Thursday, November 20, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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