Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from Claude VonStroke, Dirty South, Chuckie, and more.
This summer, the Dirtybird crew will be traveling from San Francisco to Ibiza for a highly anticipated residency at Sankeys Ibiza. Their club night doesn’t kick off until June 27th, but labelhead Claude VonStroke gives listeners a peek with his aptly titled Back To The Island Mix. The bass-heavy set is short, but packs a groovy enough punch to lift our spirits and keep us pressing replay. Maintaining the tropical vibes throughout, he mixes now classic vocals like “Make That Booty Clap” with more surprising selections like a Kendrick Lamar sample. After this mix, we’re ready to book our flights.
For Dirtybird’s 91st release, the San Francisco label presents what just may be a breakthrough record for young Los Angeles-based producer Justin Jay. The 20 year old has appeared on the label three times before, including the most recent Dirtybird Players compilation, but nothing has left quite the same lasting impression as Static EP.
Bowling may seem an odd choice for an extra-curricular WMC outing given Miami’s reputation for glamour and hedonism, but not so for the lovable mess of misfits at San Francisco’s tech funk label Dirtybird. A sacrosanct safe haven for eclectic personalities and sounds, the label is known for being just as forward-thinking as it is, well, fun. On WMC Wednesday, a local Lucky Strike became ground zero for the label artists and lucky attendees aboard the MOX Bus, which featured such daily “takeovers” by various labels throughout the week.
If musical terrorists existed, Grand Central would have been swarming with Secret Service agents last Thursday.
It’s not often that the bosses of arguably the three most forward-thinking dance music labels on the planet convene under one roof. With surprise special guest Boys Noize joining an already loaded lineup of Bromance buddies Brodinski and Gesaffelstein and Dirtybird owners Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin, Hard Miami’s second night was akin to a diplomatic summit between techno, electro and tech funk pioneers. At least throw Kavinsky in a bomb shelter or something so dance music can soldier on in case of catastrophe.
While Oliver and Destructo did a fine job warming up the room before a surprise disco-house set from Skream, the energy understandably escalated as Brodinski took the stage against a flickering blue LED backdrop. The Bromance label head really has a way of moving with his music, twisting his frame and gyrating with each audible effect. With quick cuts to filtered-up fake-outs, the artist thrilled the sellout crowd with his unpredictable energy. On his deliciously dark single “Let the Beat Control Your Body,” Brodinski delighted the audience by looping the vocals of Louisahhh!!! and pitch-shifting them down and up, building slowly into a shrill wall of sound before letting the twisted synth drop take over. His set careened through a staggering number of tracks, including label-mate Jacques Lu Cont’s electro-laden “In the Night,” before the ambulance siren and raspy whisper of “Nobody Rules the Streets” announced its end.
Dirtybird Records prepares to unveil its latest compilation Dirtybird Players on March 13. As a follow-up to last year’s Hatched compilation, Dirtybird Players will deliver new material from both newcomers and familiar label regulars alike. The San Francisco-based imprint known for its gritty house and bass music will bring listeners tracks from resident label mates Justin Martin, Claude VonStroke, and J. Philip, while Eats Everything and Shadow Child also return with contributions.
Today we bring you a little preview of a sampler pack from Justin Martin & Claude VonStroke‘s dirtybird label. The dirtybird Players Sampler is a three-track compilation of some of the upcoming talent the label is trying to highlight these days. We have a track from Birmingham’s Cause & Affect, dirtybird regular Worthy, and one from the young one Justin Jay. As you can probably predict, these tracks all resonate with a particular dirtybird style — bass-heavy, syncopatic, and ripe for dirty dancing. The compilation is out on Beatport this coming Wednesday January 23rd. Do a little dirtybird dance and check out the previews below. (more…)Posted by
It goes without saying that over the past few years Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird imprint has brought to light some of the most original artists we’re seeing today. Last Friday night, VonStroke and Martin took to the decks of Pete Tong’s weekly Essential Selection, and just as we’ve seen done by the Swedes and more recently Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler, embarked on a two-hour journey showcasing their favorite tracks of the moment and featuring mini-mixes from labelmates Eats Everything and Catz ‘n Dogz.
A highlight and exclusive preview to keep an eye on is Justin Martin and Eats Everything’s collaboration on “Feather Fight” — a track that stopped us in our tracks and forced a re-listen or two. Enjoy your Christmas morning to some exclusive productions and custom edits from the Dirtybird crew. Happy Holidays, everybody! (more…)Posted by
The underground had a big year in the US in 2012 and we only felt it appropriate to highlight some of these amazing artists independently from potentially bigger or more commercial artists in the dance music world today. We considered the year these artists have had in terms of production, live sets, and overall influence. We also generally picked artists we love and admire; artists we feel are extremely important to pushing electronic music forward. This list of 25 names includes legends and young guns alike, but we can assure you that every single one of these artists is incredibly talented and is well worth a listen or a trip to a club for a live set. Today we’re going to share with you our picks for #25 through #16. (more…)Posted by
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!