• Rusko signs with Skrillex
• Simian Mobile Disco and Bicep release “Sacrifice” video
• Moodyman releases mini-album, ABCD
• Todd Edwards, Modeselektor, and More to Feature on Sound Pellegrino Compilation
While the commercial dance music sound seems to still be sweeping across the United States like a swarm of locusts, there is an unbelievable amount of tasteful House, Garage, and Bass coming out of the UK, more specifically London, at the moment. Duke Dumont, Bicep, George Fitzgerald, and Dusky should ring a few bells, and there’s a new duo that needs to be included on this list, and they go by the name of Toyboy & Robin. With a solid foot in the House realm, another foot in Bass, and an elbow in R&B, Toyboy & Robin have created a perfect equilibrium of their sound — catchy, grooving, and undeniably danceable. On that note, the gents have put together an impeccable mix for us today, featuring the aforementioned Londoners as well as Nicolas Jaar, Toro y Moi, Todd Edwards, and many more. One of the better mixes I’ve heard in a long time. Make sure to keep an ear out for Toyboy & Robin’s April release “Jaded” in here as well. Top tune. √+
Will Saul and Fink’s London-based imprint, Aus Music, is absolutely on fire in 2013. After pumping out EPs from rising UK producers Dusky and Midland, the label goes 3 for 3 with the new Stash EP from Belfast-born, London-based duo, Bicep. Perhaps I overly use the term ‘vibey‘ while writing about good House music, but this is the only word on my mind while listening to the lead track ‘Stash’ from the 4-track EP. A very obvious 90s House influence shines through in much of this release, joined by a broader, deeper sound reflective of the tastes that they’ve always supported in their own blog, Feel My Bicep. Pick it up on Beatport now. √+
UK duo, Bicep, were just featured this morning on Heidi‘s BBC Radio 1 show as “Ones To Watch for 2013,” and so far this 30 minute in-studio guest mix is making me wish I would’ve added these guys to our Watch list as well. As the lads put it, this is “30 mins of what to expect from us at 4AM in a club…PUMP,” and nothing about that sounds wrong to me. Download the mix below and head over to Heidi’s station on BBC to check out more solid guest mixes. √+
We’re now ninety-seven Dirts deep & this week, just as all of its predecessors did, The Dirt #97 is deliverin’ the goods. KMOC + aRod are servin’ up a smorgasbord of sounds for ya: electro-soul, future funk, a more-than-worthy cover, remixes of some dance classics plus a dash of trap & a big ole fat serving of house ranging from the deep kind to the disco kind to the STRAIGHT UP HOUSE MUSIC kind.
The Dirt #97: KMOC + aRod comin’ at ya. Grab the free twelve pack of jams + enjoy.
Happy Friday! Today’s stories include Orbital’s new single, Bicep’s new label, and Loco Dice on Hip-Hop’s EDM cash-in. Please read on after the jump.
For the 72nd installment of The Dirt, I’m teaming up with GDD’s newest member Tamara Sky, who also happens to be my sister in Overthrow. We’ve packed together some of our secret weapons to kick-start your summer indulgences. If you get really turned on by Tamara’s picks, you can catch her tonight at VERSUS. 10 tracks for download after the jump.