Dirtybird head-honcho Claude VonStroke was given a warm introduction from Pete Tong last night when the clock struck Essential Mix. Claude’s guest mix for BBC Radio 1 (his second to date), was put together upon completing a 25-show tour and is described by the man himself as not only road favorites and new records, but containing noticeable human errors — but VonStroke admits on air that he’s not perfect, and that such element makes his mix feel more real. The front half of the two-hour selection offers unreleased Dirtybird records that will make way in 2014 while the latter half moves away from four-on-the-floor to wander through other sounds and artists.
AC Entertainment is just a few days away from bringing some serious noise to downtown Asheville, NC. Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit is a three day festival that brings not only a staggeringly diverse lineup, but a panel of talks and seminars hosted by artists and other figures throughout the weekend. Dance music fans are certain to recognize bass headliners Bassnectar and Pretty Lights, and indie electronic breakthrough act Disclosure and deep house guru Claude VonStroke further add to the festival’s list of eye-catching names. Though Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit is bringing some of the world’s leading talent to the Asheville scene, there are some smaller print talents that you shouldn’t miss if you’re attending the festival this weekend.
My affinity for Claude VonStroke and the dirtybird crew is not a particularly well kept secret, so it should come as no surprise that out of all 15 stages at TomorrowWorld my focus is on this one. The stage itself is small, hosting only nine DJs throughout its one day tenure, but what it lacks in physicality and artist quantity it will undoubtedly make up for in sound and quality. Attendees should expect bone-rattling bass and rhythm so enticing even Christopher Reeve couldn’t sit still. The stage will kick off with Justin Jay and close out with label head and lead dirtybird Claude VonStroke. Ten hours with the dirtybird misfits isn’t a terrible way to spend a Sunday — for some it might even be ideal — but TomorrowWorld is a festival meant for exploration. Sticking to one stage would be a massive waste of the experience, but so too would missing the dirtybird stage entirely.
Urban Animal (recently highlighted as one of our most anticipated albums of the fall) is Claude VonStroke‘s third original album and release number 100 for his own dirtybird Records and before its release later this month, the jolly giant is giving fans a sneak preview of all ten productions. “The Clapping Track” and “Can’t Wait” are already out on Beatport, and you can also grab “Dood” as a free download. With some of the tracks steeped in traditional dirtybird bass and others drawing from worldly influences (both inside and outside of the electronic music realm), CVS’s newest effort is going to be worth your ears both now and when you can grab the album in full.
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Remember when electronic albums were few and far between? Not anymore. This year’s new buzzword is album. “Working on my new album” could be the most persistent expression dance artists share across social channels and in due course. DJ/producers and labels now have the widespread audience to follow suit with more commercially-driven music marketing. Step one? Cryptic announcement. Step two – single. Step three – album bulletin with tracklist and pre-order intel. The formula is tried and true. Fans flocking from album-centric genres expect to be indulged with packaged and organized content. That’s what we want to pay for.
As many as 14 full-length albums will hit the digital shelves over the next two months, running the gamut from veterans Kaskade, The Bloody Beetroots and Claude VonStroke to newcomers Krewella and Angger Dimas. This fall’s unprecedented streak of electronic album releases coalesced with EDM’s advancing digital sales should kindle mainstream headway, the right way. Just ask Disclosure what happens when a fire starts to burn… Here are the most anticipated albums of the fall.
The Dirtybird crew has come a long way since they’ve hatched. The San Francisco-based label, with Claude VonStroke at the helm, has created a fan base of devotees others can only yearn for. This year the clan took up a residency in Ibiza, taking their marquee brand to global pastures. With acts like Justin Martin and Eats Everything as focal points, their brand of spunky house music continues to forge ahead. At this year’s Electric Zoo Festival, the three will unite at the Sunday School Grove, with a solo set from VonStroke and an exciting back-to-back session from Justin Martin and Eats Everything.
Since the first Electric Zoo in 2009, Claude VonStroke has maintained quite the presence at the festival — snagging a booking in three of its five runs. His bouncy brand of booty house has captured revelers for years, but he now has the potential to act as a catalyst for the successful entrance of mainstream EDM aficionados into the soulful world of the underground. In previous years, Sunday School hasn’t had much appeal outside of its established audience but, as EDM has gained traction, its also brought increased visibility to the underground.
Claude VonStroke’s forthcoming album Urban Animal isn’t due until September 24th, but he’s already released three track previews, one official release, and North American tour details. “Dood,” the fifth track on the album, employs robotic vocals and dirtybird’s signature bassline. Much of the tune has been heavily influenced by VonStroke’s time spent in Los Angeles producing the album.Posted by
Claude VonStroke is preparing for the release of his forthcoming album Urban Animal, which is good news for fans. Last week he released the album’s first single and now he’s announced the album’s accompanying US tour dates. Santa Claude is kicking off the North American tour in his home base — San Francisco — and hitting 19 more spots after that. VonStroke will be accompanied by dirtybird young gun J. Phlip throughout the tour.
Pre-sale tickets for the tour go on sale August 14th and become available to the general public on August 16th. Pre-sale tickets will be available via Wantickets and general public tickets via ClaudeVonStroke.com.
Hard Summer Sunday: Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Dillon Francis, and Dirtybird highlight superlative closing day
Hordes of Los Angelenos returned for the second and final day of HARD Summer 2013 — ready for another twelve hours of frolicking in cool tents, woodchipped stage grounds, and dusty lawns areas of the Los Angeles State Historic Park. For diehard fans of Ed Banger Records and Dirtybird, the two labels owned their own stages on Sunday (on the Summer Stage and Underground Tent, respectively). Bromance fiends got sets from both Brodinski and Gesaffelstein, and those prone towards the “HARDer“ sounds soaked in the grinding basslines of Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Baauer, and Clockwork. Click through to read more about our highlights from the festival’s closing day.