What’s up GDD readers? This last weekend I (Tre) put together a mix for all of you that features a plethora of different artists and styles. Get ready to get dark and groovy with this one folks, hope ya dig!
*Also, be on the lookout for Charles I and my upcoming EP.
This week’s Dirt comes straight to you from the child of summer, Tropicool, and myself, jonahberry. We’ve carefully blended together the perfect recipe for you this week by finding the funk, multiplying the new hotness, then finally dividing a spicy touch of special, we’re left with a tasty 10-course meal. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed curating. There’s a touch of everything in here, so keep your mind, and ears, open. You might just find something you never knew you’d like… Continue Reading
After a heated Grammy Sunday, we’re back into the swing of things with a brand new week ahead of us. I have news featuring coverage of the Grammys, Future Music Festival Asia, & Cut Copy’s Ben Browning with his solo project. Please read on after the jump.
MJOLNIR are an electro-disco trio straight out of Jakarta, Indonesia who have recently burst onto the scene by taking the Chemical Brothers track “Swoon”and giving it an unexpectedly brilliant disco facelift. And, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers & all major offshore gambling sites, MJOLNIR are the early odds-on favorites (along with this No Body remix) to win the highly anticipated Barretso Remix Competition.
Along with the two above referenced gems, MJOLNIR have also taken time to craft a new track entitled, “Just A Boy”. “Just A Boy” (with vocals by their own band member Nash) features darker 80s Italo & New Wave elements woven together beautifully with the lighter elements of modern disco.
Judging by these three splendid tracks, MJOLNIR are certainly off to a very promising start to their career
What’s good Dirty Dancers? With the summer just around the corner, we’ve taken the liberty to put together a guide amassing Europe’s best EDM festivals, for your perusal. The guide will be easily accessible and on the right hand side of the blog all summer. We’ll be keeping it updated as fresh names are added to each bill.
So without further ado, European festival season kicks off after the jump…
If there’s one thing I love more than a badass action flick, it’s a badass action flick with an awesome soundtrack scored by one of my three favorite EDM acts of all-time. With a Chemical Brothers live set pending this Friday in the Coachella Valley, and my brain still reeling from what the Brothers did to it a few Sundays ago in MIA, I couldn’t be more excited to hit the theatre and check out the new movie ‘Hanna’ which came out last Friday.
EDIT: Saw the movie, fucking awesome. Lil’ girl is a gangster.
And guess what… GDD™ is giving you the chance to win a VINYL copy of the official soundtrack! All you have to do is write your favorite Chemical Brothers song in the comments section of this post and then we’ll use our super high-tech GDD™ randomizer machine to select a winner this week! Even if you don’t have a turntable, records are just really fun to look at, and who doesn’t like free shit! Get after it!
While the GDD team are reeling from the exploits of a fun filled weekend; I figured we should probably give you a rundown of how the Electric Daisy Carnival played out for us. With so many time clashes of the world’s finest DJs, I can only offer you one man’s perspective; so whichever sets I missed or overlooked, feel free to add your tales below, cos we wanna hear them.
Friday was a massive affair, the main reason I was there was to see veteran house supergroup Swedish House Mafia, who absolutely killed their live set on Kinetic Field. Unsurprisingly, the Coliseum was packed out, the gates to the main floor were closed when it reached capacity pretty early in the day, so a load of people were forced into the stands, but that didn’t matter. To be honest, the sound could’ve been bumped a little louder on day one in the Coliseum, but that was probably down to the fact that there were tens of thousands of people wiling out to Axwell, Angello and Ingrosso; the atmosphere was like nothing else. Highlights of their set were ‘One’ and the massive ‘Leave The World Behind’. If I’m pushed, the one part of their set I was less stoked on was their bunk drop of Blur‘s Song 2 intro which didn’t go anywhere, but besides that it was pretty dope.
Credit where it’s due, Dirty South played the best show I’ve seen from him all year; spinning to a packed out house before Swedish House Mafia played, he really set the bar at new heights. Meanwhile, over at the Cosmic Meadow stage, the bar was also being raised at a prolific rate; Bart B More taking to the stage after a wicked set from Dada Life, then throwing down some of the dirtiest dutch house I’ve heard in months. Travis x A-Trak, I was undecided on at first, but their set together was a pretty awesome tribute to DJ AM; the two playing electro and house bangers from the past year, keeping the party going with the fresh musical addition of Travis Barker‘s live percussion. The best set I saw all night was over at the Circuit Grounds, where we were able to witness Moby slaying a rare dj set. This for me was not only the best set all night, but it’d also rate among the top five sets I’ve seen this year. A particular highlight was raging to this humungous house banger:
The half of the Jack Beats set I managed to hear was pretty decent, a mixture of old and new house driven dubstep; obvious highlights were ‘Get Down’ and the two new tracks they’re set to release today via Herve‘s Cheap Thrills label:
So to round off the night, rather than head into the oversubscribed mess that was the Coliseum for Deadmau5, we scoped out Claude VonStroke who was throwing down his trademark minimal over at the Neon Garden stage. Such a sick set that sent us spiraling into Saturday.
photo cred: Willa Campbell
Hit the second day fairly late on, making a beeline straight for Kinetic Field and the mainstage which boasted sets from Bart B More, Dada Life & Afrojack. Afrojack slammed out a very similar set to Friday’s one; though to a far bigger audience, all blissing out to his dutch house and electro, before the dream was shattered by Lil’ Jon who out of nowhere started MCing for the tail end of his set. Back to back sets from Sound of Stereo and Felix Cartal put us back on track and onto a good one, just in time to catch a hotly anticipated set from Laidback Luke who failed to disappoint. I think it’s pretty fair to say that downtown LA went Dutch for the weekend; the amount of bleep heavy house music that went on is going to be etched into my skull for the rest of summer. Back over at Cosmic Meadows, LA Riots threw down some jams, particularly memorable was this:
Even Wolfgang Gartner‘s set was tinged with Dutch House, as he exploded onstage with classic heavy hitters: ‘Wolfgang’s 5th’, ‘Undertaker’ and ‘Fire Power’. Entirely different to his set at Coachella, this one was far more of a housey affair. One act I’ve been looking forward to catching more than any other lately is Duck Sauce, the Fool’s Gold collab between A-Trak and Armand Van Helden. Arriving onstage beneath a thirty foot high duck, the duo proceeded to shred through their 75 minute set. Highlights of their show included GottaDanceDirty favorite Louis La Roche‘s ‘Sunshine Hotel’ as well as these:
At EDC they played the unreleased original, but here’s a sick re-edit from Manila Killa
And finally, last but by no means least, the closing set from Boys Noize; who threw down a mixture of old and new – from Oi Oi Oi, Power and his collaborations with Erol – but threw it down super hard. The Boys Noize set was tight and ranks among the best I saw all weekend. Was hoping he’d drop this as an encore, but sadly he got cut short at 2am:
The English electronic Mega Duo the Chemical brother’s is set to release a new album this year. Their new album is titled “Further” which is set to be released worldwide on June 8th of this year. Also I highly suggest you catch one of their two U.S. Shows @ the legendary Hollywood Bowl and the other at the Electric Zoo festival in New York. For now though here is a new track off their album to help hold you over.