In today’s music world, there are many emerging artists that have the skills necessary to make an impact in the scene, but there are few that are truly able to carve out their own lane and hold a lasting, influential presence. As a native of Athens, Greece, Nick Martin is quickly positioning himself as the latter. Although he is a new artist, he has already paid his dues and taken the time to refine his skills under a previous alias, which saw him become a local legend in the underground house and tech-house circles over the past six years.
When I first saw this lineup drop on Facebook, I was pretty shocked. LA’s Lot 613 and associated shows are known for bringing the heat, but never have they done it on this level. Three of the underground electronic music kings in Dixon, KiNK and Danny Daze headline one of the best bills to grace LA in some time. Along with that onslaught are relative newcomers Weval, whose self-titled album is hands down one of the best of 2016. Resident trio Droog and Jeniluv round it out. I have no more words in me;
I’ve heard this track played out live a few times, and it’s an absolute hammer. Jax Jones and MNEK really hit the nail on the head with this one. Big fat bass line, tough vocal samples, prickly overlying percussion — really no weak part of this track. For the official video, they decided to release a quasi-live performance version. It’s pretty cool to see the environment in which this track was allegedly conceived. Check it out!
With a year that has included performances from Coachella to Cream in Ibiza, showcases for their CUFF label, and a grip of fresh releases, the French duo, Amine Edge & Dance, have been thriving, and they’re primed to continue on their ascent for the second half of 2016. They recently announced a North American tour, including appearances at HARD Summer this weekend, New York’s Flash Factory, Canada’s Shambhala Music Festival, and more in the coming weeks (full list dates after the jump).
Additionally, Amine Edge & Dance have also unveiled plans for their forthcoming album, Past Before Future, that is a collection of 10 unreleased singles and remixes of some of their favorite artists, including Drake and Kreayshawn (full tracklist after the jump). They’ve started rolling out the album, and today, they dropped the second song, “Get Dat.” Enjoy their newest offering below, along with a handful of other Amine Edge & Dance jams for your listening pleasure.
Jerry Folk has been showing us a different side of his production chops with his past few releases, this one being my favorite of the bunch. “Stanley” has really endearing chord progressions coupled with airy & elegant vocal stabs — making for a really nice tune. It’s future bass without being so in your face about it, if that makes sense. Sometimes soulful sometimes deep, this one changes as it breathes. Take a listen for yourself and grab a free download to play on your iPod .
With about two weeks left till the unveiling of a much anticipated compilation release from LA/Paris based house label, Homerun House, up to bat is Gerry Gonza and Ania Iwinska with “Let Me Dip.” This original mix encompasses popular 909 snare rolls with a sweet driving bass that is sure to steer the evening into a night we’ll make poor decisions to. It’s the second track out on the brand new label that is home to some of house’s heavy hitters including Loud Luxury and Slowbødy who we spoke of last June. Start counting down the days and cop this FREE DOWNLOAD below!
Featured writer: Brenda Bonnie
After a noticeable hiatus from the Los Angeles party scene, deep & tech connoisseurs Minimal Effort are back in a huge way. Today, they announced what is probably the go-to Halloween event for those looking to get down to some underground electronic sounds. Every act you read on this bill is more mouth-dropping than the next, and there are apparently still more to be announced. Hold onto your hats as the rest of this story unfolds.
Fresh off the success of his recent smash, “Dirty Work”, Chicago funkster Sam Padrul continues his ride on a big Summer wave with his latest offering, “Hold On Me”. “Hold On Me” features Australian artist Mammals & the song is another fine example by Sam Padrul of how electronic pop music should be properly executed. And, of course, it’s his funk that brings it all together. It’s the type of sexy, pop driven funk that many electronic artists are either not daring enough to try or not funky enough to deliver. With Mammals being no stranger to top team ups (previously teaming up on Goldroom’s classic “Till Sunrise”), this pairing is a perfect Summertime collaboration. Time to set sail on the sea of Summertime funk…
“Hold On Me” is out soon on iTunes & other digital outlets.
San Diego’s pride and joy, CRSSD Festival, is set for its highly anticipated return in the fall, and there is no shortage of top-tier talent that will grace its seaside, sun-kissed grounds. Staying true to its indie meets dance music programming, the festival continues to impress, despite having to follow outstanding lineups from past editions. CRSSD is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand festivals around, and with one look at its lineups and unique venue, you can see why. Enjoy Damian Lazarus’ set from the CRSSD Festival earlier this past spring, and pick up tickets here to kick off your countdown.
Well, its time to fire up the BBQ and spend your days outside. Bit Funk is back with the soundtrack to go alongside that scene. Cue “Destination Sunrise”, a summer jam featuring vocalist Nefe on top of production boasting sprinkles of tropical dance elements, while remaining pop at its core. This track follows up on his late 2015 release of Off The Ground, which has garnered over 3 million streams on Spotify and trickled into mainstream radio across North America.