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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

first listen :: Lone Kawan - 'Take Me Away'

Lone Kawan aka David Goeckner is a beatsmith based out of Chino Hills suburbia, making forward-thinking sample-based music. He's currently studying Audio Production at an Art Institute and its clear the dude is following his passion. With about eleven original tracks on his soundcloud page dating back to last year, David has established a very organic glitch-rhythmic sound consistently one after another. Dropping grainy lo-fi vocal samples here and there in his music, he's got a good understanding of how to arrange an instantly catchy beat composition. The man was kind enough to offer up one of his newest joints, 'Take Me Away', for exclusive first listen here on That's Deck.

'Take Me Away' builds off nature's noise with kids playing in the background, simmering over a relentless synth that graduates the track into a very pleasing glitch severed breakdown. Emotionally sampling a pitched down elongated, "Take Me Away", its easy to fall in love with the broken beat rhythm Lone Kawan has crafted. You can stream and download the track down below for free. Also be sure to listen to Thats Deck on EMS Radio tonight at 7PM PST as Lone Kawan will be doing a special live in-studio session! Its going to be good.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nthng - 'Community'

If you haven't yet checked out nthng then you really should. Hailing from Amsterdam, he produces sweeping, dark, lo-fi techno that pulsates your mind. He has a new record coming out on Mörk (Lobster Theremin sub label), due in November, get it while you can, it's going to sell out fast.

Check out the first track 'Community' from the release Remember Us. Stream a preview of the whole EP here.

Friday, October 17, 2014

stream :: Avalon Emerson - Let Me Love and Steal EP

Avalon Emerson's newest adopted home in Berlin has given her the extra push into crafting her unique cordial sound even further. Although still staying true to where she began back in San Francisco, its safe to say that her new environment has elevated her cybernetic dance compositions into a very new and refined forward-thinking place that is incredibly pleasing to the eager mind. Ms. Emerson's second EP, Let Me Love and Steal, is set to release on October 20th via Spring Theory records with four new tracks.

The EP begins with 'Let Me Love and Steal', which subtly warms up into a haven of sample based hypnotism grabbing your mind, body, and soul telling them to feel the relentless groove. The Triple Scorpio mix of the title track takes on a percussive ballad that nicely fits before the galaxy surfing 'Honest Gangster' which might just be the favorite from the EP. It then closes out with a stripped down Arpapella version of the prior track, calmly lying down the backbone of the release to rest. Avalon Emerson surely knocked it out of the ball park with this one. Stream the whole thing below and purchase when available later this month...

Previously :: preview :: Avalon Emerson - Church of SoMa EP

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

stream :: Baxley - The Scene EP

Newbody Records adorns its second release from Munich, Germany native, Baxley. The 21 year old producer creates soulful deep house indebted compositions and his debut EP, The Scene, showcases exactly that. Baxley's original production background came from creating hip-hop music, and that sound has definitely contributed to the fruition of this EP. Tracing further influences of jazz and Detroit house, the new record seamlessly shines light on all these genres. The star track, 'The Scene', headlines the EP as an authentically deep anthem with simmering party noise reinforcing the tracks uncontrollably groovy pocket rhythm and melody. 'The Scene' also gets a remix on the EP from Chicago underground legend, Stacy Kidd. He flips the original on the head and increases the BPM creating an incredibly upbeat atmosphere with a blissful dub line that will get any body grooving at first listen.

While the first track, 'No More', takes on a more lounge laid-back funk approach the second to last track, 'Suspect' zeroes in on a fine tech-house infused rhythm that is extremely catchy in every which way. This dude is mad talented and definitely has a sound to keep an ear out for. This EP will be available in all major digital music stores November 4th, preceding a Beatport Exclusive ready for purchase on October 21st. Listen to the whole EP below...

Previously :: Month In Mixes

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Month In Mixes

First off is a new mix from Private Selection co-founder and L.A. based producer, Dreams. This mix was made for Brighton DJ collective and club night, Mute Events. The almost 45 min mix explores a fine selection of some underground techno and bass anthems as well as a couple of Dreams' own production cuts. Heavy vibes...

This next mix is from former DECKastee and L.A. house/techno DJ Force Placement. The cool dude runs his own weekly radio show on RWD.FM every Tuesday from 11PM-1AM (PST). Check out his radio episodes here. This mix was installed for Ireland music collective, Do Not Tape Over, who are on a mission to share good music by good people. Indulge in this techno journey below...

Baxley is the newest signee on Los Angeles based Newbody Records. Baxley is a 21 year old based out of Munich, Germany focusing on soulful, deep, groovy house compositions. This mix shows exactly that in the second installment of Newbody Records new mix series. He will soon be releasing his debut EP on the label,  which you can now listen to previews over here.

This last mix is from fellow music lover Aaron Jen aka Nathanielm aka Nathan Morgan. He made a DECKast in the past back when he was still living in L.A., but since then he has moved up north to S.F. to pursue a career opportunity. The homie is a great track selector and music digger, hear it for yourself in the almost hour and a half mix below. Catch the entire tracklist on soundcloud...

Previously :: Month in Mixes

Stream 3 tracks off Andras Fox's new EP

Probably one of my favorite acts to come out of Melbourne, Australia at the moment would have to be Andras Fox. He's been producing music for several years now varying in the realm of house, disco, and funk. Mr. Fox has been consistently putting out a better production than his previous without fail; which finally lent him a hand in releasing his debut EP, Vibrate On Silent, on Mexican Summer. You can stream three cuts off the EP down below, while you can purchase and listen to the rest of the release via iTunes.

With his g-funk beatwork on 'Potoon' to the two-step house rhythms on 'Ankle Snapper ft. IMHOTEP' and the garage disco scats in 'Rock On'; Andras successfully puts together a confident series of tracks that represent his sound at its finest measures. Andras Fox is set to release an LP with Melbourne musician, Oscar Key Sung, this October on Dopeness Galore. Keep your eyes open for Café Romantica and check out their first single, 'Everytime I Go'. This dude is highly underrated, get in touch with his vibe...

Also :: Be sure to check out this awesome VHS rendered music video of, 'Pontoon', a track off the newest EP. The video was produced and directed by Hi Viz Productions...

Previously :: Andras Fox - Daydreaming

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

giveaway :: Making Shapes w/ KiNK (live), DJs Pareja, Matrixxman, Sonns, & Jeniluv

Friday, September 26th Downtown Los Angeles will be graced with an all night affair hosted by the awesome folks at Making Shapes. The night will feature the very talented Bulgarian DJ/producer, KiNK, who will be holding down the event with a special live performance. The night will also include Buenos Aires based Comeme/Kompakt favorites DJs Pareja as well as SF Spectral Sound go-getter Matrixxman. I can't forget the two residents that will be making all this happen and starting off the magical evening with a bang; Sonns and Jeniluv. With parties dating back to 2010, Making Shapes will be holding its first warehouse gig of the year following their two past successful events in the desert and the park earlier in 2014. Its going to be great time filled with innovative, groovy, pulsating dance rhythms that the mind, body, and soul absolutely wont be able to deny. You can RSVP here and get discounted advanced tickets over at Restless Nites.

If your worried about not having the funds to go out, Thats Deck will be giving away a pair of tickets for Friday's show tonight on EMS Radio between 6pm-8pm PST. The phone lines will be open at 7pm, so tune in to have a chance at winning! The phone number to call will be given the out today via Thats Deck's Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime let me provide you with some sound coverage from the Making Shapes guests to set you in the mood...

Also ::
Cannot get enough of what you heard at Friday's party? You can continue the fun at the JACK / Bears In Space day party on Saturday with the legendary Daniel Wang of Balihu/Ghostly Int'l. He will be joined by the great Jeniluv and Bears In Space residents at the Verdugo Bar in L.A. from 3PM - 9PM. You can receive a discounted entry of $5 with a Making Shapes wristband from the night before. It will be disco madness. Get in touch with Daniel Wang's sound...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

giveaway :: States Of Being w/ Joey Anderson and Tin Man (Live)

This Saturday September 20th, LA underground party States Of Being will be back in action with a new night in collaboration with L.A. Absurd Recordings sub-label, Acid Test. The night will feature Acid Test superstar Tin Man (Live) as well as Newark, NJ house riddler, Joey Anderson. The night will begin with the State Of Being's finest sound selectors, Cromie, James Del Barco, Matt McDermott, and DJ Jordan; who always know whats good for the mind, body, and soul to uncontrollably groove out to. Its a very special occasion as it will be Joey Anderson's debut in L.A. and the record release celebration for Tin Man's upcoming album entitled, Ode. The whole album can be exclusively streamed at its entirety on XLR8R.

Undoubtably it will be an epic night filled with hypnotic dance music that you just can't turn down. RSVP for the location of the event at You don't want to miss it. If your worried about not having the funds to go out, Thats Deck will be giving away a pair of tickets for Saturday's show on Wednesday September 17th through EMS Radio between 6pm-8pm PST. The phone lines will be open at 7pm, so tune in to have a chance at winning! The phone number to call will be given the out day of via Thats Deck's Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime let me provide you with some acid bangers from the SOB guests to set you in the mood...

Also :: Check out this awesome promo video that the SOB graphics guy, Evan Stalker, whipped up for the party...

Friday, September 12, 2014

heavy rotation :: REKchampa - All I Have

My favorite Atlanta producer, REKchampa, recently released his long-awaited 6-track album, All I Have, on the newly adorned cassette label, Harsh Riddims. Stefan Ringer aka REKchampa founded the imprint in collaboration with Ryan Parks aka Fit Of Body and several other ATL music devotees. Mr. Ringer has further advanced his unique sounds into something more than just typical dance based compositions. He seemingly gathers influences from a vast range of funk, minimalism, soul, bass, deep-house, as well as the rhythm and blues; making these 6 production cuts probably some of his best work up to date. With a track for the club, the road, the bedroom, and just about anywhere you can imagine, the tones and textures used in the creative musician's music is fitting for any occasion. Incredibly groovy in every which way, this album just happens one of my favorites of the year thus far. Definitely heavy rotation worthy. Purchase the album on cassette or digital over on bandcamp. Stream it in its entirety below...

Also ::  Check out REKchampa's newest mix for Harsh Riddims on going podcast series...

Previously :: REKchampa - 'Atonal Shit' + Divine Interface - 'A House Divided'

Monday, September 8, 2014

DECKast #52 x Cooper Saver

One of my all time favorite L.A. DJs, Cooper Saver, was kind enough to contribute the 52nd episode in the DECKast series. His impeccable taste and ear for sounds has him at the forefront of Los Angeles' underground scene, throwing the secret monthly parties called, Far Away. While inviting the best of the best international and national DJs and producers to come out and play, he hosts his own mixtape series producing cassette tapes of awesome live sets and exclusive material from his talented colleagues and rising stars in disco and house.

The man knows what's up and continues to bring the finest acts to Los Angeles without fail. His upcoming Far Away party will take place on September 26th at Los Globos featuring live sets from Norwegian synth honcho Lindstrom and L.A.'s lovable Suzanne Kraft. You can buy advance tickets via Restless Nites or you try to win a pair of tickets on the Thats Deck radio show Sep. 22 or 24th on EMS Radio. Right before Cooper's infamous party in L.A., he will be traveling to Europe for a short and sweet tour, so if your in the area be sure to check him out! All of the dates are listed below. In the meantime check out this hypnotic mix he made for the blog featuring some new favorites and random picks. Start your week off right...

"This mix is basically a jam session of newer tracks I love that were either sent to me by good friends or via promo, along with a few random picks tossed in there that I've always wanted to work into a mix somehow. No real concept or anything , this was just the mood I was in at the time of recording. Hope you like it!"

Tracklist ::
Henry Gilles - Gone But Not Forgotten
Avalon Emerson - Warm Up Love
Sage Caswell - What Starts To Happen
Memory Man - Memory Man (Hashman Deejay dub)
Daniel Avery - All I Need (Roman Flugel remix)
Larry Gus - With All Your Eyes Look (Tuff Sherm remix)
Genius Of Time - Tom Jam
Roland Tings - Tomitas Basement (Jeremy Greenspan remix)
Vondelpark - California Analog Dream (Factory Floor remix)
DUST - I'm Melting
Cloudface - Panter Bleu
LIES - Comeback Dust (Max D mix)
Francis Bebey - Bissao (Pilooski remix)
Tambien - Der Elf
Nu Musik - Warp
Hugh Masekela - Don't Go Lose it Baby (Stretch mix)


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

stream :: Patricia - 'Drip Dawn'

Hardware techno fiend, Patricia, is not a producer you can easily google or garner information on. He is apparently Chicago born and currently living in Brooklyn making lo-fi uplifting dance music following his stunning debut on Opal Tapes last year called, Body Issues.  His upcoming EP, Side Piece, will be released on Spectral Sound, with four body-bumping tracks, including a remix from JTC. The A side with 'Drip Dawn' is a perfect summation of what to expect from the record. Its syncopated thumping basslines and swirling synth stabs take a repetitious toll on the ears and mind to let go and feel the given loop until marinated in it's uncontrollable groove. The rest of the tracks on the EP are equally as exceptional as Patricia successfully re imagines vintage Midwestern techno to new territories and sub-genre types. Its fantastic. Pre-order the 12" via the Ghostly Store.

video :: Sage Caswell - 'Parasol'

Taken from Sage Caswell's most recent EP, Tribute 2 CC Archer, watch the aerial soaring aquatic visuals made for the the records finest cut, 'Parasol'. You can purchase the release here and watch the serene music video below. Also be sure to read Sage's in-depth insider on XLR8R's "Bubblin' Up" feature in preps for his and Cromie's upcoming release on Urulu's co-founded label, Amadeus Records. This man's got a bright future ahead, don't underestimate.

Previously :: preview :: Sage Caswell - Tribute 2 CC Archer EP

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Watch OL's Boiler Room Moscow set

Boiler Room's debut in Moscow last week featured native, OL, setting the tone on the turntables for the evening's affair. He properly spinned some soulful 12" dance records throughout his 45min segment. Its very good. Get informed and jam out up above...

Also :: Download this awesome mix he made two months back for Outline Festival...

Previously :: OL & Vtgnike - Gosplan mix

stream :: The Juan Maclean - 'A Simple Design'

DFA favorite, The Juan Maclean, shares a new single off their upcoming LP, In A Dream. The beautiful vocals of Nancy Whang and John's synth syncopated rhythms and arpeggios heighten, 'A Simple Design', into an intricate new wave disco production, continuing to cater to the sound that they are ever so good at pulling off. Groovy, deep, head-bopping vibes off this one. Don't sleep on it. In A Dream will be out on September 16th but you can pre-order it now via DFA.