Autumn has arrived, and so has a finely crafted EP from one of Dirtybird‘s most decorated veterans. After braving a busy summer tour circuit that found him performing everywhere from Lightning in a Bottle to Sankeys Ibiza, Worthy finally made it back to his studio to ready some battle-tested tunes for release on his Anabatic Records imprint. “Flashin” is the sort of sub bumping single that would make Claude proud, prominently exhibiting the low end leverage of the 808 against a backdrop of vintage synth stabs and delayed vocal snippets. Meanwhile, “Trinidad” represents a musical melting pot simmering at the intersection of lighthearted Caribbean calypso, dirty dub vocals and the San Franciscan’s signature funk bass. The result is an EP that cheerfully explores new sonic territory while upholding the bass-heavy values that have helped Worthy live up to his name.
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.
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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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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.
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.
Today’s a good day to be a dirtybird fan; label-head Claude Vonstroke is gearing up for the release of his third album with two track previews from Urban Animal. The album is described as an amalgamation of sounds and snippets from Mr. Vonstroke’s “busy and sometimes frantic life.”
The first two singles set for release from the album are “Can’t Wait” and “The Clapping Track,” respectively. Both singles are classically Claude but we’re partial to “The Clapping Track,” which is comprised of 16 claps cut apart and reunited. Check them out below and pick them up on August 6th when they’re released worldwide. The album is set for release in full on September 17th. Click below the jump for the full tracklist.
Explaining Lightning in a Bottle to the uninitiated is a delicate deed. Equal parts art amalgam and open-minded music festival, the Do Lab‘s gem on Lake Skinner is a little slice of Burning Man with less oppressive weather conditions and a more stage-centric focus. Showcasing forward-thinking dance music scenes that revolve mainly around the West Coast, from crusty Colorado bass music to Bay Area downtempo and progressive trap, the festival has been known to open many an East Coast eye. My very own were no exceptions.
“Jack” has successfully creeped its way from the deep house sets of masters like Maya Jane Coles and Shadow Child to the EDC main stage sets of Calvin Harris and Tiësto. The track was first released by Dirtybird records back in April, and is now seeing a re-release under Atlantic. Breach, the house music alter ego of multitalented singer/songwriter/DJ/producer Ben Westbeech, melded this simple yet incredibly effective track that will continue to be played out across all genres alike until you’re sick of jacking.
Last time we checked in with the Belgian-born GoldFFinch, they were just beginning to catch the ears of the dirtybird camp — remixing one of the tracks off French Fries’ Space Alarm EP back in early November. The 11th Hour EP marks their first release under the San Francisco label, and much like fellow newcomers French Fries, they’re taking the concept of bass music in a slightly different direction. When you press play on this title track, the immediate reaction will not be “dirtybird.” Instead, its variegated rhythms, subtle melodies, and deep but delicate bass lines introduce emotions far different from the usual booty bounce advocated by Justin Martin, Claude VonStroke, and friends. Mark this one down as a win for continually avant garde A&R.