San Francisco based producer Giraffage will be playing alongside Purity Ring at 1015 Folsom this Friday, and I’m really tempted to snipe tickets and catch his heady, dreamy electronica. I’m really not sure how I slept on Giraffage until just recently. “Moments” has been on repeat for me all day. Nuff said.
This playlist contains some of my favorite tracks that I’ve heard this year (that are available on Soundcloud) in the world of electronic music. It’s a bit of a work in progress but it encompasses a pretty wide range of sounds and moods, from the bouncy upbeat disco vibes of Moon Boots to the post-apocalyptic sounds of Machinedrum.
Missing from this playlist but indubitably among some of my favorite artists with killer music this year:: DJ Rashad ”Feelin”, Claude Vonstroke "The Bridge", Moderat "Let In The Light", Daniel Avery “Drone Logic”, Airhead "Wait"… and countless more. This is just a slice. Enjoy!
Some fire for your morning. Been browsing through XLR8R’s Top 100 Free Downloads of 2013, and this one hit a sweet spot. This one requires a tiny bit of patience, but when all of the elements finally tie together, ah, it’s a treat for your ears.
XLR8R is hands down my favorite electronic music blog on the internetr. Their content and curation is very fresh, cutting-edge, and spot on with their reviews. Today they released their top 100 free downloads as one complete 1.1 GB zip file. Don’t sleep on this one.
I first got into Four Tet's unique sound from his 2010 album, There Is Love In You, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Getting real fired up to catch him for my first time in March in SF at the Mezzanine. “Parallel Jalebi” has been popping up on a bunch of podcasts I’ve been listening to, most recently on DJ Koze's XLR8R mix, and I felt compelled to share.
Today marks the split of Canadian group Azari & III. Their self-titled debut album will always hold a special place in my heart (and in my record collection!) I really wish that I got to see them live when they were touring. I’m sad to see them end their project and split ways, but so stoked for all the good music they put out in their years. This is the first mix that I ever listened to by them that hooked me right from the first track, “Changes” by Sixth Borough Project. I’ll miss you Dinamo Azari & Alixander III, thank you for the great music throughout the years, and hope to see you guys collaborating or producing in new guises soon! Sorry I couldn’t put a streaming link through Tumblr, this is a “private sound” of Fact Mag that I can only link to (trust me this one is worth your time!)
2008 was a great year for M83 (and music in general, really.) Apart from delivering the shoegazey, retro bliss that runs through the veins of Saturdays = Youth, Gonzales worked on a plethora of remixes for other artists that carry his signature synth sound and dreamy vibe.
M83 takes the cosmic disco of Midnight Juggernaut’s “Shadows” (listen to the original here) and slows it down, glitches it out, and bathes it in warm synth-heaven. The result: the epic dreams and heady imagination of Gonzales are alive and very real in this song.
This is an emotive and blissful remix of a cover of The Pixies’ signature track, ”Where Is My Mind.” British pop singer Sunday Girl provides a mellow rendition of the original on the piano, and then Florian Paetzold gives the cover much more depth by layering a simple deep house beat with chillingly beautiful vocals. When I heard first heard this one on the Dennis Besta - Wechselbad Der Gefühle Teil 2 podcast (mellow, highly recommended), I had to stop what I was doing and do some trackspotting until I found this gem. This remix definitely does the original justice, hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Time is just time. ”Time Is But A Moment” reminds me a lot of Kerri Chandler's “Oblivion” (Give it a listen), albeit a bit less dark but with equally hypnotizing vocals. Jesse Rose delivers that feeling of being completely lost on the dancefloor with no concept of time when mesmerized by a beat. I can definitely attest that he has this effect on the dancefloor having seen him several times… Get lost in this jam.
I can’t stop driving around Los Santos just waiting to hear this song come on FlyLo’s radio station in GTA V… Some serious fire by Chicago footwork/juke master DJ Rashad. When I first heard the melody at [3:05] I pretty much lost it! More Rashad here.
Lil’ Wayne - A Milli (James Blake Harmonimix Remix)
So excited to catch James Blake’s DJ Set tonight at Mezzanine for the 1-800 Dinosaurs Treasure Island afterparty. It’s been a minute since I’ve seen the gifted producer throw down a DJ set, and I’m really interested to see how his style has evolved over the past few years. This one’s a nice little throwback to his Harmonimix alias, before he even dropped his first album.
UK producer Distinction (/dɪˈstɪŋkʃən/) takes SOHN's upbeat and bouncy jam “The Wheel” and gives it a moody makeover. I love how clear and pronounced the vocals start out in this remix, and by the minute mark the listener is immersed in a melancholic, chopped and screwed world with a deep trapped out bass. It is truly a beautiful remix of an already magnificent track, and I suggest that you go and grab the free download above and play in your headphones some hazy and reflective evening.
"All Inside" is an icy, introspective production lead by chords that move in and out of earshot at a pace not far from taking a relaxed breath. The 17-and-18-year-old Lancaster-based pair proceed to build a pristine post-everything beat that is marked by tuned percussion, side-chained whirls, and thick, gooey chords. The crowning feature is a beautifully chopped-and-rearranged R&B vocal that sounds like it could have stemmed from some forgotten neo-soul record, or perhaps even further back into the days of early rhythm and blues.
"Another Minus smasher (and my favorite tune so far this season), this track got the treatment by Maceo Plex at the Amneisa opening, just before heading to Underworld’s ‘Born Slippy’ to finish things up for the day, as well as Uner’s Pulse Radio podcast. It’s, deep, twisted, undulating synth grooved out of Amnesia’s terrace speakers, shaking the floor and vibrating our chests as Maceo danced along, making for one of the most welcome returns to any club a techno fan could have asked for."
Finally found the name of this song that had been eluding me for a minute. First heard it at one of the Dirtybird parties earlier this year at Mezzanine, and this song sounds damn good on a huge soundsystem, staying true to its name (Big Room Tech House). Joy O really kills it on this wobbly track.
Stan Getz, Antônio Carlos Jobim, João & Astrud Gilberto - Corcovado (Tokimonsta Remix)
Been jammin’ so hard on Verve Remixed: The First Ladies since it was released a little over a week ago. Besides the masterful remix of Ella Fitzgerald’s “Blue Skies” by the one and only Maya Jane Coles (which itself is reason enough to buy the whole album…), Tokimonsta’s take on ”Corcovado” is a must have for some late-evening summer grooving. More to come from this stellar album soon.
A bass heavy, deep and unique 126 bpm remix of The Weeknd's “Wicked Games”. The rolling bass in this track just keep coming and undoubtedly causes the floor to erupt. I absolutely love the back and forth pace of this track. Scope the free download that Birmingham’s Hannah Wants released today!
Just finished listening to XXYYXX's eponymous sophomore album. Something sounded quite familiar about the closing track, and it took me a second to realize that “TIED2U” is his interpretation of Jon Brion’s “Strings That Tie To You” from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Very mellow and airy, and a perfect closer to the ethereal album.
**Sidenote: Marcel Everett, aka XXYYXX is 17 years old. Seventeen!! So talented.**
First heard of this classically trained British electronic producerthrough the recent Boiler Room Berlin (6.26.13) featuring Sigur Ros DJs, Thomas Fehlmann (who looked strikingly like Walt/Heisenberg from ‘Breaking Bad’…), and the Berlin-based wonder Emika. She put on a pretty awesome live show complete with singing and contorting to her dark yet melodic beats.
This cover of Chris Issak's”Wicked Game” is absolutely blissful. The slight distortion in the intro sounds fit for a rainy day, and Emika reinterprets the song beautifully with droning piano chords, haunting echoing vocals and a mellow bass line to sway to. Vibe.
John Talabot & Pional - Destiny (Dubtool Remix) [download]
A nice little dub brought to you by John Talabot and Pional, with a free download to boot. This stripped down version maintains the melancholic and moody atmosphere perfectly while bringing the dubbed out echoing vocals to a climax.
Heard this track for the first time last night at Prajna Yoga’s Two Year Anniversary Party. This woman Tiana was doing some serious L.E.D. hooping to this track and had the whole place mesmerized! Enjoy the warm, ambient synths with some bass later in the song. Reminds me a lot of Koreless's grooves.
Bouncy tech house goodness with nice little variations and progressions over a ten-minute span. Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay provide deliciously clean bass that is sure to keep a dancefloor popping. Props to my homie Greg “Chin” for this one.
MAYA JANE COLES: Essential Mix Two Timer In Under Two Years
It is a great honor for a DJ to be invited to play a set for BBC’s world-renowned Essential Mix, and many great electronic music acts go through their entire careers without ever playing even a single one. Although some older and more experienced DJs have appeared on the program multiple times particularly in the late 90s/early 00s (read: Sasha appearing 28 times or Oakenfold appearing on 36 mixes), to take control of the Essential Mix decks on multiple occasions a DJ needs to be the crème de lacrème, especiallyin this day and age of electronic music.
Maya Jane Coles has been producing music since 2008 and played her first Essential Mix at the age of 23 on July 9, 2011. After achieving critical acclaim with her infectious 2010 hit, "What They Say", she gained international attention and quickly flew to the top ranks of world-class electronic music producers.
She is a highly talented individual with a hyperfocus on the deep and tech house scene and her second Essential Mix less than two years after her debut is undeniable proof that she is here to stay. The mix kicks off on a slower note but by the hour mark you’ll probably be jumping out of your chair if you’re like me. After another full hour of refined deep and dark house tunes, by the end of the mix you’ll be praying for her to play on. More MJC here.
01. The Poet - Rain On April (Yves Le Groove Mix) [OT RECORDS] 02. Joe Stawarz - Suite B [SOMA QUALITY RECORDINGS] 03. [a]pendics.shuffle - Heavy Burdens High feat. Blakkat (Safeword Remix) [ADJUNCT AUDIO] 04. Deep Guys - Roomba (Oceanic Mix) [OT RECORDS] 05. Francesco Rossi - Paper Aeroplane feat. JS & A [D:VISION] 06. Linus Quick - There Shall Be Light (Mike Maass Remix) [WAYWARD MUSIC] 07. [unknown] - Unknown 08. Anonym - I Can’t [VAKANT] 09. Jordan Lieb - Dreams From The Ghetto [SUPERFREQ] 10. P. Wiltshire - Closer [HYPERCOLOUR] 11. Nick Galemore - Pt. 1 [KINDISCH] 12. Maya Jane Coles - Everything feat. Karin Park [I/AM/ME] 13. Rodriguez Jr. - Satellite [MOBILEE] 14. Nana K. - Old’s Cool [RECOVERY TECH] 15. Weltenwandler - Departure [ELECTROPHIL RECORDS] 16. Mad_Us - Hypnoze (Luca Bear Remix) [ARMONIA] 17. Riva Starr & Rssll - Absence (Adam Port Remix) [SNATCH! RECORDS] 18. Marbert Rocel - Small Hours (Daniel Stefanik Remix) [COMPOST] 19. Juliano Silva - 1000 Miles [EON5] 20. LPZ - Council Fonk 21. Deetron - Out Of My Head feat. Ovasoul7 (KiNK Vocal Mix) [MUSIC MAN RECORDS] 22. Alex Piccini & Marka T - Suite Yourself [AMAZING RECORDS] 23. Gianni Amoroso - No Matter How Far [MORNING MOOD RECORDS] 24. Sivesgaard - In The Night (Blond:ish Remix) [EKLEKTISCH] 25. Frederick Alonso - 96 (Tech Mix) [STAB RECORDINGS] 26. Paul Mad - Undes (Alex Piccini remix) [DEEP BEEP RECORDS] 27. Ella Fitzgerald - Blue Skies (Maya Jane Coles Remix) 28. Knox - Fault [LAST NIGHT ON EARTH]
Just listened to Frenchman Fred Falke’s Kitsune minimix via Soundcloudand it is definitely one of the best sun-kissed disco —> electro mix that I have heard in a while.
"Geronimo" is the final track on the 30 minute set and it is exactly what I’ve been missing in electro house… banging yet not over the top, blissful and melodic, pure feel good raging music. Check out the minimix and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
just a little bit of melancholic electronic for my [your] overcast day
Dan Snaith, aka Caribou makes some absolutely beautiful, dark and danceable electronica as evident by his 2010 album Swim, with the powerful dancefloor destructor “Odessa.” The lyrics describe a failed relationship and while the whole tone of the song is very moody, it is oh-so-dancefloor ready. Check out how this song was pieced together on Attack Magazine.
Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo - Teardrop on the Fire [download]
Hailing from Birmingham, Hannah Wants is one of the multitude of rising electronic music talents from the UK today. I only discovered her music a few days ago, when listening to catz n dogz essential mix (which I highly recommend by the way…) and now I am stoked to have found her unique and irresistible beats. When I heard the “Teardrop on the Fire” vocal sample on the Essential Mix at around [50.05] followed up by some banging deep house with an even smoother passage into a slower, grooving rhythm, I had to pause and find the tracklist STAT and look into what artist made me get out of my chair and dance unrestrainedly with headphones on. Don’t forget to download the track for free in [320 kbps] above from the artist herself…More to come on Hannah Wants, keep an eye out for her!