Whilst everyone was likely busy prepping their stomachs and couches for Superbowl Sunday, I was catching up with some of my favorite young producers from England, Maribou State and Pedestrian, via a fun little Twitter interview. I’ve been really stoked on what these guys have been doing for quite a while (matter of fact, I think Maribou State were one of the first groups I ever interviewed…) so when they sent over their amazing new collab track “Mask” I knew it was time for a chat again. Out on Pets Recordings today, “Mask” is a truly beautiful tune & actually just got announced as Radio 1′s track of the week. The lush amount of positive feedback is a step in a very well-deserved direction for the boys & I’m eager to see where they go next.
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We got quite the assortment of tunes to carry you into the weekend right here. Courtesy of Yung TOKS and myself, Burn Unit, here’s a ten track grab bag that has a little bit of everything for just about any situation you might find yourself in this weekend as we leave January behind and continue to barrel head first into 2013. Some disco, deep house, booty bass, some off-kilter hip-hop infused dubstep, The Dirt #104 is your one-stop shop for your weekend soundtrack!
With my nice leather jacket fresh of the closet for the season, as well as more beanies than I can unapologetically admit to owning and wearing, it’s official: it’s getting cold. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of fall & the things that come with it: rosy cheeks, cozy fireplaces, pumpkin or apple EVERYTHING, and so on, but there’s something I’ll always miss about the kiss of summer that kind of comes with being a california girl (damn you, Katy Perry..)
As the winter chill nips at our heels, it’s nice to reminisce about the warm days of summer, where being out in the sun inevitably leads to a happier disposition, more dance parties, and from a chemical perspective, an increase in your body’s production of eumelanin. Pretty much the stuff that your skin creates to protect your cells from getting their DNA damaged by the sunlight, since it’s pigmented a higher level of melanin would mean a darkened skin color. Viola, a tan!
Below are what I can laughably call my very own musical tanning-bed, your own little reminder of summer. Put on your favorite pool party ensemble, bust out the Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Margarita Maker, and shake your booty to these sun-lovin, summer-drippin tunes.
Novocain. Or is it Novocaine? Or Allocaine? Or if you’re Frank Ocean… Novacane? Technically, all wrong. Ubiquitous under the trade name Novocain, procaine is something more or less we’ve all likely had anencounter with over our lives. An alkaloid pharmaceutical used as a local anesthetic (big words, for your health), procaine is synonymous in our minds for dulling pain… and for good reason. By blocking sodium channels into the cell, Novocain is frequently used in minor surgeries and dental work as a way of numbing pain sensations in a small area.
There’s definitely something perplexing about local anesthetics. The paradox of knowing something painful is happening, but feeling it in a different way. Dull, blunt, and softened, like someone is punching you through a pillow. The odd sensation of feeling numb but completely alert at the same time. Behind the jump you’ll find a selection of songs derivative of every direction I could take Novocain in. Blunted songs, songs that feel as though the edge or aggression has been taken off, songs that make YOU take the edge off, ones that make you conscious of their presence in a different way. Get numb.
Ms. Tamara Sky and myself, Tre are on dirt duty this week and we have some splendidly fresh sounds for your experienced ears. From massive drops to spotless underlying groove, Tamara and myself have covered all the bases. So sit back, grab some free tunes and enjoy!
Check out all the free goodies after the jump!
Another Thursday and another 10-pack of free tunes to get your weekend started off in the right direction. This week, I’ve teamed up with Korbz to deliver a nice, lighthearted batch of songs perfect for the middle of summer. Nu Disco, House, and Tropical jams aplenty in this 82nd edition of The Dirt. Continue Reading
For the 75th installment of The Dirt, K.M.O.C. and Korbz teamed up to create a playlist worthy of only the most loyal GDD fans. This installment of The Dirt is perfect for anywhere a summer day might take you. Whether that is long naps on the beach, or late nights grooving in the club, The Dirt #75 is an ideal companion for your summer plans.
Kastle is a big favorite of ours over here at GDD™, which is why I’m thrilled to announce that he has recently established his own label, Symbols Recordings, and will be releasing the first EP, Stay Forever, on June 5th. Four sundry originals make up the introductory release; topped off with an excellent Deep House remix from Maribou State – the duo out of London. The EP journeys from the 100BPM in the title track to club-ready ‘Can’t Explain’ and ‘Don’t Look Back’ to a bit of Breaks in ‘You Said.’ In my opinion, Stay Forever is a perfect way to kick off what I hope will be a long line of successful releases from Barrett Richards. Read on to stream the EP as well as download the first edition of the Symbols Mix Series. √+ Continue Reading
Last month, we heard that The 2 Bears will be releasing their debut album on DFA records on the 30th of January, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. The highly anticipated release will feature some of my favorite tracks of last year including ‘Be Strong,’ ‘Bear Hug,’ and their newest single just released this week, ‘Work.’ The ‘Work’ EP is incredible. Not only is the original an embodiment of all that I love about The 2 Bears, but it also comes along with top-notch remixes from Toddla T, Oliver $, Supabeatz, and Franky Rizardo. Stream below and go grab the whole thang on iTunes now.
• The 2 Bears – Work (Maribou State Remix) √+
Following the conception of their Heretic imprint, our friends at Rebel Magazine have just sent over their first compilation. Showcasing 12 tracks from 12 different artists including Mike Gao and Maribou State, the release features an impressive array of post-dubstep, tropical, and beats driven old school cuts. Best of all, the entire compilation is available for Free Download via the Rebel Mag Bandcamp so there’s really no excuse not to swing by and grab yourself a copy.
If you’re in LA this evening, Rebel Magazine are throwing a launch party for the Heretic release at the Ronin Gallery in Silverlake. It kicks off at 10pm and goes ’til 2 – Here’s a link to the Facebook event.