The Best of Deep House: Red Bull Studios South Africa
Cape Town studio’s hometown hero when it comes to deep house, producer Thibo Tazz has curated a list of favorites from 2013. Get a dose of worldly sounds from Lone, Julian Gomez, Ten Walls, Thibo himself, and more on this 10-track mix of acts that came through Red Bull Studios Cape Town this year. I’ve been jamming to this playlist all morning, and I can’t get enough. Enjoy!
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A master at putting his own spin on the classics, LA producer FALCONS dropped a new mix for music-minded Toronto fashion line SSENSE.
With a funky style that melds hip hop foundations, buttery basslines and headbob-worthy 808 beats with choppy trap elements like tightly wound hi-hats and spacey, digital effects, FALCONS crafts a well-constructed style all his own.
After debuting three killer remix albums featuring reworks of Missy Elliot, Project Pat, Brandy, and more, FALCONS has taken the best of those projects and made one cohesive mix. The mix features tracks from his previous releases, as well as a number of his own remixes, new unreleased tracks, and cuts from producer pals, Djemba Djemba, Sango and JUJ. This mix is worth obsessing over. Stream it above.
Timbaland - The Potion (Instrumental) Falcons - Sumbody Juj - Mbira Spirit Falcons - Call Me On My Cell (unreleased) Falcons - Falcon Eye Cassie - Me n U (EXCLUSIVE remix) Timbaland - Indian Flute (Sango remix) Djemba Djemba - I Just Go (Falcons remix) Falcons - Vroom Falcons - Oops (Falcons RMX) Swizzymack - Drip Crime Mob - Rock Your Hips Rihanna - Cockiness (Grandtheft & Hedspin remix) Dj Yolo Bear x Uniique - Bad Bxtches Nas - OochieWallie (Orijanus remix) Missy x The Freshest - Call Your Name (Falcons remix) Ciara - Oh! (Falcons remix) Cabo Blanco - Santo Diablo Falcons - Bombay (Unreleased) Falcons - Untitled (Unreleased) Janet Jackson - I Get So Lonely (Dj Hoodboi remix)
One of my favorite acts right now. Hailing from the breeding stables of bass music, Glasgow, Scotland, these guys make bubbly deep house with this dark exploratory feel. From the depths of the ocean to the infinite galaxy sky, these guys are looking to go deep. Sprinkle in some funky percussion, layers of delicate effects and a few choice vocal samples, and you get Mermaids signature sound. Please enjoy the sampling of my favourite disco-flecked Mermaids’ tunes, I promise they won’t disappoint.
p.s. Not gonna lie, I love that every track’s title is a play on the word “Mermaid”. Now get to grooving.
DJ Spinn and DJ Rashad talk of growing up in Chicago, the nightclub scene in their native city and how it played a role in their exposure to electronic music, plus the pair spin a slew of essential classics taking you on a musical history lesson on the origins of their distinct genre styles.Continuing my fascination with music and it’s evolution, this was definitely an entertaining watch, be sure take a minute and learn a few things.
"They made the clap four to the floor, with the bass".
Swirling synths in a variety of forms take on chameleon like qualities shaping Aberdeen’s brightest rising star Lockah, aka Tom Banks’ savagely inventive sound. Humming chugs of lofty bass marry with pitched vocal loops cascading into jungle-inspired beats. This menagerie of genres and concept sounds are then swirled together in a steaming pot of thick and chunky beats ready to elevate any mood.
The stalwart label head of emerging bass outfit, Tuff Wax, and playing a large part in the emerging scene in his hometown of Aberdeen, Banks is pushing more than just a new sound in 2013. Lockah’s music unearths new territories, blending an epic movie score quality with forward thinking production and a wildly creative style, landing him on labels like Mad Decent’s Jeffrees, Skrillex’s OWSLA, and most recently, on bass music trendsetting label, Donky Pitch.
One of the fascinating aspects of Banks’ music is his ability to elicit melodies out of heavy-handed synth, sparse techno beats and trembling glistens of effects, all of which create the most strangely fantastic pop ballads. Best Fit set out to find out where the young producer’s influences lie, what his new EP Only Built For Neon Nights is really about and if it’s possible to ever have too much synth.
Germany’s hottest duo, Marius Bubat and Georg Conrad, whom make up the production alias, Coma recently released their ‘My Orbit’ single, an amuse bouche of a track, offering fans a taste of what’s to come on their highly anticipated second release for Kompakt, In Technicolor. This week Pictures/Ghostly rising production star, Dauwd offers a sexy take on the Cologne stomp original.
Turning the deep, darkness of ‘My Orbit’ into creeping synth and static clacks along with a haunting vocal ellipsis, Dauwd builds off those pensive moments that still linger early on in the night. Creating his signature warming glow, Dawud melts away inhibitions and relaxes the mood, as edges of circumstance begin to soften and the evening comes into full effect. Atmospheric swirls, bursts of effects and the subtle blair of jazzy horn effects round out the track just before the sun begins to rise again.
Listen to the original that premiered on Pitchfork a few weeks back, in case you missed it!
As we’ve mentioned many times this year, Ireland’s burgeoning music scene is not to be overlooked. Today we bring you Benihana, a duo out of the North of Ireland, Kildare to be exact.
What’s fascinating about the emerging electronic acts from this region is how they all manage to intertwine this beautiful atmospheric feel into their sound.As if providing a geographical guide to their quaint homeland, Will Molloy & Billy Archbold lead you through sun-glinted pitch shifts, rapid bursts of swirling synth, and dark building basslines rolling along mysterious, unpaved roads.
A cinematic history brought to life through bold, brassy synth, dancing bouts of organ notes, and the ever so subtle bit of sexiness.
After partaking in some intense rehabilitation due to the soul melting effects of Ifan Dafydd’s first single ‘Celwydd’, we’ve completely relapsed and are in a state of utter elation over his latest jaunt. Literally translating to mean “quiet” or “calm”, our young grasshopper craftily strings his listeners along by ensuring ‘Llonydd’ is anything but that.
Leaning more on the theatrical, storytelling side in comparison to ‘Celwydd’’s lighthearted nature, ‘Llonydd’ clings to a part of the day when the moon is high above and bubbling tempos beckon for your being to do anything but stand still. Singer, Alys Williams’ translucent words reverberate through shadowy walls, and pitched cries that peek out from darkened corners, as she makes her way through billowing organ synths and piano key flecks. With both ‘Celwydd’ and “Llonydd’, Dafydd weaves this flirtatiousness song and dance element throughout, eliciting a charming infatuation with his music you just can’t ignore.
Recordiau Lliwgar‘s second installment in their vinyl compilation series, Y Record Las (The Blue Record) is out 1st April (today). The double 10″ vinyl compilation features new material from four of Wales’ rising stars; Ifan Dafydd, Ymarfer Corff, Llwybr Llaethog and H Hawkline, we promise you don’t want to miss out on this release.