Riding high off their mighty BBQ tour, the infamous Dirtybird clan has set their dials for full speed towards the 2nd annual Dirtybird Campout this weekend. The 3-day excursion secluded in southern California features summer-camp games and activities (you’re literally assigned a Dirtybird camp counselor), a comedy stage, after hours, endless BBQ, refreshments, and of course friends and familiar DJs from around the world.
One of the best things about the campout is the the musically-educated crowd it attracts. As a festival celebrating the Dirtybird sound, fans flock from all over with a positive easy-going candor that reflects the music that will carry all weekend long. Needless to say, vibes will be 10/10.
The Dirtybird campout has just officially SOLD OUT, but tickets may still be available if you know how to keep your ear to the ground. To get you ready for the madness, rinse through a selection of live sets from last years campout below!
Symbiosis Gathering has become an essential part of the global festival scene, and it’s continuing to influence society with its widespread offerings. Music and art are at the forefront of the “Symbi” experience, and with a venue like the Woodward Reservoir, those elements are given a gorgeous and unique water-filled backdrop. Much like every year, this year’s gathering captivated the masses and gave attendees plenty to brag about, from the surreal art installations to ripping sets from the Desert Hearts crew, Seth Troxler, RL Grime, and more. If you didn’t have a chance to make it out this year, be sure to check out this photo recap and get hyped for next year’s special total solar eclipse gathering in Oregon that is most certainly a must-attend, week-long festival.
The never ending search for what to do on a Friday night in Los Angeles has reached a head this weekend with Outspoken and Dig Deeper’s happenings at Couture this Friday. The German House aficionados, Session Victim, are bringing their live chops to Hollywood for what is sure to be an immersive evening of good vibes and better music. With Dig Deeper’s Masha and Alison Swing on support duties, expect a well curated set list and a dance floor that’s been dialed in. It’s not too late to get tickets, and if you need more convincing check out Session Victim’s Boiler Room set below!
Mat Zo is an artist who has always been well-respected for his detail-oriented production work spanning across multiple genres. His most recent endeavor, the 3-track MAD EP, shows him exploring bass-heavy sonic territory while utilizing broken-beat rhythms, from hip-hop beat vibes to faster juke-like sounds. In conjunction with the release, the studio wizard also announced his MAD North American tour, which takes him across the U.S. and Canada through November 25th. Check out the EP and full list of dates below. The EP can be purchased here and tickets are on sale here.
Belgian duo Raw District return to the Crosstown Records label with their latest release, “Addicted,” featuring Caribbean vocalist Aquarius Heaven. The result is a wicked combination of German techno and Bahamian beats that makes for a real tribal tech dance floor churner. At just over 9 minutes long, the tune features an eclectic array of breaks and builds as the song morphs and transforms into alternate versions of itself until it reaches it’s final form at around the 7 minute mark. Slated to be released on the 23rd of September (link HERE), look for remixes from Rampa, Doc Martin, and the B-side titled, “The Alchemist.”
TEE MANGO, aka Mr. Millionhands, the curator extraordinaire, is a man who exudes character. From his always in demand fashion line to his masterfully produced back catalogue, he’s an artist in pretty much every sense of the term. Which is why his debut LP stands out as one of the more carefully crafted vibes of 2016. With a mix of sounds ranging from house to electronica, the project spans a wide range of emotions in its entirety.
There are delicate late night progressive vibes a la “TUNNEL VISIONS” as well as some downtempo emotive house via “NIGHTSWIM.” For those who like their House a little bit funk’d up, look no further than “ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE” and “I SEE YOU DANCIN.” On the more experimental end of the spectrum there is the track “BREAK OF DAWN” with a smidge of breakbeat as well as the instrumental intermission titled “I CAN SEE STRAIGHT.”
It’s some all around good clean sexy fun for the freshmen LP of a producer whose releases date back to 2012. While his history in the scene makes him a veteran in his own right, it’s the subtle imperfections that allow this album to breathe amongst its contemporaries. Comfort zones are established and shattered as you move from track to track adding a respectable layer of intrigue as the LP plays cover to cover. Slated to be released on September 23rd on the Millionhands label, this is certainly not one to sleep on.
The dog days of Summer are coming to end, and what better way to memorialize the everlasting daylight than in playlist form with some tunes that take you from Summer 16 to the bittersweet days of Fall. Brohlson and I deliver 20 tunes that define the changing of the seasons and ease you into sweater weather with selections from Natural Child, Jerkcurb, Captain Supernova, James Blake, Bon Iver, and the Don, Elton John. Have a listen and be sure to subscribe to the playlist as we prepare for a new edition, set to be curated later in the Fall!
Tribute groups are commonplace in the rock world, but not so much in dance music, except for Major Behavior – an homage to Major Lazer founded by Instagram star, The Fat Jew, and his friend Maachew Bentley who is a downtown New York DJ luminary. This new tribute group promises to pay their respects by delivering a true Major Lazer experience both on and off the stage, as seen in the unveiling video created by Billboard and its senior dance/electronic editor, Matt Medved. Watch the full video to get to know the emerging group through a special in-studio interview, Guitar Center shenanigans, and more.
It’s been a particularly exciting year for the LA-based producer/DJ, Justin Jay, as his Fantastic Voyage brand has come to fruition with his debut album, Fantastic Voyage (The Album!), tours around the world, and now, the launch of the label. Fantastic Voyage Records promises to be a home for Justin and his close musical friends, adding another dimension to a brand that has become known for packed-out house parties. The first release is Justin’s own Fantastic Edits EP, a long-awaited collection of edits that many of you may recognize if you’ve seen him in a live setting in the past year or so. The EP features a personal favorite, Justin’s edit of HNNY’s “Sneeze” edit, as well as a “Bangin Bootleg” of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Dance To The Music,” an edit of the Tag Team classic, “Whoomp,” and “Twinkle” with Larry “The Shadow” Muscrove. Check it out here, and download the whole EP.
Over the past year, Los Angeles’ Jason Gaffner has broken onto the scene with a string of successful collaborations with Love Thy Brother, Sam Padrul, and more. In more recent times, Jason has been focused on his solo career, releasing songs like “Losing My Mind” and this new effort, “Feel Something.” This latest song features an up-beat blend of disco-funk fit for those looking for a melody-rich groove and feel-good vibes. Check out the song above and read more about it from Jason himself. “Feel Something” is currently a free download for a limited time, but it’s also available to purchase or stream on iTunes/Spotify.
“Basically this song is about a person who has been hurt emotionally and has put up barriers all around them. Then a person comes along and helps them feel something again. It’s not an easy journey but there is something beautiful about learning to love again. I think we’ve all had times in our life where we aren’t ourselves or we’re feeling beaten down by the world. This is a story of someone who is breaking out of that state of doldrums” – Jason Gaffner