subtle imperfections that allow this album to breathe amongst its contemporaries. Comfort zones are established and shattered as you move from track to track adding a respectable layer of intrigue as the LP plays cover to cover. Slated to be released on September 23rd on the Millionhands label, this is certainly not one to sleep on.
It’s been a particularly exciting year for the LA-based producer/DJ, Justin Jay, as his Fantastic Voyage brand has come to fruition with his debut album, Fantastic Voyage (The Album!), tours around the world, and now, the launch of the label. Fantastic Voyage Records promises to be a home for Justin and his close musical friends, adding another dimension to a brand that has become known for packed-out house parties. The first release is Justin’s own Fantastic Edits EP, a long-awaited collection of edits that many of you may recognize if you’ve seen him in a live setting in the past year or so. The EP features a personal favorite, Justin’s edit of HNNY’s “Sneeze” edit, as well as a “Bangin Bootleg” of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Dance To The Music,” an edit of the Tag Team classic, “Whoomp,” and “Twinkle” with Larry “The Shadow” Muscrove. Check it out here, and download the whole EP.
We encountered newcomers Strange Clublast month when they released their debut g-housed tinged production “Down to my Feet.” Today, they dropped a new one called “Disco,” and it’s carrying many of the same vibes. Deep, driving bass sound, fun vocal stabs, pretty much a perfect combination for late night dance floors. The way they use their own vocals is theatrical in nature, adding a little depth to their nice sounding productions. I had a chance to see them debut a track with SNBRN at Splash House and it did not disappoint. Looking forward to seeing what these boys come with next.
I really admire the way that Amtrac continues to genre bend. It seems like every release he puts out gets a bit more spacey and ambient, yet stays very full of low end sound. Some aspects of this production strike me as trance, some house, some tech house — there’s pretty much something for everyone. I’m also really digging the vocal samples on “Running After,” which is the winner on this EP. If you’re in LA, come see Amtrac live this Friday at Outspoken.
All around dance music bad ass Junior Sanchez bestow’s his blessing on the latest and greatest from Australian producer Paces and we’ve got the scoop! Synths soaked in Summertime dance delicately with vocals from Guy Sebastian as the song keeps an anti-progressive vibe, perfect for the current carefree season. Look for the full tune and remix package featuring 4 more Junior Sanchez edits out on August 5th via Etc Etc Records. In the meantime, get your fix with the below stream and keep the Summer vibes on high as we charge into the second half of the season!
Despite their own successful individual careers, DJ Snake and Bipolar Sunshine first broke into the scene as a collaborators with a song called “Middle,” which went on to become a platinum hit, in addition to reaching top 20 charts in France and the United States, top 10 in the UK, and top 5 in Australia. With such a warm reception for “Middle,” it made sense for them to join forces again, and thus, “Future Pt. 2″ was born. Have a listen to the cut from DJ Snake’s debut album above, and enjoy the funky vocal house vibes.
I’ve heard this track played out live a few times, and it’s an absolute hammer. Jax Jones and MNEK really hit the nail on the head with this one. Big fat bass line, tough vocal samples, prickly overlying percussion — really no weak part of this track. For the official video, they decided to release a quasi-live performance version. It’s pretty cool to see the environment in which this track was allegedly conceived. Check it out!
With a year that has included performances from Coachella to Cream in Ibiza, showcases for their CUFF label, and a grip of fresh releases, the French duo, Amine Edge & Dance, have been thriving, and they’re primed to continue on their ascent for the second half of 2016. They recently announced a North American tour, including appearances at HARD Summer this weekend, New York’s Flash Factory, Canada’s Shambhala Music Festival, and more in the coming weeks (full list dates after the jump).
Additionally, Amine Edge & Dance have also unveiled plans for their forthcoming album, Past Before Future, that is a collection of 10 unreleased singles and remixes of some of their favorite artists, including Drake and Kreayshawn (full tracklist after the jump). They’ve started rolling out the album, and today, they dropped the second song, “Get Dat.” Enjoy their newest offering below, along with a handful of other Amine Edge & Dance jams for your listening pleasure.