Almost a year ago, the Miami based outfit Sluggers crept onto the scene with a 4-track package on OWSLA. It was a blend of thumping, warehouse inspired techno that raised more than a few eyebrows. They followed that up with a release earlier this year on Fools Gold, which saw them shift gears slightly to glitchy synth work and wobbly bass growls, however, their latest efforts seem to have reverted back to their original approach. Their Voyager EP, which dropped yesterday and is available for free download courtesy of Main Course, sees the duo make considerable strides on honing their sound. The standout track is Particles, which is an absolute weapon that’s fully equipped with a bellowing siren and processed snares that are fit for an ENTER stage. Contact follows similar suit with tidy percussion work and slick vocal chops, and Horizon closes the EP out with dirtybird-esque breaks and bass design. This release is another reason why Main Course has quickly become one of the most influential labels in the game right now, and should also give Sluggers some proper momentum heading into 2015.
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After setting the internet ablaze last week with his New Slaves Routine, Craze is back with a new track called ‘Bow Down’ that features the Dade County legend, Trick Daddy. While his talent on the decks is indisputable, his foray into the production world is now well solidified with this tune. There’s a palpable level of anger in both the routine and track, and it’s clear that the DMC champion is making strides to educate a generation of dance music fans that there’s more to DJing than just pressing a button and dancing around stage like an idiot. Look for this track to drop soon on his label, Slow Roast Records.
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!
I had the real pleasure of hanging out quite a bit with the gLAdiator boys last week in Miami, and after knowing Ian (readily donned with glasses and at least one bucket hat) from our original industry trench days I have to say I’m quite pleased to see how far they’ve come. April 1st marked the release of their gettup / party-burner EP Assembly Line on Fool’s Gold and I think they kinda nailed it with this one. gLAdiator’s honest approach to just having a genuine GOOD TIME is tangible from their presence on stage to the structure in their songs.
The EP begins with “Work” – a record set at the perfect pitch, tempo, and range to easily launch this into a category with other big festival anthems… “Sweat” takes a heavy nod towards A-Trak’s production style, with stuttering reverb toppling itself over disco-oriented chords. Then you have “Assembly Line” which is almost exactly what you’d expect it to be… a drippy and rolling track with various leads and growls, chants and twangs… you can tell the guys had fun with this one. Or it took them like six months. Who knows. Unsurprisingly the EP continues it’s well-structured progression and you dive right into “230 Feeling” which with a militant drum intro and whooping sirens inevitably means you’re not really going to bed til the sun comes out. And finally, “Weekend” takes trap music canons of hollow eastern-european influenced bells and chants like “Where my white girls at?” and cuts them into something interesting by the aid of a perfectly chopped vocal synth cry.
Overall I have to say a valiant effort from the guys, they cover a lot of ground here and amongst the heavy midst of various trap artists who’ve found solace in the super low-end or rampaging horns of the genre, gLAdiator take a welcomed seat right in the middle. It’s neither completely cheesy nor over-saturated, which is a simple nod to gLAdiator just having fun making what they want to make. Their honesty and effervescence as musicians will assuredly be what sustains them on the ever-changing map of dance music. Nice one, guys.
You can go buy the Assembly Line EP on Beatport or iTunes or wherever music is sold, and you can stream it below.
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!
WMC is finally upon us! Hundreds of artists and thousands of fans flock to Miami for a week full of pool parties, label takeovers, agency showcases and of course Ultra Music Festival. GDD is coming in hot with a full schedule, so we wanted to give you a rundown of our official events as well as fun stuff we’ll be attending
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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.
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Brisbane’s Sampology has been added to the Sweat It Out! Miami event next Tuesday that GDD has the privilege of presenting, and to celebrate the addition to the lineup, Sam has put together a quick minimix featuring some A+ tunes that are sure to be heard within the walls of the Electric Pickle on the 25th. Listen below and make sure to pick up tickets to the event here!
Lost Queen – Sampolgy edit – Pharrell
Bones – Sampology remix – Crooked Colours
All That She Wants feat. SYF & Fritz Helder (Plastic Plates Remix) – Yolanda Be Cool
Man of the Year – ScHoolboy Q
Slowments – Touch Sensitive
Party In Me – Gene Dunlap
To The Top – Mikos Da Gawd
Pin Tweaks – Indian Summer
Worldwide Dembow feat. Pablo Piddy – Uproot Andy
Sundream (Hayden James Remix) – RÜFÜS
Peso (Melé Version) – MGK
Highs And Lows – SBTRKT
We’re less than a week away from WMC and our showcase with Sweat It Out Music! Today we feed the fire and bring you the exclusive premiere of Plastic Plates new original “Nothing Like You”, forthcoming on Club Sweat. This production is 100% vibes, with a funky house rhythm atop a beautiful vocal teasing throughout the track. As mentioned in the description “Bob Marley said that one good thing about music is that when it hits you, you feel no pain. ‘Nothing Like You’ epitomizes this. FEEL GOOD music at it’s best. Put this on, take your lover, (or lovers), and go smile and dance in a field.” Listen below and get down with yo bad self!