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
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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.
San Francisco Omies and beyond! Join Om Records in celebrating the power of yoga, music and dance with an all-levels Vinyasa Flow class mixed with freeform dance taught by Elise Lorimer and a LIVE musical soundtrack by Om Records’ J Boogie.
Elise Lorimer is a Bay Area vinyasa yoga instructor with a background in creative and visual arts. She contributes to Yoga Journal, helped put together Om Records’ Yoga CD, and through her teachings encourages a playful spirit and deeper awareness into the yoga practice people across the US and beyond.
San Francisco resident and world-renowned DJ/producer J Boogie continues to challenge the boundaries of the music world across genres, styles, languages and borders throughout his 20-year career. This truly unique artist speaks to his listeners through a diverse musical language he created integrating techniques and musical genres including downtempo, dub, hip–hop, soul, reggae, funk, African, Latin, bhangra, dancehall, disco, electro, bass, tropical, dubstep and house. Constantly revolutionizing the game, creating new sounds, and always keeping fans on their feet, J-Boogie continues to lift music to its full potential through his distinct approach and one-of-a-kind style.
::Event Info:: The Yoga Tree
97 Collingwood St
San Francisco, CA 94114-1906
Saturday, May 12, 2012
7:00pm until 9:30pm
A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Blue Bear School of Music.
Cost: $30 in advance; $35 at the door
Note: The class / event begins on time, please get there early to get a spot, wear comfortable clothes to do yoga & dance in, bring a yoga mat if you have one (otherwise you can rent them). For more info on what to bring, click here!
Posted by: Kathryn on April 25, 2012 @ 4:12 PM
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Our newest Om:Cast, number twenty-eight of the series, is now up!
Enjoy this mix by Marques Wyatt recorded Live at “Deep” in San Francisco.
Marques Wyatt, a seminal pioneer of Deep House music, is an integral artist on the Om Records roster. In the mid ‘90s, at a time when the shape shifting of house music was rarely heard outside Chicago and New York, Marques introduced the East coast sound to his native Los Angeles. In the ensuing years, his prowess as a talented DJ, promoter, and producer earned him recognition as one of the most sought-after artists in the genre, domestically and internationally.
In 1998, he began organizing epic weekly parties culminated in his weekly institution, “Deep,” which continues to thrive today as an internationally esteemed sanctuary for house music lovers. Several of the finest musicians have performed at “Deep,” such as: Timmy Regisford of Shelter, David Morales, Ben Watt of Everything but the Girl, Dimitri from Paris, Mark Farina, Miguel Migs, and of course Louie Vega, who plays multiple times per year. Marques uses the vast popularity of the event as a springboard for charity and social awareness via DeepCares, a non-profit division of “Deep” that organizes and sponsors purpose-driven events benefiting different facets of local and global communities.
Channeling a spiritual depth cultivated through meditation, prayer and yoga practice, Marques continues to spread the gospel of house music as an evangelist of music and “Deep” culture by globe-trotting everywhere from Los Angeles to New York, Shanghai to Barcelona and Tel Aviv to Dubai with the mission to bring musical unity and light to all souls in his pathway. This Om:cast was recorded live from a recent “Deep” show held in San Francisco.
Crazy P is viewed as one of the best live dance acts around and have been since they formed back in 1996. Their new album ‘When We On’ is being hailed by many critics as their best yet. Voted “Best Dance Album” by iTunes and hailed as “one of the albums of the year” by Mixmag, ‘When We On’ sees Crazy P blending their love of the dancefloor with beautifully crafted songs – all of which they recently brought to Koko’s gorgeous stage just this past March.
We are delighted to announce that the British dance band recorded their live performance at Koko and will be releasing it as a CD, titled ‘When We Live.’ This recording is an exclusive collector’s item with only a limited number being released and each CD being uniquely numbered. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own this little piece of music history!
“Ghettos & Gardens” is the first single from Justin Martin’s debut artist album on dirtybird records. The title describes the way this track rises up with beautiful sweeping melodies, almost to the point where you want to kiss the person next to you. But this epic euphoria can only last so long- it peaks with a bassline so tough, it’ll push you down a staircase, and then steal your bus pass.
“Hood Rich” starts with a cascade of voices tumbling over each other, clamoring for attention on the way to the club. Those bold proclamations give way to the melodious tones of a string ensemble that would be welcome in Yo-Yo Ma’s living room. And that’s just the first minute. All niceties aside, a hive of bass bees smashes against the far wall and explodes, leaving no doubt that every booty will be dropping like DAMN.
Annie Mac – “I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Justin Martin is an incredible producer!!”
Soulwax (Steve) – “GREATTRACKS!!!! Excellent work Justin!!”
Renaissance Man - “Hood Rich baby!! Super track!”
Jaymo – (BBC Radio 1) – “Dance music producers and albums often don’t work out… but fuck me, Justin’s smacked this one. Absolute love!!"
Till von Sein - “Ghettos & Gardens… M O N S T E R J A M!!! Goddamnit this is sick! Cant wait to drop it…. thx”
Chris Woodward - (Buzzin Fly) – “A master act in club bangers!! Ghettos & Gardens is my big fave.”
Riva Starr - “Daz fat indeed, superb release loving the sweet melodies and the deep bass this will cause damage in the clubz 100% guaranteed!”
Tom Findlay – (Groove Armada) – “Both trax as brilliant as you’d expect from him. Hood Rich turns into something quite amazing!”
ZDAR- (Cassius) – "Yo dirtybird! Justin is one of the ones for me since 2/3 years ago when i got his incredible remix for “Magnificient” and played it in every gig possible. Ghettos and Gardens is following the way of this music his doing, music so sweet/beautyful and rough at the same time. For this I salute you like a maniac…. Whiplash! thanks."
Oliver $ - “Love it!!! Full support for Justin martin!!!! Ghettos & Gardens is in the wallet!”
Ben Westbeech - “Been CANING Hood Rich. Get’s a rewind everytime i play it. SO BIG Love it so much. Glad i got a mastered one to play now/// Heard Hood rich in Justins house. SO good too. RZA meets Metro area meets Big J MARTYLOOOOOOVELOOOOOVELOOOOOOVE a lot of love for this obviously.”
Lukas - (EARMILK) – “Excited for this album, this is going to be so big for dirtybird!”Axel Boman – “Beats for your mind and your feet" as Mc Conrad would have put it some 10 years ago. I totally love it! Very much! Especially Ghettos & Gardens. 100% will play support and dance.”
Posted by: Kathryn on April 17, 2012 @ 12:11 PM
Posted in: Music
There’s only one Om Lounge. With over 150,000 units sold to date, Om’s perennial downtempo series has been one of the biggest heavy-hitters in the world of lounge compilations for over a decade. This forward-thinking downtempo series now returns for it’s twelfth edition, featuring Om artists old and new, a wide selection of originals and remixes all for your grooving pleasure.
The tracks on this release are diverse, yet the multi-genre’d mix flows beautifully across the musical landscape and creates the perfect lounging vibe that only Om could curate: a classic deep house sound is kept current thanks to Miguel Migs’ “Close Your Eyes” (Osunlade’s Yoruba Soul Mix) and Soulstice’s "Love Cliché (Nightmares on Wax remix). The modern movement of post-dubby jams are represented with Edit Murphy’s “Need You” and Landslide’s “Dig Deeper (Throwing Snow Remix)”. And of course, always staying true to their San Francisco roots, Om has hometown-heroes Lance DiSardi and Blackbird Blackbird add their special Bay Area flavor to this well-rounded release.
Om Records’ new marketing agency Hello Stranger is doing a series of exclusive pool parties during the first weekend of Coachella. Located at the poolside of the Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs, the three-day event is the perfect way to relax and revive after long days in the hot festival sun.
Seasoned festival-goers recognize that the key to maintaining an even keel for two straight weekends is to have regular poolside recuperation sessions with exciting talent to hydrate, feed, inspire and finally launch the festival-goer into the next round of desert madness. Hello Stranger is joining forces with dubFrequency, KRCW, and Flaunt on the grounds of this beautiful Joie de Vivre hotel to produce three days of awesome music – poolside!
Here’s the line-up of Saguaro Desert Weekender:
== Friday (April 13th) ==
Bromance & Friends (Paris x Los Angeles):
Thee Mike B
Rick Rude with VERY special guests to be announced
== Saturday (April 14th) ==
A Club Called Rhonda:
Tiger & Woods
DJ Harvey + Rhonda DJs.
== Sunday (April 15th) == KCRW presents The Saguaro Becomes Eclectic
Tokimonsta (80s hip hop set)
Nosaj Thing (eclectic set) KCRW DJs: Jason Bentley, Garth Trinidad, Valida Carroll, Aaron Byrd, Raul Campos and Dan Wilcox.
The Desert Weekender is by invite only. Guests of The Saguaro have guaranteed admission.
=== http://hellostrangercreative.com/weekender/ to RSVP ===
Posted by: Kathryn on April 9, 2012 @ 10:44 AM
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Following the explosive return of Grammy award-winning trio, Dirty Vegas, with 2011’s ‘Electric Love’, the trio offer a blazing set of remixes of ‘Emma’, one of the standout tracks of the album. This release features remixes from Fred Falke, Tim Goldsworthy, Black Strobe, and Pezzner.
This compilation of remixes span across flavors and influences, and the notable group of remixers come together to deliver a solidly-represented release: Fred Falke’s other recent remixes include Little Boots, U2, The Gossip, Grizzly Bear, Lykke Li, La Roux, Metronomy and more. Tim Goldsworthy is the producer of UNKLE, The Rapture, Hercules & Love Affair, Cut Copy, Phoenix and has collaborated with Massive Attack and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. Black Strobe and Pezzner both Top 5 artists on Beatport. Black Strobe has repeatedly charted on Juno Download as a #1 artist. Preview all of the tracks on our soundcloud, listen to the full tracks on our youtube, and download them from beatport!