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Dirty Dancers,

I’m proud to announce to you the start of something beautiful and electronic. We have come together with our dear friends at DANCEiSM to bring you the first Westside weekly in Los Angeles that will feature only the best in electronic acts, from local talent to secret surprise headliners each time that will keep you shuffling back for more. May I present to you… VS.
VERSUS (VS)
This Wednesday, November 17th – We invite you to the exclusive preview party of our new weekly night, starting in 2011. With so many friends of GDD deep in the dance music game, we are so excited to host an event every Thursday of 2011 that will be full of surprises, rumors, lazers, bass, and much, much more.

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Dirty Dancers,

I’m proud to announce to you the start of something beautiful and electronic. We have come together with our dear friends at DANCEiSM to bring you the first Westside weekly in Los Angeles that will feature only the best in electronic acts, from local talent to secret surprise headliners each time that will keep you shuffling back for more. May I present to you… VS.
VERSUS (VS)
This Wednesday, November 17th – We invite you to the exclusive preview party of our new weekly night, starting in 2011. With so many friends of GDD deep in the dance music game, we are so excited to host an event every Thursday of 2011 that will be full of surprises, rumors, lazers, bass, and much, much more.
LOCATION:
The VS. party will be held @ The Central: Social Aid & Pleasure Club, a diamond in the rough in Santa Monica that looks like you are stepping into a speakeasy of the 1920s. The unique little venue clashes a prohibition atmosphere with one of the most undiscovered sound systems on the West Coast. Still confused? Think Boardwalk Empire + dance party.
1348 14th Street (Right off Santa Monica blvd and 14th st.)

TALENT:
With so many friends in the dance music community, Gotta Dance Dirty & DANCEiSM will clash surprise headliners each week against the local heroes of Los Angeles. With an arsenal of talent coming from our DJs and close friends, we have an endless amount of epic DJ sets coming for the new year. To see what we’re talking about, you will have to come out this Wednesday night just to get a taste of the incredible lineups we have in store. This week, we have two very special guests from DIM MAK and GA records, who will be tearing up the sound stage alongside ///myself, Team EZY (danceism), Kenya (Guns In The Sun), and a special set from our local hero and Control Fridays resident Mr. White.

Unlike the other events going on in LA, we wish to produce a FREE event for our dirty dancers and the likes, so that you never have to worry about anything but your dancing shoes. All you have to do is:


GENERAL INFO:
The VS. Party (presented by GDD + Danceism)
• Wednesday, November 17th
• @ The Central: Social Aid & Pleasure Club
1348 14th Street | Santa Monica, CA 90404
• 9pm-2am | 21+
• Drink Specials (including $3 PBR Tallboys ALL NIGHT)

TUNAGE:


///BONES

On this wonderful Tuesday afternoon, I am pleased to bring you an exclusive new remix from the rapidly up and coming live electronic trio from Boulder, CO known as SAVOY.
The boys have been more than diligent in the past few months, with an appearance at the Electronic Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles in June and another YUGE main stage set at Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks back in July, among many other bookings all over the US.
This weekend SAVOY will be trekking over to the right coast for the famed Electric Zoo Festival in New York where they will be performing on the Red Bull Music Academy Stage on Sunday afternoon alongside Bassnectar, A-Trak, Aeroplane, Diplo, and more.
Many big things coming up for these talented Colorado boys, so make sure to catch them when they come to your town! (For all of my SB lovelies, they will be at West Beach Music Festival on September 24th; don’t sleep on it!)
gdd™ exclusive SAVOY remix:
BONUS!
The guys were kind enough to .zip up their debut EP and give it to all you guys for free! Just click to download.

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Those lucky people able to catch Bassnectar‘s set at Coachella this year were witness to a YUGE Metallica remix that got the Sahara tent absolutely pumping. And now I shall bequeath it to you in 320 glory. Headbangers make sure you don’t hurt yourself.

BONUS!
Make sure you grab your tickets for Lightning In a Bottle to see these guys throw down at the Irvine Lake in Orange County May 28th-31st.

After a manic weekend filled with music fueled debauchery in the desert, I’m finally coherent enough to tell the tale of how it all unfolded at Coachella

Friday – Day 1
After Le Castle Vania and 12th Planet smashed up the camping grounds from Thursday night into the we hours of Friday morning, the ball was set rolling for three days of tunage. Finally gracing Indio with his hotly anticipated live set, Muscovite The Proxy left the Sahara Tent in tatters mid-afternoon as he threw down one of the heaviest sets I’ve seen all year, highlights included ‘Raven’ and of course a rendition of the jam hot ’8000′. Angelenos, if you missed his set at Coachella, don’t fret; he’s just been added to the Hard Summer bill. Get your mits on passes to that here

I can’t help thinking that festival organizers got more than they bargained for in booking The Proxy, because he threw down the heaviest set during one of the earliest slots of the day. In my opinion I think he should’ve been playing a lot later, and not the set before a chilled disco-house duo like Aeroplane, who changed the vibe massively with another awesome set. I like to think that by this point, the bar was being raised at a prolific rate, Wolfgang Gartner hammered out an intense set dominated by heavier dutch house, and a little later Erol Alkan took to the stage as the Sahara Tent was reaching fever pitch. Track of the day for me, was during Erol’s set with his manic drop of ‘Lemonade’.
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With everyone throwing down super heavy on Friday afternoon, the ‘Mau5 failed to disappoint, creating the most intense visual experience I’ve ever seen. Evidently three years after the Alive 2007 tour, it’s easy to draw comparisons between Deadmau5 and Daft Punk: the helmet thing that both acts have going on is the most obvious similarity, also the fact that the Mau5 was set up on an lcd plinth in the shape of a large chunk of cheese that someone’s had a nibble at. Daft Punk’s pyramid anyone?! But time and technology has allowed Deadmau5 to up the ante, as he showcased his new robomau5 helmet composed of led lights, making him the centerpiece of surrounding visuals which appeared to engulf him.

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The trippiest moment of the set came when the led lights formed the mau5 face for the first time on the plain grey helmet, during ‘Sometimes Things Get, Whatever’. With each lyric mouthed on the helmet, the face twitched, then melted. For a better idea, I highly recommend you check YouTube, cos this visual spectacle was off the scale. I now can’t wait to see what Daft Punk will bring to the table with their next tour, I’ve a feeling it’s going to be mind-blowing.

Saturday – Day 2

Day 2 was off to a flier with Bassnectar, another heavy act on early. “All your bass belong to Bassnectar” ringing pretty true as his hectic dubstep launched an assault on the Sahara tent. He appears like the maddest geezer on the planet, with long hair flailing around as he dances, head bobbing wildly behind the 1s and 2s. One things for cert, and we like him because of it: This guy can definitely dance dirty. Probably the best set I heard on Saturday, he ended with this:
followed by a track which he told us he’d received back from mastering less than an hour before his set – so Fresshhhh. But seriously, Bassnectar throws down the sickest dubstep, I can’t recommend his shows highly enough – check it.

Playing the smaller Mojave Tent, Major Lazer packed the place out, Dave Switch and Diplo looking boss; taking to the stage in tuxedos, maybe a bad idea as temperatures soared to about 90 degrees in there. Heat aside, Major Lazer killed it with their set, which included everything from dutch house, to dancehall, as well as Ace of Base throwback classic ‘All That She Wants’ and this:
big tune.
2manyDJs closed out the Sahara Tent on the Saturday night, blitzing a 50 minute set Radio Soulwax style. Each track that dropped brought with it visuals of the track’s corresponding album cover which had been doctored: jaws yawning, eyes rolling and body parts tweaking out. Highlights included ‘Mustapha Dance’, a Soulwax remix of The Clash ‘Rock The Casbah’ and the Soulwax remix of Chemical Brothers‘ ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’.

Sunday – Day 3

Rusko‘s sound has changed a lot in the last six months since he moved out to California, and this really lends itself to the vibe everyone was feeling by Sunday. Combining super heavy with mellow dub, Rusko played a mixed bag of classics such as ‘Jehova’, alongside brand new dubplates and material from his forthcoming record which drops in May on MadDecent. Back in the UK I was lucky enough to see Rusko playing to a packed out crowd on a regular basis, but now Stateside, he’s truly getting the appreciation he deserves, and has been more or less adopted by LA and the West-Coast crowd.
One particularly sick drop that stood out during his set was this:

The Sunday set I was really psyched about seeing was Club 75, the five piece Ed Banger supergroup consisting of Busy P, DJ Mehdi, Xavier De Rosnay from Justice, and Zdar and Boombass from Cassius. As a spectacle these guys threw down a killer set: 4 cdjs, 2 mixers, a laptop and an mpd was the setup, so with all five pitching in at the same time, it was kind of expected to get the occasional clang, but they made up for it in their track selection, throwing down a 90 minute set of (Ed) Bangers. Unsurprisingly, these guys can throw one hell of a party!!

The Aftermath
SweetFA’s overall picks…
Heaviest Act = A dead heat between The Proxy and Bassnectar
Best electronic act = Deadmau5
Best indie act = Thom Yorke and his new band Atoms For Peace
Best overall live performance = Gorillaz + their special guests
Favourite moment = Rusko dropping St Petersburg dubstep trio Giant‘s remix of Dire Straits:
Biggest disappointment = Hearing LCD Soundsystem
Best for Vibin’ = Aeroplane in the Sahara Tent on Friday afternoon
Best hair = GDDs own ///BONES, who rocked the sidesweep for all 3 days. Big ups
SweetFA