New from Brooklyn-based indie electro-pop band Body Language: the official music video for “You Can,” off of their “Social Studies” EP on the Lavish Habits. Dreamy vocals soar over lush layers of synth; a sweet electro tune with lots of early-eighties charm.
Our good friend and SF-based producer Justin Martin made his very first release on dirtybird records in 2005. Seven years later, he delivers his long-awaited debut artist album with the very same smile and fun loving attitude he’s had since the beginning. “Ghettos & Gardens” is exactly as advertised – a tender and tough collection of songs that build you up with sweeping strings, then break you down with earth shattering basslines. It’s sunsets vs. cyclones, roses vs. razors, and bunny rabbits vs. wolverines.
Maybe it’s the streets of San Francisco that made his music this way – a place where you can see a beautiful woman and a crippled homeless addict on the same city block. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of the famous dirtybird Golden Gate park parties, where Justin’s loving parents make tacos and chop fresh salsa while total freaks lose their minds in front of the massive sound system. Not a whole lot of producers are just as influenced by E40 as they are by LTJ Bukem, and even fewer of them played the jazz saxophone in high school.
Whatever is going on, most people would say that Justin is one of the most charismatic likable DJs to walk the earth. In this album Justin demonstrates his unique ability to blur the lines between musical genres, taking us through beautiful melodies, UK basslines, moody funk and devastating drops. You can hear the meticulous produc- tion techniques in every track – from the slow Hip-Hop style of Hood Rich to the heavy duty low-end of Molokini. The whole thing is fresh and uplifting like the smell of ozone after a lightning strike. Ghettos & Gardens sounds like nothing else out there – it could not have come from anyone but Justin Martin.
Buy the album version now from iTunes
Buy the DJ version now from Beatport
Buy the DJ version now from Bleep
Buy the vinyl now from Surus
Buy limited-edition “40 Bundle” packs, complete with dirtybird goodies & signed swag! Justin’s Bandcamp
Ghettos & Gardens World Tour
May 02 – Santa Cruz @ Motiv
May 04 – LA @ Avalon
May 05 – Las Vegas @ Artisan
May 11 – San Francisco @ Mezzanine
May 19 – Pyramid Lake @ Symbiosis Festival
May 25 – Irvine @ Lightning in a Bottle Festival
May 26 – Detroit @ dirtybird
Jun 01 – Birmingham @ Rainbow Warehouse
Jun 02 – Manchester @ Sankeys
Jun 03 – Bristol @ Love Will Save the Night
Jun 09 – London @ Fabric
Jun 15 – Philadelphia @ Philadelphia Experiment
Jun 16 – Washington DC @ U Hall
Jun 20 – Boston @ Phoenix Landing
Jun 22 – Miami @ Electric Pickle
Jun 23 – Charlotte @ Dharma
Jun 29 – Atlanta @ Masquerade
Jun 30 – New Orleans @
Jul 01 – Toronto @ Keating Pub
Jul 06 – SF @ Monarch
Jul 13 – Kauaii @ Café Portofino
Jul 14 – Honolulu @ Asylum
Jul 20 – UK @ Secret Garden Festival
Jul 21 – Ibiza @ Sankeys
Jul 27 – Denver @ City Hall
Jul 28 – NYC @ Verboten
Aug 03 – SF @ dirtybird
Aug 04 – LA @ Hard Summer
Aug 05 – BC @ Basscoast Festival
Aug 10 – Portland @ Refuge
Aug 11 – Seattle @ Electric Tea Garden
Aug 17 – Albuquerque @ Effex Nightclub
Aug 18 – El Paso @ Lowbrow Palace
Aug 24 – Grand Rapids @ Bass Camp
Aug 25 – Dallas @ It’ll Do Discotech
Aug 31 – Edmonton @ Level 2
Sep 01 – Rouyn-Noranda @ Emerging Music Festival
Sep 02 – Chicago @ North Coast Music Festival afterparty
Sep 03 – Montreal @ Piknic Electronic / dirtybird BBQ
Sep 07 – Paris @ Social Club
Sep 08 – UK @ Bestival
Sep 09 – Ibiza @ Space
Sep 15 – Barcelona @ Lolita
Sep 22 – London @ Bugged Out
Posted by: Kathryn on May 22, 2012 @ 1:22 AM
Posted in: Music
London-based house producer Maya Jane Coles has been quickly climbing to the top of the House Music world, and for good reason; from remixing A-list artists from Little Dragon and MK, to being hailed as “breakthrough DJ of 2011” by Pete Tong, to contributing to institutions like BBC’s Essential Mix, her rise to prominence has been well-earned, and not to mention, impressive to watch. Recently, the pint-sized power-house released her first commerical mix CD for DJ-Kicks.
“I wanted [the DJ Kicks mix] to showcase my diversity,” says Coles. “I don’t just do one thing and I wanted it to reflect that. Most of the mixes I’ve put out there so far have been house based, but I also produce stuff under the Nocturnal Sunshine monicker, which is more two-step/bass influenced stuff. This mix evolved into something that wasn’t just four-to-the-floor.
This eclectic mix is a contemplative journey through a multitude of tracks that span across the sonic landscape, enticing you with pretty trilling chimes, rumbling basslines and everything in between. Starting out with the muted synth chords and broken post-garage beats of ‘Loqux & Past’ by Deft, the mix gradually acquires a more rhythmic weight, care of tracks such as ‘In My Cocoon’ by Bozwell. Coles’s own ‘Not Listening’ is a driving cut built on a pounding yet melodic groove and exclusive to this DJ-Kicks mix. Another Coles exclusive, ‘Meant To Be’, (this time in her Nocturnal Sunshine guise) marks the transition to a more shuffle-y, two-step-influenced passage. Coles’ 22-track mix is genre-spanning, and yet, is unified by the earthy and hyper-sensory sound that has brought Coles to the heights at which she now stands.
As this mix proves, Maya Jane Coles is a true source of heat and light in an otherwise over-saturated, dreary musical landscape. Since Coles’ star is only just beginning to peak up over the horizon, we know we can expect more of her light to shine upon us in the near future – especially since she is currently in the process of making a full-length album! We can’t wait :) Don’t miss Maya on her world tour!
23/05/12 – Stereo – Montreal, Canada
24/05/12 – Monarch – San Francisco, USA
25/05/12 – Morgan – Brooklyn, New York, USA
26/05/12 – TBA – Detroit, USA
27/05/12 – Detroit Movement Fest – Detroit, USA
01/06/12 – Big Beach Boutique – Brighton, UK
02/06/12 – Field Day – London, UK
03/06/12 – Love Saves The Day – Bristol, UK
04/06/12 – Evolution Festival – Newcastle, UK
10/06/12 – Parklife Festival – Manchester, UK
16/06/12 – Sonar Festival – Barcelona, Spain
28/06/12 – Hove Festival – Arendal, Norway
30/06/12 – Hideout Festival – Novalja, Croatia
08/07/12 – T In The Park – Balado, Kinross, UK
13/07/12 – Melt! Festival – Ferropolis, Germany
15/07/12 – Benicassim 2012 – Spain
29/07/12 – Camp Bestival – Dorset, UK
11/08/12 – Loveland 2012 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
07/09/12 – Bestival – Isle of Wight, UK
Posted by: Kathryn on May 17, 2012 @ 5:59 PM
Posted in: Music
Meet Shiny Objects. His unique blend of deep, techy house will distract you from all things in your life that are not fabulous. With tracks full of fat basslines and splashes of disco, his music will shine like a mirrorball on the dancefloor. The San Francisco native has been making music since 1994 and is the founder of the nu-disco label “Smoke n’ Mirrors.” His newest single “Just Fabulous” drops today exclusively on Beatport.
The release features the track “Just Fabulous” and three diverse remixes from producers whose unique sounds span the aural landscape. The original track will seduce you with its sexy, deep bassline and dark vocals that never let you forget just how “sensational” you really are. The luscious synths build gradually and are accented with dreamy trills and a dash of afro flavor; this loungey, airy vibe sets the perfect stage for a catchy 303 loop. Prepare to be lured to the dance floor.
The Eats Everything remix takes the original even deeper and with it’s super-low Bristolian bassline. Eats brings his own distinctive sound to the track with high-hats that snap and clap over some ultra-funky, bouncing bass. Even the “just fabulous” acapella gets special focus from this UK producer.
Thugfucker, one of the vanguards of the ‘new deep house’ movement, bring you an appropriately deep’n’dark version of the original, whose relentlessly thumping bassline is countered by subtle, glittering chord progressions. This remix takes “Just Fabulous” deep underground, rubs it raw, and delivers it back to us in a package that is, well, just fabulous!
The Adnan Sharif remix jets the original into the stratosphere, pitching the track up for a little inter-stellar energy boost. As the original bassline grooves it’s way through a chamber of echoes and filters, a lone Spanish guitar plucks out the main hook, adding some serious Latin spice to the original.
San Francisco’s Miguel Migs is a man of many, many talents. A respected house DJ, producer, musician, and remixer and even ambassador for Absolute Vodka, Migs has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, including Britney Spears, Macy Gray, and Lionel Ritchie, and still finds time to produce his own solo material.
Soon to be released are the remixes of his single “Tonight”, taken from his highly acclaimed ‘Outside the Skyline’ album. The “Tonight” remix treatments showcase the sublime and delicate vocals of Meshell Ndegeocello with a tasty array of quality interpretations from Crazy P, Fred Everything, James Dexter and Wildkats.
• Crazy P drops a funky filtered bassline accentuated by a lush and moody breakdown section, layering warm pads and subtle horn stabs.
• Fred Everything brings the deep house heat catering respectfully to Meshells dreamy vocal with layers of smooth and effective chords.
• James Dexter stays true to the original version by using the main ingredients while giving it a more accessible, deep-disco dance floor appeal.
• Wildkats explore a darker, more stripped-down dimension on their rework by flipping the timing of the vocal pocket while a squelching bassline fills in the gaps.