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Friend of GDD  (actually who am I kidding, friend of near every music person ever to do anything in Los Angeles) Mike Brillstein, known to many as Thee Mike B, has been making house music. And it’s f**king good. Over the past year we’ve seen him foray into a new moniker as Brillstein, collabing with Play It Down boss and house champion Jesse Rose on tracks like “Shuffle The Paper” and “Good Wife”. I was hearing big dudes like Loco Dice slamming Shuffle The Paper in sets for months. As Brillstein, Mike B is a heavy-hitter, keeping elements in his tracks that punch you right in the stomach and leave a mark. This year he announced his debut LP on Jesse’s label, which gets released at the end of the month. For now, he’s dropped off a new original for free download. Should be a clear indicator of the smashing direction that the LP will head in – the first track of which just premiered over on Pulse Radio.

Get the download above, and be sure to nab your copy of Brillstein’s Back To Bed LP, which comes out on Play It Down on April 29.


It seems as the time has finally come; Jesse Rose‘s massive undertaking of his 12×12 series finally ends with The Whole Twelve Remixes, a selection of (you guessed it) twelve brand new remixes from a grand selection of talented musicians in the game like Guti, Sebo K, Matthias Tanzmann, Ardalan, Doorly, and more. Each track from his album The Whole Twelve Inches got a nice little revisit from legends and newcomers alike, thickening the remix roster for Jesse’s label Play It Down by a hefty amount.

You can listen to all the remixes in the handy Soundcloud package below, preorder the album on iTunes by clicking HERE, or straight up go buy it right now on Beatport HERE.

As an added bonus, two new remixes are available for free downloads via their premiers on THUMP and XLR8R. Symbols’ angel Jaw Jam puts a softer edge on the bass-heavy ‘Underbelly’ and Blaine Lake takes Love The Feeling High to booming techno levels. Big.
Download Jaw Jam’s remix here: via XLR8R
Download Blaine Lake’s remix here: via THUMP

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Jesse Rose makes a lot of music. After successfully completeing a twelve-month release plan over the entirety of 2013, his third studio album drops next month. But even that isn’t enough for the veteran house producer and DJ. Today he dropped a bomb on the internet, announcing that for the next twelve days he’d be giving away an additional twelve tracks, the lot of which he’s appropriately calling The Free Twelve Inches.

The tracks are available for streaming on Soundcloud through his label Play It Down, but all you’ve got to do to get the tracks for yourself is head over to his official Facebook page and click on the “Download Music” tab. If you’re a fan of his page, you’re two clicks away from a handy little .zip folder of twelve fantastic selections of Jesse Rose tracks, from instrumentals to remixes to plenty of original works.

The Free Twelve Inches is available for download until January 27th. Access them HERE.

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O&A, the legendary combination of Louis Osbourne and Jamie Anderson, have been riding steady under the riptide of house music, maintaining the stream of pure, danceable tunes that act as precise club weapons across the globe. I’d expect nothing less of a duo where each of them have lived and breathed music from birth. Their tracks on home label Play It Down are almost confoundingly simply and thusly extremely effective. In cooking, adding fat is said to add flavor, and in the case of O&A it is the same. Fat tracks with a Chicago influence are the bread and butter of house, able to be mixed and added and interpreted by DJs and fans alike.

I’ve managed to catch the fine gentlemen just before the holidays, and since all three of us were feeling generous (tis the season) we’ve managed to package up a lovely little exclusive interview and 70 minute mixtape for your pre-Christmas pleasure. So while you’re on a plane, train, or car to head home for the holidays, press play and bump this away to your heart’s content.

You can check out O&A’s latest EP on Play It Down here: O&A – BASEMENT BEATS EP

INTERVIEW AND MIXTAPE AFTER THE JUMP!
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It takes a special kind of person to pull a feat like releasing music every 12th of the month on the dot for a whole year, and house producer and champion Jesse Rose is just that kind of special person. November means the second to last in his 12×12 series, this time seeing him parter with Australian-based Playmode and Cool Kids’ cool kid Chuck Inglish on vocals. It’s ‘g-house’ without any of the overdone ‘g-house’ formulas.

Jesse’s new 12×12 is out exclusively on Beatport now, but you can stream it below, and hop over to his Soundcloud page to check out the rest of the 12×12 series.

Last week on Play It Down, the UK-based label from Jesse Rose, two very talented gentlemen by the names of Doc Daneeka and Nick Hook came together on a brilliant collab track called ‘Jacking Dogs’. Doc and Nick are two extremely multi-faceted guys in the industry, both dipping their fingers in multitudes of genre and talent pots, and more importantly doing it with all sorts of style and grace. ‘Jacking Dogs’ is their first collaboration together, and with such comes with a new pseudonym: Doc:Hook.

‘Jacking Dogs’ is smooth, infectious house music, keeping with the classic Play It Down vibes whilst remaining as interesting and fresh as can be. For now it’s out exclusively on Beatport, and you can stream and purchase it below:


Next up from Jesse Rose‘s busiest imprint of 2013, Play It Down, is a two-track EP from a brand new name to the label: Christian Nielsen. Over the years Jesse Rose has not only had many secret or not-so-secret monikers of his own, from Alias Jonez to Black Rose (with the legend Henrik Schwarz), but also has released music from many friends and peers under different names.
Christian Nielsen is the latest name to add to this tradition, and with a little research I’m sure any fan could figure it out. But for now, we are left with the Shades EP, which contains two house-y tech-y club jams that with simple progressions are able to do some heavy-lifting in keeping the floor moving and the people dancing. ‘Push’ is the house-ier and stronger of the two tracks, and subtle layers and changes in the track make this a real ‘push’-er in a DJ set. ‘Slick’ is a little more uptempo, a little more techy, and after the 4:06 mark I’ll be damned if you don’t do the obligatory “WOOOOOO!!!!!” that happens when you’re witnessing the peak mark of a classic house/techno track.

Shades EP is out next week on Play It Down, but you can stream both tracks via their Soundcloud below.

Jesse Rose is keeping himself very busy. In between constant touring, curating his Made For The Night parties, remixing a boatload of different artists from Banks to Calvin Harris to Rüfüs and more, he’s also promised to deliver a single or EP on the 12th of every month of 2013 as part of his “12×12″ series.

July’s 12×12 comes in what is undeniably his strongest vocal 12×12 of the year: ‘Time Is But A Moment’. Featuring vocals from NYC’s Arama, it’s a catchy little number that’s an ode to New York’s house heritage. I’m almost certain you’ll be hearing this from all your favorite house DJs playing wherever you are in the world… the 12x12s were created by Jesse who’s spent years mastering the art of how to keep people dancing… ‘Time Is But A Moment’ is proof that the effort continues to pay off.

You can stream the track below and purchase the release (which will include two remixes) this Friday, July 12.

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This December, you’ll be gearing up for the holidays, going on ski trips, and most importantly, reading year-end reviews from blogs and other online publications. My prediction is that atop all of the ‘Tastemakers’ lists for best songs of 2011, Oliver $‘s ‘Doin’ Ya Thang’ will hold its place just as it did on Beatport for multiple months. If the Berlin-based producer was not well-known from his multiple releases on Made To Play, Play It Down, and Wearhouse, he certainly picked up a lot of attention from his vocal sample masterpiece released last April. Now, the groovemeister is touring 4 continents for the rest of the year, working on a debut album out on Made To Play early next year, and helping out Justin Martin in the studio for his album due out on dirtybird. He’s a busy guy, and most recently, he’s made a fantastic mix for DJ Mag that includes some top tier producers and he’s given us the preview to his newest release, ‘Granulated Soul.’

DJ Weekly Podcast 55 Oliver $ by djmag

Tracklist:
1. Gene Siewing – ‘You Not a DJ’ Off Recordings
2. Oliver $ – ‘Doin’ Ya Thang (Jamie Shaw Edit)’ CDR
3. Eats Everything – ‘Entrance Song’ Pets
4. Phil Weeks – ‘We the Brand’ Robsoul
5. Lunatic – ‘Best Intentions (Dustin Zahns gone old school mix)’ Kassette
6. Mark Fanciulli – ‘The Tide (Joris Voorn Edit)’ Rejected
7. M.in – ‘Lord Teach Me House’ Trapez LTD
8. Jan Driver – ‘Wobbelkow Ausbau’ Grand Petrol
9. Amir – ‘Pop Shop’ Bouq
10. &ME – ‘Empire State’ Keine Musik
11. Memoryman – ‘Higer’ Re-Vox
12. Daniel Steinberg -‘Feeling’ Arms & Legs
13. Moodyman – ‘Freaky MF (Catz´n Dogs Edit)’ CDR
14. Homework – ‘Rally Racket Club (Oliver $ Remix)’
15. Eats Everything & Worthy – ‘Tric Tac’ Dirtybird
16. Justin Martin & Ardalan – ‘Lezgo’ Dirtybird

Oliver $ Granulated Soul (Clip) by oliverdollar

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