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.
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.
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.
Looking back on the achievements of the last year or two, it’s safe to say that as producers and DJs, Justin Martin and Eats Everything are some of the hottest acts to hit both music libraries and dance floors alike. As premiered back in late April on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection, “The Gettup” is the new grudge-laden, bass-wobbling record to supplement the ever-growing arsenal of Dirtybird releases. The track meshes tasteful vocal work with a quirky, warped synth that is the standout feature of the song. An article on Billboard claims the two are working on a collaborative album set to release next year. If this track is a telling sign of what’s to come, excitement levels are at an all-time high.
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Two of dirtybird’s finest have joined forces on a new track titled “The GettUp.” Eats Everything and Justin Martin’s new collaboration — which was premiered by none other than dance music’s resident tastemaker, Pete Tong — features a concoction of grungy, bass-heavy noises that culminate to a melodically pleasant end result. You can leave it to these two dance music maestro to make “weird” work wonders — mixing it up in the typical dirtybird unorthodox ways to make something refreshingly different and innovative. The track is set to drop next month.Posted by
San Francisco has a strong tradition of street fairs and festivals, and since its inception in 2000 the How Weird Street Faire is informally known to be kickoff to every year’s festival season in the city. As every other year, 2013 brought peace, joy, and a whole lot of weird to Howard Street and SoMa. There were 10 stages of electronic music, lots of Burning Man faithfuls, and this year’s pervading “Weirdly Gras” theme. The most exciting part about the day for us being the shared stage with Symbiosis and the dirtybird crew. Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin’s label got its start throwing free form parties and BBQs in Golden Gate Park — much in the same vein as Sunday’s How Weird Street Faire. Dancing Astronaut was on the scene this year, click through to see how weird it got.
What’s better than four amazing tracks? What’s that you say — four amazing tracks on a single release? Although the world has seen all of the tracks in some shape or form on Bondax‘s Gold EP out this week, it’s certainly nice to get them all in a single package for the first time. Gold includes “Baby I Got That” and Justin Martin’s booty bass remix along with “Gold” and Moon Boots’ dreamy remix. It’s a strong play for a teenage UK duo often compared to a certain other young production team these days and if future work shapes up to be this solid, they’ll be two-stepping and side-chaining for years to come.
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.
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.