With dance music’s heavyweights constantly inundating the blogs and other media outlets, it’s refreshing to hear about new talent like Los Angeles-based duo, Memory Service. Although these guys are just beginning their ascent, they’re already proving their promise, and with the backing of Black Butter Records, they’re in a fantastic spot. Their debut release, “Whatchugot,” is featured in the sixth edition of the Spread Love compilation series, and it’s a stand-out house track that’s sure to warm up dance floors far and wide with its good vibes and bouncy rhythm. Enjoy and keep Memory Service in your sights!
Since recovering from a severe car crash, the Parisian future-house aficionado Tchami has announced his own record imprint called Confession, celebrating its launch with a free compilation and releasing one track at a time. Today they just dropped a new one from the mysterious producer known as Malaa, and its all the hood inspired house you could want from the French phenom.
In case you missed the first release on Confession, it came from the low end stylings of French Canadian artist ANGELZ:
Justin Jay‘s been making some serious moves… After a year that included everything from performances at Coachella, Decibel Festival, Electric Zoo, Desert Hearts, and more on his current world tour, to an EP on Pets Recordings, and Dirtybird, amongst other releases, the LA-based producer/DJ is now launching his new Justin Jay & Friends project, which is a collaborative group that he’s assembled with two of his college homies, vocalist Josh Taylor, and guitarist Benny Bridges. This new track, “Karma,” is the first taste of this project, and just as one may expect, the trio deliver a truly outstanding piece of dance music. Check it out here and keep an eye out for more from Justin Jay & Friends. “Karma” is being released tomorrow via Black Butter Records.
“Two sensitive music kids join a frat together… During my first year of college, I became friends with Josh. As a singer/songwriter, he was drawing influence from John Mayer and Jack Johnson, while I was hooked on Dirtybird and going to illegal house/techno warehouse parties. We grew a mutual respect for each other’s interests, but never even considered making music together. Back in January, with one semester before graduation, we decided to jam together, as a somewhat sarcastic joke. I’d never felt so uncomfortable making music in my life and Josh felt the same. I never had to think about lyrics, verses and choruses, while josh had never sang on top of minor chord changes and dirty bass lines. It’s really scary being pushed to do something different musically, but because I had my friends pushing and helping me, I’ve never had so much fun making music before.” – Justin Jay
Mikey Lion and Sabo have just released their first studio collaboration together. Featuring two original tracks, ‘Into The Jungle’ and ‘Sally’, as well as remixes by Lonely Boy and Joyce Muniz, Into The Jungle puts deep and complex tribalistic drum patterns at the forefront of the mix, driving a unique tech-house sound that both Mikey and Sabo are known to champion. Really digging these strong vibes from the Desert Hearts crew? You’re in luck; the boys have just released a massive winter touring schedule for their City Hearts party. Check out the tour dates after the jump!
One of Australia’s leading indie labels, Sweat It Out!, just secured some fresh, home-grown talent that’s already showing great promise. Over the course of a year or so, the KCRW and Triple J-supported singer/songwriter, Yates, has been crafting his distinctive blend of genres, live instrumentation, electronic elements, and silky vocals. He recently announced his debut EP, Mercury, that’s due out early next year, but he also just unveiled this dance floor-ready Plastic Plates remix of “Virtue,” one of the tracks off of the EP, to tease the anticipated release. Check out the track above and be ready for Yates in the new year.
The Aussie house gangster Hey Sam is back at it with a dangerous club flip of Ayo Alex’s new single Want it featuring Juicy Jay and we were all over it before we even got the nod on this premiere… here’s what the young gun had to say about it:
“AYO Alex hit me up to do this remix and I jumped on it straight away as I’m a big fan of his original version but it’s a little too heavy for my DJ sets. My version is more stripped back, bassline driven and I’ve found it has plenty of impact in the clurrrbbb.. Also stoked that Uprise Music have let me release this for free download.”
Sicarii, aka Billboard Dance’s Editor Matt Medved, has been making his way in the artist realm, and he’s already making waves. Earlier this year, he played BillBoard’s Hot 100 Festival, alongside some of the biggest names in contemporary music, and during his set, he debuted his remix of Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” which was actually supported by the band themselves. The remix is an Ibiza-inspired tune driven by a smooth house groove, the original’s vocals, and a filtered piano chords. Have a listen to the remix, as well as the live set, and get more insight on the track from Sicarii below.
“This all began in Ibiza in 2013. I was hanging out at Sa Trinxa, this incredible bohemian beach bar on Las Salinas, and I was so inspired by the music I heard there. Smooth, funky house music with reverb-drenched pads that just perfectly fit the sunset scene’s incredible atmosphere. I channeled that vibe on what was originally intended as an original track. But when Interscope gave me the opportunity to remix Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” I realized how well Adam Levine’s vocals fit within what I’d made. I loved debuting it at Billboard Hot 100 Fest, and receiving official support from the band a few days later was an unexpected honor.” – Sicarii
Now that HARD’s successful Day of the Dead Festival is in the bag, Destructo has his sights set on the future, specifically his endeavors from land to sea in January and February of 2016. The sold-out HOLY SHIP!s will be happening on January 3-6 and February 10-13, but in between, the DJ/producer/festival founder will be throwing down on the Ship2Ship Tour, alongside dirtybird mainstay, Justin Martin, and up-and-comer Rezz, across the U.S. from January 14th to February 5th.
In addition to the tour news, Destructo is also staying busy on the release front with a forthcoming track, “Bodyback,” on AC Slater’s Night Bass label. Check out the darker, bass-fueled g-housey tune below, and pick it up on Friday on the This Is Night Bass Vol. 2 compilation.
If that wasn’t enough, you can enjoy Destructo’s Diplo & Friends guest mix that features a grip of unreleased tracks of his own, as well as jams from Justin Jay, AC Slater, Jauz, and many more (tracklist after the jump).
Myself and the GottaDanceDirty crew had a chance to check out RÜFÜS as they rolled through Los Angeles on tour promoting their forthcoming album. One of the bigger singles they have released in preparation of its release is “Like An Animal.” The emotional lyrics are sure to resonate with anyone with ears, but they seemed to resonate a bit more with Dom Dolla, who has made the track his own. A brutally smooth bassline brings this indie-twinged tune to the late night dance floor in a big way. Stream the tune below exclusively at GDD and show both RÜFÜS and Dom Dolla their due love.
It’s scientifically proven that Amtrac aka Caleb Cornett aka GDD homeboy can’t drop a bad tune. He has such handles on the low end sound spectrum it’s almost scary. He consistently enriches that classic house sound with cohesive sampling, infectious melodies and piano bounces. His latest tune is “Lover,” which unites all three of these things. Amtrac proves time and time again that simplicity is king, so pump this one up and dance. Enough said.