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This weekend, San Diego has a tropical storm coming. The London-based Italiano MOWGLI will be making his way to Southern California. Let me just say that I have waited for this for a LONG time, and I couldn’t be more jazzed about it. Mowgli has just requested to play a 2 1/2 hour set, so Voyeur is gonna turn into a tribal, minimal, fidgety, jungle-bass rainforest. I encourage you to make it out to this one if you’re in the area – check out the Facebook event to RSVP! (or send names to bones@gottadancedirty.com)

This is an old school Mowgli remix he did way back before the tropical-ness hit his groove. He samples vocals from ‘Joe Budden – Pump It Up’ and the outcome is pure dirty magic.

• Join the Facebook event for this Saturday
• Read the exclusive GDD interview w/ Mowgli
• Check out Mowgli’s Soundcloud for more tunage

Hope you kids are recovered from another weekend of summer mayhem. This week’s been a pretty nutty seven days for electronic music, so I figured I’d kick off with a few heaters for y’all – try saying that with a British accent while trying to keep a straight face…

First up, GDD faves Dada Life have gone and produced a wicked new remix of Tim Berg, the man who also goes by the name of Avicii. Fuelled by champagne and bananas, the Swedish duo have given the original track a massive kick up the ass with distorted vox and heavy synthlines. Chin chin:

Signed with both Fool’s Gold and Modular, Bag Raiders seem to be doing rather well for themselves at the moment. Their Big Fun EP is still getting a grip of airplay and their debut album is set to hit the shelves on October 1. Until then, let the new Harvard Bass remix of ‘Way Back Home’ tide you over. Massive fan of this track; to case the original, head over to aRod’s post from a few weeks back – easy link.

I’ve been keeping an eye on Human Life who’ve been putting out some real tuneage lately. The LA based indie-disco trio will be playing at Pacific Fest in Costa Mesa on September 4th alongside Alan Braxe, Steve Aoki, and GDD’s own Dr. Schlongo & ///Bones among others, so head down to the OC and party with us on Labor Day weekend – We’ll hook you up with more info on that later. Back to Human Life though, they’ve got an EP set to drop at the beginning of November featuring remixes from Grum, Mintel Rose and Boston duo Nightriders. They’re currently giving away the B-side ‘Italo Crimewave’ for free via their soundcloud:
Last and by no means least, Mowgli‘s just unleashed a solid seven minute fidget rendition of LA Riots ‘Bombah’. Again, a huge fan of this track; if you dig it, head on over to Beatport to show Mowgli and LA Riots some love and support by buying the track in full 320 – Beatport link
• LA Riots – Bombah (Mowgli Remix) [removed by request] 


I don’t know if I can speak for all DJs, but I’m constantly being bothered to categorize certain songs into genres for people who consider the heinous songs of LMFAO ‘techno’. Granted, you’re probably a well-seasoned blogger bro who could rattle off every genre from uk-fidget to garage to post-indie-nu-disco whatevers, but when it comes to Señor Stereo, I consider it to be proper dance music. The three piece group release their Unintentional EP today on Slow Roast with 5 tracks ranging from Italo to jazz to dancefloor destroyers like the –soon to be acclaimed– ‘Hot Damn’. Cop the entire EP HERE ON ITUNES.

Señor Stereo feat. Lookbook – Babe We’re Gonna Love Tonight

bonus vibez
Mowgli – We Think Its Cool (Original Mix)

Italian DJ and producer Michele Savasta, has been kicking up a lot of heat over the past year or so, as one of the pioneers of midget house; a term coined for a genre that sees stripped down fidget house meet with a minimal sound. Playing under the pseudonym of Mowgli, Savasta’s dropped a host of different tracks and EPs, but really started turning heads in 2008 when he released a collaborative EP entitled Oriente Espresso with another Italian producer Solo. Since founding DeadFish, a label which he also runs, Mowgli has been taking Europe by storm over the past nine months, and this week GottaDanceDirty were lucky enough to bag an interview with the London-based producer. Here’s how it went…

GottaDanceDirty: Thanks for taking the time out to chat with us.
Mowgli: No problem.

GDD: How did you initially break into electronic music and when did you start?
Mowgli: I started making hip-hop beats when I was around the age of 15, then I made drum & bass for a few years, but by the time I was 25, I was fed up with D’n’B, and started to produce house music. A year later, I released my first EPs and remixes on Italian label: Mantra Vibes, moved to London soon after, and it’s now been two years that I’ve been doing this professionally.
GDD: Which artists would you say were your biggest influence as you were developing your sound, and what sort of stuff influences you now?
Mowgli: I don’t think I had any particular artists that influenced me; but it was mainly individual tracks that affected me. Sometimes I would hear a song and say, “Whoa! What the F**k is this?!” With that, it could be any genre, from pop through hip-hop to techno, it didn’t matter.
GDD: Why is it, do you think, that the percussive midget house sound from the likes of yourself, Round Table Knights, Camel and Riva Starr, is being supported so much right now by an increasing number of electronic artists?
Mowgli: To answer your question fully, I think it’s supported for three reasons: First of all, it’s a well produced sound. All the artists you mentioned are good, highly innovative producers. Secondly, it makes people dance. This is actually not as obvious as you’d think; there is well produced dance music that can be trippy, melancholic, or angry, but what we do is party-funky-groovy music. Thirdly, after a couple of years of the big electro sound, people wanted to have fun again and not take it too seriously.
GDD: Amen brotha, I feel you on that last one. What’s the most important thing to you when you make your tracks? Is there a special sound or backbone you can’t live without when you’re producing?
Mowgli: To make a really good track that everyone plays, unfortunately every element is important. You need the idea, like a catchy melody or good sample, a super groove, and it has to sound big – This means it has to be engineered well. I don’t really have a sound I can’t live without, as I try to change it up almost every time to avoid sounding repetitive.
GDD: We’ve been giving your I Want Everything EP a lot of airplay lately. Are you able to tell us what else you’re working on right now, and any collabs or remixes you’ve got lined up?
Mowgli: Yeh. I have a new single called “We Think It’s Cool” coming out on DeadFish at the end of May. Also, a new track with Tara McDonald called “Can’t Stop Singing” which is about to be released on DATA. Right now, I’m remixing Cassius “Feeling For You” as well as another couple of remixes for some friends. On DeadFish, I’m also releasing an album of remixes to celebrate our first anniversary at the end of June.
GDD: So a pretty busy time then?! Both performance and production-wise, who do you tip 2010 to be the year for?
Mowgli: I think Camel is gonna be big, and Solo as well. There are many others I like, but I can’t list them all!
GDD: We heard a rumor that you’ve plans to play some gigs out in the US pretty soon…?
Mowgli: Yes, it’s definitely true. I’m really looking forward to coming over. I want to find out if the US is starting to get our sound. I should be out in America around August time.
GDD: Glad to hear it, looking forward to catching another of your shows. Finally, we’ve got to ask you: when you’re not on the 1s and 2s, would you say you dance dirty?
Mowgli: I don’t understand this question, sorry. My English is still not good enough!
GDD: Thanks again for your time.
Because he’s such a nice guy, Mowgli was also kind enough to hook all you Dirty Dancers up with this:
02. Mowgli & Solo – Tatanka (Luca Lozano B&W remix)
03. Tom Flynn – Just Can’t Play
05. Camel – Bamboo
06. Tom Flynn – Twisty
07. Beckers and Gabe – Hell’s U
08. Reset Robot – Bangdrum
10. Camel – Boogie Nights
11. APDW vs Tim Deluxe – Just Won’t Do (Mowgli remix)
12. Malente & Dex – In Nightclubs (Camel remix)
13. Mowgli – We Think It’s Cool
14. Jesse Rose – You Know It
Sick b-side on Mowgli’s ‘I Want Everything’ EP. You can buy the EP in full 320: here.
Trademark house edit from one of the founding fathers of fidget.
Picked this up back when ‘London to Paris’ was first getting airplay. Big fan of this track, it’s really underrated in my view.

2009 was gnarly. MJ died. Obama was the cool black dude who got elected as president, but now everyone’s scratching their head wondering how he could be worse than the last bro, and this bass heavy genre of filth called dubstep kicked previous chart-topping bloghaus tracks to the curb. Here are some of my humble comments and selections from the year:

Biggest Dubstep ‘chune’ Emalkay – When I Look At You
-Few songs deserve the title of being called mega. This track goes so far beyond it. Skream dropped it during a set in Miami and I seriously thought this was the end of music as we knew it as kids literally bum-rushed the stage. After Emalkay pushed back the release date a few months, DJs were frothing at the bit to finally have the tune at their fingertips.

Das Elektronic Erol Alkan & Boys Noize – Waves
-While everyone and their brother either went mnml or wobble wobble, electronic gods Erol Alkan and Boys Noize stuck to their guns and produced a 9 minute epic. If you were a big time festival DJ in Europe worth your salt, you played this song.

Nu-Disco Loveys Damn Arms – Destination Pt. II
-This synth work in this track is second to none. It gets better every time I listen to it. I love it so so so much. Like seriously, so much.

Wobble Wobble Jack Beats – Get Down (VIP Edit)
-This summer I was in LA and spent the entire month of July and into August counting down the days to see Jack Beats are Hardfest. Long story short, cops busted the joint down and I never got to see him. FAIL.

Club Track Major Lazer – Pon de Floor
-Sure, we’ve all about had enough of this mayjah lazah song, but there is no denying how stoked you were the first few times you heard it out. If you told me that dancehall would be the biggest thing pon de charts since Justice, I would have told you to stop smoking so much reefer mon.

MNML-TEK HAUS Lazy Jay – Float My Boat (Pablo Decoder)
-I’m not gonna lie, my dad could probably produce a better ‘minimal’ song than most of the shit I hear these days (looking at you kid who just got ableton), but this Pablo Decoder track is massive.

!! RAVE !! D.I.M. & TAI – Lyposuct
-Easiest choice so far. Drugz and layzurs.

Hottest Babe who can sing award Ellie Goulding – Under the Sheets (Jeuce Rework)
If I was a chick I would be really envious of Miss Ellie Goulding. Her voice is too sexy. This Jeuce remix is my favorite out of the million floating around the blogosphere too (watch out for these UK kids next year)

So that about wraps up 2k9. Dub, disco, wobble and some cheeky stuff sprinkled in between. You could probably make a damn fine mix if you put them all together (food for thought) Anywho, here’s to more celebrities failing to realize that, yes, if you take too many drugs, you will die and people will mourn you via twitter (too soon??) Dance on into 2010 you dirty kids.

<3 troy kurtz!