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
I came across ALVA through soundcloud only a few weeks ago, and wow these two french producers have something special. They met two years ago at architectural school, and realised that not only they shared similar tastes in music but also they both played instruments. Not long after this, they began jamming together and learning how to use music software. They knew a bit about house music at the time but mostly listened to rock, jazz and hip hop. Their friends began sharing with them classic house producers. Few months after, they found a second hand technics mkII. They began to go to vinyl stores and started to collect both old and new records. They practiced mixing records they found. They then started to play at friends parties and started producing tracks. The duo's almost 45min mix is a solid array of groovy dance tunes that instantly make for a feel good time. Download it below...
Baaz - Those Things
Vaib-R - Winds
Art Of Tones - Damped
Kuba Sojka - You Can't Take It
Romanthony - Let Me Show You Love (Gerd's Crooklyn Full Vocal Mix)
Alex Agore - I Got Something
Kerri Chandler - So Let The Wind Come
Tears Of Velva - The Way I Feel (4 Daye Mix)
Mad Rey - Quartier Sex
Brawther - Gsm's Life (MLIU Dub)
Lewie Day - That's The Thing
Razor N Tape - Feel The Rhythm (Deep&Disco Edit)
Uptown Funk Empire - Boogie
St Germain - So Flute
Previously :: ALVA & DECKast #50 x Sassmouth
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Avalon Emerson finally gets notice on her track 'Church of SoMa' and has extended it into an EP release that is due out on Spring Theory Records - March 30th. The EP features, 'Synagogue of SoMa', a sequel to the title track as well as a seamlessly groovy remix of the original from Stockholm's Johan Cederberg aka HNNY. Its a killer three track EP that will definitely stir some kinetic movement throughout the body. Take a listen...
Previously :: video :: Avalon Emerson - 'Quoi' Interactive music video
Thursday, March 13, 2014
My current favorite New Dehli sound artist, LIFAFA, recently uploaded his soundcloud page with unmastered previews from his upcoming EP, In Hi Ko. 'Tofah' and 'Irraadon' are some tracks he dropped on his Red Light Radio guest mix late last year and I'm so glad they are seeing light on this new EP of his! Also be sure to check out work under Peter Cat Recording Co.; theres always some innovative sounds emerging from it. Stay tuned for the official mastered versions of In Hi Ko's 4 tracks...
Previously :: Lifafa live on Red Light Radio