Premiere: Thousand Fingers – Dragon, Robots & Heavy Metal

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This past November, before the coronavirus outbreak turned our world into a dystopian reality, we premiered “Je T’aime,” a rockin’ disco-house jam by London-based producer/sound engineer Hakan Ozkan (a.k.a. Thousand Fingers).

Ozkan is back in a big way with “Dragon, Robots & Heavy Metal” due out March 19, which we’re excited to world premiere.

On his latest effort, Ozkan forges a funky-ass house cut featuring a slick groove that’s accented by some killer six-string shredding.

And if you’re wondering if he relied on samples to achieve his latest track, well, youd step off. “I played all the guitars, melodies and bass lines,” he tells us.

Hit the play button below and get ready to rock out.

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Brooklyn Producer Photay Responds to COVID-19 By Releasing ‘On Hold’ Ambient LP Benefitting Food Bank For NYC

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Calamities like the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic impact the most vulnerable communities the hardest. Case in point is the spate of panic food shopping and hoarding, which has resulted in a sharp decline in contributions to local food banks. Significantly fewer donations have forced some food banks to buy food from their limited cash reserves to replenish their dwindling stocks. It’s a bad situation that will only grow worse as charitable giving could decline in the wake of a full-blown recession.

In a response to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Big Apple residents in need, New York City-based produced Evan Shornstein – who records under the Photay alias – will donate 100 percent of proceeds from sales of his new ambient album, On Hold, to Food Bank For New York City, a nonprofit that supports New Yorkers in need of “nutritious food and hope for a better future.”

“I felt an urgency to self-release this project ahead of schedule as the concept feels very relevant to the current state of our world,” says Shornstein of the pay-as-you-wish (or nothing at all) album whose theme is derived from a process of recording “on hold” or “call waiting” music.

Shornstein adds, “Most of our lives are currently on hold. I hope this music provides you comfort and hope during this uncertain time and beyond.”

“Please donate if it is within your means. Otherwise, this record is 100% free for all.”

Tracklisting:
1. Prelude in MHz
2. Peace in the Era of Telecommunication
3. Please Hold
4. Traversing Frequency Bands
5. Holding Pattern
6. The Strength of Our Signals
7. Roaming
8. How May I Help You?
9. Peak Bandwidth
10. Hold On
11. March 10th, 1876
12. Peace in Perpetuity

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11 Records That Inspired House Music Innovator Eddie Amador

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“Not everyone understands house music. It’s a spiritual thing. A body thing. A soul thing.”

I remember being handed a test pressing of Eddie Amador’s classic track “House Music,” dropping the needle on my Technics 1200 and feeling like I had been granted advance access to the next chapter in the book of house music.

On the revered 1997 deep-house workout, Amador, a West Coaster and newcomer to the house music scene, conjured a funky, sample-laden groove that resonated globally.

“House Music” was later released by Yoshitoshi, and the track’s success sent Amador on his way producing, remixing, DJing all over the world and a Grammy nomination in 2015 for his remixes of the group Five Knives’ “The Rising.”

All these years later Amador continues to stay true to the musical manifesto he created more almost three decades ago.

At the end of February, he collaborated once again with MicFreak on “Connection” (Unquantize Recordings). “Connection” is a fiery, sinewy and hella soulful club track featuring a dub crafted by Baltimore-based label boss DJ Spen.

We asked Eddie to tell us about some of the tracks that influenced him as an artist. He admits that coming up with a list of 11 standouts was a challenge. “I really need at least 10 more to do this list justice!”

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Video Premiere: Vijunns – Overlay

VIJUNNS Overlay Video Premiere

Los Angeles-based Jeremy Raskin creates music and art under his Vijunns nom de plume. Raskin’s musical output is an intoxicating blend of warm electronica laden with ebullient synths, waves of atmospheric pads and bubbling melodies. It’s truly gorgeous stuff.

We’re thrilled to world premiere the evocative video for Vijunns’ “Overlay,” a piece of art that creates an experience of light, space and sound.

Filmed at Bombay Beach in California, the song and its accompanying video stirs the soul and briefly counters the present-day chaos we’re all struggling to survive within.

Raskin shared the backstory to the video with us:

“I worked with my friend, collaborator and VJ James Bishop on crafting this video. Out of all my friends, he knows my music the best as he’s helped me in the creation of the visuals set up for the A/V show. Originally when we were location scouting, we were looking at the super bloom in Anzo Borrego as a place to potentially shoot. The vibe wasn’t right, so he suggested we go find somewhere along the Salton Sea for a location. We both discovered Bombay Beach and we immediately knew that this town encapsulated the feeling of ‘Overlay.’ The feeling of desolation is highly present in the art as well as the urban decay happening at Bombay Beach. I wanted to have the staircase in the album art present at some point in this video. We were lucky to find that just down the road from Bombay Beach. Ivan Argote had his A Point of View installation at Desert X and we got his approval to shoot there.

“Celina Anderson (Cena Stardust) is the dancer seen in the video. She’s been a wandering performer and dancer at festivals all over the west coast including Lightning In a Bottle and Symbiosis Gathering. Her use of interacting with props as well as environments made her the perfect fit for this video. We wanted to invoke a character who was in a familiar but unknown setting exploring the landscape of Bombay Beach.”

Hit the play button below and enjoy.

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