We’ve done it again, and this time, with the help of LA based DJ/producer DJ, SNBRN. If you’re gearing up to head down to Palm Springs on June 13th + 14th for Splash House, get in the mood with these ten tracks he exclusively drops on LA CANVAS—along with why they’re so nostalgic to him—to get you in the sun soaking, palm tree musing kind of mood for a weekend of proper house heavy beats.
Hands down my favorite summer jam of all time….no questions asked
Who doesn’t love the original, Viceroy flipped this one just for the pool.
A staple in all my summer sets! 😉
Currently my favorite track of the summer, wonder who hit this one out of the park???
This track is so catchy & beautiful…it’s sunset worthy.
Aight, nobody can make a house jam like Le Youth.
Such an emotional remix, I cant get enough of it!
This remix is so unique and fresh, I play it every set.
Talk about a piano anthem, Blonde did it again…
This track is all about summer, and I’m all about it!
Ah, a new year. Here’s to new adventures, ambitious resolutions, and, of course, new music. We’ve compiled a preview of some great new—and not-so-new—musical acts / tracks you should have on your radar for 2014.
FRIENDS: “Van Fan Gor Du”
Friends has been incubating in the indie buzzosphere since 2011 and are slowly garnering some well-deserved attention. Headed by Samantha Urbani, Friends is self-described “weird pop,” swapping genres for an infectious, funky album that’s filled to the brim with cutesy female appeal. The band is sure to kill it during festival season, the proto-funk beats providing the ultimate soundtrack when you and your besties are glazed and that dude keeps dancing on you, no, next to you, no, on you.
JAMES BLAKE FEAT. CHANCE THE RAPPER: “Life Round Here”
One of the best things to happen to hip-hop and R&B these past few years has been their head-on collision with electronic music, producing some incredibly catchy beats and reshaping their respective forms in a substantial way. James Blake and Chance The Rapper join forces for a hypnotic, tingly, remix of Blake’s own Overgrown track “Life Round Here.” It’s been one of our favorite remixes to come out of 2013, only made better by celebrated director Nabil’s music video.
(via Lindsay Zoladz | Pitchfork)
“Probably won’t make no money off this, oh well,” Beyoncé shrugs on her new album’s moody, amorphous second track, “Haunted.” And I say this with the requisite curtsy to the Queen, but: bullshit. True, in both content and form, Beyoncé is a risk—an emotionally candid, unconventionally structured experimental pop record that was released digital-only with absolutely no promotion—but we know now that she is going to make a little bit of money off this. Still, how could you not know all along that you’ve got a blockbuster on your hands, when there is a song on your record like “XO”?
“XO” is one of those big, boundary-obliterating pop songs that demands to be projected onto the sky, like the aural equivalent of a firework. There will be a supercut of people all over the world lip-syncing and doing cute hand motions to “XO” by the end of this week. It’s the Beyoncé cut that Ed McMahon would ride for. One of the guys from Skeleton Crew is going to propose to his girlfriend while “XO” is playing and she will say yes. “XO” is the reason why anyone you know who has said, “Yeah, but where are the hooks on Beyoncé?” did not listen to the entire album. Chris Martin is listening to “XO” right now, crying. And, because perfection is overrated, all of the flawlessness here is brilliantly undercut by that gravelly croak in her lower register when she growls, “Baby love me, lights out.” You kill us, Bey.
IMMIGRÉ: “Madeline Remix”
We have a confession. We like to believe it was the LAC crew that “discovered” DJ duo Immigré so we can cling to the backbone of their success when they blow up. Liberian/Iranian/American/European/Creatures-of-the-World, Jasmine & Val Fleury prove the amazing output of collaboration when cultures and music styling’s blend (If only the rest of the world would take their lead). The gals have been curating some fresh mix tapes since 2012, and will be making their rounds on the festival circuit this coming spring. Do yourself a favor and watch them spin live and with love.
WILD CUB: “Thunder Clatter”
This song isn’t particularly new, but it’s finally making its rounds this year, and we have a sneaking suspicion this is destined to be some kind of summer sleeper hit. The Nashville quintet just signed to Mom+Pop Music, and “Thunder Clatter” is a youthful, jubilant, celebratory tune that lends itself to an afternoon of drinking with friends.
KELELA: “Guns & Synths”
If you had to guess whose style Beyoncé might bite for her latest studio album, your guess would probably not have been a no-name LA R&B singer who hangs around with underground electronic producers. And yet that would not have been such a bad answer. Kelela’s blend of hard drum and bass and warm ’90s-style diva vocals made her mix tape Cut 4 Me one of the most talked-about of 2013. She’ll be performing here and there through 2014, including an appearance at SXSW. If you get a chance to see her, do yourself a favor and take it.
BLOOD ORANGE: “”You’re Not Good Enough” [ft. Samantha Urbani]”
Whether writing/producing wispy pop cuts for Solange and Sky Ferreira or releasing misty, meditative R&B (“Chamakay”), Dev Hynes is crushing it…in glossy black dancing shoes. Hynes, aka Blood Orange, sounds like Prince if Prince had been raised entirely at nighttime under Miami’s neon lights. “You’re Not Good Enough” is solid enough to be a massive hit but dude has stayed (largely) under the radar until the release of this album.
EARL SWEATSHIRT: “Chum”
A member of LA’s Odd Future hip-hop collective, the 19-year-old released the sleeper album of the year with Doris—an album light years beyond his peers. “Chum” is 4 minutes of intensely personal yet insanely catchy headphone rap.
TINY HEARTS: “Stay”
Comprised of singer DeDe Reynolds, jazz trained composer Tim K and producer Waajeed of Platinum Pied Pipers fame, Tiny Hearts came together on a fateful night in a bar in Brooklyn in 2011. Since then, the trio has relocated to LA, and wowed us with their debut Stay EP. Waajeed and Tim K create a gritty cocktail of melodic and lyrical potency, while Dede Reynold’s ephemeral vocals bring the whole thing home with an affect that combines a bit of enigmatic gypsy mysticism with a healthy serving of old Hollywood charm.
Just for this Vine:
While we’re a little biased (peep our Jan/Feb cover), Malaysian-born beauty Yuna has been keeping us above water and smiling while we wade through our most gloomy breakup moments, our career pitfalls, or simply, our Wednesday hump day. Yuna is audible euphoria, and just the ray of sunshine we need to kick ass and take names in 2014.
George Fitzgerald first caught our ears with an impossibly smooth remix of one of our adolescent favorites – Groove Theory’s “Tell Me”. Admittedly, singer Amel Larrieux’s silky vocals were the perfect material for such a remix. Though he’s been releasing music for about three years – the first being on Scuba’s Hotflush label in 2010 – the producer, DJ, and label boss has a sound that’s perfectly polished, exhibiting a finesse that peers in the industry have taken many years to develop. We’re huge fans of his hybrid sound melding together deep house, 2 step and techno, and we’re not alone. Earlier this year, Fitzgerald was selected to do an Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1, and later was featured on the “In New DJs We Trust” program–a sure sign of a rising star and where many a DJ and producer have showcased their talent to an eager global audience.
We’re happy to announce that he’ll be playing this Sunday at Medusa and have picked out some jams and mixes for you to listen to in preparation, if you aren’t already hyped up like we are:
Groove Theory – ‘Tell Me (George Fitzgerald Remix)’
George Fitzgerald – ‘I Can Tell (By The Way You Move)’
George Fitzgerald – ‘Thinking of You’
Kimbra – ‘The Build Up (George Fitzgerald Remix)’
George Fitzgerald – BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix – January 19, 2013
In the last year electronic music producer Michael Graham, otherwise known as Falcons, has consistently been releasing a steady flow of “genreless” bootlegs and singles, which have rapidly given the young LA producer some major online popularity and support from the likes of Diplo, Ryan Hemsworth, RL Grime and Djemba Djemba. Although he uses some elements of trendy internet genres, to simply categorize him as just another SoundCloud-famous music maker would be unfair. Falcons is a versatile producer with a strong sense of structure. He manages to seamlessly blend various subcategories of bass music within a single song, creating explosive club-ready tracks packed with a widely dynamic range of sounds and styles. The up-and-comer has already performed at notable venues and events such as Boiler Room, Low End Theory and Red Bull Music Academy’s This City Belongs to Me.
We managed to get Falcons to take a break from Ableton and answer a few questions for us.
LAC: How old are you and where did you go grow up?
FALCONS: 26. Grew up in the south—my mom’s in Texas, dad’s in Oklahoma. Also lived in Vancouver, Canada for five years. So pretty much a North American transplant.
LAC: What brought you to LA?
FALCONS: An enormous gust of wind.
LAC: What led you into producing?
FALCONS: I was a dancer (house and b-boying) for 12 years, so music was always something I felt passionately about, but I didn’t really take production seriously until I got injured and needed a musical outlet. I also was super excited by all the cool, new genreless music popping up around the internet, but felt like something was missing. 😉
LAC: Did moving around influence your sound?
FALCONS: That’s a great question. I think it did inevitably from experiences and inspiration, but the root of my sound is still very Southern, very sticky.
LAC: Who are your early influences?
FALCONS: Timbaland, Pete Rock, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Organized Noize, Mannie Fresh and DJ Screw.
LAC: What are you listening to at the moment?
FALCONS: Basically just THE 2k14 BASS ALL-STAR STARTING LINEUP lol; Sango, Kaytranada, Dom$olo, Cabo Blanco, Arnold, Lil Texas, CZ, Yung Satan, DJ Hoodboi, Djemba Djemba, Colta, TwoFresh, Penthouse Penthouse and Carmack.
LAC: If you could work with anyone, who would it be?
FALCONS: I think the obvious answer would be Missy Elliot and/or TImbaland . . . but really, I want to just sit in with people like Mannie Fresh and see the magic happen.
LAC: On any given day, where can we find you?
FALCONS: On the stoop in front of my place in Echo Park, drinking an iced coffee from the Thai donut shop by the crib (shoutout Angeleno’s Donuts, #turnup). Then back into my music cave.
LAC: So are you staying in LA?
FALCONS: I don’t plan my moves usually, but I can say that for now LA is working great for me, and as more of the homies move here, it’s just seeming better and better every day.
LAC: What can we expect soon from you?
FALCONS: EP of original tracks with HuhWhat&Where records, a steady flow of bootlegs as always, and lots of fun mixes. I’m doing one for SSENSE fashion site in the next few days, then Vice’s music site, Noisey.
LAC: Where are you spinning next?
FALCONS: Toronto, Austin, Vancouver and New York in the next little bit . . . never been to the east coast so I am very exciiiited. In LA, I just got a residency spot every Sunday for a new daytime party called Daylight at ATX 3245 Casitas Ave. It’s somewhere in between the party vibes of the Do-Over and the open mindedness of Low End Theory. It’s sort of a Low End spin-off that Nocando and some of our homies started. Hosted by DumbFounded. Definitely the new spot for Sundays.
It’s Thursday. A weekday which, thanks to the skyrocketing popularity of fun, freedom and good times, has become almost entirely absorbed into the beloved chronological establishment known as the weekend. In preparation for the ensuing revelry–which starts, let’s say, around 5pm–one of our favorite up-and-coming DJ duos, Immigré, has thrown up their top tracks of the moment onto a neat sixty-minute Spotify playlist. Power hour, anyone?
In order to beef up this blog post, the lovely Sanni Val Fleury & JSMN agreed to answer some of our questions. Find out whether or not the ladies like to sit in the shower below.
So, what’s up?
So excited for the New Year, and to be back in LA! Been doing some traveling, discovering lots of cool artists and styles from across Europe and Africa. It’s important for us because we play all genres, with more focus on female-driven and international tracks – which exemplifies who we are as Immigré. We really can’t wait to share with the masses! We can just tell this will be a great year of music, growth, and lots of dancing for us.
Can we get you something to drink?
Gin & Ginger for Sanni Val Fleury and Whiskey & Ginger for JSMN. Honestly, anything with ginger.
What are you wearing?
Usually, something shiny, in black and gold. And lose the pants, we’re not a fan of wearing pants.
Are you interested in anyone right now?
Definitely interested in anyone creating or sharing great music!
Do anything last night?
Always checking out music & fun events around LA! Catch us at spots like School Night at Bardot, Dim Mak Sundays at Drai’s, Artwalk, Sayers Sessions, Do-Over events or at after-hours spots in DTLA.
How late did you stay up?
Later than late. DJing definitely keeps you a night owl.
Meals or snacks?
Snacks on snacks on snacks.
If life could resemble any film…
The fashion moment you most regret…
Winter. We hate succumbing to the cold and wearing pants!
Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
All of our new favorite artists, which include: AlunaGeorge, Katy B, Niki & The Dove, Rudimentary, Young Magic, Purity Ring, Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Iamamiwhoami, Jessie Ware, Jantsen, Kentö, Mikky Ekko, Bro Safari and Disclosure. Guest of Honor: 2Chainz.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Dirty Chai Tea Lattes with Almond milk, and spending money on music (concerts, tracks, equipment, etc).
Who’s your biggest fan?
Shout out to Brittney Scott, Hana Pestle, and Sad Girls Club.
You kissed a girl and liked it?
Into dudes. Beautiful, beautiful ones.
Who would you hire to write your theme song?
Sia, produced by Jesse Rogg.
Blue or black ink?
Black, obviously – with gold accents.
Ever sit down in the shower?
No, that’s where the water starts to feel cold. Gotta stay up in the heat!
When was the last time you really froke out on someone?
Posi-Mob for life, no time for negativity out here.
What was the first thing you said aloud this morning?
Are you listening to music right now?
Constantly. Actually, just put together a fresh Spotify playlist of songs we’re obsessed with this month. We’ll be putting one out each month, so keep your eyes peeled. Mixes to come as well.
Will you text the person you like today?
Heck yeah, how else would he know?!
If we gave you $50, what would you buy?
Vintage shopping spree – always on the hunt for yet another sequined jacket.
Last three Google searches…
Hair dye, DTLA Sandwich, Lacrimosa.
What are you doing later?
Working on upcoming mixes that we hope to debut on February 1st, each one will have a sweet female name – gotta rep for the ladies! Also, researching up-and-coming artists and independent tracks for a short film we’re music supervising.
Can we come?
You’re always welcome to come dance with us! We’re currently booking upcoming shows around the LA area (contact [email protected] for inquiries) and planning a Euro tour for the end of the year, with stops in France and the UK.