The mysterious artist know for the past few weeks only as “Z” is now known to be ZHU, and has released more deep pop fire in the form of “Faded.” After half a million SoundCloud plays, nods from just about every publication, and an on-air mention from none other than Pete Tong himself, ZHU is without a doubt the name of the moment for dance music. Beyond that, the rest is still a bit of a mystery, but I can say that there will be plenty more to come, and it’s all fantastic.
A collaboration between Christopher Kristoff and the San Diego-based DJs Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Porkchop, along with the recent member, Andy Crane, has yielded the stand-out festival known as Desert Hearts, which has been heralded as “One of the best electronic music experiences in America” by Resident Advisor. Desert Hearts was established as a community-oriented house and techno gathering with the goal of achieving a memorable energetic ambiance, while maintaining high musical integrity – and from what I’ve heard, they do just that + more.
After a massively successful 1 year anniversary, they return for their Spring festival that features world-class headline artists like Tim Green, DJ T, Matthew Dekay, Droog, Christian Martin, and a plethora of the finest local talent including Tara Brooks, Eduardo Castillo, Jon Dadon, Kevin Anderson, and of course, the Desert Hearts DJs, amongst others (listed above). With this fantastic group of artists behind the decks, one can be sure that there will be proper house and techno bumping through Funktion-One sound systems all weekend long. Check out the video after the jump to get a visual for the Desert Hearts vibe, and be sure to grab your tickets here to experience this intimate gathering first hand. We’ll see you there!
Underground royalty will be present at Exchange in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday, as Seth Troxler will be headlining Inception along with supporting sets from Fabric resident and UK legend, Craig Richards, and Culprit label bosses, Droog. As usual, doors will open at 10PM and the party will go into the early morning hours, so expect some extended sets from this trio of seasoned DJs.
Additionally, GDD will be hosting the gallery room downstairs, with GDD friends and family selecting tunes all night with sets from Troy Kurtz, Kevin Anderson, Grand Prix, and The Interns.
We are giving away a pair of tickets to the sure-to-reach-capacity show, so enter below for your chance to win! Continue Reading
First they had a feather fight. Then they did what’s known in the industry as ‘the gettup’ and proceeded to tear a hole into 2013… Now San Fran / Bristol’s finest dynamic duo Justin Martin & Eats Everything return with two more beastly jams:
“Steven Jello” takes us on a deep journey into the groove space continuum. Boasting a strutting cosmic bassline, hypnotic percussion, weeping synth flurries and a timeless house vocal shot, it’s Justin and Eats at their most contemplative. Heads down, feet to the floor, get busy… We have no idea who Steven Jello is, but as he’s inspired a tribute like this, we’re already in love with the man.
“Kong” is so monstrous it’ll have you climbing the nearest skyscraper for safety. You’ll be ducking from the groaning, moaning airplanes overhead. You’ll be air drumming to the gargantuan tub-thumping fills. You’ll be shaking your hairy booty to the snake-like percussion. You’ll be pounding your chest to the rusty organ flourishes. You’ll be asking yourself… Where has this tune been all my life?!
Few co-lab projects resonate with such distinctive shared spirit and sonic camaraderie. It’s a shame Justin and Eats don’t live closer together or we’d have an entire album of this high calibre material by now.
LOS ANGELES – Don’t miss Justin Martin & Eats Everything playing a very special 8-hour b2b set on Saturday, April 5th @ EXCHANGE LA!
The once mysterious, now not so mysterious, Route 94 is back on that production grind with a new release on Defected Records that follows suit to its predecessor, “My Love.” Less anthemic, but equally as club ready, “Tell You Why,” features a bassline that can hold its own on the dance floor as pitched up vocals set a sultry tone for the production. With his “Fly 4 Life” EP out soon on Defected, you can be sure to find this tune alongside other Route 94 originals at the end of this month.
The rising Los Angeles-based duo, Casino Gold, has released the excellent remix pack for their feel-good house anthem, “All I Need,” via Perfect Driver Music. Kicking off the package, our own Troy Kurtz gives us a striking deep house floor filler led by a huge, driving bassline paired with percussive/vocal accents. Ruff Hauser follows suit with a stand-out bass-heavy remix that incorporates an unexpected half-time breakdown, while Evil Twin offers up a piano-laden house groover. The Perfect Driver label head, Matthew Anthony, then closes out the pack in proper form with a more experimental interpretation that features unique synth work over up-tempo tribal rhythms. With these brilliant renditions, Casino Gold successfully revitalizes “All I Need,” just in time for Miami. Purchase the remix pack on Beatport.
Now living in Miami by way of Munich, Germany, Dinnerdate is one to keep an eye out for this year. With soulful pads and lush chords, he has a penchant for the groove. With his newest track Going On, he gives a familiar sample a fresh touch and new life. If you’re in Miami tomorrow night, he’ll be spreading the vibes at Bardot for the ever budding Slap & Tickle party.
With the popularity of acts like Wave Racer & What So Not reaching new heights, Trap, Bass & Jersey Club seem to be thriving in Australia. Perth producers Night Cruise are also in it to win it on their Trap-style rejig of Ciara on their new track “Mah Party”. It’s a fresh new take on the 2013 R&B slow burner “Body Party” that adds a little more sweat to give the song a Trap makeover, ‘Straya style. Go to Night Cruise’s Facebook page, give’em a like & download “Mah Body” for free…it’s what Ciara would want you to do.
***This post was edited to include the Ciara remake which replaced a previously posted Destiny’s Child remake.***
TOUGH LOVE PRESENTS BRING THE HEAT VOL 01 is a fearsome four pack of instant House classics. On their brand new EP, Tough Love somehow find a way to be equally dirty as they are classy. They manage to mix emotion into House music that not many artists can balance the way they do, mixing the soulful & playful with the gritty & dark. Tough Love do every genre well on BRING THE HEAT VOL 01, whether it’s House (Tech or Deep), Garage or Disco, this new EP will have an equally resounding effect on festival, club & warehouse dance floors everywhere.
BRING THE HEAT VOL 01 has already garnered MASSIVE support from some big kids on the block: Amine Edge, CAMEO, Dirty Channels, DJ Pioneer, DOORLY, Got Some, Hannah Wants, Kolombo, Low Steppa, Martin Ikin, MistaJam, Poupon, Prince Club, Robosonic, Sharam Jey, Sidney Charles, Sonny Fodera & more.
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