It’s going to be a big one for Avalon tomorrow night! LA’s favorite avant-garde performance collective, Lucent Dossier Experience, is taking over the Hollywood hot spot, alongside an all-star lineup of underground house acts such as Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation), Psychemagik, and Desert Hearts’ Tara Brooks. Lucent Dossier has graced stages far and wide, but some of their most notable performances have been at Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle, where fans witnessed their unique blend of dancing, acrobatics, and fire with live downtempo electronica. With their spectacle of a show and excellent support acts to match, tomorrow night will bring diverse musical programming that is uncommon in LA nightlife, so be sure to experience it for yourself. Buy tickets here.
Over the past few months, you may have noticed that producer Sebastian Carter has been keeping a low profile, but it’s for good reason. The 22-year-old Swiss native has been diligently working on his debut EP, City Lights, that is a display of his authentic artistry and exploratory musical direction, which picks up influences from Bonobo, Four Tet, Odesza, Maribou State, and bits of Lapalux along the way. Sebastian’s new lead single, “Shallow Waters,” is a perfect example of this with its blissful vibe driven by varied drum patterns, spacey atmospheres, layered synths, and more, striking a precise balance of energy and emotion fit for any listening environment. Enjoy the song below and follow Sebastian as he continues to roll out his debut EP until its full release on September 23rd.
“After a walk in the woods near my home in Switzerland followed by a night out in Zurich, the contrast between nature and city inspired me to create ‘Shallow Waters’. The organic, rhythmic and calm flow of the first part of the track resembles nature, while the energetic 80s influenced electronic part resembles the city. Just like my walk in the woods I started with the soothing airy lead melody and rhythmic beat and continued with the contrastive electronic part, musically telling the story of this experience. The choice of synthesizers in the electronic part is heavily inspired by 80s synth-pop, conveying a feel of nostalgia. The title ‘Shallow Waters’ comes from the tracks relaxing and river-like flowing nature, which gives it a calm and safe feel, just like wading in shallow water.” – Sebastian Carter
I really admire the way that Amtrac continues to genre bend. It seems like every release he puts out gets a bit more spacey and ambient, yet stays very full of low end sound. Some aspects of this production strike me as trance, some house, some tech house — there’s pretty much something for everyone. I’m also really digging the vocal samples on “Running After,” which is the winner on this EP. If you’re in LA, come see Amtrac live this Friday at Outspoken.
All around dance music bad ass Junior Sanchez bestow’s his blessing on the latest and greatest from Australian producer Paces and we’ve got the scoop! Synths soaked in Summertime dance delicately with vocals from Guy Sebastian as the song keeps an anti-progressive vibe, perfect for the current carefree season. Look for the full tune and remix package featuring 4 more Junior Sanchez edits out on August 5th via Etc Etc Records. In the meantime, get your fix with the below stream and keep the Summer vibes on high as we charge into the second half of the season!
Despite their own successful individual careers, DJ Snake and Bipolar Sunshine first broke into the scene as a collaborators with a song called “Middle,” which went on to become a platinum hit, in addition to reaching top 20 charts in France and the United States, top 10 in the UK, and top 5 in Australia. With such a warm reception for “Middle,” it made sense for them to join forces again, and thus, “Future Pt. 2″ was born. Have a listen to the cut from DJ Snake’s debut album above, and enjoy the funky vocal house vibes.
In recent times, there has been a lot of chatter about the famed party paradise, Ibiza, and its current state with dance music. Carl Cox famously announced that this summer season will be his last on the White Isle, and stories about parties getting shut down by police have been making the rounds. But what exactly is happening in Ibiza? I know most of us over here state-side could definitely use a little more context…
Billboard has released a 5-part mini-documentary series, The Real Ibiza, that covers all angles, from artist residents to the actual nightclubs, underground vs. mainstream, and more. Watch the all of the parts in succession above to be in the know about Ibiza, and to hear from Claude VonStroke, Seth Troxler, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, and more on the pressing matters at hand.
I’m not sure how I missed the official announcement of this, but damn this looks rad. All vinyl, cross-country tour — sounds like a blast. I’m definitely going to be catching this show when it hits LA on the 6th, so don’t miss it when it comes to your city. Big stuff from Richard Vission and Bad Boy Bill.
“The first-of-its kind tour breaks down the digital boundaries that have become so characteristic of the modern electronic music landscape and goes back to house music’s roots. The house music dream team is joining forces to press pause on all sync buttons and instead play all music on vinyl, including new music with their special edits as well as some retro classics to pay homage to the vintage art form.”
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!