Since its launch in 2006, Sabo‘s Sol Selectas label has grown to become a go-to underground label featuring a unique fusion of dance music and world music with tribalistic tendencies. As the founder and figurehead artist, Sabo continues to push the sounds that resonate the most within himself, and this is apparent through the carefully curated releases that offer a distinctive vibe to move hearts, minds, and bodies. For this fantastic Summer Sol compilation, he has reached into different cultures around the world to bring us a collection of 21 original songs created by a family of like-minded producers from over 14 different countries. On top of featuring Sol Selectas artists like Sabo, KMLN, Goldcap, and SAAND, the release also includes gems from more well-known artists like Canson, Dance Spirit, and LUM, while also bringing new artists such as Rodrigo Gallardo, Spaniol, and Armen Miran into the spotlight. Summer Sol has been supported by everyone from Richie Hawtin and Claude VonStroke, to Acid Pauli, Jon Charnis, Yokoo, and more, so hear what it’s all about above and pick it up on Beatport.
Rydim is set to release a techno behemoth via Hot Creations on June 17th featuring an intergalactic remix from Simon Baker‘s techno alter-ego, BKR Project. The original is an acid vocal edit that had the dance floor of Berghain in mind, while Baker’s edit takes on a more synth laden house approach. With the vocals scaled back and sampled intermittently, it’s the programmed percussion patterns that take the spotlight as lush synth pads provide sonic escape. For those who can’t wait to get their hands on the EP, there is a link available for pre-ordering HERE!
Hailing from Greece, NTEIBINT and collaborator Stella are no stranger to Summer feel good anthems. The two paired up on the 2015 smash hit, “The Owner,” and return in 2016 with their infectious groove, “Hide In.” What was originally intended to be a ballad highlighting Stella’s vocals was deconstructed and infused with live bass as the track’s foundation. The result is a silky smooth love song with a strong melodic energy about it that’s sure to take over a dance floor near you this season. Look for the official release out June 24th with remixes from Ewan Pearson and Zombies in Miami on Eskimo Recordings.
The third installment in the Official HARD Summer Mix series features none other than House legend Felix Da Housecat and his signature brand of give no fucks dance music. With just about every genre of house represented in this mix, dig in and take a ride with a real OG as he gets you in the mood for the #pinkTENT vibes at #HSMF16. Catch Felix alongside other noteable House acts; Claude Vonstroke, Justin Martin, Andhim, Superflu, Justin Jay, Ardalan, and Will Clarke. Tickets still available at www.hardsummer.com!
Eagles & Butterflies is an emerging talent who came firing out the gates with releases on some of the finest house/techno labels like Innervisions, Get Physical, and Bedrock. If that’s any indication, the Los Angeles-based DJ/producer is bound for more success as he continues to cleverly build his profile with quality releases, tasteful affiliations, and touring with key, upcoming appearances at Cityfox and Mysteryland USA, which will be taking over Bethel Woods, NY this weekend.
In preparation of his performance at Mysteryland USA this Saturday evening in the Spiegel Tent, we’ve asked Eagles & Butterflies to a little insight into his musical mind, and his lesser-known selections. Head after the jump to enjoy 5 of his secret weapons, including his remix of RY X’s “Deliverance,” new Recondite, DJ Koze, and more.
The latest EP from Sweat It Out! is super hot. MSCLS and Moondoctor producers from Austin and Chicago respectively, and have been on the come-up for some time. Their collaborative EP gives the listening an awesome cross section of both of these guys sounds. Straight up house music for the dance floor, four tracks straight. If I had to pick a favorite, I would have to go with the dancey vocal stabs in “Lights Down Low.” Make sure to grab the EP now for your personal collection.
Justin Jay‘s debut album, Fantastic Voyage (The Album!), continues to take shape with yet another release. For this one, the dirtybird talent returns to his more DJ-centric style with a remix of his own track, which is a first for his career thus far. Justin Jay has given “Karma” a shadowy and moody feel as he brings new dimensions to the song with a new arrangement, brooding bassline, 80’s-style synths, and more. This release came at a very appropriate time as Justin Jay went b2b with Skrillex and Justin Martin at a house party in Los Angeles late last night/this morning for Justin Martin’s birthday afterparty.
Tomorrow night, Justin Jay & Friends will be bringing their full live performance to Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right, so if you’re in the area, go check it out. Tickets for that show and the rest of his tour are on sale here.
Timo Mass first heard “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” in 2009 when his friend/agent, David Levy, was playing it for him in his house in Ibiza. For James Teej it was outside the studio with Mass right before a week long studio session took place. It’s the German countryside and “Chef Timo” has prepared a magical spread complete with top shelf wines. They had all of the multitrack from the original 1973 studio session master tapes, and the time was right. Teej later tells Billboard, “It probably still is to this day the most amazing and beautiful week’s of studio time in my life.” Continue Reading
The Blonde boys have had a massive past year. They’ve grown to prominence on the back of a handful of masterful tunes, the biggest of which would have to “All Cried Out.” From Oliver Nelson to The Magician, the remixers of the track carried it to lengths I’m not ever sure they would have imagined. Their latest single is Nothing Like This, a club tune with some super catchy vox from Craig David. They just dropped an official video for it, which features the UK duo on a Disclosure-esque live set-up. I’d be keen to see this live!
Over the past few weeks, Justin Jay has been riding a wave of vibe-heavy releases from his Justin Jay & Friends project that’s quickly gaining steam in the dance music world. Ever since they teased fans with surprise live performances, and released “Karma” last year, the band has been in the spotlight, and they’re continuing to further their songwriting-fueled house music as they continue to roll out these new songs that will first make up EPs on different labels, then eventually Fantastic Voyage (The Album!).
“Weatherman,” “Can’t Complain,” and “What Do You Want” are the most recent tastes of the Justin Jay & Friends vibes to come, and they each differ in an exciting way, while also staying cohesive as they’re bound by a signature sound that features Josh Taylor’s vocals, Benny Bridges’ layered guitar licks, spacey atmospheres, acoustic drum samples, and an immersive groove. Enjoy and keep an eye out for more to come.