This Friday, December 6th, your favorite GDD™ DJs will be invading “the cellar” of Sankeys – one of the world’s biggest names in clubbing – spankin’ new New York City home. Bones, Burn Unit, and Troy Kurtz, joined by a few of our New York friends and family, who also happened to join us when we curated the Wide Awake Art Car for Electric Daisy Carnival NYC earlier this year, Kromo & Vish, as well as Sean Glass.
Having recently had the chance to do a walk-through of the venue during daylight hours, let me just say that I can’t wait to see this place with the lights down low, packed with beautiful, drunk, sweaty people and filled with loud, pumping, sexy music.
We couldn’t feel more privileged to be aligning with our friends behind NYC’s notorious Party For No Reason events and such a storied franchise in Sankeys, world-reknown for being purveyors of cutting-edge music at their Manchester, UK location (voted in recent years as the #1 club in the world by DJ Mag) and their Ibiza outpost (which hosted the Dirtybird weekly residency this summer, among other things).
Fresh on the heels of their storming remix for The Magician’s ‘When The Night Is Over’ Arches are back again with an effortless revamp of 18-year old songstress Chlöe Howl‘s forthcoming single, ‘Paper Heart.’ Nothing unassuming about this one, you know you’re in for it when that first kick steadily beats in, meaty and driving. Not surprising given the pedigree of this supergroup.
No release details as of yet, but the original will be out December 9th, so have a listen below and ask Santa for it to surface sometime after that! And if you’re not up on Arches, get on up.
Some songs get too big for their own good, and it takes someone injecting some fresh blood into it for you to step back and gain a new perspective on it. GDD™ homie Amtrac has done just that with Duke Dumont and A*M*E’s 100000% smash hit single ‘Need U (100%)’, and he’s provided a new shelf life for a song that you seemingly couldn’t get away from for the first half of 2013.
Reserved with its use of the signature vocals of the original, it’s more dancefloor-oriented, and a pumping little number that would fit nicely in any deep or tech house set. Available for free download via Amtrac’s SoundCloud (and above), I couldn’t be happier to have an excuse to play a rendition of this out once again!
When you get a press release for a track and the description begins with “7 and a half minute mix of liquid disco bass, afro-cuban percussion and gospel tinged harmonies” you don’t think, you just download. And listen. Throw the cherry on top that Hot Chip/The 2 Bears member Joe Goddard is the one on remix duties, and you inherently will be dancing while listening. Needless to say, I was positively elated when that aforementioned Afro-Cuban percussion started coming through my headphones, which slowly gave way to the soulful vocals of Black Orange Juice (Coolest Band Name of 2013 nominee).
The song is available for free download via Mixmag, so have a listen to the track below and get that ish in your iTunes pronto!
And for you Londoners, Black Orange Juice will be playing their debut show October 17th at the Old Queen’s Head for their EP launch show. Check that out if you’re in the area!
Aside from the fact that Without You, the collaborative effort between two long-time GDD™ favorites Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Dillon Francis, is an absolutely beautiful and uplifting song, the music video and tune are now being utilized for a beautiful and uplifting cause. This is what dance music is all about. Big up to Dillon, Flosstradamus for the apparent inspiration, and to TEED and Dillon for being both extremely talented and cool dudes. Get the details in a personal message from Dillon after the jump…
A lot of you guys kept asking me for the shirts from my music video for “Without You.” We had made so many for the video that I wasn’t sure what to do with it all. While I was thinking about this, I was having a conversation with my good friends Flosstradamus, who were telling me about how bad violence was getting in Chicago. They told me they wanted to make a difference. As a result of that conversation, I felt inspired.
So now… I will be auctioning off the 30+ shirts I made for the “Without You” music video and donating all proceeds to “After School Matters,” a non-profit organization that works with Chicago highschool teens with limited financial resources. Floss will also be contributing to them in the near future.
Each of these shirts are one of one and were used during the filming of “Without You.” I will also autograph each shirt that is bidded on.
Summer has us by the balls here in Southern California, and she’s refusing to let go. Amidst a heat wave that’s spiking temperatures to nearly 90Fº at the beach, and a weekend packed with shows from Moby, Jesse Rose, Daedalus, Nosaj Thing, Afrojack, Claude VonStroke and more, it’s fairly safe to say that October is shaping up to be a pretty all-time “Indian Summer” type of month.
All those factors might also be contributing to why we’re a few days late on last week’s Dirt, but hey, here’s ten free tracks to quiet that chorus of boos.
Moby has been on quite the promotional tear of late for his recently released album ‘Innocents,’ his eleventh studio album to date. After NPR provided fans with the first listen last week, and performing two songs on Conan O’Brien the other night, tonight he’ll play the first of three LIVE performances at The Fonda Theatre here in Los Angeles. Tomorrow at 11:15am PST he’ll be a guest on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, and Friday fans will be able to livestream the now sold-out Fonda Theatre show online for free.
All this to promote ‘Innocents,’ which came out this week on Mute. Get our thoughts on the album after the jump, and if you’re in LA tickets for tonight and Thursday are still available HERE!
The album opens with the aptly titled ‘Everything That Rises,’ an atmospheric instrumental that’s a bubbling 4-minute crescendo that foreshadows what to expect over the next hour or so.
The third track on the record, ‘Almost Home’ is definitely one of the stand out moments. Melancholy crooning over a muted slow-tempo kick, with ethereal strings that thoroughly entrance the listener for the first time on the album.
Not until the fifth track on the album do we get a sense of optimism from the upbeat number ‘The Perfect Life.’ With backing vocals reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Great Gig in the Sky,’ moving lyrics, and a chorus that will make you feel like you’re in a Southern Baptist church, it’s the best effort on the album for me. Driving around Los Angeles giving the album a first listen, it was definitely the most memorable of the twelve songs put forth on ‘Innocents.’
‘Don’t Love Me’ might be the best track to hear live, and will definitely induce the most movement from a crowd’s feet. You won’t find any real “dance” tracks on here, but this might be the closest thing to it.
All things consider, it’s an incredibly cohesive set of songs that definitely do the job an album is supposed to. It’s a snapshot of Moby as an artist, not as he’s always been, but as he is at this moment. Over decades of artistic achievement he has evolved to the point he is now, and as someone who has great respect for Moby, I love being able to share that moment with him.
There will be some disappointment for those unwilling or unable to listen with an open mind and without expectations, but if you’re willing to give one of the defining artists of electronic music a shot at trying something unique and different, you might find yourself delighted with the results. It’s not quite what I was expecting, but it sounds irrefutably Moby-esque, he’s not trying to be anything but himself, and that’s really all you can ask.
It has been nearly 5 years since I copped my first Proxy track back in the good ol’ “blogosphere” days. And yet, here we are, 5 years later, and still there is only one producer making anything that remotely resembles The Proxy Sound, and that’s the man Proxy himself.
There’s something to be said for being truly unique, especially in today’s cookie cutter dance music world, where genres seemingly grow tired the second they begin to gain steam. Electro, Fidget, Dubstep, Progressive House, Trap… they’ve all carved out their niche, and refreshingly Proxy fits neatly into approximately zero of them.
He’s back in the US for a brief stint of big time shows listed above (including a stop in Hollywood tonight at Sound Nightclub) and he’s blessed us with this stellar DJ mix filled with tracks from some of my personal favorite purveyors of all things techno nouveau, as my Italian friends Blatta & Inesha like to call it.
Peep the tour dates in the graphic above, and get the track list for the mix below and a little something extra after the jump!
Emptyset – Awake [Caravan Recordings] NT89 – Tom`s Chinos [Bad Life] The Japanese Popstars – No Music [Bedrock Records] The W – Quantum (Marseille Remix) [Mako Records Dubplate] Dark Sky – Confunktion [Tectonic] Ego Troopers & Sound of Stereo – Ghetto Acid [Blood Music] Knife Party – LRAD [Big Beat Records] Polymorphic – Follow Me [Mako Records Dubplate] Shadow Child feat. Tymer – 23 (Zinc VIP) [Food Records] Wax Motif & Neoteric – Go Deep (Astronomar Remix) [Southern Fried] AUtOdiDakT & Blaze Tripp – Little Creatures (Trumpdisco Remix) [Traktor Records] Michael Woods feat. Duvall – Last Day On Earth (GTA Remix) [Defused Music] Zeds Dead & Omar LinX – Cowboy (Congorock Remix) [Ultra Records] Sleepin’ Giantz – Mucky [Tru Thoughts] Alias – Gladiator [Not On Label (Alias Series)] Five Knives – The Future (Proxy Remix) [Red Bull Records]
We have a very special edition of The Dirt this week, featuring myself, Burn Unit, and our insanely talented friends better known as The M Machine. Now these guys aren’t your average bedroom producers… they’re real artists, with vision, dedication, and a unique set of skills that allowed them to completely build and program their own massive light set-up in the shape of a M, and not with the help of major label money or touring revenue. Nope, these boys did it all themselves, with their own six hands.
They’ve sent over 5 songs by 5 artists that “inspire” them. High praise from some pretty talented individuals. As always, preview the tunes and grab a .zip of the available downloadable tracks after the jump!
If you follow The M Machine at all you know we practically worship Siriusmo. There are a tiny handful of producers who can weave together a collection of otherwise disparate sounds to tell a compelling musical story. Wolfgang Gartner is clearly the king of this method within the house context. Skrill does it masterfully in a few genres as well… But within the world of indie/electronica, it is simply the case that no one holds a candle to Siriusmo.
Preston Chin (Robotaki) is young, humble, and brilliant. He’s contributing a remix for our August Metropolis remix release that is nothing short of beautiful. We happen to be huge fans of Shadow and Little Dragon, but Preston’s take on ‘Scale it Back’ is merely an example of the quality he demands consistently. Its more than worth exploring his entire catalogue.
There’s a lot of outward criticism towards the homogeneity of recently successful electro house tracks – especially those primarily marketed and sold through Beatport. We don’t criticize anyone for playing into a ‘current’ or ‘hot’ genre – instead we start to get judgey only when what we’re listening to sounds lazy, or lacking in effort. In their ‘Trampoline’ remix, Monsta perfectly nail that big room-wide-pluck drop that’s prevalent right now… but in the context of an awesomely artistic piece of music. A lot of work went into this song and we’re pretty sure its going to pay off.
Phonat is an artist that was more consistently on our radar a few years back. But, when we got the promo for his OWSLA release and sat down to listen front to back, it became immediately clear that he’s been working HARD. ‘Morden Life’ plays perfectly into a genre we’ve been fondly referring to as Space Jazz. We believe artists like Mat Zo, Andrew Bayer, and anyone influenced by some of the deeper cuts off RAM will push this necessarily musical, and experimental style in the coming years – something in which we hope to be involved as well.
One of a slew of masterpieces from Bayer’s album, If It Were You, We’d Never Leave. Such a cool guy with a delightful music sensibility. We’ve got nothing but respect for listeners and execs who, like us, see the value in someone as unconventional as Andrew Bayer.
Burn Unit’s Picks
You can’t go wrong with AlunaGeorge vocals on pretty much anything, but throw in DJ Snake into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for an absolutely stellar track. Your little sister is just as likely to enjoy this song as Gucci Mane is, and that’s quite the accomplishment if you ask me.
Judging by the sheer volume of plays young Montreal-based producer Kaytranada has on seemingly every single one of his tracks on SoundCloud, I think it’s safe to say I’m late to the party on this one. Having been brought to my attention in the last month, I’m all about his unique fusion of hip-hop, RnB, and house. Also, the vast majority of his tracks are free! Thanks Kaytranada!
GDD™ had the honor of debuting this one for you guys awhile back, and it’s been on repeat for me ever since I got it. It’s got some beautiful constructed kicks that really suck the air out of the room when listened to on a proper system.
As a child of hip-hop and RnB, I have zero problem with the rampant sampling of classic 90s to early 2000s records in the deep house sphere nowadays. Some say it’s a tired trend, but to me music is all about evoking feeling. Hearing songs that meant something to me in a completely different context, 5, 10, 15, 20 years ago, but revamped for the modern dance floor is something I can stand behind. This Adina Howard sampling tune by Route 94 & SecondCity is no exception.
Goldroom’s Fifteen pretty much swept the 2012 Summer Songs to Drive To Awards for me, and this clubbed up rework by Oxford was just given away to celebrate Goldroom hitting 50k fans and the original remix hitting 3,000,000 views on YouTube. Classy move. Enjoy.
GDD™ favs Mr. AC Slater and Ms. Anna Lunoe have turned out an absolutely stellar cover of J. Cole and Miguel’s recent hip-hop infused love ballad ‘Power Trip,’ and guess what? They’re releasing it for free. How nice of them.
It’s a bubbly and infectious house anthem that really takes a turn for the Trouble & Bass side of things around the halfway mark courtesy of Mr. AC. Truly the best of both of their worlds. Grab the download below and check out the original music video after the jump!