Gavin Hardkiss Launches PledgeMusic Drive To Fund 5th Hawke LP

gavin hardkiss hawke

Bay Area DJ/producer Gavin Hardkiss has launched a PledgeMusic campaign to market his upcoming Hawke album, Love In Stars, together with the previous four albums.

According to Hardkiss, the album won’t be available on major digital music outlets. In a missive he wrote, “I have zero interest in releasing this music through iTunes, Pandora or Spotify. It’s only available through PledgeMusic, on vinyl, and on gold USB drives that I’ve hidden around the Bay Area. The first clue to finding the gold USBs is hidden in Hardkiss vinyl records at select record stores. Bartenders at a few venues have the clue too. A Google map with the first clues will be released on 4/1.”

Those who wish to support the release can do so by choosing from a handful of bundles, offering a choice of cool swag including T-shirts, vinyl, slipmats and hats.

A project Hardkiss says has always been album-driven, he is also looking to engage collaborators to be part of the endeavor. That’s why he will be releasing stems of the next Hawke single “Blood is Thicker Than Water,” inviting remixers to reimagine his track for potential release on Hardkiss Music.

Hardkiss succinctly explains his hopes and dreams for Love In Stars in the video below.

image via Facebook

Matthias Tanzmann 5 Tracks of the Moment

Matthias Tanzmann

Moon Harbour boss Matthias Tanzmann, who’s still riding high on the success of his acclaimed 2016 album Momentum, has had a busy first quarter of 2017.

Among his numerous DJ and production exploits, he hit the road in February with pals Martin Buttrich and Davide Squillace on their Better Lost Than Stupid tour.

Last week he touched down in Miami to DJ at Resistance at Ultra Music Festival (watch his set here) and a showcase at Heart Nightclub along with Buttrich, D’Julz and Mathias Kaden.

On top of all that Moon Harbour will release its 100th release, by way of Danish house duo Anëk’s Rebellion EP, on April 19, featuring Matthias Tanzmann, Luna City Express and more.

Before Tanzmann touched down in America, he shared his five tracks of the moment with us. Continue Reading

Klute March 2017 Chart


  1. Total Science & Break – Big Time Winners
  2. Digital V Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Bail Out (Spirit VIP)
  3. Villem & Phase – In Search Of
  4. Break – Solvent
  5. Mateba, War & Hydro – Nostalgia
  6. Skeptical – Without a Trace
  7. The Invaderz – Underground
  8. Seba & Robert Manos – Heaven Sent
  9. Klute – You Wont Like It
  10. Q Project – Capricorn 15

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

Grace Jones, Jamie Principle Guest on Gorillaz’s ‘Humanz’


Dance-music legend Grace Jones and Chicago house vocalist Jamie Principle are among a coterie of guests featured on Gorillaz’s forthcoming full-length, Humanz, set for release on April 28.

Jones, who is famous for hits like “Pull Up to the Bumper” and “Slave to the Rhythm,”  appears on “Charger” while Principle, of “Your Love” fame,” fronts “Sex Murder Party” with NYC rapper Zebra Katz.

Also notable to Big Shot readers is that Peven Everett — whose body of work includes his “Gabriel” collaboration with Roy Davis, Jr. — appears on “Strobelite” and deluxe-edition cut “Halfway To The Halfway House.”

Humanz is laden with collaborations with Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Anthony Hamilton, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis. (See full track list below.)

The virtual band created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett just dropped a 360-degree video for “Saturnz Barz (Spirit House)” which you can watch below.

Track listing for Humanz:

  1. Ascension feat. Vince Staples
  2. Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
  3. Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
  4. Momentz feat. De La Soul
  5. Submission feat. Danny Brown & Kelela
  6. Charger feat. Grace Jones
  7. Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
  8. Busted and Blue
  9. Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
  10. Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T
  11. Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz
  12. She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
  13. Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
  14. We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth

Bonus material on Deluxe:

  1. The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK
  2. Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett
  3. Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà
  4. Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis
  5. Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmes

Shiba San March 2017 Chart

Shiba San

  1. Shiba San – Drop It
  2. Dakar – Punch
  3. Malive – Open Cap
  4. Eats Everything & Lord Leopard – Song For
  5. Dateless – Darkness Take Your Soul
  6. Will Clarke And Bot – Techno
  7. Paolo Paleologo, Kelvin Ay – It Doesn’t Me (The Deepshakerz Remix)
  8. Sooney – Back To Te Music (Route 94 Remix)
  9. Don Rimini – Motel Ride
  10. Melé – Chi Town

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

Premiere: Denis Rodd – Crisalida

Denis Rodd Embryo EP Cochlea Music

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.