Since 2012, Perfect Driver Music has assembled a tight crew of rising underground stars including Aaron Snapes, Wood Holly, Matthew Anthony, Mark Starr & more. Today we’re featuring another one of their crew members on the rise, Trevor Osterman, aka Ballast. Ballast’s fresh take on the House/Booty/Techno scene is a perfect fit for the gritty sounds of Perfect Driver Music. We had a chance to chat with Ballast recently & here’s what he had to say…
LA’s Ruff Hauser has been pushing the boundaries of bass music for over a decade now, and today he launches the debut release of his new Cats & Boots imprint with his Rotate Them Hips EP. His booty-tech monster was doing the rounds with DJs from the dirtybird and Anabatic camps before he assembled a top-shelf crew to remix the track that includes Mark Starr, Troy Kurtz, Roy Wilkins, Ghostea, and Perfect Driver. Having already been played on both BBC1 and Rinse FM prior to the release, there’s a fair bit of hype around the package, and we’re excited about the prospects of another rising music label for the West Coast. You can pick up the release now on Beatport.
Catz ‘N Dogz‘ Pets Recordings has just announced its third edition of Friends Will Carry You Home — the curatorial compilation series featuring the imprint’s fine family including Trikk, Nick Monaco, Kill Frenzy, Catz Eats Dogz (aka Catz ‘N Dogz vs. Eats Everything), and longtime GDD™ favorite, Danny Daze. The 18-track compilation will be released in three parts over the month of May and will host a treasure trove of some of the best House and Techno out there at the moment.
And speaking of top tunes, we are happy to premiere today the full preview of Danny Daze’s contribution to the compilation — a heady, atmospheric Techno mover titled “I Can’t Breathe,” which will be released in the third installment of the compilation on Monday, May 19th. Listen to the √+ track below and read on for the full tracklist and release schedule.
One of Southern California’s finest producer/DJs, Mikey Lion, had early beginnings scratching hip-hop records at the age of 13, but since then, he’s moved on to dance music, cultivating his career through productions and DJ residencies at renowned parties such as Lovelife. Additionally, this San Diego-based artist is also a co-founder and resident of the underground festival, Desert Hearts, that is quickly building a strong community of likeminded House and Techno aficionados, while receiving critical acclaim from respected media outlets like Resident Advisor.
In celebration of the upcoming Desert Hearts festival (Tickets) being held in Apple Valley, CA from April 25-27th, Mikey Lion has delivered an excellent mix of his refined brand of “Tribal Gangster Tech-House” that’ll keep you coming back for more deep grooves. Enjoy the mix below, then head after the jump for Mikey’s upcoming tour dates (including Coachella this weekend), more info on Desert Hearts, and the tracklist for the mix.
The collaboration between Craig Williams & Charles I is a pairing of two highly skilled production maestros with great heads of hair. The two L.A. based producers (Craig by way of Sydney) are craftsmen when it comes to making electronic music. Each has a diverse style but both have excelled when it comes to producing gritty Electro & after hours Techno. Craig Williams & Charles I’s new “This Is It” EP lives up to that reputation. The opening title track is a late night warehouse track with the perfect amount of glossy bass & energetic effects to pump up any 4am crowd. The peak time track on the EP is “Increase The Doses” driven by its dynamic synth work & scintillating percussion. The closeout track, “Work”, is a deep Techno workout capped off with brassy Electroclash vocals – a most fitting bookend to this dark, sweaty, super stylish EP.
The production is multi-layered & brilliant, each track is memorable & outstanding and the artwork is badass – THIS IS AN EP NOT TO BE MISSED. “This Is It” EP is out now via Discobelle Records.
Sometimes a quick shout out on social media can go a long way. Yesterday our friends over at Harder Blogger Faster Tweeted four simple words: “This is very good”. The Tweet was accompanied by a link to The Beatangers remix of “This My Shit” by Nikitin. And now, here we are posting about it. If you like a song, say something about it. The repost button on SoundCloud, a YouTube link on Facebook or a simple Tweet…these things can go a long way.
The remix package for “This My Shit” is a stellar one with remixes by Kolombo, Sammy W & Alex E and L.O.O.P. The personal stand out for me is The Beatangers remix. It’s a dirty combination of Indie-Electro & G-House, giving the song a Blog House feel harking back to a sound that mid-2000s Tiga perfected & late-2000s Grum ran away with.
“This My Shit” remix pack is out now via LouLou Records.
It seems as the time has finally come; Jesse Rose‘s massive undertaking of his 12×12 series finally ends with The Whole Twelve Remixes, a selection of (you guessed it) twelve brand new remixes from a grand selection of talented musicians in the game like Guti, Sebo K, Matthias Tanzmann, Ardalan, Doorly, and more. Each track from his album The Whole Twelve Inches got a nice little revisit from legends and newcomers alike, thickening the remix roster for Jesse’s label Play It Down by a hefty amount.
You can listen to all the remixes in the handy Soundcloud package below, preorder the album on iTunes by clicking HERE, or straight up go buy it right now on Beatport HERE.
As an added bonus, two new remixes are available for free downloads via their premiers on THUMP and XLR8R. Symbols’ angel Jaw Jam puts a softer edge on the bass-heavy ‘Underbelly’ and Blaine Lake takes Love The Feeling High to booming techno levels. Big.
Download Jaw Jam’s remix here: via XLR8R
Download Blaine Lake’s remix here: via THUMP
TOUGH LOVE PRESENTS BRING THE HEAT VOL 01 is a fearsome four pack of instant House classics. On their brand new EP, Tough Love somehow find a way to be equally dirty as they are classy. They manage to mix emotion into House music that not many artists can balance the way they do, mixing the soulful & playful with the gritty & dark. Tough Love do every genre well on BRING THE HEAT VOL 01, whether it’s House (Tech or Deep), Garage or Disco, this new EP will have an equally resounding effect on festival, club & warehouse dance floors everywhere.
BRING THE HEAT VOL 01 has already garnered MASSIVE support from some big kids on the block: Amine Edge, CAMEO, Dirty Channels, DJ Pioneer, DOORLY, Got Some, Hannah Wants, Kolombo, Low Steppa, Martin Ikin, MistaJam, Poupon, Prince Club, Robosonic, Sharam Jey, Sidney Charles, Sonny Fodera & more.
***TOUGH LOVE PRESENTS BRING THE HEAT VOL 01 is out TODAY via Get Twisted Records***
Perfect Driver have been on fire thus far in 2014 & “Silver Screen” by Aaron Snapes is the perfect track to help keep the label on a good one. Reworking a classic can be tricky business but Aaron Snapes delivers an absolute dance floor bomb on “Silver Screen”, a modern revamp of Felix Da Housecat’s 2001 classic “Silver Screen Shower Scene”. ”Silver Screen” has already garnered massive support from acts like Chordashian, Dirtloud, Utah Saints, golfFFinch, Henry Krinkle, Clicks & Whistles, Dubfire (sorter), Droog, Bixel Boys, Codes, Russ Chimes, Riccardo Primavera, Tensnake, Larry Tee, Roger Seventy Two/TWR72, Damian Lazarus, Christian Martin, Roger Sanchez, Danny Tenaglia, Destructo, What So Not (Emoh Instead/Flume), Laidback Luke, Nick Catchdubs, Armand van Helden, Gorgon City (Rack N Ruin, Foamo), Justin Jay, Eric Sharp, Burn Unit…shall I go on?!? It’s the sound of the Underground on mile high stacks of speakers. LOOK OUT, MIAMI.
“Silver Screen” is out now via Perfect Driver.
Back when I was at college in Virginia I would go to these rad parties in Richmond put on by the Audio Ammo crew. In those days I was just getting into raves and exploring the better side of electronic music and I’d see this kid Cranks DJ around town from time to time. Well fast forward a few years and I’m here in New York and this remix comes through my inbox and lo and behold, it’s Cranks! Last few years must have been good ones, this remix is a high powered house anthem and I’ve been jamming to his remix of Tiga all day! Definitely keep him in view, word on the street say’s he’ll be dropping an EP this summer!