Ambient, Chill | Listen To DUX’s Cinematic Alien Funk

Posted by on July 1, 2016

When “Diana” by DUX hit my inbox on Tuesday night I was too busy to listen, but I finally got a minute to listen through this morning and I was blown away. Jonah McLean aka DUX is an L.A. native who only has two songs to date, and they’re getting better every listen through. While I enjoy his debut release “Responsible,” last weeks drop “Diana” is my personal favorite due to how calming it is. Staight bad ass vibes, feel like it’d fit in the soundtrack to Drive.

Alternative | Little Wander – The Wild

Posted by on July 10, 2015

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As we edge towards the middle of Summer, we can easily look back and reminisce on The Wild memories we have made so far. Along with the wild memories, we all need some Indie tracks to listen to on the road, to take in the warm weather, hometown memories, and look forward to what is ahead in the fall. Go ahead and make a memory by jumping in the car, throw on Little Wanders latest track, “The Wild”, and take a joy ride. This is one you do not want to miss.

Free Download: Little Wander – The Wild

Chill, Trap | Bronze Whale – Drive

Posted by on November 13, 2013

Of course, when a fire new Bronze Whale track comes out I have to cover it. “Drive” is a fun trap track, starting out simple and slowly building complexity as the track goes along. I especially like the end when there’s a whole lot going on at once. This is a more chill track, as per usual with Bronze Whale. Check it out on Beatport!

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Beatport: Bronze Whale – Drive


Electro | Daft Punk – Drive (Unreleased from 1994)

Posted by on September 20, 2011

I will let Soma Records do the talking. Get it HERE.

“At the tail end of 2010 we combed through boxes of DATs, pictures and god knows what else to find artefacts of Soma’s early days,” Chris Lamb (from Soma, Daft Punk’s first label) writes. “Imagine our surprise when we discovered a tape simply titled ‘Daft Drive’. We hooked up the DAT machine and inserted the tape with the utmost care, pressing play and praying that for one, the tape contained what we hoped, and two, that it didn’t savage it like a dog chewing on a bone.

In amongst the hiss and crackle, a monstrous 909 kick drum began to thud – Daft Punk’s Drive track had been rediscovered. Playing through was live Daft Punk: the freaky vocals, pounding Roland drums & synths and that distinctive DP compression. After standing in awed silence, witnessing this moment, the track faded off and we heard the sounds of French words that the recording had been made over; the remnants of their parents audio collection. The tape had originally been sent with Rollin’ and Scratchin’ to be released as Soma25 but Soma asked these two bright-eyed and techno-bound Frenchmen, to finish and send Da Funk instead and DRIVE was shelved for a later date. Until now.”

Daft Punk – Drive Unreleased 1994 (Preview) by soma

Hip-Hop | The Dean’s List – The Drive In | HIP-HOP

Posted by on February 26, 2011

Hot damn, this is one impressive project. Like I don’t think it’d be out of this world to give this a spot in our top 10 mixtapes for the year. Evidently The Dean’s List has mastered the art of rapping over perfectly produced beats that host some unreal vocals. Hopefully I won’t be the only one who picks up on the advanced spitting techniques these guys are utilizing to keep the songs fresh and professional. I could probably post the entire tape but that’d take the fun out of getting “The Drive In” in its entirety.

Download the full mixtape — HERE

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Compilation, House | Top 50 Dance Tracks Of 2013: 20-11

Posted by on January 13, 2010

Top 50 dance tracks of 2013

20. Audien – Wayfarer
Released in January, “Wayfarer” stayed in the Beatport trance top 100 until December. Beatport sales are not always the best indication of a song’s success, but in this case, it can be used to prove just how successful this song was having been used in the sets of Knife Party, Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Cosmic Gate and so many more for the majority of the year.

19. Just Blaze vs Baauer ft. Jay Z – Higher
Baauer got famous, because the internet, for the spazed out version of the Harlem Shake, but while that was happening, he was making this heater with hip hop producer mainstay Just Blaze, with a few contributing lyrics from a guy who is used to being in the spotlight, Jay Z.

18. Diplo & GTA – Boy Oh Boy
Generally artists save their best releases for big label tracks, but here Diplo & GTA, perhaps unwittingly, delivered what was their most popular track of the year. It is simplistic, but outstanding, taking Missy Elliot’s lyrics from “Lose Control” and meshing them in perfectly. This vine embodies the attitude in this song.

17. Armin van Buuren ft. Trevor Guthrie This Is What It Feels Like (Original + Remixes)
Armin’s crossover single, “This Is It What it Feels Like” became not only a hit with dance music fans (though he took flak from the traditional trancers), but also saw major radio play across the US and the world. The track seemed to only become more popular as the year wore on. The W&W remix brought this track to the festival stage.

16. Mark Knight – Your Love
Quietly, Mark Knight went about his business leading one of the finest dance music labels in the world, Toolroom Knights and had himself a smashing year production-wise. “Your Love” brings together an intoxicating groove with an addictive vocal that as it says “I just can’t get you out of my head”. Nobody has been able to get “Your Love” out of their heads either.

15. W&W & Ummet Ozcan – The Code
You cannot underestimate the impact W&W have had on 2013. The imitators have come from everywhere and their sound has become another overdone aspect of festival house. Ummet Ozcan has followed in their footsteps, moving from trance to a electro-trance sound that has become more and more popular lately, culminating in “Revolution”. “The Code” was the track that really exploded from them this year, taking over WMC and lasted all the way until NYE.

14. TJR – Whats Up Suckaz
Another sub genre getting love, Melbourne Bounce has gone global with its ambassadors Will Sparks and its bald American friend, TJR. “What’s Up Suckaz” brings the bounce to DJ sets all across the world in a way that is palatable to all fans.

13. Sander van Doorn & Mark Knight vs Underworld – Ten
“Your Love” was an individual triumph for Mark Knight, but he found a way to top that with his collab alongside Sander van Doorn and Underworld. Underworld’s floats across the upbeat house grooves and melodies that show the strength of each dynamic producer.

12. Pryda – Power Drive
For what has been another incredible year for the melodic master, “Power Drive” brought out a tougher side of him that we normally see with Cirez D. Power Drive thumps like a 350 foot drive from a sex addicted Tiger Woods and has the grace of Michelle Kwan. Pryda does it best, and he proves that once again.

11. Nicky Romero & Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano ft Fast Eddie – S.O.T.U.
One of the tracks that has appealed to all crowds this year, S.O.T.U. has been played by DJs of all genres on all stages. With an impossibly punchy kick, the simple yet potent track shows the power when percussion is used right. Nicky Romero has taken a wide variety of styles this year from “Symphonica” to “Still The Same Man” to this, but “S.O.T.U.” has to be his crowning achievement this year.