Coachella’s Saturday lineup presented a new host of conflicts, while the Sahara and Yuma tents remained stacked with impressive talent, elsewhere in the festival some of most remixed indie bands in dance music were also performing. The Sahara Tent hosted Baauer, Kill The Noise, Bingo Players, Fedde Le Grand, Moby, while Yuma created refuge for fans of 2 Bears and Julio Bashmore. Rather than stay confined to the two dance music tents as promised, we explored the Polo grounds.
The Coachella Arts and Music Festival has been host to some of the most groundbreaking talent in music throughout its 15 year history. Although relatively modest, this year’s electronic dance music presence at Coachella is the largest since its 1999 debut. Staying true to form, Goldenvoice’s bookings represent some of the most exciting artists in electronic music today – a group whose talents extend across a broad swathe of sound and styles. With the 2013 lineup heavily expanding its electronic offerings, we felt it only appropriate to share our must-see picks from the viewpoint of four fans heading out to Indio for the type of musical experience only three days in the desert could provide.
Julio Bashmore started the day with a pleasant little surprise on his Twitter feed — sharing with the world a free download of his remix of Justin Timberlake‘s comeback single “Suit & Tie” from his upcoming album. This one was geared towards the lovers on everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday, but the track’s got staying power. Julio erases his flair for that Bashmore bassline in exchange for some wavering gospel chords, a funky drum loop, and punchy vintage rhythm. Cop the free download and listen to the track after the break.
Julio Bashmore and Hyetal return as the production duo Velour for the first time since their 2010 EP The Velvet Collection. Both hailing from Bristol, England the two producers unveiled both tracks from their forthcoming EP due out on Bashmore’s imprint Boardwalk March 4. The first track, “Speedway” stays consistent with the former sounds of Velour, opening with disco-inspired house vibes. “Dial” follows giving listeners a fluttering house line before a smooth “Don’t touch that dial” vocal sample chimes in. Both tracks seep with the silky sounds fans have grown to associate with Velour – here’s to hoping these are the first of many productions from the duo in 2013.
Click below the break to listen and check out the duo’s remix up-and-comers BenZel’s “Fallin’ Love”.
Are you curious to journey down into the so-called “underground” but have no idea where to begin? We are noticing a shift towards these niche-genres as the American electronic market continues to mature, and it’s even more apparent from the recent Ultra & Coachella lineup announcements. We are here to help enlighten you on EDM’s sultry counterpart by providing a list of deep house songs that are gentle on the progressive ear. This is meant to be a guide for those who are new to the genre and wish to explore. Delve into a range of Ibiza anthems, new releases, and instant classics. Deep house does not have the fiery buildups and extreme drops flaunted by progressive producers. It has something else – a deep, soulful and entrancing groove.
We got our first real taste of Two Inch Punch –real name Ben Ash– last week when Jessie Ware released her If You’re Never Going to Move EP. The title track, which was previously called “110%” received a rework from the UK-based producer, turning the Julio Bashmore 2-step production into a bubbling downtempo beat. Now Two Inch Punch has returned, giving listeners another remix, this time of the London-based quartet Rudimental.
As part of Black Butter Records’ free download series Spread Love, Two Inch Punch has given Rudimental’s soulful “Spoons” a glitchy rework. The singer/songwriter/producer is known for his R&B infused productions –which he calls ‘Lovestep’– and his rendition of “Spoons” follows suit with its sensual harmonies and shadowy bass drops.
T.I.P’s remix of “Spoons” is followed by reworks from Woz and Baunz, click below the break to listen to the entire remix compilation.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
While we usually strive to serve up a plate of mixed genres for our Sunday Morning Medicine, this week features an exclusive batch of deep, tech, and minimal house gems, many of which exhibit conspicuous garage influence. From older Maya Jane Coles, to a Julio Bashmore release on Dirtybird, to some sexy Jonas Rathman, to a Toyboy & Robins original and more, you can’t go wrong with this week’s SMM.
If you missed any of last week’s more soothing selections, make sure to check out Zedd and Foxes’ performance of “Clarity” on Letterman, Solidisco’s nu-disco remix of “You and I,” and Skrillex’s new Leaving EP. For five deep and tech tracks to make your morning a little less tiresome and a lot more groovy, click past the break.
We’ve gone over the biggest artists, albums, and tracks of 2012, but our end of the year roundup really wouldn’t be complete unless we talked about our own favorites from this year. These are the songs that made us feel, gave us chills, made us party, and made us cry. You’d probably find these tracks with high play counts in our music libraries and dripping with nostalgia if you make us talk about them further.
Start your week with singer/songwriter Delilah‘s Camden Palace Mixtape, a tightly knit compilation of some of the best of garage, two-step, and bass music out of UK scene this past year. The mix is chock full of big tunes from Zed Bias, Joe Goddard, Julio Bashmore, Wookie, Sneaker Pimps, and MJ Cole. Be sure to also listen for several of Delilah’s own productions like “Love You So,” “Inside My Love,” and “Shades of Grey” to pick up exactly why she’s one of the most coveted vocalists in the game right now.
Maddslinky, aka Zed Bias, has been given the task of producing the second release on Julio Bashmore’s Broadwalk Records. He doesn’t disappoint with “Compuphonic, a delightfully dark serving of tech house. Julio Bashmore has long been an underground favorite of ours and we are interested to see what he can do now that he has his own label. “Compuphonic” will be available for purchase on Beatport, September 9th.Posted by