You’ve probably heard some of tech-house remixes this Los Angeles-based producer has released over the past months. Modus has been on a tear with extremely well-received remixes of Flight Facilities‘ “Two Bodies” and Zhu‘s “Faded,” and just released another original today. Via Funk’n Deep Records in volume 5 of their “Syndication” series, “Volume Up” is a late night club killer — featuring an eerie sound arrangement and absolutely massive bass-driven sections. If you’re looking for a bright young light in a new wave of tech-house production, look no further than Modus.
One of LA’s finest producer/DJs and GDD™ Guest Mix alum, Lonely Boy, is coming through with his truly outstanding Don’t You Think EP, and sure enough, Desert Hearts Records has it locked for a release on Tuesday, January 27th. The EP features two masterful tunes, “Don’t You Think” and “Rise.” The first is a Lee Burridge-inspired cut that sets a smooth, rolling tech-house vibe before breaking through with a pumping groove, while the latter features a monstrous evolving bassline, orchestra hits, peak-time energy, and a hint of classic Bob Marley. Enjoy below and head after the jump for the story behind “Don’t You Think” from Lonely Boy himself.
Earlier this week, we premiered Lupe Fuentes‘ latest tech-house groover, “Endlessly,” and now we have her party-starting offering for our guest mix series – as promised. Sharp in the studio and behind the decks, the LA newcomer demonstrates how she can work the dance floor just as hard as her productions. Featuring Huxley, Mickey, Eats Everything, Doorly, Eli Escobar, Steve Lawler, a few cuts of her own, and more, Lupe keeps her track selection on point, while slowly building the energy up for a firing finish. Listen/Download:
After dropping her single, “Twisting My Mind,” just last week, producer/DJ Lupe Fuentes returns with “Endlessly,” a fresh, groove-driven track featured on Safe Music’s Skill Box Vol. 5 compilation. Born in Colombia, raised in the club scene of Spain, and now living in Los Angeles, this rising underground house music specialist is quickly emerging as a notable force, especially since she’s already seeing support from Dubfire, Gorgon City, Claptone, Tensnake, and more. On her latest effort, “Endlessly,” Lupe went with a stripped down approach, letting her layered percussion and deep bassline shine through for a proper tech-house jam that’ll keep dance floors happy & healthy. Enjoy below, head over to Beatport to pick up your copy, and stay tuned for Lupe’s GDD™ Guest Mix this Wednesday!
Los Angeles is home to several world-class producers that are on the rise, but there are few that are shaping the sound of tomorrow with as much style and authenticity as Lonely Boy. Heralded as a “Funk conductor, eclectic savant, and master of good vibes,” this Desert Hearts & RollingTuff-affiliated house music maestro has quickly become a local favorite, while also seeing support for his cutting-edge productions from underground luminaries like Lee Burridge. For his guest mix, Lonely Boy brings us his set from a recent performance at Studio 5 After Hours, so it’s a perfect example of what he can do behind the decks in a live setting. Featuring Adana Twins, Justin Martin, Groove Armada, Pete Oak, Tanner Ross, one of Lonely Boy’s own forthcoming jams, “Don’t You Think“ (Out on Desert Hearts Records 1/27/15) and more, this mix is a must-listen for those down with the deeper side of house music.
If you’ve attended a Desert Hearts party, consider yourself lucky. This Southern California music and arts collective has had a phenomenal year, putting on a handful of the most talked-about shows and festivals around. What do you get when you take the elated, carefree vibe of early Coachella days and cross it with a brazen step forward in electronic sound? Desert Hearts. The mix we’re bringing to you exclusively is a stand out B2B set including an on point selection of deep/tech from Deep Jesus and Marbs. This release is in celebration of their performance at Minimal Effort‘s NYE event at Lot 613 in LA (Tickets), which features the rest of the Desert Hearts crew, as well as DJ T., Three, & Fur Coat. Enjoy the mix, see you on NYE!
We’ve seen many remixes of Flight Facilities thrown around in the past weeks. Guys like Lido and HNNY have both put their stamp on “Two Bodies” to the delight of listeners everywhere. Today, we’re stoked to bring you the missing link in the remix spectrum. Our good buddy and Los Angeles native Modus has graced us with an exclusive download of his take on the aforementioned “Two Bodies.” He repurposes the simple, yet beautiful melody into a churning tech-house piece, incorporating the ethereal vocals in the ladder half to tie everything together.
This one truly is made for the club, so expect to be hearing it at one near you. Speaking of which, you can catch Modus at one of his upcoming Los Angeles shows:
- (1/2/15) Frenzy Afterhours at Avalon
- (1/21/15) Clinic at Couture with Anthony Attalla
The Miami based Sluggers have brought a classic back from the dead and created a monster. The anthemic “Get Yourself High” by The Chemical Brothers has helped paved the way in electronic music today, and Sluggers pay homage in their new version. Keeping the spookiness of the original, they add a dark and techy feel with a rolling bassline and that compliments the techno driven lead and “chemical” stabs. Listen below, and be on the lookout for when the download drops!
Desert Hearts Festival & Desert Hearts Records founder, Mikey Lion, is a man of many hats, but there is only one instantly recognizable, feather-laden hat that the cultivator of vibes wears himself as a producer/DJ. In between throwing some of the finest house & techno events like the upcoming second edition of City Hearts SF on December 14th, this San Diego-based up-and-comer has kept dance floors happy & healthy with the release of his collaborative single, “Set Me Free,” on Kevin Anderson‘s You’re Mine EP, as well as his Voltron/The Defendant EP with Jonjo Williams, which launched Desert Hearts Records in proper fashion.
Now Mikey Lion brings us his debut solo EP, Drum Formulas, that puts his own individual studio work and musical roots as a young turntablist in the spotlight. On the opening title track, he pairs addictive percussive grooves with appropriate Gang Starr samples for a tribaly tech-house number accented by a hip-hop flare. Channeling inspiration from experiences at Burning Man, Mikey blends layered melody work, thought-provoking samples, and thick basslines for a mesmerizing, spiritually charged second track dubbed “Playa Dreams.” Rounding out the EP, Mr. Lion kicks up the vibe on “Tribute” and does away with straight four-on-the-floor rhythms for a pumping, kick-drum heavy tune with just a touch of psychedelia. Overall, the Drum Formulas EP is a stand out release that deserves attention from both DJs and other dance music enthusiasts, especially since it’s already seeing support from underground luminaries like Lee Burridge, DJ T., and more.
Buy the EP on Beatport.
From the looks of it, The Interns will be filing all of their TPS reports in a timely manner. The LA-based duo kicked off the project a month ago with the release of their first mix, “The Interns Present: Day Off,” which marked the launch of their bi-monthly mix series and amassed over 40,000 Soundcloud streams. Their newest feature is their monthly “Industry Analysis” playlist series, in which they have gathered 20 essential tracks that the average music consumer may have skipped over. The first edition contains gems from the likes of Booka Shade, Kidnap Kid, Lindsay Lowend, 16 Bit Lolitas, Tom Misch, Overjoy and more. Ranging from the realms of house music to future bass, “Industry Analysis 001″ has a little something for everyone. Enjoy above and if you haven’t already, have a listen to The Interns Present: Day Off below. The second installment of their mix series, “The Interns Present: Black Christmas,” will be released on Tuesday, December 16th, so stay tuned.