Splash House is an all-new, multi-venue pool party happening next Saturday and Sunday out in bright and sunny Palm Springs. Our friends from Private Label, LED, and Pacific Festival have curated a fantastic 2-day lineup with stages at the Saguaro, Curve, and Caliente Tropics hotels, featuring some of the best names in poolside tunes including Classixx, Bag Raiders, Eats Everything, and yes, Poolside. In honor of this event, we’ve teamed up once again with our friends at TAVIK to give away TWO packages for one guy and one girl, with tickets, t-shirts, swimwear, and more. Enter to win these packages worth well over $250 below.Continue Reading
It was fleeting like a hot hand at the blackjack table, and just like that we were back home in Los Angeles wondering how a hectic weekend in the desert went by so fast. It was Thursday, and I had the grandiose idea of starting the weekend off by catching Richie Hawtin at Drai’s, a dark club in the underbelly of the Las Vegas Strip that played host to some of the biggest names in Techno over the weekend. Word was he wasn’t starting until 4AM, so that left some time for a quick pitstop at Benny Benassi at the Cosmopolitan Hotel’s Marquee Nightclub. Marquee is what Vegas is all about. Scantily glad girls and even more scantily clad employees, and enough energy in the air to get everyone through till morning even without however many Redbull vodkas they may have in their system. Continue Reading
As if the energy of EDC weekend wasn’t enough, the LA-based hooligans behind No Shirt No Shoes have joined forces with GDD, Undefeated, Sol Republic, Hype Beast and Ampal Creative to bring you NS/NS: ¡VIVA FROTH VEGAS¡ @ The Hard Rock Pool. The pool party splashes into town on Friday with an All-Star lineup of favorites Bag Raiders (dj set), Classixx, Poolside (dj set), Bixel Boys, plus our very own Bones and Tropicool. Amidst the neon, fist pumping and testosterone, we are happy to bring you the frothy LA alternative to the Las Vegas pool party. See you guys there!
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“The waves ≠ raves consists of hand-picked gems that inspire us, tickling and tempting our creative juices. Some are old, some are new, but it is what we are listening to now. They are groovey, flowing, and sun-kissed just like that perfect wave. They are uplifting and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. They sound the best with a babe in one hand, a cold brewski in the other, and the sand beneath your feet. Stay Dreamy.”
This year we are amped to be joining forces once again with our good buddies in Collaborative Media and Dim Mak to bring you the 2011 Pacific Festival in Orange County. The makings of the answer to a ‘SoCal Outsidelands’, the Pacific Festival is putting together the perfect balance of summer music now in a proper location for all festival-goers. With a relocated festival site to Oak Canyon Ranch (recent location of Lightning In A Bottle) and a full day of music starting @ 10am, this year’s Pacific Fest is gonna show off the true summer festival atmosphere in its deserved setting. Getting a huge boost from last year, the 2011 lineup is staggering (Just find your favorite groove makers below):
FULL LINEUP INFO, PROMO VIDEO, TICKET GIVEAWAYS and FREE TRACKS after the jump!Continue Reading
For many Angelenos, some of our first experiences with electronic music were at gatherings like the first few HARD Festivals, Insomniac massives, and the early days of the Sahara Tent at Coachella, back around 2006, 2007, 2008 or so. These lineups were usually christened with great veteran acts such as Soulwax, 2manyDJs, Mr. Oizo, Boys Noize, Tiga, etc. We all remember the first time of hearing those dirty, wild, grinding techno grooves being pumped out over these massive soundsystems and all instantly understanding why these acts are at the top of the bill. Naturally, dance music and the festival lineups have since expanded and grown in all sorts of different directions, yet it seems that few new up and comers have been able to capture that classic analog techno sound that many of the flagbearers mentioned above have conquered. But then again, many amazing things seem to be happening down in Australia that have managed to stay off the radar…
LIGHT YEAR is a duo from Sydney made up of two 25 year olds Jordan Feller and Mikey Melas. Our friends at Guns in the Sun and Collaborative Media have brought the Aussie techno duo LIGHT YEAR over to the USA, and are debuting them to California on Saturday night at the V Lounge in Santa Monica, where they recently brought Bag Raiders last month. Light Year’s tracks “Sex Education” has been a staple in the 2manyDJs set over the past year, and their sound has been championed by the likes of Mr. Oizo, Strip Steve, and many others… including Tiga, who has been playing out their remixes on BBC Radio over the past months. Watch the AWESOME video below to see many of the top tastemakers in dance music hyping these two Aussie youngbloods.
The Light Year boys are joined on stage by the absolute legends who discovered them…..their label bosses Bang Gang Deejays, who will be dropping techno party bombs all night like they’ve been doing it for years…..because they have. If you’re not familiar with Bang Gang 12 inches…. they are the record label who discovered and developed the likes of Bag Raiders, Flight Facilities, Cassian, and (probably) birth control. Opening the night is LA’s resident legend, disco diety, and wax messiah, Dirty Dave. Last but not least, Mikey from Light Year turns 26 on Saturday night, so you definitely know it’s going to get loose at the V Lounge. Long story short, I wouldn’t miss Saturday night in Santa Monica. Scope the Facebook here, and buy the super cheap $8 party ticket here.
See you all on Saturday! Also, if you haven’t already, pick up Light Year’s promo mix that Trev posted earlier this week HERE. _______
International mystery duo Ra Black and Andrew Armstrong, better known as Monarchy, are getting ready to release their new single “I Won’t Let Go” (featuring singer Rokhsan) on Moda Music. The single is out April 11th with remixes by Bag Raiders, Mustang and Sam Tiba. Monarchy’s sound contains hints of disco, new wave + French House while always maintaining a pop sensibility. “I Won’t Let Go” is a shimmering, shiny piece of dance-pop that will certainly bring them (back) into the spotlight just in time for their eagerly anticipated Coachella performance.
With the mystery that surrounds Monarchy, I do have one theory that I’ve come up with: if you factor in the band’s keen pop sensibilities and couple that with a band member who goes by the name Ra Black…could Ra Black really be Rebecca Black? Nobody’s ever seen Monarchy’s faces and their true identities have yet to be revealed. For a band that makes other-wordly, seductive dance-pop, maybe making some mindless, over-the-top teen power pop is the perfect outlet for them. It’s the most unsuspecting alter ego one could ever imagine. Strangely, it all seems to add up.
Kansas City might not be the first place you think of when it comes to hotbeds for emerging talent, but longtime native Spinstyles has been producing hundreds of good club ready tunes for the past few years, however, he keeps them all to himself. I finally got him to give away his dubstep remix of everyone’s perfect beachday anthem ‘Sunlight’ by Bag Radiers. In the upcoming months, he’ll have an EP coming out on Overthrow Music Authority. Who says Missouri doesn’t know how to party?!
While certainly fantastic, unfortunately Yanni didn’t make the cut this year…
When Granddaddy Dirt himself asked Troy Kurtz and me to collaborate for Part II of the GDD™ 2010 Roundup, at first I thought, Fuck yeah! Who wouldn’t want to tag-team with Troy? But after realizing that I couldn’t name a single song out of Troy’s Top 5 Producers (shame on me), I decided to go rogue like I did back in elementary school because I didn’t work well in groups for projects. Check out my top picks for the year after the jump. Top 5 Tunes (That You Probably Slept On)
5.New Young Pony Club – We Want To (Mickey Moonlight Mix) [Purchase] First heard in one of Erol Alkan’s Radio One 6 Mixes, I never knew how much I liked this remix from recent Ed Banger Records artist Mickey Moonlight until I heard it again…in a dream (no shit). Feel-good with rockin’ percussion, this is the way indie dance remixes should be done.
4. The Krays – We’re Ready When You Are (feat Ebony Bones)* This collaboration between French pals Yuksek and Brodinski really got me excited about dance music again. Crunchy vocal disco house that’ll make you groove, especially if you’ve been in the mood for some 2007-style blog house.
3.Ed Solo + JFB – I Need You [Purchase] Featured in Troy Kurtz’ Haute and Bothered Mini-Mix, trust me when I say that the sub-bass in this dubstep ballad will take your breath away. Every time I dropped this one of my DJ sets, at least one person ran up to the booth and asked me to ID this chune.
2.Bag Raiders – Not Over Straight from the debut Bag Raiders album (which I’ll go ahead and say was my favorite of 2010), be sure to add this one to your “Fuckjams” playlist on iTunes. Poppy and very well-produced, good luck getting this one unstuck from your head.
1. Digitalism – Blitz* Okay, so maybe not everyone slept on this one, but I was so stoked that Digitalism ignored current trends and stuck to their guns for this single. “Blitz” is (thankfully) no big departure from the rest of their work on Idealism but still manages to sound fresh, complete with epic builds and beefy drops.
Top 5 Producers
5. Boys Noize
Okay, I think we can all admit that we were a little underwhelmed by Power, but like with “Lights and Music”, once again Alex Ridha’s remix (this time of “Swoon” by the Chemical Brothers) blew the original out of the water. Follow that up with the release of 1010/Yeah and I smell an even bigger year on the horizon for Boys Noize.
4. Porter Robinson The biggest thing to come out of North Carolina since Petey Pablo, what else is there to say about this electro prodigy? Porter’s first single “Say My Name” was glued to the top spot of Beatport’s electro house chart and earned support from the likes of David Guetta, Tiësto, and The Crystal Method. If you missed it earlier this year, check out my interview with Porter.
3. Nero If Rusko made dubstep hoards of new fans last year, then this year it was definitely Nero. Their use of synths and vocals normally reserved for a genre like trance have definitely made dubstep more accessible to the masses (especially the ladies). Add a Radio One Essential Mix that opens with a dubstep remix of “Stress” by Justice that was dying to be made and Nero has had one hell of a year.
2. Pendulum Drum ‘n’ bass legends Pendulum enjoyed huge crossover success this year, winning over legions of electro house listeners this year with “The Island pt II (Dusk)” (which quickly became the go-to single for opening deejays who still wanted to burn the headliner but felt that “Warp 1.9″ didn’t have the same punch anymore). I also recommend listening to the dark yet poppy “Set Me on Fire” from their album Immersion, which was released in May.
1. Skrillex You can be mad that his entire debut EP devoured the Beatport Top 10 and beat out your favorite tech house track, you can be mad that they don’t make dubstep like they used to, but if you want to deny that it was Skrillex’s talent alone that took him to the top in less than one year, you’re just plain hating. With solid support from the likes of Deadmau5, Nero and 12th Planet, Skrillex’s talk-box synths and sweet distorted melodies have undoubtedly pushed the envelope for brostep.
Best Live Set Vitalic + Teenage Bad Girl at 103 Harriet, San Francisco
First, I’ll let this video speak for itself.
While pound-for-pound Vitalic’s V-Mirror visuals aren’t up to par with someone like The Chemical Brothers (who I saw a couple months earlier), I can honestly say I enjoyed Vitalic’s entire presentation much more. The visuals weren’t too complicated yet still fun to watch while Vitalic seamlessly mixed updates of all his classic songs. Catching a live set from Vitalic typically reserved for larger festivals intimately in the main room of 103 Harriet, which comfortably holds only a few hundred people, was a rare treat. Hadn’t heard much about Teenage Bad Girl all year but their DJ set impressed me and segued nicely into Vitalic’s performance. At this point, a Coachella appearance from him might be wishful thinking on my part, but if given the chance to see the V-Mirror performance, I can’t recommend it enough. Thanks again to my friends at Blasthaus for putting on this awesome show.
So there you have it, my top picks for the year. Hope you enjoyed reading Gotta Dance Dirty™ today and throughout the year. Stay safe this weekend and we’ll see you next year.