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.
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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.
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Almost a year ago, the Miami based outfit Sluggers crept onto the scene with a 4-track package on OWSLA. It was a blend of thumping, warehouse inspired techno that raised more than a few eyebrows. They followed that up with a release earlier this year on Fools Gold, which saw them shift gears slightly to glitchy synth work and wobbly bass growls, however, their latest efforts seem to have reverted back to their original approach. Their Voyager EP, which dropped yesterday and is available for free download courtesy of Main Course, sees the duo make considerable strides on honing their sound. The standout track is Particles, which is an absolute weapon that’s fully equipped with a bellowing siren and processed snares that are fit for an ENTER stage. Contact follows similar suit with tidy percussion work and slick vocal chops, and Horizon closes the EP out with dirtybird-esque breaks and bass design. This release is another reason why Main Course has quickly become one of the most influential labels in the game right now, and should also give Sluggers some proper momentum heading into 2015.
For over six years, the Brooklyn-based DJ/producer, Eelrack, has been pushing underground dance music through various projects and monikers, playing shows around the world and right here in the U.S. at clubs and festivals like EDC, Electric Forest, Burning Man, and more. After turning the heads of many label reps with his first single, “Space,” under this moniker earlier this year, he’s back with a guest mix featuring a flawless hour of tech-house to carry his strong momentum into the Fall season, and show us what he’s all about behind the decks. Listen/Download below and keep watch for more Eelrack music to come.
The Venezuelan duo Fur Coat have spent the last few years climbing the rungs of the underground ladder and are firmly planted at the top. Since the release of their 2012 anthem ‘You & I‘, the duo has shifted gears from sing-along deep house tunes to chugging, techno burners as reflected by their most recent Crosstown Rebels release, U Turn. After a strong summer touring clubs like DC10 in Ibiza and Treehouse in Miami, Fur Coat gave our friends over at Boomrat an inside look into their secret weapons. Stream the entire playlist below.
With a steady flow of distinctive productions, Oliver Heldens continues on his ascent into the ranks of dance music’s elite. This year, he’s graced the stages of many world-class festivals and nightclubs, while working his way up the charts with his UK #1 ”Gecko (Overdrive),” and Beatport #1’s like “Koala.” Now he’s teamed up with Sander Van Doorn for “THIS,” which is a massive tech-house tune that brings Ibiza vibes straight through your speakers.
Our close friends and undisputed musical geniuses, underground duo Bixel Boys, join Dim Mak Records with their innovative rework of Botnek and 3LAU’s collaboration “Vikings.” Mesmerizingly minimal and articulately crafted, the California duo reupholsters the once electro track into a smattering of spacey synths, delicate drum kicks and groovy basslines, injecting their patented touches of soul and swing truly making this one special.
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Following his HARD Summer performance over the weekend, Justin Jay drops his tech-house gem, “Bounce and Break,” for free download. Inspired by the hip-hop jams that he heard at his middle school dances, Justin created this tune that has taken on a life of its own, getting played out by his dirtybird label mates, our own Bones, and more. “Bounce and Break” is a quintessential party-starting track that packs a low-end punch, a halftime breakdown, and a catchy hook – all neatly packaged in a production worthy of your attention, and your hard drive space. Grab your free download here.
LA’s young gun, Justin Jay, is giving back to those who have supported him with the long-awaited release of “Bounce and Break,” the party-starting track that his fellow dirtybird, Claude VonStroke, opened his set with at last year’s HARD Summer. Justin has worked the original DJ Spinn sample into a tech-house jam with tribal rhythms, distorted synth lines, and a halftime breakdown. Catch Justin Jay live this Saturday from 3:05-4:05pm in the Pink Tent at HARD Summer, and stay tuned for the “Bounce and Break” release next week.
We kick off your Tuesday with an exclusive premiere to a newer face of Tittwsorth. The DC to LA transplant takes things into deeper territory, casting a remix for Killa Theory’s single ‘Tatum’ on his own imprint T&A Records. This one sends you straight into after hours, perfect for your late nights and/or early mornings. Listen below and get lost in this one…