While Slaptop is apparently finishing up an album, the up-and-coming DJ dropped this little number on the world. “It Isn’t Mine” is an understated tech-house gem that has a super cool grooving melody and vocal sample. I can see this one soundtracking a sunset or a sunrise party, a super versatile sound. If this is any indication of whats to come of the album, I’ll be pretty keen to get my hands on it. Follow Slaptop on Soundcloud.
Several years after the commercial dance music explosion in the states, it seems as though the masses are slowly but surely continuing on their aural explorations to find new sounds and vibes to match their evolving tastes. The West coast festival culture that has spawned from Burning Man has been a catalyst for a range of dance music sub-genres, but it has been particularly crucial for Sabo‘s slower, moombahton-influenced style. “My deep, slow tribal sound was finally understood by a whole community of open minded people,” the Sol Selectas label head says about his experience playing the Robot Heart bus at that thing in the desert in 2013. It was at that moment when he knew he wanted to create what we now know as Vibe Quest, his debut album.
As a whole, Sabo’s Vibe Quest stays true to its name as it features an array of different sounds and styles, like world music, deep house, and tech-house, cohesively woven together with a common thread of tribalistic electronic music fused with an organic and spiritual touch. The most powerful music is able to transport the listener into different realms, and this album does just that. Sabo says, “My intention with this record is to manifest moments of positive feelings on the dance floor,” and he is surely well on his way to success. Enjoy the album above and be sure to pick it up on Beatport.
Christian Nielsen, a young producer from Denmark, has recently been making waves on Jesse Rose’s imprints Play It Down and A-SIDED, spoke to us on the eve of his latest single “What You Thinking?” being released. A producer that expertly blurs the lines between house and techno, oft seen in the combination of vocal hooks with blistering techno drives, Christian is definitely cornering his niche sound. “What You Thinking?” is a progression on this, finely balanced and ready for the floor. And with additional releases and remixes on the likes of Glasgow Underground, Moon Harbour, 8bit, and Toolroom, he’s surely making his rounds in the underground scene. We’re excited for what’s to come from Christian, but in the mean time check out “What You Thinking?” and get to know more about the Copenhagen producer in the interview below.
Miami Music Week is upon us & Perfect Driver label boss Matthew Anthony is bringing a little something extra on his way into town. As part of the label’s Miami Drivers 2016 compilation, the bossman’s track “Do It Again” will no doubt be rattling rooftops at plenty of daytime pool parties as well as being a go-to track for the late night club kids. It’s got the label’s signature driving bassline of endless energy that should have Miami-goers dancing right out of their bathing suits.
With the excitement brewing for the 2016 Desert Hearts Spring Festival, we’re starting to get antsy for the impending lineup announcement, and the weekend’s non-stop debauchery. Lucky for us, the DH crew is easing us through these trying times with their latest record label release from one of their residents, Tara Brooks, and underground stalwart, Brad Hart. The Sophrosyne EP is a hypnotizing and otherworldly tech-house offering with its main song of the same name, and a remix from Just Her, as well as another from Andre Salmon and Chris C. Press play and feel the vibes that have become a staple in West coast festival culture. We can’t wait to hear what else all of these artists and Desert Hearts has in store for this year. Download the EP here.
Tickets for the Desert Hearts Spring Festival are available here.
2016 is shaping up to be the year of Jack Novak. With seminal plays at Lollapalooza, Firefly Festival, and residencies in Las Vegas and Cancun, it’s getting increasingly more clear that little can stand in her way. Hailing from Chicago but residing in Los Angeles, Novak spent two years holed up in her studio honing her craft and expanding her catalogue before touring with Pharrell as his DJ in 2013. Fast forward to the present and she has her own label, Power and Light Records, and a gaze that will not ease up as she sets her eyes on the prize in 2016.
Her latest podcast features a hearty playlist of tech and deep house cuts along with Jack’s unreleased track with tyDi, “Oceans” featuring Greyson Chance. Stream it below and connect with her on tour after the jump!
Our GDD friend and familiar Craig Williams has put in overtime to make a name for himself in the techno-sphere, tallying up releases on Motorik, Nervous, Sweat It Out, NEST (OWSLA) – not to mention hosting numerous production tutorials on his YouTube channel and giving away serious tricks of the trade. His newest release “Believe It” just dropped this week on the Toronto-based imprint BADLQQK, and the Aussie held nothing back on this jackin’ techno heater. Here’s what he had to say about it:
I definitely went for a more minimal feel than before. I had been listening to a load of great classic producers like Robert Hood, cajmere and green velvet to name a few and i think the the house vibe just crept in. The song defiantly developed from choosing a select number of machines in the studio and just jamming out.
Listen below, and grab it on Beatport here
Bass-centric house specialist, Fritz Carlton, continues to impress as he rolls through the beginning of 2016 that was kicked off with a headline performance at an underground warehouse party in Los Angeles on NYE. Over the past few months, he’s been churning out an array of tracks, including his No Law In Dancing EP, “Hips 2 Thighs” with Doug English, and more. Now, as he preps for his Desert Hears Records debut, he’s come through with a special remix of Ghis. A. Meets Cheryl Porter’s “Bad Groove,” which he sampled himself from vinyl. Listen below and get down to his latest bouncy floor-filler with a touch of old school house nostalgia.
The tale of two Interns continues with the latest installment of “The Interns Present” mixtape series. Inspired by the guiding light of a full moon and it’s all powerful presence, “To The Moon & Back” provides an instrumental introspection into the different aspects of the galaxy we call home. With every passing transition, let the loss of gravity free you from your conscious mind as galactic vibrations and deep tech grooves guide you definitively… To The Moon & Back. Enjoy & download here.
1/29 – EOS Lounge w/ Christian Martin – Santa Barbara, CA
1/30 – Exchange w/ Chromeo (4hr Set In The Gallery) – Los Angeles, CA
2/10 – Holy Ship! – Miami, FL
2/19 – Harlot – GDD Takeover w/ Bones, aRod, & Shae B – San Francisco, CA
Fritz Carlton is keeping his momentum rolling with his Free Fritz Tuesdays series with this latest effort. For this tune, “Hips 2 Thighs,” he’s teamed up with Detroit’s own Doug English, and they’ve created a perfect track for times that call for darker vibes. With its trippy synth work, growling basslines, vocal accents, and swinging groove, “Hips 2 Thighs” is jam that keeps on giving, and we’re stoked that it’s available for free download. Listen and Download here: