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
It’s heating up which means it’s extremely important to be able to cool down. Beat the heat with these aquatic speakers from AT&T that shoot water and light to the beat of your favorite tunes. We’ve got a punchtab setup below where we want to know which song you would bump on these bad boys…should you win!! Best answer will get shipped this box set after we announce the winner this Sunday at 5 PM. So what are you waiting for! Brainstorm away and choose wisely…
We’ve teamed up with our friends at The Do LaB to bring you a special edition of our guest mix series featuring San Francisco’s Giraffage! As a bedroom producer-turned-touring act, he has established a strong online presence to cultivate a respected reputation for his dreamy future bass beats. Now with Giraffage‘s fantastic guest mix featuring everything from Canblaster to Kaytranada and some unreleased tunes of his own, you can enjoy a proper preview for his show at the KING KING this Friday, January 17th (Tickets).
This year, The Do LaB has made a commitment to feature more new and diverse music and artists for their fans at their shows. With bookings like Giraffage, Darkside, Blockhead, Teen Daze, and Papadosio, amongst others, they’re already on their way to making 2014 one of their best years yet.
The Do LaB Presents Giraffage (1/17) info and GDD™ Guest Mix tracklist after the jump…
Winter is a strangely curious season. The sun retreats to the southern hemisphere more frequently, the darkness consumes you much earlier than you are prepared to accept, and the emotionally numbing temperatures lead you on a search for things that make you feel something more. Someone to share these dark times with, something potent to spark up, or sounds that reach out to your inner being in ways that vivacious summer anthems can not. Tropicool has come to be known for his sensational summer motif but instead steps into his winter onesie to bring you a compilation mix of sounds that are meant to be shared, be it with good company or something rolled up, to help guide you through the winter season. The warm crackle of a fire, a stiff glass of whiskey, the stench of fresh pine, your favorite pair of wool socks, and Long Drags & Winter Shags Vol. 2.
For those looking to reminisce, Volume 1 is also available to stream.