With new festivals spawning in all corners of the United States and abroad, it’s easy for an event to fly under the radar, but San Diego’s CRSSD Festival harnessed our attention with its outstanding music programming, gorgeous venue, and more. After an anxious few months, the long-awaited festival finally descended upon the bay front park, and thousands upon thousands attended to experience a summery soirée helmed by some of the world’s finest producer/DJs and musicians like Maceo Plex, Chromeo, Hot Natured, Robert Delong, GDD™ homies Thomas Jack, Viceroy, Bixel Boys, and SNBRN, amongst others. By now, you’ve probably heard that CRSSD Festival was a great success, but in our minds, it was the perfect way to kick off festival season.
I always do love a funky acid house groove squelching out of a 303, today is no exception. Sex Panther and FYOR have teamed up to breathe some new life into acid for the mainstage, the likes of which we haven’t seen since Afrojack’s classic “Pacha On Acid.” With a nice amount of support already, it looks to be quite the secret weapon timed for the biggest festival stages– went pretty well when MAKJ dropped it into his Coachella sets, of course. Look to hear plenty more of this one this season, and be sure to look good and wear it well while you do so in the latest by Sex Panther Apparel. Oh, and +10 if you can guess where that sample’s from. ;)
In honor of our trek to the desert over these 2 weekends, our friend and the rising phenom MAKJ takes over this weeks GDD™ Guest Mix for a very special SAHARA Edition. In just 30 minutes, MAKJ takes you through some of the biggest names playing the festival and many of the pounding anthems you’ll hear roaring from the Sahara tent. This mix is not for the faint of ears, so listen and hold on tight!
TRACKLIST: MAKJ & Lil Jon – Let’s Get Turnt Up! (Radio Edit) Martin Garrix vs. Outthere Brothers – Proxy Boom (MAKJ Edit) JUSTICE – New Lands (Falcon Remix) Daft Punk – Alive (Cresendo Edit) ID vs. The Who – Baby O’Riley (MAKJ vs. Avicii Edit) Sandro Silva vs. Dillon Francis & DJ Snake – Get Low Miraj (MAKJ Edit) Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway – Wizard (Yellow Claw Trap Remix) MAKJ & Henry Fong – Encore (Original Mix) Calvin Harris vs TightTraxx – Summer (BeatBreaker Edit) TST & Twoloud – Drop It Like This (Short Edit) Calvin Harris ft Ayah Marar – Thinking About You (Short Edit) Swanky Tunes vs. R3Hab – Feedback vs. Samurai Vs. Love Me Again (A&G Mashup) David Tort vs Fatboy Slim – Jack It 69 (MAKJ Edit) Alesso – Clash (Original Mix) Waka Flocka Flame – Brick Squad Anthem (Original Mix)
I stopped by a shoot in Los Angeles with my best bud Joakim, one half of Forever Kid, and threw a quick 10 questions his way. We chatted everything from street art to Eggo® Waffles, Kangaroo Court to who’s cute. They’ve also recut and rereleased the first remix they ever did, a classic by Whitney Houston, their way of looking back as they take the next big step. I love Whitney Houston.
As we put the cork in the sweet bottle that was 2013, dance music can toast to the New Year after having one of her finest years yet. Dance music has been stuck into the mainstream vein like never before, and the subsequent resurgence to underground sounds have been thriving across the globe. From the deserts to the beaches, festivals both new and old continue to pack sold out audiences, and there are no signs of slowing.
On behalf of the GDD™ collective, we’d like to say thanks for riding along with us. Whether you were with us from the beginning, or have only recently stumbled across our page, we’re honored to share our taste in music with you. We’ve humbly amassed a year’s worth of tunes and tallied up our favorite DJs and producers. This has certainly been the most difficult year for selections due to the awesome amount of great tunes that dropped, which is why most of the categories have expanded. It warms our hearts to see a host of our friends in the running this year, as well as all the fresh faces that broke through with massive years.
We hope that 2013 was a prosperous one for you, and we bid you all a Happy New Year.
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• Movement Festival Detroit announces phase 1 artist lineup
Twin Turbo, the baby brother to Tiga’s legendary Turbo imprint, readies their next release with Phil Kieran. Kieran oozes class on this EP with carefully pitched sonic noises and the kind of tight percussion that’s fit for a dark warehouse. This package sees the re-release of Saturdays, a track that made its rounds on the festival circuit this summer after it saw a release on the Turbo Miami Lifestyle compilation in March. The standout track for me on the release comes from the Polish duo Catz ‘N Dogz, whose take on Saturdays is a chunky, behemoth of a track that left me with sweaty palms and a mildly uncomfortable feeling of nausea and slight euphoria, which is exactly what you want in a techno track. Pick up the full EP when it drops on November 18th.
In celebration of the Win & Friends stage at Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas this weekend, the label’s founder, Sean Glass, offers up an excellent one and half hour mix. Featuring many deep house gems and unreleased material mostly from Win Music, the mix highlights Glass as a distinctive tastemaker and a skillful DJ. Check out the mix below, and if you’re going to LIB, be sure to spend some time at the Win & Friends stage (lineup after the jump).
We’ve been given the green light to give away a pair of tickets to the famed transformational festival Symbiosis Gathering. With a lineup that speaks for itself and a plethora of other attractions, this is one you certainly don’t want to miss – especially if you can go for free. Enter to win a pair of tickets below and if you haven’t already, check out our preview article to become better acquainted with the festival.