In just nine days from now, thousands will embark on a journey to a place unlike any other, The Do LaB‘s Lightning in a Bottle. The excellent music, beautiful art, spiritually cleansing yoga, and educational speakers are all to be enjoyed to the fullest at one of my favorite festivals that takes place at the beautiful Oak Canyon Ranch. After attending last year’s LIB, it’s difficult to put to words what my incredible experience was like, but I can assure you that you will be more than happy to have been a part of something much different than your typical music festival. With a well-rounded, eclectic lineup including the legendary Bassnectar, and dozens of other big names/underground acts, I can already tell it’s going to be too much fun going from set to set. Grab your tickets with the link below, check out a video/pictures from last year, and the LIB 2012 mixtape contest winner after the jump!
For the 72nd installment of The Dirt, I’m teaming up with GDD’s newest member Tamara Sky, who also happens to be my sister in Overthrow. We’ve packed together some of our secret weapons to kick-start your summer indulgences. If you get really turned on by Tamara’s picks, you can catch her tonight at VERSUS. 10 tracks for download after the jump.
With GDD favorites Blatta & Inesha‘s North American Spring tour already underway, yesterday the guys celebrated the release of their new single, Anatomy, off Dim Mak’s New Noise Vol. 2 compilation. With some mega upcoming gigs, including dates with Tommy Trash at Webster Hall in New York, stops in San Francisco, Mexico City, Washington D.C. with Mord Fustang, LA, and more, the tour is shaping up to be a success. Check out a video from the debut show of the tour, as well as the full Dim Mak compilation above, and then listen to a preview of Anatomy below. Last but not least, buy that bitch on Beatport!
Head to the Blatta & Inesha Facebook for full tour info!
As some of you might know, Brighton-based producer Ital Tek (Alan Mayson), has been consistently evolving his sound per release — organically gaining respect over the past few years. Even though Dubstep made a huge impression on Mayson’s past music production, like many of us, he eventually got tired of the genre’s growing dullness. This adversity drove Ital Tek to once again push himself, landing on the grounds of juke & footwork.
On the more experimental side of things, SriSri Means & FiFi Holly – aka FiFi Nasty – have created 5 new live productions – an explorative journey through disco, psychadelic, trance, lounge, breaks, industrial and glitch hop. The coolness however comes through the video capturing how each recording was made, pushing the limits of Ableton live w/ the Novation Launch Pad + APC40. Check out the visuals below, and download the tunes – perfect for groovin out on any level!
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After seeing Amtrac play some feel-good disco sets in Miami, I was definitely not expecting the music video that he co-directed for his track ‘I’m All Yours‘ to be so awesomely apocalyptic and dark. Showing the depth of his talent, he specifically scored the sound to fit the creepy mood of the video, which I thought was pretty incredible. I’ve been told by his manager that he has a lot of new material coming out this year that I can’t wait to hear.
Hot off the press, our Canadian buddies Botnek have sent us their newest remix, taking on the sounds of house mogul Tocadisco. These guys keep impressing me with their innovative directions on every remix, always testing the limits of the original tracks. This version goes from a hard hitting club bassline, to a almost glitch hop breakdown, and then resurrected back to its uptempo slimy techno. GET WEIRD.
Grab the FULL EP HERE - featuring remixes by Slap In The Bass, Oui’Wack, Stefano Noferini and Botnek.
This track is no doubt one of my top tracks of the year! FuzZ has completely destroyed it on this one! If you enjoy dirty hip-hop inspired IDM then this is your ultimate tune. Seriously, look out for this kid and expect HUGE things!
Djemba Djemba is nothing short of a IDM prodigy. No doubt, this kid will soon be a household name and “Stark” is a perfect example of why.
This past Friday we had the whole Trouble & Bass crew take over CONTROL @ The Avalon, led by head honcho Luca Venezia aka Drop The Lime. If you missed this earlier this week like I did, Luca released a Winter Afterhours mix thats simply the cat’s meow. Packed with vintage styles of rock, electronic, blues, and reggae blended to create “house for the drive home.” Great for background music (when you wanna leave something on in your room, ya know) and definitely a cool change of pace for the Brooklyn badman.
*TRACK LISTING after the jump…
Tomorrow, Burn Unit and I will be embarking on our journey North to the first SnowGlobe Music Festival in Lake Tahoe for New Year’s Eve. The excitement and anticipation of the Wintery mountain vibes coupled with a star-studded lineup leaves me with an urge to turn the clocks forward so the festivities can finally commence. Not only is this festival great for the music, but also the other things that the organizers are including such as the art, installations, and performers that will create an experience unique to this year’s SnowGlobe. If you still don’t have plans for NYE, you may regret not taking advantage of this excellent opportunity, so grab tickets while you still can.
On top of the outstanding festival line-up you can’t forget about the official late night events taking place put on by our good friends from SF BLAP Productions, with performances by Porter Robinson, Dillon Francis, MiM0SA, and more every night from Thursday to Saturday! On Friday night make sure to catch GDD’s very own Matt Black aka Burn Unit spinning with Madeon at the Horizon Stateline Casino! Click the link above for tickets!
If you can’t make it, come back here next week for our full review! Check out my tentative artist selections, videos, and some relevant music for the drive out after the jump.