With my nice leather jacket fresh of the closet for the season, as well as more beanies than I can unapologetically admit to owning and wearing, it’s official: it’s getting cold. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of fall & the things that come with it: rosy cheeks, cozy fireplaces, pumpkin or apple EVERYTHING, and so on, but there’s something I’ll always miss about the kiss of summer that kind of comes with being a california girl (damn you, Katy Perry..)
As the winter chill nips at our heels, it’s nice to reminisce about the warm days of summer, where being out in the sun inevitably leads to a happier disposition, more dance parties, and from a chemical perspective, an increase in your body’s production of eumelanin. Pretty much the stuff that your skin creates to protect your cells from getting their DNA damaged by the sunlight, since it’s pigmented a higher level of melanin would mean a darkened skin color. Viola, a tan!
Below are what I can laughably call my very own musical tanning-bed, your own little reminder of summer. Put on your favorite pool party ensemble, bust out the Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Margarita Maker, and shake your booty to these sun-lovin, summer-drippin tunes.
The Week(end) Mix Up is here. A collection of the best new mixtapes & live sets from the past week in electronic dance music. All mixes are downloadable & ready for you to enjoy tomorrow on your drive into work. Nothing better than starting off the week with some fresh new tunes.
Fixtapes are Mixtapes geared specifically for your ride. This tape is about constant motion and positive vibes to keep your legs cranking while your heart is pumping. It’s a new series by the Sole Bicycle guys which will feature a new artist every month resulting in quite an awesome compilation. I, Tropicool, was lucky enough to kick things off with Volume One. Enjoi!
Here’s something we welcome back with open arms: a brand new mixtape from Edwin van Cleef. Although not as consistent in terms of frequency, Edwin van Cleef’s mixtapes are certainly right on par with the likes of The Magician and Aeroplane in terms of quality monthly mixtapes (some say better). So anytime we can get our mitts on an EvC mix, our excitement levels are on high.
Earlier this year, EvC gave an upgrade to his mixtape titles. No longer does he simply name them after whatever current month he is in; he names his mixtapes after whichever favorite subgenres he is showcasing that particular month (subgenres which he totally doesn’t just make up, of course). This month is his “Starmix”, which I can only imagine is a fusion of subgenres which primarily exist in the outer reaches of the cosmos and were first discovered at some alien discotech or perhaps some pool party on Venus. It’s deep, atmospheric, galactic, funky spacehouse….or “Starmix”.
Our friends over at Vitalic Noise have just released a mix showcasing the work of all the artists they represent which, to say the least, is a hell of a freshman class. These guys will be coming in super hot in the years to come, so keep an eye, and an ear open.
We’ve been waiting for this one for a while! This week at VS., we’re bringing on our good friends from the famed No Shirt/No Shoes events for a night of smooth jams and dreamy vibes. Coming off of a series of amazing pool parties at The Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles this past summer, the trio of residents known as Tropicool, Bixel Boys, and Surf Ambassador Hendo made Nu Disco and Indie Dance readily available to Angelenos on a consistent basis, and now that summer is over, it’s time to move the boys inside at The Central in Santa Monica. As always, expect some great special guests to make an appearance this week as well.
The event will be FREE until 11PM this week w/ RSVP, so make sure to head over to DANCEiSM.com to get on the list!
The Central: Social Aide & Pleasure Club
1348 14th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404 ► Thursday, September 22nd ► 9:30pm-2:00am ► 21+ ► $5 Red Bull Vodkas until 11PM
The Disco House producer from Leeds known as Edwin van Cleef has been making quite a run this year, releasing groovy monthly mixtapes as well as a very well-received ‘Lisztomania’ cover and a slew of supported remixes. This Sunday, EvC will be releasing the Never Be Alone At Night EP on Schmooze Records, featuring 3 original tracks and a gang of bonus remixes available on multiple digital retailers. We were lucky enough to give you guys the exclusive download on Blue Satellite‘s take on the EP title track featuring Gemini Club, so download in full quality below and pick up the whole EP on Juno in 2 days.
Edwin van Cleef – Never Be Alone At Night EP
1. Never Be Alone At Night feat. Gemini Club
3. I Feel You
4. Never Be Alone At Night feat. Gemini Club (Mighty Mouse Remix)
5. Triton (Pharao Black Magic Remix)
+ Never Be Alone At Night feat. Gemini Club (Blue Satellite Remix) – iTunes Bonus
+ Never Be Alone At Night feat. Gemini Club (Ugly Kids Remix) – Juno Bonus
+ Never Be Alone At Night (Instrumental Mix) – Beatport Bonus
By now, you should be familiar with the chilled-out space disco grooves of the GDD™ favorite, Edwin van Cleef. I am very pleased to see that he is continuing his monthly mixes with this sixth edition of the year that he comically categorized on Soundcloud as “Pillowfight Party Jams”. The combination of his vibrant, lighthearted style and tasteful track selection makes for a very danceable listening experience that will keep that summer sun shining even though the season is slowly coming to an end. Take full advantage of it while you still can and do so to the sounds of Edwin van Cleef!
Lovebirds feat. Stee Downes – Want You In My Soul
Todd Terry – I Do What I Wanna Do
Edwin van Cleef – I Feel You
Allan Guevara – You Know (Edwin van Cleef Remix)
Paul Monroe – Summer Dream (Sare Havlicek Remix)
Distant People – Major Guidance (Lovebirds Remix)
Bashy & The Count & Sinden – Addicted To You (Lone Remix)
Tensnake – Something About You
GSD – Any Place
Azari & III – Lost In Time
Metronomy – The Bay (2 Bears Remix)
The Count & Sinden – Elephant 1234 (Hit City Remix)
Human Life – Uptown
Rogerseventytwo – Take Me Higher
It seems as if Edwin Van Cleef will be coming out with a new mixtape every month, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. The French House/Space Disco/Sexy Time Music producer from Leeds has caught the ear of many in the past year or so, and I’m hoping he continues to impress until he can get out to the US for a few shows. Don’t sleep on this perfect-for-summertime mix below featuring the original, ‘Don’t Stop,’ from EVC as well as an opening TEED track remixed by Chad Valley that I can’t stop listening to, and be on the look out for Edwin Van Cleef’s Never Sleep Alone At Night EP slated for release in late August.
Totally Enmormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Trouble (Chad Valley Remix)
Hackman – Close
Little Comets – Joanna (Amtrac Remix)
Blawan – Getting Me Down
SBTRKT – Living Like I Do
Yelle – Que Veux-Tu (Logo Remix)
Edwin van Cleef – Triton •Edwin van Cleef – Don’t Stop
Noah & The Whale – Life Is Life (Yuksek Remix)
Azari & III – Manic
Ebb & Flow – Emotion
Para One & Tacteel – Rome
Alex Gopher – Virages (Light Year Remix)
Edwin van Cleef – Never Be Alone At Night (Ugly Kids Remix)