Genesis, one of the all time greatest British Rock bands, receives a face lift from GUM (of Tame Impala fame) to announce his debut LP, “Delorean Highway,” a collection of 10 songs described as “paranoid pop songs, mostly about falling in love and all of the things that he thinks are going to kill him.” Set to be released on the new imprint created by Tame Impala’s management, Spinning Top Records, an independent label under Warner Australia’s independent divison. With a massive 13 min psychedelic rock journey from Mink Mussel Creek as their first release, it’s safe to say this new label is sprouting legs. Stay tuned as the journey continues, free download here.
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In today’s frenetic war zone of DJs and producers and ghost-producers and managers and publicists and every other person clinging on to the
EDM machine, it’s pretty damn difficult to get noticed. For Astronomar, his brash and aggressive club music demands the respect it deserves. Back in a big, bad way is his 4 track Mutant Club EP, which dropped today on the Main Course imprint. Aside from releasing tracks on esteemed outfits like BNR & OWSLA, he’s been running the Main Course label with good pals Neoteric and Bot, who is featured on ‘Drama’ (my favorite from the package). Devoid of cheese, you’ll find drums thicker than redwoods and sound designs more manic than mental wards. And for the next month, all tracks are available for free download, so get to clicking.
Our weary hearts are very susceptible to feels this time of year. Having just battled winter’s icy grasp, they are primed and ready for a warm embrace. This seasonal transition into a welcomed period of rejuvenation thus provides the leitmotif of Sprung Selections Vol. 2, and encourages the curious game of catching feelings.
The Miami brethren Damaged Goods has sailed into deeper waters, releasing his new original “Oops” for FREE download today on his soundcloud. With a soulful house bassline, progressive chords, and a teasing vocal sample from Tweet & Missy Elliot – we have summer groove ready for every set from the pool party to the festival circuit. Fans of Anna Lunoe, Duke Dumont and Yolanda Be Cool will be all over this one… Grab this one below and let the vibes ride high!
Friend of GDD (actually who am I kidding, friend of near every music person ever to do anything in Los Angeles) Mike Brillstein, known to many as Thee Mike B, has been making house music. And it’s f**king good. Over the past year we’ve seen him foray into a new moniker as Brillstein, collabing with Play It Down boss and house champion Jesse Rose on tracks like “Shuffle The Paper” and “Good Wife”. I was hearing big dudes like Loco Dice slamming Shuffle The Paper in sets for months. As Brillstein, Mike B is a heavy-hitter, keeping elements in his tracks that punch you right in the stomach and leave a mark. This year he announced his debut LP on Jesse’s label, which gets released at the end of the month. For now, he’s dropped off a new original for free download. Should be a clear indicator of the smashing direction that the LP will head in – the first track of which just premiered over on Pulse Radio.
Get the download above, and be sure to nab your copy of Brillstein’s Back To Bed LP, which comes out on Play It Down on April 29.
In honor of the recent passing of house music great Frankie Knuckles, Jimmy Edgar is sharing his special edit of ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ that has been a staple in sets. Frankie is a major reason why Jimmy started his career, and here’s what he had to say:
It is with great honor that I am able to give this away. A tribute to one of my heroes, Frankie Knuckles.
The relationship between Detroit and Chicago, for me, has always been about connection. Any kind of rivalry is secluded and irrelevant, in my opinion.
Chicago is approximately a 6 hour drive from Detroit, so, growing up we would frequent parties, back and forth. On any weekend in Detroit, we could meet people from Chicago who wanted to experience our small scene in Detroit.
Whereas Detroit had a much more distant, cold feeling while still trying to retain human elements, Chicago house music always appealed to me because it seemed like the softer, soulful version of Techno. I was drawn to the organ chords and the jacking indigenous rhythms of 808s. Growing up with Detroit radio, we were exposed to funk music and a lot of R&B. Some of the first records I bought were Change “Change of Heart” and Frankie Knuckles presents Jamie Principle “Your Love”, both artworks and music having very geometric, mechanical feeling, yet airbrushed and fun vibes.
Frankie Knuckles was the most pivotal figure in this movement, for me. The first time I had heard “Baby Wants To Ride”, it really moved me. The way the dot matrix synths moved in seemingly Euclidian patterns, the bounce and slight swing of that bass line, and the way the dissonant chords tied it all together. One listen and you can see where I drew all my inspiration from when making my tune from 2006, “Hot, Raw, Sex”. Let’s just say that record would have been a lot different without Frankie K.
“Tears”, “Rain Falls”, and “Your Love” among some of the best tracks I found on vinyl in Chicago. A few of them so popular you could find them at Salvation Army.
What else can I say about Frankie that hasn’t been said this week? With this track, we celebrate his life, his kindness, his love for music, his inspiration, his passion and all that he gave during his life.
Thank you Frankie,
To say that Amtrac has found his footing would be a drastic understatement. He’s been on a rapidly uphill climb, and rightfully so. His remix of Depeche Mode‘s Should Be Higher is nothing short of brilliant. The tight musicality in the synth work paired with the legendary vocals of David Gahan make this another belter of a tune.
On the eve of our Sweat It Out! WMC showcase, we present to you an almighty bootleg from the Sweat chiefs themselves, Yolanda Be Cool. The Aussie boys have taken ASAP Fergs hood anthem Shabba and flipped it into a fun house tune with a rolling bass line and all the bleeps and buzzers you could ask for! Grab it below and we’ll see you in Miami!
It’s practically fact that you can’t have a bad Monday if you kick it off with a little trip to funky town. Miami’s Panic Bomber has reworked The Godfather of Funk and churned out 10 minutes of thigh burning heat. The tasteful ode to one of music’s all-time greats makes it difficult to listen to this one and not have the urge to start dancing.