Review | Desert Hearts Spring Festival 2016: A Journey of Discovery

Posted by on April 25, 2016

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Before moving out to California three months ago, I didn’t know much about Desert Hearts. I would see the festival’s name pop up time after time in blogs and Facebook posts, and I became intrigued by the colorful photos and people that caught my attention. I remember sitting at home in the middle-of-nowhere, Pennsylvania, scrolling through photos of the festival, and fantasizing about what it would be like to be in this vibrant scene all dressed in silly clothes with happy-looking humans. Not long after my move to California, an opportunity arose for me to attend the festival; I couldn’t refuse it. The time had finally come for me to find out what Desert Hearts was all about.

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Mix | The Interns Deliver a Heavy Dose of Vibes With “To the Moon and Back” Mix

Posted by on January 19, 2016

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Fresh off of a performance on HARD’s Holy Ship!, The Interns are back with the fourth episode of their esteemed mix series, “The Interns Present: To the Moon and Back.” The duo of Toks and Colby were relative newcomers to Los Angeles’ immense dance scene last year, but they’ve quickly captured the hearts of house and techno lovers everywhere with their feel-good take on house music. Each of The Interns’ mixes give us a glimpse at the duo through a different lens, but all of the unique mixes are tied together by their strong curation. “The Interns Present: To the Moon and Back” is no different, as the hour-long mix features some of the best techno cuts in dance music expertly woven together to take listeners on a journey through space to the moon and back.

Free Download: The Interns Present – To The Moon & Back

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Techno | Justin Jay Delivers A Stunning Edit of Barnt’s “Chappell” Ahead of the New Year

Posted by on December 21, 2015

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Los Angeles-based producer, Justin Jay, releases his edit of Barnt’s “Chappell” as a gift to us to close out the year. For this release, Justin brings on Henry Was for drumming duties to add to Benny Bridges on guitar. The crew puts their own touch on “Chappell,” with live instruments, driving percussive additions, and subtle production tweaks, and the result exceeds expectations with its overall livening of the techno track. Justin Jay has been changing the game with his innovative stylistic choices, and he’s expected to continue in 2016.

“With Benny Bridges on guitar, I saw this techno anthem by Barnt as a way to start messing around with Henry’s crazy drum sounds. We had so much fun making it and even more fun playing it live. With it being the holiday season, we wanted to give it to you guys (especially DJ’s who need an extra jam for those holiday sets).” – Justin Jay

Free Download: Barnt – Chappell (Justin Jay Edit ft. Henry Was and Benny Bridges)

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Events | Paradise Garage Artist Spotlight: Joey Llanos and David DePino

Posted by on December 17, 2015

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This weekend, Southern California dance music fans will have the unique opportunity to experience a piece of dance music history firsthand, as the iconic Paradise Garage nightclub is making its triumphant return at the Hollywood Palladium. The legendary, New York City nightclub ran from the late 1970s to the late 1980s, and managed to have a tremendous impact on today’s nightclub and dance music culture before it closed its doors.

When Paradise Garage opened its doors in 1977, the club was inspired by David Mancuso’s parties at The Loft, which served no alcohol, food, or drink, and was closed to the public. These foundational ethos led to Paradise Garage pioneering major aspects of modern-day nightlife culture, in particular, a renewed emphasis on dancing, rather than socializing, and placing the DJ at the center of attention. During Paradise Garage’s decade-long run, resident DJ, Larry Levan, popularized the club by championing a new genre, “garage,” which was comprised of house, disco, and techno that you would hear at Paradise Garage. Levan held weekly parties on Saturday called Saturday Mass, and many modern day music luminaries, like Frankie Knuckles, Louie Vega, and Madonna, all point to Paradise Garage as a major influence in their lives.

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This weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to experience the magical vibes of the original nightclub, thanks to the headliners, Joey Llanos and David DePino, who were both around and heavily involved with the original nightclub. In fact, DePino was actually the person responsible for finding the space that the original nightclub occupied, which he revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2014. Llanos, on the other hand, was an electrician by trade who was brought on at Paradise Garage as a bouncer, and learned the art of house and techno from paying attention to Levan, one of the best in the business.

Since the doors of Paradise Garage closed in 1987, Llanos and DePino have been traveling around the world spreading the good vibes and great music that defined Paradise Garage, and this weekend will be no different. There’s no doubt that with these two legends on the decks, the Palladium will be rocking wall to wall with some of the best house, disco, and techno from the last four decades.

You can still get limited tickets to Paradise Garage here.

Techno | HI-LO, aka Oliver Heldens, Gets Ravey On New Track, “Ooh La La”

Posted by on November 24, 2015

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Oliver Heldens has been recognized not only for his deep house work under his self-named moniker, but also as his bass alias, HI-LO. His latest track, “Ooh La La” adds techno to his resume with underground bass vibes. A fast percussion beat and driving risers set the stage for HI-LO’s latest track that evolves into a heavy walking bass line and pounding synth melody. Doppler hi-hats ring as the vocal line repeats an “Ooh La La” vocal sample. Although wandering from his expected sound, “”Ooh La La” adds a new vibe to HI-LO’s quickly expanding library.

Techno | Destructo Takes It Back To The Old School Days of Electronic Music With “Techno”

Posted by on October 26, 2015


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Long before the days of Swedish House Mafia, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, and the main stage explosion, dance music presided over the underground, lurking the shadows of illegal warehouse raves and secret parties. In those days, electro, big room, and progressive house were afterthoughts – acid house reigned supreme. There are few artists that have been around long enough to truly understand the growth that dance music has gone through, but Destructo is one of them, and he’s throwing it back to the early days with his latest output, “Techno.” Sampling Eminem in his hit song, “Without Me,” Destructo builds the entire track around the verse, “nobody listens to techno,” infusing the track with some thick Roland-303s and buzzing synths.

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House | Michael Calfan Unveils His Summer Anthem “Mercy”

Posted by on June 24, 2015


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We’ve come a long way since the days of listening to disco, house, and techno in illegal warehouse parties, but the soul and emotion of dance music has never changed. As dance music has grown bigger and bigger, producers have looked outside of traditional genre boundaries, bringing together different elements of various genres to create more innovative, niche sounds. Michael Calfan has been exploring deeper sonic territories of house lately, combining deep house with elements of big room to create what he dubs “soul house.” His latest track, “Mercy,” is soul house at its finest, as Calfan layers a piano-driven melody with an old-school vocal sample and blaring horn arrangements that gives the track a sunny personality.