Premiere: “Kitty Klap” feat. TT the Artist & Sir JoQ (MikeQ Remix)

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San Francisco party posse Swagger Like Us have been promoting their queer hip-hop and club music influenced dance party in the Bay Area (and more recently NYC) since 2012. Founded by Kelly Lovemonster and DJ/producer davOmakesbeats, the soiree continues to shine the spotlight on underground performers, DJs, and hosts.

With their ear locked to the ground, SLU have launched Molly House Records, a label dedicated to releasing party-perfect tracks by queer artists, many of whom have performed at their events.

Ahead of the release of their Summer in Brooklyn party taking place on August 13 at The Rosemont featuring Cakes da Killa, davOmakesbeats, and Anthony Dicap, we’re pleased to world premiere “Kitty Klap” remixed by New Jersey tour de force MikeQ, a notable purveyor of ballroom/vogue-house culture who helms Qween Beat Records. His wicked bass-driven re-rub is culled from Molly House Volume 1 (Deluxe Edition).

Says co-founder davOmakesbeat of the remix, “MikeQ was such an obvious choice to remix ‘Kitty Klap’ for me. I wanted to keep the integrity of the vogue scene and culture that is referenced in the track by Bay Area vogue dancer/vocalist Sir JoQ. So what better way than to get the ballroom legend himself.”

Hit the play button below and enjoy.

Loreto 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Lisbon-based house/techno producer Loreto embarked on a musical path early on in his life. Like many of his peers he began DJing at a young age and scored choice gigs and residencies at the start of his career. After deciding not to pursue full-time, he went on to study marketing and publicity in college. He couldn’t shake his desire to make music so he enrolled in Berklee College of Music in Boston, an experience that gave him a renewed sense of purpose and creativity.

Cut to the present and Loreto has just released his thoroughly compelling Stranger EP on Lisbon Bunker. It’s a formidable two-tracker comprised of “Stranger” (an exigent storm of ominous, techy beats and meandering synth lines) and “Tension” (a cinematic rush of evocative synths and grooves).

Impressed by his style, we connected with Loreto and asked him to tell us about five tracks that are currently dominating his DJ sets.  Continue Reading

John B Brings The Heat with Jungle Fire Hot Sauce

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Having brought innovation to drum ‘n’ bass since the ’90s, flamboyant DJ/producer/Beta Recordings head John B is focusing on a new side hustle: hot sauce.

After carefully fine-tuning his recipe, the revered junglist has launched Jungle Fire Hot Sauce, which is available for purchase on his online store.

With the launch of his limited-edition sauces, John joins the ranks of fellow musicians-turned-hot-sauce entrepreneurs including former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, and soul legend Patti LaBelle.

The seed of the idea for the line was inadvertently planted when John started dabbling with growing vegetables. “I love cooking, and the natural path to follow on from that is finding the tastiest ingredients. The best way to do that is to grow your own! So a few years ago I started growing vegetables in my back garden, just simple stuff, Tomatoes, Beetroot, some salads etc and of course Chillies! Before I knew it I had a gazillion chilli plants in pots all around the garden, and come harvest time, more hot peppers than I knew what to do with! So I started experimenting with hot sauces, salsas & drying the chillies for using in BBQ dry rubs & seasoning.”

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According to John, a devout foodie, “The idea behind Jungle Fire is to make limited edition batches of wonderfully flavourful, exciting hot sauces, and to share them with enthusiasts all over the world, the same approach I take to my music! I’ll be making lots of different styles over the summer, some with the focus more on heat, some more fruity & suited to marinades, and some more smokey/BBQ oriented (you will know how much I’ve been getting into American-style ‘Low & Slow’ BBQing if you check my instagram!).”

John adds, “If things go well, and after listening to feedback on what you guys are enjoying the most I may refine certain popular recipes and eventually have a few ‘signature’ bottles that I can make in larger quantities – but for now, this is strictly limited underground Jungle Fire. Dub Plate sauces for those that know!”

Inspiration: Umami

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Slow and steady wins the race. Just ask umani, a German duo comprised of sonic explorers Robert and Sam. After individually dabbling in bands and assorted musical projects, the two joined forces in 2010 and embarked on a musical journey. Their union has spawned a steady stream of mindful dance floor manna for labels such as Katermukke, 3000 Grad, Budenzauber, Sacrebleu, and Boys Deep.

In the run-up to their Exchange For Everything album due later in the year, and the release of their remix for Beatamines & Jiggler on Lauter Unfug, the duo just released their RGB EP (Favouritizm), a mesmerizing release brandishing two emotive and highly singular cuts (watch the video directed by André Spilker).

Influenced by an array of artists and styles, we asked Robert and Sam to share some of the tracks that inspire their work. Continue Reading

Premiere: Till Krüger – Bruno

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Steve Bug’s Dessous Recordings is about to release the fifth edition of Dessous Summer Grooves, an annual roundup of hot dance floor tracks that are tailor-made for summertime consumption.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere Stuttgart-based DJ/producer Till Krüger’s “Bruno,” which is one of two brand new exclusive cuts on the compilation, featuring by contributions from James Dexter, Ivan Latyshev, Langenberg, Pavel Iudin, and Habit To Others.

On “Bruno” Krüger shows how he swims like an Olympian at the deeper end of the house/techno pool. It’s a sparse, emotive cut that’s buoyed by melodic keyboard stabs, eerie pads and winsome disco strings.

Stream “Bruno” below and check out Dessous Summer Grooves 5 on August 4.

Astralwerks Launches 24th Anniversary Celebration

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Happy 24th anniversary, Astralwerks! As someone who has been intimate with the label since its inception 24 years ago, we’re pleased that they’re still relevant and breaking ground.

Known for releasing music by the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and Kraftwerk to Brian Eno, Röyksopp, and Alison Wonderland, the imprint will mark its upcoming milestone with a series of fun celebratory activations (see details below).

Obligatory press release gush from General Manager Glenn Mendlinger: “Astralwerks was established as a response to, and in recognition of, the rise of electronic music in the mid 90’s and since then have remained dedicated to working with and signing innovators that have both transformed dance music and moved culture,” said , who has been with the label for 20 of its 24 years. “We could not be prouder of our incredible roster and wanted to honor our 24th anniversary with a 24 hour-themed celebration. Astralwerks…always on and always open.”

  • a limited edition 24th anniversary t-shirt which debuts today 2:00 PM ET for only 24 cents
  • Vevo Watch Party featuring their best music videos on a loop for the next 24 hours; Spotify 24-hour playlist featuring Astralwerks artists
  • Astralwerks.com contest where fans can enter to win rare and signed items from the label’s 24-year history
  • “24 Things You Didn’t Know About Astralwerks” trivia