It’s been a particularly exciting year for the LA-based producer/DJ, Justin Jay, as his Fantastic Voyage brand has come to fruition with his debut album, Fantastic Voyage (The Album!), tours around the world, and now, the launch of the label. Fantastic Voyage Records promises to be a home for Justin and his close musical friends, adding another dimension to a brand that has become known for packed-out house parties. The first release is Justin’s own Fantastic Edits EP, a long-awaited collection of edits that many of you may recognize if you’ve seen him in a live setting in the past year or so. The EP features a personal favorite, Justin’s edit of HNNY’s “Sneeze” edit, as well as a “Bangin Bootleg” of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Dance To The Music,” an edit of the Tag Team classic, “Whoomp,” and “Twinkle” with Larry “The Shadow” Muscrove. Check it out here, and download the whole EP.
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The pathway to stardom hasn’t always been paved for the Baghdad born Motez, but uprooting to Adelaide certainly accelerated his curiosities and access to the dance music culture. With early roots listening to Jean Michel Jarre and an affinity for the abstract and out of the ordinary, Motez shaped his musical belief system on a rejection of predictability. His signature brand of dance music is a proper representation of his talents as a producer intent on leaving his own unique mark on the house music community. Currently celebrating 10 years of living in Adelaide, we recently got the chance to wrack his brain on the current political landscape plaguing Sydney nightclubs, how his tour setup is evolving, and what keeps his creative juices flowing. Continue Reading
Producer, DJ, and A&R extraordinaire Richy Ahmed announced his first release in over a year today and it’s with none other than the Foss/Jones imprint, Hot Creations. This marks his third release with the international house label and it would appear he’s found his groove. Side one brings the Summer vibes as lush percussion pair nicely with a soulful vocal rip crooning the song’s title, “So Good” as side 2’s aptly titled “Ruff & Raw” showcases a little more bang for your buck. Be on the lookout for this two track 1, 2 punch when it hits the Hot Creations shelves on April 29th and enjoy a preview of both below in advance.
Well well well, it looks like the Fantastic 4 are real after all! Monkey Safari have paired with some BIG names for the release of their latest remix EP featuring their cosmic new tune, “Walls.” Perfect for staring at the clouds, or you know, generally existing, the German duo delivers a reaffirming anthem to help guide you to the light of the dance floor. The fun doesn’t stop with the Original Mix, though, as three House music heavy-weights interpret the tune to their own taste.
Thee Cool Cats from California and Arizona debut on Enormous Tunes with this hot 3 track EP.
The title track THEE WORST is a cover version of Jhené Aiko’s smash hit from 2014 and features the vocals of upcoming US singer Lika Morgan. This hot collab convinces with ace vocals, the outstanding piano lick that made the original big already and a solid portion of hard knocking nu disco beats and funky bass lines.
“MAN OF THE YEAR” is a sure dance floor filler with it’s vintage violin ensemble filter parts and the epic G house vocal chops on top.
Third track on the EP is “BRINGIN’ 88 BACK” – This hip hop influenced G club house track stands out with its bass drops and up-filtering synth sections. Make your crowd go nuts with any of those 3 tracks and spice up your DJ sets.
Dirtybird’s young gun, Justin Jay, is moving up in the world as his debut Momentum EP on Catz ‘N Dogz’ trusted label, Pets Recordings, is finally out for all to enjoy. In the midst of his last semester at the University of Southern California, this gifted 21-year-old has been cranking out jam after jam in his bedroom, working alongside artists like Kill Frenzy. From deep, to tech, to carefree vibes, Justin’s 3-track Momentum EP shows how much he has matured over the last months, both personally and musically, and it’s excellent to see his musical sophistication shining through once again. Enjoy the EP below and pick it up on Beatport.
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The burgeoning future house pioneer, Tchami, is getting back on his release schedule with the announcement of his forthcoming EP, After Life. Aiming to not only bring us music from the present, but also going beyond and blessing us with sounds of the After Life, the Parisian studio wizard is playing off of darkness and light with his evolving signature sound. This concept is exemplified by the EP’s title song, “After Life” ft. Stacy Barthe, that dives into brooding textures, which lead into a striking sequence featuring the familiar Tchami synth work. Along with the song, Tchami also released its captivating music video that takes you through a mysterious story surrounding a man who seems to be suffering from a troubled inner dialogue. Check out the track and the music video after the jump. Stay tuned for more Tchami coming soon!
What better way to start off the week than with a serving of French techno. The Fake Music label boss Yoann Feynman has teamed up with Monomotion to give us the banging “Gaza”. Driven by a sinister bassline that would have fellow countryman Gesaffelstein proud, it takes a cinematic approach with a tension-building breakdown that begs for a Ryan Gosling car chase a la ‘Drive’. The Parisian based artists are crossing the pond to set up shop in LA in 2015, so expect to see a lot more from the Fake imprint.
Almost a year ago, the Miami based outfit Sluggers crept onto the scene with a 4-track package on OWSLA. It was a blend of thumping, warehouse inspired techno that raised more than a few eyebrows. They followed that up with a release earlier this year on Fools Gold, which saw them shift gears slightly to glitchy synth work and wobbly bass growls, however, their latest efforts seem to have reverted back to their original approach. Their Voyager EP, which dropped yesterday and is available for free download courtesy of Main Course, sees the duo make considerable strides on honing their sound. The standout track is Particles, which is an absolute weapon that’s fully equipped with a bellowing siren and processed snares that are fit for an ENTER stage. Contact follows similar suit with tidy percussion work and slick vocal chops, and Horizon closes the EP out with dirtybird-esque breaks and bass design. This release is another reason why Main Course has quickly become one of the most influential labels in the game right now, and should also give Sluggers some proper momentum heading into 2015.
The picturesque and often sleepy city of Santa Barbara has recently produced some prominent acts in the likes of Seven Lions and Traveler. Shying away from the typical 4×4 house pattern, they’ve carved out their own unique styles of electronica. Justin Kleiner, another rising producer from Santa Barbara, has just released his Along The Way EP, and the ambient package is an impressive mixture of dramatic soundscapes and thematic drums that were prevalent in early M83 or Sigur Ros tracks. Kleiner has also drawn up a fine collection of artwork that’s tied in with the release that can be found on his site called Auxin. Grab the entire EP for free download below.