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
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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:
Over the past week or so, Mikey Lion & Bengal‘s The Big Cats EP has been a go-to release to keep the good vibes strong. Each of the three tracks on the EP offer unique elements, but the refined, stripped-down grooves are a common thread throughout it, and they pack a mean punch. Both Mikey and Bengal are ambassadors of tech-house, and they continue to cement their standing amongst the top up-and-coming acts in the underground. Whether or not you’re heading out to Desert Hearts this weekend, this EP should satisfy your need to get down. Enjoy and download above.
LA-based Ryan Collins has teamed up with Bijou for a super sleek ghetto tech jam. “Hood Crazy” rolls in with tough high hats a echoing samples, preluding the crushing sound to come. Samples from Tech N9ne, 2 Chainz and B.o.B. keep things interesting while that hard bass line keeps things tech. This is a high energy tune that’ll reach a large demographic. Play it loud at a dancefloor near you .
With a busy touring schedule, Desert Hearts figurehead, Mikey Lion, has remained a bit quiet on the release front, but he recently announced his third EP, The Big Cats, which he created with fellow Desert Heart and Berkeley native, Bengal. Just in time for Mikey’s upcoming Cityfox LA performance this weekend, and the Desert Hearts 3rd year anniversary, the first taste of this forthcoming offering comes with “Like That.” It’s a stripped down tech-house heater with full-bodied low end to drive the groove that punches through in between vocal samples, which give the track its character. Listen/download here. The Big Cats EP is out on October 27th.
Just last month, Justin Jay put out his celebratory Mom, I Graduated EP, and embarked on his first world tour, which saw him perform everywhere from Electric Zoo, to Decibel Festival, CRSSD Festival, and many other gigs in between. If you’ve seen him on the road recently, you may have been lucky enough to catch him playing with Josh Taylor on vocals and Benny Bridges on guitar, both of whom are college friends, and Benny is finishing his senior year.
Now, Justin Jay is starting to officially unveil what he’s been working on with his friends over the past year, and this new remix of Alison Wonderland’s “Back to Reality” featuring Benny Bridges is the first taste. Have a listen below and hear this inventive tech-house track that merges rock with dance in truly stunning fashion. Expect more of these collaborations in the near future, and don’t miss Justin Jay in a city near you.
“Sometimes making music can be a really intense, serious, grueling process. Other times it’s about being silly and goofing around with your homies. Ben is a crazy jazz/blues guitarist and we had fun pretending to be tough on this remix for Alison Wonderland. We’ve been making a ton of music together with our homie Josh Taylor so keep your ear out for Benny Bridges, laying it down on guitar.” – Justin Jay
The Hawaii-born, LA-based producer, Mahalo, is coming through with his first official release on LAMP (Los Angeles Music Project), following the release of his successful debut EP on Sleazy Deep. This newest tune, “Wave Attack,” is a clubby tech-house groover with hints of G-house that round out the thumping track. With this being just his second official release, Mahalo is undoubtedly showing great promise. Listen below and download it here.