Another weekend of hanging with friends in Los Angeles and talking about how f***ing hot it is as sweat drips ever so distastefully from your already over saturated brow line. Keep it cool on us this weekend, though, as we provide a new Too Hot For House Music: Summer Breeze edition, because nothing beats the slightest glimmer of some wind on your face as the sun reminds you who reigns supreme this weekend. There’s plenty of non house music vibes to go around with garage rock, surfer blues, UK indie, 70’s soul, and downtempo/RnB all properly represented in this weeks playlist. So dig in, give thanks, and stay breezy y’all.
The Bag Raiders have been on a hot one lately with their latest EP “Nairobi / Savannah” on Modular People receiving major critical acclaim from artists and bloggers alike. After offering up the stems for Nairobi via their SoundCloud, the Drop Out Orchestra have turned it into a fiesta via waveform. With flaring trumpets battling guitar riffs front and center they twist the chugging tune into a late night bonfire with your closest comrades. Offered up as a free download and supported by the Bag Raiders themselves, it’s safe to say this one’s going in the bag.
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.