Back to reality, or so it seems, after another wildly successful Desert Hearts Spring Festival. The Gotta Dance Dirty crew did that dance floor dirty, with 72 hours of House, Techno, and Love, now in the rear view mirror. After several showers and a lot of naps, we’re ready to unpack the West Coast’s leading boutique festival. Noticeably warmer in the daytime than it’s Fall counterpart yet just as frigid at night, the Spring Festival celebrates the coming of the Vernal Equinox with larger than life day time vibes and interplanetary space travel by night. In other words, it was sprung! Below you’ll find our GDD™ Top 10 Moments (in no particular order) from the Desert Hearts Spring Festival that still have us reeling: Continue Reading
Word on the street is that it’s Fall, and f*** that makes us sad. Summer 2015 was 10/10; so many great shows, festivals, house parties, beach seshes, hikes, drives, trips, flights, you name it we did it! With all those activities in the rear view mirror, we found it fitting to name the tunes that defined our Summer. We voted on the top 10 tracks released after March 1st that will forever send us right back to the peak of Summer 2015, and let us just say…it wasn’t easy. So without further adieu…
You know, sometimes you just need to stop what you’re doing and thrash about for a bit. So it is with great pride that we introduce to you, “Too Weird For House Music,” a playlist tastefully curated by Colby J. + Troy Kurtz to help you shake it out. So have your moment, say fuck it to your e-mails, don’t do your laundry, look at pictures of baby animals on the internet, wear two different socks, and most importantly…STAY WEIRD!
It’s official – my Holy Ship! cherry has been popped. Three days on the 4th largest cruise liner in the world with some of dance music’s most devoted attendees was one for the record books (now I do it all again in February). It’s pretty incredible to be in such close quarters with some of the most talented DJ’s around the globe, and I think this shared connection allowed for a lot of risks on the turntables, that, or the expected three sets from each performer willed them to dig deep into their collection. Either way, the music was incredible, as was the setting and the vibe. So swell in fact, I’ve put together my Top 10 Tracks as heard on Holy Ship! 2015 (January Sailing). Continue Reading
Xinobi, for me, was/is the master of synthesized sounds strung together in unusual and masterful fashions. No two songs really ever sound the same with him, a testament to his creative will at work. All of the above come together in full force for his first ever full length LP, 1975, with one added element: a bit of live instrumentation. Prolific guitar strums, punchy drum kits, and wandering vocals, fused with the familiar warps and wonks that make Xinobi the master of other worldly vibes, make this one of my stand out LP’s of the year. Personal standouts for me were “1975” and it’s vivacious guitar vibes, “Radio Radio” and it’s electronic arpeggio explosions, and “People” for it’s sonic oddities that stay true to the Xinobi way. A lot of western vibes emanate from this project as well as a bit of MGMT peeking in and out of hooks. It’s weird and wonderful and a major accomplishment for the Portuguese producer.. stream after the jump! Continue Reading
It’s easy to get excited about a band like Jungle. Their sound is unlike anything else available at the moment, and that’s not to say it doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever heard before. Their combination of tones and rhythms, though, makes this album an unusual auditory experience, and that’s something I can respect. It’s the funk and soul of our parents time, with their darkened chord progressions and soaring psychedelic vocals initiating their sound into the 21st century. At their core, they’re a collective, a troupe of funkadelic comrades led by members J & T, united by their groovy soundscapes. Continue Reading
So EDC now stands for Extremely Defeated Currently, as is my current state post Vegas vibes.. Which means a much needed Too Hot For House Music is in order with some major pysch rock vibes to turn down to. Big tunes this week as a demo for “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” sees the light of the internet, some Toro Y Moi, Jungle, and new Alt-J, assemble for a big vibe to tune out to. Beach it, drive to it, or sleep in til’ 3 pm to it, whatever you do, stay chill.
As the tail end of the week graciously gives way to another weekend, the time has come to catch some different feels in the music realm. Too Hot For House Music is back with a moon oriented roster of tunes to kick back and stare at the heavens to. A little bit of blues, some rock n’ roll, a smidgen of folk, it’s eclectic but not hectic. So rest your weary head and let the music set the mood as another weekend washes over in Los Angeles!
It’s about to be my first summer in Los Angeles and I’ve quickly come to realize that four on the floor all day long can get a little toasty. I’ve been digging through the SoundCloud archives to find some indie tunes that tickle my fancy and I’ve started to see a different side of the musical spectrum again. I’ve put together a playlist with some rock and alternative vibes that’ve left me quite tantalized as of late. From California locals, to Auzzie jam bands, and various talents that have cooled me off for the first couple heat waves that hit LA County, the goal is to feature new talent that’s ripe for the Summer season, so check back weekly and consider this your musical A/C unit for the coming months!
Nick Dow IS a young, up and coming producer from Scotland. I was a good two hours into Hot Since 82’s last set at The Avalon when he purposefully dropped a techno anthem that Shazaam was kind enough to bring to my attention. One can only hope to be in a room large enough, at a time late enough, and with a crowd rowdy enough to be able to unleash the progressive techno vehemoth Nick Dow calls, “Living Shadow,” and as months pass by I still can’t get the track out of my recently played playlist. Continue Reading