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).
A massive 12 song compilation dropped today compliments of Moda Black. The roster of artists appearing in the package is a dream-team of rising stars like Disclosure, Eats Everything, Nick Monaco, and Kill Frenzy. I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite out of the bunch, as the tunes vary from the deep house camp over to the peak-time warehouse vibe. Expect to hear a fair bit of this compilation this summer, especially since Moda Black’s label heads are none other than BBC1′s Jaymo & Andy George. Pick up a copy on iTunes or Amazon. Check out previews after the jump.
UK bass monger Hostage has been a GDD favorite since our inception. From 4 am warehouse anthems to growling sub-bass monsters, he’s produced a wide variety of tunes that speaks of his talent. He has a forthcoming release called the Creep EP on Herve‘s new label named ‘Deep Thrills’. While they might appear more subdued than some of his other releases, they all pack that fat square bassline that’s distinctively UK and also incorporate 2-step/garage influenced percussion lines that have me itching for it to drop next month.
Last March in Miami during WMC, I had the pleasure of playing alongside soft-spoken T.E.E.D. at a couple gigs. His live show was spectacular, and his DJ sets were some of the most forward sounding that I had heard during the entire conference. Plus, I’m pretty sure I remember fetching him a gin & soda. Or was it gin & tonic? Regardless, he announced today a UK tour which commences the 2nd of February in Cardiff. He’s also giving away a gorgeous track called ‘Dream On’, which is so wonderfully produced that I’m surprised it isn’t on a forthcoming EP.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs 2012 UK Tour
02-Feb Cardiff, Club Ifor Bach
03-Feb Oxford, Bullingdon
04-Feb Liverpool, Chibuku
05-Feb Glasgow, King Tuts
07-Feb Newcastle, Other Rooms
08-Feb Nottingham, Bodega
09-Feb Manchester, Deaf Institute
10-Feb Leeds, Hi Fi Club
11-Feb Sheffield, The Plug
15-Feb Bristol, Thekla
16-Feb London, Heaven
17-Feb Southampton, Orange Rooms
18-Feb Brighton, Digital
• Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Dream On
photo credit: Ryan Dinham
August bank holiday weekend is always a highlight in a music savvy Londoner’s diary. It’s the one weekend in the summer where the capital takes its partying to new levels with Notting Hill Carnival, and a host of other events scattered around the city. For South-West London, the weekend is now known for the annual SW4 Festival, an integral massive in the dance music calendar boasting an impressive lineup across two days. We were there last Sunday to check it out.
Read on after the jump…
What’s good Dirty Dancers? With the summer just around the corner, we’ve taken the liberty to put together a guide amassing Europe’s best EDM festivals, for your perusal. The guide will be easily accessible and on the right hand side of the blog all summer. We’ll be keeping it updated as fresh names are added to each bill.
So without further ado, European festival season kicks off after the jump…
WOAH I hope you all haven’t forgotten about one of our prodigal sons, 22 year old UK phenom Kyle Gibbon, aka FOAMO. I recently came across his latest mix for Ministry of Sound’s ‘Saturday Sessions’, and its jam packed with loads of unreleased tunes (like the harvy bass remix of FC) that I’ve been spewing over trying to find.
Foamo – Saturday Sessions Mix
Roska – Squark
The Martin Brothers – Duckface (kyes edit)
Tony Senghore – If you came here
Round Table Knights – Calypso
Highbloo – My Orkestra
Foamo – Centavo
Boy 8 Bit – The Keep
• Major Lazer – When You hear the Bassline (Tony Senghore remix)
Foamo – Jookie
Felix Cartal – World Class Driver (Harvard Bass remix)
LA Riots – The Drop
Zinc – Music Makers
Oliver Twizt – Gangsterdam
Mele – Mugged
Crookers ft Roisin Murphy – Royal T (Foamo remix)
Clouds – Liquid
Brodinski – Arnold Classics (Egyptrixx remix)
Busy Signal – Tic Toc (Greenmoney remix)
Hot Chip – I feel better (ill blu remix)
• Miike Snow – Silvia (Sinden remix)
Kito ft Reija Lee – LFO
I copped some heat for my last post not being as ‘hawrd’ as I made it out to be, and I know you filthy addicts of noize religiously come back to GDD™ for your fix. Alas, I hope I have what you’re looking for. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again…the UK is wearing the crown for the most devilish sounds ever. The kids over there must not get enough love as youngsters because these tracks are straight violent. Give dubstep maestro Cookie Monsta a warm GDD™ welcome. After my ears recover, I’m looking forward to hearing more.
• Cookie Monsta – Anti-Christ
• Cookie Monsta – Frontline
• Tomb Crew – Western Jam