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.
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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!
GDD™ favorite & burgeoning underground talent, Lonely Boy, has kept his momentum rolling strong through the first half of this year. His releases, like his Don’t You Think EP [Desert Hearts Records], I Like Disco EP [Futureboogie], his single, “Everything” [Armada Deep], and more, have been a pivotal force behind his recent success, and his buzzed about performances at Mixmag Lab LA, Camp Ego Trip’s Oasis In the Hourglass, and the Kitsuné 4th of July pool party serve to catalyze his organic rise to prominence.
As he moves into the second half of 2015, Lonely Boy brings us his most recent endeavor – this collaborative EP, High Maintenance, that he produced with his gifted friend, Giom, from across the pond. As a whole, this EP is a 3-track tech-house gem featuring “Am I Maintaining,” which we have the pleasure of premiering today, as well as London and LA mixes of “Devil’s Advocate.” Previously supported by the famed Lee Burridge, “Am I Maintaining” is four-on-the-floor heater that packs a serious low-end punch, and just a touch of disco for added personality. This is a stand out release from Lonely Boy & Giom, so check out this A-side and head over to Beatport to pick up the full release via Bunny Tiger Dubs.
Eekkoo has one of my new favorite producers ever since I laid ears on his Jamie xx remix. His unique style fuses house and techno elements, for a warm-yet-dark, bass heavy result. His latest is a collaboration with Flowers and Sea Creatures called “4th Bell.” Likely named because of the sampled bell chimes at the end of each measure, this track is a killer. Vocals, melody, bass, vibe, all on point. Leaps & bounds above the rest of my Soundcloud feed right now. Buy it on Beatport.
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London’s crown prince of stoicism and all things between indie and tech tunes recently gave the world another sneak peak of his forthcoming album. Jamie xx’ “Loud Places” is a huge track featuring the dreamy vocals of Romy, which you can hear in the latest aRod mix. I’m here today, however, to talk about a sick remix from Eekkoo. This Canadian producer has some really sick tech tracks, and he does a great job with this “Loud Places” remix. The original percussive elements are reworked with a tough yet uplifting bass arrangement to keep you dancing. Enjoy the track below!
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If you’re looking for some dark, late night techno — look no further. Local Los Angeles DJ/Producer Modus is here to satisfy all of your crunchy dance-floor stomping desires with his new remix for Late Night Alumni. Haunting chord progressions serve as a backdrop to a heavy bass line and jackin’ percussive elements. Let the ethereal vocals guide you through this 8 minute voyage. Enjoy!
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It’s a big month for electronic music, and Toolroom Records are certainly doing their part to keep the party going. Their latest release comes from Oscar L and a panel of many other up-and-coming producers. “Rhythm Distrikt 09” is a compilation of 10 exclusive tracks to get the dance floor moving, but we’re here to focus on “Switch On The Love.” Classic house vocals meet tech house construction, creating a really cool crossover vibe from Oscar L. There’s no doubt you’ll be hearing this in Miami, and all across the world over the impending festival and party season. If you like what you hear, make sure to grab the whole compilation on Beatport now.
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Our friends over at Nite Records have teamed up with Edinburgh’s own Hostage for his latest EP. “Bully” is a package of two tracks that act as perfect compliments to one another. The title track has a smooth, jazzy background coupled with a tough bass line when the occasion calls for one. Awesome percussive elements take both of these tracks to the next level, especially “Phase3b.” This second track holds a more dark, tech vibe with some crunchy synths and low end noise. Both of these tracks from Hostage are fire, stream them below.
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The entire Dirtybird crew has had one hell of a year, but no one broke out as far as Justin Jay. This part-time USC student, part time bass slinging globetrotter claims the youngest spot on the San Francisco-based label’s roster. Shoulder to shoulder with big guns like Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Gorgon City, and more, Justin Jay has proven himself to be a force in bass music. Today, we all get a taste of his forthcoming 3-track Momentum EP that includes a collaboration with Kill Frenzy. The first single is a light, upbeat track called “You Give My Butterflies.” A painfully charming melody suited for the 100 acre woods bounces off of a skillfully crafted bass and synth arrangement. The track comes as a beautiful retort, following some more dark and gritty releases from Justin Jay. The Momentum EP is due out on Monday, March 16th via Catz’ ‘N Dogz‘ Pets Recordings.
“As I’m finishing up an incredible last year of college, and getting to do all of these amazing things in music, it’s felt natural making happy, lighthearted songs that really capture my mood these days. I’ve spent a large part of the last year exploring darker sounds and textures. I definitely want to continue experimenting in that direction, but I wouldn’t want to neglect my goofy, cheerful side either. “You Give Me Butterflies” is a carefree day at the beach, spent with your friends, acting like 8 year-olds.” – Justin Jay
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Our buddy Modus is back with arguably one of his tightest productions to date. Dark, dance floor driven tech house is the name of the game. His official remix for fellow Discovery Project winner MonsterGetDown has some really killer vibes. The vocal samples draw you into the production, and you’re repaid with a tough bass line and spot on jackin’ percussion. Modus has developed a theme here with these long 7+ minute productions, and never fails to keep me engaged the entire time. Grab this on Beatport now!
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