After issuing his well-received Once You Were Fire debut EP in 2015, Los Angeles-based multi-hyphenate Dylan Willoughby takes his Lost in Stars project to the next level with a self-titled full-length album. On the release Willoughby unites his skills as a composer, poet, and producer. The result is a transformative affair brandishing woozy jams, euphoric ballads and deliciously glitchy tracks.
Adding color to the album are Willoughby’s coterie of musical collaborators Kid Moxie, Alysa Lobo and Darren Burgos, all of whom bring something quite special to the table.
We’re pleased to world premiere LIS’ debut due out March 31. Listen below and enjoy.
On April 3 up-and-coming DJ/producer NELA will present “Face It,” a sleek tech-house offering for the top-notch Brussels-based Electronical Reeds imprint. Hailing from Tel Aviv and currently living and working in Berlin, the track is a reflection of her musical maturity as an artist.
We’re extremely pleased to world premiere O.D.Math’s expansive mix of NELA’s latest and greatest. Over the course of nine glorious minutes the Electonical Reeds regular reinterprets the track from the ground up, stripping it down to the bare essentials and building it up again with vocal samples, urgent bass and dark synths. Trust us when we say it’s quite the musical journey.
Hit the play button below and enjoy.
Berlin-based producer Denis Rodd is exploring the axis where house and techno meet. He’s about to add to the musical conversation with his stunning Embryo EP due out April 7 on his Cochlea Music label. The EP is a deep, cinematic offering of meditative tech-house with elegant dollops of funk, funk and more funk.
We’re extremely pleased to world premiere opening cut “Crisalida,” a smoldering production informed by analog synths and head-nodding groove. Read on to learn how Rodd came to realize the track, and hit the play button below.
I did all the drums in the drum machine Analog Rytm. It’s great to tweak very deep and to have all the control of every beat and how to arrange them together, from kick drum until hi-hats. The idea is always to do funky and groovy drums, as I understand that funky is at the roots of the dance music and great to dance to.
Then I recorded everything in the box with Ableton Live, and I added a bassline which fits with the drums. Many of the sounds are samples or loops which I edited later to have its own character and to make them fit in the track, rhythmically and musically. I also used the analog synth Analog 4 connected to my master keyboard to play it by myself instead of triggering or sequencing it and again recorded in the box.
Of course I use classical effects (reverb, delays, and so on), but one I really like is the NI Molekular, which is a modular multi-effects unit, perfect to get this kind of happy accidents by making music and which helped to me to get this musical breaks in the track.
In October French electro-house master Don Rimini (a.k.a. Xavier Gassemann) released his career-defining debut album, All In, on Badlqqk. Packing nothing but 100% party-perfect dance floor bangers, the full-length is a testament to maturity as a producer of raw, high-octane Chicago-inspired club tracks.
As praise for the album flowed across the world, Gassemann came across glowing feedback from none other than Claude VonStroke, the globetrotting founder and proprietor of Dirtybird Records, who was over the moon about the LP. The two exchanged e-mails and two demos evolved into Don Rimini’s Freaky City EP for Dirtybird Select.
We’re thrilled to world premiere “Motel Ride” from the ballsy two-tracker. It’s a relentless floor mover that, like all of the Don’s jackin’ tracks, is gonna make you dance your ass off.
Guatemalan phenom Gonzo-Gonzo (a.k.a. José Raúl Gonzalez) has been tearing it up alone and along with his Panamanian partners K.E.E.N.E. in recent years as Cacao Trio (check out their blazing hot Big Shot Guest Mix here), producing righteous 4/4 house tracks and running Cacao Records together.
Today he steps up with his stellar four-track Collage EP that’s chock full of old-school house feels aching to be blasted on a killer sound system.
We’re excited to world premiere “Cuidado” (English translation: watch out) brandishing classic sounds and a wickedly good groove that’ll make you move your waistline to his bassline.
Hit the play button below and enjoy.
Brooklyn, NY-bred vocalist Michelle Weeks has been knocking ’em out on the dance floor since the early ’90s, releasing inspirational house anthems of the highest order. It all began when she lent her powerful voice to Diva Convention’s 1994 classic “Give It Love,” easily one of the best deep-house tracks of the era. Weeks never rested on her laurels and went on to collaborate with big-name producers including Bobby D’Ambrosio, DJ Spen, Kings of Tomorrow, Jamie Lewis, and Joey Musaphia. She’s even handled background vocals for Mariah Carey, Taylor Dayne, and Trey Lorenz.
Just in time for Miami she is about to release “Love Life,” a soulful jam produced in association with Genetic Funk (a.k.a. Grounded Records boss Si Firmin). Destined to be one of the biggest tracks at WMC/Miami Music Week/Ultra Music Festival, we’re extremely pleased to world premiere Genetic Funk’s 420 Dub. (Note that the length of the mix is 4:20 and makes no reference to weed!)
Listen to the debut below and be sure to pick it up on Traxsource on March 17 and everywhere else on March 31.