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.
This week, Catz N’ Dogz’s Pets Recordings came out with the Friends Will Carry You Home Too Part 2 compilation. There are many amazing artists contributing to the cause — names like dOP, Tom Demac, Friend Within, and the late Martin Dawson — but the clear standout track is Justin Martin‘s remix of Rachel Row’s “Follow The Step.” Martin has a way of fiddling with vocals; impeccably manipulating words in the same way another producer would rearrange any melodic element of a track to create his own take. This, paired with a twinkling topline and the unmistakable Dirtybird bass, makes this remix fully fit for heavy rotation. Stream a lengthy preview and purchase below.
Justin Martin and Eats Everything had a house music baby and it’s named the Feather Fight EP. Surprisingly this is the first collaboration from these two underground heavyweights, but it definitely will not be their last. The two track EP features the release of “Feather Fight” and “Harpy” — tunes that could have easily come from either of these producers individually but are inevitably stronger with the melding of these two musical minds. “Feather Fight,” a punchy bass-heavy tune, got a first play on the Dirtybird Essential Selection takeover back in December and has otherwise been receiving a lot of international radio play since. On the B side, “Harpy” is sweeping and orchestral with a dark low-end, employing both twinkling chimes and squelching horns. Click through for a lengthy preview and purchase link.
Although Justin Martin released “The Sad Piano” in 2010, I didn’t hear it for the first time until Dusky dropped it in their Essential Mix last year. The melody has now taken permanent residence inside my brain, soothing my soul with each note. Despite its title, “The Sad Piano” is my aural Xanax and if the piano is sad, at least one of those 88 keys is not. Even if deep house isn’t your cup of tea I implore you to press play on this one — it’s universal.
Last weekend the Verboten party brand packed out New York’s Highline Ballroom for the return of Dirtybird co-head Justin Martin alongside Desolat queen Tini. Martin played fittingly to his peak-hour time slot and showcased everything from techno to tech house and even some trap. Tini closed out the evening with her signature deep techno sound that went on into the early hours of the morning. Read on for the full break down of the night.
Dirtybird Records prepares to unveil its latest compilation Dirtybird Players on March 13. As a follow-up to last year’s Hatched compilation, Dirtybird Players will deliver new material from both newcomers and familiar label regulars alike. The San Francisco-based imprint known for its gritty house and bass music will bring listeners tracks from resident label mates Justin Martin, Claude VonStroke, and J. Philip, while Eats Everything and Shadow Child also return with contributions.