With Coachella weekend in the crosshairs, we’ve compiled a 35 track playlist highlighting a lot of the acts that’ve got us rearin’ to go. Fans of hip-hop, indie, rock, pop, house, and techno, rejoice as we do our best to cover all the bases in this behemoth of a Spotify playlist. Put your hair down, enjoy the vibes, and get ready for the ride of your life. Catch us on the polo fields wildin’ out like the kooks that we are and remember to take care of yourself and look after one another, and most importantly; DRINK MORE WATER!
Tis the season for dark and moody electronic productions and Destructo delivers a mega tune just in time for his famed Fall Festival, HARD Day Of The Dead. He takes the Marshall Mather’s line “nobody listens to Techno” and adds a chugging bass line with heavy acid synths and the iconic kick snare combo to bring this monster to life. More of an homage to all the people who stuck with him while he did what he believed than a true techno tune, but that won’t stop it from getting plenty of air play this season, just you wait.
The productions of Craig Williams go a long way in my MP3 library – his remixes are known for taking dance pop anthems and morphing them into techno laced dance floor stompers. A hefty trait to be known for, to say the least. His latest is no exception taking Duke Dumont‘s 2015 fanfare “The Giver” and reducing it into it’s simplest four on the floor counterpart. Ripe for anytime past midnight, it’s sure to bring the ruckus to any club or festival setting.
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What better way to start off the week than with a serving of French techno. The Fake Music label boss Yoann Feynman has teamed up with Monomotion to give us the banging “Gaza”. Driven by a sinister bassline that would have fellow countryman Gesaffelstein proud, it takes a cinematic approach with a tension-building breakdown that begs for a Ryan Gosling car chase a la ‘Drive’. The Parisian based artists are crossing the pond to set up shop in LA in 2015, so expect to see a lot more from the Fake imprint.
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.
The Venezuelan duo Fur Coat have spent the last few years climbing the rungs of the underground ladder and are firmly planted at the top. Since the release of their 2012 anthem ‘You & I‘, the duo has shifted gears from sing-along deep house tunes to chugging, techno burners as reflected by their most recent Crosstown Rebels release, U Turn. After a strong summer touring clubs like DC10 in Ibiza and Treehouse in Miami, Fur Coat gave our friends over at Boomrat an inside look into their secret weapons. Stream the entire playlist below.
A tune that’s instantly stuck in your head upon first breakdown, “I Only Have Eyes For You” tows a heavy chugging techno beat coupled with a soulful barbershop breakdown courtesy of The Flamingo’s smash single by the same name. It’s a paradoxical tune from Panic Bomber that is sure to grab the attention of any dance floor, free download to compliment.
Our Toronto boys Meech & Rynecologist have finally fused into one force known as RYME – releasing their debut BAK DEN EP on BoysNoize records label TRAX. The two have shown a variety of styles in their solo productions – but their love for old school Chicago House, Detroit Techno and Baltimore Club led the way in inspiration for their debut EP “BAK DEN”. This collaborative debut is an homage to a music scene which was underground, simple and real. The EP already has support from the likes of Sinden, Brodinski, Crookers, Toddla T, and the BNR crew – not to mention is climbing the Beatport TECHNO charts… Listen below and grab it now on beatport!
After a brief hiatus, the Kurtz & Bomber duo is back with the second installment of their Berlin Breeze mixtape series. Drawing from their influences that range from soulful house to banging techno, the hour long mixtape is a cosmic journey through a dynamic field of auditory bliss. With all cylinders currently firing, expect to hear the follow-up EP to their last acclaimed Work On Me EP that was released on the legendary Bedrock imprint.
This Monday will see the release of the highly anticipated debut album from longtime GDD™ favorites and Techno/Electro mavens, Mumbai Science, on Lektroluv Records. The Belgian duo follow up years of quality releases like “Ancova,” “Gold,” and “Impact” with eleven new tracks under the guise of Deja Vu, staying true to their initial inspirations while allowing the lenient album format to let them color outside the lines a bit.
In advance of the record release next week, the guys have answered a few questions about Deja Vu and also kindly given us first listen on their slamming collaboration with Mixhell which definitely feels like a refreshing throwback to the late 2000s with a well-executed, converging rock meets electro vibe. Listen to “Vegas” and get some insight on the new album below.