Over the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of attending The Do LaB‘s famed transformational festival known as Lightning in a Bottle, and each time it was truly an indescribable experience unlike any other. With new dates falling in the heat of Summer and an unfamiliar venue situated in a desert environment, this year’s festival underwent a significant amount of change in certain aspects, but its fundamental anatomy remained as artistic, conscious, purposeful, and spiritually vibrant as ever – exceeding my expectations and providing for yet another phenomenal weekend.
Through hosting an extensive lineup of some of the most in-demand musicians, DJs, speakers, yoga instructors, and artists, among many other performers and participants, Lightning in a Bottle has once again exemplified why it has gained such prestige as a world-class event that draws thousands from far and wide. After the jump, I’ll run through my thoughts on the new venue/atmosphere, my top 3 performances, late-night happenings, other highlights, and some photos to give you a better visual perspective of the festival.
Photo By: Fiona Freund
On a promising ascent in the underground, the UK duo known as Psychemagik has built a name around sensational disco and psychedelic edits, obscenely vast record collections, beautiful production work and transcendent mixtape journeys. After the release their recent, critically acclaimed, Magik Sunrise compilation in May and a host of remixes for the likes of Haim, Boy George, Bryan Ferry and Mirror People, they are back this Summer with 12 shows and festival dates booked across the USA and Canada. In celebration of their tour, Psychemagik has delivered an astounding GDD™ Guest Mix packed with infectious grooves and peak-time energy that will leave you searching for track IDs as the tracklist has been kept secret. Listen/download the mix below and see if they’re playing in a city near you after the jump.
• Hear two new James Blake tracks
• Chicago’s Wavefront gives sneak peak of artists • LEME announces 2013 dates and lineup
• Shadow Child to make debut W.A.R appearance
• Psychemagik present Magik Sunrise
That’s right, the Waves ≠ Raves compilation is back. Grab a cocktail with Poseidon and let these tropical and smooth selections warm your soul.
“The waves ≠ raves consists of hand-picked gems that inspire us, tickling and tempting our creative juices. Some are old, some are new, but it is what we are listening to now. They are groovey, flowing, and sun-kissed just like that perfect wave. They are uplifting and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. They sound the best with a babe in one hand, a cold brewski in the other, and the sand beneath your feet. Stay Dreamy.”
Mr. KMOC and myself, Tropicool, are your in-flight curators of this weeks Dirt #81. We’ve traveled to the furthest ends of space and time otherwise known as the internet, to bring you the freshest of the fresh, the coolest of the cool, the jams we’ve been listening to as of late. Vibe out below and let the tunes carry you into your weekend. Continue Reading
Let the tryptophan soak into your neurons and the music take hold. Take this lazy mixtape straight under the covers and let its funky smoothness warm your soul while you butter those buns. Silky-smooth transitions laced with euphoric tones and sexy vocals make this Gooch tape perfect for the season. Be easy and give thanks. Enjoy and happy thanksgiving.
Gooch Tape Vol. 2 Tracklisting: Psychemagik – Valley of Paradise Quakers & Mormons – New York Town (The c90s Remix) Chris Malinchak – No Secrets Anton Romezz – Marzipan World Tesla Boy – In Your Eyes (Satin Jackets Remix) Walter Sobcek – Miami (Pharao Black Magic Remix) Stacy Lattisaw – Dynamite (Breakbot Edit) Sare Havlicek – Vibe on You Niki & The Dove – Mother Protect (Goldroom Remix) Drop Out Orchestra – It Will Never Be the Same Again Jadoo ft. Hard Ton – Voodoo Love Moby – The Right Thing ft. Inyang Bassey (Cosmonauts Remix) Miguel Campbell – Baby I got It (Edit Murphy Remix) Mario Basanov – Just Think About (Social Disco Club Remix) Christophe – The Force (Julio Bashmore Piano Remix) Alba – Only Music Survives
On a Sunday night, in a beach town not so far away from you, I cracked open a Pacifico and began to ponder what I would do as the elusive evening drew closer and city lights began to flicker on. I decided to soul-search and ate a few silver-striped mushrooms out of an old embroidered Chinese box I had hidden beneath the dock. As I walked along the beach, the sand softly tickled my toes and the waves crashed in a perfect symphony. Just then, Poseidon’s froth had washed something hard up onto my foot. It was a glistening whiskey bottle; Jameson’s own to be exact. I opened it up, expecting a rich carmel liquid to engulf my soul and warm it from the inside out. However, out fell a flash drive where the words “Gooch-Tape #1″ were engraved. It was a sign; a sign that good things were coming. A sign that the warmth and sun-kissed poolside jams of summer would flow into the colorful world autumn had to offer. Warm your soul and paint your walls gold!
Tracklisting Jazzanova – I can see (filippo Moscatello Remix) Joakim – Find a Way (Punks Jump Up Remix) Jamiroquai – Runaway Elijah Collins & Nist – Love’s Down Calanx – Glossin’ Kleerup ft. Titiyo – Longing for Lullabies (Joakim Remix) Gigamesh – When You’re Dancing (Cassian Remix) NSFW – Coconut (Cosmonauts Remix) Psychemagik – Carnaval De Trancoso Cosmonauts – Cycle Eyes (Cosmonauts Summer Version) Runaway – Chapter IV (Tensnake Reinterpretation)[on the prowl] Arnaud Rebotini – Another Time, Another Place (Gucci Vump Remix) Small Pyramids – I Want Blood (Goldroom Remix) ?? – ??
Track list: 1. Marble Players – Wipe Out
2. Hey Today! – Minor (Para One Remix)
3. Munnibrotherz – Moon Chon Chayoh (Zombie Disco Squad Remix) (AG NDS Edit)
4. Arnaud Rebotini – All You Need Is Techno (Gesaffelstein Remix)
5. Phil Kieran – Skyhook 1
6. Bobmo – My House
7. Style Of Eye – Wet
8. The Very Best & Moroka – Ndekha (Brave DJ Version)
9. Ill Saint M – Carnation (Franki Chan Remix #1) (Demo) •Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere (Psychemagik Edit)