A seven year break between full length studio albums has left Joris Voorn fans, myself included, hungry for new material. Because Joris is such a quintessential figure across the deeper shades of electronic music, it was difficult to predict some centerpiece sound in his latest project. That being said, I began listening to Nobody Knows with an open mind for anything. What I found was a breathtaking marriage of electronica and instrumentation — full review after the jump.
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.
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.
Joshua Garcia, aka Modus, has been on a steady ascent as a local artist here in Los Angeles, and he’s well on his way to becoming an international contender. Through his pumping techno/tech-house productions like his latest single, “There’s No Limit,” and consistent gigs at some of LA’s finest nightclubs, he’s been cultivating a loyal, like-minded fan-base, while shaping his distinctive sound by drawing upon influences such as Dusky, Umek, & Richie Hawtin. Modus is now stepping up his game with a new podcast series, Operandi Radio, and in celebration, we have an outstanding special edition of our guest mix series that will satisfy your needs for darker grooves.
Quite fitting for this Halloween month – Aussie brethren Jensen Interceptor and Craig Williams collaborated on an EP for GND records and it is a diabolical concoction of techno. Their Divide EP features noise fit for any berlin dungeon or french basement, boasting club-piping tracks that fans of Gesaffelstein, TIGA, and Boys Noize will be all over.
The EP has made serious waves in its realm, gaining support from the likes of Jon Convex, Zombie Nation, Thomas Schumacher, Sharooz, Djedjotronic, Mixhell, Monsieur Monsieur, Shadow Dancer, Louisahhh and more!
A tune that’s instantly stuck in your head upon first breakdown, “I Only Have Eyes For You” tows a heavy chugging techno beat coupled with a soulful barbershop breakdown courtesy of The Flamingo’s smash single by the same name. It’s a paradoxical tune from Panic Bomber that is sure to grab the attention of any dance floor, free download to compliment.
Over the past couple of years, our homie Sam Luria, aka Charles I, has been building out an impressive catalog of releases, which includes his stand out collaboration with Craig Williams, the This Is It EP, out on Discobelle Records, his Attrition EP, and more. Charles I now brings us his latest gem, “be.,” that showcases his dark techno sound with dynamic, detailed percussion, driving rhythms, and various industrial accents for a proper warehouse tune.
This release marks the second installment of an elaborate audio/visual series between Charles I and photographer, Dustin Hollywood. Charles I provides the music and Dustin brings the artwork for a unique pairing that is just as pleasing for your eyes as it is for your ears.
Formed through a mutual love of jackin’ deep house and techno, the production and DJ duo, DKDS, has been bubblin’ up since their inception in NYC’s underground. With an affinity for darker vibes, they’ve been focusing on a sound fit for all night warehouse parties and the like, so it’s no surprise that they are adding to their Safer At Night catalog with a forthcoming EP dropping in the Fall. To tide you over until then, we’ve enlisted DKDS for a guest mix, and they have brought us an excellent 1-hour offering featuring a diverse selection of jams that will easily satisfy your need for grooves.
After just hitting #1 on the Hype Machine charts earlier this week, Australian 2-man outfit, Indian Summer, are back at it with a remix for the soulful club record, “Protect,” from Modular People signee and GDD™ fav, Beni. Taking Beni’s original into dark, Techno-infused territory, Indian Summer create an engaging creepiness with their remix equipped with menacing stabs, pitched down vocals, and a half-time breakdown that sets up a dynamic second half of the tune.
Listen first below, and if you’re in Australia you can pick it up today, if you’re in the US, snag it next week.
The Parisian duo known as ALESIA has broken through with their genre-defying style of dance music, and the world is has taken notice. With releases on OWSLA, Mad Decent, and more, ALESIA is also being recognized by well-respected tastemakers in the scene, while keeping their music fresh and forward-thinking. In their fantastic guest mix, which they’ve dubbed “I Call My Brother ‘Moon’ Cause He Shine Like One,” they offer a broad spectrum of styles and rhythms made cohesive with their harder, high energy vibe that will keep you on the edge of your seat – or off of it, for that matter. Enjoy the mix below and stay tuned for ALESIA‘s sophomore EP on OWSLA this Summer.