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.
The boys of Psychemagik just can’t push a bad tune. “Mink & Shoes” is the latest from the UK duo, and it’s sure to shortly light up a dance floor near you. The vox from Navid Izadi are tough and raspy, dancing nicely over the eerie synths that lead you to and from bass-riddled sections of funk. The fat synth at around the 3:50 mark is something out of a horror flick, being cheered on by the crowd samples droning off in the background. Grab the track on Beatport now.
The Miami by-way-of Kentucky based producer Amtrac needs no introduction around these parts – he’s been a GDD favorite since the start and his next release is no substitute. His new single “Hold On’ was premiered by Radio 1 legend Pete Tong and has finally dropped today on Mark Knight’s imprint Toolroom. Deep yet soulful, with funk forward vocal that rides atop a rolling sub bassline all the way through – we wouldn’t have it any other way. Listen below, and pick it up now on beatport!
Los Angeles – Don’t miss Amtrac next Thursday, August 27th as he takes over Night Bass @ Sound Nightclub!
Our little brother and Dirtybird young gun Justin Jay has finally graduated college, and announces his new EP with a fitting title. Listen below, and look out for it dropping on September 11th!
From the heat of the BBQ to the smoking hot talent of Justin Jay, as he returns to the feathery fold with his latest release. The youngest of VonStroke’s proteges, the 22 year old producer continues to build on the promise shown on a string of heavy hitting Dirtybird releases (Femme Fatale, Static, Instincts, Le Voyou.) With all of his tracks created on the same college-dorm studio set up, it seems fitting that we bring you the last from those late night bunker sessions and a brace dedicated to the end of his studies and the start of the party.
‘Mom I Graduated’ launches in to life with the sassily titled ‘Hit It.’ Spring loaded beats adorn an eerie, vocoder-aided atmosphere, before double claps on the beat turn the track into an intensified stomper. The drop descends into thick sub bass, chopped up vocal samples and chiming, echoing percussion around its half time rhythm. This is big!!
Rain Dance starts life out of earshot. A progressive melodic flurry gradually enters in to range through a mist of pitter patter FX touches, while ascending woodblocks bring us to the vocal drop and a thumping kick drum -“I’m gonna make it rain” – Booty aesthetics with a slowed tribal rhythm and swathes of sub bass leak through the speakers. A second summer anthem from the young Californian.
After releasing Bells & Whistle’s Hands EP just a couple of months ago, Desert Hearts Records delivers the tasteful, 2-track Sound Engineer EP from Orlando’s own Michael Rosa, along with remixes from Halo & Ché, Butane, and David Scuba. Having attended and played last year’s Desert Hearts Spring festival, Rosa mentioned that this psychedelia-drenched, tech-house EP “truly is a Desert Hearts inspired release,” and it was created “with the 70 hour experience in mind,” which is clearly apparent upon first listen. It’s a dance floor-centric offering that’s sure to ignite clubs and festivals far and wide.
In conjunction with the release, we have the pleasure of premiering David Scuba’s rendition of the title track, “Sound Engineer.” The Superfreq boss has transformed the track with his own techy touch, using a new groove, subtle percussive accents, sound effects, and pulsating synth work for a tripped-out remix. Check out the remix above, listen to the whole EP below, and read more about Michael Rosa in our Q&A where he discusses how his new EP came together, his new party, Rabbithole, how he linked up with Desert Hearts, and more after the jump.
Pick up Michael Rosa’s Sound Engineer EP for free download here.
LA’s own Nite Records is back with a massive compilation album to fuel the late nights of the Summer season. Summer Nites Vol. 1 features a grip of tunes from even more of some of the hottest up-and-coming collaborating producers in the deep/tech scene. Names like Fritz Carlton, Selidos, GRYN and Grensta bring you some of the the more cheeky tech tunes, the rest of the pack slaps you with heavy house sound. Also, Truancy’s “Minimal Love” may or may not deliver you to another dimension. Don’t sleep on Nite Records.
‘Nite Records Presents: Summer Nites Vol. 1′ features twelve fresh original singles from some of the hottest up and coming house producers, all hand picked by the Nite Records team and available now for free download. Enjoy the compilation!