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Our good friend John Roman has just released his Sala EP today on Plant Music, and he is being kind enough to give away the b-side to you in full quality! The track, ‘War Drums,’ has already received support from many producers including Mr. Theo Keating, AKA Fake Blood, who very eloquently pointed out the obvious, stating, “You can’t not dance to this.” We’re also excited to be in the works of collaborating with PIE Artists for a tour for John this July and August where he’ll be supporting the amazing Belgian duo, Mumbai Science, with dates from SD to SF already booked up! Make sure to keep up on John’s Facebook and head on over to Beatport to pick up the full Sala EP release today!

John Roman – War Drums (Original Mix)


2010 saw Will Eastman’s debut single, “Feelin’” reverberate on dance floors around the world. His work caught the attention of  people all over the world and even landed on Fatboy Slim’s “Weapons of Choice” Beatport Chart and Kissy Sell Out’s BBC Radio One playlist.

This past week Eastman unleashed his follow-up single. This time  he collaborated with fellow Washington, DC producer Micah Vellian and Baltimore emcee TT The Artist. The result is “No Sleep,” a vocal workout over a synthed-out funk groove.

Heavyweights Treasure Fingers and Bird Peterson deliver monster, peak time remixes, just as you’ve come to expect from them, while Lazaro Casanova brings a sexy late-night slow-burner. Loopjack (the alias of Toronto’s John Roman) comes with some Chicago flavor and Germany’s Tagteam Terror pump things up with their high-energy mix. For the Dub mix Eastman and Vellian take the Original back to 1984 with some Axle Foley action.

Soundcloud + Free Exclusive download of one of the “No Sleep” remixes after the Jump. I promise you the remix is complete fire!

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Big ups to our reader submitted GDD babe of the week!

After a short hiatus for the festive season, we’re back to bring you the first Dirt of 2011! Starting the year off strong, this week we’ve a fresh 14 in store, accumulating some of the hottest tracks in tropical tech, disco-house, electro and dubstep. Fear not Dirty Dancers, we will indeed be back with another helping next week. Whether it lands on a Wednesday or Saturday is up to the powers that be, but feel free to stick your oar in by voicing your thoughts on our facebook page and the comments section below.

Without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to dish The Dirt, number 22…

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While Gotta Dance Dirty™ may be your one stop shop for all the latest tracks from your favorite producers, we strive to show you up-and-comers whose sounds are filling up our iPad nanos and DJ playlists. Today, we’ll feature some tunes from two Californian duos and one grumpy Canadian with no friends (just kidding John Ro, we love you.)

• John Roman – Sphere
By the time the creepy robot voice and “Wake Up”-esque drips built up and dropped, I just couldn’t help myself: I had to dance dirty. Be on the lookout for John Roman’s “Sing!” EP dropping next weekend!

Polygon Palace – We Have A Visual (Bubblegum Sci Fi Remix)
This fun vocal remix (in full 320 might I add) from my favorite Sandy Ego indie electro pair almost made me forget how cold and shitty the weather is in San Francisco this month… summer where you at?

Zero Cash – Blomo (Tenderlions Remix) [Purchase]
Speaking of San Francisco, here’s a remix from those rascally Tenderlions that’s dark and heavy like the rain clouds that are due to show up today. Easily their best production to date.

Each week for the past month, we’ve been updating you with news and exclusive tracks from John Roman’s “Reclusion” mix. Without further ado, Gotta Dance Dirty™ is proud to present “Reclusion”, a 50 minute mix featuring the unreleased works of John Roman, as well as two more exclusive tracks to download. Listen carefully for drops from Neoteric, Stretch Armstrong, Congorock, and Dave Nada.

01. John Roman – Introduction
02. John Roman – Sing!
03. Boys Noize & Erol Alkan – Lemonade (John Roman Remix)
04. John Roman – Cyst
05. John Roman – Akabna (Dark House)
06. Teki Latex & Noob – Dinosaurs With Guns (John Roman Remix)
07. Proxy – 8000 (John Roman Lost Tourist Dub)
08. John Roman – Whipcream
09. John Roman – Sala
10. John Roman – The Golden Cat
11. John Roman – Coma
12. John Roman – Karenina
13. Nadastrom – Save Us (John Roman Nigerian Dub)
14. John Roman – Never Guaranteed
15. Tittsworth – Almond Joy (John Roman Remix)
16. The xx – You Got The Love (John Roman Remix)

It’s another Monday morning and John Roman has still yet to release his “Reclusion” mixtape to the masses, which means we get another remix this week to share. This ‘Nigerian dub’ of Nadastrom’s “Save Us” was released on Discobelle Records and is enjoying support from Congorock, LA Riots, and even Nadastrom themselves. Enjoy in full 320 quality.

Nadastrom – Save Us (John Roman Nigerian Dub)


John zipped up his entire 2009 discography into two easy-to-download zip files for us to give away.

• John Roman – 2009 Discography (Part 1)
• John Roman – 2009 Discography (Part 2)

Since I know most of y’all were barbecuing and boozing yesterday in celebration of Memorial Day, I saved the brand spanking new John Roman remix of “Dinosaurs With Guns” that I should have released on Monday for this morning. In other JR news, his “Ready For This” remix contest is now open; more details available on his blog. To keep abreast of any “Reclusion” mixtape news, be sure to check out the facebook event. Happy Tuesday dirty dancers.

Teki Latex & Noob – Dinosaurs With Guns (John Roman Remix)

It’s been a minute since we last heard from Toronto’s John Roman, who has been slaving away in the studio and is finally ready to release the Kraken (and by Kraken, I mean his new mixtape). To help promote the release of his upcoming “Reclusion” mixtape, which will feature all of his new originals and remixes, Gotta Dance Dirty™ will be posting a new John Roman remix every Monday until “Reclusion” is released. This week, enjoy John Roman’s epic remake of “Lemonade”.

Boys Noize & Erol Alkan – Lemonade (John Roman Remix)

p.s. If you use facebook, check out his “Reclusion” event page for all the latest updates and don’t forget about his remix of Proxy’s “8000” that we posted last month!

If you haven’t heard of Canadian wunderkid John Roman by now, I’m not sure you have the right to listen to this track. There’s some songs we get sent to us that are so raw and facemelting that I want to keep all for myself, but that wouldn’t be very nice of me, would it? Prepare to die at 1:28.

L-Vis 1990 – United Groove (John Roman ‘London Jump Up’ Edit)

His mashup of “Warp 1.9″ and “Shake it Down” was one of our top tracks back in May and his new remix of the Tron Legacy Theme by Daft Punk is going to blow you away. Without further ado, ten questions and two exclusive tracks from Canadian banger prodigy John Roman.

Gotta Dance Dirty™: In the spirit of Gotta Dance Dirty tradition, if the first round of drinks is on me, then you’ll have…

John Roman: If I could have anything, there’s nothing better than a Carling Lager or a Lakeport Pilsner (everyone from Ontario knows what I’m talking about!), but more realistically, I’d take a gin and tonic. Thank you.

GDD: So when and how did you start producing? Name some of your major influences.

JR: I started producing hip-hop when I was in Grade 9, so 13 or 14. I was absolutely terrible. I feel sorry for any of my friends that had to nod and act like anything I was making was half-decent because, at that age, I really had no idea what I was doing. Back then I was all about DJ Shadow, RJD2, Dilla, Madlib, RZA, anything Native Tongues – that sampled sound. But about two years ago, I just went headfirst into electronic music, and man, there’s just so much out there, so many genres, you can always find something. Right now, the biggest influences on my electronic work are The Proxy, Boys Noize, Justice, SebastiAn, Mr. Oizo, Nadastrom, but there’s just so many great acts out there, and I don’t want to sound like a Facebook Favorite Music section, haha.

GDD: What have you been listening to these days?

JR: Other than the acts I mentioned above, a lot more techno and minimal artists. Oliver Huntemann, Renaissance Man, Noob, Afrojack, Popof, among others. At the same time, I’ve kind of been getting back into hip-hop. MF Doom is in SERIOUS rotation right now.

GDD: Just lurked your MySpace and was surprised to see an empty calendar. Any plans to tour in the near future? Hopefully down to the United States, land of privatized health care?

JR: Well hopefully I’ll be down there before it becomes universal, haha. I’ve just been a serious hermit in the studio this summer. A lot of people are whispering about the ‘death of the banger’, which I think is true only the sense that the ‘banger’ as we knew it before will die, but there will always some new form of fist-pumping music – we all need it. So I’ve just been trying to re-invent myself, make something more musical, original and closer to my influences. Also, at 20, I’m still in school for about 8 months of the year, so touring during the school year is a little tough, haha.

GDD: A myriad of producers tried their hand at remixing The Bloody Beetroots’ “Warp 1.9″ but nothing came close to the original. What made you instead decide to not only sample “Warp 1.9″, but A-trak and Laidback Luke’s “Shake it Down” for your smash hit, “Warp it Down”?

JR: Like you said, nothing came close to the original, and I knew that from the on-set. “Warp 1.9” works so well because it’s just that ‘Dominator’ synth and drums, adding to that would just take away from it. I just didn’t feel comfortable playing “Warp 1.9” live because EVERY DJ was doing, and I knew clubbers were getting sick of hearing it OVER and OVER again. The same goes for “Shake it Down”, so decided I’d just combine them, that way I could play two of my favorite tracks from the past year without coming off cliché.

GDD: Tell us about this remix of the Tron Legacy theme that we’re premiering here on Gotta Dance Dirty.

JR: Tron – one of my favorite movies. Daft Punk – one of my favorite artists. I had to. I thought the Legacy theme was cool; I just wanted to expand on it. It’s a bit more electronica, and slower than my usual work. I wanted to make a remix that felt just like the movie. Picture yourself standing alone on a never-ending computer grid, surrounded by nothingness, eerily quiet as though you know something is about to happen…does it sound like that? Haha.

GDD: A penny for your thoughts on the future of electro.

JR: The speed that electro is developing at is just incredible. A sound can go from praise to criticism within a matter of months, which can definitely be frustrating for a producer, but that’s the nature of the game. I think the producers that will have the greatest longevity will be those that work on being original outside of the trends rather than playing catch-up. Imitation gets noticed, originality gets remembered. As well I believe the lasting producers will be good musicians. Only those that know what they’re doing musically will be able to change with the times.

GDD: Any advice or wisdom for aspiring producers?

JR: Study your instruments and synths! The weakness I find in a lot of new producers is that there’s too much guesswork in their composition and sound design. Part of being an electronic musician is being a musician. Practice, practice, practice. And figure out what everything does in your DAW. Understanding your software doesn’t end at figuring out how to sidechain.

GDD: Anything else you’d like to say?

JR: Expect a LOT of new material in the fall, some original, some collaborations, and not all under the “John Roman” name. Gotta Dance Dirty™ is the best electro blog in the world. 704 Fuck Shack for life. Shout out to super-fan Matt Peen Prior.

GDD: Last but not least, do you absolutely have to dance dirty? Is there really any other way?

JR: There’s absolutely no other way. There’s a crazy party here in Toronto called “Dance Like You Fuck”, and I hope that’s how everyone approaches dancing to electro music.