The picturesque and often sleepy city of Santa Barbara has recently produced some prominent acts in the likes of Seven Lions and Traveler. Shying away from the typical 4×4 house pattern, they’ve carved out their own unique styles of electronica. Justin Kleiner, another rising producer from Santa Barbara, has just released his Along The Way EP, and the ambient package is an impressive mixture of dramatic soundscapes and thematic drums that were prevalent in early M83 or Sigur Ros tracks. Kleiner has also drawn up a fine collection of artwork that’s tied in with the release that can be found on his site called Auxin. Grab the entire EP for free download below.
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It’s The Dirt #141 brought to you by Steven N. Ewald + aRod. It’s a brand new year and we’re taking things up a notch. We’ve got a 12-pack of freebies from big hitters like Treasure Fingers & The Knocks, Chromeo, Salva, Dillon Francis feat. TEED and the latest French Express release from Lane 8. Plus plenty of other freshness from our GDD mates Traveler, a blissed out Chris Jylkke remix of a Lana del Rey “classic” & plenty of straight up HOUSE MUSIC to kick this year into gear. Strap in for this week’s wild ride…
It’s always a good day when I get new music from our pals, Traveler. “Drift” is the latest offering out today for free download from the duo, evoking a sense of pure bliss with a perfectly chilled-out, West Coast vibe. Production is clean and on-point, and it’s clear that Traveler has really fallen into their own signature sound. With a grip of new music in the bank right now, expect to see some more new stuff from these guys here in coming weeks. √+
Zander & Blair AKA Traveler continue to impress with this laid back, funk’d up remix of Mark Morrison‘s legendary tune, “Return Of The Mack.” The guys add a bit of Nu Disco vibe matched with their signature downtempo-style bass, but the kicker for me in this fantastic new rendition is the guitar. Twangy funk riffs are laid into it, making you actually forget that you’re inside of a Mark Morrison remix until the aptly placed vocal cuts bring you back to the Mack. Biggup fellas. √+
The Santa Barbara-based bass music duo, Traveler, are making strides in establishing themselves as leaders of the next generation of underground electronic music acts. Zander and Blair take a progressive approach by blending live instrumentation with intricate production that results in a groovy down-to-earth vibe matched with jolting energy for the dance floor.
Be prepared for an hour of new and old original Traveler music that will set you off on a course to free your mind. Enjoy the excellent bassy tunes in this week’s guest mix and watch our for more Traveler to come.
Tracklist and their most recent EP, Create/Negate, after the jump.
YEEEW! Dirt time & all I gotta say is I am very DTF with all of the songs so generously being put into the mix this week. Very much a theme again here, slowed UK vibes and really strongly percussion-based tracks in my picks, and a bit of everything from Jonah; ubiquitously groovy of course. Tons of free jams for everyone to enjoy, and we’re really stoked on all of the producers below & highly recommend checking more of their stuff out! Download all 11 tracks after the jump… Continue Reading
Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting Jeremy Glenn for our GDD™ Guest Mix feature, and this time around, we’re bringing you some more hand-picked rising talent. The Arizona native and current California resident, Young Blackmail aka Blair, is as versatile as it gets being a multi-instrumentalist, producer, DJ, and vocalist. He has provided an excellent mix that displays style and eclecticism as it features everything from hip-hop slow jams to UK style sounds. Young Blackmail‘s future plans include releasing solo material in the coming months, as well as a new EP in the next couple of weeks with his partner, Zander, in their group named Traveler. Stay tuned for more updates, and in the meantime, enjoy this week’s GDD™ Guest Mix below (tracklist after the jump).
So we took last week off of The Dirt and we sincerely apologize for it, but what better way to come back this week than with a mouthwatering, user-submitted buttshot and a terrific 11-pack of tunes to get you ready for the weekend! As usual, we have a bit of everything in here, so either take our word for it and download everything via the zip files, or pick and choose which ones sound good to you. Happy Dirt day people.
JACKIN’ TECH HOUSE
• Riva Starr, Major Lazer – Jump (The Martin Brothers Remix) √+ [Beatport]
Out last month on the Snatch! subsidiary label, Snatch! Special, this remix of Jump by Christian and Justin blends the familiar sounds of Snatch! and DirtyBird and is deservedly the first track on the compilation release.
VOCAL INDIE NU DISCO
• Metronomy – Everything Goes My Way (Ewan Pearson Remix) √+ [Beatport]
I first heard this remix on Danny Daze‘s guest mix for Nic Fanciulli‘s Worldwide Sounds podcast. I love the original from Metronomy and Ewan Pearson sticks to the main elements while incorporating a great Nu Disco feel.
TECHNO + HOUSE
• Lazy Ants & Rob Threezy – Chi to Rome (Mike Mago Remix) √+
Set for release next Monday the 19th, the Chi to Rome EP from Lazy Ants and Rob Threezy incorporates some of my favorite genres: Acid House, Chicago House, and Techno. This remix from BMKLTSCH Records head honcho, Mike Mago, delivers a bit of a Chicago House vibe while incorporating the repetition of a solid Techno tune.
• Cut Copy – Sun God (Andrew Weatherall Remix) √+
Cut Copy received a Grammy nod for Best Dance/Electronica Album a couple weeks ago for their fantastic Zonoscope LP, and in celebration they’ve released this nearly 9-minute epic remix from the legendary Brit, Andrew Weatherall. It’s a must have.
• Traveler – Phantom (Original Mix) √+
I just posted on these guys earlier this week, but I felt like I needed to include this track in The Dirt this week because it’s been on such heavy rotation since I downloaded it on Monday. Keep a serious eye out for Traveler in 2012.
Gigamesh is heating up the Winter by bringing back the classic “Disco Inferno” with great taste and extra grooves. It’s just another gem to add to the quality Gigamesh catalog.
Uppermost displays his refined production skills with a harder hitting, Justice type sound in “Positive,” a track of off his latest release, Action.
DRUM ‘N’ BASS
This round of the Dirt calls for a tune from the always dependable Sigma. I find it necessary to have a little up-tempo energy and this easily gets the job done.
I’m sure you could relate on how good it feels to come across a great artist and my latest discovery is Glasgow’s Rustie. With a unique and distinct style, he’s definitely one to look out for, especially with support from BBC’s Annie Mac.
They’re known for their remixes, and it’s to no surprise that Adventure Club has put together a great arrangement of Metric’s “Collect Call.” Having the foundation of great vocals to work with facilitates the production process, but they certainly take it a step further.
Emancipator is one of my favorite producers to chill to and with his laidback, flowing vibe, there’s not much else I could ask for. If you don’t already “like” his Facebook, I suggest you do so as he gave this track out for free today after reaching 30,000 fans!
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It’s always been a staple of the GDD™ philosophy to encourage and assist upcoming artists by sharing their music with our intelligent and tasteful readership. We love the platform that this website provides, and today I use it to share with you the production duo known as Traveler. Pulling influence from Glitch, Dubstep, Drumstep, and many other subgenres, Zander and Blair create original productions and remixes suited for everything from the bedroom to Burning Man. You’ll find a melodic, Lovestep vibe on their first two productions that we’re sharing below, but the two dive deep into Mid-Tempo Glitch in their upcoming originals and remixes including a brand new remix just released today on Vermin Street. Keep an eye out for these guys; we’ll be sure to update you on them soon.