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.
Using the power of puppies to announce its lineup, HARD Summer unveils a star-studded lineup perfectly suited for the Los Angeles scene. With entire stages dedicated to Ed Banger and dirtybird there is no shortage of exciting artists here; throw in some of the biggest names in their respective genres; Knife Party, Bassnectar, Baauer, and you’ve got one of the more unique lineups we’ve seen this festival season — including a special appearance from Duck Sauce. Always tastemakers in the industry, HARD Summer continues its dedication to emerging talents with TNGHT, Bondax, and Keys N’ Krates all penciled in to perform.
Have you ever wondered what Alvin Risk would look like if he were a canine? Or what type of dog Dillon Francis would be if he could lick himself? HARD Summer has all the answers.
Breakbot‘s album By Your Side has been digitally available since December, but now that it is finally out on a physical release, fans of the Ed Banger artist can stream the entire album –for free!– on AOL Spinner. Breakbot is probably best known for his indie smash “Baby I’m Yours” (which appears on the album), but an affiliation with Justice’s label also has allowed him to dabble in work with Birdy Nam Nam, Para One, and Oliver.
“One Out Of Two” is another clear favorite — boasting many remixes from friends of Breakbot and the Ed Banger label. Breakbot is multitalented and besides the vocals, he handles all of the instrumentation you’ll hear on this LP. He draws melodic inspiration from the sounds of the 70s and 80s, heavy on disco flare and the smoothest of rock influences. It’s happy, carefree, and the album listens through like a first-rate DJ mix.
With the summer festival season fast approaching, Hard Summer has just announced the first artists scheduled to perform at the West Coast event. Ed Banger Records will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a world tour, stopping on August 3rd and 4th in Los Angeles’ LA State Historic Park, bringing along Justice, Busy P, Breakbot, Feadz, Mr. Oizo and more along for the ride. If you are looking for heavily filtered french house from some of the most cutting edge producers in electronica than look no further, the Ed Banger imprint has been host to some of the most unique producers in dance music since its inception. This will be their first and only stop in the states, so don’t miss the opportunity.
This morning we have for you a treat from the Bromance Boys. Brodinski and Gesaffelstein laid hands on Laurent Garnier‘s trippy techno track “Jacques In The Box” from April of last year, and as always, the results are quite striking. It’s Garnier in slow motion — keeping the heart of the song intact but highlighting up the spookier side of French techno. It is not as easy to appreciate the remix without listening to how they altered the original, so make sure you get a chance to do both. The full remix package is out on April 1st on Ed Banger.
For those of you who don’t know, Carte Blanche is the newest project of Ed Banger producer team DJ Mehdi and Riton. Their first EP, “Black Billionaires EP”, is going to be released at the end of May. The first single off the EP, “Do! Do! Do!”, caught my ear and this second single built off the success of the first one. They remind me of a softer-hitting Boys Noize.