Friday, December 19, 2014

giveaway :: BANANAS No.1 - Austin Cesear + LEECH + Guillaume & Framework w/ Carl Craig + Stacey Pullen

Los Angeles is being treated with some very great talent this weekend that will want you to make the dancefloor your home for the next few days. That's Deck has got two pairs of tickets for two different gigs on the same night!

First off is a brand new establishment called BANANAS, which is a LA underground party curated by the awesome founder of Risky Vision (event held in LA), Tahl Klainman aka Ford Prefect. He has lined up a solid bill of up and coming producers/DJs out of the west coast and the east that deserve some attention. Headlining is Public Information, Proibito, and Opal Tapes superstar Austin Ceasar from Brooklyn, NY. His elegant off-kilter house and techno sound is an exceptional experience to witness live as he lit up the dancefloor the last time he was in LA for States Of Being (this Saturday w/ ICEE HOT RSVP!). Not only that but this dude's productions are truly otherworldly and worth a good listen if your into thought pondering sounds.

Cesear's electronic originality will be joined by LA based 100% Silk affiliate and hardware scientist, Leech. Joining the two will be San Francisco's Spring Theory label head, Guilliaume, who is a true sound selector taking part in putting out some great records by some awesome talent. All three of these cats will be backed by the BANANAS residents, who managed to not only have them play tonight Dec.19th but also tomorrow night Dec.20 in the heart of underground San Francisco! That's the same show in two different cities I'd say thats pretty BANANAS! Check out Guilliaume's most recent mix on Viva Radio as well as a tease of Austin and Leech's ace musical excursions.

If whats above isn't going to be enough for you in one night out in L.A. be sure to venture out to the infamous Sound Nightclub for their great Framework evening. Detroit techno legends Carl Craig and Stacey Pullen will be educating the new and old dance heads how groove out on the dancefloor with power, soul, and innovation. There's no doubt that these two will be entrancing those who come in contact with the speakers and leading an evening to be one of Framework's best yet. It going to be purely delightful as Bystander sets up the vibe before the two legends control the decks, minds, and body movements. Get pumped with some of their most recent mixes...

Thats Deck will be doing a ticket giveaway on EMS Radio this afternoon, December 19th between 3PM-5PM PST for this exciting evening of underground electronic music in L.A. The phone lines will be open around 4PM, so tune in for a chance at winning. The phone number to call will be given out during the radio show. Stay up to date via Thats Deck's Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, December 12, 2014

heavy rotation :: Life on Planets - A Public Affair

Fusing rock sensibilities with dance-oriented rhythms; Baltimore indie art-rock duo, Life On Planets, put you in a joyful light with their EP, A Public Affair, released earlier this year on Double Standard Records. Incorporating live instruments and gearing them up in a up-beat soulful funkadelic nature, Life On Planets, manages to make their new record one of my most played in 2014. Not only is the duo bringing back authentic songwriting to dance music, they have uniquely created their own sound and act, making them a dynamic force to be reckoned with.

This duo really has a talent to absorb any bad energy shrouding on the listener's demeanor freeing them with the love and soul embedded in their groove stricken, life pondering tracks. 'Love So Fleeting' starts off the EP on a bright balearic tone with eastern breaks where as the following track, 'Mulberry Bush', settles down and becomes a classic indie tune. The next two tracks on the release follow the same patterns as the first and continue their musical story of, A Public Affair. It's bloody relaxing and pleasing to listen to. Don't underestimate these cats. Their touring act is equipped with live vocals and guitar alongside a DJ/producer. Purchase the 12" here or download the whole thing via CREWLOVE.

Monday, December 8, 2014

video :: Avalon Emerson - 'Honest Gangster'

Avalon Emerson recently shared her newest music video, 'Honest Gangster', off her EP Let Me Love & Steal released earlier this year on Spring Theory Records. The music video was directed by Caitlin Denny. Caitlin collages desert landscapes and its mysteries to shine light on the honest forms of discovering nature through dizzying acid drenched VHS overlays and visually pasteurizing flashy stimuli. It pairs quite wonderfully with Ms. Emerson's soundtrack. What a mysterious beauty this one is. Purchase the EP on 12" or digital via bandcamp now.
Previously :: stream :: Avalon Emerson - Let Me Love and Steal EP

Monday, December 1, 2014

giveaway :: Feels Music Presents - Chez Damier & Michael Zucker

This coming Saturday, December 6th, Los Angeles will be adorned by legendary deep-house godfather, Chez Damier of KMS, Perscription, and Mojuba. He will be joined by fellow label mate, Michael Zucker of Balanced Alliance and Final Sessions as well as the exceptional FEELS MUSIC residents; Harrison, Michael, and Phil. The party will be taking place in an underground disclosed location that will be given out the night of the event via email. You can RSVP and get discount tickets for the epic evening via Restless Nites now. Considering Chez Damier's well established and pioneering role in underground dance music, it only rings true that the FEELS dudes chose the right guy to headline their recently replaced "Paradise House Garage" in a back to the basics workshop for proper house music.

Damier is known for his pivotal warehouse gigs back in the 80s and 90s in Chicago and Detroit, so having him on Los Angeles soil in a similar atmosphere will be an experience not to be missed as Damier and Zucker lay down an all night deep dance rhythm affair. Don't sleep on it. Thats Deck will be doing a ticket giveaway on EMS Radio tonight, December 1st between 9PM-11PM PST for this exciting FEELS soirée. The phone lines will be open at 10pm, so tune in for a chance at winning. The phone number to call will be given the out tonight of via Thats Deck's Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime get in tuned with Chez and Michael's savory musical vibrations...

Friday, November 28, 2014

video :: Moodcut - 'Stuck In Socks'

Berlin based record label Nous Disques recently debuted an awesome EP from Machester producer, Moodcut. The Tame Cats EP, blissfully pays homage to Detroit in its deep crunchy man made machine productions. Its a ripe sound that has been resurfacing around the globe in recent years and Moodcut is one in a bunch that has successfully crafted some memorable fits in the eclectic genre of House. Emotionally deep and groove fitted, the EP's tracks are an absolute delight to the ears and the body.  Be sure to check out the grainy black and white city documentation visual for the lead single, 'Stuck In Socks', above. Purchase the 12" via Rush Hour now. Also check out snippets from the release below...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DECKast #53 x Kilos

Fellow music lover and tasteful electronic head, Kevin Kim, recently joined the Thats Deck team in efforts to help explore and expose the lesser known sounds from around the globe. The all around good guy and appreciated sound selector, has crafted up a fine forty-eight minute mix under his new DJ pseudo, Kilos. The mix encompasses a great variety of newfangled house music that was sprung up over the past couple of years. Read what he had to say about the mix below...

"This mix is to give you a glimpse of the particular sounds i’m feeling lately. Every song here strikes an emotional chord with me. I’m in love with soulful samples and emotional house music. This is the type of mix you want to drive late at night to, or get some work done with the lights turned down. I decided I didn’t want to have too many tracks for this mix as I didn’t have the heart to cut them out so short. I’m letting this one ride out and hopefully you’ll appreciate them in this manner. Track highlights: Ripperton - Unfold, I heard this song while at Detroit’s movement festival during Dixon’s set this year and I was about 10 feet off the ground,having a good time and buzzing from the sights and sounds. I swear the sun glistening over the detroit river, the crowd’s energy sent me into pure bliss for those 5 minutes. Traumprinz - All The Things, try NOT to cry to this one — an absolute tear jerker. I hope you enjoy this mix as much as I did making it. Stay tuned for more from me in the future here at That’s Deck.

- kilos

Tracklist ::
Palms Trax - Houses In Motion (Tin Man Remix)
Midland - Before We Leave (Gerd Janson Remix)
Leon Vynehall - Butterflies
Ripperton - Unfold
Anthony Naples - POT, Side A
nthng - Vision Us
Route 8 - I Can’t
Traumprinz - All The Things
Romare - Taste of Honey (From the City)
Mount Kimbie - Made To Stray (DJ Koze Remix)
Bicep - Bicep & Hammer | I Believe
Jacques Greene - After Life After Party
MOVEMENT - Us (Kotown Remix)
Previously :: DECKast #52 x Cooper Saver

Thursday, November 20, 2014

preview :: Ricky Tinez - Baby U'Kno EP

The first time I heard Ricky Tinez was on his split EP with Joe Bickle that came out earlier this year on Mallory's (grab a copy if you haven't already, shit is bangin'). He's also a mainstay in LA's underground party scene, working with established crews like Far Away and others. Ricky comes out swinging with the basement vibes on this new EP for Something Else, title track is a bumpy surefire party rocker reminiscent of classic Kerri Chandler. My personal favorite is “Planet”, a superb deep acid jammer with plenty of muscle where it counts. Available for purchase on Beatport.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

stream :: DJ Pierre - 'What Is House Muzik' (Ricardo Villalobos What Is Remix)

One of my favorite electronic producers of all time, Ricardo Villalobos, recently shared his rendition of Chicago dance music legend, DJ Pierre's 1994 banger, 'What Is House Muzik?'. The 32 minute rework will be available on 12" starting December 1st but digital copies are out now via Get Physical. Get lost below...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

heavy rotation :: OL - Scape Border EP

One of Moscow's finest producers, OL aka Oleg Buyanov, released his EP, Scape Border, on London based imprint Meda Fury a couple days ago. Meda Fury is a label that is distributed under R&S Records,  where OL successfully debuted his EP.

The EP begins with 'Lum', a bouncy grained out old school house sweeper that can easily be repeated without any annoyance on its horizon. This bleeds into 'Around' (download on XLR8R), a off-kilter R&B production with a funk house flare that releases endorphins in the brain, making it easy to get loose and down to the beat. The next three tracks fearlessly take on a jazz, deep-house, and 90s bass approach formulating them to be absolute bangers for the dance floor. The closing track, 'Melt Down', literally winds down the release to a lower BPM and focuses on a more ambient hip-hop vibe which is a perfect relaxant to the prior more upbeat heavier compositions on the EP.

OL is clearly no stranger to conducting deep off-kilter beats as he continues to embark on new ways of production to elevate is unique cordial sound more than ever. You can purchase the record when in stock again via Phonica Records. In the meantime stream clips of the EP below...

Previously :: Watch OL's Boiler Room Moscow set

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

video :: DJ Haus - 'Comin' On'

One of my favorite UK producers at the moment, DJ Haus, label head of Unknown to the Unknown, recently surfaced a music video for, 'Comin' On', a single off his upcoming 12", Feel The Change Comin On. The video was put together by talented Amsterdam duo Born & Borgesius, who took DJ Haus' bass bouncing production and put it alongside grainy VHS video frames, blurring acid filters, and a computer generated space mission. Its pretty mesmerizing. The new 12" is officially out now on Juno.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

giveaway :: Far Away #016 - JACQUES RENAULT b2b JUSTIN MILLER

This Friday Nov.7th Far Away will be kissing 2014 goodbye with its final party of the year. Cooper Saver dished out an awesome bill for this one as he does everytime; featuring Lets Play House co-founder and Brooklyn native, Jacques Renault. Renault runs the great forward thinking house, disco, and techno imprint along side friend and business partner Nik Mercer, where they recently put out Renault's newest record, Out of Sync. You can stream the full EP via XLR8R's soundcloud now and get it on digital format, November 10th.

Jacques will be going B2B with fellow NYC inhabitant and Have A Killer Time label head, Justin Miller. The two are effortlessly going to be moving minds, bodies, and souls on the dancefloor at Friday's get-down. Thats Deck will be doing a ticket giveaway on EMS Radio Wednesday, November 5th between 6PM-8PM PST for this final Far Away party. The phone lines will be open at 7pm, so tune in for a chance at winning. The phone number to call will be given the out day of via Thats Deck's Twitter and Facebook.

Be sure to listen out Miller's lovely mix for The Standard NYC's night club, Le Bain, as well as Jacques Renault's recently installed cosmic dance lit Far Away Tape #002 down below. Both mixes are sure to get you in the mood to catch them on Los Angeles soil this Friday in downtown's hottest upcoming venue, Jewel's Catch One. Indulge in these rhythms of thought-erasing dance music...

Previously :: DECKast #52 x Cooper Saver

Friday, October 31, 2014

video :: Sage Caswell - 'Amber Gloss / Making Out'

Last week FACT magazine premiered Sage Caswell's new music video of the track, 'Amber Gloss / Making Out', which is off his upcoming solo EP, Good To See You / To Be Continued, on Archie Pelago Music. Caswell co-directed the awesome video above with the help of 3D mapper Brian Randall, managing to a create a 5min visual clip that definitely does justice to the song's vision. His 4 track EP is due next week November 3, keep an eye out.
Previously :: video :: Sage Caswell - 'Parasol'

Month In Mixes

Earlier this month Thats Deck Melbourne representative, Hollabec, put together a silky smooth 90s house mix filled with classics. 32 minutes of absolute feel-good glory in which the chosen cosmic dance rhythms will alleviate any bad energy. Bec will soon be starting a Thats Deck radio segment on TRNSMT.TV based out of Melbourne, Australia. More info on that as it comes about. In the meantime though start your eventful Friday off with this one...

L.A. Dublab radio DJ and monthly party host of Discostan; Arshia Haq, recently aired a special hour of "horror and thriller soundtracks from all corners of Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay" on her radio show. Its really great. Get in the spooky halloween mood with these rare eastern gems...

Honey Dijion installs the 46th Gangstercast for the I'm a House Gangster podcast series. The NYC superstar born and raised in Chicago, put together an almost hour long mix of forgotten house classics with a modern swing, infusing the likes of techno, soul, and old-school. Keeping true to her Chicago roots she effortlessly mixes and stays relevant to whats happening in dance music at the moment as well as the resurgence of House in Europe today. Delve into this for your Friday night pregaming...

Berlin based female producer, Lucrecia Dalt, recently signed to Nicolas Jaar's subscription based Other People imprint, releasing her received self-titled debut. A couple days ago she was asked to contribute a mix for i-D's Slumber Session series. The 40min mix is creepy and experimental in every which way and a perfect wind-down mix for slumber after a late night of Halloween partying. Dip into Dalt's dreamland...

Previously :: Month in Mixes

Thursday, October 30, 2014

preview :: Stefan Ringer - The Fix EP

Atlanta's REKchampa aka Stefan Ringer recently broke away from his original alias by debuting his new EP, The Fix, on Kai Alcé's NDATL Muzik under his birth name. The EP is set to release early November; so fairly soon. The 5 tracks on the release carry over Stefan's future classic sound by infusing his skittering percussive efforts with his uncontrollably soulful and groovy melodic narratives.

Luring in those emotionally deep dance feelings with the vocals of Afua in 'IFY' and pairing it with his intricately upbeat tuneful rifts, make it possibly one of his best collaborations up to date. While 'Meagangood' and 'MYM' are equally as exceptional, its clear that Mr.Ringer really honed in on a commonality that successfully exists between all the cuts on this EP. Tones, textures, and sporadic rhythms that loosen the mind, body, and soul into a state of utter relaxation, easily being able to move and groove in which every way you feel. Thats the beauty of house music right there. Stefan shows that beauty in his deep journey of humble sounds. You can hear and feel what I'm talking about down below on NDATL's soundcloud...

Previously :: heavy rotation :: REKchampa - All I Have

Thursday, October 23, 2014

video :: RATKING - 'COCOA 88 ft. DJ Dog Dick'

Brand new track from Harlem trio, RATKING featuring DJ Dog Dick. The super vintage VHS tape inspired raw gritty music video was directed by Alon Sicherman and produced by L-Vision. No words on if this tune is seeing a digital or physical release but you can purchase the talented group's most recent LP, So It Goes, on XL Recordings now.
Previously :: MoMa PS1 & The FADER x Ratking mix