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
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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...
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
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 www.statesofbeing.com. 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
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
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!"
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)
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES ::
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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.
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
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
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.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This past June, Brighton producer, Leon Vynehall, released a two-track 12" on Clone Royal Oak, following his lovely full length from earlier this year on 3024 Records called, Music For The Uninvited. The stellar 'Butterflies' tune from his newest release recieved visual interpretation from talented director, Nyrn and production company, Compulsory. Vynehall is coming in hot with all of his production material with each release as well as slaying dancefloors around the world with his impeccably groovy DJ sets. I caught his set at The Standard Downtown LA last week with Detroit Swindle and it was an absolutely exceptional time; dancing until sundown in all happiness and glory. If he's in your city playing a day, night, or festival, I highly suggest to catch his set, as you will leave far from disappointed. Watch the video up above and stream the record down below...
Thursday, August 7, 2014
London producer, Daniel Avery, drops his new music video for, 'Knowing We'll Be Here', the hypnotic closing cut on his debut album, Drone Logic. The album is out now on Phantasy and can be purchased here. The video was directed by Joshua Lipworth, who visually interpreted the track in a very calm and visually stunning way. Directing naturally sequenced frames to move through the progression of Daniel Avery's pulsating analog arrangement.
Also :: Check out Daniel's newest mesmerizing mix for FACT Magazine. There's no tracklist because its too good to be true...
Monday, August 4, 2014
A Club Called Rhonda regular and States of Being co-curator Cromie, preps his solo EP on Brooklyn label Peach. This follows his collaborative EP from last summer with Sage Caswell on the inaugurated Peach label. The EP, Inner Knows, is out now on limited edition 12" and limitless digital formats, with four excellent house tracks that contribute nicely to the city's fast-growing underground club scene. The first track on the release, 'How To Stop A Bulldozer', sets the tone for the rest of the release beautifully as it leaks with a bright poppy house rhythm and melody that makes it easy for any person to loose themselves to the beat of the sound. This leads to 'Flan' and 'Inner Knows', both of which are compositions for the dancefloor, carrying a future funk and pumping deep-house vine that surely can't be denied. The closing track is a remix from none other than L.A.'s Suzanne Kraft with a 'Stopandgopercussivephase mix' of the groovy original 'Flan'. Big things on the horizon for Cromie this year, be sure to keep updated with him here. You can stream the whole EP via Fact Magazine or listen to previews below via Peach. Purchase the release here.
Previously :: preview :: Cromie & Sage Caswell - 'Vines' / 'Pyrex'
Thursday, July 31, 2014
L.A.'s rising house and garage producers Roberto and Jonathan aka NEWBODY follow up their debut release on Body High with a launch of a new imprint. Jonathan takes on a new chapter of the NEWBODY project and establishes the very promising NEWBODY RECORDS. The imprint's goal is to showcase new explorations in soulful two-step garage and classic-minded house. The debut release on the record label comes from Southern California native, Jamal Wilson aka An Expresso.
The young producer has released tracks on labels such as Underground Source and Skylax; he continues to refine and enhance is own unique, deep, soulful, garage house sound to share around the world. An Expresso's EP, Movin' On Up, will be released on NEWBODY RECORDS September 2, 2014; with remixes from Belgian producer, Groove Riddim and labels heads themselves, NEWBODY. The whole EP is worth a listen and a dance; the mind, body, and soul wont be able to ignore the groove embedded throughout the four dancefloor bangers. Listen to the EP's entirety below and check out NEWBODY RECORDS soundcloud page for previews and news on upcoming releases.
Also be sure to catch An Expresso's live podcast every Monday from 10pm - 12am GMT (2pm - 4pm PDT) on RoodFM.
Previously :: NEWBODY - Sunny Dayz EP
Monday, March 31, 2014
Mosca starts his new record label called Not So Much by previewing two new tracks from his upcoming EP No Splice No Playback. The release carries a darker and more leftfield side of Mosca's sound, experimenting with rhythmically patterned techno compositions. The EP will be released on vinyl April 28th and on digital June 2nd. Listen for yourself below...
Previously :: Mosca - 5000 Followers EP